Sandra McCracken – ‘Whatever Comes, We Shall Endure’
There is a deep honesty and beauty to the music and person of Sandra McCracken. She does not shirk or shrink from speaking this love and truth she so ardently clings to for dear life. While this listener/reviewer has mostly in the past decade or two, avoided the CCM (Contemporary Christian Music) machine out of Nashville like the plague (a possibly unfair cliché), this music somehow speaks to the injured, bruised yet ultimately hopeful believer in me. At ‘Heroes of Indie Music’ what I seek to spotlight and provide a megaphone for is not simply the exotic or nervy, but also for the honest, thoughtful and possibly fractured musicians of any or no faith whatsoever, who are trying to come to grips with the stuff of life. I don’t personally know Sandra or have researched carefully her bio, but I do feel a connection to what she is communicating. Give these ‘hymns of hope’ a spin and hang on as your very center of balance may shift and the gravity you consider certain pulls you to your True North.
In her own words:
I have always loved hymns. I have sung church music for as long as I can remember. I have written and sung about all kinds of things, and will continue to do so, but hymns have revealed themselves to be the most sustaining. With Kevin Twit of Indelible Grace as my primary mentor on the subject, I have studied and savored the texts of old hymn, sought out perennial church music, and practiced writing new hymns that sound like old hymns. I have made a few steps forward on this journey since recording “The Builder And The Architect” in 2005, and I look forward to everything I still have to learn.
Derek Webb, my frequent collaborator and husband, produced “In Feast of Fallow.” He singlehandedly created its sonic landscape, combining organic instruments and modern, sampled elements to achieve a sound that’s both old and new. Recording in our home studio, our single intention was to make an album about human frailty and transporting grace that would engage and inspire listeners to hear the one enduring, unmatched gospel story as if for the very first time.
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