More than 100 people have already signed up for this year’s “Write About Jesus” songwriters workshop. The conference will be held October 11-13 in St. Louis, Missouri. Attendees will learn from songwriting experts such as Jennie Lee Riddle, Michael Farren, Joel Lindsey, Belinda Smith, and Tony Wood. Topics will include “Qualities and Habits of Successful Writers,” “Co-writing Strategies and Etiquette,” Where Great Ideas Hide,” Rewriting: When, Why, and Most Of All How?,” Getting Your Foot In The Door: How To Get From Here To There” plus more.
A line up of worship leaders that will be helping at each group session: has been announced. On Thursday evening James Tealy, David Myers, and Phil Mehrens. On Friday morning, Michael Farren and Jennie Riddle. On Friday evening, Gina Boe and Lee Black. On Saturday morning, Carl Cartee and Allie Lapointe.
Plans continue as well for the songwriting competition. Sue C. Smith shares, “I’ve also paired off our clinicians for the competition groups. We’ll be dividing entries by genre and have groups (as needed) for the following categories: worship, CCM, southern gospel, country, print and choral, kids, novelty and special occasion. Be sure to read the rules and guidelines for the competition on the Write About Jesus web site. They will be very helpful as you decide what song you’re going to enter.”
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Write About Jesus, a workshop for Christian Songwriters, announces two new faces for this year’s conference:
Jennie Lee Riddle and Michael Farren
Jennie Lee Riddle is a passionate worship leader, team trainer, songwriter, and conference speaker. She is honored as a three-time Dove award winner, top five CCLI songwriter, and BMI award winner for top 25 radio. Jennie is best known for authoring “Revelation Song” which had a 17 week run at #1 and current radio hit, “When The Stars Burn Down.” Numerous artists have covered Jennie’s songs, including, Kari Jobe, Gateway Worship, Phillips, Craig & Dean, Selah, Newsboys, Travis Cotrell, and many others. We’re thrilled that Jennie will be coming to Write About Jesus this year!
Michael Farren is the other new face at Write About Jesus. Texas native Michael Farren was lead vocalist of the worship band Pocket Full Rocks for 16 years. He’s received Dove award nominations for Worship Album of the year, for both Song to the King and Manifesto, and for New Artist of The Year.
As a songwriter, Michael’s work has been recorded by Michael W Smith, Jackie Velazquez, Big Daddy Weave, Phillips Craig and Dean and many others. “Let It Rain” (Michael W. Smith) and “Let the Worshipers Arise” (Phillips Craig and Dean), are used in congregations worldwide. WAJ registrants will love Michael!
Returning this year: Belinda Smith, Tony Wood and Joel Lindsey
Belinda Smith is a Dove Award winning songwriter who has been part of Write About Jesus since the beginning! In addition to being a successful songwriter, she owns a BMI Award winning publishing company, teaches songwriting, and is a creativity mentor.
The world famous Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Mountain Stage, and the TN Young Writer Workshop are just a few places she is proud to have been recently.
Belinda is a sought after presenter at workshops and festivals all over the country. Through Belinda Smith Creative courses, she is now able to work with the best aspiring writers from around the world and guide them to their absolute best.
Tony Wood, a 2009 Dove Award nominee for Songwriter of the Year and the writer of 22 #1 songs, has had over 400 songs recorded in the CCM market, including singles by Francesca Battistelli (“This Is The Stuff”), Hawk Nelson (“Crazy Love”), Mandisa (“My Deliverer”), Royal Tailor (“Hold Me Together”), and the Martins (“Unredeemed”).
He is a two-time Dove Award winner for Inspirational Song of the Year: “Find Your Wings” by Mark Harris and “Joseph” by Jason Crabb. Other artists recording his songs include Selah, Michael W. Smith, Point of Grace, 4-HIM, Avalon, Phillips, Craig and Dean, Sandi Patty, Larnelle Harris, Gaither Vocal Band, Booth Brothers, and many others. Tony is a staff writer for SONY Music Publishing.
Joel Lindsey is one of Christian music’s most prolific and enduring songwriters, having over 800 songs recorded in the last 20 years by artists in nearly every genre, including over 20 #1 Songs.
