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Friday, 24 July 2015

Artist Spotlight - Anastasya Laverdiere

Anastasya Laverdiere is a worship leader and songwriter born and raised in British Columbia. She moved to Caronport Saskatchewan to attend Briercrest Bible College after high school where she grew and developed in her passion for music and song writing through classes and touring in musical groups. Having lead worship for many years, she has had the opportunity to release several of her songs and seen God use them to minister to many hearts. She most recently completed a seven song EP entitled Draw Me Away that compiles some of the songs she has written.


     
Anastasya seeks to find a unique and genuine way to convey what her heart is saying. She wants to be honest, viewing her song writing like an actual conversation with a real and present God who is listening. Anastasya’s songs give listeners an inside view into her on-going conversation with the Father and growing relationship with Him. She hopes this transparency in her writing will inspire others to see and believe God, trust Him and pursue their own deeper relationship with Him. She carries a big heart for people to know how much they mean to God so that they are able to confidently and lovingly approach Him and become what He calls them to be.


Anastasya Laverdiere currently lives in Swift Current, Saskatchewan and serves at Victory Family Church with her husband Joel Laverdiere.

http://www.anastasyamusic.com/

Twitter: @AnastasyaLea
Instagram: https://instagram.com/AnastasyaLea
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/anastasyalaverdiere

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Artist Spotlight - David Ashley

It makes sense that David Ashley creates music that doesn’t quite fit within the bounds of the contemporary Christian genre.  Influenced by the Gospel, the South, and the sounds of blues, jazz, and pop music, the soulful singer/songwriter has been successful in crafting a body of work that is being praised by a growing number of music enthusiasts: contemporary Christian fans who desire musical evolution, and gospel music fans who crave a new medium for the timeless message.  Over the past six years, David has had numerous opportunities to hone his sound, having shared his original music with over 250 churches in 21 states.



The rich texture of Ashley’s voice coupled with his tendency to compose blues-infused melodies might cause the listener to assume that 70’s soul and southern rock were his only influences. Then, without apology, David can deliver a softer, more subtle creation of music and words reflective of the acoustic singer/songwriter genre that inspired him to pick up a guitar in the first place.  This is the type of cohesive variety you find on Ashley’s latest album, Heart Of Stone.

 Growing up in Meridianville, Alabama, the self-taught guitarist was known to spend countless hours every day deciphering classic rock riffs and learning to mimic the guitar players that defined an era.  Even though his talent developed quickly, Ashley shied away from performing in public throughout his teenage years.  While studying at the University of Tennessee, he began to write songs and tried his hand at singing, eventually sharing his talent with local audiences.  Following graduation, Ashley took a sales job in Nashville, where the inviting stages of local open mic nights and the encouragement of several friends inspired him to leave his job and pursue music full-time.  “It was definitely a leap of faith for me.  I didn’t know what a career in music looked like or where to begin.  I only knew that music was a powerful tool, and so I made a commitment to honor God in my songwriting and my performances,” Ashley says.



Five years later, Ashley is humbled by how God has blessed his career.  Most weekends, Ashley can be found sharing his original music in concert and serving as the guest worship leader at churches across the country, his calendar regularly booked with youth retreats, church camps, and music festivals.  He is currently promoting Heart Of Stone, his fourth independent studio album, a follow-up to his previous albums It’s About Time, Growin’ Up, and Character Appreciation.

Ashley’s unmistakable talent as a songwriter and his unwavering belief in the message of his music are the driving forces behind his success.  The once-shy songwriter now admits to a new reality.  “These days, I actually feel most at home in front of a live audience.  I have a peace and confidence that comes from knowing this is exactly where God wants me to be, and I couldn’t happier.”


