It's difficult to believe Kari Jobe's first album containing the now iconic Revelation Song (Riddle) only released in 2009. Kari, one of the most wholesome and loved worship leaders of our time, maintains her childlike perspectives on worship and ministry despite worldwide acclaim, multiple awards, and accolades. Her name, Kari, even means "purity" and pure worship and love for God flow from her in every moment of this new interview with show host, John Chisum.
"It was like sitting down with a sweet friend, or my younger sister," says Chisum. "Kari is so open about where she is now after so many successful years of ministry and how she's been able to go even deeper in the Word when a lot of people burn out. I love this interview!"
Listen in as Kari shares from her heart the realities of raising children during the Covid-19 pandemic, the challenges of touring with children and husband, worship leader, Cody Carnes, as well as sharing her deepest struggles as a single person before God brought Cody into her life.
John and Kari discuss her lengthy history of breakthrough worship songs such as Revelation Song, Holy Spirit, Healer, No Sweeter Name, and Forever, and the global impact of her latest offering in The Blessing, co-written with Pastor Steven Furtick, Carnes, and Christopher Brown.
"I think what feels really sweet on this and what feels a little different is these songs really," she says. "I really dug deep for this album and for every song that's on the project, there's probably five that didn't make it. I just remembered saying to Cody,'I don't want to put anything on this project that won't work at church and in a congregational setting.'"
If you've followed the powerful worship ministry of Kari Jobe for years or are new to her music, you'll love hearing her tender heart for worship and her desire that you go deeper in your own devotional life.
Popular worship leader, recording artist, and songwriter Matt Maher is a deep thinker. Once you listen to this heartfelt interview, you'll easily understand where songs like Christ Is Risen, Lord, I Need You, Your Grace Is Enough, and many more have come from in the deep heart of Matt Maher.
"I was blown away with my talk with Matt," says show host, John Chisum. "We actually talked a lot longer than we could release in the final edited version, but I found myself drawn deeper into my own faith and wanting to feel even closer to Christ through this episode. I think everyone who listens to it will feel the same."
Since his 2008 major label debut, Matt Maher has become a staple in the artistic and songwriting community. A nine time-GRAMMY® nominee and three time-GMA Dove Award winner, he has garnered multiple radio successes, writing and recording songs such as his Top 5 CCLI song "Lord, I Need You" and the chart-topping radio single "Because He Lives (Amen)." Along with other hits such as "Hold Us Together," "Christ Is Risen," "All The People Said Amen," and "Your Grace Is Enough," Maher has written or co-written five No. 1 radio singles.
Penning numerous songs recorded by Chris Tomlin, Crowder, Third Day, Jeremy Camp, Matt Redman, Hillsong, Casting Crowns, Meredith Andrews, Jesus Culture, Jars of Clay, and Passion, he's had multiple titles on the CCLI chart's Top 500 list. With career album sales of more than 550,000 units to date, Maher was recently awarded his first RIAA Platinum certification for his popular single "Lord, I Need You." He's released nine studio albums, including his 2017 GRAMMY-nominated album Echoes. He also released his first Christmas album and children's book, both titled The Advent of Christmas, during the 2018 holiday season.
"What I think you're going to love most about this conversation with Matt is how it will encourage you to go a little deeper in your own faith, whether you write songs or not," continues Chisum. "Our show is about more than songs - - it's about a better life - - and Matt helps us gain a fresh perspective on how to have a better life as we seek the heart of God in fresh ways, as well as seek a fresh perspective on what it means to be part of the Body of Christ."
You can access Matt Maher's music everywhere and read more at https://www.mattmahermusic.com/.
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For pop worship band I AM THEY, believing in God's faithfulness is an active exercise in trust. After years of member transition and internal uncertainty with how or even why to move forward, they are leaning on Hebrews 10:23 - "Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who is promised is faithful."
