FREE * Music Video / Behind the Song

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This was one of the songs from the album that was the hardest to write. But I think our hard work paid off. We were on a songwriting retreat at the Shack Up Inn in Clarksdale, MS. A few days in the Delta with a few guys seeking the Heart of God & the Creativity of God all at once. This one started with Andrew Smith & Will Tucker. I sorta gave them a 'sandbox' to play in. I think the objective was to write an upbeat song for a female to lead - something like Wake by Hillsong Young & Free. Will is a monster guitar player & Andrew is effortlessly cool. Together, they started demo'ing out this groove.

When we all came to their shack where they were writing, I remember Will saying "I want to write a song for that middle school kid who feels like he is the most awkward person in the world. A song that sets that kid free - and forces him to sing & know the presence of God & His love"

This struck a chord with me... Great concept for a song. Legend has it that they had the line... "I am freeee" and then Joe Urcavich (to no surprise) came up with "Freedom never felt so good!" & then someone dropped in "I will sing..." and (tongue in cheek) like Paul to Joe's Lennon, I said "singin never felt so good!" And we all knew we had something... Me, Andrew Smith, Will Tucker, Joe Urcavich, & Andrew Walker stayed up way too late working on that *Bruno bridge... hard work... but some of the most fun I've ever had in my life. It was wild... it was like we all at once said... "STOP! STOP!" And we could hear it our heads. The finished product... Our goal (half way joking & completely serious at the same time) was to write a song better than Better Than Life.
I'll let you be the judge of that.

Pre-production was a nightmare. Will recently recalled that he went home late one night not knowing if the song would ever see the light of day... I had faith that we'd work it out. But my faith wasn't getting us very far. This one took the whole team being completely sold out to it for it to eventually become a success.

I'm most proud of the lyrical depth and theological richness of this song. Yes. A song with a sax solo that is as deep as it is wide... check out the FREE LYRICS here... I think my favorite line is:
"I can't sing louder than You sing for me."

We've led this song all over the place now... & I'm humbled to say it works. Not that it sticks in your head... or gets us a download or two... no. I mean, I've seen the loneliest of middle school kids set free in Christ's love during this song. Arm in arm with new friends... jumping up and down. Smiling from ear to ear. That's what it's all about. Inclusion. Freedom. Dancing. Being alive & feeling alive.

"FREEDOM NEVER FELT SO GOOD." - joe urcavich jr.

 

Posted by Josh Maze at Tuesday, July 25, 2017 | 18 comments

Taste & See

The official music video for "Taste & See" off of 2016's Better than Life EP.

 

Posted by Josh Maze at Tuesday, February 21, 2017 | 46 comments

TO BE HONEST

TO BE HONEST [ LIVE ]
[ Click below to purchase from iTunes ]

 

Official Music Video

 

Official Song Story

Posted by Josh Maze at Sunday, July 31, 2016 | 112 comments

BETTER THAN LIFE + CHORD CHARTS

We're humbled and honored to hear that churches all around are leading all five of these tunes off 
BETTER THAN LIFE! 

We want to equip you and your worship team to lead these tunes as well...

Here are the chord charts from the five songs off the EP.

BETTER THAN LIFE
[ iTunes link ]

RUN
[ iTunes link ]

KNOW YOU MORE
[ iTunes link ]

THUNDER
[ iTunes link ]

TASTE & SEE
[ iTunes link ]

The stems to the first three songs will be up soon on multitracks.com!
Let us know if you have any questions!

Posted by Josh Maze at Tuesday, July 26, 2016 | 106 comments

BETTER THAN LIFE OFFICIAL VIDEO

So grateful for this team.
So proud of this project.
Grateful for Will Tucker leading this tune.
Grateful for Joe Urcavich shooting and heading up the editing of this music video.
Grateful for Andrew Smith & David Tigrett for producing the project with me.

So excited about the future.

The best is yet to come.

Enjoy.

 

Posted by Josh Maze at Tuesday, June 7, 2016 | 105 comments

BOB MARLEY / WORSHIP LEADER

Today, in 1981, Bob Marley died after a very successful & significant career.
Bob effectively introduced reggae to the world. 
Bob was also a devout rastafarian... and Bob - in the context of rastafarianism was a worship leader.

