I get the chance to be a co-host of catalystbackstage.com this week in Atlanta. I’m joining up with John Acuff, Shauna Niequist and Carlos Whittaker to bring you live interviews with the Speakers and all kinds of behind the scenes stuff at Catalyst this week. This is a little real time conference resource for all of your that couldn’t make it. There’s also rumor that they’ll be streaming a couple of the main sessions. Tune in starting Wednesday starting at 12pm (EST) as we get started and follow along with us through the end of Friday.
Anybody actually going to be at Catalyst this week?
Posted in Church Talk, General
Tagged #cat10, 2010, andy stanley, blogs, brian wurzell, carlos whittaker, catalyst, christian, church, conference info, conferences, directions, faith, john acuff, online, shauna niequist, speakers, spinalcast, worship
**WINNERS: (Blog) Michael Bryce Jr., Troy Grover & Javier Rodriguez (Twitter) @r8chelliz & @adamwaynewhite
I’m VERY excited about this new record! John Mark McMillan is one of the more poetic songwriters I’ve heard in the Christian music world. You may not think you know him, but there is a good chance you do. John Mark wrote the brilliantly crafted song ‘How He Loves’ that the David Crowder Band recently covered. Crowder’s version of the song has been all over the radio as of late and churches around the globe are singing the song regularly in their gatherings. Make no mistake that’s a great song but it’s only one of MANY that this guy has written. This record will prove that to you, I’m convinced!
His label, Integrity Record, has given me 5 copies of his brand new record, just released today, to give-away to YOU! I’ll be giving 3 of them away right here on my Blog and 2 of them through Twitter.
It’s pretty simple to ENTER TO WIN! Here’s what you need to do:
Comment: Simply leave a comment on this blog post with your Name, City and State and something random about yourself. Also, make sure to put in the best email for me to reach you as you fill out the comment field. I’ll need to email you if you win.
Twitter: Simply copy & paste the following and send it through your Twitter: Find out how to get a FREE copy of @JohnMarkMc’s brand new album, The Medicine, on @brianwurzell’s blog! http://wp.me/pfZc6-kp
**Winners will be announced on Thursday July 8th**
Posted in Music News
Tagged air1, band, christian, church, creation, david crowder, faith, festival, how he loves, integrity, john, klove, mark, mcmillan, music, new, radio, records, story, summer, tour, tuesday, video, worship
*****Winners of the CD’s for the Blog giveaway are Ed Gould, David Lerner & Mitch Hopewell
*****Winner of the CD’s for the Twitter giveaway were @karlameachem & @jamiewyckoff
Giving stuff away is always fun. This time I get to giveaway a few brand new albums, Ragamuffin Soul, from my good friend Carlos Whittaker. Here’s the deal…It’s pretty simple. There’s a couple ways you can, potentially, win one of the 5 CD’s that Integrity Music gave me to give away to my readers. I say up your chances and enter both ways:
1. I’ll give 3 CD’s away on my blog by just leaving a comment with your City, State (so easy why wouldn’t you!?)
2. I’ll give 2 CD’s away on Twitter. You’ll get in the hat by Twittering the following: Win a Ragamuffin Soul CD by @loswhit. Check out the giveaway on @brianwurzell’s blog! http://is.gd/cgtLT RT if you wanna enter to win!
I’ll do all the giveaways on Friday so check back with me then to see if you’re a winner. Have some fun and get your name in the hat and most of all let’s keep getting the word out about this new record. If you leave a comment on the blog make sure you leave me your best email address as you fill out the comment piece so I can email you for your address, etc… Super easy, hope you win, ready…set…go….
