Joe Lopez ’02 recently poured his experiences into the arrangements of this project. He was born in a preacher’s home in Long Beach California where church songs became the norm. He later attended Vanguard University where his love for old hymns developed.
“The wealth of theology and word imagery in the lyrics, the stories of the writers, and the unforgettable melodies were more than enough to motivate this making of a hymn album that would place familiar tunes inside a new and creative acoustic setting.”
He graduated from Vanguard in 2002 with a BA in Music Education. He then toured with many different musical groups all over the world, including China, Spain, Peru, Central America, Israel and the United States. In 2015 he recently released an album titled “The Hymnal” (by Joe Manuel). The album is filled with ten of his favorite songs that one would typically see in a hymnal. However, it is recorded with new acoustic guitar arrangements along with voices, violin, and piano. It contains songs such as How Great Thou Art, Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing, I Surrender All, Amazing Grace, Great is Thy Faithfulness, and many more.
This album is available for purchase at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/joemanuel and is also available on iTunes, Spotify, and Google Play. Join us in supporting one of our Vanguard Alums!