Worship: You Make Me Brave from Amanda Cook and Bethel Music

I remember the first time I heard this song – at a conference surrounded by thousands of my fellow dreamers with our hearts soaring with the heart resonating truth about God’s love and faithfulness. “You Make Me Brave” is from the album of the same name from Bethel Music. Below the songwriter Amanda Cook shares the story behind the song that she wrote after struggling through years of fear and the journey to discovering that she could trust in the One who could make her brave…

Indie Heaven Indie Song Contest 2012


Are you an independent Christian music artist with a song you’d like to share with others? Be sure to check out the Indie Song Contest from IndieHeaven.com (click here for entry details).

The winner of the competition will receive:

TOTAL PRIZE PACKAGE:

  • $500 CASH
  • A single song publishing deal.
  • 1 year membership on Indieheaven
  • 1 hour consult with Sue Ross-Mohr from The Inner Vizion
  • 1 week as our featured member of Indieheaven.
  • Press release and publicity!
  • 2 Passes to the Christian Musician Summit Courtesy of CMS Productions
  • 2 Passes to the Songwriter Bootcamp Courtesy of CMS Productions

Click here to enter this contest and to learn how to become a member of Indie Heaven to share your music ministry with others.

Music Pick: Dara Maclean’s “Suitcases” and the Story Behind the Song

The soulfulness and message of the song “Suitcases” from Dara Maclean’s album You Got My Attention are definitely soothing and relatable. You can download the song on iTunes by clicking here.

How can you move when they’re weighing you down
What can you do when you’re tied to the ground, yeah
You carry your burdens, heavy like gravity
Just let them go now, there’s freedom in release

You can’t run when you’re holding suitcases
It’s a new day throw away your mistakes and open up your heart
Lay down your guard, you don’t have to be afraid
- Lyrics from Suitcases







Story Behind “Suitcases”





Dara Maclean races with her “Suitcases”

I also thought this video was too funny, watch and see what I mean:



Writing & Revealing His Glory: The Story Behind Revelation Song

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It’s awesome to see the process and inspiration of songwriters and what inspired them in the creation of their music. The worship song "Revelation Song," written by Jennie Lee Riddle, beautifully and lyrically displays the splendor and glory of God, and it’s sung in many churches and by various artists.

Kari Jobe sings Revelation Song on her album "Kari Jobe," and describes the song as "all about His glory" and a "foretaste of what we’ll sing in Heaven." In interviews she says she thinks it’s "God’s favorite song," for her to sing because every time she does God’s presence is "brand new and anointed."

Last month Kari Jobe lead worship at my church, and as the song was sung not a dry eye was in the place as hands were raised all around by people of every age and every color. Here’s a video of her singing it at another church:

Integrity Music recently put up this video of the writer, Jennie Lee Riddle, and recording artists, Kari Jobe, and Phillips, Craig & Dean (who sang the song as the single of their upcoming album "Fearless") discussing what "Revelation Song" means to them, and how it came into fruition. (Update: Phillips, Craig and Dean’s version of “Revelation Song” recently peaked at #1 on the Billboard’s Hot Christian AC.)

 

"…We needed a sight of Jesus, we needed somebody so much bigger than ourselves to lift our eyes up off of our daily, and off of the rubble and off of the worry, and magnify Him… To get to see Her, every generation, denomination, every nationality singing to Him, and just enjoying His beauty and His holiness, and Him wrapping Her up as one, it’s just overwhelming and humbling. " – Jennie Riddle

revelationsonglyricsIn an article she wrote, Jennie Riddle says she "asked the Holy Spirit to help me write a song that painted Him; a song that the angels and creation were already singing, so that we could join in with One Voice, as One Bride, to One King." She says the verses Ezekiel 1:26-28 and Revelation 4 were her inspiration:

“And then, as they stood with folded wings, there was a voice from above the dome over their heads. Above the dome there was something that looked like a throne, sky-blue like a sapphire, with a humanlike figure towering above the throne. From what I could see, from the waist up he looked like burnished bronze and from the waist down like a blazing fire. Brightness everywhere! The way a rainbow springs out of the sky on a rainy day—that’s what it was like. It turned out to be the Glory of God! (Message)

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