Whether you win or not…go buy Carlos’ new record and support him as he launches out in this new adventure! CLICK HERE
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Tagged @loswhit, blog, blogging, carlos whittaker, cd, christian, church, faith, free, giveaway, integrity music, mom blogs, music, new, new music tuesday, ragamuffin soul, single ladies, stuff, tour, travel, twitter, worship, worship leaders
It’s really as simple as this…Robbie Seay is a great friend and a guy making music that I respect in big ways. You may know his song called ‘Song of Hope’ an awesome tune. If you don’t know about Robbie Seay Band let me introduce you to one of your new favorites. He’s got a BRAND new record out entitled ‘Miracle‘. It’s an incredible record full of the tension of struggle and miracle.
Robbie and the crew have given me a SWEET little gift pack to give away here on the blog. It includes the CD, Vinyl and T-Shirt from the newest offering ‘Miracle’. ENTER TO WIN: Leave a comment on this blog post with your NAME, CITY & STATE that says ‘I NEED A MIRACLE’. Also, make sure to leave your best email contact when submitting your comment…so I can get in touch with you if you win! No weird catches…just leave a comment.
ARIZONA FRIENDS: Robbie and the band will be in town this Saturday, April 24th @ 7pm at Mission Community Church in Gilbert. They’ll be playing the new tunes from the new record. I’ve got THREE pairs of tickets to give away to the concert. If you want in on the tickets just comment on this blog post with these words ‘I NEED A MIRACLE AND TICKETS!’. You could win the gift pack and the tickets if miracles still happen. 🙂
I’ll start giving the tickets away on Wednesday, April 21st! We’ll pick a winner for the gift pack on Friday, April 23rd! Get your comment in and spread the good word about all of this goodness!
Posted in Music News
Tagged album, arizona, art, band, books, catalyst, cds, chris, christian, concerts, contests, ecclesia, faith, free, giveaways, host, houston, indie, life, miracle, new, radio, robbie, robbie seay band, seay, song of hope, swag, texas, tour, vinyl
I just wanted to take a second to remind you how blessed I am to have Ryan & Danielle Axtell as friends of mine. I’ve been so honored to have been able to walk alongside Ryan during these past months as God has given and taken away with the loss of their first child. Ryan has never ceased to amaze me with his capacity to follow Jesus into ‘This Valley’. He has been relentless to dig in to find out how God could use this tragedy for His glory. Ryan and Danielle have traversed this trial with honor, integrity, humility, authenticity and yet anchored in the hope we have in Jesus. I only hope I can do my ‘valley’ with that level of respect and honor!
That being said, I could think of no greater thing than for all of us to come out Thursday night, April 15th 2010, to support Ryan and Danielle with the release of ‘This Valley’ his brand new CD. Out of ‘This Valley’ birthed songs rooted in the word and telling the God story in their lives. Ryan has worked vigorously on this project and the album sounds AWESOME!! The release is tomorrow night at 7pm in the auditorium at Cornerstone Chandler. Nyke our Camber Pastor will be interviewing Ryan about the still birth of their first child and all that has come with this hard season for he and Danielle. It will be a powerful time to share in music, story and community. Bring your family and friends to come enjoy this night!
If you can’t make it out to Arizona for the show, but, want to purchase his new Album CLICK HERE!!
My amazing Promise designed all the artwork for Ryan. I think she did a KILLER job and, yes, I am totally biased! 🙂
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Tagged arizona, artists, axtell, az, blogs, brand, chandler, christian, concerts, conference, cornerstone, danielle, faith, hope, leader, leaders, loss, love, music, new, news, promise, ryan, songs, steve, tangeman, this, valley, worship
My dear friend and Worship Leader…Vicky Beeching…has a BRAND NEW ALBUM that just released today. Vicky is a gifted leader, songwriter and voice to this generation. I love the way she is paving the way for women in ministry. I’m a big fan of hers and I think you will be too (if you aren’t already). Her new record is called ‘Eternity Invades’.
Vicky and Integrity Records have given me 5 of Vicky’s Brand New CD’s to GIVEAWAY TO YOU TODAY!!!
