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MUSICAL MISSIONARY RICK PINO SET TO REND THE HEAVENS

MUSICAL MISSIONARY RICK PINO SET TO REND THE HEAVENS

 

By Lindsay Williams

 

 

“From the rising of the sun to its setting my name will be great among the nations, and in every place incense will be offered to my name, and a pure offering. For my name will be great among the nations, says the LORD of hosts.” (Malachi 1:11, ESV)

 

Austin, Texas, is often referred to as the live music capital of the world. And for good reason. Every night, there’s between 600 to 1,000 musicians performing within the city limits. Meanwhile, in the midst of the vibrant cacophony, a global worship movement is being birthed, and worship leader Rick Pino is heading up the revolution. “We just believe God wants to change the name of our city,” Pino attests. “So we’re here to see Austin rise up as the live worship capital… We have a big heart to see our city flooded with worship music.”

 

Pino and his family made the move from Dallas to Austin four years ago and have since established Heart Of David—a hub for like-minded creatives and worshippers. Heart of David is home to a ministry school, a house of prayer with daily worship and prayer sets, and a weekly outreach to the city. In addition, Heart of David sends missions teams and associates to an average of 25 nations each year. The organization also hosts the highly-anticipated PRESENCE worship festival every summer.

 

“We’re calling ourselves ‘musicianaries’—musical missionaries that will cross the road and will cross oceans to bring the gospel of Jesus to people,” Pino shares, adding, “For the past three years we’ve been traveling the globe as well as pioneering our movement here in Austin.”

 

The next phase of the movement will begin this summer as Pino and his musicianary crew plan to launch Heart of David (HOD) Global, a presence-driven, relationship-based worship network.

 

“Now that our local base is becoming established, we have a vision to branch out and see a worldwide community of like-minded, like-hearted people who want to host the presence of the Lord in their city, who want to train and equip the Davids and who want to see the earth filled with worship,” Pino explains.

 

Any organization is generally only as successful as its leader, and with Pino at the helm, Heart of David has the opportunity to impact countless lives for the cause of Christ. Traveling to an average of 15-20 nations annually, Pino has personally visited more than 55 nations in the two decades he’s been leading worship. “About the time I was 11-years-old, the music light-switch just came on in me. I was kind of thrown into it at the time, and I’ve been leading worship ever since,” he says. “I have a big heart for the unreached and I believe worship is the key to unlock the nations.”

 

Despite amassing an impressive underground following through his consistent touring and independent album releases, Pino maintains strong relationships with numerous mainstream worship leaders who have become the face of the modern worship movement.

 

“I feel like we have one hand partnered with our mainstream friends in the surface and one hand partnered with our grassroots friends in the underground,” he offers. “We want to leverage any influence we have to bring people together to host His presence.”

 

A key component of the fresh prototype he’s crafting is focused on continuous worship hosted at Heart of David in an effort to create a space where people can experience the true meaning of Church and the fact that it doesn’t have anything to do with an actual building.

 

“Because of my heart for the day and night worship movement that is exploding all over the earth, I think it would be a shame if Jesus only had a bride on Sunday morning,” Pino shares. “I feel like Sunday morning only Christianity is coming to an end, and I really believe that the entire earth, as we get closer to the return of Jesus, is going to begin to not just go to church but be the church seven days a week. And then our weekly expression—whether that’s a Sunday morning or a Friday night, whenever your community meets—that is kind of the cherry on top after you’ve already been the church for the rest of the week.”

 

Malachi 1:11 has become a central verse in establishing this vision. “We’re releasing the incense of worship all over the globe because we’re crazy enough to believe, What if that verse was actually talking about us?” Pino asserts. “And I feel like when we say, ‘yes,’ to those realities in the Scripture, we get to step into history.”

 

Putting this Scripture into action, with a heart rooted in worship, Pino has made his original music accessible to broader audiences through a series of eight independent releases—a mix of studio and live recordings. His latest, Rend The Heavens, is a live project that captures the raw, unbridled chemistry of the evening through original and spontaneous moments of worship. The album debuted on the top of the iTunes Christian chart in the company of new releases from Kari Jobe, Hillsong and Passion. With no overdubs, Rend The Heavens remains an untouched glimpse into a typical worship gathering led by Pino.

