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Remarkable New CD Mines Ancient Songs of the Church Blended with Nouveau Classical Melodies for Eclectic Listening Experience
 Internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter and classically trained violinist Jean Watson is set to unveil her highly anticipated new CD, SACRED, on Friday, October 19, 2018. (Cover image used by permission of Truthfulmusic Productions)   Nashville, Tenn. (October 4,   2018) – Internationally acclaimed recording artist Jean Watson is putting the finishing touches on her highly anticipated new CD, SACRED, which is slated for release on Friday, October 19, 2018, through Truthfulmusic Productions and Elevate Entertainment.     Produced by celebrated, multi-Grammy & Dove nominated contemporary Christian music pioneer Billy Smiley (White Heart, Union of Sinners & Saints, Margaret Becker) for Northern Shore Productions, SACRED features 11 new/ancient songs of the Church, embellished with guest performances from the likes of guitar maestro Phil Keaggy, cellist Matt Slocum (Sixpence None the Richer), and legendary vocalist Matthew Ward (2nd Chapter of Acts).         “I have always dreamed of recording a ‘hymns’ project, but I never imagined that my dream would be fulfilled in such grand style,” says Watson. “Producer Billy Smiley caught my vision to set ancient and modern hymns in a ‘Celtic Woman’ style, and amazing artists Phil Keaggy, Matt Slocum, and Matthew Ward graciously added their talents. The result was literally SACRED–a powerful worship experience that I can’t wait to share with the world!”
“Jean and I have been working together for quite some time, and this has all culminated into one of the most exciting projects I have ever been a part of with her,” adds Smilely. “SACRED brings the old and the new together in such a way that everyone can be touched when they hear this special music.”
SACRED expands on the ethereal, Celtic-flavored musical direction that was so prevalent on Watson’s previous album, WONDER, and pushes its boundaries even further to embody the world music sound her fans have been clamoring for. Yet Watson refuses to be boxed in by artificial constraints, and adds a multitude of fresh new sounds that will no doubt surprise and delight longtime fans, and create new ones along the way.
For example, the opening track, “Ubi Caritas/Gather Us In,” launches with a haunting, lyrical Gregorian Chant, undergirded by lithe piano and understated strings. It’s not a stretch to say most people are familiar with “The Doxology,” known by elder generations as the “Old 100th.” But it is unlikely anyone is familiar with more than the single verse commonly sung in contemporary worship services. And it is equally unlikely that anyone has heard it with the fresh twist Watson puts on it. “Prepare the Way,” with its driving percussion and unmistakable Irish-inflected melody, was inspired by the classic hymn, “Lift Up Your Head, Ye Mighty Gates.” Watson reworks another centuries-old hymn, “I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say,” into a yearning, soaring Celtic aria. Cellist Matt Slocum (Sixpence None the Richer) makes a guest appearance on the graceful, lyrical “St. Patrick’s Breastplate.” An 18th century poem by Richard Hutchins was the inspiration for the delightfully whimsical “Jesus Christ the Apple Tree,” which equates Christ with the Tree of Life.

The unmistakable voice of Matthew Ward (2nd Chapter of Acts) graces the updated version of the beloved hymn, “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee.” “Fairest Lord Jesus” takes on a wistful charm as Watson’s evocative vocals are enhanced with sweet violins and the unmatched guitar artistry of Phil Keaggy. Celtic whistles and pipes set the mood for Watson’s pristine rendition of “Holy, Holy, Holy.” Gentle, lilting piano trills encourage listeners to join in as Watson implores, “How Can I Keep from Singing?” The sole entry on the project that doesn’t predate the 20th century is the bonus track, an instrumental piece drawn from Leonard Cohen’s melancholy contemporary hymn, “Hallelujah.”
A music video version of “St. Patrick’s Breastplate,” shot on location in Ireland, is in the works.

“I am thrilled to be able to share these wonderful older songs of the Church with a new audience,” says Watson. “The words are so rich, and the message so powerful. I hope the music will reach hearts that may not have yet been impacted with their story of grace, love and mercy.”

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Jean Watson’s latest CD, SACRED, features guest performances by Phil Keaggy, Matt Slocum (Sixpence None the Richer), and Matthew Ward (2nd Chapter of Acts). (Adam McEvoy photo) 
About Jean Watson:
Born into a musical family, internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter and classically trained violinist Jean Watson’s classical training began when she was still a young child. Early on, she displayed an affinity for the violin, but as time passed she became equally recognized for her wistful, ethereal vocals.     As an adult, music was set aside for Watson to focus on her responsibilities as a wife and mother. Sadly, her marriage ended in divorce and she found herself in a time of deep depression and hopelessness. At her lowest point, she cried out to God. She experienced a remarkable breakthrough when her landlord gave her rent money back and said she needed to record an album. The rest, as they say, is history.

A fan favorite throughout the UK, Watson can be heard worldwide on UCB Radio Ireland where she hosts a daily inspirational radio program, Jean Watson, which she records from her Michigan home studio. Watson has logged thousands of miles traveling the U.S. and the world to perform in churches, prisons, coffee houses, homeless shelters and concert halls. When she is not on the road, she plays violin in the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra. 
Watson, who has been honored four times as the Best Female Praise and Worship Artist USA by the U.K. Christian Music Alliance, has performed on CBN’s The 700 Club, TBN’s Praise, LeSea Broadcasting’s The Harvest Show, Cornerstone TV’s Real Life, More Than a Song and The Living Room Concert Series, TV 57’s Babbie’s House, and Life Today TV with Randy Robison, among many others.

Watson is married to Mark Roberts, a retired U.S. Air Force chaplain. She lives in Lawton, Michigan, and has four children: Charlie, Andrew, Grace and Katharine. For more information on Watson visit

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