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Grammy-nominated artist releases patriotic Album, Plans National Tour

AMERICAN FORK, UTAH -- Grammy-nominated pianist David Glen Hatch's new CD, Let Freedom Ring, is a collection of newly arranged patriotic songs that capture the American spirit. He will be showcasing these songs on a nationwide patriotic tour this fall.

"September 11 left me with a desire to heal troubled hearts and to remind us all of the privileges of patriotism and the blessings of being an American. Music is my language to soothe the soul and make the heart soar," said David Glen Hatch, nationally acclaimed concert pianist. "With that in mind, I specifically chose songs that would show America's resilience through our tragedies and triumphs."

Let Freedom Ring features traditional favorites, folk medleys, Broadway and pop hits, and original songs. "The tapestry of America is woven with the familiarity of Yankee Doodle and Battle Hymn of the Republic, the gentleness of the Shenandoah Valley and the exuberance of Dixieland, and with medleys that touch back to the Revolutionary and Civil Wars," said Hatch. "From a Distance became an anthem of the Gulf War and God Bless America defines us as Americans today."

Two songs from the Broadway hit Les Miserable give unique perspective on America's stance after the September 11 attack. "Do You Hear the People Sing was written about the French Revolution and becomes a battle cry for Americans as we embark on our own war against terrorism. One line in the song was rewritten to better reflect our current struggle," said Rich Smith, vocal producer. "Bring Him Home is a plea for the safe return of those men and women who have left home and family to safeguard our freedom."

"The sensitivity of Let Freedom Ring is astounding and gratifying," said Utah Senator Orrin G. Hatch. "The well-arranged songs and spectacular performances will stir patriotic feelings like no other CD." Senator Hatch, a talented musician in his own right, wrote the two original songs for the CD: Morning Breaks on Arlington and Heal Our Land.

"Many people who know Senator Hatch politically don't realize that he has the special gift of capturing the thoughts and emotions we all feel and putting them to music," said Smith. "His ability to vividly show the feelings of sacrifice and reverence in Arlington Cemetery is particularly significant because his brother is buried there."

"The variety of music allows everyone to connect with their patriotic feelings through a musical medium with which they are comfortable," said Phil Reschke, Managing Editor of Multimedia at Covenant Communications. "From sweeping orchestral pieces to Broadway hits, and from a top-40 tune to an American folk medley, there really is something for everyone."

"David is a musical powerhouse who loves to write and arrange, but his passion is playing," said Smith. "He is a true pianist that people respond to because he plays from his soul."

David Glen Hatch will be embarking on a national tour during the summer and fall of 2002 and will include the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C., George Washington University in D.C., The Arlington National Cemetery Ampitheater, and Carnegie Hall in New York City. "This is the largest project I have experienced in my 22 years of recording and I want to perform these powerful pieces in the national locations that are steeped in history."

Let Freedom Ring, by David Glen Hatch, arrangements by Marden Pond and Richard Smith ($15.95 CD, $9.95 cassette) is published by Covenant Communications and is available at bookstores everywhere, or at

Founded in 1958 and headquartered in American Fork, Utah, Covenant Communications publishes more than 100 book, audio, and software titles annually, and is the largest independent publisher in the LDS market.


About the Artist and Arrangers

David Glen Hatch is recognized as a distinguished performer, recording artist, and educator. He has toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Russia, and the Far East. Dr. Hatch holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Brigham Young University, and both Masters of Music and DMA degrees from the Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri-Kansas City. He has been a semifinalist twice at the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, has received the LDSBA "Listener's Choice Award," and received two Grammy Award nominations. Dr. Hatch lives in Orem, Utah.

Marden Pond received degrees from Brigham Young University, Arizona State University, and the University of Northern Colorado. He is the recipient of Utah's Composer of the Year award and winner of the Forte Music Composition Competition.

Richard Smith is an award-winning composer and arranger who has worked with many leading studios, including The Walt Disney Company and Warner Bros. Pictures.


Grammy-nominated artist releases patriotic Album, Plans National Tour
Covenant Communications Press Release 19Feb02 A2


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