Hymns.  They're forever.  They're for now. 
Remembering the classic hymns' art and strength.  New album of guitar, cello, voice.

Friendship... Classic Hymns... Consolation... 

Artists Billy Crockett and Dirje Childs deliver a fresh take on hymns and spiritual songs. These two friends have a history of collaboration on stage and in the studio. The idea was to make something for Billy's mom who has been isolated in the pandemic. What happened in this recording felt timely and true beyond their expectations. This site offers opportunities to experience the Simple Gifts album, share it, and to support some inspired philanthropy. 

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  • Lora Lee McCullough
    Lora Lee McCullough Hot Springs. Arkansas
    Dirje and Billy, I have reached for and listened to your “Simple Gifts” so many times. Sometimes I hear the whispers of my grandmother and mother singing these songs as I listen to them, other times I am silent and let your voices and instruments weave healing into my soul. What a gift this project is, not just to me but the organizations that you support. What a gentle assuredness it brings! I love you!

    Dirje and Billy,
    I have reached for and listened to your “Simple Gifts” so many times. Sometimes I hear the whispers of my grandmother and mother singing these songs as I listen to them, other times I am silent and let your voices and instruments weave healing into my soul. What a gift this project is, not just to me but the organizations that you support. What a gentle assuredness it brings! I love you!

  • Jess Wright
    Jess Wright San Diego, CA
    Thank you for sharing your stories and your heart with this album. Listening to this music feels familial and like a warm embrace... what a special thing to share with the world. The songs are powerful and vocals come across beautifully. I shared this, and your story, with my own mother and it has became something that we have enjoyed together. Sending care, gratitude, and love to your families.

    Thank you for sharing your stories and your heart with this album. Listening to this music feels familial and like a warm embrace... what a special thing to share with the world. The songs are powerful and vocals come across beautifully. I shared this, and your story, with my own mother and it has became something that we have enjoyed together. Sending care, gratitude, and love to your families.

  • Tom Loredo
    Tom Loredo Ithaca, NY
    My copy of "Simple Gifts" arrived at a tough time for my family—dealing with a critical stage in my mom's cancer treatment. It's been such a lovely source of comfort in the storm, quiet in the chaos. I pointed my mom to the lyric video for the title track; she was touched by it, so I got a 2nd download copy of the album for her. This album has truly been ministry via music for us, at a time when we've often been praying, "Kum ba yah, my lord." Thank you, Billy & Dirje.

    My copy of "Simple Gifts" arrived at a tough time for my family—dealing with a critical stage in my mom's cancer treatment. It's been such a lovely source of comfort in the storm, quiet in the chaos. I pointed my mom to the lyric video for the title track; she was touched by it, so I got a 2nd download copy of the album for her. This album has truly been ministry via music for us, at a time when we've often been praying, "Kum ba yah, my lord." Thank you, Billy & Dirje.

  • Jeni Kennedy
    Jeni Kennedy Garland
    Hi Billy, that was a wonderful Mother's Day post. You can still bring comfort to our hearts, like you did on stage at RHS talent show. Taker care, Jeni

    Hi Billy, that was a wonderful Mother's Day post. You can still bring comfort to our hearts, like you did on stage at RHS talent show. Taker care, Jeni

  • Stephanie Coronado
    Stephanie Coronado Earth
    Dear Billy and Dirje, Thank you once again for sharing your gifts with us. You fill the world with hope and kindness which is forever felt and so very appreciated during these difficult times. You are both so very loved, my dear friends. Simple Gifts is simply beautiful.

    Dear Billy and Dirje,

    Thank you once again for sharing your gifts with us. You fill the world with hope and kindness which is forever felt and so very appreciated during these difficult times. You are both so very loved, my dear friends. Simple Gifts is simply beautiful.

  • Nan Maynard
    Nan Maynard Dallas
    Billy, you’re a Simple Gifts music is beautiful, healing, peaceful, and full of light. What a beautiful gift for your mother, and to share with all of us. I was not aware of your vocal surgery last year. I am very glad that all went well, and to hear you singing again. A singer with no voice is a bird with clipped wings. Glad to hear you soaring again.

    Billy, you’re a Simple Gifts music is beautiful, healing, peaceful, and full of light. What a beautiful gift for your mother, and to share with all of us. I was not aware of your vocal surgery last year. I am very glad that all went well, and to hear you singing again. A singer with no voice is a bird with clipped wings. Glad to hear you soaring again.

  • James Rains
    James Rains Connecticut
    Hi Billy. David sent me a link to Simple Gifts and I'm much taken with it. Sometimes the old songs are the best, and I'm very pleased with these peaceful arrangements. The purpose of hymns, it seems to me, is to remind us of things we already know but often forget in the hurly-burly. Many thanks to you and Dirje for this gentle reminder. I'll be humming these all day. Please say hello to Dodee for me.

    Hi Billy. David sent me a link to Simple Gifts and I'm much taken with it. Sometimes the old songs are the best, and I'm very pleased with these peaceful arrangements. The purpose of hymns, it seems to me, is to remind us of things we already know but often forget in the hurly-burly. Many thanks to you and Dirje for this gentle reminder. I'll be humming these all day. Please say hello to Dodee for me.

  • Chick Morgan
    Chick Morgan Wimberley, TX
    Billy and Dirje, how to thank you for this luminous project? The beauty and simplicity of these timeless hymns wash over me in the ways I first experienced them so many years ago - with unfettered joy and peace, uncomplicated, and rock solid reassurance. I am blessed to call you both friend.

    Billy and Dirje, how to thank you for this luminous project? The beauty and simplicity of these timeless hymns wash over me in the ways I first experienced them so many years ago - with unfettered joy and peace, uncomplicated, and rock solid reassurance. I am blessed to call you both friend.

  • Rose
    Rose in Wimberley
    Thank you for the beautiful composition and inspiration on Easter. It will be good to see you, hear you and Blue Rock sharing music with us. Be well....your voice sounds beautiful as does the accompaniment. 😊

    Thank you for the beautiful composition and inspiration on Easter. It will be good to see you, hear you and Blue Rock sharing music with us. Be well....your voice sounds beautiful as does the accompaniment. 😊

  • Ellen
    Ellen Wimberley
    Such beautiful instruments! I'm moved by your courage as I know you are both healing at this time. May this project help you and all of us to heal. Thank you both.

    Such beautiful instruments! I'm moved by your courage as I know you are both healing at this time. May this project help you and all of us to heal. Thank you both.