My Master & My Friend
Valerie Ann Knies has spent her lifetime singing hymns. She has sung in churches in almost every state in the United States and over 30 countries. While visiting these many churches, she noticed the old hymns of the faith are often being neglected. New songs and contemporary music are replacing the heritage hymns in many homes and churches. Having a desire to do something to preserve the foundational music of Christianity, Valerie has recorded 'My Master and My Friend' including many of her own personal favorites. She has worked together with the talented and brilliant pianist and arranger, Heather Roberts-Ross, and several instrumentalists, to record these beautiful hymn stylings. Her desire is to get this music into homes and hearts as listeners sing along. People of all ages will enjoy this inspiring and spiritual music, which has become a favorite for many families. Artist Biography: Valerie, who has been a soloist since her teenage years, holds a bachelor's degree in music education and has taught band and choir. She plays several wind instruments and majored in sacred and classical saxophone. She and her husband, Jim, have served as missionary church planters in Southeast Asia and have been in Hungary for 20 years. She has worked in the church in Hungary as church song service accompanist and music director, mentoring Hungarian musicians as they prepare for future ministries. The Men's Quartet Album, 'Glorious Victory' includes many hymn favorites in the Hungarian language. Valerie produced this album with five of her students. Valerie continues to produce music for the Christian community while serving in Budapest. She has recently recorded an album of songs and hymns and spiritual songs of prayer called 'My Faithful Lord'. 'My Master and My Friend' and 'My Blessed Redeemer' remain a mainstay for the music libraries of Christians everywhere, and an inspiration to those who have yet to believe the gospel.