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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
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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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Friday, 13 March 2015

Artist Spotlight - Gene Ezell

Gene Ezell is from Signal Mountain, Tennessee and Nashville, Tn. and has been writing creatively for over 30 years. He is married to Cynthi Ezell and they have a daughter, Megan Helton. He is a member of Signal Mountain Bible Church and is an active participant in his church’s Worship Team as a bass player. He also sings his songs in church on occasion.

Regarding Gene’s music, he has won 3 national songwriting contests – GMA’s Immerse 2013 (final 3); IndieHeaven’s 2013 Grand Prize winner; and Songwriter’s Café.com’s 2012 competition. He has been a finalist in five other nationwide songwriting contests, including Singing News' 2014 Southern Gospel and Bluegrass Gospel categories.

- It Is Finished won GMA’s Immerse songwriting contest 2013; Selected as Grand Prize Winner of 2013 by IndieHeaven.com; included on All About Worship’s Collective 9 album
- We Surrender, is published in LifeWay’s Worship Catalog and won Songwriter’s Café’s competition
- One Man Can, was chosen by NSAI for their 2011 Holiday CD.
- I Go To Calvary was recorded by Triumphant Quartet (on ‘The Greatest Love Story’ album - Absolutely Gospel Music Association’s 2014 Album of the Year) and was named Top Twenty recorded Southern Gospel Songs of 2013
- River of Living Water was recorded by Canaan’s Crossing—a Top Ten Bluegrass Gospel group.
- I Boast in the Cross reached #5 in the Southern Gospel Times Top 40 chart, and
- You Never Give Up On Me was #2 in the 2012 UrbanChannel finals competition, and finished #5 in the 2012 national Gospel Competition on OutStage.com.
- Holy Spirit reached #1 on IndieHeaven’s FanFaves chart for Contemporary Christian songs, and
- No Longer A Slave reached #2 on IndieHeaven’s Bluegrass chart.
- Lord in You Alone (I Will Believe) – single song contract with Red Tie Records



He has had cuts with Triumphant Quartet, Canaan’s Crossing, Dustin Jenkins, Ron Brewer and Nevaeh among others.

He has 3 songs published with Peck Music Group, 3 songs published with Tylis Music (subsidiary of Gaither Music), a single song contract with Red Tie Records, and a single song contract with Gateway Publishing. He is a member of GMA, BMI, NSAI, IndieHeaven, and Inspirational Country Music Association, and is the owner of Gene Ezell Music Publishing (BMI).

You can hear more of his songs on his website: GeneEzell.com.


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