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This is cool: WorshipMusic.com has a page devoted to the
CDs of worship leaders. Take a look.
And now, some of my favorite
Email me if you have any suggestions, and check back
periodically for more listings.
Paul Baloche has written or co-written some
of the most popular choruses of our time
("Open the Eyes of My Heart," "Above
All.") So has his talented wife, Rita
("I Will Celebrate.") This useful
website has soundclips as well as free downloadable
This young UK female worship leader is writing
excellent songs. She also plays a mean electric
Geron holds the distinction of being the
only worship songwriter that's had a song
recorded by Barbara Streisand! (stop and
think for a moment how weird that is!) He's
written so many excellent songs, including
"In the Presence of Jehovah" and
Kirk and Deby Dearman
You really have to admire someone who has
a worship song consistently in CCLI's top
25. Kirk Dearman is one of those people,
and his song "We Bring the Sacrifice
of Praise" has been at the top of the
chart for years. I had the pleasure of knowing
Kirk and his wife Deby when they lived in
Nashville, and found them to be a very talented
and sincere couple.
Interestingly enough, the
of their musical output.
Much of their material
is meditative, Celtic and
even medieval (tin-whistle
lovers will enjoy the soundclip
at their website.)
Take a look at their site
and learn about
their "Come to the
gatherings held across
the US and Europe.
If you need a moment of
calm in your hectic
schedule, order their beautiful
Lynn is the writer of the classic praise
song "More Precious Than Silver."
Read how she was inspired to write the song,
order CDs and locate her songs on recordings
with the Song Finder.
The former lead singer of SonicFlood is solo
now. Somebody talked him into making a graphics
heavy website, so be forewarned. And once
you go in, you can't go out!
Brian has written some incredibly popular
choruses, including "Come, Now is the
Time to Worship." His well designed
website features free chord chart downloads
(sometimes), songwriting tips, articles and
a song catalogue.
John G. Elliot
John became known as a worship songwriter
with Steve Green's hits "Embrace the
Cross" and "I Call You to Praise."
This popular, up-and-coming worship leader
is behind that massively successful Spin
What a nice guy... I heard him speak at an
Integrity Worship Conference. Bob has written
the popular song "Blessed Be the Lord
Billy has written the popular praise song
"You Are My King." I especially
like Phillips, Craig and Dean's version on
their "Let My Words Be Few" recording.
Learn more about this writer at his website
and order CDs and a songbook.
Have you ever heard the song "Lord I
Lift Your Name On High?" I don't think
there's a Christian on the planet who hasn't!
Rick Founds wrote it, along with some other
classics like "Jesus, Draw Me Close"
and "Jesus, Mighty God."
Rick is a great, normal guy (I'm happy to
find there are still some good people in
Christian music, most of them found in the
praise and worship world!) I ordered one
of his custom CDs a few years ago and struck
up a little friendship with him. I had a
chance to meet him once in Los Angeles where
he leads worship at a local church. Check
out his website and learn more about the
author of one of the most popular Christian
songs of all time.
This prolific writer / worship leader has
penned favorites like "Abba Father"
and "Oh, the Glory of His Presence."
He wrote a worship musical years ago called
"Thy Kingdom Come" before worship
was the flava of the moment. I thought it
was absolutely the coolest thing. Unfortunately
the CD's out of print, but his website says
more will be coming.
Hillsongs Church in Australia is literally
crawling with worship leaders! Like Darlene, Reuben Morgan, and... oh I just can't keep track of 'em
all. Darlene wrote a song called "Shout
to the Lord."
After Matt Redman [see
below] came Tim Hughes,
with his mega-popular world-wide
I Am To Worship."
Ever heard of it?
Dennis is the author of the worship standard
"You Are My All in All." Learn
about his life and ministry at his website.
Bob wrote the classic worship song "In
My Life, Lord, Be Glorified." Visit
his website for articles, bio, soundclips
and touring info.
Did you know that Lenny co-wrote the worship
song "Above All" with Paul Baloche?
And before he became a Christian, Lenny co-wrote
one of the most popular secular radio singles
ever? Check out his website to learn more
about this interesting songwriter.
The number one worship band has done it again.
Following the wild success of "I Can
Only Imagine" comes their latest #1
single "Spoken For." Look for free
chord charts (click "Chords & Lyrics"),
participate in discussion boards and find
out where they're playing next.
Don Moen is a talented songwriter and worship
leader, not to mention the Executive Vice
President of Integrity Music. He's written
many congregational staples including "God
Will Make a Way" and "Mighty Is
Our God." Check out his website for
tour info, bio, song inspiration articles
and video clips.
The most popular worship band in New Zealand.
Well, maybe they're the only worship band
in New Zealand. I love their stuff.
He was the first of the new wave of UK worship
leaders with his top songs "Heart of
Worship," "Blessed Be Your Name"
and many others. He's now writinge best-selling
worship devotional books.
Michael W. Smith
As of late, Michael has been morphing from
CCM artist to worship leader. He's been accused
of selling out to the latest worship craze,
but that's not true -- Michael has been involved
with worship from the beginning of his career.
I remember hearing him lead worship over
15 years ago at Belmont church in Nashville.
And from his first recording came the worship
staple "Great is the Lord." Check
out his website for bio, tour dates, news
and online membership.
Didn't they start all this a few years ago?
The first band to bring worship to the forefront
of popular taste. They've had so many different
members I've lost track.
This band is known for the popular worship
songs "King of Glory" and "Your
Love O Lord." Check out their site for
boards, journals, screen savers and desktop
The king of American worship, Chris is part
of the Passion music/conference group, and
has written many popular songs including
"How Great is Our God," "Indescribable,"
"Holy is the Lord," "We Fall
Down" and "Forever." Visit
his website for tour dates, song downloads,
CD store and articles.
Dick & Mel Tunney
Remember the power vocal trio First Call?
Mel Tunney from the group now leads worship
with her keyboardist husband, Dick, in churches
across the country. They wrote many popular
inspirational hits in the 80's and 90's,
including "How Excellent Is Thy Name,"
"In His Presence" and "Seekers
of Your Heart." They're two of the nicest,
most talented people in Nashville. Check
out their soundclips and order a CD or two.
He's known for Messianic worship.
Tommy has written many popular choruses,
including "There's No Greater Love Than
Jesus," "He Knows My Name"
and "Lord I Believe In You." Order
charts, CDs, read his bio and read an excerpt
from his new songwriting book, "Songs