Yesterday we launched the new Sovereign Grace Music website. And boy, am I excited about it.
My good friend Bo Lotinsky was the one who had the foresight to launch the first Sovereign Grace Music, which has served us for a number of years. But as Sovereign Grace Music has grown so has our desire to serve the people who use our music. The new website is a huge step in that direction.
Cabedge did a brilliant job designing the site and were very responsive to our wishes and desires. The back end (under the hood) was put together in-house by our master IT wizard, Dave Mays. Without him we’d just have a clean website that did nothing. My daughter/admin Brittany oversaw entering all the data and we worked together on the info. She’s the one who made the FAQ and permission pages sound more like a real person and less like a robot.
So here are ten reasons why I think you’ll like our new site:
1. All the music, charts, info, videos, and samples from 33 Sovereign Grace albums are in one place.
2. On the Songs page you’ll be able to search for any song by keyword, tempo, genre, key, or theme. And because most of the people who use our music need more categories than chorus and hymn, you can search any combination of the more than 80 themes listed.
3. On an Album page you can sample every song, buy any song from iTunes, Amazon, or Bandcamp, download a zip file of all the sheet music related to that album, read info, leave a comment, and view pictures or videos related to the album. For many albums you can also click through to buy the CD from our store.
4. On the Artist page you can learn more about the musicians who actually produce the music we make. You’ll also see every song they’ve participated in, what role they played, and have the opportunity to hear and/or buy those songs from Amazon, iTunes, or Bandcamp.
5. On any individual song page you can read the lyrics to the song, download any sheet music related to the song with one click (including the 3-staff piano scores!), comment on the song, and see characteristics of the song including composer, vocalists, album, key, tempo, genre, and themes. You can click on any of those categories to find songs with similar characteristics.
6. The FAQ page has a lot of questions we’ve been asked over the years, and a few we think we should have been asked.
7. The permissions page tries to simplify the often complex world of using other people’s music, including ours.
8. On the front page we list recent songs, our most popular songs, and free songs (which you can download with one click, of course).
9. We have the lyrics to “official” Spanish translations to some of our songs and hope to post many more.
10. In the near future we also hope to have a Scripture search function that will enable you to find songs related to specific Bible texts.
All that to say, I’m pretty excited about the potential this new site has for making it easier for people to use, listen to, play, buy, share, and sing our songs. I’m hoping you think the same thing.
But enough talk already! You can check out the site here.
And let me know what you think.