Draw Me Close/I Need Thee Every Hour by Kelly Carpenter. Arranged by Mark Hayes. For SATB choir, piano (with optional soprano saxophone, rhythm, digital keyboard). Sacred Anthem. Octavo. Published by Lorenz Publishing Company (LO.10-3765L).
Perfect for contemporary or blended worship, Mark Hayes has combined the popular praise and worship song "Draw Me Close" with the beloved hymn "I Need Thee Every Hour." The easy ballad feel of the first song flows easily into an updated version of the hymn in 4/4 time. The harmonies are lush and close, and the choral parts are a nice balance of unison, two-part and four-part writing. You can feature your praise team, adult choir or youth choir. This anthem works well with just the piano accompaniment, but for added enhancement, try the accompaniment track or the live rhythm section parts.