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Blessings,
Phil
phil@worshiptherock.com
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Thursday, 28 May 2015

Artist Spotlight - Mikey Moore

After releasing his first record "It's All For You" in 2008 at the age of 15, and his single "Sing Out" in 2011, he is now set for his follow up record to release in 2015.
Beginning as a worship leader at the age of 14 in his local church, he is now leading churches around the state of Washington and Oregon singing songs of praise, joy, and reflection.
"The goal is to set an atmosphere where our hearts are fully open to what God wants to do personally and corporately at each show. We may all have different minor takes on what the bible says but we can all agree on one thing, and that is we are created to praise the Lord and lift up the name of Jesus."- Mikey



Facebook.com/mikeymooreband
Instagram: @mikeymooreband
Twitter: @mikeymooreband

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Blessings,
Phil
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Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Artist Spotlight - InDri McNeal / Renewed Praise

Welcome to our Artist Spotlight email where we focus on one (or in this case, two!) of our members and find out about their songs.
Spinning primarily out of the local church choir vocal talent base of Oakland Baptist Church of Alexandria, Virginia, Vocalists Michelle Hogan and InDria McNeal formed their own assemble; hoping to take advantage of their combined talent, energy, and charisma to create an overall worship experience for audiences across the country.
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Michelle Burks Hogan & InDria McNeal are worship leaders, psalmists, songwriters, vocal arrangers who as a rule, value Christ, friendship and positive energy in practice and on stage. With each new practice, concert, and worship experience, they strive to lift up Jesus Christ through teaching, praise and worship in the State of Virginia, the DC Metro area, and beyond.
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The debut album, The Master’s Touch features a broad spectrum of gospel music, from the soulful “God Can Bless You” and “I've Been Renewed” to the driving, uplifting praises of "Rejoice" and “My Everything”. Local media has said Renewed Praise has “catchy vocal melodies, awesome harmony and hard hitting beats” and the group is “a harmonious, fun and entertaining trio that’s clearly on the rise.”
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Blessings,
Phil
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Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Artist Spotlight - Scott Ivey

He started out playing youth groups with his high school band...

"Straight up rock... That's what we were." Remembers Scott.

"We had a lot of fun with a lot of volume... We went from youth groups to bars to clubs to showcases to festivals... etc. The Robert Barnes Band was a good time, but it wasn't really 'about' anything."

The search for deeper meaning eventually led to a band break up, but Scott continued on... His solo effort, "Come Back", became popular with a wide variety of fans, but never gained any real traction.


In the midst of becoming a dad twice over, Scott decided to pack up his performance hat and go another route. "I felt like, and I still believe, that God was calling me. When I got the call to move to California, we were beside ourselves..."

Scott became a worship pastor at Bayside Church in Roseville California, and after a few years of exciting ministry, ended up settling down in Texas.

After making the big move, Scott and Alison had their third child, and when it came time to make some tough life decisions, they decided to trust God with the direction they felt Him leading.



He packed up his family once more, moved from Houston to San Antonio, and is now the Worship Pastor for Crosspoint Fellowship Church in Schertz, TX.

Scott released a worship EP in the summer of last year called “Sound of Hope”.



This EP is just the first installment of a bigger worship project that has been in the works for several years. Scott intends to do so much more with this project than just spread new worship music around. Fund out more about this project at www.soundofhopeproject.com.

Most recently, Scott and his worship team “crosspoint creative” have released an original single called “Unashamed”, and just left the studio last month from recording another song “The Main Event” that was released on Easter of this year. The live music video for Unashamed can be found here https://vimeo.com/113947683


“I’ve had a new creative awakening this year” Scott says “On top of writing and leading for Sundays, and playing out in the community, I’ve taken on a challenge like nothing I’ve ever done before. It’s called the 52 song challenge, and it’s awesome! One song a week for the entire year. So far I haven’t missed a deadline. It has forced me to think outside the box, and opened up some exciting possibilities.” Check out the weekly uploads at: https://soundcloud.com/scott-ivey-2
For even more on Scott and his ministry, please like him on Facebook @scottiveymusic and Follow on Twitter @scottiveymusic. Find out more at www.scottiveymusic.com.




and Follow on Twitter @scottiveymusic. Find out more at www.soundofhopeproject.com.
For more, previously released Scott Ivey music visit iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/scott-ivey/id39968680



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