Cover of “Hymn Creations,” the new album by Michael R. Hicks.


“Hymn Creations” the new album from Michael R. Hicks

Thousands of LDS teenagers hear and sing his vocal arrangements every summer at Especially for Youth camps, but on this new album, composer and arranger Michael R. Hicks lets the instruments do the work.

Hymn Creations runs the gamut of styles, featuring big celebratory arrangements like “Rejoice the Lord is King,” and more contemplative performances like “I Need Thee Every Hour.”  In this interview Mike talks about his personal—and sometimes surprising—connection to the hymns he’s chosen, about doing his best writing away from the piano, and why he thinks hymns are to music what the scriptures are to literature.

That’s this week on The Cricket and Seagull.


Come Ye Children of the Lord

How Gentle God’s Commands

Come Thou Fount

Jesus the Very Thought of Thee

Amazing Grace

Dearest Children God is Near You

Green Hill

We Thank Thee

Come Follow Me

Rejoice the Lord is King

I Need Thee Every Hour

I Know that My Redeemer LIves



Composer Michael R. Hicks