Lincoln Brewster

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Lincoln Brewster
Lincoln Brewster performing live at the Creation Festival NorthEast 2009.
Background information
Born (1971-07-30) July 30, 1971 (age 45)
Fairbanks, Alaska
Genres Worship, CCM
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, worship leader, pastor
Instruments Guitar, vocals, drums, mandolin, percussion
Years active 1994–present
Labels Integrity
  • Lincoln Brewster
  • Peter Burton
  • Mike Johns
  • Roman Vysochin
  • Josh Falcon
Past members
  • Norm Stockton
  • Serge Lysak
  • Steve Padilla
  • CJ Hatlevig
  • Reid McNulty

Lincoln Brewster (born July 30, 1971) is an American contemporary Christian musician and worship pastor. As a guitarist, singer, and songwriter, Brewster became a sought-after session guitarist in the early 90s. Brewster is the senior worship pastor at Bayside Church in Granite Bay, California.


Brewster has been musically inclined since his early childhood in Homer, Alaska. At the age of one, his mother, Cheryl, noticed how well he could keep rhythm on a drum set his grandfather had given him. At the age of five, his mother introduced him to the mandolin. Quickly mastering the instrument, he began playing for cruise ship tourists alongside his mother in Homer. Brewster's step brothers include John and Andy Hillstrand from the Discovery channel TV show Deadliest Catch.[citation needed]

By the age of 12, Brewster had a band called Lincoln and the Missing Links, which included his mother on bass and vocals. In his late teens, he moved with his family to Modesto, California, where he attended Grace M. Davis High School and joined the high school jazz band (playing guitar and drums) and marching band (playing snare drum).

Due to connections gained in Los Angeles, he had recording contract offers by 19. Feeling an emptiness in his life, Brewster attended church services with his high school sweetheart, Laura. He recalls feeling God drawing him close after attending a drama ministry performance with Laura. "I was afraid to lay down a lot of things in my life," Brewster said. "One night, I laid all my cards on the table. I asked the Lord to come into my life, all by myself. It was the best night of sleep I'd ever had. I was very peaceful. I think that was what enabled me to blow off that record deal."[citation needed]

After receiving a call from Steve Perry inviting him to audition as lead guitarist for his solo project For the Love of Strange Medicine, Brewster accepted and began songwriting and rehearsals for the album. Brewster's guitar technique, tone, and equipment choices possessed similar qualities and texturing to Journey's Neal Schon, and was touted as a favorable feature in the resulting album.[citation needed] He was then married to Laura and soon after toured with Perry for six months from 1994 to early 1995.

At the end of the tour, Brewster moved back to Modesto, California to be with his wife where they attended Calvary Temple Church. After working as a sound technician for the church for a while, the senior pastor offered Brewster the position of associate music director and youth worship leader.

In 1997, the Brewsters left California and moved to Nashville to serve as youth pastors and eventually as full-time music ministers at The Oasis Church. It was there that Brewster met with executives from Integrity Incorporated who were there to work on a new Hosanna! Music album. After seeing his talent on the guitar, one executive listened to a demo project Brewster had produced. Already impressed with the production work and artistry, the executive also learned that Brewster had played every instrument and performed all the vocals himself. In 2001, Brewster moved back to California to become the worship pastor at Bayside Church in Sacramento.

Brewster was signed to Integrity's Vertical Music label with whom he has released five full-length albums.

While working on his own self-titled album (with producer Paul Mills), Brewster worked with label-mate Darrell Evans, contributing vocals, guitar and co-writing on Evans' Freedom project. He also spent some time on the road, touring with Michael W. Smith during Smith's 1998 Live the Life tour. Brewster's second album, Live to Worship (produced by Jeff Quimby and co-produced by Brewster), was released in 2000. According to his biography in his official website, "Lincoln now combines his talents and determination to record songs that will minister to a new generation of believers."

Brewster's album, Today Is the Day, was released on September 23, 2008.[1] The album's first released single, was the title track "Today Is the Day".