A ten-time Dove Award winner, he has been nominated for Songwriter Of The Year twice. His songs have been recorded by artists such as Point of Grace, Sandi Patti, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, Ty Herndon, Avalon, Joy Williams, The Perrys, Gaither Vocal Band, Michael English and many others.
Some of his song titles include “Celebrate Me Home,” ”Gather At The River,” “Orphans of God,” “Reason Enough,” “Life, Love & Other Mysteries, “Born To Climb,” and “He Made A Change.”
Register before Wednesday, September 12, and receive a $25 discount. Check the website for various other discounts. The conference is scheduled for October 11-13 in St. Louis, Missouri. For more information and registration, visit http://www.writeaboutjesus.com/
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Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned songwriter, you’ll be equipped, encouraged, and inspired at Write About Jesus, a workshop for Christian songwriters, held each October in the St. Louis, MO area. This year’s workshop is October 11-13 at First Baptist Church, Harvester, MO.
The workshop was founded and is hosted each year by 5-time Dove Award winning songwriter Sue C. Smith and her husband John. Sue is the writer of 8 number one songs and more than 50 musicals sung at churches all over the world.
Write About Jesus is 3 days of learning, opportunity, and fun. Registrants from throughout the United States gather to attend classes, network with other songwriters and publishers, and get advice from music business professionals. Registration for the workshop includes all the classes, taught by many of today’s top writers and publishers, meals on Friday and Saturday, a workshop t-shirt, the WAJ notebook, the Friday evening Writers in the Round concert, and one song entered in the songwriting competition. The grand prize winner of the competition receives a prize package worth more than $1000.
Now in its 13th year, Write About Jesus receive high praise from registrants and industry professionals alike:
“This conference is amazing. I thought it was going to be good but I was unprepared. It was so much more than I could have imagined. I felt God’s presence here and have a renewed sense of purpose with my ministry. Thank you. I will take the tools you have given me and go write great songs. See you next year!”
“Most bang for my buck I’ve ever known! Expectations exceeded in so many golden comments presented by seasoned writers and their free friendship both in and out of sessions. It’s so good to be within a group where everyone present values you.”
“This is family. These are my people. Even the clinicians make you feel like family. Everyone is so kind and encouraging. WAJ will always be on my calendar.”
“There is nothing that can compare with the WAJ experience! It is a must for all Christian songwriters. It changes everything. A part of my heart has opened like never before.”
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Award winning and accomplished songwriter, Joel Lindsey presents a Songwriting Seminar on Saturday, July 21, 2012. The Seminar will take place at the Holiday Inn Airport, Evansville, Indiana from 9:00 am to 6:00. “There is nothing else in the world like getting together with a group of like-minded people to discuss the ins and outs of what makes some songs work and others not. I love discussing the process of writing and exploring ways to inspire and motivate all of us to digger deeper into our creative souls,” Lindsey explains.
Students can expect to be the first to experience the curriculum Joel Lindsey has developed for his upcoming book on songwriting. “Attendees will gain fresh insights to the art and heart of songwriting,” Lindsey says. “I guarantee that new and experienced writers alike will find this seminar compelling, enlightening and informative.”
In Search of the BIG Idea
Re-thinking Song Structure
Lyrics and Melody: The Perfect Marriage
Three and A Half Minutes To Change The World
I Wrote A Song That My Mom Really Likes…Now What?
In addition to classroom instruction, everyone who registers for the seminar will receive one song critique. The critiques will provide valuable feedback regarding detailed analysis of lyric, music, structure, commercial appeal and emotional impact. Due to time constraints, a few songs will be critiqued at the seminar for illustration purposes, the rest will be emailed within a week following the seminar. With training and instruction from one of the most gifted, experienced and prolific songwriters of our time, students will find this experience rewarding and beneficial.
There are benefits for early registration and referrals! The first 10 songwriters who register will receive one song critique AND one 45 minute mentoring session via Skype, iChat or phone following the seminar. Also, the first 25 writers to register will be placed in a drawing to receive one year of mentoring sessions (one 45 minute session per month.)
$100.00- Space is limited
There is a $10 discount for every referral who registers.
For more information, contact email@example.com.
ABOUT JOEL LINDSEY:
JOEL LINDSEY is one of Christian music’s most enduring writers, having more than 800 songs recorded, including over 20 #1 Songs. He is an 11-time Dove Award Winner who has twice been nominated for Songwriter Of The Year, once in 1999 and again in 2010. He has received 4 Platinum records, 7 Gold records and 11 Platinum videos. He has also received four BMI awards, four Absolutely Gospel Awards and one Singing News Fan Award.
