Fellowship Creative is a movement of artists emerging from and evolving around fellowship church, where life change inspires creativity, and creativity inspires life change. Every song, every video, every expression has a story behind it – and that story begins with who jesus is and what he does in people’s lives. Fellowship Creative just released their newest album Eclipsed and we are so excited to offer you a FREE DOWNLOAD of the title track “Eclipsed.” Enjoy!
No matter how complicated our world, when you put it face to face against Jesus, He will eclipse it every time with his supernatural power and love. This album tells the story of what God has done and is doing in the lives of Fellowship Church. – Fellowship Creative
Phil Wickham remembers the first time his father heard him play a song he’d written. He wasn’t looking for an audience, but it nevertheless caught the attention of his father—a worship pastor in their San Diego church. “That’s actually a good worship song,” Phil remembers his father telling him. “Can I play that in our sanctuary?”
It was the first worship song Phil ever wrote. It would not be the last. In the ten years and nine records since Phil recorded his first worship album, whatever his father noticed has caught the attention of the world at large. Wickham has a passion for using music to create a community—a place where hearts and minds are inclined as one.
“There is nothing that brings the church together like worship music,” he says. “Not only are we all singing the same truth, we’re singing the same notes. Not only the same notes, but the same rhythm. To be one of the writers who gets to create songs that are used in a corporate setting where people thinking on the same truth and worshiping the same God and clapping to the same beat—it’s a beautiful moment.”
And Phil’s new album, The Ascension, is full of such beautiful moments. Though the title calls to mind bodies gently levitating towards the stars, Phil says the inspiration was much more grounded.
“I love the Psalms,” he says. “Fifteen of them are called Songs of Ascent. (Psalm 120-134) Some scholars believe that these psalms were sung by the Jews when they would “ascend” to visit the Holy Temple three times annually for the festivals. These festivals were like massive, country-wide parties. At that time, it was known that God’s presence on earth was in the Temple. So, to be in his presence would be to go to these annual feasts, and to walk up the hill to Jerusalem. They would ascend together and walk to Jerusalem with their families and their towns. They’d sing these songs of ascent that would be songs of anticipation and excitement and remembrance and worship.”
This week we are excited to offer you a FREE DOWNLOAD of Phil Wickham’s song “When My Heart Is Torn Asunder” off his album The Ascension. Enjoy!
When Christy and Jeremy Johnson moved to Los Angeles 3.5 years ago to start a new church, the former youth pastors and worship artists known collectively as Worth Dying For gave up everything they knew to make one giant leap of faith.
“Fear had been something we’d both battled with our entire lives,” Jeremy says, “and yet we felt called to the dreamers, to those crushed by their dreams, to those chasing their dreams, those with dead dreams… to people who had moved to LA from all over the world to pursue the arts, entertainment, education, entrepreneurship—to not just be a safe haven, but a dream factory, helping broken people dare to dream again.”
Trying to come up with a name for the church that would encapsulate both its radical and positive foundation, the couple started digging around for inspiration. And then they saw it: “A scared world needs a fearless church.” —A.W. Tozer.
And so the church-planting season began, migrating from seven different locations—nightclubs, studios and warehouses, at a bonfire on the beach, in a coffee shop, an old garage and eventually back to a nightclub. And as the dreamers came in droves to see this new church, what had been true in their Worth Dying For days was no less true in the City of Angels: when you give people their own words to sing to God, something that reflects what’s happening in their lives right now, God does something explosive with it.
Today, Fearless BND— the sound of worship at Fearless LA—is launching a novel ‘loaves and fishes’ approach to creating new music for the church. The sole purpose? To equip and empower for pastors and worship leaders with songs, media, video, graphics, sermon/song notes, tutorials and more. One innovative, congregationally-ready media package at a time, every first Friday of the month.
“Instead of releasing an entire album all at once,” says Sean Loche, associate pastor at Fearless LA, “this approach gives us the ability to stay current and evolve as the music evolves, and it allows us to get material into churches/hands more quickly. Our goal is to release each single on the first Friday of every month, along with lyric videos, loops, promotional material and high-level graphics, sermons, notes—everything we use in our church—with the hope of making it easier for local pastors and worship leaders.”
Fresh, unique, innovative, and most definitely eclectic, Fearless BND is the sound of what happens when young, creative believers are asked to get personal and dig deep. “We sing it from a personal place, out of our own pain, triumphs, devotion and gratitude,” Christy says. “And we believe God is the God of excellence and power, and that he reveals his power through music and through excellence. It’s not just about relevance or ‘keeping up,’ which puts us in competition, because as sons and daughters, we’re not in competition for his glory. And excellence is not looking around but looking in, at what you have in your hands. We want to blow [people] away with excellence, not just with technology but with whatever God has place in our hands.”
