- From the Valley to the Throne
- "If you would know the full beauty of a hymn, hear it in Hawaiian."
-- Emma Lyons Doyle, granddaughter of the Reverend Lorenzo Lyons (Makua Laiana)
- This is the CD that Atas family, friends, and fans have waited for, a legacy of gospel hymns collected and in turn shared by his grandfather, the Reverend ChuHing, as he traveled and preached the gospel around the Hawaiian islands.
- Charming liner notes written by Ata and his mother recreate the fellowship in which these songs were shared.
- The recording sessions were magical. Prior to striking the first chord of his opening song, Ata remarked that he could " . . . feel the presence of God."
- Each master vocal track was done in a single take, and arrangements unfolded flawlessly as Ata picked up each instrument in turn.
- The songs range from contemporary favorites popular among youth today to favorite Hawaiian gospel standards and traditional-style hymns. Several, including the Reverends own composition, "He Nani No," have never been recorded before.
- From the Valley to the Throne was nominated for a Na Hoku Hanohano Award in the Religious Album of the Year category by the members of the Hawaii Academy of Recording Artists.
- KCRW Public Radio, 89.9 FM (Los Angeles), selected From the Valley to the Throne for their membership gift-pack during their 2001 pledge drive.
- The appeal of this CD goes beyond a Christian audience to anyone who loves Hawaiian music and culture. Whatever the listeners personal beliefs, the songs will touch, inspire and comfort while sharing the legacy of this Hawaiian family.
| “From The Valley to The Throne” the songs:
Click to read the lyrics.
- Pule Kakou
- ‘Ike ‘Oe
(Do You Know My Jesus)
English & Hawaiian lyrics; heartfelt and moving. Ata’s rich tenor slips in and out of a honeyed falsetto.
- Iesu No Ke Kahuhipa
(Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us)
Ata’s exquisite rendition breathes new life into this 200-year-old Hawaiian standard.
- Take Me Back
Uptempo/contemporary favorite written by Andrae Crouch; Ata’s classic Hawaiian piano accompaniment is reminiscent of the best Baptist-gospel playing.
- He Punawai I Weheia’e
Waltz-time Hawaiian standard with stirring chorus that flows with joy and emotion.
- I Didn’t Think It Could Be
(Somebody Told Me)
Contemporary favorite written by Andrae Crouch; infectious and pop-like.
- Oh, How I Love Jesus/’Ihi’ihi ‘O ‘Iehova
Stunning medley, breath-takingly beautiful as Ata transitions to falsetto in the second of the songs; a showcase for Ata’s unique abilities on standup bass.
- He Nani No
Original composition of Ata’s grandfather, the Rev. ChuHing, Martha Kanahele and Momi Kaohelaulii; never before recorded; classic-spirited sound of old Hawaii.
- Jesus Use Me
Old-time favorite with a chorus to bring tears.
- ‘O ‘Iehova
Joyous, moving and upbeat! Hawaiian lyrics.
- Sheltered in the Arms of God
A song that soothes and comforts; Ata’s organ accompaniment perfectly complements song and voice.
- Lord Help Me Walk
- He Akua Hemolele
(God Is Holy)
Acappella, with compelling drumbeats that call the flock to worship.
- I Just Came to Talk With You Lord
Thoughtful English lyrics with a lovely falsetto chorus over ukulele, guitar and bass accompaniment.
- Without a Mother, Without a Father
Unusual in this collection, an almost jazzy piano with saucy, liquid vocals.