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Popular worship artist William McDowell has wrapped up a successful 2014 with several highlights and accolades, and looks forward to 2015 for more exciting projects and new music.

 

McDowell just received the first Grammy Award® nomination of his career for Best Gospel Album for his current release Withholding Nothing.  The album peaked at Number 1 on several Billboard® charts, including both the Top Gospel and Top Praise and Worship charts, when it was released in November of 2013. It also generated the hit single and title track “Withholding Nothing.”  The album has been considered one of the year’s best, having landed on 8 of Billboard’s Year-End Charts including leading entries on the Gospel Albums, Top Gospel Artists and Gospel Airplay (songs) charts. William McDowell

William McDowell also recently held his 3rd annual Red Carpet Christmas benefit concert in Orlando, where he partnered with Feeding Children Everywhere. McDowell raised enough funds to provide over 67,000 meals to needy families and children, and the number continues to grow.  The concert, which featured performances by McDowell, Tina Campbell (from Mary Mary), Tasha Cobbs, David & Nicole Binion, Pastor John Gray and more, will be televised on December 26th at 8pm ET exclusively on The WORD Network.

Earlier this year, McDowell hosted the successful 7 Days of Withholding Nothing event, during which he offered free access to his 2-hour Withholding Nothing worship film. Supporters from an astounding 129 countries around the world participated in the seven-day web streaming event.

McDowell also hosted his inaugural Habitation Conference, a three-day worship intensive that featured instruction from some of the most well-respected pastors and worship leaders in the country.

The greatest gift of the year, however, arrived at the top of this month, when William and his wife joyfully welcomed their third child, Caleb Immanuel McDowell.

In the new year, William McDowell plans to record a new album, which will feature “Send The Rain,” the buzzed-about song that was just recorded live at the Red Carpet Christmas event. McDowell is also the pastor of the newly launched Deeper Fellowship Church in Orlando, FL.

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william mcdowellUnlike anything seen before, William McDowell’s  “7 Days of Withholding Nothing” made a huge impact this month.  The extraordinary week-long event was groundbreaking providing unfettered access to modern worship music on line.

The pastor of Deeper Fellowship Church in Orlando, FL launched his 7 Days campaign earlier this month in conjunction with the digital release of his WITHHOLDING NOTHING live concert film on iTunes. McDowell offered free viewings of the extraordinary live worship experience on a special website WithholdingNothingFilm.com.  The event quickly became a global phenomenon with people from over 129 countries logging on and over 30K visits.

WITHHOLDING NOTHING was recorded live at Faith Assembly Church in Orlando, FL and is a memorable film experience filled with the sights and sounds of dynamic worship moments that contain over 20 compelling songs.

This summer McDowell will resume his worldwide touring schedule, with visits to the UK, Nigeria, Israel and the British Virgin Islands over the next month. Details on William’s tour dates can be found on his website, WilliamMcDowellMusic.com

William McDowell is a pioneer in modern worship and is lead pastor at Deeper Fellowship Church in Orlando, FL.  His current album, WITHHOLDING NOTHING released last year and debuted at Number 1 on both the Billboard Gospel and Praise & Worship charts.  The WITHHOLDING NOTHING DVD was in the Top 5 on iTunes Concert Films chart in its first week of release.

Here’s What People Are Saying:

“Please believe me when I say: Withholding Nothing has captured my attention and stirred my affection for Jesus like no other project in the last several years. I listen to it almost weekly before preaching. And the DVD experience enhances all dimensions of the songs – so we can feel like we were there on this remarkable night. Thank you William for this gift.”

- Pastor Steven Furtick, Founder / Lead Pastor Elevation A Church (Charlotte, NC)

“If you think a recorded worship experience can’t take you into the presence of God, think again.  Withholding Nothing is one such film — You forget you’re watching a dvd.”

- Torrence Glenn BET.com

“In all my life I don’t think I’ve ever heard any music or watched a worship environment that so immediately brought me into the presence of God.  When I’ve given out, when I’m desperate for an encounter with God, I watch this worship DVD from William McDowell. ”

– Pastor Dino Rizzo, Executive Director, Association of Related Churches  

“Truly wanting the world to see ‘Withholding Nothing’ from the incomparable William McDowell.  IF you love worship, this will take you IN.”

