Gloria Fanchiang is a published songwriter, recording artist, producer and worship leader, passionate about decolonizing worship and empowering Asian American communities to develop contextualized worship music and liturgy. More about Gloria →



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A History of Asian American Worship Music

Does Asian American worship music exist, and what could it sound like? Over the past several years I’ve been on a quest to answer these questions as an Asian American songwriter looking for inspiration and songwriting role models who look like me. Though many Asian American churches and ministries often sing worship songs from the likes of Hillsong and Bethel, or Western hymns for the older generation, with a bit of digging, I’ve discovered that worship songs written by and for Asian American Christians have actually been around at least as far back as a few decades. And this blog post highlights songs, composers and efforts toward creating worship music for a variety of different Asian American contexts from the 1970s till today. Continue reading “A History of Asian American Worship Music”

More Ways to Celebrate Lunar New Year in a Worship Service

Lunar New Year falls on January 22nd this year, and I’m back with more songs and ideas to celebrate the holiday in a worship service, building off my blog post from last year on this topic.

1. May the Love of the Lord –  Dr. Swee Hong Lim and Maria Ling

This English language benediction song has a pentatonic melody. The song’s background story can be found here. A choral arrangement is available here.

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