… on the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, loads of new anthems for your Spring/Easter planning.

That’s right, just when you thought it was safe to open your WorshipSongsOnline email, we announce all of our new products for your Spring consideration.

Your stocking is going to be overflowing this time with so much variety! Our composers and writers have been like Santa’s elves, laboring away at their craft with cheerful vigor. I have been involved in this publishing process for nearly 30 years, and this is one of the most exciting releases I have ever presented. Congratulations to all of our creative team!

To access your stocking stuffers, simply click on the WorshipSongs cover image on this homepage and follow the links. These links will take you to full length recordings or excerpt versions of the new releases, plus you will have the option of connecting to our Hal Leonard/Shawnee YouTube site where you can “look and listen” to full scores and recordings.

So, while sitting by the fire and sipping your eggnog, take a moment to listen to our latest and greatest releases. It is our gift to you, and we hope it will bring you a touch of joy during this busy time of year.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Joseph Martin, a native of North Carolina, earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. Subsequently he earned a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance at the University of Texas, Austin. Joseph taught for five years in the Piano Pedagogy Department of the University of Texas. His piano teachers include Jimmy Woodle, David Gibson, Amanda Vick Lethco, Martha Hilley and Danielle Martin. While at Furman University, he was accompanist for choral director and composer Milburn Price and, inspired by his teaching, Martin began to compose. He is a member of the staff at the Hal Leonard Corporation and Shawnee Press, Inc. as Director of Sacred Publications, with responsibilities for overseeing the editorial and creative direction of the company and also coordinating the recording and production aspects of future sacred publishing efforts. Joseph has performed solo piano recitals and has been the featured artist with symphony orchestras in the United States and Mexico. As winner of the Nina Plant Wideman Competition, he performed with the Guadalajara Symphony Orchestra. His solo recital in Ex-convento del Carmen was broadcast nationally throughout the country. Joseph is Artist in Residence at Concordia University in Austin, Texas where he lives with his wife Sue, and his children Jonathan and Aubrey.

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