The youth worship band at Colorado Springs-based New Life Church, Desperation Band, releases its all-new album, BANNER, internationally Sept. 30 through Integrity Music. Recorded live during the July 2014 Desperation Conference, the 12-song album captures the spirit and energy of youth at worship during the conference, while sharing a deeply-rooted belief that the God of ages past is alive, well and moving mightily among people who are desperately committed to Him.
Written specifically with today’s students in mind, BANNER is deliberate both sonically and lyrically as it connects the past with the present and the future.
“We want to make sure we’re singing songs that help young people understand they are in a moment of time, but that the church has existed for thousands of years,” New Life Church worship leader Jon Egan explains. “We want to place an emphasis on history, returning to the sacred call to worship.”
Simultaneously, as the Desperation Band evolves musically, Egan adds, “We want to inspire those who come after us. We want to lead and be pioneers and be bold in that…we have nothing to prove, and in that we have the freedom to take some risks.”
Egan, who helped form Desperation Band in 2001 and now mentors a new generation of worship leaders and songwriters at New Life Church, co-wrote with Jason Ingram, Jonathan Moos, Nico Perez and others for the new album. For the title track, Egan shares, “I’d been wanting to write a song about God being our banner, the ancient truth that God is with us, leading the march through history. One of our young guys came in with some music and I brought some direction for the lyrics, and it just came together. It’s so ancient, so ‘Moses and the Old Testament,’ yet to these guys it seems fresh and cool, which I think is great.”
The new album also features, “Break Open,” a song of surrender to Christ inspired by the story of Mary’s extravagant gift of perfume on the feet of Jesus, “Fun,” a full-tilt dance celebration song written by Egan, Ingram and Cory Asbury, and one of Egan’s personal favorites, “Make A Way.”
“‘Make A Way’ has been blowing up at our church and at youth events,” he says. “I think they have really connected with it because it gives a voice to people believing for miracles. We did a 5-city tour, and in every city I found myself looking at hundreds of 15-year-olds, thinking, ‘So much will be thrown at you…but the answer has always been Jesus. It always will be Jesus.’ When I was fleshing that out for a song, I was reminded that where there was no way, Jesus made a way at the Cross…and He still makes a way.”
“Make A Way,” as well as the title track and “Break Open,” are available as instant downloads when BANNER is pre-ordered at iTunes. Global pre-orders for both the “standard” and Digital Deluxe versions of the album begin today at iTunes and Amazon.com. The Digital Deluxe version features a digital booklet with song charts and four live performance videos: “Banner,” “Make A Way,” “Break Open” and “We Are Yours.”
Having never lost sight of the limitless potential of students to impact their world for Christ, Desperation Band is planning to take its message, new songs and favorites like “I Am Free,”“Overcome,” “Yahweh” and “Strong God,” on the road for an extensive, international tour spring 2015. Over the years, the band has led worship for hundreds of thousands of high school and college students through its touring and at the annual Desperation Conference. As the band gears up for the new tour, booking and event related inquiries are being directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit http://www.desperationband.com or follow the band on Twitter at @desperationband.
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The third release on the newly reintroduced Simply Series is Simply Worship. Includes songs such as; Your Name by Darlene Zschech, How Deep The Father’s Love from Stuart Townend and introducing We Believe by LIFE Worship. This is a series that mixes the familiar with the emerging and the dancing with the reflective.
The fourth release on the newly reintroduced Simply Series is Simply Worship Instrumental. This is the album that’s full of melody. Some songs are full of symphony, whilst others are acoustic. Enjoy new versions of Here I Am to Worship, In Christ Alone, Only By Grace and many more.
The songs of Gateway Church are making their way around the world and impacting churches and believers in all walks of life and ministry. Now, joined with voices across the Latino worship music community, Gateway Worship has captured one of their landmark recordings in Spanish. GLORIA A DIOS (God Be Praised) brings powerful songs like “O the Blood”, “You Are for Me”, “Praise Him” and “Stay Amazed” to life again for the Spanish speaking Church around the world. Leading voices like Christine D’Clario, Marco Barrientos, Danilo Montero and Fernando Solares lend their incredible gifts to this powerful collection of songs from one of the world’s most influential churches.
