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Nearer (Christmas 2003)

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 2003 at The Carillon, Austin, TX

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


  1. Veni Emmanuel (plainsong)
  2. Here I Am (Emmylou Harris)
  3. Watching for Dolphins (CHJ)
  4. Interlude (arr. CHJ)
  5. Super Flumina Babylonis (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)
  6. Georgia Lee (Tom Waits)
  7. Lascia ch’io pianga (G.F. Handel)
  8. Auf einer Burg (Robert Schumann)
  9. Awaiting You (Adam Guettel)
  10. Love Bade Me Welcome (Ralph Vaughan Williams)
  11. 1st Katisma – from Vigilia (Einojuhani Rautavaara)
  12. Being Alive (Stephen Sondheim)
  13. Stay Awake (Richard & Robert Sherman, arr. CHJ)
  14. Every Star Shall Sing a Carol (Sydney Carter)
  15. In the Deserts of the Heart / Stuff in Annie’s Head (CHJ)
  16. The First of My Lovers (Sydney Carter)
  17. Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day (John Gardner)
  18. Incantations (Michael McGlynn)
  19. O Magnum Mysterium (Tomás Luis de Victoria)
  20. All That a Heart (CHJ)
  21. Let All Things Their Creator Bless (Healy Willan)
  22. Loving Shepherd of Thy Sheep (John Rutter)
  23. We Clasp the Hands (CHJ)
  24. I Could Have Danced All Night (arr. CHJ)
  25. Nearer My God, To Thee (Lowell Mason)