- Israel Houghton, Grammy Award recording artist, worship leader

“William McDowell is an In Season Talent!  ‘Withholding Nothing’ is one of the best projects that I have heard in a very long time. Its Effortless Worship done with Anointing and Grace!”

- Khalif M. Townes, Urban Roundup Group, LLC. 

“William McDowell has emerged as a giant in the era of praise & worship music. McDowell’s CD/DVD release Withholding Nothing pulls you in and never lets go until you experience the presence of God.”

- Christopher Heron, blackgospel.com 

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william mcdowellContaining over 20 songs, the WITHHOLDING NOTHING concert film shows 2,000 people immersed in passionate, authentic and pure worship. Unlike anything seen before, McDowell offers this concert as a way to celebrate the poignancy and beauty of the evening. McDowell introduced a number of new worship anthems and songs of praise for today’s church. These include “Can’t Live Without You,” “My Heart Sings” and the prophetic declaration, “Expecting.” The night also features guest appearances by Jason Nelson on Arise favorite, “I Surrender All,” Steve Crawford and Da’dra Greathouse (of Anointed) on “Standing,” and Daniel Johnson.

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DVD AVAILABLE DIGITALLY AND NEW SINGLE

‘MY HEART SINGS’ HEADS TO RADIO

Willam mCdowellWilliam McDowell, pastor, prolific worship leader and recording artist to launch epic worship event: “7 Days of Withholding Nothing.”   Kicking off Black Music Month and in conjunction with the digital release of WITHHOLDING NOTHINGlive concert film on iTunes (https://itun.es/i6gf2CF), McDowell will make the extraordinary live worship experience available for unlimited viewing on WithholdingNothingFilm.com for 7 days starting Monday, June 9th until Monday, June 16th.  

Visitors will be able to access their free and limitless views of the 2-Hour worship experience by unlocking the film’s page through their Facebook and Twitter accounts or by providing an email address.  WITHHOLDING NOTHING was recorded live at Faith Assembly Church in Orlando, FL and is a memorable film experience filled with the sights and sounds of dynamic worship moments.

Containing over 20 songs, the WITHHOLDING NOTHING concert film shows 2,000 people immersed in passionate, authentic and pure worship. Unlike anything seen before, McDowell offers this concert as a way to celebrate the poignancy and beauty of the evening.  McDowell introduced a number of new worship anthems and songs of praise for today’s church. These include “Can’t Live Without You,” “My Heart Sings” and the prophetic declaration, “Expecting.” The night also features guest appearances by Jason Nelson on Arise favorite, “I Surrender All,” Steve Crawford and Da’dra Greathouse (of Anointed) on “Standing,” and Daniel Johnson.

With the launch of the “7 Days of Withholding Nothing” campaign, and the availability of the live concert film on iTunes, McDowell has also released his second single to radio,”My Heart Sings.”  The song is an impassioned plea from McDowell, who cries out, “My worship is too deep for my words…I’ve got to cry from the depth of my heart … my vocabulary is too limited when it comes to God.”  Much like his previous hits, “My Heart Sings,” is a purely personal moment of communication with God straight from McDowell’s heart that encourages the listener to engage in their own communication with God and their own worship moment.

“We made the film originally in an attempt to capture what it looks, feels and sounds like when God shows up in a room and people respond,” said McDowell.  “My heart longed for as many people to see and experience this, and it means that much to me. That’s why I wanted to offer the chance to view it for free, for a limited time.”

“The best you can do is to prepare your heart and be obedient,” says McDowell. “… You have to be willing to become invisible. It’s never about you. Nothing in the service is about you. People aren’t coming to see you. They are coming to experience God.”

William McDowell is a pioneer in modern worship and recently became lead pastor at Deeper Fellowship Church in Orlando, FL.  His current album, WITHHOLDING NOTHING,released last year and debuted at Number 1 on both the Billboard Gospel and Praise and Worship Charts.

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james-395Entertainment One Music (eOne) continues to lead a chart-topping roster of diverse artists, encompassing a wide range of melodies that drive the sounds of Gospel today.  Garnering two Top 5 albums on the latest Billboard Gospel Albums chart, eOne also delivers the hits in Gospel Radio, with four singles in the Top 10 on the latest Gospel Radio chart by Erica Campbell, James Fortune & FIYA, Ricky Dillard & New G, and William McDowell.

