Capitol CMG will release a special tribute to Billy Graham on October 15. This release, “My Hope: Songs Inspired By the Message and Mission of Billy Graham,” will feature 12 brand new recordings from the industry’s top names including Michael W. Smith, TobyMac, Amy Grant, Israel Houghton, Kari Jobe, Matthew West and more. See below for the complete list of artists featured on “My Hope.”
“We have been privileged to create this special album honoring Billy Graham, who’s message has had a profound life changing influence in each of our lives and in the hearts of people throughout the entire world, ” comments Peter York, President, Capitol CMG Label Group. “Our sincere desire is that this collection of songs bring honor to Dr. Graham and the cross of Christ that he has faithfully represented over his many years of ministry. This project was written and recorded out of great respect and appreciation for this incredible man and his message of hope to the world.”
This project coincides with the My Hope America with Billy Graham evangelistic outreach as well as Billy Graham’s upcoming book from W Publishing, “The Reason For My Hope: Salvation.” My Hope America culminates in November, the month of Graham’s 95th birthday, as people across the nation invite friends and family to their homes to hear a message of hope he has specifically recorded for the campaign.
“This is such a great project,” shares Michael W. Smith. “Everyone has come together out of our tremendous love and respect for Billy Graham. The impact he has had on all of us and the impact he has had on eternity is immeasurable. This is our attempt to pay honor to someone who has been an example, a mentor and an inspiration to all of us. I'm excited about the artists that are a part of the project and I'm excited about the thoughtfulness behind each of the songs. I think it truly is a collection of music that honors this great man.”
Each of the artists included in the project has a special connection to Billy Graham and his incredible ministry. Matthew West shares his life-changing connection with Reverend Graham.
"On a summer day in the Chicago suburbs in 1990, a thirteen year old kid was changing the channels on his TV, looking for a Cubs game. But instead of a baseball game that day, he found a Billy Graham crusade. That young boy was me, and I will never forget the day I asked Jesus into my heart and how God spoke to me through Billy Graham. Being a part of the ‘My Hope’ project is a real full circle moment for me, a chance to say through music what Rev. Graham's ministry has meant to me and so many others. Thank you Reverend Graham!”