Harry Connick Jr. is about to release a new Gospel album, titled Alone with My Faith, which will consist of songs he has written, performed and recorded all by himself.
According to ChurchLeaders, the project had “always been on [his] mind.” And now with reduced hours due to Covid he was able to finally do it. However, the project is not quite what he originally had in mind. In an interview with CBN, Connick explains that he originally wanted to make a Gospel album that included songs everyone knows. Instead, he shared, his album is made up of quite a few original songs.
“I wouldn’t call this the Gospel album I had thought about making only because it’s not a collection of spirituals that everyone knows. It’s got some original songs and quite honestly, some of the songs deal with struggling with faith as much as having faith, so when I was home, I found myself counting on my faith or questioning my faith. So I said, I’m gonna write about it and so the album that I thought was going to be a *Gospel* album 5-10 years down the road turned out to be this album now because it was really helping me get through this time.”
In the interview, Connick also shared that his daughter had a hand in designing the album cover and directing the music video for his rendition of Amazing Grace off of the album.
Connick further shared that he wanted the album to be uplifting and bring those listening to it hope. “I don’t know you, but I know that you’re feeling what I’m feeling because we’re all wondering when this is going to end. I needed it for myself to sort of sing the songs that help me to articulate my feelings,” he said in the CBN interview.
The album, however, aims to include the experiences of both Christians and non-Christians into a single album. He said, “I’m a Christian and I’m proud of my faith, but I also realize this is a big world and there’s a lot of people in it.”
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John Paluska has been a contributor for Christian Headlines since 2016 and is the founder of The Washington Gazette, a news outlet he relaunched in 2019 as a response to the constant distribution of fake news.