Hit singles from James Fortune & FIYA, Ricky Dillard & New G, Erica Campbell, and William McDowell, continue to climb the chart and impact Gospel radio listeners.  The chart-topping recent album releases from Erica Campbell, and James Fortune & FIYA exude the innovative sounds they are known for, creating songs that join their hit canon as new classics.

Erica Campbell HelpClaiming a second consecutive week at #1 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart, Erica Campbell’s new album Help (My Block/eOne) ushers in a smashing start for the Grammy-winning artist’s solo debut, collecting additional accolades which also included a #1 debut on Billboard’s Top Gospel & Christian (combined) chart and a debut at #6 on Billboard’s Top 200 last week.  Following the Grammy-nominated hit single “A Little More Jesus,” Campbell’s title single “Help” (feat. Lecrae) is currently at #7 on the Gospel Radio chart.

At #2 on the Gospel Radio chart is James Fortune & FIYA’s inspiring lead single “Live Through It,” from the chart-topping recent two-disc album release, Live Through It (FIYA World/eOne).  An acclaimed new album from award-winning artist and nationally-syndicated radio host Fortune, & FIYA that marks their first live new recording and includes featured appearances from a slew of guest stars, Live Through It remains a Top 5 hit as well for the 20-track album, at #4 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart.

Ricky Dillard12An explosive new single that has quickly risen up the charts, hitting #5 on the Gospel Radio chart is “Amazing” (Light Records/eOne), by Ricky Dillard & New G.  The new single from the internationally acclaimed hit artist and choir master Ricky Dillard, with New G, “Amazing” reaches new heights in showcasing Dillard’s flourishing music ministry, inciting high anticipation for their upcoming new album.

Rounding out in the Top 10 singles at #8 in Gospel Radio is William McDowell’s hit william mcdowelllead single, “Withholding Nothing,” off the world-renowned worship leader’s chart-topping album Withholding Nothing (Delivery Room/eOne), a powerful live CD/DVD worship experience.

For the latest news and keeping up with eOne’s slate of Gospel artists, visit:

http://us.eonemusic.com/genres/light-records

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phpThumb_generated_thumbnailjpg-1Chart topping artist and world-renowned worship leader and Pastor William McDowell’s highly anticipated album Withholding Nothing (Delivery Room/eOne Music) debuted at #1 on the iTunes Christian and Gospel Top Albums chart after its release on November 5, 2013.  The ASCAP Award winning, Stellar and Dove nominated artist behind #1 Gospel hits such as “I Give Myself Away” and “I Won’t Go Back” continues to inspire and usher in the spirit of worship on this powerful new CD/DVD compilation.  Featuring the stirring lead single of the same name, Withholding Nothing follows the chart-topping success of McDowell’s sophomore recording Arise, ranking #1 on the Current Gospel Overall chart, has reached #2 on Billboard’s Top Christian/Gospel Albums chart and ranks #28 on Billboard’s top 200.

 

Containing over 60 minutes of passionate, extemporaneous worship in the form of songs, choruses and instrumental interludes that reverberate with themes of surrender and thanksgiving, Withholding Nothing highlights 2,000 people immersed not in a recording, but in worship.  Throughout the two-hour long DVD, viewers are captivated as the presence of God takes complete control of the room, while McDowell introduces a plethora of new worship anthems and songs of praise for today’s church.  This incredible live music ministry experience features the vocal talents of Steve Crawford and Da’dra Greathouse (Anointed) on “Standing”, worship and praise leaders Jason Nelson and BJ Putnam on “I Surrender All” and “Ask” respectively, gospel artists Josh Dufrene and Daniel Johnson on “Song of Intercession”, and Tyler Richardson and LaRue Howard on “Come Unto Me”.  Together with McDowell, these great artists bring people of all ages, cultures and denominations together through passionate, Christ-centered worship, to witness the manifestation of God’s presence in worship and praise like never before.

 

So how does one go about capturing that shift in the atmosphere, that moment when the order of service takes a back seat to the work of the Holy Spirit? According to McDowell, who is also the lead pastor at Orlando’s Deeper Fellowship Church, you simply “get out of the way.”

 

“These people don’t know they are being heard by anyone but God,” explains McDowell. “We don’t get pre-claps, we don’t stop for any reason. The focus is 100 percent on God and what He’s saying, and the songs just happen the way they happen…we rehearsed, we prepared, but in the end, the Holy Spirit led the evening.”

