Garden of Prayer

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Garden of Prayer
Garden of Prayer Stafford album.jpg
Studio album by Jo Stafford
Released 1954
Genre Traditional pop
Inspirational music
Label Columbia Records
Jo Stafford chronology
Broadway's Best
Garden of Prayer
My Heart's in the Highlands
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Garden of Prayer is a 1954 album of songs recorded by American singer Jo Stafford, accompanied by the orchestra of Paul Weston.[2] Each of the eight tracks on this album has a religious or inspirational theme.[3] It was released in 1954 by Columbia Records (CL 6286),[2] then reissued on CD in 2010 by Sinetone AMR, and appears under two titles - either Garden of Prayer or Beautiful Garden of Prayer.

A contemporary reviewer writing for Billboard was quite impressed. They praised Stafford for being able to "sing almost any type of tune" and for doing "a first-rate job here". Stafford sings these "sacred songs....with deep conviction and sincerity", and the reviewer notes that the album should be quite popular in the Bible Belt of the United States.[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. It Is No Secret (3:10)
  2. Star of Hope (2:37)
  3. He Bought My Soul At Calvary (2:44)
  4. I Found a Friend (3:11)
  5. Beautiful Isle of Somewhere (2:47)
  6. Invisible Hands (2:56)
  7. (There'll Be) Peace in the Valley (2:53)
  8. The Beautiful Garden of Prayer (2:21) (Written by: Eleanor A. Schroll published: 1920)


  1. ^ Garden of Prayer at AllMusic. Retrieved 30 August 2011.
  2. ^ a b c "Rev. of Stafford, Garden of Prayer". Billboard. 29 May 1954. p. 66. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "Garden of Prayer". Rate Your Music. Archived from the original on 13 July 2012. Retrieved 29 June 2011.