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425 of George Beverly Shea's Hymns, Spirituals and Gospel Songs are now available on 27 CDs

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Legendary Grammy winner, bass-baritone George Beverly Shea has recorded approximately 500 vocal solos, with orchestral accompaniment, as arranged and conducted by well known musical directors, such as Hugo Winterhalter, Ralph Carmichael, Bill Walker, Nathan Scott, Norman Leyden, Jimmy Owens, Kurt Kaiser, Danny Davis, Charles Grean, and Radio City Music Hall Organist, Ray Bohr.

These number 53 LP and CD albums, many of which were produced by RCA's Steve Sholes, Brad McCuen, Darol Rice, Cliff Barrows, Don Hustad, Bill Fasig, and John Innes.

Mr. Shea has been privileged in person to lift his voice in song to over 200 million people, in audiences coming to hear the famous preacher Billy Graham. Also he has been in concert at London's Royal Albert Hall, in the East Room at the White House with pianist Tedd Smith, and in several appearances at Washington's Presidential Prayer Breakfast.

The University of North Carolina Public Television featured the life of Mr. Shea for several years. All this has taken in a span of more than 60 years, and he is still being asked to sing at the age of 96.

George Beverly Shea had extensive experience in New York, Chicago, and ABC network radio as announcer and singer before the television years.

Mr. Shea holds the world record for singing in person to the most people ever. The text reads: "George Beverly Shea of Canada has sung to the most people during his career on every continent in front of 220 million people, since first becoming the soloist for gospel preacher Billy Graham in 1943 on the radio show 'Songs in The Night'."

God's message, as brought to us by the most talented ministers of our age penetrates all aspects of our beings. My son Noah and I are biochemists. Sometimes we work almost all waking hours for several months in our laboratory in order to complete unusually difficult research. For many years now, the music of George Beverly Shea has played in our laboratory as we work - and has markedly improved our lives and the quality of our scientific research.

With the cooperation of Sony-BMG (formerly RCA) we have now produced on 24 Audio CDs Mr. Shea's recordings. In 2009 with the cooperation of Word Records we have released 3 more CD’s containing an additional 47 of Mr. Shea's Recordings.

For now, we are only offering complete sets of 24 CDs. If you personally would wish to have only a few CDs, we suggest that you acquire a whole set and use some of these as gifts.

Our family has been greatly blessed by our complete record collection of these recordings, assembled by our family member Arynne Robinson. We have brought the 24 CD-ROMs together so that many other people can be similarly blessed. Said simply - we are sure that the world will be a better place if this wonderful ministry in song is known to be widely available.

It is an unusual privilege to be able to distribute this music by George Beverly Shea. We are sure that you will enjoy these wonderful recordings.

Art, Zachary, Noah, Arynne, Joshua, Fama, Bethany, Matthew, and Joseph Robinson August 2005

  • How Sweet the Sound
    By George Beverly Shea

    In this 282 page hardcover book, George Beverly Shea shares warm memories and inspiring stories about his favorite hymns and gospel songs. There is the story of the rescue of Bert Frizen, who lay wounded during World War II and was saved by an enemy soldier who heard him singing "Jesus Whispers Peace", and carried him to where the American medics found him soon after. Or the story of the truck driver told him "I hear you in the dark of night as I travel down the highways, often listening to the Hour of Decision. I can hardly see the road after you sing songs like 'Lord, I'm Coming Home.'" He prayed with Bev right then and gave his life to Jesus, sitting behind the steering wheel of his truck. You will find many more inspiring stories that show how God has used music to touch the hearts of people around the world.

 

About George Beverly Shea:

The music of George Beverly Shea is characterized by the warmth and utter sincerity that one might expect from a man who often refers to his singing career as a "ministry through records." His deep, resonant voice is familiar the world over. Moreover, his enduring friendship with evangelist Billy Graham, with whom he has been associated for 60 years, has markedly enhanced the ministries of both men.

Throughout the course of a career that has encompassed numerous concert performances and more than 70 albums of sacred music, Mr. Shea has been a fixture at Billy Graham crusades in all 50 states and on every continent. "I've been listening to Bev Shea sing for more than 50 years," Mr. Graham once explained, "and I would still rather hear him sing than anyone else I know."

