Ranging in style from danceable calypso to pop, jazz and edgy rock -- all enriched by irresistible Latin rhythms -- these faith-filled songs reveal the abundance of talent and inspiration within the Hispanic Catholic community.
When OCP hosted a contemporary Spanish song contest, the response was overwhelming: more than 200 compositions poured in from songwriters all over the world. The result is Primavera con Cristo (Springtime with Christ), two exciting new CDs packed with the best 22 of these songs and two bonus tracks.
Ranging in style from danceable calypso to pop, jazz and edgy rock-all enriched by irresistible Latin rhythms-these faith-filled songs reveal the abundance of talent and inspiration within the Hispanic Catholic community. Hailing from Argentina, Mexico, Panama, and throughout the U.S., the composers are a mix of well-traveled veterans, like Sal Solo and Santiago Fernández, and super-gifted newcomers.
Volume 1 includes the poetic and catchy title track, by Francisco Andrés Flores, with its blend of traditional South American folk and modern, urban rock styles. "Creo," by Sal Solo, opens with psychedelic strings, Andean flutes, and synthesized Latin chant samples, then merges into a driving calypso number. Featuring impressive lead vocals by Griselda García, "Lo Sabes," by Pablo Martinez, is a sweet reminder that Christ already knows our love. The album closes with a bonus track, "Tú Estás," the super-popular hit from the album of the same name by Who Do You Say I Am.
Hear a song you'd like to sing with your youth group or assembly? Besides 12 tracks for listening, each of the two enhanced CDs offers print music files for downloading on your computer: a text/guitar chord version and a guitar/vocal lead sheet version of each song, in PDF format.
The release of Primavera con Cristo , with its incredible diversity of talent and styles, is a good and obvious sign of a new springtime for contemporary Catholic music in Spanish.