The band - made up of Matt Hein (vocals, guitar), Abbie Parker, (vocals), Brandon Chase (vocals, guitar), Justin Shinn (keys) and Nicole Hickman (drums) - poured the challenges of the past, hope for the future, and a newfound joy for the present into their third album, Faithful God.
Show host, John Chisum, met up with IAT's Abbie Parker and Matt Hein at K-LOVE Studios in Franklin, TN, to discuss the new album and the new season they find themselves in as they weather the storms 2020 has brought to us all. This engaging interview includes how the band moved an entire tour online when the world was shutting down for Covid-19 and their own coping strategies in quarantine.
"I've loved their music from their first album," Chisum says. "And I loved their transparency in talking with me about their personal struggles with addiction and relationship meltdowns, including Abbie's divorce, Matt's former addiction to pornography, and Justin's miraculous recovery from a near-lethal addiction to heroin."
IAT discussed welcoming their newest member, Brandon Chase, on vocals and guitar for this album. Chase graduated from Berklee College of Music at age 17, joined Team Blake on The Voice, and was voted 'Crush of the Week' by Seventeen Magazine.
Matt, Abbie, and John have a warm and often funny conversation that will encourage anyone needing grace for their own struggles and undoubtedly win new fans for the band and their music.
You can find I Am They at I AM THEY and on all streaming platforms, as well as on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Hope Darst is a Fair Trade recording artist and a worship leader at the Belongingco church in Nashville alongside the likes of Natalie Grant, Mia Fieldes, Meredith Andrews, and many more well-known worship leaders and artists. But a record deal and commercial exposure were a long time in the making for Hope. It was a dream she had all but given up on.
Hope felt from a young age that she was destined to sing. She had tried to launch her career several times, but to no avail. As she describes now, her dream was put on hold for years as God worked on her from the inside out. She calls those her "basement years" when she was learning to be a great wife and Mom, delaying her lifelong musical aspirations.
But all that has begun to change. While diligently seeking the Lord and practicing her faith in contentment and obscurity, God has steadily been increasing Hope's visibility as a worship leader and songwriter. Opportunities she could not have engineered have been found and she is now launching a music career at a time when many would be looking to leave touring and public ministry for a quieter time at home.
But God had different plans and more than a few surprises waiting for Hope.
Debuting at radio during the first weeks of the global Coronavirus pandemic, her first single after years of waiting in the wings, Peace Be Still, should have been shut down like the rest of the world. Instead, it has become a massive chorus of faith during this crisis. And no one is more surprised than Hope herself.
"All I cared about, John, was God. I want the Spirit of God to be on this song, "Hope tells John Chisum during this powerful interview. "I've heard it said before that, when you write songs from an encounter with the Lord, you lock up that encounter within the song. And when it is sung over people or when other people sing it, they, too, then have that encounter released into their own lives."
In this personable interview, John Chisum and Hope Darst discuss the deep work in her heart as God released her from lifelong fears and the overriding need to please others, even above pleasing Him. Hope shares the story behind the song and encourages us all to live into the healing work God wants to do in our own hearts.
If you're struggling with fear or you've got dreams buried in your heart that don't seem to be coming true, you're going to find a lot of encouragement and inspiration in this conversation with Hope Darst. It will give you fresh faith and the encouragement to keep believing in God, yourself, and the dreams of your heart, despite all the odds at work against them.
You can connect with Hope Darst at https://www.hopedarst.com/ and on all streaming outlets.
BEC Recordings' artists Andrew Enos and Michael Landingham ("Lion & Bear") have suffered more than their fair share of loss and tragedies. The young California natives, actual brothers-in-law, have adopted the theme of lament for their music. And rightly so.
Michael and his wife lost their twin sons within days of their birth. It was their first pregnancy. Then Andrew and his wife lost a son to stillbirth. Michael's sister later lost her battle with cancer and Michael, a worship leader, found himself caught up in an alcohol addiction that was only broken as God brought new music, and new opportunities, to the duo.
