Friday, July 25, 2008


Retreat to Advance Presents Worship in the Redwoods:
Christian Songwriters Conference August 25 -28, 2008

Join Paul Baloche, Don Moen, Phil Wickham, Sara Groves, Derek Webb, Joy Williams, as well as producers and songwriters Charlie Peacock and Bob Kauflin, and many other world-renown songwriters and instructors for this completely unique, intimate retreat among the majestic California redwoods in the heart of the Santa Cruz mountains. Experience fellowship, instruction, and times of deep refreshing worship with artists and songwriters who are shaping the contour of Christian music. Plus, have your songs evaluated by professionals and share your work with fellow attendees.

The Christian Songwriters Conference is for all songwriters interested in honing their craft in a creative, constructive, and inspiring setting. In addition to times of corporate worship and instruction, the conference offers two major workshop tracks: the Art of Songwriting and the Business of Songwriting. Attendees will have the opportunity to attend either track throughout the day along with plenary sessions in the mornings and evenings featuring worship, artist performances, and reflections on songwriting from our distinguished group of artists and songwriters.

The Art of Songwriting will be taught by our world-class faculty of experienced songwriters who have written worship standards such as "Open the Eyes of My Heart", "God is Good All the Time", "Above All", as well as #1 radio hits such as "Divine Romance" (Phil Wickham) and "Hide" (Joy Williams).

The Business of Songwriting will be taught by a faculty of leading industry professionals including music publishers, A & R representatives, and booking agencies that have real world experience and advice to share.

The Christian Songwriters Conference is for those who want to:

Interact with some of the most successful songwriters in the Christian music industry today.

Learn from industry professionals on how to navigate the business of songwriting
Network with other high potential songwriters and musicians
Have their work reviewed by professionals

Be challenged spiritually to capture the heart of God in a song
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1 comment:

Steve said...

The Direction Of Music – Writing Songs That Point To God

By Steve Baney

We all remember studying parts of speech in school, learning to identify nouns, verbs, and other types of words. Once we'd mastered these basics, we moved on from studying individual sentences to studying entire paragraphs, looking for themes, content, and the infamous moral of the story. These same techniques can be applied to music.

Let's look at two familiar songs to identify similarities and differences...

Read the rest of this article and a list of questions we can use to evaluate worship songs on the TIPS page of