CHRISTMAS EVE CHOIR

 

We would be honored to have you join us at all three campuses in one of our Christmas Eve Choirs!

There will be one rehearsal prior to Christmas Eve at each individual campus.
(You must attend this rehearsal to be in the choir)

You will hear all details about Christmas Eve Sunday at this rehearsal.

You're time obligation on Sunday will be 7am - 11:30

We'll see you at the Wednesday rehearsal! December 20 * 6:30 (at the campus of your choice)

 

 

 

 

Posted by Josh Maze at Tuesday, December 5, 2017 | 2 comments

THIS IS REVIVAl * A Listener's Guide

THIS IS REVIVAL * A LISTENER'S GUIDE

If you’re reading this blog, you’ve probably already listened to the album This Is Revival or at least experienced some of these songs in a service. But if you haven’t and need a few reasons to give it a listen,
I’ll offer my thoughts:

Revival must happen in real time and space.

It’s a “live” album. But it doesn’t sound like a singular recording of one service or event. I would consider it a compilation of live worship moments with a studio quality mix to give a clean presentation to the music. The sound has both power and space so you’re able to hear it as people worshipping God instead of some sterile performance of a worship song.

Revival is not a solo project.

Another aspect of this album that stands out is the diversity of players that are featured. Different lead vocalists are featured throughout the album so it’s not just a Josh Maze album. It’s a Highpoint album that stands as a testament to Josh’s ability to assemble and lead a team to collaborate and execute this vision.

Revival means we celebrate (and celebrating is fun).

Musically, some of more interesting moments occur when the synths are brought to the forefront. A song like This Is Revival has the audacity to suggest that revival might look like a bunch of kids bouncing around to EDM music. Worship should be serious fun.  

Revival doesn’t shy from struggle.

There’s an unapologetic youthful energy throughout the album. But there are lyrical moments in tracks like Greater and To Be Honest that acknowledge that we don’t always feel invited to the party. Then worship becomes a choice. Sometimes we need to sing lines like this until we believe it.

You’re greater in my struggles

You’re greater in my tears

You’re greater in my weakness

You’re greater in my fear

You’re greater in my sorrow

You’re greater in my pain
 

To Be Honest takes up that challenge of worshipping when we don’t feel like it even more explicitly. It’s a song that knows that those exuberant feelings towards God celebrated in many of the previous tracks aren’t always there and to be honest, I wish worship music would go there more often (and Bono agrees).

I hope Josh and the team will continue find ways to push past both musical and emotional comfort zones as I’m confident our God will be big enough to meet us there.

* Matt Waits - Sound Summit - Memphis, TN

Posted by Josh Maze at Wednesday, August 23, 2017 | 31 comments

FREE * Music Video / Behind the Song

FREE * HP_W.

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 | 56 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 | 63 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 | 147 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 | 124 comments