 

“There’s a human element to it,” Pino reflects. “So many times we can produce the anointing out of something because we want it to be perfect, but God says it’s not about perfection; it’s about authenticity.”

 

Ironically, the album’s most powerful moment doesn’t come in the form of a song but in a spoken-word testimony track where Pino candidly shares his family’s personal story of longing for a second child. After the birth of their daughter, Pino and his wife struggled with infertility for six years. Yet, the medical advice they were given didn’t align with the spiritual guidance they were receiving.

 

“The whole time the doctors were diagnosing us with infertility, we would have people speaking over us who didn’t even know what we were going through. They’d speak over us, saying, ‘We just feel like God’s going to give you guys more kids,’” Pino explains. “So we were in this really interesting swirl, where the doctors are diagnosing one thing, but the people of God are speaking and declaring another thing; and we knew it was true.”

 

Years of faith, prayer and prophetic words from trusted friends (and even strangers) eventually brought about the miraculous birth of their son. Today, Pino and his wife take their two children with them as they travel the globe. “We really value our children growing up in the Presence, and also having a global worldview of what God is doing all across the body of Christ, not just in America,” Pino says.

 

It’s a perspective he feels many believers in North America—young and old—fail to grasp. “I think a lot of Americans are going to be surprised when they get to heaven, and they see that God is not a white American and worship is not just white American worship,” Pino maintains. “He obviously loves white American worship, but God is the One who instituted culture. God’s the One who instituted nations, and we’re going to be really surprised when we get there and there’s an Indian flair and an African flair and a Middle Eastern flair and an American flair. That, to me, is a picture of heaven.”

 

As the founding father of the grassroots global worship movement he’s pioneering, he hopes to instill a taste of this multi-ethnic tapestry into his music, his ministry and his relationships. “For eternity we’re going to be known as lovers and worshippers of God,” Pino offers, “so the cool part is we don’t have to wait until we die to step into our eternal calling. Whether you’re in Australia or Israel or Taiwan or Canada or Mexico or America, you can worship Him right now, and you can begin to synchronize heaven and earth.”

 

For all the latest information on Rick Pino, Rend The Heavens (Live), touring, Heart Of David and more, go to http://rickpino.com/, http://www.heartofdavid.org/, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Internationally Renowned Worship Leader Darlene Zschech Releases 5-Star Acclaimed Here I Am Send Me

 
 

INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED WORSHIP LEADER DARLENE ZSCHECH RELEASES 5-STAR ACCLAIMED HERE I AM SEND ME CD/DVD TODAY FROM INTEGRITY MUSIC

 

Named A “Top-Notch Album By One Of Today’s Premier Voices In Worship”

 

First Radio Single, “You Are Great,” Goes For Adds March 6

 

Zschech Featured At US/UK Women’s Conferences This Year

 

 

Renowned worship leader, author and pastor Darlene Zschech releases the Here I Am Send Me CD/DVD globally today (March 3) from Integrity Music. Available now at digital and physical retailers, the album was recorded live with her team at Hope Unlimited Church on the Central Coast of New South Wales, Australia, and features 11 new songs penned by her along with guest writers like Martin Smith, Paul Baloche, Jenn Johnson and Leeland Mooring.

 

Here I Am Send Me is Zschech’s first project following a life changing cancer diagnosis in 2014 and her first new album since 2013’s critically acclaimed Revealing Jesus. Produced by Andy Mak, the new recording opens with a full-on declaration of the greatness of God in the song and first radio single from the recording, “You Are Great,” written with Smith (Delirious?) in response to the most challenging season of her life.

