Greg Buchanan

Greg Buchanan

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A Christian harpist with a unique jazz style, Greg’s energy will redefine your expectations of the harp. He shares how his life had spiraled downward into alcoholism until a friend invited him off the streets of Hollywood to a Christian concert where he discovered a new beginning in Christ!

Biography

Greg is a world-class harpist whose aggressive style of playing usually redefines the listener’s concept of performance on the harp. His superb musicianship combined with an enthusiastic attitude toward the Christian life has made him one of the most sought-after Christian performers in America for the past 23 years.

In his early years, there seemed to be nothing Greg Buchanan could not do when it came to music. He was just three when his mother- a singer, dancer and Shakespearean actress- sat him on her lap and began teaching him piano. But the first harp player in the family was Greg’s older sister Lucy. Greg watched her play, and at the age of nine, he decided the harp was for him. It wasn’t long before Greg’s tremendous music ability put him in the spotlight. As he entered and won harp competitions, his future seemed very bright – at least musically.

Naturally gifted to play the harp, he excelled and progressed quickly. As a young man, he spent four years in the United States Navy Band stationed in Washington, D.C. Following his military service, Greg entered the southern California music scene where he experienced the glamour of professional success. His personal life, however, was a dark paradox. At the age of 13, Greg had been introduced to alcohol. This addiction was now in full control and thrust Greg’s life into the downward spiral of alcoholism, drug abuse. He dabbled in the occult and found himself in and out of mental hospitals and jails. In the fall of 1981, Greg left the music scene and entered college, determined to reconstruct the fibers of his life that had so quickly unraveled. During this time, a friend invited Greg off the streets of Hollywood to a Christian concert. Jesus Christ entered Greg’s heart that night and the Holy Spirit began the process of repairing and healing the broken man who was so desperately searching for a new beginning. Greg readily gives God credit for everything he has today, and for bringing him from the depths of worldly living to the triumphant life he now lives.

Part of God’s provision in Greg’s life was blessing him with a wonderful wife, Becky. Married 20 years, and blessed with three precious children: Matthew 19, Erik, 17 and Bree, 14. Occasionally, Becky and the family “brave the road” to travel with Greg. Both Becky and Greg are natives of California. They enjoy living in southern California close to family.

Greg enjoys the privilege of being one of the first harpists in the world to own and play the Electronic Acoustic Grand Harp developed and handcrafted by the Lyon and Healy harp manufacturers of Chicago. The technological enhancements of this newly introduced instrument take Greg’s music into realms of expression unattainable with traditional acoustic harps. The instrument is a modified Salzedo Art Deco design, which was personalized to accommodate Greg’s specific needs. During many concert performances, Greg also performs on a Celtic (Irish folk) harp and a Kin nor (lyre). The uniqueness of Greg’s stylized playing has made him a popular guest at national and international workshops. Greg finds great fulfillment in being able to share not only his musical knowledge but also his personal walk of faith, thus offering great creative inspiration to those with whom he works.

God’s calling continues to lead Greg to minister in churches, school assemblies, pastors’ and worship conferences, crusades, on television and many other venues. For the past 23 years, God has called Greg to a life of traveling to spread the Good News, to encourage pastors and to lead people into the presence of God through exciting worship and personal testimony. Churches in the largest cities and smallest of towns have invited Greg to minister. Each time, God’s Spirit moves! Greg is energized and encouraged by the people he encounters while touring. His prayer is that he will be used to encourage others through his witness and testimony. And, that as a result, the circle of Christian friendship and faith will continue to strengthen God’s people.

Discography

LIVE AT SHADOW MOUNTAIN
(DVD/Video)
Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee
Shepherd’s Shuffle
He Who Began A Good Work
Be Thou My Vision
Sing Alleluia
Amazing Grace
Jesus Loves Me
If I Stand
Agnus Dei
The Journey
Joshua “Fit” The Battle
Also includes:
Greg’s personal testimony

YESTERDAY'S MEMORIES
Entertainer
Yesterday
Canon in D
Gymnopedie NO. 1
In The Mood
Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Lean On Me
Classical Gas
Prelude in C
Edelweiss
The Brook
Misty

HEAVENLY PRAISE (SOLO HARP)
Shout To The Lord
Mary, Did You Know?
Amazing Grace
I Cannot Tell
Exodus Theme
He Touched Me
Onward Christian Soldiers
Hatikva
Victory In Jesus
He Who Began A Good Work Throne Room Meditation
You Are My All In All

PEACEFUL MEDITATION
(solo harp)
Nearer My God
Sweet Hour of Prayer
In The Garden (medley)
Alleluia
Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus
Were You There
The Old Rugged Cross
Just As I Am
No One Ever Cared For Me Like Jesus
What A Friend We Have In Jesus

IN CONCERT (LIVE)
Includes testimony, applause
I’ll Fly Away
Just A Closer Walk
When The Saints
Easter Song
Chariots of Fire
Cornerstone
The Reason We Sing
There’s Something About That Name
Amazing Grace/Jesus Loves Me
America
How Great Thou Art

THE JOURNEY (SOLO HARP)
The Journey
As The Deer
Celtic Impressions
King David’s Dance
Oh How He Loves You & Me
Joshua “Fit” The Battle
Eternal Father, Strong To Save
Be Thou My Vision
The Wedding Song
Clair de Lune
Fuego (Fire)

SURRENDER (SOLO HARP)
Surely The Presence
I Love You Lord
My Jesus I Love Thee
Father I Adore You
I Surrender All
It Is Well With My Soul
Sing Alleluia
I Exalt Thee
Holy, Holy
David’s Song (Davidic kin nor harp)
THE LIGHTER SIDE
O Happy Day
I’ll Fly Away
Soon And Very Soon
The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power
I’d Rather Have Jesus
The Reason We Sing
Just A Closer Walk
Cornerstone
Get All Excited
Set Free

HARP PRAISE
His Name Is Wonderful
Chariots of Fire
Amazing Grace
Morning Has Broken
Amen
There’s Something About That Name
Easter Song
Blessed Assurance
Put Your Hand in the Hand
El Shaddai

NOEL: A CHRISTMAS TREASURE (SOLO HARP)
Angels From The Realms of Glory
We Three Kings
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Joy To The World
First Noel
The Christmas Song
White Christmas
Mary’s Little Boy Child
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies
Silver Bells

A HARP FOR CHRISTMAS
What Child Is This?
Angels We Have Heard On High
O Holy Night
Go Tell It On the Mountain
Concerto in Bb (Handel)
Silent Night
O Come All Ye Faithful
Away In A Manger
Joyful, Joyful
Little Drummer Boy