George Beverly Shea was born on February 1, 1909, in Winchester, Ontario, Canada. His father, A. J. Shea, was a Methodist minister, and young George first sang in public as part of a church choir. In 1928, he traveled to the United States to attend Houghton College in western New York State. Although he enjoyed his time at Houghton and sang in the glee club there, his family was unable to afford more than one year's tuition. George left college and got a job in New York working as a clerk in the medical department for Mutual Life Insurance of New York. During which time, while on duty, he met Lou Gehrig, Fred Alan and Frank Gannett among others.

By this time his parents had also moved, and his father had a new congregation in nearby Jersey City. George spent many hours singing and playing the organ in his father's church. During this period he also wrote the music to "I'd Rather Have Jesus," the most celebrated of several noteworthy Shea compositions that are indelibly linked with his name.

He wrote a letter to the noted American concert baritone John Charles Thomas (also the son of a Methodist minister) seeking advice on his musical pursuits. Thomas referred George to his vocal coach, Gino Monaco, with whom Shea also studied. George soon developed a regional reputation through radio appearances on stations WMCA and WHN, as well as his involvement in many outdoor Bible meetings.

In 1939, Mr. Shea received an offer to travel to Chicago to become a staff announcer and featured soloist at radio station WMBI. He eagerly accepted, despite the fact that the Depression made this a risky move. It was virtually unheard of for a gospel singer to attempt to support himself through music during this era.

The move to Chicago proved to be the turning point in his career. After several years, his magnificent voice came to the attention of Club Aluminum of Chicago, and in 1944 he began appearing on an ABC program entitled Club Time, with which he would remain until 1952. Of more lasting consequence were his appearances on Songs in the Night, a hymn program that also featured a sermonette by Billy Graham, who at that time was pastor of the Village Church in Western Springs, Illinois. This marked the beginning of a mutually rewarding association that continues to this day.

Mr. Shea sang at his first Billy Graham Crusade in 1947 and joined Mr. Graham's weekly Hour of Decision radio broadcast in 1950. The following year he embarked on another long and fruitful affiliation when he signed a recording contract with RCA Victor. As of this writing in 2005, Mr. Shea continues to perform with remarkable vigor at the age of 96. He has received many significant honors and awards, including 10 Grammy nominations and a Grammy Award in 1965 for the album Southland Favorites, which he recorded with the Anita Kerr Singers.

Mr. Shea was elected to the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame in 1978, and was similarly recognized by the Religious Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 1996. He has a 1956 Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from Houghton College, a 1972 Honorary Doctor of Sacred Music from Trinity University, and a 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Gospel Music Association. He is also listed by the Guinness Book of Records for singing cumulatively to the most people - 220 million. His story has been chronicled in a 1968 autobiography, a 1998 television documentary, and, most recently, in How Sweet the Sound by George Beverly Shea, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois, 2004.

The life and work of this uniquely gifted artist are perhaps best summed up by the personal motto he takes from the 28th Psalm: "The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song I will praise him."

