Keith and Kristyn Getty, the world’s foremost contemporary hymn writers and performers, earned their first Grammy nomination yesterday when their album, Confessio – Irish American Roots, was officially nominated for Best Roots Gospel Album.
“We made this album when we were home with our daughters in Northern Ireland during Covid,” said Keith and Kristyn Getty. “It was our love letter to the land of our birth: the place that gave the origins and the meaning to why we write hymns, from its first hymn writer St. Patrick and his ‘Confession,’ to ‘Be Thou My Vision,’ to our own journey writing ‘In Christ Alone’ and other modern hymns. We are honored by this –our first– Grammy nomination and we hope the project shines a greater light on the Christian heritage of the West, the importance of hymn singing, and the irresistible beauty of the Lord Jesus.”
The 2023 GRAMMYs, officially known as the 65th GRAMMY Awards, will air live on Sunday, Feb. 5, from Los Angeles’ Crypto.com Arena, and it will broadcast live on the CBS Television Network and stream live and on-demand on Paramount+ at 8-11:30 p.m. ET / 5-8:30 p.m. PT+. The Best Roots Gospel Album category is for albums containing greater than 50% playing time of newly recorded, vocal, traditional/roots gospel music, including country, Southern gospel, bluegrass, and Americana recordings. The Gettys are nominate along with Willie Nelson, the Gaither Vocal Band, Karen Peck & New River, and the Tennessee State University Marching Band.
Confessio – Irish American Roots, was recorded on the North Coast of Ireland during the pandemic. The album traces the Gettys’ journey back to their native homeland to explore the connection between Ireland’s enduring faith music heritage and its legacy in America. The album showcases 15 modern and timeless hymns, highlighting traditional Irish melodies and instrumentation, while also featuring performances by a musically diverse array of stellar guests including multiple Grammy-winning artists such as Alison Krauss and Kirk Whalum, and bluegrass icon Ricky Skaggs.