...so...about this site...

  • +Is there a place I can find sheet music for your songs (preferably free)?

    Yes indeed there is! On every song and album page you'll find all the sheet music we have available for that song/album available for free download. If you have trouble finding it, it's located under "Free Resources" on the left side of the page (directly under the album artwork).

  • +Can I buy a physical CD of one of your albums on your site?

    Yep! When you click a BUY button for an album, one of the dropdown choices will be Physical CD. That will take you to the Integrity Store where you can purchase the actual CD. 

  • +I’m looking for sheet music in a different key than what you have on the song page…what do I do?

    If you’re in need of a lead sheet in a different key, contact us.

  • +How did you determine the “Popular Songs” on the home page?

    We chose these songs based on the the CCLI reports. Basically, they're our most used songs in local churches.

  • +Do you have any orchestrations for your songs?

    We have a growing number of string quartet arrangements (and a number of orchestrations) of our songs and are in the process of uploading them to our website. Just search "String Arrangements" or "Orchestrations" (under Genre) on the Song Search page to find them. 

  • +Okay…sweet. But what about choral arrangements?

    Ditto for the choral arrangements. Just search "4-Part Hymn Arrangements" (under Genre) on the Song Search page to find them. 

  • +Do you guys have recordings of just the music, like without words?

    You mean accompaniment tracks? Yep. You can browse and buy all of our accompaniment tracks on our Bandcamp page (except for Come Weary Saints which you can find on iTunes here. It's complicated.). Just scroll down to the bottom. 

  • +Who designed this fantastic site?

    Cabedge. Working with them was a joy. And obviously, we think they do great work. Dave Mays, our most excellent in-house programmer, built the back end.

  • +I downloaded a piece of sheet music and it was the wrong file. How do I get the right one?

    Sorry about that. Just shoot us a quick email telling us which chart you were trying to download and we'll upload the right one straightaway! 

  • +Is your downloadable music DRM-free?

    Yep! Everywhere except iTunes. But we forgive them for that.

  • ...what are you guys about anyway?

  • +How long has SGMusic been around? What’s your story?

    Sovereign Grace Music is an outgrowth of the family of churches known as Sovereign Grace Ministries. In 1984 we produced our first cassette, Mighty God. Around that time, we started looking for a way to distribute songs that Mark Altrogge, Steve & Vikki Cook, and Bob Kauflin were writing for congregational worship. Steve Cook produced 16 song service tapes of about 8 songs each for that purpose. That led to nine Come & Worship CDs which were higher budget and had about 10 songs each. We also recorded three albums with Word’s HeartCry label in the mid-90s, produced by Steve Cook, Paul Mills, and Cheryl Rogers. Around 2003 we started recording albums that were more theme-based. Although Bob Kauflin is the current Director of Sovereign Grace Music, we're indebted to Bo Lotinsky who faithfully, strategically, and creatively sought to develop Sovereign Grace Music for many years. All in all, we’ve produced over 35 albums. Lord willing, there will be many more!

  • +Every Sovereign Grace Music album seems to emphasize strong theological content. What has driven your decision to produce music like this?

    God gave us singing as one way of expressing our love and devotion to Him. But it’s more than that. Singing enables us to learn, rehearse, remember, and respond to the truths of who God is and what He’s done, especially in sending Jesus Christ to redeem us. One of the primary reasons God commands us to sing to him is so that his Word might fill our hearts and our minds. Colossians 3:16 says it like this: “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” While singing isn’t the only way we teach and admonish one another when we gather, it certainly is one of the ways God intends that to happen. It’s also clear from the Psalms that words are more critical in our praise of God than the music we use. Otherwise God would have given us an accompanying soundtrack. The emotional fire of our singing needs doctrinal fuel. That’s why theology is important in the songs we sing. (no, we didn't copy and paste that from Worship Matters…)

  • +Seems like you intentionally decide not to perform covers. Is that true?

    We have done some covers back in the mid-80s, as well as on the Next 2009 Live and Together for the Gospel Live albums. But we don’t do them very often because our primary goal is to provide opportunities for the songs of Sovereign Grace songwriters to be heard. However, we are overjoyed to see God raising up so many songwriters from other churches and ministries to serve the church.

  • +Are all the musicians that play on your albums from Sovereign Grace churches?

