As songwriters, we should always be growing and developing our craft!
In pursuit of songwriting excellence, I’ve read several very informative and interactive books. I also get a lot of inspiration for songs and motivation to keep writing and pushing myself. I’ve put together a list of books you should check out!
I had a great time at Inspire Song 2016, a songwriting retreat in Aspen. Matthew West, Benji and Jenna Cowart, and several other clinicians did a great job teaching and ministering to the attendees.
If you’re a songwriter and would like to attend next year, check out InspireSong.com and watch for the 2017 dates.
Check out this song I featured by Benji and Jenna, Always More.
Finding new songs, especially fast ones, that really minister to your congregation and are Biblically sound can be a bit challenging.
I don’t know about you, but I have spent hours pouring through new releases on iTunes, worship leaders forums, YouTube, and other Christian music resources only to come away with a handful of songs that were great for worship and our church.
Churches go through seasons, our pastors all have their own unique visions for certain times, and each church has its own special style based on the make-up of the local congregation.
So, who better than you and your church to write songs for your worship service and choir?
I am so excited about the new year and all of the great stuff that is shaping up for the blog! Not only am I releasing a great new series on 5 Weeks to an Organized Music Department, but you’re going to have access to some new original music and more!
Are you a songwriter? Do you write songs for the church (praise and worship, choir, small group)? I would love to help you get your songs in the hands of worship leaders and music directors in 2016!
Starting in January, I’m going to be hosting a monthly songwriting contest and you can be a part! One winner will be selected each month and their song (mp3, chord chart, and vocals) will be sent to my subscribers at the beginning of each month. Sign up to get all the details as we finalize them.
If you’re not a songwriter but would like to get new music each month, then sign up to get this and more!
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!