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The Walk: Devotionals for Worshippers

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Join us as we give a differed featured worshipper each week a platform to share their experiences in the form of a devotional podcast. The Walk invites listeners to travel along and learn how God uses the practice of worship to develop in all of us a deep faith with an overflow of joy.

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The Walk is a production of Authentic Media's Worship Leader Magazine. Emmy Award-winning producer and editor Matt McCartie teamed up with host and Authentic Media partner Joshua Swanson to bring this podcast to life.
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A Conversation with Darlene Zschech
November 27, 2023 - 35 min
In a candid and spirited conversation with Worship Leader Magazine Editor-in-Chief, Joshua Swanson, Darlene Zschech, the renowned Australian musician, songwriter, worship leader, and pastor, shares insights into her life, Christmas traditions down under, the state of worship music, and the heartbeat behind her recent songwriting. This intimate dialogue, captured on video, offers a glimpse into the heart of a woman who has left an indelible mark on the world of worship. Christmas Down Under: A Unique Blend of Heat and Holy Moments Darlene Zschech kicks off the conversation by unraveling the mysteries of an Australian Christmas. The beach becomes their sanctuary, where they sweat through a hot turkey meal, inspired by Hallmark movies. She paints a vivid picture of their unique Christmas tradition, where the juxtaposition of hot turkey and sandy beaches creates a memorable holiday experience. Amidst laughter, Zschech shares her family's not-so-epic nativity set, humorously acknowledging the reassembled baby Jesus, who bears the signs of a few mishaps. Her favorite Christmas dish, a delectable French creation made with puff pastry, caramel, and custard, adds a touch of sweetness to the festive season. When asked about her favorite Christmas carol, Zschech passionately expresses her love for O Holy Night, particularly Josh Groban's rendition. Yet, what truly captivates her during Christmas is the universal singing of scripture.  Navigating the Currents of Worship Music Transitioning to the state of worship music, Zschech delves into the cultural nuances that shape worship around the world. Drawing a sharp contrast between the persecuted church, where worship is a matter of life or death, and the comfortable Western world, she emphasizes the need for accountability to maintain the purity of worship. Acknowledging the challenges that comfort poses to the Western Church, Zschech urges believers to stay hungry and avoid becoming complacent. She passionately advocates for the importance of the church body, emphasizing the need for open dialogue to uphold the purity of worship and prayer. Sharing her involvement with Open Doors, an organization dedicated to supporting the persecuted church, Zschech sheds light on the sacrificial commitment of individuals like her husband's cousin, Wayne, who prioritizes sharing the gospel over personal safety. Worship Beyond Music: Living a Lifestyle of Worship Moving beyond the confines of music, Zschech reflects on the concept of a "lifestyle of worship." She narrates a poignant encounter with a young boy in Rwanda who challenged her to abandon the phrase in favor of simply calling it life. For her, living a life of worship involves maintaining a constant conversation with God, creating margin for the Holy Spirit's leading, and fostering an environment where worship extends beyond musical rehearsals. As Zschech articulates the essence of worship, she underscores the need to empty hands of worldly attachments, embracing a posture that aligns with Romans 12—a holistic offering of one's entire being. Navigating the Industry and Staying True to Worship With a keen eye on the challenges within the worship industry, Zschech emphasizes the importance of compassion over criticism. Addressing the industry's struggles, she advocates for pioneers who explore new avenues for artists to earn a living without compromising their convictions. In a world that often pits generations against each other, Zschech challenges the older generation to champion and support the creativity of the youth. Instead of feeling threatened, she urges believers to create room for the next generation's fresh expressions of worship. Championing the Next Generation: A Call to Unity Expressing her admiration for the younger generation's no-nonsense approach to faith, Zschech lauds their demand for authenticity. She sees their creative contributions as a revitalizing force in the church, urging the older generation to make way for the vibrant ideas and expressions of the youth. In a powerful call to action, she challenges believers to champion the next generation, fostering an atmosphere of encouragement and support. Rejecting the notion of a divided church, Zschech envisions a united body where each generation contributes to the rich tapestry of worship. From Worship Leader to Pastor: A Journey of Surrender As the conversation draws to a close, Zschech reflects on the unexpected journey into pastoral ministry. Recounting a pivotal moment with her husband, Mark, she shares their 'Hineni' moment—a willingness to say 'yes' to God before fully understanding His plan. The decision to pastor a broken-down church, marked by humility and a desire to set a table for everyone, became a tes
A Conversation with "Goodness of God" Songwriter Jenn Johnson
November 20, 2023 - 27 min
