In a barn in Louisville, Kentucky, Iron Bell Music’s primary songwriters – Stephen McWhirter, Joel Gerdis and Josh Glauber – and the rest of their team lead people during dedicated worship nights, most of all providing a safe haven of community. Held throughout the year, the songs that are birthed there are the work God is doing in and through the hearts and lives of these writers.
Authentic adoration and praise shapes every gathering led by Iron Bell Music, and this same spirit is captured in every song on their major label debut from Essential Worship. The full-length album, recorded live across a full night of worship at the barn, features original songs such as “Your Love Is A Fortress,” “My Confidence,” “Belong To You,” and their first radio single, “God That Saves.”
In addition to their worship nights, Iron Bell Music desires to pour into other worship leaders on a heart-level. “There’s not a lot of resources on a personal level for worship leaders,” Stephen observes. “There’s enough for helping them do the functional part of their job but not for helping them be good at just loving the Lord, because that’s actually the thing that is the most valuable tool they have—the overflow of intimacy with the Lord.”
Whether encouraging fellow believers or inviting radio listeners to sing along, Iron Bell Music hopes their songs facilitate moments of transformational discovery for all who encounter their music. “We want the songs to literally cause breakthrough for people in their relationship with the Lord,” Joel asserts. “Whatever God’s doing in us, we feel like it’s a very authentic expression that we can lead other people into.”
A storyteller at heart, Michele Cushatt has spoken internationally at both corporate and ministry events, including such notable venues as Women of Faith, Focus on the Family, and Compassion International. From 2014 to 2016, she cohosted the popular leadership podcast This Is Your Life With Michael Hyatt, including close to 100 episodes and millions of downloads. She has written for Today’s Christian Woman, Proverbs 31, InCourage, and MOPS International, as well as hundreds of articles and devotionals, in print and online. Her first book, Undone: A Story of Making Peace With An Unexpected Life, released 2015 and her second book, I Am: A 60-day Journey to Knowing Who You Are Because of Who He Is released January 24, 2017 (Zondervan). Michele and her husband, Troy, live in Denver, Colorado with their six children, ages 9 to 24. Find out more about Michele’s incredible story at www.MicheleCushatt.com.
Featuring: Chris Cleveland of Stars Go Dim, Meredith Andrews, and Sarah Reeves
Sarah Reeves is bringing her own fresh, colorful, and emotional musical approach to the fore as she is currently in the studio working on her Word Records debut album, which will release Spring 2017. Reeves has written songs recorded by the likes of Jesus Culture, Kari Jobe, and Natalie Grant, while developing a devoted group of 90,000 followers on YouTube who enjoy Sarah’s cover versions of songs that have impacted her soul, resulting in over 16 million views from all over the world. “My inner artist has been battling with stereotypical artist expectations for years,” Sarah shares. “I now know who I am and am confident in who God created me to be. This new musical direction is not typical, it’s not safe – it’s a new sound stirring in my heart and mind. I have found such freedom and my soul has come alive more than ever while making this new music. I can’t wait for the world to hear it.” For additional information, please visit www.sarahreevesmusic.com.
Meredith Andrews is passionate about writing and leading songs that keep people’s hearts and minds set on Jesus. Over the course of her four Word Worship albums, including her most recent, Deeper, the Dove Award-winning artist has been using her musical gifts, love for God, and her huge heart for His people – to teach and remind us all about the enormity of our awesome and loving Savior. Andrews, who is also on staff at Harvest Bible Chapel in Chicago, focuses on creating music that lifts the body of Christ to a closer relationship with the Lord. Meredith’s latest album features the songs “Spirit of The Living God,” “I Look to the King”, “Lamb of God,” and “Soar.” On a regular basis, Andrews leads worship at major women’s and worship leader conferences across the U.S., and has toured with Matt Maher, Natalie Grant, Big Daddy Weave, Vertical Church, Phil Wickham, and Michael W. Smith, among others. For additional information, please visit www.meredithandrews.com.
Chris Cleveland of Stars Go Dim is creating modern worshipful pop, infused with both deep meaning and well-honed fun, merging layers of guitars, keys, loops and percussion to convey timeless messages. With the breakout success of their debut single “You Are Loved”, a Dove nomination for New Artist of the Year, a KLOVE Fan Awards nomination for Breakout Song of the Year, and an aggressive tour schedule and compelling live show, there’s no stopping what’s now started with Stars Go Dim. For additional information, please visit www.starsgodim.com.
They’ve had their hands in dozens of the biggest songs written for the modern Church. Yet, it’s tough to describe one sonic society as a worship band when they sort of struggle with identifying themselves as “worship leaders.” Or, even, a “band.”
Comprised of musician-producer-songwriters Jason Ingram, Paul Mabury, Jonathan Smith and a small handful of other stalwarts within the Nashville artist community, the collective doesn’t put near as much thought into what they are, as what they’re doing.
