Prolific modern hymn writers Keith and Kristyn Getty have teamed with the iconic Ricky Skaggs to release a duet of the Christmas hymn “Brightest and Best,” available today. Skaggs lends his musical mastery to the classic, blending seamlessly with Keith and Kristyn.
Skaggs performed the song for the first time with the Gettys as a special guest on their annual Sing! An Irish Christmas Tour at the Kennedy Center. Immediately falling in love with Skaggs’ haunting rendition of the song, The Gettys were eager to record it with him.
Keith Getty says, “We were so thrilled to have Ricky at the Kennedy Center for the spine tingling moment of performing ‘Brightest and Best,’ and are even more honored to have recorded it as a single with him.”
Skaggs says, “I really love this song, ‘Brightest and Best.’ It says so much about the Lord JESUS coming to us as a baby and how the world changed from that day forward. Getting to sing it with Kristyn Getty was a real joy for me. She’s one of my favorite singers.”
To celebrate the release of “Brightest and Best” the Gettys and Skaggs will be performing at the Grand Ole Opry tonight as well (12/3).
The Gettys will be embarking on their annual Sing! An Irish Christmas tour starting December 10th in St. Louis with a special appearance from Skaggs, additional stops will include New York City’s Carnegie Hall, Nashville’s historic Schermerhorn Symphony Center and many more. Previously featured to millions of households internationally on public television, the BBC, and the Trinity Broadcasting Network, this year’s Christmas tour will feature seven brand new songs from Keith and Kristyn Getty, along with many of the traditional Christmas carols fans have come to know and love. Their Christmas special will also be broadcast on TBN and the BBC this year.
They also recently released their newest album, “Confessio – Irish American Roots,” 13 songs inspired by their history in Ireland, filled with traditional Irish-melodies and instrumentation, brand-new songs as well as timeless hymns arranged with the signature sound that is only the Gettys. The album features the lead track, “Pass The Promise” a new-anthem that is instantly singable, guest artists including Alison Krauss (“In Christ Alone”), Sandra McCracken (“All My Heart Rejoices,” “Pass the Promise”), Kirk Whalum and Dana Masters (“Amazing Grace”), as well as classic well-known hymns that are all the soundtrack of the green hills of Ireland.
To download “Brightest and Best” visit: https://VA.lnk.to/brightestandbest
About Ricky Skaggs Earning 12 #1 hit singles, 15 GRAMMY® Awards, 13 IBMA Awards, nine ACM Awards, eight CMA Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), two Dove Awards, the ASCAP Founders Award, three honorary Doctorate degrees, inductions into the Country Music Hall of Fame, IBMA Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame, National Fiddler Hall of Fame, Musicians Hall of Fame, and GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame, the 2013 Artist-In-Residence at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, an Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award in the Instrumentalist category along with countless other awards, Ricky Skaggs is truly a pioneer of Bluegrass and Country music. Since he began playing music over 60 years ago, Skaggs has released more than 30 albums and has performed thousands of live shows. He started his own record label, Skaggs Family Records, in 1997 and has since released 12 consecutive GRAMMY®-nominated albums. His latest release, Hearts Like Ours, with his wife, celebrated artist Sharon White of The Whites features the couple dueting on handpicked country love songs. And the Grand Ole Opry member has released his first-ever autobiography, “Kentucky Traveler.” The book details the life and times of Skaggs and provides a descriptive history of Country and Bluegrass music, as told by the master himself. In addition to his regular touring schedule with his band, Kentucky Thunder, he has added country tour dates as he plugs in and plays full shows of his chart-topping hits. Skaggs was a 2020 recipient of the National Medal of Arts, the highest award given to artists and arts patrons by the United States government.
For more information on Ricky Skaggs, visit rickyskaggs.com.
About Keith & Kristyn Getty Keith and Kristyn Getty are pre-eminent modern hymn writers in the world today with Keith being the first Church Musician of the modern era to be awarded the OBE from Queen Elizabeth II, for services to music and hymn writing. Their hymns such as “In Christ Alone”, written with Stuart Townend, uniquely cross musical genres and teach Christian doctrine. As ambassadors of hymn writing, they have performed for presidents, prime ministers, their annual national hymn tour and Christmas tour including sell-out concerts each year at Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. Since founding Getty Music, it has expanded to include a publishing company of modern hymn writers, record label, touring company, online learning company, foundation and inspired by their first book, the “Sing” Conference & Festival which welcomes over 15,000 people to Nashville every year. Keith & Kristyn live between Nashville and Northern Ireland with their four daughters.
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