B&H Inks Multi-Book Deal with Modern Hymn Writers Keith and Kristyn Getty
Nashville, Tenn. (October 3, 2016) — B&H Publishing Group is pleased to announce that it has signed a multi-book deal with critically acclaimed modern hymn writing duo Keith and Kristyn Getty.
The first book will release in the summer of 2017. B&H will release a total of four books with the Gettys.
“We are thrilled to be extending our partnership with the LifeWay family as we enter now a new phase in developing our hymns for the contemporary church,” said Keith Getty. “B&H is the publishing company we have wanted to work with, and we are excited to build long and far-reaching projects with them.”
In re-inventing the traditional hymn form, the Gettys have created a catalog of songs teaching Christian doctrine and crossing the genres of traditional, classical, folk and contemporary composition. Perhaps best known is “In Christ Alone” (written by Keith Getty with Stuart Townend), the #1 most-frequently-sung song in U.K. churches for the past nine consecutive years. The wider catalog includes some 60 songs among the top 2000 as tracked by CCLI, and music publishers estimate that 100 million people around the world sing their hymns in churches each year.
Keith and Kristyn, originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, tour internationally including their annual “Irish Christmas” tour featured on public television in 2015 and presented in such prestigious halls as The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, and many others. The duo has recorded six albums including their most recent, Facing a Task Unfinished, whose June release was preceded by a global hymn sing wherein 1.1 million people in 5400+ churches in 100 countries joined on the same day to sing the title song.
“We are honored and excited to partner with Keith and Kristyn,” said Devin Maddox, Christian Living and Leadership Publisher at B&H Publishing Group. “The Gettys are first and foremost thinkers at the fore of what it means to see all of life under the authority of Christ. And I think readers are soon to discover a priceless cache of wisdom about a whole host of matters in their forthcoming books, including worship and congregational singing, but also about the Christian life in general.”
As part of the book launch, a national media and marketing campaign is planned.
Keith and Kristyn Getty are the preeminent writers of modern hymns in the world today. The duo has created a deep catalog of songs including sixty of the most popular hymns currently sung in the U.S. and U.K. (according to Christian Copyright Licensing International). It is estimated that each year, their hymns are sung by more than 100 million people across the spectrum of all Christian denominations. The Getty’s most popular hymn, “In Christ Alone,” (co-written by Keith Getty with Stuart Townend) is the #1 most popular hymn sung in the U.K. for the past nine years and is among the top 10 most popular hymns in the U.S. Through their spring and fall tours, and their annual Joy–An Irish Christmas tour, the Gettys have performed before sold-out houses including London’s Royal Albert Hall, New York’s Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry. The duo met in Belfast, Northern Ireland when they began songwriting together. They were married in 2004, and two years later recorded their first project as a couple. To date, the Gettys have released 6 other full-length albums and 2 limited edition EPs. They currently reside between Nashville and Northern Ireland with their three young daughters.
B&H Publishing Group, an imprint of LifeWay Christian Resources, is a team of mission-minded people with a passion for taking God’s Word to the world. Because we believe Every Word Matters® we seek to provide intentional, Bible-centered content that positively impacts the hearts and minds of people, inspiring them to build a lifelong relationship with Jesus Christ. Among our print and digital releases for the trade, church, and academic markets, titles include The New York Times No. 1 bestsellers The Love Dare and The Vow, #1 CBA bestseller I Am a Church Member as well as the award-winning HCSB Study Bible.