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|Origin||Redding, California, U.S.|
|Genres||Contemporary worship music|
|Labels||Bethel Music, Integrity, Kingsway Music|
Jonathan David Helser
Hunter G.K. Thompson
|Past members||William Matthews|
Bethel Music is an American worship group from Redding, California, where they started making music in 2001, at Bethel Church. They focus on producing worship songs and albums that are largely written and recorded by members of their Artist Collective.
From 2009 to 2013, Bethel Music rapidly grew from being a relatively small local church music ministry to becoming a fully-fledged record label and publishing company, featuring songwriters and worship leaders based out of Bethel Church in Redding, California.
In January 2015, Bethel Music launched their Artist Collective, expanding their group of locally based artists to include North Carolinians Josh Baldwin and Jonathan and Melissa Helser. Later that year, in May, they included Cory Asbury, formerly of the International House of Prayer. In September 2015, it was announced that Leeland would also be joining the Collective.On November 2, 2016, Bethel Music issued a press release announcing that they and longtime member William Matthews had agreed that William would no longer be a part of the Bethel Music Collective. Just days later, it was announced that Sean Feucht would officially join the artist collective of Bethel Church.
Members of Bethel Music, as of September 2018, include:
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- Undone (Brian & Jenn Johnson with Leah Märi) (2001)
- We Believe (Brian & Jenn Johnson) (2006)
- All I Have Needed (Leah Märi) (2010)
- Here Is Love (2010)
- Love Came Down - Live Acoustic Worship in the Studio (Brian Johnson) (2010)
- Be Lifted High (2011)
- Hope's Anthem (William Matthews) (2011)
- The Loft Sessions (2012)
- For the Sake of the World (2012)
- Gabriel Kansas (EP) (Hunter G.K. Thompson) (2013)
- Without Words (2013)
- Tides (2013)
- Discover Bethel Music (2013)
- Tides Live (2014)
- Swan Song (EP) (Hunter G.K. Thompson) (2014)
- The Undoing (Steffany Gretzinger) (2014)
- On the Shores – Rerelease (Jonathan David & Melissa Helser) (2014)
- You Make Me Brave (2014)
- We Will Not Be Shaken (2015)
- Without Words: Synesthesia (2015)
- Brave New World (Amanda Cook) (2015)
- Come Alive (Bethel Music Kids) (2015)
- Have It All (2016)
- Invisible (Leeland) (2016)
- Beautiful Surrender (Jonathan David & Melissa Helser) (2016)
- Christmas Party (EP) (Bethel Music Kids) (2016)
- After All These Years (Brian & Jenn Johnson) (2017)
- Starlight (2017)
- The War Is Over (Josh Baldwin) (2017)
- After All These Years (Instrumental) (Brian & Jenn Johnson) (2017)
- Where His Light Was (Kristene DiMarco) (2017)
- More (Jeremy Riddle) (2017)
- Reckless Love (Cory Asbury) (2018)
- Blackout (Steffany Gretzinger) (2018)
- Bright Ones (Bright Ones) (2018)
- Moments: Mighty Sound (2018)
- Wild (Sean Feucht) (2018)
- Victory (2019)
- Bethel Music en Español (2019)
Releases and reception
We Will Not Be Shaken
Bethel Music's live album, We Will Not Be Shaken was produced by Bobby Strand and Chris Greely, and introduces 11 original songs led by the Bethel Music Artist Collective, including Brian Johnson, Jenn Johnson, Hunter Thompson, Amanda Cook and Matt Stinton, as well as debut artists Kalley Heiligenthal, Hannah McClure, Paul McClure, Jonathan David Helser and Melissa Helser. We Will Not Be Shaken was intended as a catalyst for other worship communities to remain steadfast in their faith no matter what the circumstances. The title track was inspired in a spontaneous moment of worship during a Sunday service and highlights God's enduring promises during times of trouble.
CCM Magazine also lauded the album, saying that there "is quite a bit of buzz surrounding the anticipated release from Bethel Music...and it's all warranted. This is an album that simply soars above the rest... Every track holds a different aspect of beauty...flawless." Christian Review Magazine gave it a five-star review saying the album is an "out-and-out worship release on which each track contains lyrics that praise and glorify God, and point toward His faithfulness, love and grace." NewReleaseTuesday.com for its part loves the "anointed lyrics that are both emotionally stirring and grounded in truth alongside musical atmospheres that quiet the soul while simultaneously clearing space for God to speak."
You Make Me Brave
You Make Me Brave was recorded live at Redding's Civic Auditorium during Bethel Church's women's conference in the summer of 2013. According to The Church Collective, it is "classic Bethel", with 3 of the 12 tracks recorded during spontaneous moments of worship. Their reviewer goes on to say that "the worship leaders from Bethel seriously outdo themselves with their musical influence, heavy synth, and wisely put-together arrangements of songs." Produced by Gabriel Solomon Wilson (www.GabrielWilson.net), & Daniel Mackenzie.
Have It All
On March 11, Bethel Music released Have It All, a live album recorded at Bethel Church. The album was nominated for Worship Album of the Year and Recorded Music Packaging Award at the 2016 GMA Dove Awards, but won neither.
On March 1, 2017, Bethel Music announced that they would be releasing a new album, recorded live on tour, on April 7, 2017.
It was announced on December 10, 2018, that Bethel Music would release a new album titled Victory on January 25, 2019.
Events and tours
Bethel Music regularly tours both in the U.S. and internationally. Artists from the Bethel Music family visited South Africa for the first time in March 2015 and led evenings of worship in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.
In October 2016, Bethel artists Brian and Jenn Johnson, Amanda Cook, Steffany Gretzinger, Jonathan and Melissa Helser, Kalley Heiligenthal, Kristene DiMarco, Paul and Hannah McClure, and Josh Baldwin embarked on a two-week tour to record a live album with guest worship leader Francesca Battistelli. On March 1, 2017, it was announced that the album would be titled Starlight, with pre-orders beginning on March 17 and the official release of the album to be on April 7.
Awards and achievements
Brian Johnson and Jeremy Riddle were nominated for Song of the Year at the 44th Annual GMA Dove Awards for "One Thing Remains". At the Dove Awards' Nashville ceremony in October 2013, Brian & Jenn Johnson sang One Thing Remains alongside Kristian Stanfill and the Passion Band.
At the 2016 GMA Dove Awards, members from the Bethel Music Collective were nominated for ten Dove Awards. Of the ten nominations, they won four: Brave New World, by Amanda Cook, won Inspirational Album of the Year; Come Alive, by Bethel Music Kids, won Children's Album of the Year; "No Longer Slaves", by Jonathan David and Melissa Helser, won Worship Song of the Year; and Without Words: Synesthesia won Instrumental Album of the Year.
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- Covenant Awards
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