Saturday, August 24, 2013

Bethel Music's First-Ever Studio Album, TIDES, Plus Lead Single, "Chasing You," Both Launch To No. 1 At iTunes




Bethel Music, the worship ministry of Redding, CA-based Bethel Church, already hit No. 1 on iTunes’ Christian and Gospel chart with its highly anticipated and first-ever full-length studio recording, TIDES. Although not releasing until Sept. 3, remarkably, the album launched to the top of the chart through the momentum of pre-orders being accepted now at iTunes. TIDES also grabbed the No. 1 Christian and Gospel single position on iTunes with “Chasing You,” a Jenn Johnson led song about following God with insatiable abandon. The song is also releasing to radio early next month. While other artists have garnered significant airplay with their recordings of Bethel Music songs, “Chasing You” will be the first Bethel Music single to ever be serviced directly to radio.

Following the single release and the success of the pre-sale, Bethel Music was further honored this week with two Gospel Music Association Dove Award nominations. The chart topping song, “One Thing Remains,” written by Bethel Music’s Brian Johnson and Jeremy Riddle, as well as Christa Black Gifford, gathered nominations for both “Song” and “Praise & Worship” Song of the Year. “One Thing Remains” was originally featured on Bethel Music’s Be Lifted High (2011) and has more recently been covered by Kristian Stanfill. The 44th Annual GMA Dove Awards show will take place October 15 in Nashville, TN and be broadcast October 21 at 8:00 pm ET exclusively on the UP! Television Network.

Over the last four years, Bethel Music has grown from being a local church music ministry to becoming a global outreach featuring a cadre of songwriters and worship leaders, a half-dozen CDs, chart-topping songs, and both online and on-campus worship schools. Now with global distribution through Fuel Distribution / Tonetree Music, plus physical distribution in the U.S. to Christian stores through New Day, Bethel Music readies its next musical offering, TIDES. The album is an expression of passionate emotion, anthemic declaration, and sometimes surprising experimentation, and features original songs and music led by senior worship pastors Brian and Jenn Johnson, and worship leaders Jeremy Riddle, Steffany Frizzell Gretzinger, William Matthews, Matt Stinton and Hunter Thompson.

The album also addresses the popular maxim that “the only thing you can count on is change.” Brian Johnson’s answer is that there is one more thing you can count on. “Through it all,” he declares, “God is in control. Through the whole album, there’s struggle, there’s tension, but then there is a reminder that God is always in control.”

With songs of adoration, instruction and worship that speak not only of what God has done, but also what He is doing now, in the highest and lowest of tides, Brian and Jenn Johnson, Jeremy Riddle, Steffany Frizzell Gretzinger and William Matthews will be taking the music and message of TIDES across the West Coast. Bethel Music’s “Night of Worship & Ministry” tour launches Sept. 5in Anaheim, CA at Vineyard Church of Anaheim, and continues in Los Angeles (9/6), Central Valley, CA (9/7), Fairfield, CA (9/8),Portland (9/10), Seattle (9/11) and Vancouver, BC (9/12) before wrapping up in Kelowna, BC (9/13). For all the latest tour detail, go to bethelmusic.com/tidestour.


About Bethel Music:

Bethel Music, is a worship ministry that formed as an organic extension of Bethel Church, in Redding CA, which facilitates a rapidly growing relational network of churches around the world known as Global Legacy. The heart of Bethel Music is to be a steward of the worship being created and released at Bethel Church, making it a resource available to the world. In addition to the thousands of people that attend Bethel Church’s weekly worship services, another 100,000-plus people subscribe to the online stream of the services at www.ibethel.org. More about Bethel Music can be found at www.bethelmusic.comwww.facebook.com/Ibethelmusic and www.twitter.com/bethelmusic.