 

“When I was at my sickest, Martin flew over from England to sit with us, sing songs over our church, and walk and talk with me and my husband, all the while speaking courage into us,” Zschech says, her voice full of emotion recalling the dark days after her diagnosis of breast cancer that is now in remission. “It’s week one of treatment and you feel like you’re going to die, and Martin said, ‘Darls, I know you’re going to want to write songs about this season. What do you want to say?’ And I said, ‘I want to say ‘HE IS GREAT!’ And so we wrote this song together and have been singing it in our church. That’s where it started… In the midst of the fire, it doesn’t change who our God is.”

 

Following this opening track, the album proceeds to take listeners through a journey declaring God’s greatness, love and call, and gives worshippers a voice of response. It features “You Will Be Praised” written with Baloche and Johnson, “Beloved,” a modern hymn of surrender co-written by Zschech with Mooring and Casey Moore, “Love and Wonder” written by the Zschech’s teen daughter, Zoe,and Bonnie Gray, “Kingdom Come” co-written with Thomas Macken, and “Go” written with Mak. “Go” closes the album and serves as a song of commissioning along with the title track, Here I Am Send Me.

 

Sharing the new music live around the globe, Zschech will be featured at the Devoted Women’s Conference today and tomorrow (March 3-4) in Virginia Beach, VA before heading to Ghana for the nation’s 60th Anniversary of Independence on March 6. She will also be featured at the Cherish Women’s Conference 2017 June 1-3 in Bradford, UK.

 

In addition to her touring, Zschech and her new music are gathering current and upcoming covers, features and reviews in media outlets like Charisma, CBN News, Simple Grace, “The Boundless Show” (Focus On The Family), “100 Huntley Street,” CCM Magazine, Leading Hearts, Worship Musician and more.

 

Worship Leader also lauds in its five-star lead review this month that this is a “top-notch album by one of today’s premier voices in worship,” and goes on to say, “Darlene Zschech is back for her first album since being diagnosed with breast cancer, and Here I Am Send Me is not only an amazing offering filled with new songs for the church to sing, but a personal testimony to God’s faithfulness for leading her through that journey.”

 

Worship Musician adds, “In a world that seems to celebrate shameless imitation, there are a finite number of artists who define iconic – without ever trying. From ‘Shout To The Lord’ to ‘Victor’s Crown,’ Darlene Zschech has relentlessly led us deeper into the heart of worship. Declaring ‘Here I Am, Send Me,’ Darlene once again leads us to the holiest of holies…In addition to great worship songs, musos will appreciate Darlene’s outstanding vocal performances.”

 

NewReleaseToday.com says, “From the first track to the last, Here I Am Send Me is overflowing with passionate songs of praise, singing His promises through her own pain, all carried by the soft yet bold voice that has led millions into the presence of God.”

 

For all the latest Darlene Zschech album and tour news, visit www.hereiamsendme.org, http://darlenezschech.com, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. A trailer for the Here I Am Send Me DVD can also be viewed at www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1HL7lWLdlQ.

 

About Darlene Zschech:

Darlene Zschech is an Australian worship leader, pastor, speaker and author. She has written over 100 songs, including “Victor’s Crown,” “In Jesus’ Name,” “Worthy Is The Lamb,” “At The Cross” and the global anthem “Shout To The Lord,” a song that is sung by an estimated 30 million churchgoers every week. She is most passionate about her family, and continually makes a strong stand about the importance of marriage, motherhood (and grandmotherhood) and ministry. She has also penned best-selling books including Worship Changes Everything, Revealing Jesus, Extravagant Worship and The Art of Mentoring. Zschech and her husband Mark serve as senior pastors of Hope Unlimited Church on the Central Coast of New South Wales and together they founded HOPE:Global to serve the poorest of the poor.

 

About Integrity Music:

Integrity Music is part of the David C Cook family, a nonprofit global resource provider serving the Church with life-transforming materials. With offices in Nashville, Tennessee (US) and Eastbourne, East Sussex (UK), Integrity is committed to taking songs of substance to the local church and its leaders around the world. Integrity publishes many of the top songs in the Church, including “Great Are You Lord,” “Revelation Song,” “Open The Eyes Of My Heart,” “Your Great Name,” “I Am Free” and the No. 1 radio hit “We Believe” (Newsboys). Additional information is available at www.integritymusic.com.

