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Back to the Garden (Christmas 2001)

Referred to many as the “singer’s singer” and called “the most awesome voice in gospel music” by Billboard magazine, Cynthia Clawson has received a Grammy® and five Dove awards for her work as a songwriter, vocal artist and musician. Her career has spanned over four decades with 22 recordings to her credit. She was three years old when her father first asked her to sing in the small church he pastored, and Cynthia has not stopped since – from local neighborhood churches to London’s Wembley Stadium. Though never considered a southern gospel singer by critics and fans, she has been honored to be a frequent guest on Bill and Gloria Gaither’s Homecoming Series. Cynthia has reached millions throughout the world with her music. A graduate of Howard Payne University with a major in vocal performance and a minor in piano, Cynthia was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from her alma mater in 2007. She holds the same honorary degree from Houston Baptist University in 1995. Her rendition of “Softly and Tenderly” set the evocative tone for the soundtrack of the Academy Award winning movie The Trip to Bountiful. Included in her schedule, Cynthia has performed as a guest artist for Grammy-nominated Conspirare, a choral group recognized as the preeminent a cappella choral ensemble in the United States. She's also performed with the Houston Chamber Choir as well as years of singing with church choirs around the world. Her talents bridge the arts of music, theater and cabaret. Her eclectic style allows her artistry full expression.
With Special Guest Artist Cynthia Clawson

Recorded live December 2001 at The Carillon and First English Lutheran Church, Austin, TX

Additional musical arrangements, piano/vocal performances by Craig Hella Johnson (CHJ)


  1. For the Beauty of the Earth (Conrad Kocher)
  2. I Love Your Kingdon Lord (Aaron Williams)
  3. Are there No Armies? (Kevin Oldham)
  4. Savior of the Nations Come (collage, arr. CHJ)
  5. Drop, Drop Slow Tears (Orlando Gibbons)
  6. Hear My Prayer (Henry Purcell)
  7. Can I, Imprisoned, Touch the Starry Robe of God (Kevin Oldham)
  8. Jesus Loves the Little Children / Sunshine on My Shoulders (traditional / John Denver)
  9. I Don’t Want to Wait / O How Shall I Receive Thee (Cole / Teschner)
  10. Then I Saw You (Cynthia Clawson)
  11. Ich bin ein rechter Weinstock (Heinrich Schütz)
  12. O Tannenbaum (traditional)
  13. If We Only Have Love (Jacques Brel)
  14. Summer in Winter (Arlen Clarke)
  15. Eagle Poem (Steven Heitzig)
  16. In Beauty (Gaelic / arr. CHJ)
  17. I Love You
  18. Jesus Christ the Apple Tree (Elizabeth Poston)
  19. I Remember Sky (Stephen Sondheim)
  20. Winds through the Olive Trees (traditional, arr. CHJ)
  21. Christmas Question (Jane Marshall)
  22. A Dream Is a Wish / I Have Imagined (Ken Medema)
  23. Lo How a Rose / The Rose (traditional / McBroom)