River of Grace is the latest album release from James Kilbane, featuring songs, psalms and prayers covering many parts of the Bible. As James explains in a personal note:
‘For quite some time I have wanted to compile an album like this one. For this work, I have recorded particular psalms, hymns and prayers that represent some of the important stages in the unfolding story of the scriptures and in the development of my own personal Christian faith.
The selection captures some of the central moments and key people caught up in the river of God’s grace as it flows through the biblical narrative, from Genesis to Revelation. The river of divine love shown to us in its fullness in Christ has not dried up, but continues to flow around us, into us and through us, transforming our lives and lifting our relationships to a higher level, streaming outwards to embrace every human being on the face of the earth.
Like the Nile, the Mississippi or the Amazon, it is a life-giving river: it carries away the debris of our sin, cultivates in us integrity, compassion and generosity, and births a love at the heart of all our relationships. In this album we see the river flowing through the patriarch Abraham, some of the Hebrew prophets, the Virgin Mary and the life and teaching of her son Jesus Christ. They invite us to step into the same river and experience for ourselves the life-enhancing changes it can bring.’
‘I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God, ‘who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.’ (Rv1:8)
‘He said to me, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life.”’ (Rv 21:6)
1. El Shaddai (God Almighty)
2. Rejoice, Give Thanks to The Lord
3. The Lord’s My Shepherd
4. I Will Never Forget You
5. How Lovely on the Mountains
6. Here I Am Lord
7. Be Not Afraid
8. One Holy Night
9. Mary, Did You Know?
10. Holy is His Name (The Magnificat)
11. There is a Heart
12. The Greatest Commandment
13. I Will Be The Vine
14. There is a River
15. The Lord’s Prayer (Spoken Prayer)
16. Via Dolorosa
17. Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?
18. Look What He’s Given to Me
19. Because He Lives
20. The Song of Moses and the Song of the Lamb
James Kilbane was born in London, England in 1970, and in his childhood he returned to the tranquil Achill Island, Mayo, Ireland. James married his teenage love, Christina in 1989 and their family home is on Achill with their teenage children Diana and Daniel.
James in his first 37 years has had an exceptional life to date. From a child, he struggled with learning difficulties, which he overcame and went on to study and earn two qualifications, one in Business and the second a Degree in Heritage studies. However James' singing was his earliest career, started at the age of seven when he gave his first solo performance in his local choir. James then started competing in singing competitions form the age of ten, winning many County titles.
Having been a member of several choirs and bands throughout his teenage years, James eventually became lead singer with his own band "Dollar Brand" until his success in the hit TV show You're A Star. You're A Star is the Irish version of American Idol, Pop Idol or X Factor. In this Irish television series, there were thousands of entrants from Ireland, America and England. After five months of television performances, James with his unique and incredible voice went all the way to the final where week after week he won the hearts of his nation.