Hymn Factory 1

Hymn Factory 1

BandChristianAdult Contemporary

A wildly creative album of distinctively "modern hymns"; rich poetry of the old hymns come alive in stunning 21st century compositions -- melodious, full of color and utterly beautiful.

Biography

“SUN OF MY SOUL by Hymn Factory has the sound of a great classic. Am I listening to century old hymns, or the latest in cutting edge christian music? I hear Schubert, Brahms, Faure, Gershwin...I hear Patty Chung! Every song is strikingly beautiful. From heart warming harmonies to soul moving melodies, Patty Chung’s music is fresh, accessible and alive! As a world-traveled and conservatory-trained musician, exposed to all styles of 'rhythm and sound', I believe Ms.Chung is beginning a new genre of christian music, that finally updates traditional hymns for the 21st century. And it is distinctively different from the 'contemporary christian' music on the market!”
-------Joseph Dermody
Greenwich, CT

Hymn Factory is a music label and music brand that takes risks. Instead of going with the crowd, it breaks free from the status quo, creating exciting new music of a whole new genre. Indeed, Hymn Factory offers what no one has--Christian music that bridges the chasm between traditional hymns and contemporary Christian music-- at once synthesizing tradition with innovation, by melding the compelling lyrics of the old hymns we love with sparkling new 21st century compositions and sounds we have long craved.

“Modern audience is hungry for songs that are melodious, full of color and fresh. Like me, they want great lyrics that nourish the soul and renew the spirit partnered with aesthetically intellligent music”, says Patty Chung , the founder and composer of Hymn Factory. Rising above the roar of the marketplace of thin unintelligible lyrics and worldly hype of the contemporary Christian music, Hymn Factory boldly proclaims the undiluted Gospel communicated through music that will last.

SUN OF MY SOUL, a debut album from Hymn Factory, is a surprising collection of new hymn compositions exquisitely sung by a lyric soprano Kathryn Amyotte and expertly accompanied by a trio of talented acoustic musicians: Mina Kim on the piano, Yangsun Kim on the violin and Rachel Ford on the cello. Having been compared to Kathleen Battle and Dawn Upshaw, Kathryn Amyotte’s voice shines by combining gorgeous tone of her classical training with a rare fresh approachable style which both critics and audience can appreciate.

At times as dark and complex as a Gershwin tune, the melodies are more often sweet and satisfying - as would your favorite Irish or Italian folk song. “Schubert could have written this hymn”, says one fan while in another track, Asian tones meld into a climax of European harmonies--a serious genre-bender. Indeed, this album has a sound that is all its own.

Under the Hymn Factory music brand, the style of music, musicians and singers, vary from album to album. What will remain consistent is the excellence of music, the beauty of the poetry, the sound of grace and hope. Trailblazing a new creative direction in Christian music, Hymn Factory aspires to become a trusted name that stands for creative excellence.

Patty Chung, the founder and composer of Hymn Factory comes with an interesting previous career history as an options trader located in World Trade Center. She started to compose hymns full time shortly after 9/11. She sums up her life as “a sail caught in His wind.”

Lyrics

I to the Hills Will Lift Mine Eyes

Written By: Based on Psalm 121, "Scottish Psalter" (1650)

I to the Hills Will Lift Mine Eyes

I to the hills will lift mine eyes;
From whence doth come mine aid?
My safety cometh from the Lord,
Who heaven and earth hath made.

Thy foot He will not let slide,
Nor will He slumber that thee keeps.
Behold, He that keeps Israel,
He slumbers not, nor sleeps.

The Lord thee keeps, the Lord thy shade
On Thy right hand doth stay;
The moon by night thee shall not smite,
Nor yet the sun by day.

The Lord shall keep thy soul;
He shall preserve thee from all ill.
Henceforth thy going out and in,
God keep forever will.

By Cool Siloam's Shady Rill

Written By: Reginald Heber (1783-1826)

By Cool Siloam’s Shady Rill

By cool Siloam’s shady rill
How fair the lily grows!
How sweet the breath, beneath the hill,
Of Sharon’s dewy rose!

Lo! such the child whose early feet
The paths of peace hath trod,
Whose secret heart, with influence sweet
Is upward drawn to God.

By cool Siloam’s shady rill
The lily must decay;
The rose that blooms beneath the hill
Must shortly fade away.

And soon, too soon, the wintry hour
Of man’s maturer age
Will shake the soul with sorrow’s power,
And stormy passion’s rage.

O Thou who giveth life and breath,
We seek Thy grace alone,
In childhood, manhood, age, and death,
To keep us still Thine own.

Sweet Land of Rest for Thee I Sigh

Written By: Elizabeth Mills (1805-1829)

Sweet Land of Rest for Thee I Sigh

Sweet land of rest for Thee I sigh;
When will the moment come,
When I shall lay my armor by,
And dwell with Christ at home?

No tranquil joys on earth I know,
No peaceful, sheltering dome:
This world’s a wilderness of woe;
This world is not my home.

To Jesus Christ I sought for rest;
He bade me ceaase to roam,
But fly for succor to His breast,
And He’d conduct me home.

Weary of wandering round and round
This vale of sina and gloom,
I long to leave the unhallowed ground,
And dwell with Christ at home.

Discography

Sun of My Soul - release 2006

Set List

12 songs, 1 set, original music