Christy Nockels has long had a huge appreciation for music and it's role it plays in the kingdom of God. As a worship leader for many years, she has been an integral part of Passion Conferences from its inception in 1997. She's seen first hand music sweep people into the presence of God in a powerful way. On her new sixstepsrecords release, Into the Glorious, Christy's prayer is to further explore biblical truths that elevate our worship and bind us in our hearts even closer to our creator.
“He really took me deeper during this writing and recording process, and I’m just so grateful how He does that,” Christy says of God’s faithfulness. “He doesn’t leave us to our own devices. He loves us enough to take us deeper. I feel like that’s what happened during this record and the end result is something more special to my heart than I can ever remember a record being to me.”
That is saying a great deal considering the young vocalist’s history in music. A pastor’s kid, who was born in Fort Worth and raised in Oklahoma, she grew up singing in church. She met her husband, Nathan, in 1993 at the Christian Artists Seminar in Estes Park, Co. They recorded an independent record with fellow worship leader Charlie Hall under the name Sons & Daughters that led to an invitation from Louie Giglio to participate in the first Passion conference in Austin.
Christy’s voice gained a national platform when she and Nathan formed the duo Watermark, recording four acclaimed albums before that musical season ended, paving the way for Christy’s solo career. In 2008, the couple moved to Atlanta to become part of Passion City Church where she serves on the worship team with sixstepsrecords labelmates Chris Tomlin and Kristian Stanfill. The following year, Nockels released her acclaimed solo debut, Life Light Up and spent much of the next two years touring with Tomlin and Passion. The collection showcased Christy’s warm, passionate voice and vulnerable, intuitive songwriting.
Those gifts continue to anchor Into the Glorious. Produced by husband, Nathan, the album’s pristine, understated production places the focus on Christy’s incredible voice at the focus. Well-respected in the industry as a “singer’s singer,” she has a gift for imbuing each lyric with an authenticity and emotional integrity that resonates with the listener. In fact, Nockels feels she’s connected more profoundly to the songs on Into the Glorious.
As she wrote she bathed the songs in prayer, and found herself being touched in a unique way. “Hearing everything come to fruition it’s been so powerful to me and I just keep praying,” she says. “As soon as each song ends, I’d say, ‘Jesus, please do this in people’s hearts. Do this in people’s lives, continue to do that in my life.’ These songs have continued to minister to my own life. It’s truth that I want to keep believing myself. For artists, it’s so easy for us to pray and sing it over other people, but I think it’s huge when you stand on stage and you can say, ‘I believe this for myself too.’ That’s really what happened for me and it’s been really incredible. Not that I’ve not believed things that I’ve sung in the past, it’s just that I’m all the more sensitive and that’s all heightened in my heart, just believing it for myself, believing the truth for myself and then just believing that God is going to do these things in people’s lives.”
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Every Friday, Christian music publishers release a fresh flow of new music featuring the latest from your favorite Christian artists and songwriters. We keep a pulse on all the new worship songs that churches are widely singing around the world. Check out our curated list of brand new songs in our New Music Friday Worship list. Many of those songs find their way into this list. If you want to keep a pulse on the best music that has been released within the last seven days, this is your list! Check back regularly to see the latest trending songs available with chord charts, vocal charts, instrument arrangements, patches, and multitracks. Listen on Spotify.
PraiseCharts chord charts are transposable, editable, capo friendly and ready for both digital and print use. They match the recordings you know and love, and provide noted tempo and worship-friendly fret diagrams. After experiencing chord charts from PraiseCharts, you may never want to download another kind of chord chart again!
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With all this new worship music coming out every week, choirs are more important than ever. Whether your style is traditional, contemporary, or charismatic, a worship choir puts the focus on people who want to actively lead worship -- with their voices and their faces. We have made sure that all the best worship songs have vocal sheets with parts to sing for soprano, alto, bass, and tenor voices. If you can make room on your team for a choir, (or even just want to break into parts) these songs will raise the roof in your church!
When your choir is ready to pull out all the stops as a community of worship leaders, these arrangements will let their voices soar. With vocals arranged in four-parts (SATB), the Tenors will often be pushing up tight with the Soprano's and Alto's, leaving lots of room for the Bass's to bring in the bottom end. If you are looking for more accessible vocal arrangements, look for the Worship Choir (SAB), Sing It Now (SATB) or Unison/2-Part (ST/AB) versions.