Adapted from "A George Beverly Shea Christmas" by Joseph F. Laredo

Song List of 24 CD Collection:
  1. A Beautiful Life
  2. A Child Of The King
  3. A Cloud By Day
  4. A Man Named Moses
  5. A Shelter In The Time Of Storm
  6. Acres Of Diamonds
  7. Adoration
  8. All Is Well
  9. All My Life
  10. All My Life Long
  11. All That Thrills My Soul
  12. All The Way My Saviour Leads Me
  13. Amazing Grace
  14. America The Beautiful
  15. An Evening Prayer
  16. And Can It Be?
  17. Away In The Manger
  18. Battle Hymn Of The Republic
  19. Be Still My Soul
  20. Be Thou My Vision
  21. Beautiful Isle
  22. Beautiful Valley Of Eden
  23. Because
  24. Because He Lives
  25. Beside The Still Waters
  26. Beyond The Sunset
  27. Bless This House
  28. Blessed Assurance
  29. Blue Galilee
  30. Break Thou The Bread Of Life
  31. Bringing In The Sheaves
  32. But This One thing I Know
  33. Calvary
  34. Child Of The King
  35. Christ Is A Wonderful Saviour
  36. Christ The Lord Is Risen Today
  37. C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S
  38. Christmas Star
  39. Christmas, Christmas
  40. Close To Thee
  41. Come Unto Me When Shadows Darkly Gather
  42. Come With Your Heartache
  43. Command And I'll Pray
  44. Count Your Blessings
  45. Day By Day
  46. Day Is Dying In The West
  47. Dear Little Stranger
  48. Deep River
  49. Did You Think To Pray?
  50. Do Lord (Do Remember Me)
  51. Does Jesus Care
  52. Every Time I Feel The Spirit
  53. Face To Face
  54. Fairest Lord Jesus
  55. Faith Of Our Fathers
  56. Fill My Cup, Lord
  57. Flee As A Bird
  58. Follow Me
  59. Follow, I Will Follow Thee
  60. For The Beauty Of The Earth
  61. Forgive Me My Friend
  62. Forty Long Years
  63. From Every Stormy Wind That Blows
  64. Gentle Shepherd
  65. Go Down, Moses
  66. Go Tell It On The Mountain
  67. God Is Ever Beside Me
  68. God Is So Good To Me
  69. God Is Still On The Throne
  70. God Moves In A Mysterious Way
  71. God Of Our Fathers
  72. Goin' Home
  73. Good Night, Sweet Jesus
  74. Goodbye Pharaoh
  75. Grace Greater Than Our Sin
  76. Great Is Thy Faithfulness
  77. Green Pastures
  78. Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah
  79. Hallelujah
  80. Happiness Is The Lord
  81. Hark! The Herald Angels
  82. Have You Ever Seen The Star?
  83. He
  84. He Became Poor
  85. He Giveth More Grace
  86. He Has Time
  87. He Is No Stranger (To Our House)
  88. He Leadeth Me
  89. He Looked Beyond My Fault (And Saw My Need)
  90. He Touched Me
  91. He Washed My Eyes With Tears
  92. He Whispered, "Peace By Still"
  93. He Will Hold Me Fast
  94. Hear O'Israel
  95. Heaven Came Down And Glory Filled My Soul
  96. Heavenly Sunlight
  97. He'l Carry You Through
  98. He'll Never Let You Fall
  99. He's Everything To Me
  100. He's Everywhere
  101. He's Got The Whole Wide World In His Hands
  102. Hiding In Thee
  103. His Eye Is On The Sparrow
  104. Holy Spirit, Faithful Guide
  105. Holy, Holy, Holy
  106. Home Is The Shepherd
  107. Hope In God
  108. How Big Is God
  109. How Can I Be Lonely
  110. How Firm A Foundation
  111. How Long Has It Been?
  112. I Am Not Alone
  113. I Asked The Lord
  114. I Believe
  115. I Believe In Miracles
  116. I Found The Answer
  117. I Found What I Wanted (When I Found The Lord)
  118. I Got A Home in-a Dat Rock
  119. I Have Decided To Follow Jesus
  120. I Heard God Today
  121. I Heard The Voice Of Jesus Say
  122. I Know Where I'm Going
  123. I Love Thy Presence, Lord
  124. I May Never Pass This Way Again
  125. I Met God In The Morning
  126. I Must Tell Jesus
  127. I Need Thee Every Hour
  128. I Saw A Man
  129. I Shall Not Be Moved
  130. I Walked Today Where Jesus Walked
  131. I Want To Be Ready
  132. I Will Praise Him
  133. I Will Pray
  134. I Wonder
  135. I Wonder As I Wander
  136. I'd Rather Have Jesus
  137. If God Isn't Real
  138. If I Can Help Somebody
  139. If I Could Pray Like A Child Again
  140. If We Could See Beyond Today
  141. I'll Be A Sunbeam
  142. In The Garden
  143. In The Hour Of Trial