The stories behind the songs of Fearless BND—as the story of Fearless LA itself—reflect a move of God, not born of glitz and glam and achieving acclaim in a city full of stars, but born out of encounter with grace. “We’re seeing so many people getting saved, finding new life and new birth in this place. Their world is being revolutionized, so they’re writing from that struggle, fighting for the dreams in their hearts,” says Jeremy, who has seen nightclub staff, security guards and club patrons encounter the truth of Jesus at Fearless LA.
“At the end of the day,” he says of Fearless BND’s mission, “it’s the words that impact us. Where two or more agree around truth, it’s truth shifts the atmosphere and opens hearts.”
That, Jeremy says, is the driving passion behind Fearless BND, to share the gifts God has given this church in the land of broken dreams with worship pastors and leaders around the world, equipping them to lead with power and excellence in today’s content and media-saturated culture.
This week we are excited to offer you a free download of their song “We Lift You Higher.” If you like what you hear be sure to head to iTunes to check out the rest of their songs!
Christmas time is here and we have another special gift for you! Each week leading up to Christmas we are offering you a FREE CHRISTMAS SONG DOWNLOAD and this week we are pleased to off Phil Wickham’s song “O Come All Ye Faithful” off his album Songs For Christmas. Enjoy!
And if you like what you hear you can get the album available everywhere now!
Laura Story recently released her debut Christmas album, God With Us.
A mix of old, familiar classics (“Angels We Have Heard On High”) and (“O Come All Ye Faithful”) along with brand new originals (“Just Another Christmas”), listeners can expect to hear full, intricate songs as a 120-voice choir and a 50-piece orchestra accompany Story on several tracks. Additional collaborations on God With Us include multiple GRAMMY® Award winner Steven Curtis Chapman and Emmy Award winner Brandon Heath.
“Really excited to be releasing my first Christmas record,” Story said. “This collection of songs celebrates the Word that became flesh and dwelt among us, not just two thousand years ago but here and now, walking with us through every joy and sorrow. Jesus is and forever will be ‘God with us!’”
This week enjoy a FREE DOWNLOAD of Laura’s song “Emmanuel” off her Christmas album God With Us. Along with a FREE DOWNLOAD we are also giving a couple of our lucky readers a chance to WIN a copy of her album God With Us. Want to be entered to WIN? All you have to do is leave a comment below with your favorite Christmas tradition and you’ll be entered to win. Good luck!
Christmas has come early at FreeCCM and we have a special gift for you! Phillips, Craig & Dean has a Christmas album out (Hope For All The World) that features 10 tracks: 4 originals and 6 Holiday Classics! So to get in the Christmas spirit we are offering you a FREE DOWNLOAD of “The First Noel” off the album. Enjoy!
And if you like what you hear you can get the album available everywhere now!
Much has been made of classical composers, including Tchaikovsky and Beethoven, getting their best ideas on long walks. But you don’t hear jogging referenced all that much—though in the case of Sara Groves, an indelible, incredible image that inspired her new album Floodplain came during a brisk run along the Mississippi River in Twin Cities area she calls home.
Groves recalls: “I saw this homeless person in a tent and I asked God, ‘Is he poor in spirit? Is he blessed? Do you wish he would get up and do something with his life?’” Then she looked up at the top of a nearby bluff and saw the James J. Hill house, a magnificent brick-and-stone edifice build by the railroad magnate in 1891.
“It’s a symbol of power and it’s easy when you are on a high bluff to say, ‘When are you going to get your act together?’” Groves says. “I was running and weeping. Then I came home and wrote ‘Floodplain,’ and that became the hub—the source of the album.”
“Floodplain is basically God saying to me, ‘Some hearts are built here – they feel more, but then they are also more susceptible to floods. This is not bad: This is where you are.’ I love the floodplain, it’s a beautiful place,” she says. “But I felt so much shame and that I was so responsible for my own struggle. My dear friends who care for me deeply have said, ‘Do you work out?’ Or: ‘You need to think positively.’ But positive thinking is not the gospel that saves me. And that’s what I’m wrestling with on this album: What is the gospel that saves me?”
For Groves the answer has boiled down to a scriptural truth lived out in full: She’s trusted God with all her heart and without leaning on her own understanding. “The boats that have come for me the last two years, in the form of friendship and peers and co-workers—it’s been absolutely stunning,” she says. “My strength has come from my community of friends who have been raising me up.”
