Desert Sea
4-Part - Digital Sheet Music

Item Number: 20132837
5 out of 5 Customer Rating

Desert Sea
4-Part - Digital Sheet Music

Item Number: 20132837
5 out of 5 Customer Rating
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Choral Choir,Choral (SATB) - Level 3 - Digital Download

SKU: A0.877828

Composed by Deborah Johnson. Easter,Holiday,Jazz,Praise & Worship,Spiritual. 12 pages. Deborah Johnson #73993. Published by Deborah Johnson (A0.877828).

Deborah Johnson's "Desert Sea" is an exceptional new spiritual composition inspired by Jeremiah 17:7-8. With its captivating blend of unison verses transitioning between 3/4 and 4/4 rhythms and powerful choral SATB choruses, this song is ideal for special occasions. Its profound messaging resonates strongly, making it suitable for both large and small choirs, as well as solo performances. Whether for church services or inspirational events, "Desert Sea" is a valuable addition to any repertoire. Download available on Spotify and Amazon ( 12 pages, including cover. The instrumental accompaniment MP3 is also available. View at:

Background: Originally written as a solo, Desert Sea was performed at many events, then arranged it for choir when Deborah attended graduate school at Long Beach State University, studying under Frank Pooler who worked with the legendary music group, The Carpenters. The University Choir and band performed Desert Sea, along with other arrangements by Deborah. She then included her choral arrangement in her Master’s Thesis, which traced the history of Spirituals and Gospel songs and their influence on modern jazz.

Deborah’s original arrangement of Desert Sea was modeled after a popular Christian artist at the time, Keith Green, with driving eighth notes throughout. (you can find it in the LBSU Archives!) The current updated arrangement has been re-worked, as it alternates between 3-4 and 4-4 time, feeling like 7-4. Deborah and her son, David, perform all the vocals on this recording. Deborah Johnson has written the words and the music to this beautiful simple contemporary new hymn. It is simple, yet timeless in its message. 

Deborah Johnson is not only a headliner artist, but speaker, author, composer and educator with a Master of Arts degree in composition and arranging. In the past years, she has been up for multiple Grammy Awards for her original songs, arrangements and albums. With over two dozen albums, hundreds of songs, three full-length original musicals with National Distribution and multiple books under her belt, these all make Deborah a part of a unique group of women entertainers and composers in the world. She has also been one of the first-call pianists for Disney for a number of years.  For more information about Deborah, her albums, books and products, visit or

Music and Lyrics by Deborah Johnson. (ASCAP) Basic production and piano tracking by Deborah. All vocals by Deborah and David Johnson. Additional production, guitars and bass by Michael Ferenci. Recorded at Ferenci Studios, Silverlake, CA.

This product was created by a member of ArrangeMe, Hal Leonard’s global self-publishing community of independent composers, arrangers, and songwriters. ArrangeMe allows for the publication of unique arrangements of both popular titles and original compositions from a wide variety of voices and backgrounds.

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