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Fusing together Celtic fiddling, electro-acoustic effects, Gregorian chant, Ska, classical music and more, this album takes both favorite and lesser known Christian hymns and reimagines them with a fresh blend of ingenuity.



The ViOS Project began performing concerts in 2011, and released its first album, “HOLY,” in 2014 after its first successful Kickstarter campaign. During February of 2016, The ViOS Project presented its new concert series entitled, “Love Is,” a musical journey revealing the true nature of love. Simultaneously, they also launched a second Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a second album to act as a companion to the concert series. Enough funding was raised to not only complete the new album, appropriately called, “LOVE,” but also to jumpstart The ViOS Project’s development as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in April of 2016.

In standard ViOS fashion, “LOVE” breaks out of the established norm of contemporary Christian music by taking favorite and lesser-known hymns and reimagining them in an ingenious fusion of musical genres. Perhaps even more than their first album, the music of “LOVE” begins to push the bounds of musical creativity. In “Trust & Obey,” an old favorite, the energized music of Ska is blended with R&B and Boogie-Woogie! Eighteenth-century hymn meets “Walk Off The Earth” and “STOMP” in their funky arrangement of “All Hail The Power of Jesus’ Name.” Other well-known hymns on the album include classics such as “Blessed Assurance” and “Amazing Grace.” “What Wondrous Love is This,” a lesser-known spiritual of the early 1800’s, is presented as an Electro-acoustic version of Gregorian chant and “Let Me Love Thee, Savior” combines classical music with electronic looping.

Each track on the album is a step in a journey revealing the true nature of love. With each song something about love is revealed, portraying the way Christ loves all people on earth. In “Fanfare to the King,” derived from A. B. Simpson’s “We Have a Most Glorious King,” a marvelous anthem praises the King of the universe. In “Breathe,” the breath-taking beauty of Jesus’ love is unveiled. The album ends with a call to its listeners to adopt that same kind of love.

Though established by violinist and composer, Julian Taylor, The ViOS Project is the result of the collective efforts of talented young artists who have devoted themselves to the refining of their craft and to sharing with the world the wonders of God through the art and language of music. While most of these musicians (including the sixteen musicians featured on this album) are based out of the metro area of Cleveland, Ohio, musicians have come from all over the Great Lakes area to collaborate together in ViOS concerts. Their goal is to foster growth in the everlasting life of Jesus Christ by sharing the gospel and strengthening all people through revitalization of hymns and spiritual songs, performance of free concerts in diverse settings, and collaboration with churches to serve God.

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released January 31, 2017

Hymn writers:
Albert Benjamin Simpson, Fanny Jane Crosby, Catherine Booth-Clibborn, Lyrics: William Spencer Walton, John Newton, Frances R. Havergal, Edward Perronet, John Henry Sammis, Herbert Howard Booth

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Track Name: Fanfare to the King
- 1 -
We have a most glorious King;
The heavens, He says, are His throne;
All worlds are His mighty domain,
All kingdoms His scepter shall own.
He dwells with His people below,
He loves in their trials to share;
We dwell with the King for His work,
His burden we willingly bear.

- 2 -
I’m dwelling with Jesus my King;
I’ve found where He dwells with His own;
I’ve opened the door of my heart;
He’s made it His temple and throne.
Like Mary I sit at His feet,
Like John I recline on His breast;
His presence is fulness of joy,
His bosom is infinite rest.

- 3 -
I dwell with the King for His work,
I’ve part in His glorious plan
To bring in His kingdom to earth
And tell His salvation to man.
The world has its work and rewards,
I count them but folly and loss;
My business is only His work,
My message is only His cross.

- 4 -
I dwell with the King for His work,
The work, it is His and not mine;
He plans and prepares it for me
And fills me with power divine.
So duty is changed to delight,
And prayer into praise as I sing;
I dwell with my King for His work
And work in the strength of my King.

- 5 -
We’ll dwell with the King for His work
And work thru each day of the year.
Perhaps ere it passes, the King
In glory Himself shall appear.
Oh, then in some closer embrace,
Oh, then in some nobler employ
We’ll dwell with the King for His work
In endless, ineffable joy!
Track Name: Blessed Assurance
- 1 -
Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine;
Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

Chorus:
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long.
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long.

- 2 -
Perfect submission, perfect delight,
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
Angels descending, bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.

- 3 -
Perfect submission, all is at rest,
I in my Savior am happy and blest;
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.
Track Name: No Mortal Tongue
- 1 -
No mortal tongue can e’er describe
The freedom of the soul,
When passed beyond all earthly bribe
To God’s complete control.
All things are his, yes, life, and death,
Things present or to come;
In Christ he draws in peace each breath,
In Christ he finds his home.

- 2 -
When such as we the King can choose,
To share with Him His throne,
’Tis passing strange that we refuse
To be our Lord’s alone.
O never speak of sacrifice!
A privilege untold
Is to be His at any price,
In Calv’ry’s hosts enrolled.

- 3 -
Arise! the holy bargain strike—
The fragment for the whole—
All men and all events alike
Must serve the ransomed soul.
All things are yours when you are His,
And He and you are one;
A boundless life in Him there is,
Whence doubt and fear are gone.
Track Name: Breathe
- 1 -
I cannot breathe enough of Thee,
O gentle breeze of love;
More fragrant than the myrtle tree
The Henna-flower is to me,
The Balm of Heaven above.

