Greg and Dani Jong met atop a lion in Trafalgar Square. Greg, an Englishman, was not immediately aware he was speaking to the only drummer he’d need for the rest of his life. Dani, a Californian, did not necessarily cross the Atlantic in search of love. But that chance meeting has since spawned a partnership spanning marital, musical and continental bounds.
“Confession Song” expresses repentance in its lyrics and was written to help give perspective to the practice of taking communion. It shows an honest self analysis alongside the gift of God’s grace in Jesus.
The San Diego native is a gifted songwriter and performer who lives his heart-felt lyrics. He started off as a music artist listening to the music coming out of Syntax Records. The artists he heard such as MaxOne and Othello inspired him. That’s how Jeremiah created and fostered a relationship that eventually led to his joining the Syntax staff. Bonds has benefited from both sides of the business, being behind the scenes as well as center stage.
This song is just a proclamation of me being saved by GRACE alone through FAITH alone in CHRIST alone for the glory of God alone. “Let the church say amen” is just showing agreement among the Church that everything should be done for God’s glory and He even gets glory through salvation.
Emilie is a singer-songwriter and college student majoring in graphic design with Full Sail University. As a volunteer worship leader, Emilie can be found in front of youth and the church at large.
In 2010, Emilie released an EP entitled “My Oh My” with three original songs that has turned ears to her craft as a writer and vocalist. Her new single, “Disguises” released online in February. Emilie strives to spread a positive message and make a difference with her music and her art.
This song was written after hearing a sermon on “Providence” and the sovereignty of God. A scarlet thread can be found throughout all of scripture, leading to the cross. God desires to reconcile man to himself and all of creation as well. We cannot control all of our circumstances, but we can daily walk with one who does. It is only when we see God in the light of his sovereignty that life makes sense. Providence, seeing the hand of God in our daily lives, is a reality.
As a boy Sam started writing songs along with the demos included on cheap synthesizers and drum machines. As a teenager he recorded several indie albums in addition to writing hundreds of songs. After high school, as a member of the group Sackcloth Fashion, he toured the country, sharing main-stages with many notable artists and bands. After playing in several bands in his early 20s Sam began leading worship full-time, married his teenage sweetheart, and they now live in California raising three children. Upon realizing that he was no longer interested in hustling for his own notoriety and affirmation within the music business, Sam, along with a passionate team, founded Missional Music in an effort to create quality music that makes a difference.
Sam: “This song came from slowly realizing that God doesn’t just zap you with magic and then you wait to die and go to heaven. He fills us with himself and carries us to heaven…He is my Counselor, my Guide, my Teacher. Whether it’s a whispered conversation or cracking open the Bible, He speaks in real-time to us if we will listen.”
James Duren (co-writer): “A couple of years ago Sam contacted me about writing songs together. We wanted to combine good songwriting with good music. We traded lyrics back and forth, Sam crafted melodies and music and ‘Hope of Glory’ came into being.
“In this world, hope is a big deal. In heaven, glory is a big deal. This song was a great way to bring these two together.”
In 2008, Walking Water started with founding members Channing Queja, Josh Queja, and Kyle Hildebrand. Dynamic changes and powerful choruses have become the most memorable signature of this band’s musical style. Musically their style is diverse, pulling from many different areas of influence, but the purpose remains the same: connecting people to God.
Whether that’s leading for their home church in San Diego or leading worship for an orphanage in Haiti… that goal makes this band’s path clear.
As a musician, Stefanie’s style is an eclectic mix of Pop, Jazz and Rock. Classically trained in voice and piano with a rich history of jazz studies, her original music chronicles her life story of a believer who still struggles, but daily finds hope in her redemptive Christ Jesus.
Some of her career and ministry highlights have included performances with Josh Groban, Natalie Cole, David Foster, Israel Houghton, Smokey Robinson, Rebecca St. James, Ralph Carmichael, and Nate Morton (the Voice). Stefanie was also featured as a solo artist at Billy Graham’s Albany, NY crusade.
As a response to the depth of Christ’s love, I wrote “All For Love” about this very real Gospel – with the broken in spirit at the forefront of my mind.
The Mike Clark Band originated in San Diego, California in 2007. Over the span of 6 years they have written over 75 songs, 4 albums, played at over 100 churches and around the world including the orphans and prisoners in Malawi, Africa. “The heart behind the band is simple,” says Mike Clark, “It’s to help others connect to the Father’s heart through singing praise to Him.” The band’s clean sound and insightful lyrics come out of a place of gratitude and reverence for all that God has done and rescued them from . . . an eternity without God. John 4:23 “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.”
Troy once walked the streets of South-east LA trying to be somebody that people respected…even feared. Now he lives to tell anyone who will listen about a God who has given Troy a new identity, peace, hope, and a purpose.
I’m always speaking about blessing others and not doing music for my own personal gain, now I’m simply putting my money where my mouth is. I’m excited about what God is doing and although others may criticize mydecision to give my music away, I tell them that my rewards aren’t here on earth, but stored away at my Father’s house for the day that I come home!
Rich Kirkpatrick has been a musician, worship leader and pastor in a local church for most of his adult life. In 2011 he released a 5-song EP entitled “Drink the Divine” of personal and corporate worship expression.
Besides leading worship and songwriting, Rich is a writer, hosting a blog “Rich Kirkpatrick’s Blog” (rkblog.com) where conversations about belief, creativity and leadership converge. His blog has been in the top 50 of religion blogs over the past 7 years.
You can find Rich at some high profile worship conferences speaking to worship leaders about leadership of volunteers and about managing the many hats a they wear. A family man, he has two teens, and is married to his love of his life, a school principal.
In 2010 I took a trip to rural Ethiopia with a charity called Doma International. The medical birthing center was just a dream, but on that trip it began to become a reality. Today, it now serves 10,000 rural villagers. Seeing how people responded in true religion to break the cycle of orphanhood in this way inspired me. An ocean, filled with tears, cries for us to hear. Will only heaven hear the voice of the “least of these” or will I do something about it? James calls us to true religion, and this song is a rally cry to live that out!
Our songs are an overflow of gratitude for what God has done for us, life testimonies, and declaration of freedom in Jesus!!
Gina Diehl- Vocals/Piano/Keys
Brian R. Diehl- BUV/Acoustic Guitar
Rebecca Chrisom- BUV/Violin
Joe Curtis- Rhythm Electric Guitar
Steve Padilla- BUV/Lead Electric Guitar/Synth
Sandi Padilla- BUV/Bass Guitar
Jimmy Bagshaw- Drums
Written by Gina Diehl
Engineered and Produced by Steve Padilla
Sweetest Love: Was the realization of Christ truly calling us and setting us apart from this world; that our lives need to be radically different. In the chorus we are celebrating Christ’s love for us as being the Sweetest Love we will ever know or experience!