All posts tagged "Music"

California debut for Harmony of Hearts


Crossroads Community Church in Rocklin held the first Harmony of Hearts event in the great state of California on Sunday, August 23. Pastor Harlyn Matson and I met at the Saddleback Worship Conference earlier this year, just before his trip to Burundi.  Upon viewing our music video, he immediately requested it for his church.  According to worship coordinator Mike Stonehill, there were few dry eyes in the service. Kudos to Dr. Matson and Crossroads Community for following God’s instruction for worship by serving the poor. To debut a Harmony of Hearts presentation in your area, click here.


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Harmony of Hearts debuts in Kansas


First Hmong Church of Kansas City held the first Harmony of Hearts presentation in the state of Kansas on August 9. Pang Yang (pictured) and I met at the National Worship Leader’s Conference in July, where she immediately caught the vision of being a music advocate for the poor. After Pang’s presentation, she had requests for our song Believe to be translated into the Hmong language. Thanks to Pang, Pastor Yang, and the First Hmong CMA Church in Kansas City for their vision to worship God by serving the poor. Can your church be the first in your state to debut a Harmony of Hearts presentation?  Click Here for free materials and more information.


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Follow Me by Leeland


Here’s terrific new song – apparently inspired by Bono – that’s worthy of your consideration (it made my list): Follow Me – Leeland You live among the least of these The weary and the weak And it would be a tragedy For me to turn away All my needs You have supplied When I was dead You gave me life So how could I not give it away so freely? And I´ll… Follow You into the homes of the broken Follow You into the world Meet the needs for the poor and the needy God Follow You into the world Use my hands use my feet To make Your kingdom come To the corners of the earth Until Your work is done Faith without works is dead On the cross Your blood was shed So how could we not give it away so freely? And I´ll… Follow You into the homes of the broken Follow You into the world Meet the needs for the poor and the needy God Follow You into the world For more mercy ministry songs, check out the list here. HT:  Worship Together, which provides a gratis sheet music download and stream, plus a feature in the New Song Cafe which does a nice job stepping you through playing the song (free subscription required).


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Under the Radar radio


If you’re looking for a reliable source of new music, I recommend Under the Radar radio. Calling it ‘the best music you’ve never heard,’ host Dave Trout does a great job of introducing you to artists that you should know about if you haven’t. Says Dave: What music should you expect on UNDER THE RADAR? You’ll hear music from fairly undiscovered artists [Jill Phillips, Justin McRoberts, Lanae Hale, Andrew Osenga], some established artists who are under-appreciated [Derek Webb, Andrew Peterson, Cindy Morgan, Downhere], and some of the lesser-known songs from well-known artists [Sara Groves, Delirious?, Jars of Clay, Nichole Nordeman]. You can listen on-line, download, or find a station near you. Strongly recommended, especially if you’re an indie or grassroots or Americana fan.


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On-line organ recital from Pennsylvania


Sue Ellen Echard of the Church of the Holy Spirit (Harleysville, PA) has posted her June 2009 organ recital on-line. The sound quality is very good and her performance is great. Program: Toccota by Theodore DuBois Sonata VI Finale:  Andante, Op. 65 by Felix Mendelssohn Dunlap’s Creek, setting by James Bieryl Earth and All Stars by Keith Kolander Piece d’Orgue, BMV 572 by J.S. Bach Church site here.


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African orphan support – $68/year


Here’s a wonderful opportunity for you to become faithful with a little: The Reencontro Orphans Project in Mozambique provides direct support to more than 7000 orphans and other vulnerable children in Mozambique, Africa. Reencontro is composed of local Christian laypersons and cares for these children, many of whom have lost parents to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Incredibly enough, $68 provides food, clothing, health care, education or other essentials for a child for approximately one year. Orphans receive food, education, citizenship registration (documentation they need in order to attend school), healthcare, housing, vocational training, income generation projects, and spiritual and psychological counseling. Would you and your worship team be willing to be musical advocates for the Reencontro Orphans Project this fall? If you would present a song during one of your services in September or October, I will provide you brochures, free music, free DVD/audio tracks to support these parentless children in Mozambique. Every single dime raised from your event will go directly to the Reencontro orphans. Call me for details:  1-800-391-8545 ext. 174. Download details on Reencontro here:  Reencontro Orphans Click here for music samples Click here to preview DVD accompaniment tracks Click here to order free music


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New anthem available


I am thrilled to offer a new anthem for SATB chorus, string orchestra, and organ for Harmony of Heart presentations. Is Not This the Fast That I Choose? is a stately choral anthem is based on Isaiah 58:6-12 and clearly states God’s command for good works to accompany our worship and professions of faith. The use of this for Harmony of Hearts events is graciously donated by John Robert Sall, the composer and arranger, and Director of Music for Abington Presbyterian Church in Abington, PA. To preview free samples, go here to download. Would your church be interested in debuting this for us in your area? If you like it and provide me with a date for your presentation, I’ll send the complete set of scores free (which is what we do here at HofH). Let me know…


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Glory Revealed II


I don’t make it a practice to plug new releases until I’ve heard them, but this would be a notable exception. Glory Revealed II is released today, and it appears (see video below) to be much in the same vein as the first release. Songs & Artists: 1. How Great – Mac Powell, Shane Everett, Jonathon Shelton, Brian Littrell 2. Rejoice In The Lord – Trevor Morgan, Mark Hall 3. Wake Up, Oh Sleeper – Jason Crabb, Jonathan Shelton, Bear Rinehart 4. Since The World Began – Matt Maher, Amy Grant, Ed Cash, Mac Powell 5. Psalm 23 – Trevor Morgan, Geoff Moore 6. Praise The Lord – Natalie Grant, Laura Story 7. What We Proclaim – Brandon Heath, Mike Donehey, Aaron Shust 8. Blessed Hope – Mac Powell, Shawn Lewis 9. There Is A City – Sara Evans, Bethany Olds 10. Cup Of Salvation – Shane & Shane 11. Never – Shawn Lewis, Bethany Dillon 12. To You Be The Glory – Matt Maher, Kari Jobe Looks like a tour is to follow this fall. If you appreciate solid, Scripture-based roots/folk/Americana music, then I don’t think you’ll go wrong with this. Stream it or watch promo below. (HT:  Josh Riley)


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NoiseTrade (fair trade music)


If you’re not yet familiar with NoiseTrade, a free on-line distribution site for musicians, you should be. There is great music available for download in exchange for either a) the email addresses of five friends or 2) an amount you choose to pay. From the site ‘About’ page: “A great record is its own best marketing tool,” says Derek Webb, singer/songwriter and Co-Founder of NoiseTrade. “All the marketing dollars in the world can’t accomplish what one great record can, especially if it’s set free to roam around and connect with the right people.” In 2006 Webb gave away his ‘Mockingbird’ record for free online, asking in return for a little information (name, email address, and postal code), and as part of the process, for fans to invite their friends to download as well. Including Webb (a sometimes collaborator with Caedmon’s Call) and his wife Sarah McCracken, NoiseTrade has music by Cindy Morgan, Indelible Grace, Covenant Life Church, Jill Phillips, and a ton of other indie/unsigned artists in the acoustic/Americana music vein. And as an artist, you can now sign in and upload for free. Worth checking out here.


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