The David/Asaph Project, founded by David Albracht in Dallas, Texas, in the late 1990’s, composes and records new music set to the text of the Psalms. Each psalm is performed without paraphrase from the biblical text (KJV) with contemporary music.
The debut album, Psalmody, released in 2001, featured twelve of the Psalms composed with new melodies in contemporary musical styles including rock, folk, R & B and classical. Later that year, the Dallas Morning News named Psalmody the “Year’s Best Christian Music Album”. See source review See DMN Year’s Best review
The next album, Pastoral Psalms, was released in 2014, and featured ten of the Psalms in an acoustic, unplugged, “pastoral” style. The following year, a choral version of the fifth track, Psalm 23, was arranged by Paul Ayres in the UK and recorded by the Collegium Musicum of London Chamber Choir, entitled Psalm 23, The Lord is my Shepherd.
On May 15th, 2018, Paul Ayres conducted and recorded his arrangements for choir and orchestra of three psalm-settings by David Albracht with the London Voices and the London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios. The recordings, including orchestra-only versions, were released on the Make a Joyful Noise! album, and included, Psalm 66, vs. 1-4, Make a Joyful Noise, Psalm 48, Great is the Lord, and Psalm 115, Not unto us, O Lord. There are plans for Paul to arrange more of David’s psalm-settings in the near future, including Psalm 22.
In November of 2019, Jason Hoard began recording and producing eight of David’s psalm-settings for a new Christian contemporary music album centered around The Psalm Book of Charles Knowles, first published in 1957. The songs feature the biblical text (KJV translation) set to music for Psalm 1, Psalm 8, Psalm 47, Psalm 110, Psalm 121, Psalm 137, Psalm 142, and Psalm 150. Lead singers recorded thus far on this project include Mac Powell and Shane Everett. Musical styles include elements of rock, folk, jazz, country, and classical.