Sara Groves released Floodplain last Friday November 6 and we are celebrating her release week with a FREE DOWLOAD of her song “Second Guess Girl” off the album. Along with a FREE DOWNLOAD we are also giving a couple of our lucky readers a chance to WIN a copy of her album Floodplain. Want to be entered to WIN? All you have to do is leave a comment below with the song you are most excited to hear off her album Floodplain and you’ll be entered to win. Good luck!
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Laura Kaczor (kuh-ZORE) is a Contemporary Christian singer/songwriter, worship leader, speaker and graduate of The University of Pennsylvania. Her fourth album Restore Me (LifeThirst Music), which released this year, is produced by multi-Dove Award winning Producer of the Year, Ian Eskelin (Francesca Batastelli, Sidewalk Prophets, Chris August).
The new album, being shared on her “Restore Me Tour,” is a message of Laura’s journey birthed in trials, fears and struggles, but one of overcoming hope, faith, and trust found in the unfailing, unconditional love of a Savior that restores us. It comes through in songs such as, “Only You,” “Restore Me,” “You Make Me Brave,” “Greater,” “If the Path Was Straight,” “You Know,” “Once and For All,” “Rain Down” and more. It features Kaczor’s first radio single from the album, “Forever,” a powerful song of commitment, surrender, salvation, and the Lord’s faithfulness—inspired by her real-life struggles.
“My sweet Samuel, the joy of my life, born with a hole in his heart, was the reason I was on my knees for most of 2014,” says Kaczor. “I want to thank my Heavenly Father for seeing me through the most challenging year of my life and speaking to my heart through the most difficult times. I want this album to give others a message of faith, hope and strength, no matter what they are going through.”
This week we are offering you a FREE DOWNLOAD of Laura Kaczor’s song “If The Path Was Straight” off her latest album Restore Me. Along with a FREE DOWNLOAD we are also giving a couple of our lucky readers a chance to WIN a copy of her album. Want to be entered to WIN? All you have to do is leave a comment below with the song you are most excited to hear off her album Restore Me. Good luck!
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She’s the consummate storyteller, a singer-songwriter who is equal parts observer and autobiographer. Sara Groves has been sharing her heart and baring her soul through her music for 15 years. Invisible Empires released in October, 2011. In it, Groves explores why society feels so fast-paced, is so social-media-obsessed and so “frenetic,” as she describes it.
In celebration of Sara’s newest release, Floodplain, she is offering the entire Invisible Empires album for free on NoiseTrade. The 11 songs from Invisible Empires are complemented by two new bonus songs. The first is her radio single “I’ve Been Here Before” and the second is a remix by Don Chaffer of the title track “Floodplain”.
When we gather in your presence there is power. When we worship you together You are here, when we gather.
When you hear Brad + Rebekah sing the words in this chorus, you’ll want to join the praise experience and feel the power of group worship. One of the passions of this husband-wife duo is gathering with other believers in thankfulness and awe of what God has done.
“‘When We Gather’ was the start of the project,” Brad explains. “One day I was reading through Matthew, and I read the verse where it says, ‘Where two or three come together in my name there am I with them’ (Matthew 18:20). For some reason that day, it just really stood out to me. What matters is that we come together and join our hearts—and because of that, God’s presence is there. It’s a promise, and that’s what I love! That song began this journey for us of what happens when we gather and what we should be singing about, and all these songs came from that.”
The songs to which Brad refers are found on a new double-disc release from Discovery House called All You’ve Done. The first disc features 12 energetic studio recordings of praise and worship music, while the second disc offers a more intimate acoustic set of 6 songs.
“Our goal,” Brad says, “was to write songs that were congregational in nature and fun to sing—in the sense that you can easily engage with them while still maintaining that deep theological truth.”
Brad + Rebekah are husband-and-wife worship leaders who have served together since
2003 during their college worship team days. They married in 2006 and worked 2 years in full-time church worship positions, and then stepped out to pursue a life together making music, touring, and trusting God for their provision. They’ve traveled the United States and abroad, with a special interest in Uganda and the ministry of Watoto, whose choir is featured in the song, “The Heart of the Father.”
This week we are pleased to offer you a FREE DOWNLOAD of their song “The Heart of the Father (feat. Watoto Children’s Choir)” off their album All You’ve Done. Along with a free download we are also giving a couple of our lucky readers a chance to WIN a copy of their album. Wanted to be entered to WIN? All you have to do is leave a comment below with the song you are most excited to hear off their album. Good luck!
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