 

Having witnessed that moment of powerful worship, Hart Ramsey says, “This new CD/DVD is insane!!!!!  It’s more than a P&W CD/DVD.  It’s a Weapon of Intercession.  Anointed & sonically/visually remarkable.  What came out was unrehearsed.  What transpired that night was unforgettable.”

 

Bishop Travis Hall states “William McDowell’s new project is much more than just an album.  It’s a WORSHIP EXPERIENCE!”

 

Isaac Carree states “Withholding Nothing [will] change your life!”

 

Produced by McDowell, Steven Lester of Elevation Church, Aaron Lindsey and Clay Bogan, (who co-produced the chart-topping album Arise),Withholding Nothing is one of the greatest gospel music DVD’s produced, that will continue to uplift and inspire people across the world for years to come.

 

McDowell is currently on tour for Withholding Nothing, which includes the following stops:

 

November 20                          Charlotte, NC                         Have Life Church

November 21                          Atlanta, GA                            Word of Faith

November 22                          New York, NY                       Misfits

November 24                          Easton, PA                              Greater Shiloh Church

November 30                          Houston, TX                           Lakewood Church

 

 

For more information on William McDowell, please visit www.williammcdowellmusic.com orhttps://www.facebook.com/williammcdowellmusic.  And to follow him on Twitter, visit

https://twitter.com/WilliamMcDowell

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Gifted praise & worship leader, recording artist and minister William McDowell, to host a live worship concert and DVD recording. This is McDowell’s first DVD recording and will take place Friday, June 29, 2012 at Faith Assembly, located at 9307 Curry Ford Rd, Orlando Fl.

McDowell has received critical and consumer acclaim in recent years with his two top selling albums, 2009’s As We Worship, Live and 2011’s ARISE.  McDowell is best known for setting a powerful live worship atmosphere while his music transcends both genre and denomination. Touching a universal chord with his breakthrough song “I Give Myself Away,” McDowell has a remarkable gift of creating a tone and atmosphere of worship that is unmatched.

Through his music he is able to allow listeners to have an individual experience with God.  “I am beyond excited about this DVD and believe it has the potential to be the best thing we have ever done,” said McDowell. “I am humbled and honored to have some of my favorite worship leaders join me in releasing a sound that will glorify God.”

The live event will feature many of McDowell’s songs from both albums as well as new songs and include appearances by several special guests including Pastor Jason Nelson; Steve Crawford & Dadra Greathouse; Tasha Cobbs and BJ Putnam.  Taking place at Orlando’s Faith Assembly’s ‘new campus’ the event will be free and open to the public and starts at 7:00pm. McDowell’s ARISE, debuted at Number 1 on Billboard’s Top Gospel and Praise & Worship Charts when it was released last November.  The CD retained the Number 1 slot on the Praise & Worship Chart for 15 weeks and on the Gospel Chart for 6 weeks.


His current radio single, “I Won’t Go Back” peaked at Number 1 on the gospel radio charts and continues to remain in the Top 10.  For more information on William McDowell and the live recording go to  www.williammcdowellmusic.com.

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On October 29th, the final nominees for one of gospel music’s highest honors, the Stellar Awards, will be announced on live television. The hosts for the announcement will be Trin-i-tee 5:7 and comedian Akintunde.

The evening will feature several performances from Isaac Carree, William McDowell, and Y’Anna Crawley.  Tune into GMC at 8:00pm EST to find out which of your favorite gospel artists made the final ballot for the Stellar Awards

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William McDowell stepped onto the scene with a double disc praise and worship CD entitled “As We Worship-Live” and it’s been a wrap since then.  The live CD is a much sought after project.  The question that most would ask is how can he follow that up? The answer is- OH YES HE CAN!!!

McDowell has since launched a website named for his hit song “I Give Myself Away“, www.igivemyselfaway.org. The site is a centralized place to donate to several causes including P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water, International Cooperating Ministries (ICM), and Matthew 25 Ministries.

McDowell’s new CD, due to be released on November 8th, 2011, is entitled “Arise“.  It was recorded last December in Orlando Florida.  Special guests on the CD include Martha Munizzi, Mary Alessi, and David and Nicole Binion.

The first single from the CD, “I Won’t Go Back” has been released. It is a powerful song.  The lyrics speak of deliverance and peace that only take place when you accept Jesus. Enjoy the song below and let us know what you think by commenting below.

