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Integrity Music’s Brian Doerksen Brings Worship Music To Level Ground with new DVD and CD

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on January 5, 2011 – 5:13 pm -

Brian Doerksen

MOBILE, Alabama (January 5, 2011) – Integrity Music announces the February 22 U.S. release of Level Ground, an innovative CD and DVD project from award-winning Canadian worship leader/songwriter Brian Doerksen.

The Covenant, Juno and GMA International Award winner was inspired by a unique concept for Level Ground. Doerksen wanted to produce a live recording that placed the musicians and singers among the worshippers and embraced the intimacy and simplicity of a small group while reserving the stage for people to share stories of grace.  The live recording took place at “The Barn,” a gathering place in Doerksen’s hometown of Abbotsford, B.C. The result: a 13-song CD and a DVD that features music and inspiring stories of lives transformed by the power of God.
Level Ground is not just a collection of my new worship songs,” said Doerksen.  “It was inspired by Isaiah 40 which says, ‘Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level. And the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all mankind together will see it.’ It’s one of the most well-known passages of the scriptures. But the reality of grace and the leveling it speaks of continues to elude most of us in our cultures of competition.”

“We love elevating ‘stars’ and shaming ‘sinners’,” he continues. “God’s heart as Father longs to embrace us all and place us on level ground!  Through Him, we can all experience grace that transforms. My hope and prayer is that is exactly what you will experience as you listen to these songs and stories!”

The Level Ground DVD is a two-hour film that brings together a hybrid of several elements – it’s part concert film with all the songs from the CD (plus a new version of “Broken and Beautiful”) and part documentary with interviews, “grace stories” and behind-the-scenes footage.
Of the DVD, Doerksen says: “On the film version you are placed right in the middle of our gathering; you hear and see the music happen all around you. You witness an 8’ by 14’ painting that captures the concept of ‘level ground’ as it emerges. But beyond the music and the painting, perhaps best of all, you get to hear and see the grace stories. For me that’s the highlight of this project.”
Integrity Vice President Robert Brenner adds: “I’ve been to many recordings in my 20 years at the label, but I have never experienced anything like this evening of worship. We were all standing together, musicians amidst the worshippers and the powerful exchange that occurred between one another and with our God was transformational. This CD and DVD have the potential to open up an entirely new model of worship that takes the focus off of the leader and places it directly on our God.”
The Level Ground CD features new songs written by Doerksen along with co-writes by Paul Baloche, Kathryn Scott and Doerksen’s longtime collaborator/producer Phillip Janz.
The song list for Level Ground is:
1. Welcome To The Place Of Level Ground (writers Doerksen, Paul Baloche)
2. The Jesus Way   (writers Doerksen, Steve Mitchinson)
3. Lifelong Passion (writer Ali Berry)
4. Enter The Rest Of God (writer Doerksen)
5. Everything/God In My Living (writer Tim Hughes)
6. Will You Love Me In The Winter (writer Doerksen)
7. Here Is Love with Give Thanks (writers William Rees, Robert Lowry and Henry Smith)
8. No Condemnation (writers Doerksen, Janz)
9. Giver Of Life (writers Doerksen, Mitchinson)
10. Altar Of Love (writers Doerksen, Mitchinson, Janz)
11. Whatever Comes (writers Doerksen, Mitchinson)
12. Thank You For The Cross (writers Doerksen, Kathryn Scott)
13. First (writer Doerksen)

In addition to the CD and DVD, Level Ground worship resources (trax/songbook/digital songbook) are available.

Brian Doerksen is more than a songwriter and worship artist.  He is also an author, conference speaker and pastor. His songs, which are sung in churches around the world, include “Come, Now is the Time to Worship”, “Hope of the Nations”, “Faithful One”, “Refiner’s Fire”, “Hallelujah (Your Love is Amazing)” and “Holy God”.  He has recorded six albums in partnership with Integrity Music – Level Ground; It’s Time; Holy God; Live in Europe; Today and You Shine.
In 2008, Doerksen received a JUNO award (Canadian equivalent of the GRAMMY Awards) for Holy God (Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the year). For creating worship music that has impacted the global Church, he was honored by the Gospel Music Association with its “International Award.” In addition, he has received numerous Covenant Awards from Canada’s Gospel Music Association.
Born and raised on the west coast of Canada in Abbotsford, Doerksen now lives with his family (wife of 26 years Joyce and their 4 youngest children) in the same home that he spent his childhood in.  He continues to make his church home at ‘The Bridge’ in Matsqui village in Abbotsford, which he helped plant in the spring of 2006.
For more information on Brian Doerksen, visit www.briandoerksen.com or www.integritymusic.com. For a video preview of the project, visit http://www.youtube.com/integritymusic#p/search/1/he9ed_zoVlg.

