NEWS SOURCE: Merge PR
April 3, 2020
NEWS SOURCE: Merge PR
April 3, 2020
THE HEART OF COME ALIVE
Q&A WITH BRIAN & JENN JOHNSON
Bethel Music recently announced the first and highly anticipated Bethel Music Kids worship album and DVD, Come Alive. This project is aimed at cultivating in the next generation the greatness they possess as children of God, the inseparable connection they have to Jesus, and the truth that they are powerful vessels of worship and contributors in the kingdom.
Hear the heart of this project in this Q&A with Bethel Music worship leaders/songwriters Brian and Jenn Johnson:
What’s your vision for this album and what do you hope it brings to the families who hear it?
Jenn: Something that’s really celebrated, especially with this album is fun, and I think that we can never lose sight of the fact that there’s a fun element to worship. Yes there’s a reverence and there’s an awe, but – we have this saying that God is as happy as He is holy, and I think that that’s what we want to champion our kids in – that God is so fun and He is so wonderful. Just seeing that in the kids, seeing the fun and the raw and the real, that they’re not going to be into any fluff – I think it’s just incredible to watch that unfold.
Have you guys seen any impact on the lives of your kids, or you as parents as a result of worship?
Brian: What’s amazing about the grace of God is that you pray for your kids, and you do your best as a parent and then, you get to see them respond.
Like the other night, my son woke me up and is just freaking out because he had this nightmare and he says, “Dad can you put some worship music on?” So he’s learned that when the worship music is on, it’s peaceful, and I’ve taught him and talked to him about how when we worship, when we praise God, He inhabits our praise – He comes. He knows that now and he’s asking for it. That’s when you start realizing they’re having their own experience with God and I think that’s what’s fulfilling as a parent.
What is something that excites you about the next generation of worshipers?
Brian: I feel like each generation grabs something more– they take from the previous generation of worship leaders and stack on it. I’m also seeing a power in worship that has been really unique to this generation– encounters, healing and deliverance. When kids get a hold of that power in worship, there’s just going to be more of the kingdom coming to earth.
The church historically has been growing in creativity and worship. I think this generation craves something that’s real and that ministers to them on a personal level, regardless of what’s been popular before. They are grabbing onto something that won’t compete, but will allow the church to use that inspiration from God to put out creativity that the world is looking for. The wineskin is being structured now, so that the next generation can hold even more.
Jenn: I’ve been thinking about the next generation of worshipers, because we have young kids— ages 8, 10 and 13. We are really passionate about not just catering to adults in worship, but to championing our kids and kids in our community in worship. Modeling for them what a posture of worship looks like and encouraging them to step into those moments. It’s really beautiful to see this forward motion to what worship is turning into.
What are some things you’ve experienced as you are teaching your kids to worship and hear His voice?
Jenn: There are few things on the planet that make me happier than watching our kids hear or feel something from God. Being able to lead them to hear God’s voice is everything.
Brian: You can’t control or force your kids to know God, even though every parent at some point probably tries that. The perfect parent would know the right balance between keeping them guarded from drama in life, but also exposing them to some of it so they can see God’s hand in your life and the world around them. You want them to see complete void without God and then see the light, when God comes through. Let them watch you worship through the pain and see what it looks like to co-labor with Him.
What’s something that’s happened with you and your kids as they are learning to be in His presence?
Brian: In my own life, I grew up seeing worship leaders and I learned from them by watching, not just by listening to them. What’s exciting about Bethel Music Kids is that kids will get to watch other kids worship God. Worship is a real expression of your heart to God. In a lot of churches and culture, worship can feel like it’s just for the adults. There can be a disconnect for the kids and we’re trying to bring them in to worship and encourage them to be caught up in worship, in His presence. What happens is that when our children are in the atmosphere of worship, even if it’s not a heart connection yet, they will encounter Him— they will grow into a heart of worship.
Learn more about Come Alive, the first Bethel Music Kids album/DVD, releasing 12.11.15 at http://www.bethelmusickids.com.
About Brian and Jenn Johnson:
Brian and Jenn are worship leaders and songwriters with Bethel Music. They are committed to raising up worshippers who will take hold of their true identity and pursue intimacy with God above all else. Brian and Jenn continue to minister in the US and internationally and reside in Redding, CA with their three wonderful children.
