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We are excited to announce the launch of The Community Conference, a gathering where people in ministry—pastors, worship leaders, church staff members and devoted volunteers alike—forge real relationships, find encouragement, encounter God together and build unity through the Word & Worship.

Why one more conference? Because people in church ministry, just like the rest of humanity, are in need of real relationships. We all crave shared experiences that are meaningful connections with people who share the same heart…… for Jesus, for people and for the Church. This is only possible in community, and this is what The Community Conference is all about.

Our first event will take place on September 26th at The Factory in Franklin, TN. Make sure to “save the date” by heading over to TheCommunityConference.com where you can sign up for updates and see the confirmed line-up of authors, speakers, and worship artists. More details to come, so stay tuned!

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The Songs 4 Worship series has sold more than 20 million units since its debut in 2001, making it the best-selling worship series of all time. Now for the first time, 25 of the greatest worship classics come together on this 2-CD set. Featuring top songs including In Christ Alone, Shout to the Lord, How Great is Our God, Open the Eyes of My Heart, Mighty to Save, Revelation Song and many more. Includes original masters by top worship artists like Matt Redman, Paul Baloche, Hillsong, Don Moen, Kari Jobe and more. Pick up your copy at www.integritymusicdirect.com!

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Award winning Messianic worship leader Paul Wilbur has recorded albums in six languages, sharing a Christ-focused message that reaches beyond cultural, social and political borders. Whether he’s leading worship in front of thousands in the Middle East, singing to packed soccer stadiums throughout Latin America, or bringing his anointed message directly to the people of Israel, Paul’s distinctive songs of praise and worship have reached millions across the planet. The Ultimate Paul Wilbur Collection pulls together some of Paul’s biggest hits like Days of Elijah, Your Great Name, Praise Adonai and many, many more.

Paul Wilbur’s Ultimate Collection is available now worldwide at http://www.integritymusicdirect.com

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iEC Live Releases “Break These Chains” featuring Jake Isaac with Martin Smith and Andrea Louise & Muyiwa today!

Jake Isaac is the visionary and Team Leader of the i=Change initiative (iEC), a band & movement developed to inspire and empower young Christians to be about the business of change in their local communities and nation.

When speaking about Break These Chains Isaac says, “The chains could represent sin, shame, heartache, pain, unforgiveness and all of the things that stop us from connecting with God in worship in Spirit and truth and by breaking them release us into deep intimacy with God and the relationship He longs to have with us.”

Break These Chains is the second live project from i=Change Band (his first album “For More of You” debuted in 2005 and the band’s self-titled album released in 2009). The powerful songs that have been birthed through the songwriting of Jake Isaac continue to impact and capture the hearts of Christians across the UK. Jake has composed songs with UK based African worship leader Muyiwa and Dove & Grammy Award winner Martin Smith along with Andrea Louise, and he was nominated for a MOBO award in 2010.

Break These Chains is available in digital format around the globe or at http://www.integritydirect.com/break-these-chains-live.html To find out more about Jake Isaac, visit his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/jake.isaac?fref=ts

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By Melissa Riddle Chalos
 
There is a certain blanket of wisdom that, if you seek it, comes over time. It wraps around a true and honest place where you are surrounded by good friends and family and have nothing left to prove. A place where you know who you are, you know your purpose, and you’re content to leave the details up to God.

“If you do something long enough, you uncover life lessons along the way,” Paul Baloche says. “You aspire to be faithful to God’s calling in your life, pressing through even when you fall short. And when you hit a certain age, as you grow in your faith, you recognize the potential and the burden of being a leader, realizing ‘I’ve got to step up and be more intentional toward the people God has put in my life.’ And your prayer becomes, ‘Lord, give me grace to finish well.’”

After 27 years of marriage to his wife and songwriting partner Rita, 24 years leading worship at Community Christian Fellowship in Lindale, Texas, 22 years of ministry/recording with Integrity Music and hundreds of teaching resources provided free for churches, one might think Paul Baloche had already qualified for a great finish.