In this powerful conversation with John Chisum, they discuss how the unusual blend of grieving and creativity brought them together to begin their band named after the two animals David slew before conquering the giant Goliath. Michael, through tears, texted a poignant verse and chorus recorded on his cell phone to Andrew that became the catalyst of their first single "Held By Your Love."
"There's just nothing that can prepare you to be holding your lifeless child, but I think there are beautiful things that come from tragedy," says Andrew. Showcasing the heart of both a lion and a bear, the duo's self-titled debut from BEC Recordings serves as a fitting introduction to the pair's experimental sonics, boundless creativity, and thoughtful lyricism, revealing they're not afraid to wade into the pain with people.
"Lion & Bear bring a fresh sound and message to the BEC Recordings roster," says Brian Ortize, BEC's A&R Director. "Not only is the music powerful and emotional, but there is personal story of hope and healing behind every lyric."
Andrew and Michael's belief that "lament and comfort can exist in the same song" is echoed in every track. Every listener will find healing and comfort for their own distress and loss. Listening to the music of Lion and Bear feels like tapping into the heart of the psalms, those sometimes agonizing laments and exclamations of sorrow mingled with hope and praise.
Host John Chisum says of the interview, "The band is new, but the depth of these guys is amazing. Our conversation was all about how the pain is real, yet, somehow on the other side of it all, God shows you that He's been with you in it all along. He's big enough to receive your lament in the hard times and your songs of praise in the good times."
You can access Lion and Bear's new music on Spotify, Apple Music, Youtube, and wherever great music is streaming.
You can connect with them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/lionandbearband/
You will enjoy getting to know the endearing Elle Limebear, a brand new GMA Dove Award Nominee for New Artist of The Year. In this conversation, John Chisum discovers Elle's passionate heart for reaching others with hope through her music and songwriting process. They also discuss what it's been like for her to grow up as the daughter of a Christian Rock Star.
Elle grew up watching her father, Martin Smith , minister as the frontman of the groundbreaking British worship band, Delirious?. She found herself at home in front of thousands of fans at festivals or in the smaller setting of their local church.
Elle's love for Jesus naturally compels her to love, love, love people! She actively serves as a Youth Pastor and Worship Leader in Brighton, UK, while creating music that is already speaking to listeners around the world through her recordings, the self-titled EP, Elle Limebear and her new CD Lost in Wonder.
The future looks bright for Elle Limebear. Her tenderness towards God is authentic and transparent. Her sweet humility and even the surprise of all that is happening for her in music is beautiful and engaging.
You can follow Elle on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can also sample her new music at Elle Limebear Music
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The 5-time Grammy nominee, Matthew West, is hitting the reset button! He has found himself in a brand new season of leadership to younger artists and producers and a flood of productivity after a self-described "desert season" that has finally come to an end.
With a whole new attitude and new young producers, Matthew has crafted a fresh sound on his new album, Brand New, co-produced with 20-something producer/keyboardist A.J. Pruis. Along with a new podcast, there's a new studio, and his brand new Story House Music record label with Provident Label Group
If you've been a Matthew West fan in the past with songs like "Hello My Name Is," "Do Something," "Grace Wins," "Mended," and his early 2020 Covid-inspired hit single,
"Take Heart," you'll love this up-close-and-personal interview with show host John Chisum.
John digs into what's most important to Matthew at this point in his long career and how he's paying it forward by encouraging and mentoring a younger generation. Matthew shares candidly about the moment he realized that his story wasn't as important, or as interesting, as the thousands of tragic stories his fans were sharing with him and how he's turning the microphone around to the crowd more than ever through his ministry called "popwe nation."
You can find a lot more information at matthewwest.com and follow Matthew on all social media platforms.
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Few churches have had the global impact that Bethel Redding and it's spin off ministry of Jesus Culture Music have had over the past dozen years.
Kim Walker-Smith, one of the original Bethel worship leaders, helped launch a movement of worship and intimacy with God that has touched the nations and spearheaded ministry through the wildly popular Jesus Culture movement... and she's not slowing down.