Called “An Album Of Albums” By Critics, Laura Story’s Open Hands Is Out Today

Called “An Album Of Albums” By Critics,
Laura Story’s Open Hands Is Out Today

Single tops Soft AC on Billboard Chart for seven weeks

Nashville, Tenn. (Mar. 3, 2017) – On the heels of “Open Hands” sitting atop Billboard’s Soft AC Chart for seven weeks, GRAMMY® winner Laura Story’s fifth album, Open Hands (FAIR TRADE SERVICES), is available nowA fresh collection of originals, Open Hands blends Story’s signature congregational worship music with intimate moments. In addition to collaborating with fellow GRAMMY® winner Mac Powell of Third Day for the chart-topping title track, Story also teamed up with Matt Maher and Matt Redman, penning a track found on Open Hands

“I wanted to make an album so that each song I write would be just that seed of hope or that lifeline that someone listens to during that tough moment and thinks, ‘I’m going to choose to trust God, even during this,’” Story shares. “I pray that God would speak through me in the midst of the music.”


Resonating with the new 11 track LP, read what critics have to say about Open Hands:
“The first-fruits of Laura Story’s newest album, Open Handshas already made significant waves with the early release of the title track that features Third Day front man Mac Powell. The rest of Story’s latest matches that single’s impactful message and vision with songs that remind us of God’s grace and glory in all facets of life, both up and down.” – CCM

“On March 3, Laura Story is back with what I like to call her album of albums… Open Hands is a collection of worship anthems sprinkled with soft, soothing ballads of praise.” – New Release Today

“… her latest accomplishment raises the bar even higher by exploring the challenges and rewards of giving life’s ups and downs over to God.” – Simple Grace 

Last night, Story performed at NRB Proclaim 2017’s Closing Gala Dinner alongside renowned theologian Dr. RC Sproul. Story will be in Minneapolis today where she will be leading worship at Set Apart Women’s Conference with best selling author Ann Voskamp. Throughout the spring, Story will be performing across the country in New York, Virginia, Florida, Alabama and more. For her latest tour schedule, visit laurastorymusic.com/tour/.

Open Hands is available at iTunes, Amazon Music and Spotify.

About Laura Story
GRAMMY® award winning artist, speaker, songwriter, author and worship leader Laura Story has a gift for penning songs that connect with people all around the world. Among her successes as a solo artist with her smash hits “Mighty To Save” and “Blessings,” Laura has also penned hit songs for other renowned artists including Chris Tomlin’s “Indescribable.” Her solo artist music debut in 2008 with Great God Who Saves led to four Dove nominations and the award for “Inspirational Album of the Year.” In 2011, Laura released her sophomore project Blessings. The album and the emotionally powerful title was inspired by her real life trials and adversities, primarily her husband Martin’s diagnosis of a brain tumor. The album resonated with a huge audience and led to whirlwind career highlights for Laura, peaking at the No. 1 album spot for three consecutive weeks on Billboard’s Contemporary Christian Overall chart, topping the iTunes® Christian/Gospel Top Songs chart and holding the No. 1 spot for an impressive 28 consecutive weeks on the Christian charts. The success of the single “Blessings,” which was certified RIAA Gold, includes the GRAMMY® Award for Best Contemporary Christian Song, the Billboard Music Award for Top Christian Song and the Dove Awards for Song of the Year, Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year, Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. The song inspired Laura’s first book, “What If Your Blessings Come Through Raindrops?” in 2012. A follow-up book, “When God Doesn’t Fix It, Lessons You Never Wanted to Learn; Truths You Can’t Live Without” and companion bible study DVD and study guide, released last year. 
God Of Every Story released in 2013 to much acclaim, and her first ever Christmas project God With Us, debuted in October 2015. Open Hands is available now. Laura is a worship leader at Perimeter Church outside of Atlanta, GA and lives with her husband Martin and three children.

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