I believe in the virgin birth, life, death, burial, resurrection, & ascension of Jesus Christ. I'm a christian. I believe Jesus is the Way, the Truth, & the Life. In effort to understand Bob a bit more, I googled 'rastafarian definition' & this was the result:

adjective // of or relating to a religious movement of Jamaican origin holding that blacks are the chosen people, that Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia was the Messiah, and that black people will eventually return to their Africa.

noun // a member of the Rastafarian religious movement. Rastafarians have distinctive codes of behavior and dress, including the wearing of dreadlocks, the smoking of cannabis, the rejection of Western medicine, and adherence to a diet that excludes pork, shellfish, and milk.

Yep - not me... not even close.
But I believe every worship leader can & should learn a thing or two from Bob Marley.

5 UNDENIABLE CHARACTERISTICS OF A GREAT WORSHIP LEADER

1: HE WAS CONVICTED
Man, he believed. I've watched many interviews & performances. Let me tell you: NO ONE in Bob's camp doubted his conviction. He believed in rastafarianism. He lived it. He breathed it. He owned it. In our world, we say "Your private worship must precede your public worship." And this definitely was the case for Bob. You can't watch Bob sing a song like "Get Up Stand Up" and think that he isn't bought in. As worship leaders, we must be sold out to the core. We must be convicted. It can't just be a Sunday thing. It's a life thing.

2: HE IMPROVISED
Depending on how the audience was responding to the music & the message, he would improvise. He desperately wanted everyone connected, jammin, dancin, & singin. I can relate to that. I'm convicted & I want this crowd of people to feel the conviction too. If Bob thought they needed to sing that part again, or build it up, or take it down, or he needed to say something (yell / scream it out) in the moment to get the people going, he would definitely take the moment by the horns. There are interviews of his band members telling stories about Bob breaking into verses that he was writing on the spot. Man - I like that. And in our case as christians - with The Holy Spirit - anything is possible. Improvise. What do the people need? What does the moment need?
What is the Spirit doing?

3: HE WAS CONFIDENT
If you see old footage of Bob in a concert setting, it's obvious he knew what he was doing. He had that bold & confident vibe that tells us "Yeah. I was born for this." It drives me nuts when I see a worship leader get up in front of a room of people and NOT own it. Well Josh... be careful. We need to walk in humility... right? OF COURSE. And that is the balance that I so desperately want worship leaders to find. Humble - because of what God has done in our lives... and Confident - because of what God has done in our lives. 

4: HE WAS ABOUT THE MOVEMENT
Above all, he knew WHY he was singing. Around here, we call that the 'Overarching Why'. Bob was all about promoting his agenda: rastafarianism & love. He had a purpose that was so closely attached to the music, that he couldn't separate the two. We as worship leaders in the modern day church are here to promote an agenda as well: Love God, Love People, Make Disciples. We at Highpoint believe in & pray for revival & spiritual awakening in the teens & twenties. We believe that there are going to be songs - many songs - attached to this movement. The people of God have always sung and alway will sing. What is our movement?
'Your Kingdom come - Your Will be done.'

5: HIS ENERGY WAS CONTAGIOUS
If you claim to be a worship leader, but no one is following your lead, you're just a song singer - or at best just a worshipper. You need followers. If you claim to be a worship leader, then we better see the fruit of your leadership. We better see the fruit of your energy & your presence. Now Josh... I just like it when my worship leader just sorta fades into the background & let's Jesus be front & center... Yeah. Yeah. Me too. But see... the unfortunate problem is that Jesus isn't quite on the tip of everyone's tongues, is he? He isn't quite consuming the attention of everyone's minds, is he? He isn't quite the utmost affection overflowing out of everyone's hearts, is he? That's where we as worship leaders come in. We show them what it means to be in love and stand in awe of our Lord & Savior. Sometimes... just sometimes... it takes seeing someone unapologetically passionate about something before we can really understand what it means to be unapologetically passionate about anything. As worship leaders, we are disciple makers. We share with the world what it means to be loved by The King - & in return - love The King.


Posted by Josh Maze at Wednesday, May 11, 2016 | 120 comments