Posts tagged ‘Jesus Culture’

July 24, 2014

Jesus Culture Music Signs Admin Deal with Christian Copyright Solutions

 

 

Christian Copyright Solutions (CCS) announces the signing of Jesus Culture Music to a music administration agreement for the copyright management of their popular worship song catalog. CCS’s INDIEadmin service will provide easy online licensing for Jesus Culture songs and sound recordings.

 

Jesus Culture Music’s highly anticipated new worship recording, Unstoppable Love, released last month and was recorded live during Jesus Culture’s annual Encounter Conference. One of the most influential youth and young adult movements around the world, Jesus Culture’s band features Chris Quilala, Kim Walker-Smith, Brandon Aaronson, Josh Fisher, Jeffrey Kunde, Ian McIntosh and Skyler Smith.

 

Jesus Culture Music is the home to several new and emerging worship artists, like Bryan & Katie Torwalt, Kristine Dimarco and Andrew Ehrenzeller, among others, and is known for popular worship songs like “Holy Spirit,” “Rooftops” and “Awaken Me.” The Jesus Culture Band just wrapped up its “Still Believe Tour” in May with back-to-back sold out concerts, and will be at Jesus Culture conferences this summer in Los Angeles (July 17 – 19) and Atlanta (August 1 – 2).

 

“Jesus Culture is really excited to work with CCS’s INDIEadmin team to provide administration for our song catalog and master recordings,” says Chris Quilala, worship leader and songwriter. “We appreciate their heart for the church and Christian community, and believe they will help simplify and make it easy to obtain licensing for the proper use of our songs and recordings.”

 

CCS serves as an advocate for copyright owners, offering full service administration to promote, protect and collect royalties for music through its innovative online INDIEadmin Service.

 

“We are honored to add Jesus Culture Music’s great catalog of worship songs and recordings to our INDIEadmin family,” says CCS CVO/Founder Susan Fontaine Godwin. “We look forward to a long-term relationship with their ministry, and our focus will be on providing easy licensing and maximizing digital audio and video streaming revenue for their widely popular music.”

 

CCS’s awarding-winning INDIEadmin clients include popular worship songwriters, publishers and artists like Don Moen, Bethel Music, Brooklyn Tabernacle, Carlos Whittaker and Ed Kerr. CCS has won Worship Leader’s Best of Best and Editor’s Pick awards for its various licenses and products.

 

January 1, 2013

JESUS CULTURE’S KIM WALKER-SMITH’S FIRST SOLO ALBUM IN FIVE YEARS, STILL BELIEVE, RELEASING JAN. 15

 

 

Integrity Music and Jesus Culture Music announce the highly anticipated, second solo album from Kim Walker-Smith, Still Believe, which releases Jan. 15. The album was recorded live with a full band, including an orchestral strings section, during a night filled with radical worship for Jesus at the Cascade Theater in Redding, CA.

Known worldwide as a leading voice in the Jesus Culture movement and as one of the worship leaders in the Jesus Culture band, Walker-Smith’s Still Believe marks her first solo album in nearly five years. The album features primarily original songs, with Walker-Smith co-writing two songs and writing the title track.

“It’s very rare for me to write a song so quickly, but this song just came bursting out as if it was always in there just waiting to come out,” shares Walker-Smith about “Still Believe.” “The message of the song is saying, ‘I Still Believe that you are the God who heals, despite anything I may be facing or the mountain in my way.'”

The full Still Believe track and songwriter listing follows:
1. “Alive” – Gabe Kossol, Jeremy Edwardson
2. “Waste It All” – Chris McClarney, Christa Black, Laura Rhinehart
3. “The King is Here” – Christa Black, Kim Walker-Smith
4. “Yield My Heart” – Kim Walker-Smith, Christa Black
5. “Spirit Break Out” – Ben Bryant, Luke Hellebronth, Myles Dhillon, Tim Hughes
6. “Spirit Break Out/ Spontaneous” – Ben Bryant, Luke Hellebronth, Myles Dhillon, Tim Hughes
7. “Still Believe” – Kim Walker-Smith
8. “Miracle Maker” – Martin Smith, Stuart Garrard
9. “Healing Oil” – Chris Lizotte

Taking the new music and messages to worship nights across the West Coast, Jesus Culture Music launches the “Still BelieveTour” in San Diego March 8 and travels to Los Angeles (3/9), Las Vegas (3/11), San Francisco (3/12), Portland (3/14), Kent, WA (3/15) and Vancouver, BC (3/17). Each night will be opened by special guest worship leader Derek Johnson (Jesus Culture’s Emerging Voices) followed by Walker-Smith sharing a message from her heart before leading songs from Still Believe. For tickets and other tour details, go to jesusculture.com/stillbelieve.

