Ralph Carmichael

  • July 19, 2013
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My friend Ralph Carmichael is a famous composer and arranger of both secular and contemporary Christian music. 

Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada. My friend Ralph Carmichael is a famous composer and arranger of both secular and contemporary Christian music. Recently, he helped me lead a community hymn sing and afterward, during lunch, I learned that he just turned 85! Many years ago, Ralph arranged music for top performers, including Nat King Cole, but it’s in the field of Christian music that he is most well known. They call him the "Father of Contemporary Christian Music." Well, at 85, Ralph is as energetic as ever: he loves leading hymn sings and creating beautiful music to the Lord—that’s why he inspires me. Psalm 92 says, “They will still yield fruit in old age; they shall be full of sap and very green.” So, friend, whatever your age, remember Ralph. Because no one should ever retire from singing God’s praises.  

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