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Thursday, 3 December 2015

Artist Spotlight - Frank Rendo

Frank Rendo is an ordinary guy with an extraordinary gift. Unassuming, down to earth and just plain easy to talk to, he’s not the usual type you’d expect to be carrying around a powerhouse of a voice that can render an entire audience spellbound and speechless; but he does.

When ready to begin, he simply smiles at the audience, greets them like family and then opens his mouth and out pours this glorious expression of such vocal beauty that touches you so profoundly, you believe he is singing just to you. An avid worship leader, from his days at Oral Roberts University, to his present day associations with many churches and venues that love to worship God, Frank often leads from the piano or on mic in front of a worship team and band.

A member of NARAS (National Association of Recording Arts & Sciences), and a voting member of the Grammys, ASCAP artist and songwriter, Frank Rendo always offers his audience a heartfelt and sincere musical presentation with powerful messages of comfort, strength, hope and inspiration that are conveyed through every note he sings.

Frank’s talent has taken him throughout the USA and Europe. Frank began as a performer and music director for the group Front Line, an inspirational vocal group hailing from ORU in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which toured the USA, France, Germany, Holland and Switzerland. Frank then moved on to be part of, Epiphany, a trio which toured the USA, Denmark and Israel before striking out on his own as a solo artist. This career choice vaulted Frank into the spotlight of well loved vocal performing artists and his solid fan base continually reflects in his sold out performances.

His impressive and varied career includes 5 solo albums to date, "Deliver Me" featuring the single “Don’t Laugh At Me,” "Inspired: Songs From Broadway & Film," "Remembering Christmas" featuring the single 'God Help The Outcasts,' "Shine," and, "How Can You Say No to This Man?" all of which have sold thousands and received rave reviews.




Frank has numerous personal concert appearances, regional theatre credits, television commercials and voice over work to his credit. A true crowd favorite, Frank can be seen regularly performing at Long Island’s premiere Christian music showplace, Samantha’s L’il Bit of Heaven, enjoying a monthly, “Evening with Frank Rendo” concert, hosted on the first Saturday of each month to sold-out crowds. He has also appeared on MTV’s “Rock the Vote Campaign” and VH-1 “Behind the Music.”

Frank is also a gifted producer and has co-produced New York musical fundraisers at Nassau Coliseum and Westbury Music Fair for “Jesus Alive,” a non-profit organization to help raise money to feed the homeless on Long Island, with the major Long Island events planned with enormous success.



In 2016, it has been announced that Frank will also join artistic forces with Paul Failla, a great comedian, for a unique program of music and comedy.  They expect to tour nationally.

https://www.reverbnation.com/FrankRendo

http://www.CDBaby.com/Artist/FrankRendo

http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/frank-rendo/id271037974

http://ramblingsregardingrendo.blogspot.co.uk/

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Artist Spotlight - Ryan Beadle

Ryan was born with a rare medical condition called the Velo Facial Cardio Syndrome. The doctor's gave him just a young age to live and if he did live into his adult years that he would have a very difficult life. They told him that he would never finish school, never be able to drive a car, play sports, play music, basically, not live a normal life.


While life has been very difficult (Jesus never promised us an easy life but he has promised that he will give us peace and is always with us) God has blessed Ryan with quite a normal life besides the many medical complications. Ryan passed school, can drive a car, can play sports and God has blessed him with a natural musical talent. Not only that, God has given Ryan a very positive outlook on life and a great sense of humor. He always enjoys making people laugh. Ryan vowed at a young age that no matter how tough life would get, that he would keep on fighting and not give up, with God's help.


Ryan grew up in a very musical family where someone was always practicing an instrument or listening to music. His parent's put him in piano lessons for his elementary school years and then at 12yrs old Ryan found the guitar and has not looked back since. He spends hours and hours practicing the guitar. Having studied the guitar under many great guitarists, Ryan has won numerous music camp awards, been able to travel and perform around North America and to the Dominican Republic. He has performed in front of thousands of people throughout his life, sharing the gospel and love of Jesus Christ through music and testimony. He also helps lead worship at his church he attends. Ryan can play guitar, drums, piano and sing. He teaches music lessons full time.

When Ryan is not busy with musical activities, you can find him playing and watch sports, exercising, hiking in the beautiful Canadian Rocky Mountains, camping, swimming, fishing, cooking, playing games, reading books, watching movies, being involved at his church while goofing off with friends/family and enjoying life to the full.


God has been able to use Ryan in many ways to bringing people closer to God through his music and his personality. Ryan's favorite Bible verse is Philippians 4:13 'I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.'

No matter where you are in life these days. Even if you don't believe in God, give Him a chance. He is a very loving God and wants to have a friendship with you that you have never had before.

God bless you!


Website:  http://rybeadle.com/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RyBeadle/timeline/?ref=profile
Twitter:  @Rybeadle

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
phil@worshiptherock.com
If you would like to be considered for our Artist Spotlight feature (note: there is a charge for this service which goes towards costs of running the site) please get in touch by dropping an email to:
phil@worshiptherock.com
If approved - here's what you'll get:
▪ Featured artist in the WTR email newsletter sent out about you to our 9,000+ members on WTR
▪ Your album appearing on WTR for at least 1 month
▪ Tweet sent out to our 15,000+ Twitter followers
▪ Facebook posts send out to our 4000+ Facebook fans
▪ Blog post about you on the WTR blog