“The goal of these events is to gather together worshippers to seek the Lord and encounter Him through whole-hearted, passionate worship,” says Banning Liebscher, director of Jesus Culture.

Widely known for her passionate and contagious pursuit of God’s Presence in worship, Walker-Smith, along with her husband Skyler (who played guitars and percussion on Still Believe), leads, teaches and imparts worship around the world. Named one of the “Emerging Leaders of Tomorrow’s Church” by Charisma magazine (2010), her rendition of the John Mark McMillan song, “How He Loves,” has been viewed over 8.5 million times on YouTube, while her own song, “Where You Go I Go,” has nearly four million views.

For more information about Still Believe, a video interview with Walker-Smith, tour detail and more, go towww.jesusculture.com/stillbelieve.

May 1, 2011

The Movement Behind Jesus Culture

How this worship collective is turning a generation’s mind to Christ.

Jesus Culture’s multiple albums, numerous conferences and viral international impact is the result of a few ordinary teenagers and twentysomethings with one very simple motivation: to encounter God’s presence.

This should be no surprise; the explosive combination of raw passion and youthful idealism seems to be the genetic makeup of movements throughout the years. Jesus Himself chose average young people to lead His ministry—outcasts that society had given up on, headstrong kids brimming with unrefined passion and energy. Following suit is Jesus Culture, an international movement incubating revival among countless thousands through its unique worship experiences.

In 1999, the thought came to Bethel Church youth pastor Banning Liebscher to put on a small youth conference for their community in Redding, Calif. At a time when phrases like “subculture” and “counterculture” were becoming popular catch-phrases in many churches, Liebscher and his leaders (including worship leaders Kim Walker-Smith and Chris Quilala) desired a generation whose culture didn’t reflect an institution, music style, bracelet or T-shirt, but rather the attitude and posture of Christ Himself. They named the conference Jesus Culture, with the hope that God would show up, worship would transform and revival would begin.

Over the next several years, Liebscher and his band witnessed the growth of a movement that surpassed their expectations. In 2005, the group came up with enough funds to record a CD, hoping album sales would allow them to do a conference on the east coast. “We didn’t even know if the CD would sell,” Liebscher says. “We had no idea what we were doing at all, but we felt God was telling us to share what He was stirring in our community with an entire generation.”

Liebscher didn’t know it, but Jesus Culture was about to become an internationally recognized movement. And it would happen through YouTube.

Many people’s initial encounter with Jesus Culture came through a YouTube video featuring worship leader Kim Walker-Smith performing John Mark McMillan’s “How He Loves Us” at a conference. The video now has more than 4 million views.

“We didn’t even stick that up,” Liebscher says. “Some kid put that up. We didn’t even have the idea. None of us even knew about it until someone finally got a hold of us and told us it had gotten 250,000 plays.”

Walker-Smith remembers first hearing the news. “My little brother, who was only 10 years old at the time, called me and told me I was on YouTube. I didn’t even know what YouTube was. It was crazy because none of us expected anything like that to happen at all. In fact, the night that video was taken, I walked off the stage and felt embarrassed. There had been this really awesome presence of God in the room unlike any night prior, and I felt like I couldn’t find the words to convey the magnitude of what was happening.”

Hundreds of thousands of people later, the movement’s mission remains the same.

“Everything we do is meant to send people out to their own community,” says Chris Quilala, the worship leader whose voice threads through each Jesus Culture album along with Walker-Smith’s. “We want this generation to be Jesus to those right in front of them. There’s always been a strong focus on local outreach and there always will [be].”

