I wrote this love song for my wife this year and gave it to her for our anniversary. I thought it would be fitting to release during the holidays. Merry Christmas. Peace on earth! I hope you enjoy. If you like the song please feel free to share the joy.
You can download or listen for free at www.noisetrade.com/danielbashta/home
Cheers to all!
Every once in a while there is a Christian album that is released that makes Christian music listeners step back and realize they have been ripped off. This new album is so good (the music, the songwriting, the honesty, production, performance, the great revelation of truth, etc) that they look at all of the other Christian music that they have been fed and realize that while they thought they were getting Fleming Steakhouse, in reality, compared with this new album, the other music is McDonalds (cheaper, mass produced, less inspired, money driven, aural and spiritual junk food).
At this point in the blog you might be getting offended or ticked off by my critique of Christian music but honestly, I think you need to get ticked off. You need to realize that someone has been handing you a cheapened version of worship, theology, beauty and truth and then get mad that they are getting paid to do it, that they are standing in the doorway, blocking you from a more true revelation of Christ because if you really saw then they would be out of a job because you would never go back.
When I heard the songs that were to be recorded on this album I started crying because they crawled right into my core and shoved a greater revelation of Christ in there. This is something that I want for you. This is something that I fight for and long for for the Christian music listener.
Go out and buy this EP. Don’t add it to your spotify playlist, buy the EP and support Harvest so that she can continue to write and record the music that holds our faces towards His face, that opens our eyes to who He is and what it is to be known and loved by God. Then after you’ve listened, tell me which song/songs broke you and then rebuilt you with a better, more clear understanding of Him.
Today is a special day. My sister, Harvest, has a brand new EP out today called “Curtains”. I am very proud of this record and very proud of my sister. For this project I helped to fund, produce and write. We used the same team that worked with me on “The Invisible” record. Producer geniuses Johnny Macintosh and JT Daly(Paper Route). Harvest is my favorite worship leader and I have never really met anyone quite like her. Her art/worship is hauntingly beautiful and she carries such an anointing. She is full of conviction and passion. She is a fresh sound!
3 small things!
1. I am asking everyone to download this record today. It’s only $5. I promise you. It will move you, convict you and bring you into the presence of God. Please support and download.
2. Please help us spread the word by telling all your worlds via all the luxuries of social networking. Her twitter name is @harvestparker.
3. Pray for Harvest. God is opening new doors for her and we are excited about what He has in store for her and the future and how He is using her to impact a generation!
We are so excited about launching the tour in a few weeks. Would love your prayers and would love to worship with you if we are close to your city.
Daniel Bashta, Integrity Music worship leader and writer of “Like A Lion (God’s Not Dead),” will take his music on the road this fall, visiting 38 cities across the U.S. with guest speaker Cody Deese for the free “Strip Everything Away Tour.”
Referencing the lyrics “strip everything away ‘til all I have is You” from his song “Pursuit,” Bashta launches the tour at the Salvation Army Church in Anaheim, Calif., on September 5 with stops in 19 states before concluding at Broad Street United Methodist Church in Burlington, NJ on November 18. A list of tour dates and cities follows below with information also available at “Strip Everything Away Tour”.
“We had this dream of doing a tour that would not have a price tag on it,” says Bastha. “In a culture driven by stadium stage glitz and glamour, our heart and mission for the night is that we are removing the noise of the circus to create space for God to speak… one night of worship and wonder, stripping everything away and pursuing the presence of God.”
For Bashta, a “missionary kid” who grew up immersed in ministry all around the globe, speaking life and hope into a dark world has been a life-long passion. Educated at the Worship Institute of London and heavily influenced by the ministry of Soul Survivor, Bashta’s path of ministry reads like a winding stream that eventually led him to his current role as worship pastor at RiverStone Church, just outside of Atlanta, Georgia.
Along the way, Bashta has been writing songs that have become the heart cry for worshipers from different cultures and church backgrounds. In 2011, Integrity released his debut full-length album The Sounds of Daniel Bashta, packed with many of these songs, including “Like A Lion (God’s Not Dead)” popularized by the Newsboys and “Pursuit” popularized by Jesus Culture. This year saw the release of The Invisible, which introduced more new songs including, “Praise The Invisible,” “Undone” and “Let Hope In.” Both albums resulted in acclaim from worship leaders, music fans and critics, earning Bashta kudos for his writing and vocals filled with raw conviction, courage and compassion and what Worship Leader magazine refers to as “vibrant lyrical poetry.” For more information, visit www.danielbashta.com and www.stripeverythingaway.com.
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