December 2013 Featured Artists
Here are the artists we are featuring this month over at the Featured Artists of the Month page! Be sure to check out their songs by using the music player at the bottom of your web browser. CLICK HERE to apply to be a featured artist!
Jay and Abby Akins
Jay and Abby are singer/songwriters and recording artists from South Atlanta. Married for 12 years, Jay and Abby love leading worship together weekly at their church and mentoring the next generation of worship leaders.
Regardless of the gathering, they are consistently compelled by God’s love to help lead others to an authentic and intimate encounter with God. They firmly believe God has blessed them with the great responsibility of leading His people through music. Their greatest desire is that, as they lead in worship, people are able to see the love, grace, and truth of the Gospel more clearly.
The last seven years have challenged their faith like never before, as they’ve walked through the deserts of infertility. However, the Lord has redeemed that barren time by giving them songs to sing of His faithfulness and goodness. They felt God’s urging to share these songs with others, as they believe that putting pen to paper and melody to prayer is their most fervent act of worship.
Their songs have been born out of life experience and adversity, but also a God-given desire to share His heart with those who will listen. They recently released their debut album TRUST – eight songs that share the grace-filled message God has been teaching them.
They hold fast to the truth that when God’s word is communicated clearly, hearts are conquered, minds are renewed, and communities are transformed.
One of today’s most influential worship leaders, songwriters and artists, Paul Baloche presents his first Christmas project, appropriately titled Christmas Worship, from Integrity Music. Featuring new songs of celebration along with unique arrangements of much-loved traditional Christmas carols seamlessly blended with modern worship choruses, the album is packed with accessible Christmas songs that help create a worship environment familiar to members and first time visitors alike.
Drawing from his own personal experience as a local pastor working to help his congregation worship during what may be the busiest time of the year, the goal of this three-time Dove Award-winning artist and local worship pastor was to create a Christmas album that would minister to and resource the church.
Although Christmas Worship is Baloche’s first Christmas album, in 2006 Baloche released “O Come Emmanuel,” a song that is still amidst the top most played Christmas songs at Christian radio year after year. A new recording of this song is featured on Christmas Worship.
Best known for such modern classics as “Open the Eyes of My Heart,” “Above All,” “Hosanna,” and “Your Name,” Baloche’s songs have been recorded by numerous artists, including Michael W. Smith, Casting Crowns, Matt Redman and Philips, Craig & Dean. His songs are also sung by millions of worshipers around the world, with 21 of them included in the CCLI Top 500 list, indicating the songs most often used in North American churches.
Music has been an integral part of Lincoln Brewster’s life since early childhood when he would “sit in” on rehearsals with his mother as she played with local bands. By age five, Lincoln was playing the mandolin and by age nine, he had picked up the electric guitar. That love for music took him down a winding road that included a season playing for rocker Steve Perry (Journey) and recording offers from mainstream labels all before he was 21. But Lincoln, who had made a commitment to Christ in his late teens, walked away from the promise of rock stardom and instead took a position at his local church as a sound technician.
Years later, Lincoln is again playing before thousands, this time leading people in worship at music festivals and concerts across the U.S., and at Bayside Church near Sacramento, California, where he serves as Worship Arts Pastor. Known for popularizing songs such as "Today Is The Day," "Everlasting God" and "Power Of Your Name," Lincoln's recordings include the albums Real Life, Today Is The Day, Let The Praises Ring, All To You and his first Christmas album, Joy To The World. Additional information on Lincoln, including tour dates, can be found at lincolnbrewster.com.Comment on Facebook Comment on Twitter
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