All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post with what CITY and STATE you’re from in the comment section. Please make sure you enter your correct email when filling out the comment fields…so that I can email you back to get your info. I’ll give that one away soon, soon, soon!!
I’ll give one of the CD’s away on my Twitter too. Be sure to enter here on the blog and follow me on Twitter for another chance to win.
Check out more on Vicky Beeching too! Here’s the EPK (electronic press kit) about her:
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Tagged album, christian, church, conferences, faith, femail, female, giveaway, integrity, leaders, music, network, new, records, songs, sounds like, vicky b, vicky beeching, vicky beeching music, woman worship leaders, worship, worship together
My good buddies at Mission Community Church in Gilbert, AZ are doing a series of Grand Opening Concerts in conjunction with their new facility that just opened. They’ve got some AMAZING talent coming in the next 4 weekends and I’ve got tickets to give away to some of these concerts. I’ll be giving away tickets for the concerts on my blog. It’s pretty simple to enter…all you have to do is leave a comment saying, ‘GIVE ME THOSE TICKETS’ on the blog and you’ll be in the running for the free tickets.
This weeks concert and giveaway is for Saturday, April 10th @ 7pm with the AMAZING Derek Webb and Sandra McCracken.
(Derek Webb was the front guy for Caedmon’s Call and also recorded on the ‘City on a Hill’ records. AWESOME guy!)
I’ll announce the winner this Thursday and I’m giving a pack of 4 tickets away. Get your entry in and best of luck!!!
TO ENTER TO WIN TICKETS: Leave a comment on this blog post saying ‘GIVE ME THOSE TICKETS’ or something like that in the comment section. Make sure that your email is the correct email when you fill out the comment section, so that I can contact you if you are the winner!
Ready, Set, Go…….
Posted in Music News
Tagged arizona, az, christian, church, community church, concerts, derek, faith, free, gilbert, giveaway, grand opening, mccracken, ministry, mission, music, sandra, tickets, webb, youth
So back in the day I used to go to a lot of ‘shows’. Where I grew up in Southern California in the 90’s it was a mecca for a lot of REALLY good music. One of my all time favorite bands in Jr. High/High School was a band on Tooth and Nail (BEC) called Plankeye. They had a fresh poppy, melodic sound and they were incredibly fun to watch live. I’ve probably seen these guys like 20 times in my life. HA. Anyways, I woke up this morning remembering the good old days and much to my surprise a lot of the peeps that follow me on Twitter liked Plankeye too.
So…for those of you that don’t have a clue…well…here are few videos I found of Plankeye. You can see where some of my musical influences came from back in the day. Who were some of your favorite 90’s bands?!
BC was one of the songs I really liked by these guys. There album Commonwealth was my favorite record they made.
My brother and I used to jam ‘Open House’ in the garage when we were kids. HAHA. So rad. Actually, so RADICOOL!!!
‘Goodbye’ was the closing credit song on one of The Real World seasons at the turn of the Millennium.
Good times…RIGHT?!?! Plankeye needs to do an original band flashback tour!!
Posted in Music News, My Life
Tagged 90's, bands, bec, blog, blogs, christian, chuch, concerts, faith, festivals, garage bands, hip, music, plankeye, reviews, shows, tooth and nail
I think this would be my first ‘note-worthy’ publication and I’m excited to tell you about it. I was recently asked to write a piece for Neue Resources which is a branch of Relevant Magazine. I was asked to write about why we sing the songs we sing and the importance of such things. Anyways, I’d love for you to read it and hopefully you’ll catch a small glimpse into my small brain on what I think is important as it relates to the songs we sing.
This is a read for everyone, but especially Worship Leaders.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on what you read too! Hopefully you’ll enjoy! CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE (if it’s to small to read click the page and it will ZOOM in for ya).
Posted in Church Talk, Worship Arts
Tagged bands, blogs, christian, church, editorial, faith, leaders, leading, magazine, music, neue, pieces, relevant magazine, resources, songs, thoughts, worship