In a season overwhelmed by Christmas music, sometimes it’s hard to find something unique. But still, we’re always looking for those gems that offer new reflections on the old story, and that’s why we’re pleased to introduce you to Folk Hymnal, a communal music project from our friends at the Church at Charlotte.
The project is headed up by Tim Briggs, a pastor who loves to write songs, even if performing them isn’t his strength. “I am the producer and writer of the songs, yet I don’t perform on it,” he explained in an email to me. “Quite frankly, I don’t have a musical background (although I’m a competent guitarist) and I can’t sing very well. I found myself wanting to share the songs with the world but couldn’t figure out a way to do so. Until I thought of this idea: just have my friends sing the songs!”
Somehow it’s perfect that this first album is Incarnation Songs, a Christmas collection that represents the beauty of community working together to bring forth something beautiful.
If you’re looking for some new acoustic Christmas music similar to Andrew Peterson’s Behold the Lamb of God and other beloved Rabbit Room artists, Folk Hymnal is a group well worth discovering. You can listen to their EP on Spotify or support them directly with a purchase from Bandcamp. We look forward to hearing more from this collective in the future!
Jen Rose Yokel is a poet, freelance writer, and spiritual director. Her words have appeared at She Reads Truth, CCM Magazine, and other publications, and she released her first poetry collection Ruins & Kingdoms in 2015. Originally from Central Florida, she now makes her home in Fall River, Massachusetts with her husband Chris, where you can find her enjoying used bookstores and good coffee.