    The musicians on our albums have come from a variety of sources. We’ve used Nashville studio musicians, members of bands like Phatfish, GLAD, and Enfield, and our Sovereign Grace musicians. In the future, we'd like to use a lot more players from Sovereign Grace churches.

  • +What makes Sovereign Grace Music distinctive and what role (if any) do you endeavor to play in the world of evangelical worship?

    We don’t consider our music “distinctive” in the sense that nobody else is doing what we’re doing. We’re happy to be one of an increasing number of individuals, churches, bands, and ministries that want to provide songs for the church characterized by theologically informed, Christ-exalting lyrics, singable melodies, and creative musical settings. Because our theological blend combines elements of Reformed and continuationist theology, our music seems to benefit both musically conservative churches wanting to broaden their musical styles as well as charismatic churches looking for a greater biblical depth in their songs.

  • +Do you guys have friends who share the same values and produce excellent music as well so I can listen to them?

    Why, yes! We do have friends! Some of their names are Sojourn, Enfield, Indelible Grace, Keith and Kristin Getty, Zac Hicks, and the Village Church.

  • ...songs, songs, songs...

  • +Who writes your songs?

    All of our songs are written or co-written by members of Sovereign Grace Churches.

  • +Who decides the theme for each album you guys produce?

    Ultimately, Bob Kauflin bears that responsibility, but he draws from a multitude of counselors (songwriters, Sovereign Grace leaders, Sovereign Grace Music production team, etc.)

  • +How, when, and where are your songs written?

    Wow. That’s a lot of information. Why don’t you check out this blog post Bob wrote explaining our process.

  • +Do you own your own studio?

    Yes we do! It’s pretty grand.

  • +Would you mind very much if I changed the lyrics to one of your songs?

    Thank you for asking! Bob answered that very question on his blog a while ago. Why don't you check it out

  • +How do I get permission to use one of your songs?

    Check our permissions page for this answer. If you still have questions after reading that, shoot an email to music@sovgracemin.org.

  • +Can I audition to be part of a SGMusic album?

    Our first priority is to give an opportunity for people already serving in their local Sovereign Grace church to use their gifts to serve the wider body of Christ. We’ll occasionally ask friends of Sovereign Grace Music to participate as well. If you're part of a Sovereign Grace church and want to be considered for a future album, get A LOT of recording experience now and let us know of your desire.

  • +I’m a budding worship leader but need help. Where do I begin?

    A great place to start is to get involved in your local church. Talk to your pastor or the individual in charge of corporate worship at your church and tell them you want to learn. Here are a couple of great resources on what God has to say about the role of corporate worship: 

    Engaging with God by David Peterson

    Unceasing Worship by Harold Best

    Worship Matters by Bob Kauflin

  • +I know this is a sensitive issue...but can I post a video of one of your songs on youtube, vimeo, etc?

    Sure! Just please include the song’s copyright information, songwriter information, and lyrics (all that info can be found on its song page on this site). If that seems a little overwhelming, the minimum that we ask is that you post a link to our website (www.SovereignGraceMusic.org) in the video description. Do these things and you can join the ever-growing Unofficial Promoters of Sovereign Grace Music Team!

...how about translations?

  • +Do you have official translations of your songs?

    Yes! We are constantly seeking to promote "official" translations of our songs which seek to honor the songwriter’s original intent, the melody, and aesthetic values in the translated language. As those translations become approved, we make them available as free downloads on the appropriate song pages on our site. You can search for all available translations under specific languages on the Song Search page under Genre.

  • +Can I submit my translation as an official translation if none exists?

    We’d love to work with any translators who are up for the challenge! Send the original English lyrics, your translation, and the literal English translation of your translation to music@sovgracemin.org and we’ll go from there!

  • +Are any of your songs that have been translated into other languages recorded?

    Yes! We have produced three Spanish albums: Eres DiosAllí en la Cruz, and Sea la Gloria Solo a Ti. And our friends from Ark Church in the Ukraine made an album of our songs translated into Russian which you can hear/purchase on Bandcamp here.

  • +Cool...or could I just use my own translation? I don’t want to bother you guys by making anything official…

    We’d prefer it if you still ran your translation by us first for approval. That way, there won’t be a bunch of different translations floating around and we can possibly save you the work of translating a song if we already have an official translation!


  • +I went through that entire list of questions and the question burning in my heart is STILL unanswered. Am I destined to live in uncertainty forever??

    No worries! Send us an email. We’ll do our best to answer your question!