Worship Remixes / Various
Artists Biographies Carl Deese: Worship leader at the Rock Church in San Diego, Carl leads worship for the College group and Sunday services. He just returned from a seven-month mission trip to south East Asia and Europe. Julie Coffman: Julie traveled with the Adventures Worship band for five years, singing in nights of worship and seminars around the United States. Julie currently leads worship with the worship team at the Rock Church in San Diego. Julie also sings on many of the Adventures In God's Presence' worship CDs. Breathe On Me is currently in heavy rotation on CSN, the largest national Christian worship radio station in the US. Leigh Taylor: Leigh leads worship at a number of churches in San Diego including North County Church in Vista. Leigh has produced 4 CDs with the Leigh Taylor Band and has recorded several songs on the 'Adventures Worship Series' including Down to the River and His Name. Toby Walters and Whirl: A recent graduate of Point Loma Nazarene College with a degree in Church Music, Toby started the band Whirl several years ago to serve in worship and youth ministry. The band is an eclectic mix of alternative music in the tradition of U2, Pearl Jam and Dave Matthew's. Toby is currently the worship leader at Existence Church in San Diego. Will and Brenda Fejeran: Will has been writing and performing his original songs for many years and has recorded lead and background vocals with local Christian hip-hop groups Unity Klan and Royal Temple. Brenda grew up in a musical family and has performed vocals and played keyboards in local bands such as 'Devocean', 'Everyday People,' and 'Makai.' Together as a husband and wife team they are currently worship leaders at the Rock Church in San Diego. Vivien Schmuki: One of the original Singer/Songwriters for the Adventures Worhip Series, Vivien contributed 12 songs on 4 CDs. You're In My Heart is still a radio favorite and has received steady rotation on Christian radio since it was released in 1993. This new recording has been enhanced with flamenco guitar and Cajon and re-mixed. Josh Wagner: High school worship leader at Joshua Spring Church in Yucca Valley, Josh recently traveled to Russia on a mission trip and shared his faith through music. His love for worship really shows on this alternative rock rendition of To Him Who Sits Upon the Throne. Josh also plays with several local bands including Revelation Smile and Enter In. Nathan Robinson: Worship Leader at Clairemont Emmanuel Baptist Church. Nathan is joined by his fellow band mates Seth and Ben Robinson. Nathan has been attending Point Loma Nazarene College and performs with his band May River in his spare time. Shaleem Manno: Shaleem discovered her talent for singing and writing music when she found her passion for the Lord. Since that time, the two have been inseparable. She currently has a recording entitled For Their Sake, which includes twelve original songs. Shaleem is a graduate of Azusa Pacific University and has spent time studying abroad in Jerusalem and Irian Jaya. Shaleem currently lives in Temecula California. Rolltop Music____ Press Release For Immediate Release Contact Pam 858-571-1645 'Worship Remixes' from Rolltop Music - A new series of worship music for young adults and contemporary congregations. SAN DIEGO, CA - Rolltop Music, is pleased to announce the release of 'Worship Remixes', a new series of worship music designed to offer established worship songs to contemporary congregations in a young adult style that includes alternative rock, R&B, pop and modern folk. All of the songs are taken from the highly successful 'Adventures in God's Presence' worship series. The songs have been re-arranged in a young adult format and recorded with a new crop of young, passionate worship leaders from the San Diego and Los Angeles area. In a recent interview Tim Coffman, the well-known Rolltop Music producer explained how 'Worship Remixes came about. 'For five years we toured with the Adventures praise band, leading worship in a variety of churches and in different parts of the country and there were certain songs that connected with congregations wherever we played'. Tim took those songs, and began to visualize presenting them to a new generation of worshipers. The resulting 10 track CD is very enjoyable to listen to and presents a new direction for Rolltop Music. Worship Remixes reflects the heart of a new generation as they worship God with the talents He has given them. This CD will connect with new and old audiences alike. Artist include: Carl Deese: I Surrender Julie Coffman: Breathe On Me Leigh Taylor: Lift Him Up Toby Walters: Glory To God In The Highest Will and Brenda Fejeran: I Will Stay By Your Side Vivien Schmuki: You're In My Heart Josh Wagner: To Him Who Sits Upon The Throne Will and Brenda Fejeran: More Of You Nathan Robinson: Lord I Love You Shaleem Manno: Heal Our Land For more information contact Rolltop Music. P.O. Box 17203 * San Diego CA 92177 * 858-571-1645 Emailfirstname.lastname@example.org * Online-rolltopmusic.com REVIEW / By Leif Skartland Sr. / Independent Music Reviews Worship Remixes / Various Artists / ©?2003 Rolltop Records / Produced by Tim Coffman Whenever the word remix is used to describe a project, I often wonder why? particularly when the original versions were so good. In a recent interview with Tim Coffman, the well-known producer and the creative force behind Rolltop Records explained how 'Worship Remixes came about. 