While many are quick to label this generation as apathetic, Quilala and the Jesus Culture team hold up a mirror to a different kind of tribe made up of young, motivated revivalists passionately pursuing Christ’s call and mission. Liebscher, who has encountered hundreds of thousands of young people through Jesus Culture, views this generation as one massively marked by passion, creativity and innovation. “This generation is growing up in the smallest world ever,” Liebscher says. “The world has become so connected that they’ve been given permission to dream bigger. Back in the day, the thought of changing the world was somewhat hard to wrap your brain around. Now, the ability to impact the nations through something as simple as a website is perceivably tangible.”

Liebscher adds that these qualities extend to young people globally, refuting rumors that the spiritual climate in regions such as Europe is bleak and decaying. “We were doing a conference in Berlin where 2,700 people showed up and sold out the entire venue,” Liebscher says. “We had to turn away hundreds more. The passion in these young people’s worship and pursuit of God that night was inspiring. I didn’t even have time to preach because they were pursuing God so passionately through worship. Hope is alive and well in Europe, and it’s alive and well in the States. The generation we are seeing rise up is honestly embracing a lifestyle of holiness that is willing to consecrate fully to the Lord.”

Jesus Culture is defying expectations of this generation, as thousands of young believers attend their new breed of “Christian” conferences, and numbers continue to increase every year. “Young people are on the search for the genuine,” Liebscher says. “I think the American church hasn’t been the best representation of authentic, genuine Christianity. In many churches, community and acceptance is based on looking and acting a certain way all the while presenting a very controlling, angry God. I believe if we can bring people into a true encounter with the God of the Universe, they will encounter a God who is passionately in love with them, not angry with them, and they will give Him their lives. That’s what Jesus Culture tries to do.”

So, why do people disregard this generation as spiritually detached? Liebscher suggests that while passionate and idealistic, this generation is also very entitled. “They’re not like the World War II generation who understood what it meant to sacrifice in order to save a nation, or build a company. They’ve grown up in a world where things are given to them … fast. We encourage students to start revivals, and when it doesn’t happen in a week, they’re thrown off. There’s a short-term mentality.”

Walker-Smith and Quilala also offer a desperate plea for mentorship inside and outside the Church. “We’re fortunate to have [spiritual] mothers and fathers who have a very influential voice in our lives,” Walker-Smith says. “They’re the kind of people who aren’t just going to sweet-talk us all the time and tell us how awesome we are. The moment we get out of line, they’re the first ones there with a strong voice to help steer us back on track.”

“We desire the same for those we influence,” Quilala adds. “We’re living in the midst of a motherless and fatherless generation who need the guidance and direction to maintain focus on what’s most important: pursuing Christ.”

Maintaining focus on what’s important isn’t always easy as Jesus Culture’s impact expands. “When all of a sudden money is coming in, there’s a staff relying on me or when iTunes doesn’t launch our album like we thought, it’s evident to a lot more people,” Liebscher says. “I find myself constantly wrestling and processing, reminding myself this is God’s deal. If He wants to dismantle this whole thing, then that’s up to Him. I’m going to do the best I can. I’m going to keep pursuing Him. I’m going to continue carrying out my assignment from Him. But if He wants to take this whole thing away, that’s OK. I’ve found an immense amount of freedom in that.”

While they’re ready for whatever God has in store, Walker-Smith is also looking to the future and how Jesus Culture can grow—both personally and musically. “As worship leaders, I’m looking forward to becoming more established in our own songwriting,” Walker-Smith says. “I think it’s pretty incredible that God has brought us this far doing songs that are other people’s voice. I can’t even imagine what it’s going to be like when we really find our own voice and sing the songs that are coming out of our hearts.”

The group is helping give a voice to other worship artists through their record label, Jesus Culture Music, which they started a few years ago. “Another thing we’re working toward is expanding the label to bring in other worship artists we believe in and want to support,” Walker-Smith says. “We recently added Jake Hamilton and Kristene Mueller-DiMarco, who are like family to us. I want 
to see Jesus Culture grow in raising up worship leaders.”

Eleven years since they began, Jesus Culture has more than 70 conferences and nine albums (their most recent, Come Away, released in November 2010) under their belt. It seems the more they abandon, release and give to others, the more God moves, reveals and gives to them—a colossal response to a couple of kids who set out to “encounter God’s presence.”