But for this faithful modern hymn writer, author (God Songs: How to Write and Select Songs for Worship), mentor and teacher who once aspired to be a priest, ministry is not a sprint, but a marathon, a long series of obedient steps in the same direction. A path where every aspect of life is forged in fires of passion for Jesus and His Church, and the result is almost always an honest prayer for the Church to sing.

And the Church has responded. Paul Baloche is one of the most acclaimed songwriters of our time. The winner of multiple Dove Awards, he is also the artist behind radio standards, including “Because of Your Love,” “Hosanna (Praise is Rising)” and “Our God Saves.” And he is the writer of top-ranking CCLI songs and modern-day classics such as “Above All,” “Open the Eyes of My Heart,” “A New Hallelujah” and “Your Name.” In short, Paul writes songs that the whole church sings. It’s a calling he doesn’t take lightly.

“When I’m writing worship songs,” Paul explains, “I realize that I’m offering a vocabulary for people to sing back to God. My hope is that, as they sing those words with melodies, it will act as a catalyst in their hearts, creating transformation deep down in their soul.”

Paul’s newest release, a CD/DVD simply and appropriately titled LIVE, is a recording of great passion made possible by complete transparency before the Lord. “On a Friday night outside of Toronto, a thousand leaders came together to form a congregation of one to worship God,” Paul says of the unforgettable night of worship. “A unique sound from singers of varied denominations and generations, raising old hymns and new songs as sung prayers… raw, spontaneous, and unpolished… Our hope was to capture a true and honest expression of worship to our God.”

Featuring 11 memorable, worship-engaging songs, LIVE resounds with resurrection and life, essential, classic songs of hope and faith that carry us through Easter and beyond. From the rousing opening anthems, “Our God Saves,” “God My Rock” and the new Matt Maher co-write “You Lift Us Up,” LIVE sets a tempo of joyful declaration.

“You lift us up, you lift us up, and what was dead is raised again, in your great love…”
From there, Paul leads this congregation of worship leaders into contemplative worship with “The Same Love,” and “Jesus Be My Savior,” an emotive, acoustic ballad, sure to become an Easter/communion standard.

“It wasn’t nails that kept Him there, that held our Maker’s hands in place
It was a love that overcame our sin and shame”
“Mighty Fortress” and “My Hope” follow, two engaging spin-offs of classic hymns, the first co-written by Paul and Aaron Shust, the latter a revisionist take on the 1834 hymn, “My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less,” co-written with Ed Kerr, Sheila Rabe and Alyssa Mellinger.

He Is Risen,” a powerful, mid-to-up tempo chorus of resurrection and celebration, punctuates LIVE’s undeniable congregational appeal, exhorting all to ‘sing with all creation, sing of a world made new / in His life we too may live, bursting from the tomb….” A brand new song written with worship veteran Graham Kendrick, “He Is Risen” looks beyond Christ’s death and resurrection and toward his glorious return, a perfect lead-in to the Baloche/Brenton Brown-penned “Glorious” and it’s benediction of “Holy, Holy, Holy.”

All in all, LIVE is an inspiring, heartfelt evening of worship intended for an audience of One, a gathering of Spirit-filled believers compelled to sing of their Savior. For more than a quarter century, this has been the heartbeat and calling of Paul Baloche, to write worship songs and invite his brothers and sisters to join in the song. To be real. To be intentional. To live and be present in the worship moment.

“When I meet people who are full of the Spirit—despite their present circumstances, beyond their temperament or attitude—I’m inspired,” Paul says. “I want to be that kind of person, to be in His presence, to read and digest his Word, to make it part of my DNA, to walk it out – to live it out. In the end, I want my life, my music to facilitate a conversation about God and who He is.”

For more information on Paul Baloche’s ministry, visit www.leadworship.com. To follow Paul on Facebook and Twitter, https://www.facebook.com/PaulBaloche and https://twitter.com/paulbaloche. For more information on LIVE, including a tutorial video for “He Is Risen,” go to http://PaulBalocheLive.com.

