Bethel Music

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Bethel Music
Bethel Music logo
Bethel Music logo
Background information
OriginRedding, California, U.S.
GenresContemporary worship music
Years active2001 (2001)–present
LabelsBethel Music, Integrity, Kingsway Music
Websitebethelmusic.com
Members
Past members

Bethel Music is an American music label and worship ministry from Redding, California, originating out of Bethel Church where they started making music in 2001. Bethel Music has grown from being a local church music ministry to a global outreach made up of a collective of songwriters, artists and musicians. They focus on producing worship songs and albums that are largely written and recorded by members of their Artist Collective.

History[edit]

From 2009 to 2013, Bethel Music rapidly grew from being a relatively small local church music ministry to becoming a fully-fledged record label and publishing company, featuring songwriters and worship leaders based out of Bethel Church in Redding, California.[1]

In January 2015, Bethel Music launched their Artist Collective, expanding their group of locally based artists to include North Carolinians Josh Baldwin and Jonathan and Melissa Helser.[2] Later that year, in May, they included Cory Asbury, formerly of the International House of Prayer.[3] In September 2015, it was announced that Leeland would also be joining the Collective.[4] On November 2, 2016, Bethel Music issued a press release announcing that they and longtime member William Matthews had agreed that William would no longer be a part of the Bethel Music Collective.[5][6] Just days later, it was announced that Sean Feucht would officially join the artist collective of Bethel Church.[citation needed]

Members[edit]

Members of Bethel Music, as of July 2020, include:[7]

Production history[edit]

Albums[edit]

Albums that have been produced by Bethel Music include:[8][better source needed]

Singles[edit]

Releases and reception[edit]

Bethel Music's live album, We Will Not Be Shaken was produced by Bobby Strand and Chris Greely, and introduces 11 original songs led by the Bethel Music Artist Collective, including Brian Johnson, Jenn Johnson, Hunter Thompson, Amanda Cook and Matt Stinton, as well as debut artists Kalley Heiligenthal, Hannah McClure, Paul McClure, Jonathan David Helser and Melissa Helser. We Will Not Be Shaken was intended as a catalyst for other worship communities to remain steadfast in their faith no matter what the circumstances. The title track was inspired in a spontaneous moment of worship during a Sunday service and highlights God's enduring promises during times of trouble.[9]

CCM Magazine also lauded the album, saying that there "is quite a bit of buzz surrounding the anticipated release from Bethel Music...and it's all warranted. This is an album that simply soars above the rest... Every track holds a different aspect of beauty...flawless." Christian Review Magazine gave it a five-star review saying the album is an "out-and-out worship release on which each track contains lyrics that praise and glorify God, and point toward His faithfulness, love and grace." NewReleaseTuesday.com for its part loves the "anointed lyrics that are both emotionally stirring and grounded in truth alongside musical atmospheres that quiet the soul while simultaneously clearing space for God to speak."[9]

You Make Me Brave was recorded live at Redding's Civic Auditorium during Bethel Church's women's conference in the summer of 2013. The album features female worship leaders Jenn Johnson, Kari Jobe, Amanda Cook, Kristene DiMarco and more. According to The Church Collective, it is "classic Bethel", with 3 of the 12 tracks recorded during spontaneous moments of worship. Their reviewer goes on to say that "the worship leaders from Bethel seriously outdo themselves with their musical influence, heavy synth, and wisely put-together arrangements of songs."[10] Produced by Gabriel Solomon Wilson (www.GabrielWilson.net), & Daniel Mackenzie.

On March 11, Bethel Music released Have It All, a live album recorded at Bethel Church on weekend services.[11] The album features 14 songs led by Brian & Jenn Johnson, Jeremy Riddle, Steffany Gretzinger, Amanda Cook, William Matthews, Jonathan Helser & more. The album was birthed as a "declaration of the faith that becomes proved in us when we entrust our every moment into our Father’s hands – the hands that carefully formed us and now lead us into fullness of life."[12] The album was nominated for Worship Album of the Year and Recorded Music Packaging Award at the 2016 GMA Dove Awards, but won neither.[13]

Starlight is the first album recorded live on tour, a follow-up to You Make Me Brave (2014). The album is made up of 14 songs sung by Jenn Johnson, Steffany Gretzinger, Amanda Cook, Kristene DiMarco, Kalley Heiligenthal, Melissa Helser, Hannah McClure, and Francesca Battistelli. The message of the album is that, "like stars placed in the universe, no distance separates us from Him."[14]

Moments: Mighty Sound is the first spontaneous album recorded live at WorshipU on Campus and included worship leaders Brian & Jenn Johnson, Steffany Gretzinger, Kalley Heiligenthal, Melissa Helser, Molly Skaggs, Amanda Cook, Jeremy Riddle, Leeland Mooring, Reuben Morgan, Brittany Mondesir, and Paul McClure.[15]

Victory was recorded live at Bethel Church. The 14-track album was the start of the promotional Victory Tour in which the Bethel Music Collective traveled across the United States. The album was recorded during several hardships faced by the Bethel community, including the near death of the two-year old son of Bethel Music's CEO Joel Taylor[16] and the Carr Fire near Redding, California and the surrounding areas.[17]

Events and tours[edit]

