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Hymns from the Ryman (1997)

Updated: Feb 4

Hymns from the Ryman is a project album by Christian singer - songwriter Gary Chapman, released on August 25, 1997 by Word Records Nashville. Chapman produced the album himself.

Hymns from the Ryman originated from a series that Chapman hosted on The Nashville Network (TNN), called Sam's Place. It originates from The Ryman Auditorium, the famous old home of the Grand Ole Opry, but which was first built as a revival hall for church services. Chapman gathered the best Nashville musicians on this project, like Michael W. Smith at the piano on "Holy, Holy, Holy," guitarist/musician Chet Atkins playing a solo on "Softly and Tenderly,"

Buddy Greene at the harmonica on "Jesu; Joy of Man's Desiring" and Ruth McGinnis on the fiddle. It is mostly instrumental with Chapman playing guitar on all tracks and singing on five songs.

The album won Country Album of the Year given to Chapman as a producer at the 29th GMA Dove Awards.

Track listing

1. Sunday at the Ryman (instrumental) (Tim Akers) -2:35

2. Amazing Grace (instrumental) (arranged by Ruth McGinnis) -3:03

3. Sweet Hour of Prayer (arranged by Gary Chapman, Tim Akers, Ruth McGinnis)


4. Jesu; Joy of Man's Desiring (instrumental) (arranged by Buddy Greene and

Ruth McGinnis) -2:33

5. Softly and Tenderly (acoustic guitar solo by Chet Atkins) (arranged by Gary

Chapman) -5:24

6. This is My Father's World (arranged by Gary Chapman) -3:06

7. Fairest Lord Jesus (instrumental) (arranged by Tim Akers and Ruth McGinnis)


8. 'Tis So Sweet (arranged by Gary Chapman and Tim Akers) -4:25

9. Holy, Holy, Holy (instrumental) (arranged and piano by Michael W. Smith) -4:09

10. The Lord Bless You and Keep You (arranged by Gary Chapman and Tim Akers)



Dove Award -Country Album of the Year (Hymns from the Ryman)

Previous release: Shelter (1996)

Next release: This Gift (1997)

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