  144. In The Shadow Of His Wings
  145. In The Sweet By And By
  146. In The Wilderness
  147. In Times Like These
  148. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
  149. It Is Well With My Soul
  150. It Took A Miracle
  151. I've Tried In Vain
  152. Ivory Palaces
  153. Jacob's Ladder
  154. Jesus Bids Us Shine
  155. Jesus Loves Me
  156. Jesus Walks Among Us
  157. Jesus Was A Carpenter
  158. Jesus Will Give You Rest
  159. Jesus Will Walk With Me
  160. Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me
  161. Joshua Fit The Battle Of Jericho
  162. Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
  163. Joyously Sang The Choirs
  164. Just A Wayward Lamb
  165. Just As I Am
  166. Just As I Am
  167. Just For Today
  168. Keep Your Voices Singing
  169. Kneel At The Cross
  170. Known Only To Him
  171. Lead Kindly Light
  172. Lead Me Gently Home, Father
  173. Lead Me, Guide Me
  174. Lead Me, Saviour
  175. Leave It There
  176. Less Of Me
  177. Let Jesus Come Into Your Heart
  178. Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled
  179. Let The Lower Lights Be Burning
  180. Life's Railway To Heaven
  181. Like A River Glorious
  182. Little David (Play On Your Harp)
  183. Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming
  184. Lonely Voices
  185. Lonesome Valley
  186. Lord, I'm Coming Home
  187. Lord, In The Morning
  188. Memories Of Galilee
  189. Mercy, Lord
  1. Midian
  2. Must Jesus Bear The Cross Alone
  3. My Cathedral
  4. My Faith Looks Up To Thee
  5. My Father Watches Over Me
  6. My God And I
  7. My Jesus, I Love Thee
  8. My Lord Is Near Me All The Time
  9. My Prayer
  10. My Saviour's Love
  11. Nearer, My God, To Thee
  12. Nearer, Still Nearer
  13. Never Give Up
  14. No One Ever Cared For Me Like Jesus
  15. No One Understands Like Jesus
  16. No, Not One
  17. Not My Will
  18. Now I Belong To Jesus
  19. Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep
  20. Now The Day Is Over
  21. O Come, O Come Emmanuel
  22. O Day Of Rest And Gladness
  23. O Holy Night
  24. O Little Town Of Bethlehem
  25. O Lord Most Holy
  26. O Love That Will Not Let Me Go
  27. O Men From The Fields
  28. O My Lovin' Brother
  29. O Perfect Love
  30. O Sacred Head, Now Wounded
  31. O, What A Wonderful Saviour
  32. Oh Happy Day
  33. Oh Lord, I Am Not Worthy
  34. Oh, Gentle Shepherd
  35. Old Time Religion
  36. On Jordan's Stormy Banks
  37. Once And Only Once
  38. Once In Royal David's City
  39. One Day At A Time
  40. One Day Nearer Home
  41. Only A Touch
  42. Open Up Your Heart (And Let The Sunshine In)
  43. Over The Sunset Mountains
  44. Pass It On
  45. Peace In The Valley
  46. Perfect Love
  47. Prayer
  48. Prayer Is The Key To Heaven (Faith Unlocks The Door)
  49. Precious Memories
  50. Put The Christ Back Into Christmas
  51. Reach For The Hand Of The Lord
  52. Rock Of Ages
  53. Rocked In The Cradle Of The Deep
  54. Room At The Cross For You
  55. Safe In The Arms Of Jesus
  56. Saviour, Again To Thy Dear Name
  57. Saviour, Like A Shepherd Lead Us
  58. Security
  59. Seven Plagues
  60. Shadows So Softly Enfold Thee
  61. Shall We Gather At The River
  62. Shepherd Of Love
  63. Ship Ahoy
  64. Silent Night
  65. Sing Me A Song Of Sharon's Rose
  66. Singing I Go
  67. Sleep Precious Babe
  68. Smilin' Through
  69. So Near To God
  70. Softly And Tenderly
  71. Soldiers Of Christ, Arise
  72. Somebody Bigger Than You And I
  73. Somebody Cares
  74. Somebody's Knocking At Your Door
  75. Something A-Burnin' In My Soul
  76. Sometime!
  77. Somewhere Along The Way (He'l Find You)
  78. Songs In The Night
  79. Stand By Me
  80. Stand Up, Stand Up For Jesus
  81. Standing In The Need Of Prayer
  82. Standing On The Promises
  83. Still, Still With Thee
  84. Sun Of My Soul
  85. Sunrise
  86. Sunshine
  87. Sunshine In My Soul
  88. Surely Goodness And Mercy
  89. Sweet By And By
  90. Sweet Hour Of Prayer
  91. Sweet Little Jesus Boy
  92. Sweet Peace, The Gift Of God's Love
  93. Sweet, Sweet Spirit
