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Handel's Young Messiah (1990)

Updated: Nov 28, 2023

Handel's Young Messiah is a compilation project album released on March 13, 1990 on Word Records. The project is produced and arranged by Paul Mills and Don Hart with Neal Joseph and Norman Miller as executive producers. The album is a modernized arrangement of Georg Friedrich Händel's classic oratorio featuring the top CCM artists like Russ Taff, Sheila Walsh, White Heart, Twila Paris, The Imperials, First Call and many others along with the First Baptist Church Choir from Norfolk, Virginia and the Young Messiah Orchestra, which includes musicians from the Nashville String Machine. Narration was done by American singer -songwriter Barry McGuire. A companion video was also released on VHS. A new updated version called The New Young Messiah was released three years later in 1993. Handel's Young Messiah peaked at number 9 on the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart. The album won the Dove Award for Musical Album of the Year given to the participating artists and its executive producers Joseph and Miller at the 22nd GMA Dove Awards.

Track listing

All songs are composed by Georg Friedrich Händel and arranged by Paul Mills and Don Hart.

1. Overture (Young Messiah Orchestra) -4:23

2. And the Glory of the Lord (First Baptist Church Choir) -3:08

3. Comfort Ye (Matthew Ward) -2:41

4. Every Valley Shall Be Exalted (First Call) -3:55

5. O Thou That Tellest (The Imperials with the First Baptist Church Choir) -4:41

6. For Unto Us a Child is Born (First Baptist Church Choir) -4:23

7. Glory to God (First Baptist Church Choir) -2:34

8. He Shall Feed His Flock (Russ Taff and Sheila Walsh) -4:18

9. He Was Despised (Wayne Watson) -4:07

10. Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs (First Baptist Church Choir) -3:29

11. Behold the Lamb of God (Annie Herring) -3:09

12. How Beautiful Are the Feet (Twila Paris) -2:48

13. Lift Up Your Heads (White Heart) -3:20

14. I Know That My Redeemer Liveth (Cynthia Clawson) -5:26

15. The Trumpet Shall Sound (Phil Driscoll) -4:23

16. Worthy is the Lamb (First Baptist Church Choir) -3:15

17. Hallelujah Chorus (First Baptist Church Choir) -4:05


Dove Award -Musical Album of the Year (Handel's Young Messiah)

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