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Song DISCovery in the Round this Thursday! And new URL coming soon!

So things have been pretty busy over here in the WL office for the past week. Mostly because Song DISCovery in the Round is happening in Nashville this Thursday, April 22. If you don’t know, SD in the Round is a one-day songwriting conference for anyone interested in sharpening their skill as a worship songwriter. We even created a whole new site that is meant to connect attendees before they get there. They can post a mini-bio about themselves and start discussions on a forum. Almost half of our registered attendees visited to tell everyone a little about themselves and why they’re looking forward to SD in the Round. It’s really neat–you should check out the site here!

I hope you like it, because we’re planning on doing the same thing for the NWLC conferences. We really want to provide you all with a space to connect beforehand. So be looking out for that in the near future. Another heads up, the URL for this blog will be changing soon as well. It will look the same, only new and improved, because we’re moving to a self-hosted WordPress blog. If this doesn’t quite make sense to you, don’t worry, I’m still learning too. But we’ll let you know as soon as we make the change.

But back to SD in the Round….

Since Song DISCovery is separate from NWLC (just by one floor), I don’t have anything to do with the planning of these one-days. BUT I will say, we ALL knew when Amy Grant joined SD in the Round for Nashville because everyone was so excited. Poor Suzie got the confirmation message and was screaming for joy, only to realize nobody else was in the office to hear or to share this moment with her. Amy was just such a pleasant surprise that we weren’t expecting 🙂 But everyone at SD in the Round is worth getting excited about including: Natalie Grant, Paul Baloche, Jason Ingram, Carl Cartee, Tony Wood, Matt Papa, Jennie Lee Riddle, Jonathan Allen, Glen Packiam, Calvin Nowell, Ricardo Sanchez, and our own Chuck Fromm and Phil Sillas.

So if you’re in or near Nashville, go check it out. Online registration is closed, but walk-ins are more than welcome!

Song DISCovery in the Round, Nashville

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Grace Chapel
3279 Southall Rd.
Franklin, TN 37064
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April 20, 2010 at 7:58 pm Leave a comment

Jeremy Riddle added to NWLC Southwest! And a glimpse into the top-secret happenings in Suzie and mine’s office

Moving closer to our conference dates means filling up more holes on Suzie’s whiteboard. Have you met Suzie yet? Well let me tell you about Suzie. Suzie is the “Director of Training and Development,” aka NWLC conference planner extraordinaire. Each phone call, email, grid, plan, and every other intricate detail she tackles, propels all of us towards one purpose: to make NWLC happen. I am so thankful for her, her hard work, and her commitment to everyone around her.

Suzie is generous enough to let me share her office, which is practically like being roommates. And with most roommates, you get to know each other really well. Suzie often talks to herself but I’ve learned to tune her out, which is good, except when she’s actually trying to talk to me. Oh, and we both love Oreo McFlurries. This comes in handy when we’re having a stressful day and need something to lift our spirits (because everyone knows that’s what Oreos and ice cream were made for).

So now that you’ve met Suzie, let me introduce you to Suzie’s whiteboard. Now, this whiteboard is somewhat top secret, but I’m sharing it with you anyways because it’s pretty awesome. And don’t even try to zoom in—I’ve blurred out anything you shouldn’t know yet. Yeah, it’s that top secret.

The whiteboard is the conference matrix, if you will. It is the inanimate version of Suzie, the wealth of knowledge and organization. This whiteboard displays each grid of the three conferences, reminding us who is speaking in which timeslot, which artist is performing where, and which timeslots need to be filled. Each time we announce a new artist, a hole on the whiteboard gets filled, which is like filling up your coffee cup after you lost an hour of sleep because of daylight savings time. And as the conference dates approach, the holes are slowly being replaced with amazing artists and speakers faster and faster.

Speaking of which, we’ve recently added Jeremy Riddle to NWLC Southwest! Filling that hole is better than just a cup of coffee–more like a caramel macchiato if you ask me.

One of my all-time favorite worship songs is “Sweetly Broken,” by Jeremy Riddle. I was outside of the sanctuary working the last NWLC when I heard the muffled guitar followed by the lyrics that never fail to cover me with awe-inspiring chills. Needless to say, I left the Worship Leader booth to be swept away by the current of worship that filled the room.  I can’t wait to see what Jeremy will bring to NWLC Southwest!

