McDonald, a full-time institute teacher for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, lives in Utah with his family. He is also an adjunct music professor at Salt Lake Community College.
Masterful arrangements of well-known hymns include "We'll Bring the World His Truth," "I'll Go Where You Want Me to Go" and "Praise to the Man." Though most of the songs are instrumental, McDonald enlists the vocals of Katie Bastian and choirs from Salt Lake University Institute Singers, Taylorsville Institute Singers and Jordan High School Ladies Ensemble on a few arrangements.
Original compositions, "The Master's Hand" and "Fear Not," add to the missionary spirit of McDonald's CD. Piano is the main instrument used to deliver the music, but also includes a full string ensemble and occasional appearances by violin or other instruments.
Steven Sharp Nelson from The Piano Guys makes a guest appearance on some of the arrangements with his superior cello talents. Nelson's skills add to the peace and beauty of the songs "Because I Have Been Given Much" and "I Need Thee Every Hour."
Each of McDonald's arrangements is touching, calming and inspiring. Whether for someone who is preparing for a Mormon mission, currently serving a mission or enjoys listening to uplifting music, this CD is suitable for all audiences.
The music is calm enough for studying or relaxing yet adequately moving and invigorating to encourage and motivate listeners.
McDonald's arrangements are family friendly and enjoyable for all age groups.