GMA Dove Awards Nominations

Onething Live: Sing Your Praises has been nominated for Special Event Album of the Year and Julie Meyer’s Christmas has been nominated for Christmas Album of the Year at the 2014 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards!

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Coming Soon: Forward EP

Forerunner Music Presents Forward
Jonas Park & David Bollmann

Jonas Park is a well-known and much beloved worship leader and songwriter at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City. His song “I Am Yours,” which is featured on the most recent Onething Live album, Sing Your Praises, has become a worship anthem in our prayer room over the past several years. Another of his songs, “Coming Home,” was recorded in 2011 for Forerunner Music’s Hold On compilation, an album accompanying and inspired by the award-winning documentary, Nefarious: Merchant of Souls.

Now, Forerunner Music is excited to present Forward, Park‘s debut EP release, recorded alongside long-time songwriting collaborator and friend, David Bollmann. You may know David as the keyboardist from the Virginia Beach band, Rekapse (also represented by its guitarist, and Bollmann’s brother, Kelly, as well as its bassist and drummer).

The album title, inspired by Philippians 3:14, came about when, as explained by Park, “we were in the early stages of planning the album, both walking through some difficult times, and I remember the Lord saying to me, ‘Jonas, if you are moving forward in God as your central focus, you are moving forward in life,’ and that phrase really complements the verse for me: to keep Christ as the prize, to forget what lies behind, and to reach forward to the upward call of Christ Jesus.”

Forward sets the tone for its creative strain of worship with “I Remember” as Park, joined by fiancée Laura Hackett, declares, “I remember the faithfulness of Your touch and how You’d lift me up // Because You always delight in showing mercy” to a backdrop of driving piano riffs, played by Bollmann, and frantic beats.

The next track, “Lifter Of My Head,” is a hope-filled anthem by Bollmann—reminiscent of the Davidic psalms—which pleasantly layers pensive bells and programming with an intriguing guitar line that immediately captures the listener’s attention. The song rises to its symphonious crescendo as Bollmann sings, “I can see You, You’re arising, lifter of my head, lifter of my head!”

“Nearness” is a moving expression of Park’s yearning for the return of Jesus in which he reflects on the intimacy of Eden and anticipates the time when we will walk together with Jesus in perfect nearness. This beautiful composition grips the heart with its chorus as Park sings of his longing: “To know Your nearness as in the garden, to walk with You, Lord, hand in hand,” and the compelling declaration that “this will be our song until You come home, that nothing else will do, we must have You.”

Bollmann moves the album effortlessly from the aggressive instrumentation and catchy choruses of its first half to the far mellower expression of creativity, which characterizes its second half. “Oh Jesus,” a simple song of adoration laced with atmospheric textures and airy melodies, precedes the shuffling “All My Hope,” which lays its foundation with organs and chiming guitars before kicking the intensity back up for its soaring bridge as Bollmann sings, “You rose again for me // You’re coming back for me!”

“There’s Only One Worthy” is the perfect curtain-closer for the album, an acoustic guitar-driven song by Park, incorporating majestic string arrangements as it describes how Jesus came as a man and “took our place on death row to show us the Father and give us a home.” This song lends itself perfectly to a Sunday morning church setting, its simple worshipful chorus declaring, “There’s only One worthy // Jesus, You’re worthy.”

Forward drops July 29. Mark your calendars!

Onething Live: Sing Your Praises (Live)

Onething 2013 was an exceptional conference for us and we are very excited to present Sing Your Praises, the new live Onething album. Established IHOPKC Onething artists Laura Hackett, Matt Gilman, Justin Rizzo, Jon Thurlow, Anna Blanc, Ryan Kondo, and Jaye Thomas all feature on this album with new original songs. We are pleased to introduce Zac Dinsmore, Jonas Park, and Wallace and Rachel Faagutu as new Onething artists who join them in worshiping and praising Jesus with their own songs. Laura Hackett also covers Matt Redman’s “Holy,” and Misty Edwards sings Kevin Prosch’s “The Gift.”

We hope that the music on this album allows you to relive some of what we thought were the best worship moments from Onething 2013.

View the album here »

Pas Neos: Who Do You Say I Am?

Pas Neos’ sophomore release, Who Do You Say I Am?, is a journey through successive events in the life of Jesus as detailed in the gospel accounts, undergirded by pulsing, synth-tinged indie rock. Recounted from a range of perspectives, including those of Jesus, the disciples, and the thief on the cross, the album insightfully conveys differing opinions concerning the Son of Man. The themes of hope and joy energetically run throughout, mixed with mourning, wonder, curiosity, and longing. Each song builds a vivid scene that is potent in its ability to stir the listener’s thoughts and emotions, often inspiring new insight on familiar biblical passages. This album is a refreshing reminder to believers of the weightiness in Peter’s reply to Jesus’ question when he stated, “You are the Christ.” It will surely leave seekers more determined than ever to discover the truth of this answer for themselves.

View the album here: Who Do You Say I Am?

onething LIVE: Magnificent Obsession

July 24, 2012, marks an important day. onething LIVE: Magnificent Obsession will be released worldwide in coordination with national bookstores, which is a big first for us as a record label. We hope it will bless you and that you will tweet it, post to Facebook, and share it with your friends. Our album releases are always a team effort between us and you, and we really appreciate your help as fellow messengers.

New Forerunner Music Website

Forerunner Music is proud to introduce our new website, also known as ihopkc.org/music. It is a place where you can easily browse through projects new and old and hear the worship songs that have been created in the place of 24/7 prayer at the International House of Prayer for over a decade. You can listen to albums, download chords/lyric charts, watch video interviews and live worship recordings, download free songs, and keep up with all the latest from Forerunner Music. We hope you like our new site.