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Brenton Brown, born in South Africa, is a Christian songwriter and worship leader. He has a "Worship Lounge" on his blog where people can submit questions to him. He has recorded many worship music CDs. The title track "Everlasting God" on his solo album, "Everlasting God" was given an award at the ASCAP awards ceremony in 2008. It was the first time that a Christian song was recognized at this major awards ceremony.
He left South Africa for Oxford, England in his early twenties on a Rhodes Scholarship. While studying politics, philosophy and theology he joined Vineyard Music (UK), serving as worship pastor at the Oxford Vineyard, UK, and eventually as coordinator of the Vineyard (UK) Worship Development Team. His songs, "Lord Reign in me," "All who are thirsty," "Humble King," "Hallelujah [Your love is amazing]" and "Holy" were recorded on the popular Vineyard UK projects during this time.
In 2006, he released his first solo album, Everlasting God with Survivor in the UK and rest of the world, and with Sparrow in the United States and Canada. The title track - "Everlasting God" - has gained a lot of popularity within the world of worship music. The song received an award at the ASCAP awards ceremony in London on 15 October 2008. The song written by Brenton Brown and Ken Riley was honoured as one of the most performed songs in the USA, during 2007, across all genres. This is the first time that a Christian song has been recognized at this major music awards ceremony. "Everlasting God" has been recorded by other artists, including Lincoln Brewster, and most notably by Chris Tomlin on his 2006 album, See The Morning. Brenton has appeared on numerous live and compilation albums, including events such as Hope 2008 and Mission:Worship. He released his second solo album, Because of Your Love, in 2008.
In 2009, Brenton was signed to Kingsway Communications. In October 2009, he released Introducing Brenton Brown, an EP with some of his biggest hits. This was followed up in 2010 by the full-length album Adoration, which contained many of the songs from his independent release Because of Your Love plus the new song "A Thousand Stars". Later in 2010, Brenton released his first album of all new material on Kingsway: Our God Is Near. He released his first live solo record God My Rock in 2012. The record was recorded at a Dare2share event in Dayton, OH. It featured six new songs as well as some of Brenton's most popular songs including Hosanna (praise is rising) and Everlasting God. It was released by Integrity Music.
Brenton is a co-writer on Third Day's single 'Soul on fire', the title of their 2015 tour. The song spent 11 weeks at number 1 on Christian Hit Radio.
Pure Worship Conference
As part of the Pure Worship Conference hosted in 2010 by Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa (CA), Brenton Brown launched his new CD with a concert on April 23, titled Adoration, which was also the title and theme of the Conference. During the concert, Brown led worship and shared his personal testimonies, as well as much of the inspiration behind some significant songs. Brown was among a handful of artists, pastors, and musicians who came for the weekend to host not only music but also workshops on how to play various musical instruments, lead worship sessions, understand Christian songwriting, and read and understand what the Bible says about pure worship.
Vineyard music albums
- Come Now Is The Time (1998)
- Hungry (1999)
- Surrender (2000)
- I love Your presence (2000)
- Humble King (2002)
- Songs 4 Worship: The UK Collection (2003)
- Lord reign in me (2003)
- Turn It All Down (2006)
- Holy (2001)
- Everlasting God (2006)
- Because of Your Love (2008)
- Our God is Near (2010)
- Adoration (2010)
- God My Rock (2012)
- Adoration (2010)
- Our God Is Near (2010; 2011 US)
- God My Rock (Live) (2012)
- Introducing Brenton Brown (2009)