Living in a world where it is easy to allow our differences to wall us in, music can be an effective bridge-builder. Music tells the story of people’s different life experiences as captured through the musical storytellers’ own cultural lenses. In sacred spaces around the globe where Jesus-followers gather together to express honor and devotion to God, songs of faith, hope, and healing, emerge to unite the hearts of the faithful. Those songs are especially meaningful within each cultural context because the music tells the story of the people and connects them to God on a deeper God.
Because the world around us is becoming more diverse everyday, so are these sacred spaces where people gather. The purpose in putting together The Ethnos Project, a series of multiethnic music recordings, is to encourage and capture sounds and songs derived from these various faith communities around the globe. As each volume is created, we desire for the progression of the recordings to move listeners to do two things:
1. Connect people (upward) to the God who created humans to be uniquely different.
2. Connect people (outward) to one another in celebration and appreciation of our difference.
Our differences reflect the various aspects and dimensions of God who created, shaped, and formed us each individually and collectively as a diverse people. Alas, we hope this project brings honor to His name as we seek to love Him with all our hearts, souls, minds and strength, and love our neighbors in this way.
Making Music That Matters
Creating music that reflects the diversity of God’s kingdom moves us closer to mirroring the description of honor and devotion (worship) found in heaven as described in Revelation 7:9:
After this I saw many people. No one could tell how many there were. There were from every nation and from every family and from every kind of people and from every language. They were standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white clothes and they held branches in their hands.” (New Life Version)
Singing songs in different styles and languages communicate “I love you, I see you, and I stand with you” on a much deeper level beyond just saying it with words.
Music Producer/Arranger & Project Manager – Vahagn Stepanyan
Vocal Producer/Arranger – Andy Delos Santos
Executive Producers – Eric Lige & Yucan Chiu
To download copies of our lead sheets from Volume 1 and 2, click on the song title below.