March 15, 2010 at 7:05 pm 1 comment

Ashmont Hill confirmed for NWLC East!

As a result of a large, loving, musically talented family, Ashmont Hill was formed out of Boston. They’re joyous and sincere music envelops and invites the listener in to worship with them. New to NWLC, we’re excited to announce that Ashmont Hill will be joining us for NWLC East, Oct. 5-7, in Lancaster, PA.

March 10, 2010 at 12:06 am Leave a comment

Did I mention Evan Wickham will be there too?

We have confirmed worship leader and artist, Evan Wickham, for NWLC Southwest and we’re so excited about what he’ll bring to the conference. Evan is the Worship Pastor at Horizon Christian Fellowship in San Diego, CA., and although he ministers in music and speaks at churches, retreats, and conferences worldwide, this is his first time at an NWLC and we’re looking forward to it!

Evan's latest album: "Above the Sky"

Register for NWLC Southwest before February 26 to get the best pricing possible!

February 17, 2010 at 6:20 pm Leave a comment

Vicky Beeching just added to the NWLC Southwest lineup!

Gifted songwriter, teacher, and worship leader, Vicky Beeching, has just joined  NWLC in Albuquerque, NM, June 15-17! Vicky will be leading worship and teaching.

Vicky has joined NWLC twice before, and last year taught a class called “The Role of a Songwriter: Communicating what is on the heart of God,” which looked into how to write better lyrics or melodies while looking at the vast panorama of why we write the songs in the first pace. An amazing teacher and musician, we’re very excited to have her join for NWLC10!

Vicky also has a new “Limited Edition 3-track EP” releasing on February 16! Check it out on her website and blog here!

Register for NWLC Southwest before February 26 to get the best pricing possible! What are you waiting for!?

February 10, 2010 at 7:12 pm Leave a comment

If you want to submit songs to a publisher, what is the best way to go about doing it?

Above was a question asked to our panel of professional songwriters last Thursday, Jan. 28, during Song DISCovery in the Round, in San Antonio, TX. Song DISCovery in the Round is a one-day songwriting conference for anyone interested in sharpening their skills as a worship songwriter.

I didn’t actually get to go to the event myself, but we have some video from it (it’s like being front row… well, just pretend with me). Watch and listen as professional songwriters Glenn Packiam (“Your Name”), Jennie Lee Riddle (“Revelation Song”), Laura Story (“Indescribable”), and Lenny LeBlanc (“Above All”), all answer the question, “If you want to submit songs to a publisher, what is the best way to go about doing it?” Check out the answer below in the video!

And don’t miss the next one-day Song DISCovery conference in Nashville, TN, April 22!

February 3, 2010 at 12:45 am 5 comments

I still don’t know what the acronym NAMM stands for, but I do know Bono was there

Friends: How was work?

Me: Good! I was at NAMM.

Friends: …

Me: Bono was there.

Friends: Oh wow! Did you meet him?!

Before you get the answer to that, I should explain why I was at NAMM for Worship Leader last week. If you’re ignorant like me when it comes to the music world, you have no idea what NAMM is. I didn’t either until last Friday when I went to help work the Worship Leader booth at the international event, which helps unify the global music products industry. So, after going to NAMM, I don’t know how I didn’t know what it was before. It’s huge. I got lost, and then lost my breath, trying to find my way around.

Now, I’ll be honest, I didn’t actually meet Bono. Or see him, smell him, hear him, or any other encounter you would hope for with Bono. But I did witness the first ever H.O.T. Zone. This was a “hands on training” section of the conference that offered classes for practical application, which many worship leaders, songwriters, and ministry leaders attended. Worship Leader hosted some classes of its own, one of which attracted over 100 people, featuring Tommy Walker with “How to utilize two acoustic guitars.” Of course, he played a demo. Take a look!

P.S. NAMM stands for National Association of Music Merchants. But don’t let that deceive you—the association is now international, despite the absence of an “I” in the acronym.

January 20, 2010 at 7:33 pm 1 comment


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