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Integrity Music has released Visual Worship @Home Volumes 5 and 6, Part of the newest iWorship Line of Products. Experience the sights and sounds of worship at home with iWorship’s Visual Worship @Home Collection. Each enhanced DVD contains inspiring lyric videos featuring the original master recordings of today’s most popular worship songs. As a bonus, this value priced collection contains mp3 music files of the same popular songs for playback on mp3 players and computers. Simply copy these bonus files to your device and enjoy your favorite worship songs.Visual Worship @Home is perfect for your times of worship whether you are at home or on the go!

Each volume features:
• Features 10 of Today’s Most Popular Worship
Songs by the Original Artists
• Enhanced DVD for use in DVD players &
computers
• Bonus Audio Content: Bonus mp3 files for
use in popular phones and mp3 players or computers

Volume 5 contains these favorites:

1 How Great Thou Art
2 Overcome
3 According To His Word
4 Adore Him
5 Come Thou Fount, Come Thou King
6 God Has Come
7 God Be Praised
8 Great Are You Lord
9 Days Of Elijah
10 Friend Of God

And Volume 6 contains:

1 A New Hallelujah
2 In Jesus’ Name
3 Messiah’s Song
4 Offering
5 Here I Am To Worship
6 Desert Song
7 God Be Praised
8 The Anthem
9 God You Reign
10 New Doxology

Visit http://www.integritymusicdirect.com/iWorship for more information.

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Capturing the energy, excitement and worship of Melbourne’s Planetshakers Church, one of the fastest growing churches in Australia, Planetshakers Band released globally through Integrity Music its critically acclaimed, 26th live recording, ENDLESS PRAISE, March 11. As the church and its music transcends cultures, languages and geographical boundaries, the new album immediately soared to the top of the overall charts, becoming the most downloaded iTunes albums across all genres of music in Malaysia and Singapore, while hitting No. 2 on Australia’s overall chart and No. 1 on the Inspirational chart. The album also went as high as No. 9 on the iTunes Christian/Gospel chart in the USA (No. 11 for the Deluxe version of the album) and No. 7 in Canada, while hitting the overall charts at No. 6 in New Zealand, No. 10 in Indonesia and No. 4 in Brunei.

Recorded at Planetshakers’ annual Awakening event in Melbourne, the ENDLESS PRAISE CD / DVD is an anthemic, joy-infused collection that gives honor to the One who makes all things possible. As Australia’s largest youth/young adult Christian movement, Planetshakers now brings this new music and worship favorites like “Get Up,” “Healer,” “Beautiful Saviour,” “Nothing Is Impossible” and “The Anthem” to the U.S., hosting its first Awakening in Dallas March 20-22, 2014 at Calvary Church Irving Campus. With the goal to see every person empowered, transformed and equipped to fulfill their God-given destiny, thousands are anticipated to attend the Dallas Awakening that will feature compelling messages from speakers Russell Evans, Sam Evans, Ben Dailey and more. To register for the event and for more information, go to www.planetshakersawakening.com.

During the Dallas Awakening, Planetshakers will hold “Night Rally” events on Thursday and Friday evenings beginning at 7:30 pm that will be FREE and open to the public. The world is also invited to watch Friday’s event for free as it is webcast at www.RevTV.com. Last year’s webcast of the first USA Awakening event ever in San Diego drew an audience from every continent around the globe and representing 52 countries.

Planetshakers Band returned for the second consecutive year to San Diego for a Planetshakers Awakening at Cornerstone Church National City Campus earlier this month. The event was covered by JUCE TV (formerly JCTV) with the resulting feature to broadcast in the near future (watch your local listings.)

Besides JUCE TV, Planetshakers Band is slated to appear soon on LIFE Today with James and Betty Robison, and appeared live on DayStar’s Marcus and Joni program to celebrate the launch of ENDLESS PRAISE, March 11.

