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 musical-setting of the psalm is performed without paraphrase from the biblical text (KJV).
The debut album, Psalmody, released in 2001, featured twelve of the Psalms set to new music 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, initially released in 2014, featured ten 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.
In May of 2018, Paul Ayres completed three choir & orchestra arrangements of psalm-settings by David Albracht. He conducted and and recorded these works with the London Voices and the London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios. The recordings 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). Paul continues to arrange choral works of David’s psalm-settings, and is currently working with Psalm 22.
In late 2019 – early 2020, Jason Hoard recorded and produced eight of David’s psalm-settings as a musical tribute to The Psalm Book of Charles Knowles, first published in 1957. The songs include Psalm 1, Psalm 8, Psalm 47, Psalm 110, Psalm 121, Psalm 137, Psalm 142, and Psalm 150. Some of the finest singers and musicians in contemporary Christian music participated in this project. Musical styles include rock, country, folk, and classical. The release of this album has been delayed due to COVID-19.