In 1992, the release of At the Foot of the Cross, Vol. 1 provided a breakthrough for members of The Choir. The group had gained respect as a standout member of the Southern California alternative rock scene but had yet to make the big move to Nashville in order to grow its presence in the heart of the Christian music industry. In partnership with Daniel Amos multi-instrumentalist Greg Flesch, Steve Hindalong and Derri Daugherty conceived a project that would engage the burgeoning worship music trend with authenticity and heart. The project also tapped the talents of musical friends including (among others) virtuoso guitarist Phil Keaggy, baritone Bob Bennett, Leslie DuPre-Grimaud, Bill Batstone, the late Mark Heard, Michael Roe of the 77s, Pam Miner, alt-rock maverick Michael Knott, and roots music luminaries Victoria Williams and Buddy & Julie Miller.
The resulting music brought broader recognition to Daugherty and Hindalong as a production and songwriting team. “Beautiful Scandalous Night” became a new staple for Choir concerts and has since been performed in churches around the world during the Easter season. The song paved the way for the eventual collaborative creation of “God of Wonders.”
The 12-song program is separated into three movements. The Mystery features the captivating “When the Sun Fades.” The Atonement includes the plaintive “Heal Us Oh Lord” and worshipful “Beautiful Scandalous Night.” The Inspiration resonates with “Sanctified” and “Teach Us to Love You.”
At the Foot of the Cross, Vol. 1 has long been out of print, and has never been released on vinyl. This campaign aims to produce a high-quality vinyl LP release, a CD, and a companion art book with photos, lyrics, and song charts [and artist quotes]. Thanks to careful archiving, Daugherty has access to the original unmastered mixes. This permits a rare opportunity for true remastering in order to bring the music to full flourish with the best in modern technology and technique. With your help, At the Foot of the Cross, Vol. 1 can be celebrated afresh by longtime fans and introduced to a new generation of listeners in time for the album’s 30th anniversary.