Steve's New CD!

The Story 

Steven grew up in the Lutheran church, singing the classic hymns like “How Great Thou Art” and “ Shall We Gather At the River”. Throughout his expansive music career, he has established himself as a choir director, conductor and soloist and has always been involved with sacred music, be it Lutheran, Methodist, Baptist, Unitarian, Christian Scientist, or Episcopalian.  Steve is currently the baritone soloist at Hennepin United Methodist Church in Minneapolis, a church with a rich and highly respected musical tradition.

Grandma’s Favorite Gospel CD 

The picturesque church above is Halfway Creek Lutheran Church, in Holmen, Wisconsin. This church holds a special place in Steve’s heart. As a child, his Norwegian grandmother had often taken him to this church for lutefisk and lefse dinners. In 2010, Steve learned that Halfway Creek Lutheran Church had now outgrown their space for lutefisk and lefse dinners and that they needed a fund raising campaign for the new addition. It was Steven’s idea to record the “Grandma’s Favorite Gospel Hymns” CD and contribute the profits from the ensuing concert and CD sales to the church. What a success - over $5000 was raised in one day!

Steve wanted to record these hymns as his grandmother would have heard them at her country church, with the unadorned arrangements that we all know by heart taken directly out of the hymnal. Steve assembled a choir and recorded Grandma’s Favorite Gospel Hymns CD live in Halfway Creek Church, with just the electric organ for accompaniment. You can hear the spirit of grace and joy in the beautiful singing. This CD is Steve’s best seller and is beloved by anyone who loves hymns or has sung in a church choir.

Grandma’s Favorite Gospel Hymn Sing 

What is a hymn sing? 

A hymn sing is a joyful gathering of many people, often a very large church group or a combination of churches, who celebrate through singing the great hymns: “Rock of Ages” , “In the Garden” and other favorites. Steve will lead and conduct the hymn sing. His warm presence and his experience as a choir director, conductor and his natural leadership skills make this an easy and joyful and worshipful experience. Solos can be divided up between Steve and the soloists from numerous churches within a community. People will flock to hear and sing their best loved hymns in a proper church setting. This is a beautiful way to establish community between members of a church or to bring together members from many churches.

A hymn sing can also be used as a simple Sunday service, and enjoyed by those who are not able to attend Sunday services.


A highlight of any Grandma's Gospel Event or service is Steve's uplifting "Our Father" by Albert Malotte.


How can a Grandma’s Favorite Gospel Hymn Sing be used as a fundraiser?

Just as Steve did with the concert for Holmen Lutheran Church, combining a hymn sing concert and Grandma’s Favorite Gospel CD sales is an excellent and worshipful way to raise funds. Generous  portions of every CD sold will be donated to your cause. Steve is happy to work with you to determine the best plan for your hymn sing fundraiser.