Apologies if this subject has been covered before, but Im just trying to raise the subject of song keys for normal church worship.
Most worship albums feature songs that are recorded in what I would call "performance" keys, where the singer is singing near the top of their range, so that it sounds really good and full of expression.
The problem is that I often hear worship groups singing in somewhere near the same key, which is too high for a congregation, so they are struggling to join in.
I had always believed that a worship song should not have any notes higher than a D and even that can be too high for some songs. it gets very interesting with songs such as hillsongs Everlasting, or Jesus cultures One Thing Remains, where the song jumps an octave half way thro. They sound great in the original keys, but lose some impact if the key is dropped and sung all in one octave.
Has anyone else come across this problem and is it a worthy point to suggest that songwriters/albums might suggest a suitable key for congregational singing?
Thanks for reading!