Keith and Kristyn Getty’s Irish Christmas show, “A Celebration of Carols,” comes to Carnegie Hall in New York on December 20.
Touring annually since 2011, the show is built around the Gettys own Christmas music catalog and their love for historic carols. The tour, playing to some 60,000 people in 2015, has seen annual sold-out performances at Carnegie Hall along with performances at many of the top concert venues in the United States.
The Gettys occupy a unique space in the world of music today as preeminent modern hymn writers. Hailing from Northern Ireland and their home congregation of Glenabbey Church, they have reinvented the traditional hymn form, creating a catalog of songs teaching Christian doctrine and crossing the genres of traditional, classical, folk, and contemporary composition sung the world over.
“Keith and Kristyn Getty are pioneers in the movement to produce a true yet new hymnody for the church that is theologically substantial, highly aware of history, and continuous with church music of the past,” said Tim Keller, pastor emeritus at Redeemer Presbyterian Churches of New York City. “They stand in the gap between the older churches of Europe and the new, growing, global Christianity. Though they are still young adults, we already owe them a great deal.”
Keith Getty, along with collaborators, including his wife Kristyn and Stuart Townend, has written over 60 of the most popular hymns sung in the United States and the United Kingdom, according to Christian Copyright Licensing International (CCLI). Getty-penned hymns are popular across all Christian denominations and their music has been performed at national celebrations in several countries as well as recorded by well-known artists.
The Getty-Townend hymn, “In Christ Alone,” is the number one most popular hymn sung in the UK for the past nine years and is also among the top ten in the USA. It is estimated that over 100 million people sang this one hymn in the last 12 months.
Nashville-based Keith Getty was honored as an “Officer of the Order of the British Empire” by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The award, which commemorates Getty’s contribution to “Music and Modern Hymn Writing,” marks the first time that the award has been given to a contemporary church music artist.
In 2016, Keith and Kristyn launched the worldwide release of “Facing a Task Unfinished”—a hymn, an album, and a tour. The Gettys, together with global partners, spearheaded an unparalleled global hymn sing of the song in February 2016. More than 5400 churches in 100 countries registered their participation, and some 1.1 million people across the earth sang the song on that single day.
This worldwide representation of modern hymns has led to the creation of the Getty Music Worship Conference, an international gathering to be held in Nashville, Tennessee, in September 2017. A highlight of the inaugural event will be a 5,000-person hymn sing at the Opry House.
Keith and Kristyn Getty continue to be global ambassadors for modern hymns in the USA and throughout the world. The Getty’s tour internationally, visiting venues from around the globe. In November of 2016, the Getty’s led worship for over 3,000 attendees at Movement Day Global Cities in New York City.
For tickets to The Getty’s Irish Christmas Show, visit www.carnegiehall.org or call (212) 247-7800. Use code PRE2750 for 20% discount. For groups of 10 or more, call (212) 903-9705 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.