Top Nav

Tree63 Frontman John Ellis Releases Solo Album Growing Silent

Includes Co-Writes With Matt Redman, Unreleased Tree63 Track

Known as the frontman for the internationally renowned, GMA Dove Award-winning South African rock band Tree63, John Ellis released his fourth solo album, Growing Silent, Oct. 20 through Africa-based Christian Art Media. An ASCAP Vanguard Award-winning songwriter, this is the first time Ellis has released an album of specifically all worship songs.

Available now at iTunesAmazon.comSpotifyBandcamp and everywhere great digital music is heard, Ellis harvested from over a decade’s worth of original songs for this new, 10-song recording. Each of the tracks are entwined with vulnerable, confessional moments.

“Silence is almost the antithesis of modern life; we are the most over-stimulated generation in the vast history of humanity,” shares Ellis, revealing the impetus behind Growing Silent. “When we stop our endless torrents of words and noise that we throw at God all day, every day, we are able to stand silently before God and only then really get to know Him.

“We are repeatedly encouraged in the Bible to be still and silent, things which seem more difficult to do now than ever before,” continues Ellis. “Silence of the heart, silence of the mind, even silence of the tongue, these are the foundations of a contemplative way of life, which is where the deep things of God truly reside.”

Featured on Growing Silent are three songs written in 2005 with multiple Grammy Award-winning Matt Redman: “Hope Springs Eternal,” “Rose Again” and “Anywhere and Everywhere.” It also includes the Ellis-penned “If God,” first featured on Tree63’s 2015 reunion album, Land.

Additional tracks include the first single and lyric video from the album, “Mercy,” as well as “Believe,” “Be Still” and the title track that Ellis wrote more than ten years ago while on tour in the US with Tree63. “It was an experiment in a certain style of writing, but it has my favorite line in it: ‘a speechless man is sometimes worth a million preachers sounding forth’.”

The full Growing Silent track listing follows:

1.   Mercy

2.   If God

3.   Be Still

4.   The Feast

5.   Anywhere and Everywhere

6.   Rose Again

7.   Believe

8.   Hope Springs Eternal

9.   This Love

10. Growing Silent

For more information on John Ellis, Growing Silent, the latest tour dates and more, go to

http://johnellis.co.za/www.johnellisproduction.comFacebookYouTube and Twitter.

About John Ellis:

Since his major label debut as frontman and guitarist for the internationally renowned, GMA Dove Award-winning rock band Tree 63 in 1999, John Ellis has become a stalwart of the songwriting community. An ASCAP Award-winning songwriter, Ellis has written and recorded such internationally known hits as “Treasure,” “Look What You’ve Done,” “A Million Lights,” “King,” “Stumbling Stone,” “Sunday,” “Come Out Fighting,” “Get You” and “Set Your Self On Fire.” He also led the No. 1 hit in the US, “Blessed Be Your Name,” named Billboard’s most played Christian Song Of The Year in 2004.

Ellis has shared the stage with The Newsboys, Jeremy Camp, MercyMe, Delirious?, Matt Redman, Ard Matthews, Just Jinjer and many more. He has further played at a Billy Graham Evangelical Association event and toured across the US, UK, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, Holland, Australia, New Zealand and more countries across the world.

Launching his solo career in 2010, Ellis is also a full-time parent and part-time lecturer at Varsity College and Vega in Durban, South Africa.

0

New Music From Brenton Brown

  

BRENTON BROWN RELEASES “HOSANNA IN THE DEEP” NOV. 15, “YOU WILL NOT FAIL US” DEC. 15, “WORTH IT ALL” JAN. 15

Joyful, EDM-Flavored Worship Songs Follow “Impossible Things,”

“Lion and the Lamb” Singles; Precedes Seven More Songs To Come

Songs Are Co-Writes With Chris Tomlin, Brian Johnson, Mac Powell, Leeland, Jason Ingram, Matt Maher, Audrey Assad, Pat Barrett, Jason Upton, More

Grammy, Dove Award-nominated singer / songwriter Brenton Brown, one of the most prolific writers of modern worship, is intending to “put the joy” back in worship. Over the next several months, he will be releasing EDM-inspired songs one at a time about every four weeks with the song “Hosanna in the Deep” set to release Nov. 15, “You Will Not Fail Us” Dec. 15 and “Worth It All” Jan. 15 from Squeakyseat Music / Right Angle Music.