'For five years we toured with the Adventures praise band, leading worship in a variety of churches and in different parts of the country and there were certain songs that connected with congregations wherever we played'. Tim took those songs, all from the highly successful 'Adventures In God's Presence' worship series and began to visualize presenting them to a new generation of worshipers. Coffman enlisted the help of some young, passionate worship leaders from the San Diego and Los Angeles area. The adventurous producer began recording these extraordinary songs in new styles that are definitely modern but still remain true to their original vision. Worship remixes is a perfect blend between the youthful and experienced. Coffman has assembled a supporting cast of new musicians and well known musicians that have appeared on other Rolltop CD's. The talented guitarist Anthony De Luz and John Rekevics' on sax provide splendid riffs and tones. As always Coffman's producing skills engage the listener with great insights. Whether it is a lush synth sounds or crunching guitars he keeps you wanting to hear more. The selection of styles range from R & B to modern folk to alternative rock. Worship Remixes reflects the heart of a new generation as they praise God with their talents, in styles and sounds that should connect with new and old audiences alike.Worship Remixes hits the mark and points the listener towards worshiping God. Here is a track-by-track glimpse of each song. Track 1: I SURRENDER. The soft coaxing vocals of Carl Deese provide the attitude of surrendering to God as he lays down a new arrangement of this familiar song. Carl also adds some tasty acoustic guitar leads. The Cajon (a newcomer to modern music) provides the drum groove and percussionist Dustin Kinney adds the brushes and cymbals. Track 2: BREATHE ON ME. This intense worship song builds to a dynamic climax. Julie Coffman handles the lead vocals in this call and answer style as she uses the memorable melody to inspire listeners to fix their eyes on the Lord. The pop vamp and classical guitar riffs at the end were great. I immediately had to play this song over. Track 3: LIFT HIM UP. You won't be able to sit still when you hear this song. The band dishes out a 'Motown' groove, Leigh Taylor's vocals are strong and convincing, and the sax will put a lot of joy into your heart. With the gritty keyboards and wah-wah pedal you've got Stevie Wonder meets Jon Gibson. Cool tune. Track 4: GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST. Stadium guitars and big drums blend with Delirious. The bridge is a nice departure too, just like a bridge should be. Rock voice. Great rock fade. Yeah, Toby Walters and Whirl know how to rock. Track 5: I WILL STAY BY YOUR SIDE. Tenor vocalist Will Fejeran soars with his unique style on this thoughtful R & B ballad. Brenda Fejeran provides smooth background vocals and the tender sax work of John Rekevics is luxurious. Track 6: YOU'RE IN MY HEART. This may be the best song on the CD. Vivien Schmuki's vocals are passionate, and the music is dynamic. The hook is easy to get into and the break is perfect. Gary Arthur's performance is stellar on the archtop guitar and guitarist Anthony Da Luz's makes the classical leads dance with excitement. Track 7: TO HIM WHO SITS UPON THE THRONE. Anthem rock hooks, over-driven guitars, and a cool feedback ending, pushes this pulse pounding song. Josh Wagner plays acoustic and electric guitar, bass, and sings. David Torr holds it together on drums. Track 8: MORE OF YOU. Will and Brenda Fejeran have made this hugely popular song a funky jam duet complete with wah-wah pedal, synths, and a moog. This is what Motown should have been singing about. Track 9: LORD I LOVE YOU. A good straight up rock ballad. I enjoyed the recurring piano riff by pianist and lead vocalist Nathan Robinson and the driving-guitar gives great dynamic separation. The song delivers a strong passionate statement of love for God. Track 10: HEAL OUR LAND. This plea for national healing is well done in Shaleem Manno's folk vocal approach. Add to the simple style a little distant wailing electric guitar and a dash of surf, and this prayer sinks deep inside you.