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Development and Training, General, Songwriting

Northwest Songwriters Workshop | 2015

I am so excited to be sponsoring a workshop dedicated to the development of Christian songwriters this year! I have personally looked for workshops in Seattle with this focus, and I have only found two that offer something similar.

In June, you have the opportunity to be a part of the very first Northwest Songwriters Workshop! We have the very talented Twila LaBar joining us and you will not want to miss her classes and a chance to get some feedback on your original songs from a pro! Continue Reading

Development and Training, General, Giveaways, Ministry

Ignite Worship Conference

Ignite Postcard Final

I’m SO excited to be singing at the Ignite Worship Conference in Oregon this weekend!

This conference is free to attend, so if you live within driving distance, come and join us! I’ll be singing Only One from Texas Bible College‘s newest album, In Jesus Name, on Friday night.

You can also come by my table and say hi! I would love to meet all of you!

A CD of original choruses and the chord charts (in pdf and Onsong formats!!) will be available for purchase

I will also be giving away free downloads of my new single, I Will Walk This Road, to everyone who signs up for my email list, and I will do a drawing for 1 free CD (In Jesus Name, TBC)!!

Don’t miss this exciting event!

Development and Training, General

How To Hear and Write Parts (Vocal Harmony)

Guest Post by Jeremiah Sibley of BSharpTricks.com

I am going to try to give you a methodical way to hear and write out harmony. There is however, no method that can help you unless you are willing to give writing out vocals a try and to try and try again.

The more you teach or hear vocal parts, the easier that they will become to recognize from simply hearing a song.

When I first started writing out vocals I was awful at it, but I kept trying!

You must also be able to somewhat sing to write out vocal parts. You do not have to be a star soloist, though. Anyone who has ever heard Kirk Franklin try to sing knows that he is nowhere near the best soloist of his group, but even that is well enough for him to write out parts for others to sing. Continue Reading

Development and Training, General, Ministry

Building A Music Department From Scratch

Building a church music department from scratch can be difficult and be a bit overwhelming at times!

I know, because I’ve done it a couple times….and I’m currently starting from square one in a brand new church plant in downtown Seattle!

Right now, I’m the music director, worship leader, only musician (keyboard), and only vocalist (unless you count my husband and two of our sweet saints who sing loudly in order to help fill the room with the sound of praise. I guess they are my unofficial praise team….)

 

So where do you start? Where do you go from square one?

 

I was recently reminded at a local music workshop that having a small church mentality is a big NO, NO!

This is one of the reasons that we don’t call our church plant a small church, but instead, we call it a new, growing church!

The same idea should be applied to the music department! So, I’m the only person currently in our music department…. It’s still not small! It’s growing! Continue Reading