Belfast, Northern Ireland-based modern worship artist Bluetree, best-known for its song “God Of This City,” releases today its full-length studio album, Worship & Justice, globally from Integrity Music. The album focuses on corporate worship songs that awaken the spirit of worship in action, fleshing out the “avodah” (Hebrew for “worship and work”) perspective. With Worship & Justice, Bluetree is committed to pouring everything—their lives, their travels, their music—into building up the church for the glory of God.
After having written “God Of This City” spontaneously while ministering in Thailand’s red light district, Bluetree’s trajectory changed drastically in 2008, launching them on an adventure to share God’s love in some of the most dangerous places around the world. Since that time, they have been smuggled into Burma and protected by an unlikely militant ally, aided in a raid on child brothels in Cambodia and led worship for 15,000 refugees in Mae La, a refugee camp on the border of Burma and Thailand. Bluetree has never adhered to the “music for music’s sake” proposition.
As much as it sounds revolutionary, Bluetree’s frontman Aaron Boyd says it really isn’t. “I think the church finally understands that our entire lives are an act of worship in the Kingdom of God. When we sing on Sunday mornings, that’s an expression, but when we go to work, when we go to school, when we are smuggled into a country to go and encourage the underground church, or minister to prostitutes—that is all an act of worship, individual to God. We carry it everywhere we go… Knowing that when we love God and we love our neighbor, we understand that worship is justice.
“Coming from Belfast and playing in the local church, having the ability to travel, my eyes have been opened to how transient and fluid worship is,” Boyd continues. “There are massive sacrifices and massive rewards when we all buy in, and it genuinely never stops.”
Songs like “My Redeemer Lives,” “New Creation” and “It Is Finished” featured on Worship & Justice are passionate reminders of the permanence and power of God’s grace in our lives. And as God continues to open desperate doors, as with those in Cambodia’s child brothels recently shown in Bluetree’s “Shine” video, this band is determined to walk through.
“You can be among the most hideous pedophiles, in the middle of an active crime scene, but when you help people lift up truth over their lives, it is a complete joy and honor,” Aaron says. “It has little to do with us, and that’s the beauty of it.”
Taking its music and message to the masses, Bluetree launched its “Worship & Justice” tour in Oklahoma this past Sunday, and plays in El Paso, Texas tomorrow (August 27) followed by two events in New Mexico. For all the latest tour dates, go to http://www.bluetreeworship.com/touring/, and to see Boyd skydive into the Big Ticket Festival last month, go to www.bluetreeworship.com/2014/07/epicsummer-2014.
Bluetree, whose acclaimed album, God Of This City, became one the bestselling Christian recordings of 2009, was also nominated for a Dove Award for New Artist of the Year and received Worship Leader’s Readers’ Choice Awards for “Breakout Artist of the Year” and “Song of the Year” (“God Of This City”). In addition to Bluetree recordings, Boyd also released the book, God of This City: Greater Things Have Yet to Come (Regal, 2010). Bluetree further works to raise support for ministries such as Ratanak International, World Orphans and Christian Freedom International, and provides on-the-ground assistance, often traveling the globe for mission work in Cambodia, Thailand, Haiti and Burma (Myanmar). For more information on Bluetree’s music and ministry, go to http://www.bluetreeworship.com.
Above: Stu G (left) with Mike Murray, Creative Director for Integrity Music Publishing (right).
Integrity Music Publishing welcomes Stu G (Stuart Garrard), a member of One Sonic Society and co-founder of the groundbreaking modern worship band Delirious?, as an exclusive songwriter.
“We are honored to represent Stu G’s songs and creativity in this new season,” said Craig Dunnagan, Integrity’s Vice President of Music Publishing and Ministry Alliances. “There is no way to sufficiently describe the influence Stu’s songs, musicianship and ministry have had on the formation of what we now refer to as ‘Modern Worship.’ He continues to inspire others and create amazing songs through his collaborative efforts with many great artists and songwriters across our industry.”
A gifted songwriter, guitarist, producer and performer, Stu G is currently on tour with Michael W. Smith and has toured with Paul Baloche, Chris Tomlin, Steven Curtis Chapman and Casting Crowns in addition to his own touring with One Sonic Society. He also appears and writes on the new critically acclaimed, self-titled All Sons & Daughters album.