Bethel Music regularly tours both in the U.S. and internationally.[18] Artists from the Bethel Music family visited South Africa for the first time in March 2015 and led evenings of worship in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.[19]

In October 2016, Bethel artists Brian and Jenn Johnson, Amanda Cook, Steffany Gretzinger, Jonathan and Melissa Helser, Kalley Heiligenthal, Kristene DiMarco, Paul and Hannah McClure, and Josh Baldwin embarked on a two-week tour to record a live album with guest worship leader Francesca Battistelli. On March 1, 2017, it was announced that the album would be titled Starlight, with pre-orders beginning on March 17 and the official release of the album to be on April 7.[20]

Achievements[edit]

Bethel Music's songs were among the most played contemporary worship music in American churches in 2019[21][22] and their albums have reached the Billboard 200 multiple times.[23][24] Bethel Music have many songs with tens of millions of views on YouTube, and two with over 100 million views as 2019.[25] Their songs and albums have been among the most streamed and downloaded Christian music on Spotify and iTunes.[26] [27]

Awards and nominations[edit]

GMA Dove Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2015 We Will Not Be Shaken Worship Album of the Year Nominated
2016 "No Longer Slaves" Song of the Year Nominated
"No Longer Slaves" Worship Song of the Year Won
Have It All Worship Album of the Year Nominated
Without Words: Synthesia Instrumental Album of the Year Won
Have It All Recorded Music Packaging of the Year Nominated
2019 "Raise a Hallelujah" Worship Recorded Song of the Year Nominated
Victory Worship Album of the Year Nominated
Victory Recorded Music Packaging of the Year Nominated
2020 Peace Worship Album of the Year Pending
Without Words: Genesis Instrumental Album of the Year Pending

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jesusfreakhideout.com Music News, September 2013: DOVE NOMINATED BETHEL MUSIC GATHERS ITS BIGGEST RETAIL DEBUT EVER WITH FIRST STUDIO ALBUM, TIDES". Retrieved July 12, 2016.
  2. ^ "JFH News: Bethel Music's "We Will Not Be Shaken" Is Their Highest Charting Album". Retrieved July 12, 2016.
  3. ^ Clarks, Jessie. "Bethel Music Artist Collective: Newest Artist, Cory Asbury". Retrieved July 12, 2016.
  4. ^ Longs, Herb. "Leeland Joins Bethel Music Collective". Retrieved July 12, 2016.
  5. ^ "William Matthews – No Longer with Bethel Music". Bethel Music. Retrieved March 12, 2017.[non-primary source needed]
  6. ^ "Press Releases". Bethel Music. Retrieved March 12, 2017.[non-primary source needed]
  7. ^ "Artist Collective - Bethel Music". Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  8. ^ "Albums". Bethel Music. Retrieved December 6, 2018.
  9. ^ a b "Bethel Music's 'We Will Not Be Shaken' releases to iTunes Radio – Christian News on Christian Today". Retrieved July 12, 2016.
  10. ^ "Bethel Music // You Make Me Brave – The Church Collective". April 18, 2014. Retrieved July 12, 2016.
  11. ^ "Have It All". Archived from the original on November 8, 2016. Retrieved November 8, 2016.
  12. ^ "Have It All". Bethel Music. Retrieved May 28, 2019.[non-primary source needed]
  13. ^ "2016DoveAwardNominees-1" (PDF). GMA Dove Awards. Retrieved November 8, 2016.
  14. ^ "Starlight". Bethel Music. Retrieved May 28, 2019.[non-primary source needed]
  15. ^ "Starlight". Bethel Music. Retrieved May 29, 2019.[non-primary source needed]
  16. ^ "'It's a Song of Breakthrough': 2-Year-Old Healed on Brink of Death Sparks Bethel Worship Anthem". CBN News. February 20, 2019. Retrieved May 28, 2019.
  17. ^ Premier (July 30, 2018). "Bethel Church responds to deadly California wildfires". Premier. Retrieved May 29, 2019.
  18. ^ "Events". Bethel Music. Retrieved May 29, 2019.[non-primary source needed]
  19. ^ "Bethel Music to host worship nights in South Africa in March". Retrieved July 12, 2016.
  20. ^ "Starlight: Bethel Music". Christianbook.com. Retrieved March 2, 2017.
  21. ^ Fowler, Megan (September 20, 2019). "Why Chris Tomlin Still Dominates Both Radio and Sunday Morning". Christianity Today. Retrieved December 25, 2019.
  22. ^ "CCLI Top 100". Songselect by CCLI. Retrieved December 25, 2019.
  23. ^ "Bethel Music Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved December 24, 2019.
  24. ^ Wendell Jones, Martyn (April 26, 2016). "Inside the Popular, Controversial Bethel Church". Christianity Today. Retrieved December 21, 2019.
  25. ^ "Bethel Music - YouTube". YouTube. Retrieved December 24, 2019.
  26. ^ Hensley-Clancy, Molly (October 12, 2017). "Meet The "Young Saints" Of Bethel Who Go To College To Perform Miracles". Buzzfeed News. Retrieved December 21, 2019.
  27. ^ Parke, Caleb (February 27, 2020). "Top 10 Christian songs over the last year dominated by Lauren Daigle, Hillsong". Fox News. Retrieved August 30, 2020.

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