NEXT: the Best New Worship Songs of 2015

Screen shot 2016-01-07 at 1.11.50 PMI can’t tell you how hard this list was to compile. I perused my past “NEXT” posts, worship set-lists, CCLI’s top lists – anything I could find – & have attempted below to craft my “Top” new worship songs of 2015. Did I miss any? Be encouraged to share below!

 

 

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Fresh New Songs for Worship, Sept 2015

60dd41a2a9fc811d30af8d3587946bf36710184632a8f7937fed197d256a3946a4e39e86be38cb8f67026a42b472e969c7b4e8c4bd5488c306227a459d13f8ded511976cb96e732b2513b0967afc1826Last month I shared my first “New Songs” Spotify collection – a tradition I used to maintain on a now extant feature of iTunes.

Written on the tail-end of September, the end of my month had a few surprises, so this is sliding into “home” a minute late.
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Saint Lewis at Converge

ConvergePicI have a deep love for college ministry… I often miss the three years I served as a Campus Minister/Worship Leader at the University of Georgia with Worldwide Discipleship Association, so I jump at opportunities to serve with college students. [Read more…]

The Golden Key?

GoldenKeyMany of my “heroes” have said it –¬†all men I admire and respect. I’ve read their books, listened to their teaching, and sung their songs. Most worship songwriting “experts” teach that there is an ideal range or “sweet spot” for worship songs. And I used to believe it – I really did – I towed the line. In fact, I still use their suggestions as a guide, but I’m not convinced it can be applied universally – here’s why: [Read more…]

New, Popular, & Undiscovered Songs: a response

AsAPastorJust a few weeks ago my friend & fellow worship pastor, Chris Vacher, published a thought-provoking blog: “Thoughts on New Songs, Popular Songs, & Undiscovered Songs“, which has also been edited & republished over at TWC. In it he states that we should generally consider using the more popular worship songs because “…the reason that songs become popular and are sung around the world is that there are very talented songwriters who understand the craft of songwriting and have put together these various elements in a way that allows people of every musical skill level to sing as an expression of their worship to Jesus.” Though I have nothing against talented songwriters, I don’t necessarily agree with the first half of the blog.

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