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Behind The Song - Catch Me Singing

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8 (ESV)

Have you ever heard of the Biosphere? It’s a research facility out in the Arizona desert originally designed to study plant life inside artificial ecosystems. Perfect conditions, perfectly secure, perfectly climate controlled… sounds great right?

Here’s where things get interesting. At the start of the experiments, the trees planted in the Biosphere grew at a much faster rate than any of their siblings in the wild, BUT at a certain point, they literally just uprooted and fell over. Not just one or two, but every tree in the Biosphere would reach an age where it could not bear its own weight.

Eventually, the scientist realized the cause of the problem… there was no wind. Translation: there was no tension, no resistance, no uncertainty, no inconsistency, no reason for the root systems to learn their purpose: to grow deep.

To put it gently, this has been quite the year (said with a desperate smile). Most of us are facing more uncertainty and tension than we have ever seen in our lifetimes. Living in the struggle is hard work. We hide from it, we ignore it, we despise it. Often times we act like it will be the death of us, but it might be the thing keeping us alive. Could it be that God is more concerned with our growing rightly than our growing quickly? Could it be that God is not scared of the process though often times we act like He is? It’s good for our souls to remember that the promises of God are eternal. They do not run away from the process; they carry us through it.

“Catch Me Singing” was a call to my heart to remember – in the famine or in the feast. Remember, God knows what it's like to walk through the desert. Moreover, if our hope is truly in the resurrection, then we must always remember this: God does some of His best work in the dark. I encourage you to plant your trust by the river today, friends. Let your roots grow deep into the promise.

 

You’ve been God for a long time 

You’re the final word 

You’re the finish line 

Everything is gonna be alright 

You’ve been God for a long time

Introducing MultiTracks Gospel

Since MultiTracks.com began in 2006, it’s been our desire to serve worship leaders in churches around the world spanning across language, region, and musical genre. Today marks a special chapter as we officially launch a new brand called MultiTracks Gospel, dedicated to serving the Gospel worship community.

As a part of this launch, Grammy Award-Winning producer Chris Baker joins our team as the Brand Manager for this division. Chris shares, “I’m super excited to partner with the MultiTracks.com team as Brand Manager for MultiTracks Gospel. I'm looking forward to providing an array of resources, training, and innovative ideas that are designed to equip and empower creatives and local churches.”

Regarding the launch of MultiTracks Gospel, Founder Phillip Edwards shares “We couldn’t be more excited to see Chris come on board to grow and develop a brand aimed at serving the Gospel Music community. Beyond the addition of new titles to MultiTracks.com, this channel will support the curation of Gospel music for our customers and we hope to see it become a place where Gospel music creators can share their works within our growing ecosystem of products for worship teams."

For the past 20 years, Chris Baker’s gift has been used to inspire and encourage people around the world. His focus has always been to promote musical excellence in the local church and the music industry at large. Chris Baker earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music Education with a concentration in classical performance and a Masters of Arts in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. With an arsenal of experience and instruction, Chris has been afforded the opportunity to share his gifts with people around the world in places such as Europe, Asia, South America, Australia, Canada, and Africa. Chris Baker has worked with a fascinating spectrum of artists and styles, including Marvin Sapp, Fred Hammond, Michelle Williams, Brian Courtney Wilson, Planetshakers, David & Nicole Binion, Israel Houghton, just to name a few. Chris has served as Music Director for Israel Houghton & NewBreed. He has also served as Music Director for Bishop TD Jakes Mega Fest Conference and the International Pastors & Leaders Conference. In 2016 Chris received a Grammy Award for Co-Producer of Israel Houghton’s album “Covered” Alive in Asia. In 2018 Chris was afforded the opportunity to collaborate with Mulitracks to produce a series of recordings for The Recording Collective. Chris, his wife Tina, and their children reside in Dallas Texas where they serve as Creative Directors for the Potters House of North Dallas.

Listen to a conversation between Chris Baker and Kristian Ponsford in a brand new episode of The Worship & Technology Podcast on Apple, Spotify, or Google.

2020 Dove Award Winners

Since 1969, the GMA Dove Awards has honored outstanding achievements and excellence in Christian and Gospel Music. The show celebrates our rich musical diversity. Awards are presented to individuals representing modern Rock, Rap/Hip Hop, Pop/Contemporary, Inspirational, Southern Gospel, Urban, Bluegrass, Country, Worship and more! We want to extend our congratulations to all of the 51st Dove Award winners from last Sunday's show!

