One of my chief joys in working with Christian writers, publishers and artists has always been the discovery and inspiration of fresh new worship songs. From my early days at Integrity Music and the explosion of Hosanna! Music in the 80’s to curating songs on Worship Leader’s Song DISCovery in the 90’s, I have savored time sequestered in my office immersed in worship music.
This morning I’m immersed in TIDES, the newest release from Bethel Music, the worship ministry of Redding, CA-based Bethel Church. Captured by the lead single, “Chasing You,” featuring Jenn Johnson, their songs will quickly gain a favorite in my worship set playlist. A brief clip of “Chasing You,” along with an inside look at the making of the song, is available now on the Bethel Music video teaser at www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlO67gNTHGA
We count it a real privilege and honor to serve as Bethel Music’s copyright administrator through CCS’s INDIEadmin service, and you can obtain licensing online for any of their songs.
Featuring original songs and music led by senior worship pastors Brian and Jenn Johnson, and worship leaders Jeremy Riddle, Steffany Frizzell Gretzinger, William Matthews, Matt Stinton and Hunter Thompson, the album is an expression of passionate emotion, anthemic declaration, and sometimes surprising experimentation.
The album also addresses the popular maxim that “the only thing you can count on is change.” Brian Johnson’s answer is that there is one more thing you can count on. “Through it all,” he declares, “God is in control. Through the whole album, there’s struggle, there’s tension, but then there is a reminder that God is always in control.”
Bethel Music has grown over the last four years from being a local church music ministry to becoming a global outreach, featuring a cadre of songwriters and worship leaders, a half-dozen CDs, chart-topping songs such as “One Thing Remains,” and both online and on-campus worship schools. A Bethel song, “Love Came Down,” written by Johnson and Riddle, was even featured on American Idol last season as part of the “Songs I Wish I’d Written” night.
Brian and Jenn Johnson, Jeremy Riddle, Steffany Frizzell Gretzinger and William Matthews will be taking the music and message of TIDES across the West Coast. Bethel Music’s “Night of Worship & Ministry” tour launches Sept. 5 in Anaheim, CA at Vineyard Church of Anaheim, and continues in Los Angeles (Sept. 6), Las Vegas (Sept. 7), Fairfield, CA (Sept. 8), Portland, OR (Sept. 10), Seattle, WA (Sept. 11) and Vancouver, BC (Sept. 12) before wrapping up in Kelowna, BC (Sept. 13). For all the latest tour detail, go to bethelmusic.com/tidestour.
Like the music to be heard on tour, the new, inventive sounds and styles heard on TIDES have been organically produced through the Bethel Music creative community that consists of over 50 people. From the songwriting, to the artwork, to the track listing, to the marketing, everything was done in community.
“We’ve made a commitment to always try to use musicians in the local church,” Johnson says. “The people you hear on the albums are the normal worship leaders in our church. We try to keep connected as much as we can. Everyone has a position in a local church.”
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