Music

CHRISTIAN MUSIC SITES

The following sites provide music that churches and other nonprofits can use free of charge. See each page for the songs available for download.

Royalty-Free Music
     This link takes you to their page for Christian music, but they have many other types of music available. These do not have video, but if you use them for virtual worship you could put up your own slide of a related image and play the song in the background. You will need to download the song from the site and indicate that you are using under the Creative Commons license, which is free for churches and other nonprofits.

FROM YOUTUBE OR OTHER PUBLIC CHANNEL

Note: When a piece is posted on a public website like YouTube, you can pull it into your virtual worship by inviting people at the given time to click on the link and watch/listen. If you somehow manage to download the video and play it separately, you are violating the law and depriving musicians of their income. But if people are streaming it from the site where it is publicly posted, you do not need a license or permission since they posted for public consumption and are getting the benefit of the views. 

The thing you probably don't want are the short ads that often come at the beginning of videos, so the selections below are chosen not only because of the quality of the music but because they do not have introductory ads. There are a couple where you might have to click off a pop-up ad.

ANTHEMS

Baba Yetu (70th Annual Llangollen International Musical Eistedfodd, Wales. Composer Christopher Tin conducting) This is the Lord's Prayer in Swahili.

How Can I Keep From Singing (Podd Brothers Virtual Choir)

Lift Every Voice and Sing (Committed)

Siyahamba (Mwamba Children's Choir)

The Lord Bless You and Keep You (John Rutter - Batavia Madrigal Singers) The images here are as powerful as the music.

The Prayer (Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli) This version has the English/Italian subtitles at the top and Vietnamese at the bottom since it was a live performance in Vietnam. 
                          Full English lyrics are here.

You Are Mine (Catholic Fellowship Jakarta)

HYMNS

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God (Virtual Choir)

Be Not Afraid (Catholic Artists From Home)

Be Thou My Vision (Nathan Pacheco Music)

Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing (Oakwood University Aeolians)

Dona Nobis Pacem (Julie Gaulke)

For All the Saints (Includes an intro on the origins of the hymn)

It Is Well With My Soul (Nashville Virtual Cell Phone Choir)
                       The real power of this hymn is the tragic story behind its creation. You can read about that here.

The Church's One Foundation (Dan Forrest - Duke Chapel)

OTHER WORSHIP ELEMENTS

Celtic Alleluia (Christopher Walker)

Kyrie (based on Dvorak 9th Symphony Largo - Deep Resonance Choir)

 

LITERACY

UNDERSTANDING

DIALOGUE

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