Between Ingram and Mabury as individual co-writers and together, they are responsible for penning some of the most popular worship songs of the past decade, like “Forever Reign,” “Open Up the Heavens,” “How Can It Be” and “Never Once” along with some of Christian radio’s biggest hits including singles “Where I Belong” (Building 429), “By Your Side” (Tenth Avenue North), “Trust In You” (Lauren Daigle), “My Story” (Big Daddy Weave) and “Drops in the Ocean” (Hawk Nelson). Over the past year, their self-released version of “Great Are You Lord” developed into one of the most recognizable songs on the airwaves as well as in worship services worldwide.
They are following-up their Top 5 single with their new song, “A Billion Stars,” which will hit radio this summer. Co-written by Chris Tomlin and Hillsong’s Reuben Morgan, Ingram knew he and the church needed a song of faith for the church during a season of hardship (You light up the night with a billion stars / surely you’ll light my way when the road gets dark).
One thing is for certain with one sonic society – they love being a part of the greater goal that God is doing through the music the have the honor of being a part of each day.
All About Worship (featuring Michael Farren, Alisa Turner & Corey Voss) is a movement that exists to reach worship leaders right where they are – to equip, encourage, and inspire them to step fully into their high calling as pastors. We do this by creating helpful tools that will allow them to flourish, challenging articles that will push them out of their comfort zones, new music that points their people to the cross, and conferences that give them the opportunity to be face to face with others on the front lines. Everything we do is fueled by our desire to see God’s Kingdom impact the here and now.
Michael Farren is a GRAMMY Award nominated and ASCAP and Dove Award winning songwriter, producer and recording artist. His songs include “Trust In You” (Lauren Daigle), “Every Time I Breathe” (Big Daddy Weave), “Let It Rain” (Michael W. Smith), “Let The Worshipers Arise” (Phillips Craig & Dean) and “I Am Blessed” (Karen Peck & New River). Michael’s songs also have been recorded by Natalie Grant, Aaron Shust, Jaci Velasquez, Brian Free & Assurance and Finding Favour. Michael is based in Franklin, Tennessee, where he serves as worship pastor for Gateway Church.
Alisa Turner sings with joy and grit. She pours her life experiences – overcoming years of illness and losing her infant son – into eloquent, piano driven melodies. Giving up is not an option for Alisa who is following in her worship leader dad’s footsteps. Along the way, she has worked, toured and written with a variety of artists including Robbie Seay, songwriter Cary Barlowe (Carrie Underwood) and Tenth Avenue North. Alisa appears on the All About Worship album My Pursuit. She is signed to Integrity Music and is working on a new album with producer, Michael Farren.
Corey Voss is a Tennessee-based worship leader and songwriter who serves as Worship & Creative Arts Pastor for Gateway Church, Shelbyville. He is a member of the All About Worship collective and wrote for/appears on AAW’s album My Pursuit. His songs include “Nothing But The Blood” and “Praise The King” along with “Psalm 92 (O Most High)” and “We Come To You Jesus,” which he co-wrote with Paul Baloche. Corey has also written and recorded with Michael Farren, Lauren Daigle, Jared Anderson and Dustin Smith. He is currently working on a new album due to release this year through Integrity Music.
The son and grandson of pastors, Dustin Smith has been involved in full-time ministry for 20 years as a worship leader, songwriter, preacher and teacher. Based in the Nashville area, Dustin is an Integrity Music songwriter whose albums include Rushing Waters, Coming Alive and Reach Out Your Hand: The Healing Project. His songs, including “The One That Really Matters,” “Miracles,” and “God Who Moves The Mountains,” have been recorded by a variety of artists such as Michael W. Smith, Kari Jobe and Jesus Culture. Dustin has authored teaching resources and is Founder of the ministry collective, Here Be Lions.
Most recently he can add recording artist to the list. Zach is no novice to the music industry. He had spent a majority of his life traveling with various bands. It was while on the road that the Lord grabbed a hold of him and he decided to leave the rock star life behind.
After that, Zach transitioned in to a position at the Refuge Campus of Central Baptist Church in Jonesboro, Arkansas in which he still serves. It came as a shock when the opportunity to sign with Provident Label Group as a new Christian artist arose. Never in his wildest dreams did Zach Williams think that he would be in this place of writing and recording music in the Christian music industry, especially from years of hard living on the road while in a rock & roll band.
His personal testimony of receiving freedom in the Lord is so beautifully reflected in his debut single “Chain Breaker”. The song came from a place of wanting to reach people who had been struggling and it undoubtedly has. Over the course of it’s release in the summer of 2016, an influx of stories have been shared on his various social media pages by people who have experienced the life changing power of broken chains.
Over the past decade, Aaron Shust has earned a reputation as one of Christian music’s most compelling songwriters and a vocalist of considerable depth and passion. He was named both New Artist and Songwriter of the Year at the 2007 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards and the impact of his song, “My Savior My God” was recognized with the Song of the Year honor. He has continued to build on that early promise to become one of the community’s most creative and trusted voices.
Shust is well known for such hits as “My Hope is in You,” which spent 14 weeks at No. 1, “No One Higher,” which hit the summit on the Inspirational chart and “Ever Be,” which made its way to No. 3 on the NCA chart. “O Come O Come Emmanuel” has become a perennial holiday favorite, earning acclaim as the most played song each December for 10 years in a row.