i am chris brown…for now


I don’t know a lot about video/film, but I know what I like. And I like this Brief from Marco Aslan on Vimeo.

Plus, any Paul Cantelon soundtrack is gonna put me in the right mood.

October 21, 2008 Posted by | movies, Music | , | Leave a comment

Write What You Know

It’s a big passion of ours at Elevation to write songs that are specific for this city, for this church. We feel like there’s so much power in writing about what God’s up to in our local community. There’s a unique connection that people have to the words when they know that the song was birthed out of a milestone time in the church’s life. Or sometimes it may be simply a series that we’re going through where we’re communicating an aspect of God’s character and want to give the people a voice for it…a way to express what they’re learning through song.

A few summers ago, I was serving in New Orleans, and one of the leaders who was there had been a missionary in Africa for 10 years.  She shared this with me…

For 10 years, no matter where we traveled in Africa to visit different churches, there was always one unique element that gave each church it’s own vibe, one defining characteristic that was different than any of the other churches.  The same Gospel, of course, was being preached everywhere.  But the music was always different every church we’d go to.  They didn’t have the means of hearing other songs that were being sung from different regions, so they had no other choice but to write their own worship songs – to put to music and lyrics all the works they were seeing God do in their local villages.

What a picture.  The praises of God being sung in different languages and dialects all to a different tune and rhythm, all being birthed out of different communities and from different hearts.

God’s never going to run out of melodies to give his children.  So let’s keep tapping his heart to hear what he’s got for us.  Worship leaders – especially those who are serving in a local church – don’t be afraid to write specifically for your city.  Don’t worry about whether or not it’ll be the next Tomlin or United hit.  Live and love in your community, and ask God what songs he wants his people singing there.  And then bring those songs to life.

October 15, 2008 Posted by | Elevation, Music | 1 Comment

Recently Added

Here’s what’s sitting in my recently added playlist in i-tunes (as of 9/21/08):

The Walkmen You & Me

The Notwist The Devil, You + Me

The Vienna Choir Boys** Merry Christmas: Carols From North America and Europe

The Stills Oceans Will Rise

**in a brief and unexpected spell of holiday jubilee

October 2, 2008 Posted by | Music | , , | Leave a comment

Oh The Medicine

Thought I’d follow up to Mack’s post re: John Mark’s new record, The Medicine. I’ve been wearing out his previous record since the release show a few weekends back, and now I’ve moved on to The Medicine, which has all the potential to bring John Mark the attention and respect he deserves as a songwriter. It’s good ole fashion american rock and roll with some folk lullabies tossed in the mix that bring tears. Order it now. Or be the typical 21st-century-human and wait for it to come out on Itunes, but just get it. You won’t regret it.

…And here’s a [poor] picture from the release show (taken via phone).

September 15, 2008 Posted by | Music | | Leave a comment

If You’ve Ever Wondered What We Think About…

Follow the ramblings of our creative team here at Elevation on the new section of Pastor Steven’s blog.

Oh, and I’m writing this post from my new IPhone. Just thought I’d brag a bit.

September 10, 2008 Posted by | Design, Elevation, Music | , , | Leave a comment

A Sing-Along-Song

Here’s one of the new worship tunes we’ve written recently for the Church. Hope you enjoy the stylish musings of Wade Joye.

September 4, 2008 Posted by | Elevation, Music, worship | 4 Comments


“I think the band said to me, ‘You’re better at starting a riot than being a musician.'”

–Bono, on becoming the frontman of a rock band.

August 31, 2008 Posted by | Music | , | Leave a comment

Oh c’mon

I wish Coldplay would produce a good video every now and then.

Anticipation builds for the Atl Nov 11 show…

August 20, 2008 Posted by | Music | , | 2 Comments


Man, it’s been busy…and here’s why. It’s worth it.

August 20, 2008 Posted by | Elevation, Music | , | Leave a comment

Support Your Local Music

The Elevation Worship CD, We Are Alive, has hit I-Tunes. If you haven’t gotten a copy, go download one now! If you’ve got already, write a review on I-Tunes for it. Send all your friends there. Tell your mom, tell your dad.

August 13, 2008 Posted by | Elevation, Music | , | 2 Comments