November 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!
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.
Rebekah Maddux El-Hakam
Houston-based songwriter, worship leader, and mother of four, Rebekah Maddux El-Hakam has a deep passion for God that shines through in her incredible voice and music. Rebekah, a lover of music, felt called to follow her passions in 2004 when God inspired her to write several new songs and later share them with her church family. The deeply passionate Rebekah began to focus her attention on music and community.
As Rebekah’s voice grew in the Houston market, she caught the attention of Nashville-based record producer, Marshall Altman (Amy Grant, Brooke Fraser, Audrey Assad). Her debut album, Radiant You, produced by Altman was released in September of 2012 and met with rave reviews and critical acclaim. Radiant You received 4.5 stars from New Release Tuesday and 4.25 from Christian Music Zine! Rebekah wrote 10 original songs for this album and arranged and wrote a new chorus to the Hymn, Be Thou My Vision, re-titled Be My Vision and featured on a recent all hymn episode of "Under the Radar." Her song Dream Coming True was also featured on “Under the Radar” and aired on 225+ radio stations.
Rebekah is a songwriter on CCLI.com with congregations across the United States accessing her music for their worship services. Some of her most well-known songs include “The Glory of it All”, “Your Promises”, “Radiant You”, “Hallelujah, I Love You” and “Dream Coming True” which she co-wrote with her husband. She is currently a lead worshipper at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Houston; a worship leader for Youth Mass, a LifeTeen service at Saint Anne Catholic Church in Houston; and is presently touring and leading worship to promote Radiant You.
Chris is a worship leader and artist who serves as full-time worship pastor at Skyline Church. God has cultivated a desire in his heart to help lead and connect others to Christ through the gift of music. Chris has a burning passion and desire to lead people into the presence and the heart of God through Christ centered worship. He believes that while music is definitely a form of praise, the true heart of worship is a lifestyle expressed through love and compassion.
While serving as a worship pastor will always be his passion, Chris also loves leading worship at different churches, conferences, events and camps, which is ultimately an extension of his ministry at Skyline Church. Chris and his wife Beth have 2 kids (Devin and Isabella) and 1 more (Maxum) on the way, who are constant reminders of his most important ministry. With the release of his first full-length album All Things New, Chris hopes to have a collection of songs that helps facilitate a connection between people and the presence of their savior.
“These songs reveal the emotion of what my own heart was wanting to say to God while at the same time trying to keep the lyrics simple and singable for corporate worship,” Chris explains. “This album echoes the theme of God’s overwhelming love for us, ‘that while we were still sinners Christ died for us, (Rom. 5:8).’ His love brings dead things to life…His love makes all things new”.
Amber grew up in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area and started leading worship when she was 15 years old. After traveling and ministering for many years, she took a position as a Worship Pastor at a Dallas church, helping launch and grow a thriving worship ministry there for 5 years.
Amber felt the Lord moving her to a new season of songwriting, leadership and passion for seeing lives changed through God’s presence. For the next 6 years, she was the worship leader and President for Sole Desire Ministries, a non-profit organization that ministered all over the world and started hunger relief programs. Through this ministry, Amber was called to begin leading worship in Spanish and has since had the opportunity to minister to thousands in Mexico, Puerto Rico, and even Israel.
She is currently on staff at Gateway Church in Southlake, TX where she is a regular worship leader for the Singles Ministry and the Frisco campus. Amber is also the worship leader for the Women of Faith Fall 2013 Tour. She is featured as a vocalist on albums for Gateway Worship, Zach Neese, Rita Springer and Women of Faith. She has also recorded four English albums and one Spanish album. Amber's new solo EP called "Broken Beautiful" released on August 27th, 2013 to positive reviews. It contains 6 original songs co-written with Mia Fieldes, Michael Farren, Richie Fike, David Leonard (All Sons & Daughters), Jamie Birkenfeld Whisenhunt and Aaron Michael Brown.Comment on Facebook Comment on Twitter