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Lincoln Brewster began his musical journey at an age when most children are concentrating on learning to walk. At only one year of age, Lincoln's mother, Cheryl noticed his ability to keep rhythm after his grandfather bought him a drum set. By age seven, Lincoln was playing guitar and mandolin. A musician herself, Cheryl played a key role in her son's musical development, encouraging the gift that God had given him. Cheryl and Lincoln formed a strong musical bond that helped sustain them through rough times. Raised in Homer, Alaska, the youngest of three children, Lincoln's parents divorced when he was just a toddler. Shortly after, a stepfather and stepbrothers were added to the family. They had some moments of joy mixed with years of abuse. Lincoln's passion for music began to grow, but his stepfather hated the fact that Cheryl played music and as Lincoln explains, "that was a real connection for me and my mom."

After Lincoln had begun to master the guitar, Cheryl took him to a local bar so that he could sit in and learn to play with other musicians. By age 12, Lincoln had formed a band called Lincoln and the Missing Links, which included his mom on bass and vocals. His early musical influences included Kenny Loggins, The Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell, Ricky Lee Jones, Van Halen and Heart. When he was 15, his mom remarried again. This marriage took the family to California where Lincoln joined his high school band. He played guitar and drums in the jazz band and snare drum in the marching band. He also performed in a winter percussion ensemble, writing one of its pieces for competitions. As graduation drew near, an opportunity to play in another band with his mom led to connections in Los Angeles.

Within a few years, the possibility of a recording contract developed. At the age of 19, Lincoln had what he had always wanted - a recording contract in hand. Yet, his life felt empty. Laura, Lincoln's high school sweetheart and a Christian, frequently invited him to church. "I'd hear a sermon, go outside, cry and say, That was my life that guy just preached. How did he know?'" After attending a drama ministry performance with Laura, Lincoln recalls feeling God drawing him close. "I was afraid to lay down a lot of things in my life," Lincoln 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." Lincoln didn't know it, but God had something different in mind for him.

One afternoon, he received a phone call from Steve Perry, former lead singer for Journey. Perry invited Lincoln to audition as lead guitarist for his next solo project, For The Love Of Strange Medicine. Lincoln accepted and began songwriting and rehearsals for the album. Following the completion of the project, Lincoln married Laura. He also joined Perry for a nationwide tour that spanned from 1994 to early 1995. During this time, Lincoln noticed a large number of hurting people in the audiences. "I just knew that when you get that many people together in one place, you're going to find people with hurts and needs," said Lincoln. He said the shows were great and entertaining, but not life-changing. After experiencing Christ in his own life, he knew there was more to offer. When the tour ended, Lincoln and Laura made their home in Modesto, California, where they attended Calvary Temple Church. There Lincoln found a spiritual father in Senior Pastor Glenn Berteau, and at that point Lincoln's life reached a crossroads. A musician at heart, Pastor Berteau took a chance on Lincoln and offered him a position at the church as associate music director and youth worship leader. At the same time, secular music job offers came. With prayer and consideration, Lincoln laid down his secular career to serve at the church where he would work on sound systems and recording projects. Lincoln recalls God instructing him to put aside his songwriting and music at that time. He says that he didn't understand that God was using that period to teach and disciple him. "I really had questions about what God was doing with me during that time," said Lincoln. "He just kept telling me, 'My Word is sufficient.'"

Not long after, Lincoln said God released him, "and the songs just poured out." A desire to sing was starting to grow within him. "Finally, I said, God, if You could just give me the courage to sing, I'll honor You with it.'" And that he did. Shortly after, Lincoln began leading worship in the youth group. "When I first started, it was just horrible. Leading praise and worship is a whole different ballgame. But, by the time we left, I was really comfortable doing it and had a great relationship with the kids." The couple later met evangelist Danny Chambers and traveled to Oklahoma City to participate with him in a "Youth America" event. Chambers later invited them to help with the planting of The Oasis Church in Nashville, Tennessee. In June 1997, the Brewsters left California for Nashville where they served as youth pastors and then full-time music ministers at Oasis.

While at Oasis, Lincoln met executives from Integrity Incorporated who were there to work with Chambers on a new Hosanna! Music album. During the recording process, Integrity's Vice President of Creative, Chris Thomason, quickly noticed Lincoln for his guitar virtuosity. Later, Thomason listened to a demo project that Lincoln had produced. Impressed at the production work and artistry, he also learned that Lincoln had played every instrument and produced and performed all the vocal parts for the project. Feeling a shared heart for youth-focused praise and worship, Integrity signed Lincoln to its Vertical Music label. According to Thomason, "Lincoln has a passion for seeing people - especially young people - enter God's presence through worship. Worship has changed Lincoln's life, motivating him to write songs that help others know God more. He's a gifted musician, but his heart for God shows far above his musicianship."