Modern worship grown locally then catapulted onto an international stage, Planetshakers Band’s new album reflects in part the teaching over the last year from the church’s Sr. Pastor, Russell Evans, along with a vibrant, celebratory community of faith. Produced by Planetshakers Band’s worship leader Joth Hunt, ENDLESS PRAISE features 14 original songs that continue to push the creative envelope with new melodies that celebrate life fully awakened by worship.

Here is how music critics have been responding to ENDLESS PRAISE:

“Here to sweep listeners into endless praise and all-out worship, Planetshakers’ 26th live recording brings the percussive, drum-heavy mix-up of genres within and between songs we’ve come to expect, but bumps it up a notch with feel-good fervor balanced by a heavy dose of gentle and heartfelt love. Planetshakers music, rife with unbridled energy, seismic emotion, percolating power pop, rock, and rhythm, electronic dance, and huge anthemic choruses, all deftly woven together with perfectly placed ballads, hasn’t lost its sheen.” – Worship Leader Magazine

“Planetshakers have put together another brilliant album mixing together epic dance songs with some wonderfully intimate worship moments…[ENDLESS PRAISE] is an anthemic, joy-infused collection that gives honor to the One who makes all things possible.” – LouderThanTheMusic.com

“There’s an undeniable infectious energy to most of these tracks that will appeal to those across the generations. This live album will definitely sound good played before arenas of Christians joining in worship… With ENDLESS PRAISE, Planetshakers Band continues to produce live albums that are appealing and approachable for worship.” – All About Worship

“If you are looking for a high-energy, passion-filled praise experience that is accessible for congregational worship, your search may have just ended. Planetshakers’… ENDLESS PRAISE proves to be invigorating from front to back.” – Worship Team Coach

About Planetshakers Band
Originally formed in 1997 to lead worship for the first Planetshakers Awakening (conference) held in Australia, Dove Award-nominated Planetshakers Band is passionate about uniting generations worldwide through worship. An outreach that recently led over 200,000 at a single event in Asia, Planetshakers will tour nine states throughout the U.S. and travel to 17 countries in 2014, including India, Germany, Poland, Korea and Malaysia. Their goal is to see people encounter God, be transformed by His presence and empowered to make a difference in their world. While they tour internationally, the team remains based out of Planetshakers Church, a multi-campus, 10,000-member congregation in Melbourne that is pastored by husband and wife, Russell and Sam Evans. Planetshakers Church is one of the fastest growing churches in Australia and the catalyst for a worldwide movement.

A church, a movement and a gifted musical ministry, additional information about Planetshakers and Planetshakers Band and its touring is available at http://www.planetshakers.com, www.twitter.com/planetshakers and www.facebook.com/planetshakers.

Paul Baloche_Live_COVER FINALOne of today’s most influential worship leaders, songwriters and artists, Paul Baloche releases LIVE, a new deluxe CD/DVD available April 1 from Integrity Music. The project features a celebratory mix of new songs and favorites that have traveled the globe in houses of worship internationally, all recorded live with a congregation composed of worship teams from across Canada.

“Over a thousand ministry leaders came together to form a congregation of one to worship God,” says Baloche of the project. “It was a unique sound from singers of varied denominations and generations, raising old hymns and new songs as sung prayers – raw, spontaneous and unpolished.  Our hope was to capture a true and honest expression of worship to our God.”

“I look forward to seeing how these new songs will impact the global church,” adds Integrity Music President C. Ryan Dunham, echoing Baloche’s hope for the album. “Integrity has had the honor of partnering with Paul for over 20 years, working together to share songs of substance that focus our hearts on Jesus. And of all the remarkable albums that Paul has recorded, I think that LIVE best represents his heart and passion for serving the church. He truly is the worship leader’s worship leader.”

