The Brilliance

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The Brilliance is a collective of musicians led by singer David Gungor and pianist John Arndt. They are joined by strings (violins and cello) and drums. Gungor plays some bass and some guitar, but front and center are his clear, compelling voice, Arndt’s piano, and the string ensemble. Their music is designed to bring listeners into a time of worship, with texts often chosen from or based on traditional liturgical texts. This is a fairly young band, but they have already released one full-length album (called, simply, The Brilliance) and three EPs, all of which are stunningly beautiful.

While I am hard-pressed to pick a favorite from their albums, I find myself drawn most often to Advent, Vol. 1, even though it is long past Advent as I write this. While the themes are indeed those of waiting for the Light, you can listen to the music at any time of the year. The same thing is true of their Lent EP. As gripping as this music is on CD, it is much more so live. Do not miss seeing them if you get the chance. You can hear a sample at

About the Author

Robert J. Keeley is professor of education at Calvin College and director of distance learning at Calvin Seminary.