Mt. Vernon, NY -- (April 18, 2013) Rev. Dr. W. Franklyn Richardson’s debut CD “Songs of A Shepherd” resonate with the sound of his more than 40-years ministry of witnessing for Jesus. Listeners will hear a mix of hymns, traditional gospel and contemporary songs that cross cultural, generational and denominational boundaries on this sound track that echoes Christian worship experiences.
"Songs of A Shepherd" is available in iTunes and 14 other digital stores to make it more accessible for digital and social media savvy music buyers as well as traditional music consumers at The Bookstore At Grace. Emerging as one of the favorite tracks is "I Want To Believe" written by album producer, vocal arranger and Grace’s Minister of Music Derrick L. James specifically for his pastor to sing for this project. Dr. Richardson calls the songs selected for his debut CD “partners in my ministry and fuel to help me along my journey.”
On this album, he sings the songs of Sunday morning getting ready for church while listening to the radio; the prayerfulness of “I need You Now”; the struggle with faith that most people are challenged by in “I Want To Believe”; the thankfulness of having a testimony that leads to “I Won’t Complain” and the comfort of knowing that Jesus lives through “It Is Well With My Soul”. Additional songs on this 12-track CD share messages to fuel personal faith and worship experiences.Proceeds from the sale of the CD will benefit Grace Baptist Church’s Lifestyle Capital Stewardship Campaign to construct and expand the existing church to the Cathedral of Grace to serve this growing congregation of more than 5,000 members, Mt. Vernon and surrounding communities and national outreach with global streaming of services and programs.