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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
phil@worshiptherock.com
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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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If you would like to be considered for our Artist Spotlight feature please get in touch by dropping an email to:

phil@worshiptherock.com
If approved - here's what you'll get:
  1. A dedicated email send out about you to our 8,500+ members on Worship The Rock
  2. Your album appearing on the homepage (and almost every page) on WTR for 1 month
  3. 1 Tweet sent out to our 14,500+ Twitter followers
  4. 1 Facebook posts send out to our 4000+ Facebook fans
  5. A blog posted about you on the WTR blog

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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If you would like to be considered for our Artist Spotlight feature please get in touch by dropping an email to:

phil@worshiptherock.com

If approved - here's what you'll get:
  1. A dedicated email send out about you to our 8,000+ members on Worship The Rock
  2. Your album appearing on the homepage (and almost every page) on WTR for 1 month
  3. Tweet sent out to our 12,000+ Twitter followers
  4. Facebook post sent out to our Facebook fans
  5. A blog posted about you on the WTR blog

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Artist Spotlight - Gabe Jones (3rd Place in WTR Song Contest)

Gabriel attended Rodney Howard Browne’s River School of Worship from 2013-2014 where he developed his writing and worship leading passions that he embraced when he was a young child. At the age of 10 he wrote his first song, from there he began to write and record his own soundtracks and music albums. Being an active member and leader of his home church’s worship team he began to write songs for church productions and worship services; songs such as “I Wanna Love” and “Im Not There” came to fruition, as well as over 150 other original works. Now 19 years old Gabriel continues to pursue his calling of making an impact on the world as an artist and with his music as he continues to worship, write, and perform.








https://soundcloud.com/gabe-joneseee


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If you would like to be considered for our Artist Spotlight feature please get in touch by dropping an email to:

phil@worshiptherock.com

If approved - here's what you'll get:
  1. A dedicated email send out about you to our 8,000+ members on Worship The Rock
  2. Your album appearing on the homepage (and almost every page) on WTR for 1 month
  3. Tweet sent out to our 12,000+ Twitter followers
  4. Facebook post sent out to our Facebook fans
  5. A blog posted about you on the WTR blog

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Artist Spotlight - Christian Tristan & Gideon Roberts - Renevus (2nd & 7th in 2014 WTR Song Contest)

Forming in 2012, Indie-rock worship band Renevus quickly gathered fans in the San Antonio area, expanding through Central Texas and beyond, becoming easily accessible to a wide audience of heavily engaged followers through social media channels such as Twitter, YouTube, Spotify, and iTunes. “Renevus,” meaning rebirth or remarked, illustrates a new identity in Christ (2 Cor 5:17). Renevus is known for their artfully crafted orchestral accompaniments and passionate lyrics, leading to frequent performance requests from local churches, youth camps, and more.



The band has performed with artists such as Sixteen Cities, Satellites and Sirens, Rapture Ruckus, Manafest, KJ-52, Ryan Proudfoot, Matt Adler, and more. The group’s most notable project was its last EP, “We Will Rise,” which released in the summer of 2014, along with the album’s single bearing the same. Half the sales of the single “We Will Rise” (2013) go to Feed My Starving Children. Other projects include a self-produced single and EP, “Better Place Now” and “Rejuvenation.


With much more on the horizon, Renevus continues to write songs with the intent of responding to God and to all he has done with music that listeners can connect with.


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If you would like to be considered for our Artist Spotlight feature please get in touch by dropping an email to:

phil@worshiptherock.com

If approved - here's what you'll get:
  1. A dedicated email send out about you to our 8,000+ members on Worship The Rock
  2. Your album appearing on the homepage (and almost every page) on WTR for 1 month
  3. Tweet sent out to our 12,000+ Twitter followers
  4. Facebook post sent out to our Facebook fans
  5. A blog posted about you on the WTR blog