John Chisum has a candid conversation with Kim about worship, the struggles of leadership, managing family and ministry, and the traumas of her childhood that have made her a deep-feeling worshiper. Kim shares openly about childhood abuse and trauma and the miraculous healing journey God has led her through from her book, Brave Surrender: Let God's Love Rewrite Your Story (Zondervan: 2019).
Celebrating the release of her new solo album Wild Heart, Kim says, "My last record, On My Side, was a collection of songs written from a desert season of my life. I was processing grief, anger, and pain. God met me in the desert and brought life and healing. Emerging from the desert, ushered me into a season fresh with new life. This new album is a strong declaration of freedom and who God is. On the other side of a desert season is growth, deeper connection to Jesus, and a new authority. In the desert, all my doubts and questions came to the surface. I wondered if God was truly as good and as faithful as He says. I asked if He could truly bring the freedom I longed for and the healing I needed. He met me in that place and not only proved His faithfulness, but taught me in greater measure who He is."
If you love Bethel Worship and Jesus Culture, don't miss this powerful conversation with iconic worship leader and songwriter, Kim Walker-Smith.
This episode is a must-listen to anyone seeking an insider's look into how a hit-making Nashville producer can maintain his faith while producing top mainstream artists. When you look beyond this amazing list of production credits you will discover that Sal Oliveri is an outspoken Jesus follower who carries his humble, authentic faith into every session.
Country/Americana: Chris Stapelton, Carrie Underwood, Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Sheryl Crow, The Band Perry, Brett Eldredge, Lee Brice, Randy Houser, Parmalee, Haley & Michaels, Ricky Skaggs, Faith Hill, Jo Dee Messina, Lee Ann Womack, Charles Kelly (Lady Antebellum), John Paul White (The Civil Wars), David Nail, Lori McKenna, Kip Moore, High Valley, Leigh Nash
Pop/Rock/Urban: P!NK, Billy Joel, Emily West (America's Got Talent 2014 #2 finalist), Brooke White (American Idol), David Cook (American Idol), Dia Frampton (The Voice), Jack Antonoff (FUN, Bleachers), Dan Wilson (Semisonic, Adele), Stan Lynch (of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), Daniel Powter, Lucie Silvas, B.Reith, Room for Two, Jaren Johnston of "Cadillac Black", Andy Davis, Kevin Griffin (of Better Than Ezra) David Hodges (Evanescence)
Raised in the shadows of Manhattan, Sal Oliveri developed a diverse musical background. Before long, he was performing as musical director and keyboardist at Harlem's famous "Cotton Club" and hitting the NJ/NY studio scene. Soon after, Sal relocated to Nashville where his musical efforts quickly earned him a co-written #1 single and a Grammy Nomination. Sal has earned multiple Billboard and iTunes #1's, with over 13 Million streams in 2017 alone.
John Chisum visited with Sal in his amazing Grand Central South Studio, frequented by clients such as Kathi Lee Gifford, Nicole C. Mullen, and mega country writers Allen Shamblin ("I Can't Make You Love Me") and Tom Douglas ("Love Me Anyway"), as well as many aspiring artists looking for his production help.
John and Sal Oliveri talk about the Pink/Chris Stapleton duet "Love Me Anyway" (Douglas/Shamblin) and how a writer's demo became a hit song years after the production was done. Singer-songwriters and up-and-coming artists in any genre get an inside track to Sal's musical influences and perspectives, particularly in how he coaches artists to reach their best performances.
Sal shares from his deeply biblical outlook how he believes great music happens and why, giving songwriters and artists many powerful insights into how they can "show up" as themselves instead of being an imitation of what others are doing.
"Tell me again a million times,Who I am in heaven's eyes," sings Jillian Edwards, a native of Texas now pro singer-songwriter living in Nashville with husband, Will Chapman, and daughter Willow Faye.