William McDowell is coming to a city near you.

  • Christian Life Center: Aug 12 Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Kingdom Worship Center: Aug 13 Towson, MD
  • Little Rock AME Zion Church: Aug 19, Charlotte, NC
  • Glad Tidings Apostolic Assembly: Aug 20 Bolingbrook, IL
  • Brooklyn College Performing Arts Center: Sept 2 Brooklyn, NY
  • Brooklyn College Performing Arts Center: Sept 3 Brooklyn, NY
  • Brooklyn College Performing Arts Center: Sept 4 Brooklyn, NY
  • Faith Temple Christian Center International: Sept 9 Hoffheim-Wallau, Germany
  • Faith Temple Christian Center International: Sept 10 Hoffheim-Wallau, Germany
  • Freedom Worship Center: Sept 17 Indianapolis, IN
  • Freedom Worship Center: Sept 18 Indianapolis, IN
  • Calvary Christian Center: Sept 25 Greensboro, NC
  • Victoria Park: Oct 1 Kingstown, St. Vincent
  • Windsor Village UMC: Oct 7 Houston, TX
  • Morning Star Baptist: Oct 15 Boston, MA
  • Morning Star Baptist: Oct 16 Boston, MA
  • National Release of “Arise” a new CD by William McDowell: Nov 8 online and in stores everywhere
  • Victory to Victory Church: December 31 Wembley, London

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Award winning Gospel Artist and praise & worship leader, Martha Munizzi is back with a new CD entitled, “Make it Loud”.  It will be in stores everywhere on Tuesday April 26th and it is a wonderful offering to the body of Christ.

We recently sat down for an interview with Martha to discuss the CD and to gain her perspective on different issues.  Her love for God can be heard in her responses.

The Interview

BW: I absolutely love the cover.  Who designed it.

MM: We have someone who works for us part-time that helps design along side myself and really I kind of had the idea from the beginning.  I wanted to do something with the white background and something with some hot pink.. something really simple and different from anything I’ve ever done… and we talked about it and conceptualized about it and it was really a team effort. From our team of people that work on it to kind of make it what it is.

BW: It’s absolutely lovely.  I love your hair on it.

MM: Thank you. thank you thank you

BW: What was the concept behind “Make it Loud” the song/CD?  What do you want listeners to take away from Make it Loud?

MM: Well I’ve been thinking and really just in the last few years been noticing that so many voices that we’re hearing you know that have tremendous influence in media and pop culture, music, movies.. they’re speaking so strongly THEIR truth.. what they believe.. they’ve got really strong opinions, this next generation.. they’re not holding back, they don’t suggest their ideas.  They insist that this is it and if you don’t accept it you’re wrong or there’s something wrong with you on so many different levels. So it just started to really concern me that we don’t all have to have the same idea but the ideas and opinions are becoming stronger everyday.. and here are opinions being passed off as truth and I said to my family it is just amazing to me as believers that here we are with THE truth and we should feel strongly about our truth and make it loud and not hold back and that’s where this kinda came from. Really the album is a collection of declarations.. with every song… it’s a declaration of who God is.  There’s something powerful.. I noticed as a worship leader, something powerful happens when you declare who God is.  When you sing songs about me or my faith that’s good but when you start to sing about who God is and make a declaration of truth then that’s when the atmosphere really shifts so that’s what I focused on with this album.  Being loud is not about volume. That’s important too because the bible talks about singing with a loud voice worthy is the lamb and demonstrative praise.. it shows us throughout the word.. It’s more of a living life out loud. Living a life of purpose and loving louder, giving louder, making some waves where we are.. not in a confrontational way but in a joyful way and a celebration of who God is. That’s really what the theme behind this album is about.

BW: I’ve heard the first single from the CD, “Excellent”. It sounds like the soundtrack to a movie about how God created heaven and earth which is great because I can actually picture how BIG God is when I listen to it.  What kind of feedback have you received from that song?

MM:  I’m glad you said that because I really feel like when we were creating this album and brought in musicians and just began to brainstorm and create that I wanted it to feel like a soundtrack to a movie.

BW:  “I could picture what you were singing and see how big God is while you were singing.  I think the first single is great”.

MM: We’ve had tremendous feedback.  We found out yesterday that it’s already climbing the charts number 25 on Radio and another chart it’s number 19 so it’s jumpin five and six spots at a time. I’m very excited. We were with Hezekiah Walker the other day and he loved it and was playing it on the radio so it’s exciting what is happening already so I’m ready for this release.