SHAE SHOC RECORDS PREPARES TO UNVEIL FIRST CHILDREN’S ALBUM, Fun Size, Vol. 1 BY SCRIPTURE SNACK KIDS
TO DEBUT JULY 31, 2015
Daughters to Critically Acclaimed Artist Beckah Shae, Grace & Joy Put Bible Verses in the Form of Song To Help Kids Memorize Scripture
NEWS SOURCE: Sundari PR
Nashville, Tenn. (July 14, 2015) –This summer, Shae Shoc Records will release its first children’s album by Scripture Snack Kids titled Fun Size, Vol. 1 on July 31, 2015. Aimed to help kids memorize Bible scripture, the 20-track album features the vocal talents of Grace (6) & Joy (8), daughters to Dove Award Nominee Beckah Shae and famed producer Jack Shocklee.
Stemming from Shae Shoc Records’ previous Scripture Snack albums, which featured Beckah, the proud parents wanted to ignite their daughters’ gifts, while helping other kids their age grow in their relationship with God.
Scripture Snacks fills the gap by memorizing scriptures in the form of a song. Fun Size, Vol. 1 by Scripture Snacks Kids is an a cappella album, consisting of kids vocals along with critically acclaimed singer Beckah Shae and producer Jack Shocklee’s (tobyMac, Group 1 Crew, Montell Jordan) spin on pop driven melodies and low bass vocal percussion. With 10 tracks breaking down various scriptures from “The Ten Commandments” to “Fruits of the Spirit”, the project also includes instrumental karaoke tracks to each song to put listeners memorization skills to the test.
“Our great privilege as parents is to encourage them to walk in truth and to leave a legacy of faith,” shares Beckah. “We wanted to teach our children that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life and we know that it is necessary in the growing of their faith to hear the Word of God, to not just hide it in their hearts but to share it with the world!”
Fun Size, Vol. 1 will be available on iTunes ®, Amazon and other digital platforms and in select Christian retailers throughout the nation.
For additional information on Scripture Snacks Kids, please visit scripturesnack.com.
SOURCE: Nashville PR
(NASHVILLE, Tennessee) — Yancys popular Little Praise Party app is getting a bilingual upgrade with the addition of songs from her new Spanish-language childrens album, Pequeña Fiesta de Alabanza! The free app, available for iOS and Android, is a wonderful resource for praise sing-along fun on the go.
For the very first time this month, Yancys Little Praise Party app is featuring a song in Spanish, with plans to feature songs in both English and Spanish every month going forward.
This is not just for the Spanish-speaking world, says Yancy. I believe that this will be a great tool for kids to learn Spanish by hearing and singing along in both languages. We have so many app users that are homeschoolers or involved in secondary education, and this will be a great fit!
Expanding beyond her English fan base, Yancys Pequeña Fiesta de Alabanza! takes some of the most popular songs from her Little Praise Party series and translates them into Spanish. The result is a fun collection of 15 songs that will warm the hearts of kids and their parents too thanks in part to appearances by hit makers Jaci Velasquez and Nic Gonzales (Salvador).
The CD/DVD set, which also features animated music videos (one for each song!) that are sure to capture the imagination of children, is available now online and in Christian bookstores everywhere via Elevate Entertainment and Syntax Distribution.
In addition to her new album release, and heavy touring, Yancy is continuing her partnership with Standard Publishing. As in previous years, Yancy has created eight brand-new songs and music videos for Standard Publishings 2015 Vacation Bible School program, Bible Blast to the Past – discovering Gods everlasting love featuring Yancys jam-worthy worship music and kid-relevant missions moments from Beth Guckenberger and Back2Back Ministries. To get a first glimpse of the 2015 VBS theme and hear a few song clips, visit www.2015.vacationbibleschool.com.
For more than a decade, Yancy has released radio-friendly pop/rock albums and multiple projects for kids and young adults, all while sharing the stage with such artists as Michael W. Smith, Newsboys, Mute Math and Nichole Nordeman. As a writer, Yancy has teamed up with Third Day’s Mac Powell, wrote Avalons #1 hit I Dont Want To Go and Jaci Velasquezs Something Beautiful, among others.
