A friend gave me the CD as a gift and it has held me and saved me and given me strength through these last several months.
Sales of this CD benefit Embracing Life Ministries. This lovely, powerful and passionate journey through knowing Christ was originally created to give as a gift to those with HIV and AIDS and also sold to benefit the AIDS Resource Ministry, now known as Embracing Life, a ministry to those with life-altering conditions.
JONATHAN HUNTER’S LINER NOTES FOR HEALING PRESENCE: Healing Presence is about the Father’s extravagant love for his hurting creation, demonstrated in the saving grace of his son Jesus Christ. His offer of life, real transforming Life through Jesus Christ, still stands for all who recognize their need—regardless of the type of sickness or pain. It is our hope that these songs will touch your heart and draw you into His Loving Presence…where there truly is fullness of joy.
To get a sense of the album, the best thing is to read what those who have experienced it have said:
“I don’t really know where to begin to tell you how this music has helped me in my life here. It is such a sheer gift to my soul and spirit, and it has guided me towards God when I wanted to really turn inward and away.”
I love all of the songs, but especially, “Just Receive.” I would walk through the streets of Brookline at night, alone, replaying this on my cd player, over and over, until I felt strength and presence. Then I would go home and resolve to get up again and do what I had to do. It had an extremely profound effect on me and, believe it or not, my two cats (who were also very unsettled) listened to it, and it seemed to calm them—maybe because it calmed me.”
“Thank you from the bottom of my heart for making this music available. Thank you for its beauty and for all the effort you put into it. It gave me a sense of presence when I felt extremely alone and scared.”
If this kind of music were played in more churches, more people would go to church!”
“I have played a few of the songs to some of my new friends here and they have also responded the way I did. One friend…just looked at me and a tear rolled down her face. She was so deeply touched. Please continue to write and produce!”
Healing Presence begins with God’s declaration of love via Marty Goetz’s sensitive vocals and acoustic piano, and ends with the definitive rock version of “Holy, Holy, Holy ” performed by Rick Norris. It features a wide range of artists and styles including two songs written by Love’s Bryan MacLean with a number of songs featuring the exquisite guitar of Dean Parks.
Healing Presence is a primarily gentle acoustic journey (folk, semi-classical, jazz, R&B, rock) comprising the talents of top vocal and instrumental artists including Marty Goetz, Wendell Burton, Dean Parks, Rick Norris, Justo Almario, Alice Echols, Christie Houser, Patti Harrison, Kathleen Isacson, Abraham Laboriel (both Senior and Junior), Ramone Stagñaro, and Vaughn Taylor, among others. There are three more Gospel/soulful percussive/electric renderings: “Teach Me How To Forgive” and “Thank You, Lord,” both feature Norris and Echol’s R&B stylings and Terry Hunter’s cinematic rock arrangement of “Holy, Holy, Holy,” also featuring Norris. “Could You Believe” will encourage…and melt the heart. “Healing Presence Medley” features the classic “To Be In Your Presence,” written by In His Presence Church Pastor Mel Ayres, along with an evocative instrumental version of “Will You Be My Prayer,” written by Goetz with album producer Andrea Hunter; “In Your Presence” continues the Medley with Goetz and the addition of Kathleen Isacson and her fresh, present and uniquely beautiful voice. The medley ends with a emotionally rich and newly arranged “Abide with Me.”