Singing It Forward

Our theme for this WorshipSongsOnline release is dedicated to being grateful for those who awakened in us a love of music and message.  During the holiday season, we are often filled with memories of treasured times, and our thoughts inevitably turn to those people who motivated and inspired us.  Some years ago I purchased a stained glass window from the music conservatory where one of my early piano teachers went to school.  Each day as I watch the window paint my studio with its many beautiful colors, I am reminded of this dear teacher’s inspiration and witness.  When those jewel tones fall upon my path, I say a prayer of gratitude for the impact she made on my young life.  She reflected God’s light into a beautiful mosaic on my heart.  Her mingling of artistry and ministry still guides me even today.  It also challenges me to “sing and play it forward” to others as they begin searching for their own song.

Thank you, Lord,  for those who have freely shared their alleluia. Those special “keepers of the Song,” whose faithful echoes can still be heard in our music of grace.


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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