Songwriting duo hopes to make mark on Music City

Keith and Kristyn Getty

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A songwriting duo known for a popular contemporary Christian song has laid down roots in Nashville.

Keith and Kristyn Getty, who are from Ireland, are excited to be in Music City.

Keith found success with the song “In Christ Alone” few years ago. He wrote it with Stuart Townend in 2001.

‘“In Christ Alone’ was the first song out of the box so that was a great start and gave us the opportunity to help people understand what we are trying to do,” explained Stuart.

“That idea of trying to write modern hymns that would engage the mind and the heart and, hopefully, be as singable as possible for a new generation of people going to church,” added Kristyn.

By 2006, it rose to number one on the United Kingdom’s Christian charts. In fact, many people who attend church in Middle Tennessee sing the hymn.

The Gettys hope they can make even more music in Music City, but they have their eyes on more than one genre.

“Nashville just seemed like a good fit for us and excited not just about getting to know people in the Christian music industry, that world, but getting to know people in the country and bluegrass world,” explained Kristyn.

They say country music is not foreign to them.

“The people of Ireland love bluegrass music love and country music. I think there’s definitely a strong kinship between the two cultures.”

The Gettys tour several months out of the year, including in December for their Irish Christmas performances. Their last stop is in Nashville at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

To learn more about the couple, visit their website.

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