BW: What are your favorite tracks on the CD and why?

MM: Excellent is one of my favorite tracks. It’s kinda like for me to some of the songs I think I like are now becoming songs that I love the more that I get a chance to minister the songs.  I love the song called “No One Higher” and it’s just an anthem and everywhere that I’ve sang the song it kind of takes over and it’s very explosive and impactful which is very amazing. It’s about who is like our God.  There’s no one like him… no one higher than our God.. there’s no one. And again it’s a strong declaration of who he is and of course you know my daughter sings a song on there that she wrote that I’m excited about. She makes her debut on this album and I can’t wait for people to hear her and be ministered to.  She wrote a song called “The Love of God” and it is so powerful and when she wrote it I said you have to sing this, you have to sing it. It’s on the album and it’s a major moment, but there’s a lot of moments on here. There’s a song with my sister in law that we wrote together and songs with William McDowell and so many others…  “Make it Loud”.. Pablo Villatoro from Group One Crew is on that album, so there’s a lot… it’s hard to pick one song.

BW:  Since you brought your daughter up, I did hear some of that as well and she’s got a beautiful voice. I could feel the presence of the Lord even just listening to the little clip that I did listen to on that song when she was singing so her song on the album… Should we expect something more from her in the future or was it just a one time thing

MM: Absolutely! It is definitely my introduction for her into my fan base. I’m letting them hear her…the people that listen to me.  She is a great writer. She writes different styles of songs. She’s not just one style. She really is even more eclectic than I am when It comes to writing.  I don’t think that she’s even reached…. she’s just starting.. I’ll put it that way… she’s really just scratching the surface.. She goes to college in the fall so we are deciding do we do an album real quick before you leave or do we wait so I think we’re going to go in and do an album for her and let her release that before she goes to school or while in her first year at school but definite plans for her own album.

BW:  You had some great praise and worship leaders on the CD with William McDowell, Michael Gungor, Johnathan Stockstill, Lori Morison and Eric Groves. How was it working with them and what did they bring to the CD/experience?

MM: It was really great. Over the years we’d all kinda talked at different times and said we need to work together and on this album they kinda individually… we kinda reached out to each other and said let’s do something.  Let’s work together. It wasn’t anything that we had a huge conversation about. I ran into Michael Gungor and said you know we need to write together and when I was starting to put the album together and musicians together he texted me one day out of the blue and said let’s write… so I said let’s write and come be a part of my album so that worked out great and then William McDowell.. we live in the same city and we’ve been friends for years and we’ve been holding EPIC worship events in Orlando for the last several years.. just nights of worship and William is a big part of that so it just made sense that he is a part of this album. Jonathan Stockstill is a great friend and I said I’d love for you to be a part and it all kind of just came together so easily and so quickly and it was a great experience.  Everybody was younger than me which is the way it is right now… it seems like everybody’s younger, but it was great experience just to glean from their gifting and their talent and their anointing and it really was a great mix. I enjoyed every second of it. It was easy, it was effortless, it was drama-less.  Everybody made it about the bigger purpose and it was a fantastic experience.

BW: That’s a good thing. So you brought up the EPIC Worship experience. Tell us how the  EPIC Worship Experience (Experience a Passionate Intimate Connection with God) came about and how can listeners attend a worship event or where can they go to get information?

MM: We are at this point have been them every three months and we have them at a different church each time in Orlando and the doors are opening to have them outside of Orlando but if you stay in touch with us on Facebook, on Twitter…just follow us and you will know because we get the word out consistently or you can let us know we want to get all of the information that’s coming out of Martha Munizzi Ministries, you can email us and we can add you to our list and make sure you get all of our information.  We do these consistently and we are in the works of planning the next one. The date is not set exactly yet but we will be planning. We’ve got some things planned for the end of summer and going back to school and into the fall so we’re really excited about what God is doing.  We’re just being obedient. It’s really just about creating a worship experience for people to hear from God. For people to be rejuvenated, be refreshed and do what they’re called to do and make an impact in our city and beyond.

BW:  You made your producer debut on “Make it Loud” is that correct?

MM:  Yes, Yes… I worked with some great musicians on this album, yes.