Featuring new anthems, classic hymns and familiar choruses, LIVE offers a collection of songs meant to be sung by congregations for years to come. The project includes new songs co-written by Baloche with Matt Maher, Brenton Brown and Aaron Shust, along with the Easter-inspired, “He Is Risen,” co-written with Graham Kendrick.

“He Is Risen” is the first song and video releasing from the album as a resource for churches during their Easter celebrations.  The song is available now on iTunes as a Digital Deluxe Single, which includes the song and accompanying video.  Baloche will also share background information on the song, along with tutorial resources and eventually charts for the entire LIVE project here.

Following the single release, the full LIVE album will be available April 1 on CD, CD/DVD, standard digital album and as a Digital Deluxe album that includes four videos.  There will further be a long form video available through iTunes Concert series for purchase or rental.

The full Paul Baloche – LIVE CD/DVD song list follows:

  1. Our God Saves
  2. God My Rock
  3. You Lift Us Up
  4. The Same Love
  5. Jesus Be My Savior
  6. Mighty Fortress
  7. My Hope
  8. Hosanna (Praise Is Rising)
  9. Today Is The Day
  10. He Is Risen
  11. Glorious / Holy Holy Holy

Recorded live during one of his “LeadWorship” workshops in Ontario, Baloche will take the new music from LIVE and his best-loved songs on the road.  Baloche’s touring/workshop/teaching schedule takes him around the world.  Having just returned from events in Dubai (United Arab Emirates), India, Singapore and Malaysia, in the coming months he will host “LeadWorship” workshops in Chicago (March 21-22) and in Washington, DC (May 2-4) before heading abroad to France, Belgium and South Africa.  Baloche returns for the National Worship Leader Conference in Kansas City (Leawood, KS) July 14-17.

Best known for such modern classics as “Open the Eyes of My Heart,” “Above All,” “Hosanna” and “Your Name,” three-time Dove Award-winning Paul Baloche has had his songs recorded by numerous artists, including Michael W. Smith, Casting Crowns, Matt Redman and Philips, Craig & Dean. His songs are also sung by millions of worshippers around the world, with 21 of them included in the CCLI Top 500 list, indicating the songs most often used in North American churches.

In addition to writing, recording, touring and his role as worship pastor at Community Fellowship in Lindale, TX, Baloche has created a variety of teaching DVDs, along with many free resources designed specifically for worship leaders and musicians. He has also written the books, The Same Love: A Devotion (David C Cook) and God SongsHow to Write and Select Songs for Worship.  He is further a contributing writer for both Worship Leader and Worship Musician magazines and is a featured blogger on ChurchLeaders.com.

For more information on Paul Baloche and his schedule, go to www.leadworship.com

For more information on the album LIVE please visit www.paulbalochelive.com

Songs 4 Worship_Worship ClassicsSongs 4 Worship™, the multi-platinum series created by Integrity Music and Time Life Music, has become one of Christian music’s most trusted brands, selling over 25 million products and consistently delivering the most popular worship songs by leading artists and worship leaders. On April 15, Integrity releases the 41st installment in this landmark series, Songs 4 Worship™ Worship Classics, a two-disc, 25-song collection filled with treasured songs such as “Blessed Be Your Name,” “Revelation Song,” “10,000 Reasons,” “Mighty To Save,” “In Christ Alone” and “Hosanna.”

Originally launched in 2001, the Songs 4 Worship™ series has featured CDs and DVDs representing a variety of genres and styles including Gospel, country, hymns, children’s and Spanish titles. The series has also been an international hit, selling millions of units in the UK/Europe and earning multi Platinum, Platinum and Gold RIAA certification in the U.S. and Gold certification in Australia, Canada and the UK. It is one of the best-selling music series in Christian music and has remained Time Life’s biggest music series launch to date.