- 2 -
I cannot yield enough to Thee,
My Savior, Master, Friend;
I do not wish to go out free,
But ever, always, willingly,
To serve Thee to the end.

- 3 -
I cannot gaze enough on Thee,
Thou Fairest of the Fair;
My heart is filled with ecstasy,
As in Thy face of radiancy
I see such beauty there.

- 4 -
I cannot sing enough of Thee,
The sweetest name on earth;
A note so full of melody
Comes from my heart so joyously,
And fills my soul with mirth.

- 5 -
I cannot speak enough of Thee,
I have so much to tell;
Thy heart it beats so tenderly
As Thou dost draw me close to Thee,
And whisper, “All is well.”
Track Name: What Wondrous Love
- 1 -
What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss
to bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul,
to bear the dreadful curse for my soul?

- 2 -
When I was sinking down, sinking down, sinking down,
when I was sinking down, sinking down;
when I was sinking down beneath God's righteous frown,
Christ laid aside his crown for my soul, for my soul,
Christ laid aside his crown for my soul.

- 3 -
To God and to the Lamb, I will sing, I will sing,
to God and to the Lamb, I will sing;
to God and to the Lamb who is the great I AM -
while millions join the theme, I will sing, I will sing;
while millions join the theme, I will sing.

- 4 -
And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on,
and when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on;
and when from death I’m free, I’ll sing and joyful be,
and through eternity, I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on,
and through eternity I’ll sing on.
Track Name: Amazing Grace
- 1 -
Amazing grace! How sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

- 2 -
'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
and grace my fears relieved;
how precious did that grace appear
the hour I first believed!

- 3 -
Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come:
'tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
and grace will lead me home.

- 4 -
The Lord has promised good to me,
his word my hope secures;
he will my shield and portion be
as long as life endures.

- 5 -
When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we first begun.
Track Name: Take My Life
- 1 -
Take my life and let it be
consecrated, Lord, to thee.
Take my moments and my days;
let them flow in endless praise,
let them flow in endless praise.

- 2 -
Take my hands and let them move
at the impulse of thy love.
Take my feet and let them be
swift and beautiful for thee,
swift and beautiful for thee.

- 3 -
Take my voice and let me sing
always, only, for my King.
Take my lips and let them be
filled with messages from thee,
filled with messages from thee.

- 4 -
Take my silver and my gold;
not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect and use
every power as thou shalt choose,
every power as thou shalt choose.

- 5 -
Take my will and make it thine;
it shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart it is thine own;
it shall be thy royal throne,
it shall be thy royal throne.

- 6 -
Take my love; my Lord, I pour
at thy feet its treasure store.
Take myself, and I will be
ever, only, all for thee,
ever, only, all for thee.
Track Name: All Hail
- 1 -
All hail the power of Jesus' name!
Let angels prostrate fall.
Bring forth the royal diadem,
And crown him Lord of all.
Bring forth the royal diadem,
And crown him Lord of all!

- 2 -
Ye chosen seed of Israel's race
Ye ransomed from the fall,
Hail him who saves you by his grace,
And crown him Lord of all.
Hail him who saves you by his grace,
And crown him Lord of all!

- 3 -
Let every kindred, every tribe,
On this terrestrial ball
To him all majesty ascribe,
And crown him Lord of all.
To him all majesty ascribe,
And crown him Lord of all!

- 4 -
O that with yonder sacred throng
We at his feet may fall!
We'll join the everlasting song
And crown him Lord of all.
We'll join the everlasting song
And crown him Lord of all.
Track Name: Trust & Obey
- 1 -
When we walk with the Lord
In the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way;
While we do His good will,
He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.

- 2 -
But we never can prove
The delights of His love,
Until all on the altar we lay;
For the favor He shows,
And the joy He bestows,
Are for them who will trust and obey.

Chorus:
Trust and obey,
For there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus,
But to trust and obey.

- 3 -
Then in fellowship sweet
We will sit at His feet,
Or we’ll walk by His side in the way;
What He says we will do;
Where He sends, we will go,
Never fear, only trust and obey.
Track Name: Let Me Love Thee
- 1 -
Let me love Thee, Thou art claiming
Every feeling of my soul;
Let that love in pow’r prevailing,
Render Thee my life, my all;
For life’s burdens they are easy,
And life’s sorrows lose their sting,
If they’re carried, Lord, to please Thee,
If their pain Thy smile should win.

- 2 -
Let me love Thee, come revealing
All Thy love has done for me;
Help my heart, so unbelieving,
By the sight of Calvary:
Let me see Thy love despising
All the shame my sins had brought;
By Thy torments realizing
What a price my pardon bought.

- 3 -
Let me love Thee, I am gladdest
When I’m loving Thee, the best;
For in sunshine or in sadness
I can find in Thee a rest;
But without Thee life is fading,
Treasureless its choicest flowers;
Taken are its gifts eternal;
Left, its empty passing hours.

- 4 -
Let me love Thee, love is mighty,
Swaying realms of deed and thought;
By it I shall walk uprightly,
I shall serve Thee as I ought:
Love will soften every sorrow,
Love will lighten every care,
Love unquestioning will follow,
Love will triumph, love will dare.

Chorus:
Let me love Thee, Savior,
Take my heart forever;
Nothing but Thy favor
My soul can satisfy.