His musical, Emmanuel: Celebrating Heaven’s Child, is the highest-selling musical in the history of Brentwood-Benson Music, having sold over 100,000 books in its first year of release alone. He has also written nine other musicals, including the much-anticipated Christ The Redeemer being released in September 2012.
When he’s not writing songs, Joel enjoys cycling, hiking and training for marathons. He can always be found working with aspiring writers in a mentoring capacity and speaking about songwriting to colleges, writing groups and churches.
A two-time cancer survivor, he donates a great deal of his spare time volunteering and raising money for The American Cancer Society, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and The Ronald McDonald House.
Some of the artists who have recorded his songs include: Point of Grace, Gaither Vocal Band, Travis Cottrell, Jaci Velazquez, Doug Anderson, Karen Peck & New River, Phillips Craig & Dean, Jessy Dixon, David Pack, The Perrys, Natalie Grant, Avalon, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, Selah, Earl Scruggs, Daryl Coley, Sandi Patty, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Canton Spirituals, Clay Crosse, Freddie Colloca, The Hoppers, 4Him, Greg Long, The Martins, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, Lynda Randle, Talley Trio, Al Denson, The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, Janet Paschal, Legacy Five, Larnelle Harris, The Imperials, Bob Carlisle, The Speer Family, Triumphant Quartet, Wendy Bagwell & The Sunliters, Michael O’Brien, Glad, Margo & Holly Smith, The Happy Goodman Family, Lewis Scruggs & Long, Jim Nabors, The Booth Brothers, Bill & Gloria Gaither, Vestal Goodman, Joyce Martin, Mark Lowry, Dino, Carolyn Arends, The Darrins, Allison Speer, Nikki Leonti, John Starnes, Scott Krippayne, Mercy’s Mark, Tammy Trent, Beyond The Ashes, Ryan Seaton, The Nelons, Steve Gatlin, Ty Herndon, Grant Goodeve, The Clarks, Karen Harding, Cumberland Quartet, Michael James, Gary Chapman, Joy Williams, The Whisnants, Candy Christmas, Tanya Goodman Sykes, LordSong, Christ Tabernacle Choir, George Younce, The Legendary Cathedral Quartet…and many, many more!!
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BEYOND THE ASHES NOMINATED FOR TWO GMA DOVE AWARDS (GROUP RECEIVES NODS FOR NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR & CONTEMPORARY GOSPEL SONG OF THE YEAR)Written by SGN Scoops Staff on February 22, 2012 – 1:06 pm -
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We are excited and blessed to present a THRILLING Thanksgiving edition of SGNScoops Magazine. You may want to sit down for this! Neatly tucked into the November issue, you’ll find features on RAMBO-MCGUIRE, THE BOOTH BROTHERS, JANET PASCHAL, RUSS TAFF, THE AKINS, JOEL LINDSEY, DUSTIN WISECARVER and a special audio interview by Jonathan Edwards featuring THE LESTERS! As always, we provide new music reviews and several inspirational articles. We’re excited about a book review featuring the “must-have” Christmas book, “A Homecoming Christmas” written by Bill and Gloria Gaither. This month we also present part 2 of Media and the Gospel, tips for eating smart during the holidays and we’re highlighting a tourist spot in the Northwest. And…. because it’s the month of Thanksgiving, find out why the Scoops Staff is thankful also read Thanksgiving thoughts and comments from your favorite artists. We pray you enjoy this month’s magazine from cover to cover and please share it with a friend.
Special thanks to the entire Scoops Staff for an outstanding November issue of SGNScoops Magazine. With a combine experience totally nearly 100 years in the Gospel Music Industry, we strive to be a trusted source bringing you the latest developements in the Gospel Music Industry! Download the Magazine Here
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Hendersonville, TN (April 11, 2011) – Daywind Music Group was well-represented last Monday night at the 2011 BMI Christian Award Ceremony, which honored the year’s most–played songs, writers, and publishers. Greater Vision baritone and accomplished songwriter, Rodney Griffin, was recognized as Songwriter of the Year, along with tobyMac and Bo Rinehart. Two of his songs, “It Pays To Pray,” performed by Greater Vision, and “He Locked The Gates,” by the Kingdom Heirs, were named among the top songs in Christian music for 2011. Also recognized was the Booth Brothers’, “Stuff Of Life,” written by Jim Brady, as well as the first song Daywind writer Marty Funderburk wrote for BMI, the Talley Trio’s, “Life Goes On.” Triumphant Quartet also performed the award winning song, written by Wayne Haun and Joel Lindsey, “When The Trumpet Sounds,” off their Daywind Records project, Everyday.
