Anthony wrote, “I composed ‘Already Won,’ a new sequence of songs, with the support of a grant from the Jazz Coalition Commission Fund. This past summer, as research for another project of mine centered around the culture of the Mississippi Delta, I spent a lot of time studying antique hymnals from various American church traditions. In the midst of a wildly unsettled time in our country and world, it was a comfort to play through these beautiful old hymns with their rich musical and lyrical language. It was around this time, also, that congressman and iconic civil rights leader John Lewis died. I composed a group of hymn-like pieces which drew inspiration from his brave life and enduring legacy.”