BW: So what were some of the valuable lessons that you learned while serving in that capacity because I can image that it might be different to be the actual producer as opposed to the person out front but you were both

MM:  Yes, I worked with Christian Dently who co produced the album who was really my hands and helped take my ideas and bring them to life. He really just kept me on track and said you don’t have to lean.. you have it in you… let’s make this happen.  Whatever you want we’ll do it. So he really helped me stay confident and I think a part of this going into it, I’ve learned more than ever to not second guess myself. I think that kind of happens. My personality is I’m just going to do what God tells me to do and there are times where I’m really confident and other times I go this is what I think is good, we’re just gonna go for it…you know just to be strong and that it’s in me. That I can do this…it’s something that I really learned. It was tremendous confidence booster. It helps me to really tune in to hear the voice of the Lord more than ever.. to do this from beginning to end and stay involved because sometimes creative people, we’ll be a part of a big event but sometimes we kinda miss it on the little details and we kinda don’t stay plugged in to the little details that a lot of people that are considered doers do but in this capacity all the details fell on my plate and so I couldn’t unplug for one second. I had to stay on top of it from flights, arrangements and all of those things. And my husband of course he makes so much of that happen. I lean on him so much. So this was interesting. I couldn’t unplug. I couldn’t say oh that’s somebody else’s job this time so that was a lot of responsibility which was good.  I showed myself that I could do this and I’m excited about doing it again.

BW: I read that you used musicians and singers from your hometown of Orlando on your new CD “Make it Loud”.  In your opinion, how important is it that musicians and singers be planted and working in a local ministry?

MM: I think it’s imperative. I know speaking from experience, for years my husband and I have been planted in a local church whether it was my mom and dad’s church or churches in Orlando when my parents were not pastoring. We have always been planted in a local church. For almost ten years we were planted together raising our kids in a local church before we started traveling so we went straight from serving in our local church onto traveling full time and it’s exciting and it’s fun…it’s great but you cannot survive the road without a local house. I’m just telling you now, you can’t do it. You have to have roots, you have to have family, you have to have connection, you have to have accountability… Nobody can make it.. there’s not one person on the planet that can make it traveling and ministering and pouring out that is not planted somewhere or have a covering. I can tell you that from experience because we’ve traveled and and tried to find a home church, tried to find a home base and it’s very difficult. I tell people, you’re crazy you don’t understand…”well I don’t feel appreciated by my home church” well nobody’s appreciated. If you’re looking at being appreciated none of us are are appreciated. Let’s get over that and understand that that’s not what we’re there to be. We need to learn to appreciate and see what it is that we’re there to receive and what we’re there to give. I meet people all the time all over the country all over the world and everybody has the same story and if you sit and focus on the negative nobody feels like they’re praised or getting what they’re worth. You know in the kingdom God’s response to us is greater than any man’s response to us and His percentage and interest rate is beyond what man can ever give us. So we have to serve with a heart of  I’m not here to just be appreciated, I’m here to serve and to do what God’s called me to do and that’s why I did this this way because I know that the local body has raised up musicians and singers that had that mentality and had that understanding. We were working together during the EPIC Worship events. We were already working together so I thought these guys are so mature they so get it… I don’t have to baby sit them on any level. They just came right in. They got it. They’re leaders leaders and so that’s what made it such a great experience working alongside with them because I didn’t have to mentor them along the way. They got it so that was great!

BW: If you had to pick one golden nugget of wisdom to share with worship leaders everywhere, what would it be?

MM: Stay planted. I would say stay planted, stay close to the Lord… just do what you do with passion and know that you’re called for this, that God’s called you for it and you don’t have to shrink back from it. Stay pure stay right before God…submit to people in authority over you and there’s absolutely nothing that God does not see and in due season if you don’t quit, He will reward you and you’ll reap.  You’ll reap great reward.  I’m a witness to that.

BW: Who came up with the idea of streaming the recording live on the internet?  That was very innovative.

MM:  I’ve heard so many churches streaming and I was like it would be so great to stream. It was actually my original idea and I wanted to do like a pay per view so that people that couldn’t come and maybe give, they could at least be a part of it and so I didn’t know how it was going to come about but my friend Pablo Villatoro, he travels and ministers with Group One Crew.. he’s fantastic minister and hip hop artist… He’s a great friend of ours from Orlando. I just kind of mentioned it to him and he said I’ve been looking on the internet to find someone else who had done it and I hadn’t been able to find anyone and he helped me put it together. And I worked with a team from my sister’s church and they actually set it all up and we did it. I pushed it through really the week of to make it happen so we’ll do that again. We’ll definitely do that again.