Rick Shelton, Director of Publishing at Daywind Music, shares, “We are grateful for BMI’s continued support of Gospel Music. It was an exciting event to witness Marty Funderburk receive his first BMI award. We are thrilled for him, Rodney and Jim. Their God-given talent is a blessing to all who are touched by their music.”
The awards recognized songs in five different categories of Christian music: Southern Gospel, Christian Rock, Contemporary Christian, Inspirational, and Urban Gospel, in addition to awards for the overall Song, Songwriter and Publisher of the Year.
Daywind Music Group is based in Hendersonville, TN and is distributed worldwide through New Day Christian Distribution. Daywind is home to such great artists as Karen Peck & New River and Sisters, and writers such as Kyla Rowland and Scott Inman, among others. For more information on Daywind Records, visit daywindrecords.com. For more information about Daywind Music Publishing, contact Rick Shelton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn.—GRAMMY® Award nominees and Gospel music mainstays JEFF & SHERI EASTER received
two nominations for this year’s GMA DOVE Awards according to announcements made at a press conference this week held at the Fox Theatre’s Grand Salon in Atlanta, GA.
Following a 2010 DOVE Award win for Southern Gospel Song of the Year (“Born to Climb”), their project Expecting Good Things (Spring Hill Music) garnered two more DOVE nods this year including Country Album of the Year and Bluegrass Recorded Song of the Year (“Workin’ on a Road”).
Jeff & Sheri just returned from Los Angeles where they celebrated their second lifetime GRAMMY® nomination, also for Expecting Good Things, a recording that features songs selected and recorded during Sheri’s battle with breast cancer. Sheri joined writers including Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey, Tony Wood and others to pen songs for the release that capture her journey and victory over this disease.
Expecting Good Things, available online and at retailers everywhere, is distributed by EMI CMG.
The 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards will be held at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Ga. on Wednesday, April 20th. The awards show will be televised on GMC at 8:00p.m. ET/delayed PT on Easter Sunday, April 24th. GMC can be seen in 47 million homes on various cable systems around the country, on DIRECTV on channel 338 and on Verizon FiOS on channel 224. Visit GMClife.com
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This new year will bring a new wave of CD releases from various groups. But none will make the impact than what you will find when you hear “Treasures Unseen” from Beyond the Ashes. This
latest CD release comes from a group of guys who are transforming the genre of southern gospel by appealing to a wider audience base. This project features the tight harmony sounds and
progressive styles you have come to expect from Beyond The Ashes. Simply put, this is no ordinary project. This is a defining moment for this trio according to group owner, Anthony Facello, “I’ve have known and worked with Wayne Haun for many years and have done various small projects with him but have always wanted to do a full CD under his direction. I never would have dreamed that many years later with my own group that it would come to fruition. We are absolutely thrilled about our new CD and how it is going to define the ministry of Beyond The Ashes.”
For these guys, the songs were more than words on a page or tracks from awesome musicians. While you get all of that, newest member of the trio Kellan Monroe says this project brings so much more. In fact, it has made a direct impact on his life, “The beauty of this record is that it showcases all of what BTA embodies…good harmonies, heartfelt songs and our love for Christ! ”
This is a must have CD if you enjoy greatly produced projects that features the songwriting skills of Joel Lindsey, Wayne Haun, Sue Smith and Ernie Haase. Group member Casey Rivers sums up the project in this way, “I believe Beyond The Ashes has found their identity with this new CD and we finally got what we wanted … music for the Church!” Project is set to release early spring so visit www.beyondtheashesonline.com and become a fan on their FACEBOOK to get exact release dates of release. You can also sign up for a fan membership that will allow you to purchase the project before it hits the streets.
Beyond the Ashes has just recently been nominated for Breakthrough Artist and Fan Favorite in the Absolutely Gospel Fan Awards.
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