There’s been no greater calling or privilege for Desperation Band than to lead others into God’s presence. Whether at their home church (New Life in Colorado Springs, CO) or at worship events scattered around the globe, their songs are sung by congregators in many nations. This worship project was recorded live at the 2014 Desperation Conference with over 6,000 young people in attendance – all passionately worship the living God and proclaiming that He alone is their banner (Jehovah Nissi). This is a timeless truth that older generations will appreciate and emerging generations need to hear.
DUSTIN SMITH is a Song Writer and Worship Leader, who has a desire to see the nations ignited with a passion for worship. With an unyielding love for God and His people, Dustin has been able to cross denominational lines with his music. His worship music transcends age, race, color and creed and clearly glorifies the Creator.
Recorded live at his home church: World Revival Church in Kansas City, MO, this new recording is co-produced by Michael Farren & Kyle Lee (Michael W. Smith) and features co-writes with Jack Mooring (Leeland) and Michael Farren.
Dustin’s songs have been featured by a variety of artist including, Acquire the Fire, New Life Church, Aaron Shust and Michael W. Smith who recently recorded “The One that Really Matters/(Chaotic Love)” featuring Kari Jobe, and You Are the Fire, both of which are featured on Michael’s most recent release.
Dustin continues to be connected to a local church and is continually inspired by his Pastor, the congregation that he worships with, and his own personal journey with God. His songs range from adoration to warfare, but the message is the same; the Lord alone is worthy of praise!
Recorded live with over 6,000 worshipers at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in London, “Symphony of Worship” is an exciting partnership of classical and contemporary musicians including All Souls Orchestra and renowned worship artists Paul Baloche, Martin Smith (Delirious?) and Graham Kendrick.
The project, which also features a 400-voice choir gathered from across the UK, offers a new expression of symphonic worship with classic songs such as “Shine Jesus Shine,” “Majesty” and “Above All” to name but a few.
Renowned soprano Helen-Jane Howells and violinist Rebecca Eves also make guest appearances.
“God of our fathers, known of old; Lord of our far-flung battle line; Beneath whose awful hand we hold; Dominion over palm and pine; Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet, Lest we forget – lest we forget!” – from Recessional, by Rudyard Kipling
The phrasing is old and a little odd, but the truth is just as relevant today as it was when Kipling built his poem around the words. We should not forget the sacrifices made by previous as well as current generations. We should not forget the lives laid down.
But we do forget. Memorials become monuments, grief becomes history, individuals become numbers. Times change and we choose to move on from sorrow and suffering. Life, in its way, goes on.
In another beautiful poem, Remember, Christina Rossetti wonders out loud about the fragile relationship between grief and memory. Her advice still speaks to us today:
“Yet if you should forget me for a while; And afterwards remember, do not grieve: For if the darkness and corruption leave; A vestige of the thoughts that once I had, Better by far you should forget and smile; Than that you should remember and be sad.”
There are no more survivors of WWI left alive today. The war itself belongs to a different age, one that denied women the vote and sent pre-teens out to work. Of course we forget.
Yet we are not incapable of remembering. The memories might not be our own, but through songs like these, we can inhabit the world of a century ago as seen through the eyes of faith.
And it is important that we do. For all Christians know that it is often in our times of trial and suffering that we, finally stripped of so many distractions, learn what it is to place our trust fully in God. This final poem makes it abundantly clear:
“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” – Psalm 34:18
When we reconnect with the type of faith in Christ that holds fast in the midst of the horrors of war, we cannot help but be inspired and empowered.
Integrity Music Publishing is honored to welcome songwriter Michael Neale, writer of “Mercy Tree,” “Sacred Ground,” “You Amaze Me,” “Saved The Day,” “I Am Yours” and co-writer of the Dove Award winning Worship Song of the Year, “Your Great Name.”
Neale, who is the Worship Pastor and Artist In Residence at Christ Fellowship Church in Palm Beach, Florida, is also a recording artist, whose albums include No Greater Audience, Bigger Than Life (with Christ Fellowship Choir), and the beloved Hosanna Music classic Made Me Glad. Neale’s songs have also been recorded by artists such as Natalie Grant, Michael W. Smith, Lacey Sturm (Flyleaf), Todd Agnew, Rebecca St. James, Anthony Evans, Jr., and Phillips, Craig and Dean.
“Michael is a multi-faceted artist, touching the Church not only with his songs and voice, but with his books and speaking engagements as well,” said Craig Dunnagan, Integrity’s Vice President of Publishing/Ministry Alliances. “We have known, loved and supported Michael’s ministry for some time and are very excited to partner with him in this season of growing influence as a songwriter, author, teacher and speaker.”
As a member of the Integrity family of songwriters, Neale joins Stu G (Stuart Garrard), All Sons & Daughters, New Life Worship, Planetshakers, Covenant Worship, Dustin Smith, Lincoln Brewster, GRAMMY Award winner Israel Houghton, and Dove Award winning and nominated writers Paul Baloche, Jennie Lee Riddle, Jared Anderson and Michael Farren.
Michael is also an acclaimed author, penning the devotional book, “Your Great Name,” the chart-topping novel, “The River,” and its sequel, “Into The Canyon.” Additional information is available at http://michaelneale.com.
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.”