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Monday, 13 October 2014

Artist Spotlight - Jo Le Page

Jo Le Page had a very early interest in music and songwriting. From the age of three Jo would make up songs and record herself on a tape recorder to listen to later! As the years went on Jo continued to do the same, which proved useful when by the next day it was sometimes hard to remember the tune she had come up with the day before!

Jo was adopted as a baby and raised in a Christian home. At the age of eighteen she really questioned for herself what her faith really meant to her. After all she could have been adopted by a family of any religion and followed that without question. What made this real and her own? Jo thought these things through over time, and during a mild rebellion period she decided for herself that the reality of God was undeniable, and regardless of her upbringing and even regardless of other Christians she wanted to follow Him and proudly call herself a Christian.


Christian music has always been a favourite for Jo. Often lyrics would stay in her mind much easier than sermons and the powerful words would stick in her mind and be such a blessing to her. Jo hopes that her music can communicate to others the same way.

After writing some contemporary Christian songs and praise and worship, Jo soon realised that writing praise and worship choruses was the area that she was moving into. Jo leads worship with her husband Peter in a small church in Guernsey.

Jo has featured in two compilation cds by dB studios but for years has strived to find somewhere to record a collection of her own songs. After an interview on cross rhythms radio she was put in touch with Andy Baker of Resound Media.

‘The Message of the Cross’ is Jo’s debut EP. A few songs from this EP can be heard on her worship the rock page. The EP can be bought for just £3 plus p&p and any additional donations towards her EP’s will be donated to The A21 Campaign.

Jo is hoping to be able to minister in local churches in Guernsey and hopes to branch further afield in the future too.

Her heart is for the words of these songs to really move people into worship and speak to their heart. She is not wanting to be a performer or get a pat on the back but to be an instrument to turn the attention of the congregation off her and onto the one the songs are about.

For further information check out: www.worshiptherock.com/profile/JoLePage
Or contact info@lepage.co.uk


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Monday, 28 April 2014

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.

"I look at these past several years as much more than leading music. My family and I were able to be used across the country and back again... I learned more about who I am and who God says I am, and I know that it was all planned out for us." After moving to Texas, Scott and Alison had their third child. 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.

"Worship is my passion, and I'm very excited about this EP that I'll be releasing soon" says Scott.



The four song EP entitled "Sound of Hope" 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.

"God has given me so many experiences to pull from; His grace and mercy... His patience with me... His gifts, His challenges, His love, His promises, and His hope. This album is just an attempt to respond. I want that response to be worship, and I would hope that others might be touched through the music as well."

The date for the official EP release is not until July 25th, 2014, but there is a good reason for the wait!! Scott is now in partnership with Compassion International, and is trying to spread the “sound of hope” all around the world! Please visit, and find out more at www.soundofhopeproject.com.

For even more on Scott and his ministry, please like him on Facebook @scottiveymusic 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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Thursday, 12 December 2013

Artist Spotlight - Deborah Glenister

Deborah Glenister is a classically trained multi-instrumentalist who had the vision to branch out into jazz after A levels, completing a BA hons degree in Jazz studies at Leeds College of music in 2005. Her study of jazz not only allowed her to play jazz and popular music, it changed the way she viewed Music and helped her unleash her creativity.

Deborah is a committed Christian who always had a heart for playing music to bless her local congregation. The study of jazz with vocals allowed her to understand the relationship between vocals and saxophone in the music. What she found was that in most cases the music was better enhanced by the saxophone playing fills during the gaps and the long notes or playing a harmony line rather than doubling the melody. During worship time she experimented with this on flute and saxophone, which was much appreciated by the congregation as she found certain fills could bring to life the words being sung.

Her creativity didn't end with playing fills to enhance the music other people had written. In 2011 she had a strong feeling that God wanted her to use her creativity to write more worship songs to add to the 5 she'd already composed, to create an album for Him. She followed this vision, being fortunate enough to enlist her friend, vocalist Amy Sinha, to sing lead vocals, while Deborah played to her strengths by adding saxophones, clarinet and flute to the mix. Her band Back to the Beat provided the rhythm. The musical styles on the album range from pop to rock to blues to swing to calypso to rhumba but the glue that holds it all together is the theme of Jesus' love for us. It is her prayer that the songs on the album will support and encourage faith in an uplifting way as she feels God uplifting her through the songs when she listens to them.