With songs placed on episodes of Nashville, Grey's Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, and Citibank Ads, Edwards is in her fifth year as a signed songwriter to mega- publishing company Concord Music Group.
Her 2014 album, Daydream, topped iTunes' Singer/Songwriter chart and landed at No. 6 on Billboard's New Artist chart.
Her new album "Meadow" was executive-produced by five-time GRAMMY® Award-winning artist, Steven Curtis Chapman, who happens to be Jillian's father-in-law. "Meadow" features newly co-written songs with other amazing songwriters; David Leonard, Jonathan Smith, Peter Groenwald, Josh Bronleewe, Tony Wood and Jessie Early.
In this episode, John Chisum and Jillian talk about the challenges of being a touring musical family (her husband, Will Chapman, is the drummer for indie rock band Colony House), whether or not the intimacy with God portrayed in her songs is a constant in her life, and how Jillian stays creative despite the demands of songwriting, touring, and building a family as a young wife and mother.
"Jillian is delightful," shares Chisum. "This episode will give any aspiring singer-songwriter a bird's-eye peek into what it's really like, even for someone as successful as Jillian and the Chapman family. I love this interview and I know it's going to be encouraging to a lot of people who hear it."
Jillian Edwards is a rarity you don't often find... a pure heart, a fresh voice, and someone who's transparent enough to share the real struggles behind making music as a career.
You can find Jillian Edwards on iTunes, Spotify, and at jillianedwards.com.
Phil Joel, bassist and vocalist with the iconic Christian band Newsboys for over a dozen years, solo artist, author, and frontman for the band Zealand has sworn off social media.
No Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, Youtube, Qzone, Weibo, Reddit, Flickr, Tumblr, Meetup or Odnoklassniki, which, by the way has 71 million active monthly users.
Joel can't be found on any of them. Zip. Nada. None
How can anyone who hopes to connect with listeners and fans as a musician possibly ignore all social media, and further, WHY would they choose to not participate in the billions of daily Tweets, memes, and posts that fuel the social frenzy of our collective cultural experience?
Well, the answers may surprise you, or, you may find yourself questioning your own obsession with likes and shares once you hear them from the totally Christ-centered and family oriented Phil Joel, a classy guy from Down Under New Zealand who says he's definitely not "anti-social media," but who has made a solid choice to trust God to be his best press agent and promoter.
Phil Joel's had the same blond dreads since he was 17 and he's not lost his youthful zeal for the Lord despite millions of miles and millions of fans.
We talk about so many great things on this episode - - we have some laughs and go deep, as well, into his new book and Zealand's new album Liberated. I know you're going to really love this chat with my new friend from Down Under, Phil Joel.
In this episode, host John Chisum sits down with Darlene Zschech, iconic Australian songwriter of "Shout to the Lord," a song introduced in 1993 that is still sung weekly by millions of people worldwide.
In this powerful interview, Darlene shares how "Shout to the Lord" came to her during a time of trial and why she feels she can take no credit for the song, how it passed through her, and personal stories of how God has used it in her life.
Darlene is a dedicated wife, mum, author, songwriter, and together with her husband Mark, pastor to thousands of believers through Hope Unlimited Church, now in 11 cities internationally, with a church planting and relief organization called Hope: Global (https://hopeglobal.org/) serving thousands of people in the neediest areas of the world.
0:00 The impact of Shout to The Lord
3:01 John asks Darlene: So all these years later, what would you say to the shy young Darlene, maybe really about ministry and leadership... What would you say to her?
6:00 "I want to be invisible here while I, you know, just give glory to God. And if he allows me the privilege of having any influence, that is a great privilege. But actually my goal is that He be seen and He'd be known and His presence being counted"
10:00 Recording Way Maker
15:05 Early days of Hope Unlimited Church and how God has grown the ministry to have a lasting global impact
23:30 "If someone had told me pastoring, a church could be this much fun. I would have done it long time before."
28:42 John asks, "you've described your life as just a series of yeses. What are you saying yes to right now? And what might you be saying no to?"
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