Mark January 8, 2012 on your calendar! It’s time to show our appreciation to church musicians everywhere! Join people nationwide in thanking the good folks in your church who share their musical talents with you every week.
The new Christmas musicals are in! If you perform musicals with your church choir, we offer a nice preview area for you on our website at the address jwpepper.com/musicals. We developed this special place on our site a few months ago to make it easier for music ministers to review musicals and cantatas anywhere there’s computer access. Many choir directors have told us they really like having all the new musicals in one place, and especially like being able to listen to the full-length recording and see the entire work.
A special event takes place each year that demonstrates the unique nature of a calling to music ministry. Each year scores of Christian music publishers gather together for fellowship and knowledge-sharing as members of the Church Music Publishers Association. During this time, members reconnect with old friends, welcome new friends, and pause to define and reaffirm the true purpose of their work. Sure, they are businessmen and women with a job to do, but they are so much more. They are a warm and gracious group of outstanding musicians, with a sense of the purpose not found in most industries.
Over the coming months, we here at Pepper will see and hear the fruits of their labor in the musicals, octavos and praise charts they create. We’ll gladly share all of this with you. We know our publishing friends are right now working with passion to provide music worthy of bringing the Word to you and your congregation. Their days are filled with the necessary business of publishing: composing, editing, printing and recording; but as you can imagine, their work is more than a job. It is their mission and their ministry.
Look for music from this year’s CMPA attendees:
Albert E. Brumley & Sons, Alfred Publishing Company, Augsburg Fortress, Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Carl Fischer, Choristers Guild, Daywind Music Publishing, Emack Music, EMI CMG Publishing, Fred Bock Music Company, GIA Publications, Hal Leonard Publishing, Hillsong Publishing, Hinshaw Music, Hope Publishing, Integrity Media, Jeffers Handbell Supply, Kingsway Communications, Lifeway Worship Music Group, Lillenas Publishing Group, Lilly Mach Music, The Lorenz Corporation, Mann Music, Maranatha Music, Nelon Music Group, Praisegathering Music Group, Razor and Tie Music, Rush Hicks, Jr., Shawnee Press, Simpleville Music, Small Stone Media, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Soundforth, Sunmin Music, Troubadour for the Lord, Vineyard Music Global, Word Music, Brier Patch Music, Fred Bock Institute of Music, Getty Music, Weimer Consulting.
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) offers some wonderful audio portaits from leading songwriters, giving you a chance to hear the artist in their own words. We particularly enjoyed hearing insights from Mark Lee, guitarist for Third Day, who shares how the Christian rock band carries our their faith through their music. We hope you enjoy this intimate glimpse into the purpose behind the music. Thank you ASCAP for making this all possible.
Listen: Third Day interview
Sheet music from Third Day you can download or have shipped: http://tr.im/thirdday