On September 22, 2009 Brewster released a deluxe edition of Today Is the Day consisting of a CD with same songs as Today Is the Day as well as a and DVD containing two music videos, a few song stories and a part of his instructional video.[citation needed]

Brewster released his latest project, Real Life, on September 28, 2010. The record is packed full of upbeat, contemporary worship tracks such as "Best Days" and the optimistic "Reaching For You." It also includes contemplative radio-ready songs such as the title track "Real Life," and the rhythmic "Whom Shall I Fear".[citation needed]

In 2012, Brewster released his first Christmas album, Joy to the World.[citation needed] A deluxe edition was released on November 5, 2013 with seven new tracks and an additional DVD.[citation needed]

In 2014 Brewster released Oxygen, his ninth studio album after signing with Integrity Music after 15 years. He called the album a "new sound",[citation needed] which explained the album's high sense of modern pop music with of course a lot of guitar riffs and solos.[citation needed]

In 2015, Lincoln Brewster released his first rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner as a surprise on the US national day.[citation needed] He was a part of the Winter Jam Tour 2015 West Coast.[citation needed]


Brewster primarily uses two different 57 reissue Fender Stratocasters with DiMarzio pickups, one with Ash body on an Aztec Gold finish, the other on a three-color sunburst finish with an Alder body, both with maple fingerboards and necks.[citation needed] He has other Stratocasters as well as a few Gibson Les Pauls and an SG and other different guitars.[citation needed] According to his Twitter account, a signature model of his Aztec Gold stratocaster is in the works.[2]

Brewster also achieves his live tone solely from a Line 6 POD HD500 unit. He occasionally uses a provided amp for stage noise only and goes direct to the PA system with the floor POD.[3]



Title Release Date
Lincoln Brewster April 21, 1999
Live to Worship May 17, 2000
Amazed August 2002
All to You... Live August 30, 2005
Let the Praises Ring November 7, 2006
Today Is the Day September 23, 2008
Real Life September 28, 2010
Joy to the World: A Christmas Collection by Lincoln Brewster October 9, 2012
Oxygen: A Worship Album August 19, 2014


Album Release Date Songs
Caught in the Moment 2006 "Caught in the Moment"
Let the Praises Ring 2006 "Everlasting God"
"Love the Lord"
Today Is the Day 2008 "Today Is the Day"
"God You Reign"
"Salvation Is Here"
"The Power of Your Name"
A Christmas Offering 2009 "Glory to God"
Real Life 2010 "Reaching For You"
Joy to the World 2012 "Little Drummer Boy"
Oxygen 2014 "Made New"
Star Spangled Banner 2015 "Star Spangled Banner"
Oxygen 2015 "There Is Power"


Album Title Release Date Songs
B.C./A.D.: Who Split Time? 1999 "What Kind of Man"
Youthlink: Beyond Sight 1999 "Shout to the Lord"
Only God for Me 1999 "More Faithful Than I"
Rock of Refuge: Acoustic Worship 2000 "Everybody Praise the Lord"
Millennium Worship 2 2001 "Psalm 91"
World's Best: Days of Elijah 2001 "The Power of Your Love"
Open the Eyes of My Heart, Volume 1 2001 "The Power of Your Love"
"You Alone"
"Lord, I Lift Your Name on High"
Creation Worships 2002 "The Power of Your Love"
"Take Me Higher"
"Lead Me"
Open the Eyes of My Heart, Volume 2 2002 "Take Me Higher"
"Psalm 91"
"God of Wonders" (guitar with Paul Baloche and Lamont Hiebert)
Songs 4 Worship: Modern 2002 "Shout to the Lord"
"Lord, I Lift Your Name on High"
"Take Me Higher"
"Breathe" (with Jami Smith)
Absolute Worship 2004 "The Power of Your Love"
Vertical Momentum "Let the Praises Ring"
You've Got Music "Everybody Praise the Lord"
Everything Counts "More Like You"
Offering of Worship "You Are the One"
Brilliant Music of Today: Hear & Now 2005 Majestic
Worship Project H2.14 2005 "Majestic"
"All the Earth Will Sing Your Praises"
Cover the Earth 2005 "Love the Lord"
Arise: A Celebration of Worship 2006 "Let the Praises Ring"
"All to You"
"Another Hallelujah"
"Everybody Praise the Lord"
iWorship Platinum 2006 "Shout to the Lord"
iWorship 24:7 2007 "Salvation is Here"
"Everlasting God"
"Love the Lord"
iWorship Connect 2009 "Today Is the Day"
"Everlasting God"
Worship and Adore: A Christmas Offering 2009 "Glory to God"


Artist/Title Release Date
Shades of Shadow by Quintana & Spear 1992 played lead guitar on three tracks
For the Love of Strange Medicine by Steve Perry 1994 played lead guitar, sang background vocals and assisted in songwriting
Freedom by Darrell Evans 1998 played lead guitar, all other electric guitar, mandolin and collaborated in some songwriting
Tea in the Typhoon by Norm Stockton 2009 Guitar solo on "...But I Play One on TV (I'm Not a Fuzoid)"
Twenty Three by Cindy Cruse Ratcliff 2011 background vocals and played lead guitar on one track



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