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The Face of Grace (HR)

from SANCTUM (High​-​resolution) by Frank van Essen


This is a very personal track, dealing with the struggle Marlou and I had having no children. This has been a lifelong struggle we are still dealing with, yet throughout everything that happened, or did not happen, we always saw the grace of God in the middle of it all. After all, His grace covers all, is sufficient for us, gives us hope & purpose.
This track is my expression of some of this journey, we are still not at the end of the road...


from SANCTUM (High​-​resolution), released October 25, 2018
Frank van Essen: Solo violins, electric violin, ensemble strings, drums, djembe, bodhrans, shakers, tambourines, piano, keyboards, programming
Dave Bainbridge: Oberon acoustic guitar, electric guitars, bouzouki, mandolin, keyboards
Jimmy Johnson: Bass guitar
Mark Dekkers: Upright bass
Jonas Pap: Cello

Composed & arranged by Frank van Essen
Recorded & mixed by Frank van Essen @ StringsAttached Studio, Collendoorn
Additional instrumental parts by Dave, Troy & Jimmy recorded by them in their own studios
Mastered by Sander van der Heide @ Wisseloord Studios, Hilversum
Published by Dew Age Publishing

Photography by Bertil van Wieren
Artwork by André Hofsink


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Frank van Essen Collendoorn, Netherlands

"It is extremely rare to find a top class drummer play violin so beautifully. Add to that composer, arranger and producer skills, and you can imagine that the musical result will be somewhat special. Frank van Essen is such a musician. Known for his powerful drumming & violin playing for UK band Iona and his strings for DJ Martin Garrix, he is venturing out into a whole musical world of his own". ... more

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