Harry Connick Jr. is set to release a new faith-based album next month.
The Grammy-winning instrumentalist and singer used his time in quarantine during the pandemic to put together his new album, Alone With My Faith.
All songs were written and arranged by Connick, who also played every instrument and sang every part on the album, New Release Today reports.
Connick's daughter, Georgia, conceived and directed the album's cover art and first music video, "Amazing Grace."
In a personal statement, Connick says he decided to record the album after the pandemic cancelled his tour in March 2020.
"I decided to record some music," Connick says. "Not only because I wanted to, but because I needed to. With no tour dates in sight, and with everyone's realities upended and futures uncertain, recording was what was necessary for me to help guide me through the uncharted odyssey in which we all unexpectedly found ourselves."
He says this time left him alone with his faith and his music.
"It was a sort of "musical isolation chamber", a silent retreat, the silence only broken by the sound of my own voice, the instruments I played and the occasional microphone I inadvertently knocked over, as I'm not the most graceful recording engineer that ever lived!"
After seven months of recording and edits, through which seclusion and the content of the music he was making comforted him, Connicks says he found a new level of peace.
"Because the lyrics are all about the spectrum of faith, I found myself interpreting them in real time - they were allowing me to heal as much as I wanted them to help heal others. I didn't have to pretend or put myself in another place or time, as one often does as a singer or actor," Connick says.
In addition to some familiar, traditional songs like "Amazing Grace," "The Old Rugged Cross," and "How Great Thou Art," Connick included many brand-new compositions, including the lead track, "Alone With My Faith."
"I, like most of us, felt joy, sadness, doubt, conviction, melancholy and inspiration - all the emotions that faith, or lack thereof, can elicit," Connick says.
The musician hopes his album will have a far-reaching audience once released.
"Even though many of the songs are Christian, my hope is that they will resonate with people of all faiths, as it gives me great comfort to know that faith is an immeasurably beautiful gift that, with its universal spirit, can help bring us together in the most arduous of times."
Alone With My Faith will be released March 19, 2021.