With all songs produced by Grammy-nominated Jonny Macintosh and the Fun Kids, “Worth It All” was co-written with Jacob Sooter and features background vocals by Harvest Bashta, “You Will Not Fail Us” was written with Housefires members and “Hosanna in the Deep” marks the third single to release in this series of 12 songs from Brenton. The first single, “Impossible Things,” was co-written with Chris Tomlin and Chris McClarney and releasedAug. 11. “Lion and the Lamb” was co-written with Leeland and Brian Johnson and releasedSept. 29.

  

Creatively, the idea behind the new songs is to #skiptotheremix; to go straight to a remix flavor for each of the tracks. Three of the songs are dance versions of Brenton’s more recent congregational co-writes, including “Impossible Things,” the Dove Award-nominated “Lion and the Lamb,” and the soon-to-be-released “Soul on Fire,” which was written with Mac Powell. “Soul on Fire” was first recorded by Third Day, spent 11 weeks at No. 1 on Christian Hit Radio and received a 2016 Grammy nomination. The rest of the upcoming singles are brand new songs.

“I have such a deep affection for joyful worship and have missed that lightness and joy in some of my worship sets. A joyful heart is good medicine!” exhorts Brenton, quoting Proverbs17:22. “When I listen to EDM with headphones on, it literally blows my mind and makes me extremely happy. This new music sounds different from anything I’ve ever done.”With seven more songs in this series to be announced and that have been co-written with such acclaimed artists/songwriters as Mac Powell, Jason Ingram, Matt Maher, Audrey Assad, Pat Barrett, Jason Upton, Marc James, Jordan Frye and more, Brenton says the music was inspired by his daughters: “I’ve been driving to school every morning for the last couple years. Their love for EDM has changed me!

Brenton also shares a taste of his love for EDM on the “Jason’s Voicemail” track that is literally built around an encouraging, Godward voicemail message Jason Upton left for Brenton. The track can be heard now at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLrgf_Ai5Bc&feature=youtu.be.

For more Brenton Brown information, including tour dates, chord charts/lyrics, etc., go to www.brentonbrown.com and follow him on FacebookTwitter and YouTube.

About Brenton Brown:

A South African-raised Rhodes scholar who studied at Oxford University, was worship pastor in England’s Vineyard Church and now resides in Malibu, CA, Brenton Brown is an award-winning songwriter known for favorites like “God My Rock,” “Joyful,” “You Will Not Fail Us,” “Worth It All,” “Your Love is Amazing,” “All Who Are Thirsty,” “Hosanna (Praise is Rising),” “Humble King,” “Glorious,” “Holy,” “Our God Saves,” and many more being sung by millions in places of worship all around the world. His song “Everlasting God” was honored by ASCAP as one of the most performed songs in the USA in 2007 across all genres, marking the first time that a worship song has been recognized with such an honor. He has released four albums, including God My Rock, which Worship Leader calls, “True musical art in the genre of worship.”

 

 

0

Thankful for FREE Media

Image designed by PlaybackMedia.com

Happy November everyone! Seeing that Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away, with all the turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing, gravy, biscuits and butter we can eat, I figured we could get a head start and talk about some things that we are thankful for. So what are you thankful for? There are so many things, there’s no way we could list them all. Well here are a few things we can be thankful for: 1. Free Media  2. Cooler days  3. Family  4. Friends  5. Free Meida  6. Football season in full swing  7. Grilling on charcoal  8. Free Media  9. Starry nights  10. Free Media!  As I said, so much to be thankful for. So let’s dive in and get right to the free media we’ve all been waiting for. You’re going to love what we have for you this month. Go ahead and check them out and then send them to your media loving friends! Can you believe you can get all this for free? Amazing!

Study Cinemagraph by Journey Box Media

This cinemagraph is great for making announcements about Bible Studies or Lifegroups. Cinemagraphs bring still images to life, and are an eye-catching way to communicate necessary (but often, boring) information.

Invite 2 by The Sound Tank

Invite 2 by The Sound TankNo other institution or organization Christ has given this commission to reach out to the community to make them part of his body. Taking the commission seriously, we all need to invite some one to go to church so that they to will have the opportunity to the God the Creator who died to save them. This short, humorous video is another installment in the popular “Invite” series. This time we learn to reach across barriers to invite people on a weekly basis. Another great ending!