For more information, visit www.yancynotnancy.com.
LEGENDARY CCM ARTIST STEVE GREEN RELEASES
HIDE THE WORD: BIBLE SONGS FOR KIDS
Project Features Bible’s Most Beloved Scriptures Set To Music
SOURCE: McCain & Co. PR
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 6, 2014) – Steve Green Ministries has announced the release of Hide The Word: Bible Songs for Kids, the latest children’s music project from multiple Grammy Award-nominated and Dove Award-winning CCM recording artist Steve Green.
Hide The Word, the recording artist’s ninth kids project, is aimed at bringing Scripture into children’s lives through music. The new project is designed to help make memorizing God’s Word a part of everyday life.
Green wrote the music and adapted the Bible verses for all 15 tracks on Hide The Word, using some of the Bible’s most precious promises, including John 3:16-17 (“For God so loved the world….”), Psalm 119:105 (“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet….”), John 14:6 (“I am the way, the truth and the life….”), Matthew 11:28-29a (“Come to me all you are weary and burdened and I will give you rest….”), and Psalm 23:1-3 (“The Lord is my shepherd….”). Steve Green and his brother and manager, David Green, served as Executive Producers, with Dick Tunney as Producer.
In addition to featuring Green on lead vocals, the CD also features a children’s choir with individual kids quoting the verses. Green’s granddaughter, Addy, made her recording debut on the project as well.
“There is nothing more powerful or lasting than God’s Word!” says Green. “In the Scriptures, God has told us all we need to know for life and godliness. These Bible Promises set to music remind us who God is and what He has done for us. What’s more, the songs are just plain fun!”
Green, whose breakout 1985 album He Holds The Key, earned the vocalist that year’s Dove Award for Male Vocalist of Year, began releasing children’s recordings simultaneously with his CCM projects with Hide ‘Em In Your Heart Worship in 1998 and Hide ‘Em In Your Heart: Bible Memory Melodies, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 in 2003. Among his children’s projects are three volumes of The Adventures of Prayer Bear, released on VHS by Capitol Christian Music Group.
Hide The Word is available online at www.stevegreenministries.org, iTunes and Amazon, and at all Steve Green live events.
For more info about Hide The Word and Steve Green, visit www.stevegreenministries.org.
UPCOMING HIS KIDZ UNITED CD SERIES FEATURES KIDS SINGING TODAY’S TOP CHRISTIAN HITS
‘Hallelujah,’ First Single From Unique CD Series, Offered As Easter Download by Worship Leader Magazine
SOURCE: McCain & Co. PR
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 18, 2014) – His Kidz United and INgrooves/Capitol Christian Distribution have announced the upcoming release of the His Kidz United CD series, a music brand for kids ages 5-14 which features kid-sung versions of today’s top Christian hits, including “Overcomer” by Mandisa, “Shake” by MercyMe, and “Speak Life” by TobyMac.
On April 29, His Kidz United, Volume 1 releases to major retail outlets, including Family Christian Stores, Walmart, Lifeway, Mardel Christian Stores, iTunes and Amazon. On the same day, two digital versions will also be released–a sing-a-long version and an instrumental version of all 18 songs on the project. All products will be bundled and discounted at the His Kidz United website.
The His Kidz United series is slated to release four new volumes per year. Each album offers 16 popular favorites plus two bonus originals.
Parents of four themselves, His Kidz United founders Jimmy and Mai Swan recognized a gap in the supply of uplifting Christian music kids can truly appreciate. A labor of love transformed the best of CCM into an album with which their own children would quickly fall in love.
“Up until now, there have been no other products like His Kidz United CDs,” says Jimmy Swan, executive producer of the project. “Why wouldn’t parents want to invest in positive Christian music for their children? And while the music is focusing on kids ages 5 to 14, we’re finding that young adults and even parents enjoy listening to the music, too!”
In celebration of Holy Week, Worship Leader magazine is offering the song “Hallelujah” from the upcoming His Kidz United CD, Volume 1, as a free download to its audience this week. To download the song, visit (emailunlock.com/hiskidzunited/hallelujah or worshipleader.com).
