Soulful Music

Holy Captivated by Nicole C. Mullen

“Holy Captivated” is one of my favorite songs from Nicole C. Mullen’s latest album Captivated. The melody and words move me into worship; here’s a video of Nicole’s recent visit to Africa, with the lyrics:

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In Rotation: Heaven on Earth – David & Nicole Binion

“Heaven is calling for you to come higher, see everything from a new point of view…” – Heaven on Earth

Woke up to this song from the Covenant Church Worship album Heaven on Earth, playing on my ipod, what a great way to get up! There’s always something amazing coming from Covenant Church, (here’s another one of my favorites, Standing on His Promises).
Also check out their latest album, Never Going Back. It is amazing, though I may be a little biased since I attend Covenant;).

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Inspiration: I Will Be Alright – Anthony Skinner

I first heard this song when we sang it at church, and was so moved by the melody and the lyrics:

Let my weakness, find your Strength
And I will be alright, May all my secrets, know your Love
And I will be alright, Lead my lost soul, to Your home
And I will be alright, Let the darkness, drown in Light
And I will be alright, I will be alright…

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The Anthem – Planetshakers

From the Planet Shakers album All for Love.

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Morning Worship: I Will Exalt You – Hillsong

Everytime we sing this at my church, am amazed how much it can mean when your words are few…

Brooke Fraser leading worship at Hillsong in Australia, from the Live album Faith+Hope+Love.

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Inspiration from the PS22 Chorus and Their Teacher Gregg Breinberg On the Impact of Arts In Schools

The PS22 Chorus became a Youtube sensation a few years back with their soulful videos of students singing covers of popular songs in class. Watching their videos make me smile and I love the emotions the kids show while performing. In the video below Gregg Breinberg, the teacher who started PS22 and some of his students talk about how it got started:

The confidence built in the students just goes to show how much of an impact the arts and wonderful mentors can make in their lives. In an interview Gregg Breinberg, the teacher who started the music class talks about how singing changes young people:

“It’s all about self-confidence. That is what the arts has to offer, especially to kids that aren’t necessarily succeeding academically. Throughout their chorus experience, my students recognize that their musical achievements are something they earn for themselves through hard work and dedication. That is a life lesson that does not restrict itself to music…

“Focus, concentration, and stamina are undeniably strengthened as well. Music and the arts are just the tool to unlock the hidden potential, and as it manifests, it carries over to all other areas of school and hopefully ultimately life…

“…I do hope as they move on that the memories of these unbelievable experiences the PS22 Chorus kids have earned for themselves will be a continued source of inspiration that they can call upon throughout their lives. I always try to remind them that they themselves have become living proof that through hard work, anything is possible.”

- Gregg Breinberg, Click here for the full interview on Open Education

Here is one of my favorite videos from PS22 featuring a talented young lady Denise; her cover of Chris Tomlin’s “How Great is Our God” is unique and beautiful:

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