Musician and minister Ethan Oltremari, who grew up in Greenwood and started the now annual Revival on the River, is launching a new single on digital platforms Friday.
“It’s a song called ‘History,’ and it’s never been released before,” Oltre-mari said. Although he writes songs, this one was written by Alton Eu-gene of Bethel Music in California.
“I made my own arrangement and kind of moved some stuff around and made it my own,” Oltremari said.
“I heard it for the first time, and it just immediately caught my attention,” he said, because much of Christian music has people talking to God and “History” presents God as the speaker. The lyrics begin with “You and I, we’ve got history” and continue with “For eons I thought about you / Before I ever made you / I wrote every moment down / You were all my idea / Above all I created / You are my most precious crown / We go way, way back / We go way, way back.’”
Oltremari said the reference to “eons” especially moved him, prompting thoughts about the infinite presence of God. “It’s written in a way that God’s singing over us, from His perspective,” he said.
Oltremari grew up in Greenwood and became interested in music ministry as a teen attending St. John’s United Methodist Church. During that time, he had the idea for Revival on the River, the springtime gospel festival on the Yazoo between the bridges, and formed a group to help him put Revival together.
Now, he’s moved on a bit. He entered the Delta Music Institute at Delta State University and graduated in May with a bachelor of science degree in entertainment industry studies. He lives in Indianola, where he is worship pastor at First United Methodist Church.
He said the release of “History” will be his second. “I released a single last August. It was ‘Reckless Love.’ It did really well, went up to the top on the iTunes Christian gospel charts.”
“History” was recorded in Jackson at Blue Sky Studio. Oltremari sings and plays the piano. He said the recording will be released on all “the major platforms, about 200 to 250 places” including iTunes, Amazon and Spotify. Those interested may download it for a small fee, usually 99 cents.
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