His song credits include: “Majesty (Delirious?), “Rain Down” (Delirious?), “The Greatness Of Our God (Natalie Grant/One Sonic Society), “King of Glory [You Restore My Soul] (All Sons & Daughters) and “Open Up The Heavens,” a song co-written with Meredith Andrews and nominated for a 2014 GMA Dove Award for Worship Song of the Year.
As a young musician and worship leader, Stu played in his own bands and for trailblazing artists like Noel Richards and Kevin Prosch before meeting Martin Smith. Together, Stu and Martin began talking about a new sound of worship for a new crowd of people, a sound that would become Delirious?. The seventeen years that followed the birth of the band not only defined the lives of the musicians involved but left deep imprints on what people now understand as church music.
Now based with his family in Nashville, Tennessee, Stu sees his relationship with Integrity as the next chapter in a winding road.
“I’m thrilled to be a part of the Integrity team and excited to reconnect with friends and colleagues around the world who little by little and song by song are making a difference.”
Lincoln Brewster is one of those rare worship leaders whose songs have connected with churches and individual consumers, thanks in part to several radio success including hit singles “Everlasting God,” “Today Is The Day,” “Salvation Is Here” and “The Power of Your Name.” Fresh off his successful Christmas album, Lincoln presents his studio record -Oxygen. This album will breathe new life into your home, car, or worship service with all new songs from Lincoln Brewster and co-writers including Paul Baloche and Mia Fields (Hillsong). So roll down the windows and crank up the praise, ’cause this album is hot!
Tim Hughes is regarded as one of the most significant and prolific modern worship songwriters in recent decades, with songs that are being sung weekly by millions around the world. In addition to his position as the worship pastor of Holy Trinity Brompton, an iconic church in downtown London, Tim also leads the school of worship and conference ministry of Worship Central.
Over the past 15 years, Tim has written countless worship anthems such as Here I Am To Worship, Beautiful One, Consuming Fire, Love Shine Through and Happy Day.
Tim Hughes Collectors Edition 3 Pack contains the complete recordings from Tim Hughes HAPPY DAY and HOLDING NOTHING BACK – all for the price of one album. Truly 3 for 1 pricing that is just too good to pass up!
The newly designed Visual Worship Trax series from iWorship combines today’s top worship songs with inspiring, lyric-based videos for use in churches and small group settings. All lyric videos feature the original artist masters and come in original stereo, split-track and click-track versions. Visual Worship Trax is the perfect performance track solution for use with worship teams or special music.This 2 disc set features identical content on a DVD-ROM – for use with computers and projection software and a DVD – for use in DVD players.
7 of Today’s Most Popular Worship Songs – Featuring original artist masters from top worship leaders and artists – 2 Disc set. (identical content) – DVD-ROM – All content in both Quicktime and Mpeg-1 formats – Compatible with most lyric projection software – DVD for use in DVD players and computers – Includes Stereo, Split-Track and Click-Track versions
Following on from the success of the Soul Survivor albums and leading worship at the events, Integrity Music now presents the stunning debut album from Beth Croft.
1) Love Takes Over
2) Say the Word
3) Rule In My Heart
4) Boldly I Approach
5) Arms of Grace
7) Hold On
8) Make The World Dance
9) Kingdom Come
10) Lectio Divina
This summer’s 2014 New Wine Worship live album was recorded around the UK during the spring, and features fresh new songs by inspiring worship leaders and writers including Chris Lawson Jones, Chris Sayburn, Susie Woodbridge, Nick Herbert and Lauren Harris.
The album has a live, edgy sound from a great team of worship leaders and an amazing new band all under the skilled guidance of top UK producer, Trevor Michael who produces for Matt Redman, Martin Smith and worked on New Wine 2013.
In a break with tradition, the new songs were recorded live at the New Wine National Leadership Conference in Harrogate in March, and at three other worship conferences in Leeds, London and Cheltenham – this enables the live album to be ready and waiting for worshipers when they arrive for the flagship event in the summer – and they can take the experience home right away!
If you are going to be at New Wine this year – or just wish you were, order the live CD, and get the sound of New Wine Worship in your church, your home and your life.