Frequently Asked Questions
You can download the sheet music for any song from its song page for free. If a song appears on multiple recordings, you’ll find the corresponding charts with the recording graphic. We’ve tried to provide chord charts, lead sheets, and piano/vocal scores in congregational and album keys. When we have them we also offer SATB arrangements, orchestrations, or ChordPro charts that you can copy and paste to Planning Center.
Due to the increase in digital downloads, we now sell only our newer and most popular albums in CD form. You’ll find a link to buy those on their album page. Or you can check to see if one is available here.
We’re happy to transpose lead sheets and piano scores for you. Simply, contact us and let us know the song, key, and type of sheet music you need it in. We’re also working on uploading ChordPro formats of our songs that are easy to transpose in the appropriate software.
If you visit this page, you can browse the themes by which we’ve categorized our 500+ songs. You can also browse by a variety of other search criteria (like Scripture, key, liturgical elements, and more) by clicking the items listed on the left side of the page.
We don’t currently offer multitracks for all of our albums. However, you should be able to find stems from our newest albums at Multitracks.com as they become available. We also encourage the use of live musicians in Sunday gatherings!
Yes! We link to them on every song page under “Buy.” You can also find them at our Bandcamp site. And if you’re wondering, accompaniment tracks are the originally recorded tracks with the vocals removed.
Sovereign Grace Music is an arm of Sovereign Grace Churches. In 1984 we produced our first cassette tape, Mighty God. As the number of our churches grew, we looked for a way to distribute our songs. We ended up recording 16 Song Service Tapes (catchy name, we know) that included about 8 songs each. That was followed by nine Come & Worship recordings. During that time, we also recorded three albums with Word’s HeartCry label. In the early 2000s we moved towards theme-centered albums. Since then, we’ve recorded over 30 albums. Bob Kauflin has been involved in Sovereign Grace Music since the mid-80s, and is the current Director of Sovereign Grace Music.
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.
Through the years, we’ve used musicians from a variety of sources. Currently we primarily use musicians and vocalists from Sovereign Grace Churches or ones that we have a strong relationship with.
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 arrangements. Because our theological blend combines elements of Reformed and Continuationist theology, our music seems to benefit both conservative churches wanting to broaden their musical styles as well as charismatic churches looking for a greater biblical depth in their songs.
Most of our songs are written or co-written by current or past members of Sovereign Grace Churches, or writers we have a relationship with who share our values.
Ultimately, Bob Kauflin bears that responsibility, but he draws from a multitude of counselors (songwriters, Sovereign Grace leaders, Sovereign Grace Music production team, etc.).
Most songs start at our annual songwriting retreats when we gather our for a few days of teaching, writing, and fellowship. That time typically results in about 30-40 new songs to review, edit, and craft further. Writing continues throughout the year, usually by video calls. Each retreat tends to focus on writing for one or two upcoming albums. Here’s a little glimpse into what those retreats look like.
Thanks for asking! We typically don’t give permission to change, remove, or add lyrics to our songs. We want to protect the integrity of the songwriter’s original work, as well as avoid the confusion of having multiple versions of a song in circulation. Bob Kauflin wrote a helpful post on this here. If you have any remaining questions, contact us and we’d be happy to discuss them with you.
Unfortunately, we can barely find enough time to do all those things with our own music! We’d encourage you to show your songs to musicians in your local church to get their feedback.
Due to our limited time and resources, we only review and publish songs from our songwriters.
Definitely! Send us the Sibelius/Finale file (if available) and a PDF to be considered for posting on our website. If it’s an orchestration, a MIDI MP3 would be helpful. Thanks!
For our recordings, we prioritize those already serving in a local Sovereign Grace church. We’ll occasionally ask friends of Sovereign Grace Music to participate as well. If you’re currently serving musically in a Sovereign Grace church and want to be considered for a future album, send us some examples of what you do and a recommendation from your pastor! If you don’t have a lot of experience recording in a studio, we suggest investing time in that first.
A great place to start is to get involved in your local church. Talk to your pastor or the individual in charge of the music at your church and tell them you want to grow. Here are a few great resources on what God has to say about the role of corporate worship:
- Worship Matters by Bob Kauflin
- Engaging with God by David Peterson
- Unceasing Worship by Harold Best
- Christ-Centered Worship by Bryan Chapell
- Corporate Worship by Matt Merker
Visit our Permissions page to find out more info on how and when you can use our music online.
We’d prefer that you run your translation by us first for approval. For the sake of clarity, we don’t want different translations floating around.