  94. Sweeter As The Years Go By
  95. Take God By The Hand
  96. Take My Hand
  97. Take My Life And Let It Be
  98. Tell It Again
  99. Tell Me The Old, Old Story
  100. Tender Farewell
  101. Tenderly He Watches
  102. Thank You
  103. Thanks To God
  104. That Beautiful Name
  105. That Old-Fashioned Home
  106. The Army Of The Lord
  107. The Birthday Of A King
  108. The Blind Ploughman
  109. The Broken Vessel
  110. The Christ Of Every Crisis
  111. The Christ Of Every Road
  112. The Circuit Rider
  113. The Cross Is Not Greater
  114. The Day Of Miracles
  115. The Earth Is The Lord's
  116. The Eastern Gate
  117. The Garden Of My Heart
  118. The Golden Calf
  119. The Holy City
  120. The King Is Coming
  121. The King Of All Kings
  122. The Last Mile Of The Way
  123. The Lord Provideth
  124. The Lord's My Shepherd
  125. The Lord's Prayer
  126. The Man
  127. The Model Church
  128. The New 23rd
  129. The Night Watch
  130. The Ninety And Nine
  131. The Peace That My Savior Has Given
  132. The Pearly White City
  133. The Prayer Perfect
  134. The Promised Land
  135. The Rose Of Sharon
  136. The Savior Is Waiting
  137. The Shadow Of A Cross
  138. The Spacious Firmament
  139. The Stranger Of Galilee
  140. The Ten Commandments
  141. The Touch Of His Hand On Mine
  142. The Unclouded Day
  143. The Wayfaring Stranger
  144. The Wonder Of It All
  145. There Is More To Life
  146. There Were Only A Few (At The Cross)
  147. There's A Time
  148. There's Something About That Name
  149. These Are The Things That Matter
  150. This Is My Father's World
  151. Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne
  152. Thou Light Of Life
  153. Through The Years
  154. Through The Years--I Love Thee
  155. Time Out For Jesus
  156. To God Be The Glory
  157. To My Mother
  158. Under His Wings
  159. Until Then
  160. Unto The Hills
  161. We're Marching To Zion
  162. What A Day That Will Be
  163. What A Friend We Have In Jesus
  164. What God Hath Promised
  165. When Children Pray
  166. When God Is Near
  167. When God Speaks
  168. When I Get To The End Of The Way
  169. When They Ring The Golden Bells
  170. Where Could I Go?
  171. Where No One Stands Alone
  172. Where The Roses Never Fade
  173. Whispering Hope
  174. Whiter Than Snow
  175. Who At My Door Is Standing
  176. Who Moved?
  177. Why Should He Love Me So?
  178. Will Jesus Find Us Watching
  179. Will The Circle Be Unbroken
  180. Will You Keep That Vow?
  181. Wings Of A Dove
  182. With Christ As My Pilot
  183. Wonderful Peace
  184. Wonderful Words Of Life
  185. Yes, He Did
  186. You May Have The Joy Bells
  187. You'll Never Walk Alone
  188. You're Not Alone
  189. Zion Stands With Hills Surrounded
Song List: 3 Newly Released CDs.
How Great Thou Art: Disk 25
  • How Great Thou Art
  • Welcome, Welcome
  • Let Us Break Bread Together
  • Touch Me Again
  • In His Love and In His Pity
  • At Calvary
  • He the Pearly Gates Will Open
  • It Is No Secret
  • Ezekiel's Wheel
  • Wonderful Name Jesus
  • People Need the Lord
  • Jesus Whispers Peace
  • Glory
  • He Died For Me
  • You Are the Finger of God
  • Yes, There Is Comfort
Angels Shall Keep Thee: Disk 26
  • Angels Shall Keep Thee
  • Praise Ye the Father
  • The Angels Have Changed My Name
  • Guardian Angels
  • All Night, All Day
  • Ten Thousand Angels
  • O Come, Angel Band
  • You Sent an Angel
  • All Through the Night
  • Early in the Morning
  • Have Thine Own Way, Lord
  • Friends
  • Oh, How Sweet to Know
  • When He Comes
  • Almost Persuaded
Victory in Jesus: Disk 27
  • The Old Rugged Cross
  • The Shadow of the Cross
  • I Will Sing of My Redeemer
  • Until That Time
  • 'Tis the Blessed Hour of Prayer
  • The Longer I Serve Him
  • Oh, How He Loves You and Me
  • Would You
  • What Child is This
  • I Have Come From the Darkness to the Light
  • The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power
  • Leaning on the Everlasting Arms
  • What Am I Worth
  • Learning to Lean
  • My Song For You
  • Victory in Jesus