It’s Christmastime by Yancy Ministries

It’s Christmastime is A fun song by Yancy! This pack includes both the English and Spanish versions. Both versions include 2 Files: Full and Instrumental.

Change the Room by Ryan Emerick Media

As Christ-followers, the Bible challenges us not to be changed by our environments, but to change every environment. A great opener for a message or small group discussion on relationships, holiness, or evangelism.

Reflection Motion Background by Playback Media

Clouds drift over a mountain landscape. A reflection of the mountains sits in a circle on top of the landscape. This is a modern background that can be used any time of year and is part of the Reflection Collection.

Free Video from Lightstock

0

What to Do When a Volunteer Is More Skilled Than You

As a tech director, I want to be at the top of my game. If a volunteer has a question or needs help trouble shooting I always try to have the answer right away. It’s not a pride thing. It’s about always learning, growing and giving my volunteers the confidence that they won’t be hung out to dry. But what happens when a new volunteer comes on board with more experience than you on a certain station. It may be a college student that’s helping out over the summer who’s been studying lighting all year. Or a sound engineer that moved from another city and has had the past experience to mix in a professional theater. Or even a new member that works at the local news station and can run circles around you on the video system. As intimidating as this may be, its pretty much the best situation you can find yourself in. You learn from them, let them train others and yet maintain your role as Tech Director.

This is the greatest opportunity for you to teach other volunteers how to learn. Imagine seeing a leader humbly hand over the reins to another volunteer. Not in a waving-the-white-flag-in-surrender way but as a leader who seeks the best for the whole. If you want volunteers that listen, respond to constructive criticism and approach everything as a student you must show them how to do it as their leader. Once you’ve released control, you can now learn from them and get better yourself. Soak in everything they do, ask questions and show your appreciation for them being on the team and their willingness to pass on what they know.

This next part gets a little tougher. Now that you’ve handed over the reins, invite other volunteers of the same station to join in as you learn. By inviting volunteers into this you can avoid two things. Other volunteers would catch on and will stop looking to you as their leader. The second can be even worse as the more skilled tech would feel used and unappreciated, especially if you learn new techniques and then pass it on as your own knowledge. The more you pour out encouragement the closer your team will grow in relationships. The more they will encourage others. You will see their skills soar.

Steve Jobs did not create the Apple empire by himself. Jobs let other people take the lead in design and growth. I can easily name Tim Cook (even before the passing of Steve Jobs), Jon Ive and Phil Schiller. Good leaders encourage and lift up more leaders. As your volunteers grow, you will grow. Shake the fear that someone could take your position or become more important than you. That kind of thought is a downward spiral.

Embracing the strength of your volunteers will take your team to the next level. It will make other people want to join the team. You will grow in your knowledge as will your volunteers. They will follow your lead as an encourager and student.

 

0

It’s Time to Fall Back: Media to Help Your Church Remember

Daylight saving time is about to end. I know. I know. It’s a bit sad. The days are going to be shorter. We’ll be driving home from work in the dark. It can be a bit of a bummer if we let it. But I refuse to get down over setting our clocks back an hour. I refuse to hang my head and let my shoulders droop because the days are getting shorter, the weather is getting colder, and the sun just isn’t staying out as long. I ask you to stand with me and look at the bright side. By turning our clocks back an hour, we are another day closer to springing them ahead. That’s right, we’ve got to think of the long game here. It’s not that we’re losing daylight. It’s that we are getting closer to the spring and summer when the days get longer and weather gets warmer. So no more slouching. Let’s get out there and use this media with passion and announce to our church that though Daylight Saving time may be ending, we are getting closer to that day when we can spring ahead again!

MINI MOVIES

Fall Back Reminder: The Clock Shop by Skit Guys Studios

Fall Back with Johnny and Chachi by Igniter Media

Fall Back with Dumb Riddles by Media4Worship

MOTION BACKGROUND

Fall Back Motion Background by Graceway Media

Fall Shades Fall Back Motion Background by Life Scribe Media

STILL BACKGROUND

Fall Back Still Background by Playback Media

Painted Autumn Fall Back Still Background by Centerline New Media

COUNTDOWN

Fall Back Countdown by Playback Media

0

Powered by WordPress. Designed by WooThemes