“‘Hallelujah’ is an elegant song that uses the voices of children to drive home some of Christianity’s foundational beliefs: God’s love for us, His provision in our lives, and the good news that we belong to the Father,” says Jeremy Armstrong, managing editor of Worship Leader. “This is a perfect song for kids, even adults, to sing today, and made even more poignant as we prepare to celebrate Easter.”
Proceeds of His Kidz United CDs benefit the Dallas Neighborhood Art & Music School–also known as NAMS School of Music–where all of the tracks are recorded and produced with NAMS students performing on the series.
Swan felt it was paramount to have a consistent group of kids performing on the series, and his friendship with the school’s director, Levi Bradford, made the collaboration a natural fit.
“Kids listen to kids,” says Swan. “Parents are careful to teach their kids about ‘stranger danger.’ When an adult approaches a kid, they tend to get shy. But the minute another kid enters the room, there is an instant connection. As a parent, I want to impact my kids with spiritual messages and let them rejoice in the Lord. What is the best way to do this? Let them connect with their peers!”
Sales figures from recent kid-focused projects prove that adults invest in kids. The Frozen soundtrack from the animated Disney blockbuster film of the same name hit No. 1 on the charts and sold three million copies of the DVD right out of the gate, and the KIDZ BOP CD series released by Razor & Tie has sold more than 16 million units of its first 25 titles.
With the official April 29 release of His Kidz United, Vol. 1 just weeks away, the CD can be pre-ordered through major retailers.
“Our mission with this series is to give kids an opportunity to be encouraged, inspired and drawn to the Lord through the powerful tool of music, and give them something to relate to,” Swan says.
Yancy Continues Standard Publishing Partnership, Creating New Music and Videos for “Jungle Safari” Vacation Bible School Program
SOURCE: Nashville Publicity
(NASHVILLE, Tennessee) — Christian singer-songwriter and children’s worship expert Yancy has created all-new songs and music videos for Standard Publishing’s 2014 Vacation Bible School program. “Jungle Safari,” which also includes contributions from Beth Guckenberger and special needs expert Vangie Rodenbeck, is packed with fun and adventure, teaching kids that God is Creator, Provider, Protector, Savior and King.
“It’s my third year to write, produce and perform the music, and the music videos, for Standard Publishing’s Vacation Bible School curriculum,” says Yancy, who was tasked with keeping kids energized and engaged. “I’m honored to continue this partnership, making an incredible impact in young lives from coast to coast.”
Standard Publishing’s focus on value ensures that churches get everything they need to lead VBS in one simple kit without having to buy core pieces separately. In fact, this is the only VBS curriculum with reproducible music so that churches can put the music in their kids’ hands for free. For more information about “Jungle Safari,” visit www.vacationbibleschool.com.
For more than a decade, Yancy has released radio friendly pop/rock albums and multiple projects for kids and young adults. Her new adult-focused modern worship album, “Roots for the Journey” (Elevate Entertainment / Syntax Distribution), was released on May 21st to rave reviews. For more information, visit www.yancynotnancy.com.
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GO FISH REELS IN CHURCHES AND FAMILIES
WITH DIVERSE NEW RELEASES
NEWS SOURCE: Turning Point PR
NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Go Fish, a leading provider of children’s entertainment and ministry resources, expands its diverse line-up of popular products for churches and families with the June 18 launch of two new titles, the Go Fish Worship Resource Kit and Go Fish Kids Music DVD.
With the debut of “Volume 1” and “Christmas,” the Go Fish Worship Resource Kit features a selection of the group’s signature originals and other favorites, including “Praise Your Name,” “Jump (featuring DJ Pray-Z),” “Christmas with a Capital ‘C’” and “Joy To the World,” among others. With music videos, sheet music, split tracks, motion instructions, and a range of additional tools for leading children’s worship at churches, camps and other settings, the Go Fish Worship Resource Kit is designed to become a one-stop source for children’s ministry and music leaders.
Known for making “great music for kids that won’t drive parents bonkers,” Go Fish turns to the family with the release of their Kids Music DVD. Featuring such songs as “Gotta Move!” “My God” and “Fruit of the Spirit,” Kids Music is a collection of six all new Go Fish music videos for the entire family. Among other bonuses, the DVD includes an instructional video for jumping “Double Dutch” with the Go Fish guys.