“Songs 4 Worship™ Worship Classics represents songs that have traveled the globe, finding their way into houses of worship and hearts of believers from all walks of life,” says Steve Nicolle, Integrity’s Vice President of Sales/Marketing. “It is a must-have collection for worship music lovers and it makes an ideal gift for those who are looking to introduce friends and family to great worship music.” The Worship Classics collection features original recordings from Paul Baloche, Tim Hughes, Matt Redman, Brenton Brown, Darlene Zschech, Delirious?, Gateway Worship/Kari Jobe, Soul Survivor, Don Moen and Brian Doerksen among others. (A complete tracklist including featured artists follows.) Songs 4 Worship™ Worship Classics will be featured in Christian and mainstream stores around the globe, including major North American Christian retail chains such as Lifeway, Family and Mardel, and mainstream retailers including Walmart and Amazon. Worship Classics will also be available through major digital service providers including iTunes.

The complete tracklist for Songs 4 Worship™ Worship Classics is as follows:

Disc 1

  1.  Blessed Be Your Name (Matt Redman)
  2. Come Now Is The Time To Worship (Brian Doerksen)
  3. Open The Eyes Of My Heart (Paul Baloche)
  4. 10,000 Reasons (Soul Survivor & Momentum featuring Tom Field)
  5. Above All (Lenny LeBlanc)
  6. Mighty To Save (Don Moen)
  7. Your Name (Paul Baloche)
  8. Trading My Sorrows (Darrell Evans)
  9. How Great Is Our God (Promise Keepers featuring Dave Lubben)
  10. You Are My King (Ross Parsley)
  11. Give Thanks (Don Moen)
  12. The Heart Of Worship (Matt Redman)
  13. O The Blood (Gateway Worship featuring Kari Jobe)

Disc 2

  1. Hosanna [Praise Is Rising] (Paul Baloche)
  2. Here I Am To Worship (Tim Hughes)
  3. I Could Sing Of Your Love Forever (Delirious?)
  4. I Worship You Almighty God (Lisa Glasgow)
  5. More Precious Than Silver (Alleluia Music featuring Lisa Bevill)
  6. I Exalt Thee (Kelly Willard)
  7. Our God (Lincoln Brewster)
  8. In Christ Alone/The Solid Rock (Travis Cottrell)
  9. Everlasting God (Brenton Brown)
  10. Shout To The Lord (Hillsong featuring Darlene Zschech)
  11. Before The Throne Of God Above (Promise Keepers featuring Drew Cline)
  12. Revelation Song (Gateway Worship featuring Kari Jobe)

Rend Collective_The Art of Celebration_FINAL COVERDove Award-nominated Irish worshippers and modern day psalmists Rend Collective release their fourth and highly anticipated album, The Art of Celebration, globally from Integrity Music.

For Rend Collective’s new album, The Art of Celebration, the band made a theological breakthrough that is changing everything about their approach to music and life: seriousness is not a fruit of the spirit, but joy is. The appropriate response to the heightened understanding led to a sonically innovative message on The Art of Celebration.

“Celebration, the practice of joy, is a choice,” says Rend Collective member Gareth Gilkeson. “That doesn’t mean it’s always an easy choice to make. We know that we inevitably must navigate storms of sorrow and shadows, disappointment and doubt in this life.”

“This record is an attempt to reflect something of the irrepressible laughter in the heart of God,” continues Gareth. “It’s a call to the cynical to once again choose celebration over condemnation and a reminder to the broken that ‘the joy of the Lord is our strength.’”

Anyone who has experienced the controlled chaos and infectious wildness of a Rend Collective event will know that celebration and joy have always been at the core for these worship artists. The raw, rootsy, foot-stomping energy of the Irish worshippers, partially inspired by the Jingling Johnny, has always been about people and building God’s Kingdom here. The video for Rend’s hit radio single,
Build Your Kingdom Here” has been viewed nearly two million times.

Beginning as a group of friends collectively wondering how to make sense of the conundrum of life, God and community, Rend Collective is a nod to the places in Scripture where it says to “rend your hearts” and not your garments, a bold call to be genuine.

More information on Rend Collective can be found at www.rendcollective.com, https://twitter.com/rendcollective and www.facebook.com/rendcollective.