PAUL BALOCHE ASPIRES TO MAKE CHRISTMAS A SEASON OF WORSHIP, RELEASES CHRISTMAS WORSHIP VOL. 2 OCT. 2 (Via Hoganson Media)
Recording Features Collaborations With All Sons & Daughters, Kathryn Scott,
Lenny LeBlanc, Onajé Jefferson, Graham Kendrick, More
Baloche’s Touring/Workshop/Teaching Schedule Takes Him Around The World
One of today’s most influential worship leaders, songwriters and artists, Paul Baloche, releases Christmas Worship Vol. 2 globally Oct. 2 through Integrity Music. The album features Christmas classics seamlessly married with vertical worship lyrics, and is an extension of Baloche’s 30-year mission in ministry to equip worshipers and worship leaders with songs and resources that help them express glory to God.
For singer/songwriter Paul Baloche, writer of worship standards like “Open The Eyes Of My Heart,” “Hosanna,” “Our God Saves,” “Your Name” and “A New Hallelujah,” Christmas is a season of worship. With Christmas Worship, Baloche is aiming higher than nostalgia; higher than recreating the sounds of the season.
“There is so much content and beauty and theology in a song like ‘Hark the Herald Angels Sing’ and ‘What Child Is This?,’ but most of these traditional carols are not vertical in nature; not speaking to the Lord,” says Baloche. “‘O Holy Night’ is a perfect example. At the climax, we’re singing, hands raised, to a thing, ‘Oh night divine.’ By adding a simple chorus at the end, a response to the beauty of the lyric, melody and the nostalgia of these beautiful carols, and then segueing into a first-person response in keeping with the Advent season, it’s amazing the shift in perspective.”
“Paul has a genuine passion to see local church worship leaders equipped to lead their churches week in and week out,” says Adrian Thompson, VP Song & Artist Development at Integrity Music. “This project comes from Paul’s desire to see local churches engaged in worship during the advent season rather than just having a season of special church music.”
Produced by Baloche and Michael Rossback (The Brilliance/Desperation Band) Christmas Worship Vol. 2 follows the 2013 release of Christmas Worship (Vol. 1) and continues the collaborative, community aesthetic for which Baloche is known: Modern folk/worship duo All Sons & Daughters put a beautifully simple spin on “Joy To the World/Our God Saves” while Irish worship leader Kathryn Scott joins Baloche on “O Holy Night/Love Shines Bright.” Lenny LeBlanc, with whom Baloche wrote the Dove Award winning song, “Above All,” contributes to the reimagining of “The First Noel/Above All,” and Onajé Jefferson (Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir/New Breed) gives “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear/Glorious” a soulful gospel vibe. WorshipMob’s Gina Milne adds a sweet tenderness to “What Child Is This/Praise Emmanuel” and veteran British worship leader Graham Kendrick and Baloche reimagine their song “Creation’s King,” now titled “Newborn King.”
Another highlight on Christmas Worship Vol. 2 is “When Love Crossed Over,” a new song written by Baloche’s wife Rita and performed by Madison Cunningham, a young Calvary Chapel worship leader and daughter of Costa Mesa worship pastor Scott Cunningham. In addition, the traditional “Silent Night” gets the Baloche family treatment, with Rita and their son David (who also plays guitar on the project) joining Paul on vocals.
“In many ways, I’m even more excited about Christmas Worship Vol. 2 because of the collective, community nature of it,” Baloche says. “So many friendships and relationships have been forged through the years. This is like a ‘Paul Baloche and Friends’ project, which is such a beautiful thing. There are different streams and generations represented in this effort, and each one inspires me in different ways to write and sing and be better.”
In addition to the new album, Baloche’s touring/workshop/teaching schedule takes him around the world. Having recently returned from a concert/workshop in Manilla (Philippines) followed by the Experience Conference in Orlando, he will host “LeadWorship” workshops beginning today in Portland (Sept. 18-19) and in Fairfield, CT (Oct. 30-31). He will also be featured at a “Christmas In September: A Conversation With Paul Baloche” Multitracks webinar Tuesday, Sept. 22 beginning at 2pm CT. Following a workshop and concert in Issaquah, WA (Nov. 13-14), Baloche travels back overseas to The Netherlands and the United Kingdom before returning to North America for a series of Canadian Christmas events to begin Dec. 1. All the latest tour news can be found at http://www.leadworship.com/calendar/.
About Paul Baloche:
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. In addition to writing, recording and touring, 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 Songs–How 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.
About Integrity Music:
Integrity Music is part of the David C Cook family, a nonprofit global resource provider serving the Church with life-transforming materials. Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and with offices in Tennessee and the United Kingdom, Integrity is committed to taking songs of substance to the local church and its leaders around the world. Integrity publishes many of the top songs in the Church, including the No. 1 radio hit “We Believe” (Newsboys) as well as church standards “Revelation Song,” “Open The Eyes Of My Heart,” “Your Great Name” and “I Am Free.” Additional information can be found at www.integritymusic.com.
Now before faith came, we were imprisoned and guarded under the law until faith would be revealed. Therefore the law was our disciplinarian until Christ came, so that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer subject to a disciplinarian.
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children. And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.
—–Jesus, Lord or Lackey—–
Any Religion that needs to be affirmed or endorsed by a particular worldly empire or nation in order to thrive is likely a weak religion, with an impotent God, using the government as a crutch. The Kingdom of God is it’s own nationality with its own King, Jesus. It’s citizens need no government endorsement or mandate in order to thrive and be faithful. The need some Christians have to get the 10 Commandments placed on government property, to pledge allegiance to an earthly nation in a house of worship, or to mandate that prayer be led in public schools may actually stem from not believing that Jesus truly is Lord. Mandates like these render the incarnation as a fable and Jesus as a puppet ruler who needs a greater power to help Him achieve His goals. If Jesus truly is Lord then He needs no such permissions or endorsements from the world’s rulers to reign. He is either Lord or He isn’t. He is either Lord of all, right now, or He is not and never will be Lord. Mostly I think we tend to live like He isn’t because so often it seems we would rather force unbelievers to follow the rules than allow the living Jesus to transform human hearts and write new laws upon them. Those who don’t know how to love will mandate that it be given. Those who know how to love simply give it away and let it do its work. It’s like Paul is saying in the Galatians passage above, “welcome to the family” instead of “here’s a list of rules”. Those who don’t believe Jesus can change hearts will mandate that hearts be changed. Those who do believe in the lordship of Jesus will simply follow Him and let love do it’s work. Jesus is either lackey or Lord, but He is not both.
“Hark the Herald Angels Sing, glory to the newborn King.” –Charles Wesley
I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to be featured with Chris Rice, Ginny Owens, Andrew Greer, Bebo Norman Ed Cash, Sara Groves, and so many other great artists on Under the Radar’s Christmas music show this week (Episode 261). There are so many incredibly talented people on this show, I can’t believe I’m counted among them. Listen in to hear an hour of fantastic Christmas music this week on Under the Radar. My song is features 36 minutes and 39 seconds into the program (but who’s counting?).
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Episode #90 of Voices In My Head is full of Advent and Christmas music performed with little to no rehearsal time by Rick Lee James. The songs were chosen by request from listeners who wrote in through Facebook and Twitter a few minutes before the recording. Listen in to hear your seasonal favorites and a few originals by Rick Lee James.