In the climate of the early 2000’s, there was a new kind of music that was swelling in popularity in church-oriented circles. Family-friendly alternative pop-rock, with youth-group sing-a-long lyrics, called “worship”.
The SP records were conceived during this time, both as inspiration for new CUSH material, and probably as a response to what we were hearing. Old Spirituals were surveyed, and chosen for what was always supposed to be a trilogy of records. This one, being the first, is intentionally closest in style to the oldest recordings of these songs. The performers were quite fearless, and it culminates with a rendition of “I Would Die 4 U” that features a one-mic one-take guitar/vocal/harmonica and a typewriter solo. Hard to argue with that.