Shortly after, Lincoln and veteran producer Paul Mills began work on the album Lincoln Brewster. Like previous Vertical Music projects, Lincoln Brewster speaks to the hearts of people who are hungry for non-traditional, passionate worship. In addition to working on his own album, Lincoln also began session work with label mate Darrell Evans, contributing vocals and guitar and co-writing one of the songs on Evans' project, Freedom. He also spent time on the road with Michael W. Smith during Smith's 1998 "Live The Life" tour. Following his 1999 self-titled debut, Lincoln returns with Live To Worship, a new offering produced by Jeff Quimby and co-produced by Lincoln. After years of performing music that failed to offer life-changing power, Lincoln now combines his talents and determination to record songs that will minister to a new generation of believers.

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Ryan Dahl Picks Miraculum As His Christmas Favorite

Lincoln Brewster | December 14, 2012 | Categories: News | Tags:

We wouldn't be here with out Ryan Dahl! Ryan is the "man with the plan". Our Chief Creative Officer brings brains and ingenuity to PraiseCharts. Ryan's favorite Christmas song of the year just happens to be number 6 on the top 25 Christmas Worship songs of 2012, Lincoln Brewster's Miraculum. This is one of the hottest Christmas instrumental pieces and we have a full range of products available for download! Ryan explains..."Miraculum defied my impulse More

New Miraculum Guitar Tab Demo

Lincoln Brewster | November 19, 2012 | Categories: News | Tags: ,

We have just charted the Guitar Tab for one of the hottest Christmas instrumental pieces of 2012, called Miraculum (by Lincoln Brewster). If you are a guitar enthusiast, you'll enjoy watching the tab fly by. Download the guitar tab, charts, orchestration, and tracks for this song right here. It has become one of the top 10 downloaded Christmas songs this year. Check out the video here. More

New Tracks From Lincoln Brewster

Lincoln Brewster | November 6, 2012 | Categories: News | Tags:

We have what you've been waiting for! We've added the click tracks, rhythm tracks and reason files for Miraculum, O Come O Come Emmanuel, and Our God (with O Come All Ye Faithful) to the PraiseCharts catalog. Download these and other other popular charts, song sheets and orchestrations from Lincoln Brewster's Joy To The World for your Christmas Worship Season. If you missed the Lincoln Brewster webinar you can listen to the recording on the PraiseCharts More

New Orchestrations From Lincoln Brewsters Joy To The World

Lincoln Brewster | November 3, 2012 | Categories: News | Tags: ,

Are you as excited about Lincoln Brewster's new Christmas album as we are? We have added many new resources from Joy To The World to the PraiseCharts catalog. The orchestrations and audio tracks are now available for Miraculum, Our God (with O Come All Ye Faithful), and O Come O Come Emmanuel.  More

New Orchestrations for Miraculum and Our God!

Lincoln Brewster | October 30, 2012 | Categories: News | Tags: ,

The eagerly anticipated orchestrations are here for Miraculum and Our God (with O Come All Ye Faithful) by Lincoln Brewster. These highly requested songs are from Lincoln Brewsters new Christmas album Joy To The World. Both these songs will be a great addition to your Christmas services. More

Lincoln Brewster's Joy To The World

Lincoln Brewster | October 16, 2012 | Categories: News | Tags: ,

We are excited to bring you the highly anticipated first Christmas collection from Lincoln Brewster titled Joy To The World! This album is filled with classic renditions of traditional favorites, a couple of worship songs and a few originals.  We are celebrating this release with a FREE mp3 for Shout For Joy and a FREE chord chart forJoy To The World.   Download, print and play orchestrations, sheet music, chord charts, click tracks, rhythm More

Lincoln Brewster Webinar

Lincoln Brewster | October 15, 2012 | Categories: News | Tags:

Joy To The World, the first Christmas collection from celebrated worship leader Lincoln Brewster was released last week and it is amazing!   If you missed the Lincoln Brewster webinar, be sure to check it out!  We had a chance to ask Lincoln about his new Christmas album, his life and his ministry. More

Ask Lincoln Brewster A Question

Lincoln Brewster | October 10, 2012 | Categories: News

  We enjoyed having Lincoln Brewster with us this week for the live webinar.  His new album Joy To The World is currently the #1 Holiday album on iTunes this week. If you have any more questions you want to ask Lincoln Brewster, leave a comment below in comment section.  We will see what we can do to get your questions answered! More

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