That restored sound would flourish by way of a newly-formed record label, Galilee of the Nations (GOTN) and its inaugural Messianic praise and worship album, Adonai. This was the first project of its kind, a first-rate production featuring Messianic recording artists from the Land of Israel, including Karen Davis, Barry and Batya Segal, Esther "Eti" Horesh and others. The compilation received immediate international acclaim, securing distribution in 160 countries and selling over 250,000 CDs—and still counting.
The formation of GOTN and the creation of Adonai was an opportunity "to assist the Messianic Jewish community in Israel by helping them get their music out beyond their borders. Before this record made its debut, there had never been a worldwide release of an album that was performed in both Hebrew and English by the Messianic Jews in the Land," recalls Yochanan ben-Yehuda, the company's founder and president. Commenting on the timing of the label's introduction, Yochanan says, "If there ever was a time for this kind of music to be launched, it was 1998, the Year of Jubilee!"
Adonai was truly a ground-breaking project that penetrated the mainstream Christian market in the United States. Three predominant factors contributed to its success and that of the pioneer label. During the 1990s, the popularity of contemporary praise and worship music was on the rise among American evangelicals, especially within the Charismatic churches, but increasingly among Conservative congregations as well. Yet never had the music industry heard compositions such as those brought forth by GOTN, a fresh stream of psalms, hymns and spiritual songs (Ephesians 5:19) birthed in Israel by Jewish believers. The unique blend of Hebrew and English lyrics, combined with the use of ancient Hebraic instruments, was an altogether new expression—one that coincided well with the trend towards non-traditional Christian music styles.
Galilee of the Nations has been on the front lines of providing wonderful Messianic Jewish resources for the entire Body since 1998, enriching the lives of many. I appreciate the work they are doing to exalt Yeshua and to bring His people into His presence.