About Music to Light the World



TAGLINE: Scripture inspired piano to refresh your spirit since 2004

VISION: To Offer God’s “peace and rest in a hurried world”

MISSION: Through Scripture inspired piano, be a leading source for God’s peace, rest, hope and healing in the church, the cultural arts, and the lives of cancer and hospital patients.

Offering peace, rest, hope and healing has been at the heart of Music to Light the World since its founding in 2004. People regularly share amazing stories about the music making a difference in their life or health circumstances. Five million listeners per year hear the music around the world, and 60,000 CDs have been donated to families through Get Music Give Hope, where generous donors and supporting customers help at least one CD be given away for every one purchased.

Because donations provide 50% of ministry income, our financial partners play a vital role in touching lives. If the music has been a special blessing to you, please consider joining us as a Vision or Peace Partner to help others in need.


1999 thru 2003

  • Idea to compose Scripture inspired piano emerges while listening to peaceful, instrumental music
  • First piece composed (Grace and Truth), keyboard and computer purchased to begin recording
  • First CD Walk in the Light recorded, and given as a Christmas gift to family, friends and clients
  • Second CD Still Waters released, website created, first concert, listener outreach begins to grow
  • Music played on The Weather Channel, CD sales in 30 U.S. states, Canada, Germany, Sweden

2004 thru 2008

  • Music to Light the World founded, third CD Draw Near released, first CDs donated to hospitals
  • Let Your Light Shine sampler CD/school program, 4th CD The Voice recorded with Will Ackerman
  • CD order milestone (all 50 states, 10 foreign countries), music exposure and donated CDs increase
  • Peace #1 song on Soundscapes cable channel, 5th CD Unveiled released and live concert DVD filmed
  • Milestone of 250,000 lives touched by CDs, MP3 listens/downloads and concerts alone

2009 thru 2014

  • 6th CD December Peace released, Get Music Give Hope℠ program, first national radio interview
  • December Peace wins 2009 Best Holiday Album, 6,720 CDs donated to 85 hospitals, first live national radio appearances on Moody Radio and Haven Today
  • 7th album A Thousand Years released, 100 Huntley Street television broadcast reaches 1 million Canadian viewers, 10,000 Get Music Give Hope℠ CDs donated to children in 106 hospitals. 4 million lives touched
  • Music reaches 13,000 fitness clubs in 70 countries for relaxation, 1,000 monthly website visitors from 113 countries, 31,000 CDs donated through Get Music Give Hope touching 310,000 lives with hope and healing
  • 8th album Open Spaces released, millions of music streams on Pandora, Spotify and across the internet, thousands of lives per day touched through satellite radio, cable TV, YouTube, blog and social media
  • 10th Anniversary Treasures of Peace Gala, 9th album Treasures of Peace released, celebrated Scripture inspired piano refreshing five million souls per year as we launch our second decade of ministry


Governance Board
Ashley Ethridge – Director, Communications-Development Specialist, Nashville, TN
John Featherston – Chairman, Sr. Director Strategic Growth, Chick-fil-A, Atlanta, GA
Stanton Lanier – Founder, President, Music to Light the World, Marietta, GA
Kevin Ryan – Director, Senior Rehabilitation Engineer, SourceAmerica, Atlanta, GA
John Seward – Director, C.O.O., Mitch Cox Companies, Johnson City, TN
Colin Smith – Director, R. N., Infusion Center, St. Clair Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA

Advisory Board
William Ackerman, Grammy Winning Producer, Founder of Windham Hill Records, Brattleboro, VT
Joe Colavito – President, CoreVu, Atlanta, GA
Jill Felts – President, Compelling Creations, Atlanta, GA
Greg Gilbert – Managing Director and Principal, Ronald Blue and Co., Atlanta, GA
Raymond Walker – President, The Walker Companies, Atlanta, GA