Hello Guys...hope you've read the last post on 'Exploring Contemporary Praise and Worship'. If you haven't, please do. It would really expose you and hopeful challenge you to excellence.
As a music minister, I get to listen to a lot of songs and am constantly on the look out for songs for the choir/worship leaders. When I come across a really good song that blesses me, I love to research the original writer(s) of the song and also the story behind each song. It's always amazing discovering the deep stories behind each song. Some songs are birth out of people's personal experiences; some from a revelation in scripture or a sermon in church and others could be divine inspiration from God. Learning about the story behind the song really helps me connect with the song better and relate to the sentiments of the songwriter (s).
I'd like to encourage you as a worship leader to make it a habit of researching the story to a song. It will take your interpretation of songs to a whole new level in addition to making you an more effective worship leader.
Check out this video from Delirious, the group that originally wrote the song 'Majesty'. They are also the writers of 'I could sing of your love forever'.
Check this one out as well, the story behind 'How Great is our God'. If you are a contemporary worship leader and haven't heard about Chris Tomlin, you're probably in a different planet ....LOL.
Anyway, you'll most likely know the songs he's authored. He's the co-writer or writer of 'How Great is our God', 'Indescribable', 'Forever (Give thanks to the Lord)', 'Holy is the Lord', 'I know who I am', 'God of this city' and many other great songs that have blessed touches around the world in the past few years.
Finally, check out the story behind 'Everlasting God'; written by Brenton Brown, who is also the writer of 'Lord Reign in me'.
Let me know what you think about these song stories and research your favourite worship songs.