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Seminars4Worship Glorious Coming to Boston, Raleigh-Durham, Augusta and Mobile After Successful Kick-off in Pittsburgh

Written by Rhonda on October 12, 2010 – 2:04 pm -

 
MOBILE, Ala. – October 12, 2010 – Church music teams across the nation still have the unique opportunity to come together for training and encouragement at Integrity Music’s popular Seminars4Worship Glorious events  this fall and based on the response from the first event held last week in Pittsburgh, the upcoming Seminars in Boston, Raleigh-Durham, Augusta and Mobile are not to be missed.
 
As part of Integrity Music’s commitment to serve and equip local churches, each Seminars4Worship Glorious event features internationally renowned worship leaders/songwriters Paul Baloche, Kathryn Scott and Brian Doerksen and offers skill-building workshops, faith-building general sessions and soul-feeding worship for everyone involved in music ministry.  Some of the comments from attendees in Pittsburgh:
“This was excellent. A thoroughly positive, encouraging, edifying, educational experience. I firmly believe attending this conference once a year should be mandatory for all worship leaders.” 
  “Glorious is the best conference on any topic that I have attended so far this year.” 
“Thank you so much! I really feel as though my head and heart are being realigned and reconnected through this conference. Like I am being brought to a place of sincerity.”  
“This has been an absolute blessing! I’m so thankful for the opportunity to be fed and encouraged by such skilled and godly examples. I’ve rested in the presence of God these two days and am leaving changed, as a result. Therefore, my local church will be impacted, thanks to Kathryn, Brian, Paul, and the Integrity team. Thank you for loving the King AND the Kingdom!”  
“This is the most personal conference I have ever been to. The “unconference”. I am learning a lot as well as being blessed by the Lord during times of worship.”
The two-day conferences are taught by Baloche, Scott, Doerksen and a host of skilled musicians and clinicians, offering both practical instruction and a spiritual foundation in an intimate setting.   After wrapping up a successful first Seminar in Pittsburgh, the team of worship leaders and speakers will move on to four remaining dates in the Fall 2010 version of Seminars4Worship.
 
This year’s Seminars4Worship Glorious remaining schedule is:
October 29-30            Boston, Mass.
November 1-2             Raleigh-Durham, N.C.
November 5-6             Augusta, Ga.
November 8-9             Mobile, Ala.
 
Special pricing for groups (such as church worship teams) and “alumni” of Integrity Live events is also available.  Information and registration details can be found at www.seminars4worship.com.
 
The Seminars4Worship Glorious conferences include inspirational and encouraging general sessions as well as personalized breakout sessions that will address distinct roles in worship. The class topics include: songwriting, effective worship leading, vocal technique, audio mixing, worship space design/lighting, music production/technology, women in worship, technology for multi-site churches, etc. 
 
Worship leaders Paul Baloche (“Above All,” “Offering,” “Glorious”), Kathryn Scott (“At the Foot of the Cross,” “Hungry,” “I Belong”) and Brian Doerksen (“Come Now is the Time to Worship,” “Faithful One,” “Refiner’s Fire”) are joined by top audio and visual experts who offer practical, interactive training and “behind-the-scenes” perspectives. This includes an opportunity for registrants to observe sound checks and dialogue with the worship leaders and guest musicians such as Carl Albrecht, Michael Rossback and Ben Gowell.
 
At each of the five seminar cities, Baloche, Doerksen and Scott will present a ticketed worship concert that is open to the public.  Registrants of Seminars4Worship will receive free concert tickets as part of their registration. Ticket information available at http://www.itickets.com/.
 
Previous Seminars4Worship conference registrants make a strong case for attending the events together with their teams or on an individual basis. Said Lisbet Siebert who attended last year in Portland, Ore.: “The worship seminar was wonderful, and we learned so many awesome things! I walked away with a desire to seek God more, and was inspired as a worship leader! It was a refreshing time of drawing closer to God and learning some profound things about leading worship!”
 
Jim Caswell, a Seminar alum from Cleveland, Ohio, states: “I have been to Integrity seminars before, but being able to bring our whole team will really bless our congregation in ways that I can’t wait to see!”


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