Tasha Cobbs Leonard - Gospel Artist of the Year

Hillsong Worship - Awake - Worship Album of the Year

We The Kingdom - New Artist of the Year

Tauren Wells - Contemporary Christian Artist of the Year

Kari Jobe, Cody Carnes, and Elevation Worship - "The Blessing" -  Worship Recorded Song of the Year 

for KING & COUNTRY - Artist of the Year

Zach Williams - Songwriter of the Year

Travis Greene - Broken Record - Gospel Worship Album of the Year

Kierra Sheard, Tasha Cobbs Leonard - "Something Has to Break" - Gospel Worship Recorded Song of the Year

Elevation Worship - "Aleluya (En La Tierra)" - Spanish Language Album of the Year

Christine D'Clario, Chris McClarney - "Loco Amor" - Spanish Language Recorded Song of the Year

See all winners here.

 

 

 

Pat Barrett | "Canvas & Clay (Radio Version)"

“'Canvas and Clay' is about trusting the process of formation in our lives. I love the picture of God being a master artist. It makes verses like in Romans 8 'He makes all things work together'—so dynamic. He uses every aspect of our lives and He doesn’t do waste. Jesus didn’t invite people into a quick, easy transformation. There are times when it feels like two steps forward and one step back, and it’s in those moments that we get to remember that He is still forming us even today. We get to grow in love, kindness, forgiveness, goodness, self-control, and more. I hope that this song helps people along in that journey," shares Pat Barrett. Original Master MultiTracks for the Radio Version of "Canvas & Clay" are now available!

Hillsong Worship | Take Heart (Again)

Charts are now available for Hillsong Worship's album Take Heart (Again)!  Hillsong Worship has a 30 year legacy of carrying the ‘sound’ of Hillsong, as an expression of worship flowing from the heart and vision of the Church. There is a rich legacy of timeless confessions faith-filled anthems and declarations that will never expire or grow old. Take Heart (Again) is a timely project. All three worship expressions of Hillsong Church (Hillsong Worship, Hillsong United and Hillsong Young and Free) came together to prayerfully craft an offering of songs, critical confessions about God’s unrivaled Lordship, His surpassing peace, the stillness of his presence and the hope that none but Jesus can offer. These songs are memorials, reminders of times and spaces where the power of God has moved mightily and will move once again.

The album title encapsulates the intended purpose for this project — that believers would Take Heart (Again), Pray (Again), Surrender (Again), Declare (Again). As you sing aloud to this album featuring “Hosanna”, “Who You Say I Am” and “Broken Vessels”, we pray that your soul would hear your mouth declare of truth of who God is and what He has done, and that you would Take Heart (Again).

Read the Chart and listen to the reference audio through RehearsalMix in ChartBuilder today!

Mack Brock | "Your Presence Is A Promise"

"One of the things I love the most about getting out of the city and under a clear sky is the amount of stars you’re able to see when there’s no other outside light. It’s amazing how many more there are, and how much brighter they shine when it’s completely dark. They cover the sky. Sometimes it takes going deep into a darkness before you can see the beauty of light piercing through. Loneliness and difficult seasons can be like that. They hang over us like the unlit night, making us feel alone and afraid. But when we choose to look up, there is beauty to be found in those dark places. Beauty that can’t be seen in the bright daytime light, but only in the valley," shares Mack Brock explaining his heart behind his new song, "Your Presence Is A Promise". "I love that in the New Testament Jesus calls himself 'The light of the world' (John 8:12) - when He is with us, He illuminates our darkness. And did you know that God promises His presence to us? In Matthew 28:20, He says 'and behold I am with you ALWAYS, to the end of the age.' If we put those two thoughts together we can stand on the promise that even in the darkest seasons, Jesus is with us and will light up our night. We only need to look to Him."

Francesca Battistelli | This Christmas

“I am so thrilled to get to share these songs with all of you! Making this Christmas album has been an absolute labor of love. We started the process a year-and-a-half ago, and I don’t think I have ever enjoyed an album process so much. Through all of the uncertainty this year, it has been a true bright spot to write and record these songs,” Francesca Battistelli shares. “I know that for many people, the Christmas season can be very difficult. My prayer is that these songs offer hope, glorify Jesus, bring joy (and maybe even some laughter!), and truly bless you, now and in the years to come.” Original Master MultiTracks for This Christmas are now available! 

Sean Curran | "Catch Me Singing"

Singer/songwriter and worship leader Sean Curran shares about his new song, "a hard prayer to say is usually a good prayer to say." Original Master MultiTracks for "Catch Me Singing" are now available! This song powerfully sings outs, "I will trust You in the famine / I will bless You in the feast / When I’m standing in Your victory / When I’m on my knees / I will praise You with the rising / And the setting sun / You’re gonna catch me singing / When the springtime comes."

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