BW:  How has where you are spiritually in this moment in life affected and enhanced your songwriting?

MM:  It’s everything. It’s going through storms and through resistance or dealing with just the issues of life or just things that come up that are nuisances…all those things prepare me to write songs and give me inspiration for songs. Usually it goes back to I can rehearse the problem or we can just get right to the answer.. that’s kind of where I live. I don’t want to rehearse the pain and the disease… we know that. Let’s get to who God is you know let’s just get to where we are declaring how great He is and bring us up out of this feeling of hopelessness or despair and that’s where I live. Life inspires me and going through.. life can be a roller coaster… things can be going great and things can be not so great and during those times I just really seek the Lord and I just learned that as much as I don’t enjoy those moments I know that some of the best times with the Lord come out of those valley moments. So I really try to pay attention to what I’m feeling, what I’m going through so when it’s time to make an album I tap into that… So God you know here’s where you’ve taken me and here’s where I’ve been these last six months.. this last year and I just write from that place. You know and again as much as I hate those places I also know that they are gifts to us because in our weakness he’s strong.

BW:  Did you write all of the songs on “Make It Loud”?

MM:  I co wrote all of the songs. I really felt like it was time to give some other up and coming song writers, worship leaders an opportunity and God just kept putting people in my path that I was in relationship with and they would say let’s write let’s do this and so that’s what I did. I just took the songs that I felt like were right for this album. I think everything was a co-write.  Michael Gungor and I wrote three songs together.. Christian Dently and I wrote several songs and William McDowell performed a song with me. My daughter and I co-wrote so this is definitely a collaborative effort of a lot of great creative  worship artists and musicians.

BW: Your style has been described as merging Gospel and Contemporary Christian Music.. you’ve broken barriers… You appear to be a wise business woman with your own label, now serving as producer on “Make it Loud”.. What’s next on your agenda to further carve out the legacy of music that you are clearly on the path to achieve and how does you family fit into all of the plans?

MM:  A lot it is just defining.. It’s not desire or ideas.. we were laughing about it the other day we were talking about the next level and bringing somebody in and helping… I said I don’t need anybody that just has ideas, I  got ideas all day long. It’s implementing those ideas.. finding the time and finding the right resources and the structure to make those things happen, but the next thing for me and my list of one hundred ideas that I want to see happen in my lifetime… I really believe that God is calling me to mentor and I’ve been doing that over the years but I really feel like it’s time to direct that into something that is more consistent. So we’re working on just the structure of that now, but through EPIC we also have EPIC life. It’s an offshoot of EPIC (our worship events).. It brings the people that are a part of the EPIC team in and they come to my house once a month and we minister to each other and I mentor and teach and impart. So I know that God is saying just give that away and then He’s gonna show me the next phase of it. I’m already starting to see just the pattern of what we’re supposed to go into after this year is over. That’s the thing, just taking this next generation and teaching serving, authority, submission, and songwriting. Just really doing that on the next level. My family fits into that because they are coming of age to be able to sit under it and also be a part to serve along side. My children.. my oldest daughter is 18.. she’s getting ready to go to college, and she’s going for music business so that’s exciting to see how God is going to be developing her to help us and then help her for her future.

BW: This next question has absolutely nothing to do with you album. Your hair always looks great and I’ve seen pictures of you with blonde and some with brunette or highlights.  Have you settled on a look or are you like the rest of us… love to switch it up?

MM: You know I think I’ve settled on long hair, my husband likes my hair long, I think that I’ve settled on. I’m gonna wear it for a while but I just kind of change different colors and I have a great hairstylist. I’ll just say do whatever you want and she has different ideas so that’s kinda where that comes from. She’s very creative and I just let her do her thing.

 

Be sure to pick up Martha’s latest CD, “Make it Loud”, in stores everywhere Tuesday April 26th!

Make It Loud” Track List

  1. Make it Loud
  2. Excellent
  3. Excellent Reprise
  4. My God is a Big God
  5. My God is a Big God Reprise
  6. No One Higher
  7. I Know you Love Me
  8. Set Me Free
  9. Fill Me
  10. Your Love Oh God
  11. Never Stop Singing
  12. Until