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.
Paul Baloche is one of the modern church’s most acclaimed songwriters. A three-time Dove Award winner, Paul is best known for penning contemporary hymns like “Above All,” “A New Hallelujah,” “Open the Eyes of My Heart,” “Hosanna” and “Your Name” that are sung by millions of worshipers around the world. His songs have been recorded by numerous artists, including Michael W. Smith, Casting Crowns and Matt Redman and are featured on 14 of his own albums including Your Mercy, The Same Love, Christmas Worship, A Greater Song and Our God Saves.
In addition to writing, recording and facilitating “LeadWorship” workshops around the world, Paul has created a variety of teaching DVDs, along with free resources designed specifically for worship leaders and musicians. He has also written the books The Same Love: A Devotion and God Songs–How to Write and Select Songs for Worship. Additional information is available at http://www.leadworship.com.
The idea that worshiping Jesus Christ is best done not when we just sing about Him or what He has done or what He will do in the future. The highest and best worship is modeled by what the angels do: sing to God about God. Vertical.
Vertical Church Band is a collection of people who play every week in places all over Chicagoland as part of Harvest Bible Chapel, a place that believes singing isn’t a warm-up for the sermon; singing is a warm-up for heaven. So the faces may change. The style may evolve. But the aim will stay the same. Vertical.
Scot Longyear is the Sr. Pastor of Maryland Community Church (one of the fastest growing mega churches in the US) and serves as the Pastor for the Experience Conference. Residing in Terre Haute, Indiana, Scot lives to encourage, disciple, and resource people so they can take one step closer to Christ. Drawing upon decades of experience as a worship pastor, Scot authored Worship Leading Essentials. This tool has been used by leaders around the globe to build effective worship team. His daily radio feature, Scot’s Daily Word, provides quick inspiration for listeners who want to deepen their faith, even if they are short on time. In addition to Pastoring MCC and the Experience Conference, Scot has a teaching ministry where he keynotes conferences, retreats, and special events.
Without the support of his wife Stephanie, daughters Mariah and Madison, (and their spoiled mutt Nestle) Scot would be lost. They encourage him not only in ministry, but also in his adventuring spirit (he loves scuba diving and motorcycling). His family also puts up with his horrible video game skills and irrational fear of needles. Follow Scot on facebook and Twitter (@longyear). Check out www.scotlongyear.com to subscribe to his podcast, browse resources, and hopefully take a few steps closer to Jesus.