“Our goal is to provide churches and parents with resources designed to model a high view of God, Scripture, and the Gospel to children,” explains Jamie Statema, president, Go Fish Resources. “Along with our curriculum, the new Go Fish Worship Resource Kit series will specifically address the needs of the church, while Kids Music will continue to serve families at home as well. Parents and children’s ministry workers are the ones making a difference in the lives of children and we are honored that our music can play a part in that.”
Since 2003, Go Fish has been one of the leading providers of family entertainment and children’s ministry resources. Among the group’s numerous successful recordings and DVDs are Party Like A Preschooler, Kickin’ It Old School and Christmas With A Capital ‘C.’ Go Fish concert appearances have drawn capacity crowds in churches, theatres and arenas across the country for more than a decade.
The group has also created such popular VBS curriculum as Backstage With The Bible, Kickin’ It Old School and Praise. Thousands of churches around the world have utilized Go Fish’s VBS programs, including their latest curriculum, Gotta Move! which released earlier this year and has become the group’s best-selling resource to date.
The Go Fish Worship Resource Kit’s “Volume 1” and “Christmas” (sold separately) as well as the Go Fish Kids Music DVD are available at www.gofishresources.com.
For further information on Go Fish, visit www.gofishguys.com
NORTH POINT MUSIC RELEASES FIRST CHILDREN’S PROJECT,
NORTH POINT KIDS: SHINE! THIS WEEK
Project Debuts at No. 4 on iTunes Children’s Music Chart
SOURCE: Savvy Media
(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) April 10, 2013—North Point Music introduces its first ever album created for children’s ministry, North Point Kids: Shine!, this week. This new, upbeat project, which debuted at No. 4 on iTunes Children’s Music chart, targets elementary-aged kids through songs that have clear messages, easy-to-remember lyrics, and motions that will get them moving.
Every weekend, North Point Ministries leads more than 4,000 children throughout the Atlanta area to worship God. North Point kids learn that the Bible should never be boring, that worship can be really loud, and that the best leaders always care.
“Kids are very hungry and open to know more about God,” says North Point Ministries Children’s Director Kendra Fleming. “We don’t have to teach kids to worship because it’s the natural outflow of their hearts. We just have to give them something to participate in, a way to engage. Music is a primary teaching venue for them. Using language they use, it brings emotion, joy, and excitement … whatever the music is trying to communicate, it resonates with them. They are drawn to it, and the message it sends is so powerful, it stays with them.”
Shine! is a collection of powerful, encouraging songs that sound as current as anything One Direction, Taylor Swift, or Justin Bieber has to offer but that lyrically reveal God as trustworthy, powerful and always present in their lives.
From album openers “Your Love for Me” and “Tell the World,” which boldly proclaim God’s love for us, to “Look at Our God,” an anthem about His power, to the title track’s danceable declaration of faith, Shine! never loses its energy or fails to empower kids with the truth of who God is.
Well-known worship leaders, such as Casey Darnell, Eddie Kirkland, and Dove Award-winner Seth Condrey, are featured on the album, along with other artists. Darnell comments, “To this day, I still remember the songs I grew up hearing in our home or in the car. Those were the early seeds of truth God sewed into my heart that would have a lasting impact and one day grow into a desire to know Him more and trust Him with my whole life. I’m grateful for those days and the music of my childhood, and I’m honored to be passing this legacy on to my children today!”
To learn more about North Point Kids, visit www.northpointkids.org or follow them on Twitter at https://twitter.com/northpointkids. For additional information on this CD and others from North Point Music, go to www.northpointmusic.org.
About North Point Music
In 2010, North Point Community Church launched North Point Music to bring local worship leaders, musicians, and songwriters together to inspire a generation and influence the church. The Alpharetta, Georgia-based record label and music publishing company is now home to worship leaders/songwriters Eddie Kirkland, Todd Fields, Casey Darnell, and Dove Award winner Seth Condrey. North Point Music has a strong foundation from which to pursue its mission. As an organization, North Point serves more than 30,000 people each Sunday at its five Atlanta-area churches, and thousands more attend its 30 partner churches in the United States and 12 international partners. For more information, visit: www.northpointmusic.org.