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Thursday, 5 December 2013

Artist Spotlight - Jasmine Hurtado

A fresh and youthful voice are just two of the characteristics that describe Jasmine Hurtado. At an early age she showed a passion to serve God through singing and music. Jasmine Hurtado rises up as a pioneer of a new generation that dares to shine with her gifts for Jesus. Her energy and radiating face show a joy that, along with her youth, impact thousands around the world with her music and example! There is no doubt that Jasmine has an incredible potential, her desire to minister to the youth of her generation is eminent in every aspect of her life. Jasmine has an extraordinary talent that inspires a deep feeling of a tender love for God.
Jasmine is now 15 years old and a native of Grand Rapids, MI. She is the youngest of four siblings. Her interest for music began at age 3. Her parents saw her love for the music, and guided her to pursue it. They enrolled her in the Grand Rapids Choir Academy and as she grew older, she got more involved with the Kids Choir at her church. She later became a worship leader of the Youth and the Adult Worship Team at Resurrection Life Church. When she was 12 she won first place for her School Talent Show. She always kept herself busy doing auditions within her church. Jasmine is bilingual and enjoys playing the piano and clarinet.

At the age of 11, she recorded her first “Pop” album in Spanish, “Limpiame Con Tu Vida” (Cleanse Me With Your Life). She then started touring around Texas, Kansas, Colorado, Alabama, Michigan, California, and the borders of Mexico, presenting her music. She also, recorded two music videos for her two singles, “No Hay Mas Que Tu” (There Is No One Like You) and “Dueno De Mi Vida” (Owner Of My Life). “Limpiame Con Tu Vida” was produced by Steven Monarrez, who has worked with Spanish singers Marcos Witt, Danilo Montero and others. “Dueno De Mi Vida” is the first single for this album, and was written by a three-time Grammy Award winner Juan Salinas.

In November 2012, Jasmine released her first English Christmas single “Celebrate”.

In February of 2013, she released her Spanish single and music video “Nuestro Dios Es Grande” (Our God Is Great). The single was a huge success and was chosen to be a part of two different projects, Vizion Jesus Vol #1, (Jesus Vizion) and Nuhbe Hits 2013. “Nuestro Dios Es Grande” was also nominated “Best Youth Song Of 2013” for AMCL Awards.

Jasmine has participated in different Benefit and Community Concerts. She also travels every year to different countries on mission trips to visit churches for work and to sing.

Jasmine has participated and has shared the stage with different artists including Ken Reynolds, Daniel Calvetti, Coalo Zamorano, Alex Campos, Olga Breeskin, Jairo Torres, Miguel Balboa and has opened concerts for Rojo Band and more...

In November 2013, she released her Christmas EP “A Sparkling Christmas”.

She was also invited to be a part of a Live Recording for Ken Reynolds and his latest album “Higher”, which was recorded in Grand Rapids, MI. on November 3, 2013.
Facebook: jasminehurtado
Instagram: @JasmineHurtado_

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Thursday, 28 November 2013

Artist Spotlight - Kathie Phillips

Kathie Phillips, writer/worship leader, wrote her first song five years ago and has completed two CD projects. She has always loved worshiping and feels it is the most intimate moment where we exchange “our” stuff for God's love and presence. She had never thought about writing and producing her own music.



She is the wife of Pastor Joel Phillips at Escondido Christian Center and mother of four. After a few hurtful situations, in her personal worship time she started to sing, “You are faithful,” which became her first song. The Lord continued to give Kathie numerous songs, which she has taught to her choir and congregation. Her songs through the two CD projects, “You are Faithful,” and “Songs from the Center,” have been translated into Spanish and Portuguese, which have been blessing people in Brazil, Paraguay, and Africa.

Kathie's influences include Papa Morris Chapman, Caleb Collins, Stan Endicot, Elizabeth Goodine, Second Chapter of Acts, and publisher Mark McClure.





Kathie Phillips on iTunes


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