My 62 years on this earth has taught me that there are an amazing number of exceptionally talented people out there, and that I am generally in total awe of them. Here is yet another such person I have just recently had the great fortune to discover.
A high school friend of mine — who, himself, was just honored by being inducted into the Silver Circle of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for his career of superior work; congrats, Paul! — introduced me to the talents of Sam Robson. In case you haven’t heard him, or heard of him (and I hadn’t), Robson is a London, England-based singer/arranger/harmonist/ videographer who has filmed extraordinary multi-track, one-man-ensemble performances of himself singing songs of praise and worship.
For someone who is quite quiet about himself and his personal life, his music has attracted him quite a few fans. On Facebook he has 3,000 friends, and on Youtube (his repository for his HD-quality videos) he has over 10,000 subscribers. His current project is a collection of standard familiar hymns, done in his inimitable acapella style.
As of this writing, he has five performance videos completed and posted online. He promises more, as the ultimate goal is an entire CD of hymns. (Adrianne asked, “How about a DVD?!”) The harmonies are close, the performances are spot-on, and the production is extremely tight. I don’t need to say much more, because once you hear him, I predict you’ll be as amazed and joyful (and perhaps joyfully tearful) as I was. Below are his current five videos. There’s a poll at the bottom; please vote and let me know how you felt about this music!
I strongly suggest that you use headphones to get the fullest high fidelity!
“I Need Thee Every Hour”
(I have listened to this one over a dozen times today alone.)
“How Great Thou Art”
(This was one of my mother’s absolute favorite songs of worship, and she would have been in tears by the end of this performance.)
“Be Thou My Vision”
“O Love That Will Not Let Me Go”
(This is Robson’s most recent post, from just 3 weeks ago, which he describes as having “a softer approach to the singing” with “a jazzier arrangement.”)
“It Is Well With My Soul”
Enjoy Robson’s (and your own) praise of God in these wonderful performances!