In a recent interview, songwriter and worship leader Jenn Johnson, renowned for her award-winning song Goodness of God, shared insights into her perspective on worship, the role of the local church, accountability, and the songwriting process. Johnson, who received the Song of the Year award at the 2023 Dove Awards for Goodness of God, opened up about her personal journey and the profound meanings behind her music. Worship: A Multifaceted Lifestyle When asked about the meaning of worship, Johnson described it as a multifaceted concept. Drawing on a vision she had, she explained how worship involves magnifying God, receiving His declarations over nations, and, importantly, becoming like the object of worship. Johnson emphasized that worship extends beyond musical expressions to encompass one's entire life, from public stages to private moments. Balancing Worship and Accountability The conversation delved into the challenge of ensuring that worship leaders don't end up worshipping the act of worship itself rather than God. Johnson emphasized the importance of avoiding self-absorption and shared an analogy of an elephant and a mouse crossing a bridge to illustrate the need for humility and a focus on God's glory rather than personal accomplishments. The Role of the Church As a church leader, Johnson expressed her deep appreciation for the local church. Reflecting on her upbringing in a small community church, she highlighted the beauty of a church focused on bringing the lost to Christ and caring for its members. Johnson stressed the significance of being planted in a church community, emphasizing the biblical principle that those planted in the house of the Lord flourish. Accountability in Leadership Discussing accountability, Johnson shared that it is one of her top priorities. She underscored the value of correction over encouragement and spoke about her personal experience of being corrected by her mother-in-law, Benny, whose love and guidance played a crucial role in shaping Johnson's life. Johnson advocated for creating a safe space for leaders to be vulnerable and transparent about their struggles. Songwriting: A Journey of Inspiration Johnson revealed that her songwriting process involves seeking inspiration from God. Whether facing natural disasters or personal challenges, she turns to the Lord and asks, "What are you saying?" She shared stories behind some of her songs, including You're Gonna Be Okay, written during her husband's nervous breakdown, and the powerful anthem Goodness of God, born out of overwhelming gratitude for God's faithfulness. Encouragement for the Next Generation In closing, Johnson offered words of encouragement for the next generation. Drawing inspiration from the biblical story of David, she emphasized the importance of staying faithful to one's current assignment and allowing God to elevate individuals in His perfect timing.  Jenn Johnson's insightful and heartfelt conversation provides a glimpse into the heart of a worship leader who seeks to inspire and guide others in their journey of faith. From the multifaceted nature of worship to the vital role of accountability and the profound impact of her songwriting, Johnson's perspective offers wisdom and encouragement for individuals navigating their own spiritual paths. - - - - - - - - - Please subscribe to our social channels for more information and great content surrounding building a lifestyle of worship. This podcast is brought to you by Authentic Media and Worship Leader. Our host is Joshua Swanson and the show’s co-producer and editor is Matt McCartie. More episodes can be found at the link below. - - - - - - - - - Links: Who is Jenn Johnson? Jenn Johnson is a co-founder and President of Bethel Music and Bethel Music Worship School, headquartered in Redding, California. She is also a musician, a songwriter, singer, speaker and author. Jenn has been an integral part of 16 albums by Bethel Music that have influenced the culture of worship across the global church. Jenn has written and been a part of several anthems sung by
A Conversation with Chris Llewellyn
November 13, 2023 - 18 min
In a recent conversation with Worship Leader Magazine Editor Joshua Swanson, Rend Collective's Chris Llewellyn opened up about his son, new music, and the beauty of God's use of struggle to call us back to Him. Llewellyn and Swanson began by discussing Rend Collective's history, which dates back to 2003. Llewellyn explained that the band began as a Bible study group and that their early music was simply a way to document their journey together. "We must have pressed like a hundred EPs," Llewellyn said. "But it's nothing, nothing more than that. Uh, but Chris Tomlin and Martin Smith had two of them, and so, uh, those are kind of two pretty big names there." Swanson asked Llewellyn how it came to be that Chris Tomlin and Martin Smith had two of Rend Collective's early EPs. Llewellyn explained that a mutual friend named Les Moir had passed them out, and that Tomlin had decided to invite Rend Collective on tour after Matt Redmond pulled out at the last minute. Llewellyn then went on to talk about his son, who was born severely autistic. He explained that his son's condition has been a challenge for the family, but that it has also brought them closer to God. "I think there's a beauty in the struggle," Llewellyn said. "God is using it to call us back to Him. He's using it to refine us. He's using it to make us more like Jesus." Llewellyn also talked about Rend Collective's new music, which he said is more personal and honest than ever before. "I think we're writing songs that are more specific to our own experiences," Llewellyn said. "We're not trying to write universal songs that will connect with everybody. We're just trying to write songs that are true to us." Swanson concluded the conversation by asking Llewellyn what he hopes people will take away from his new music. "I hope that people will be encouraged and challenged," Llewellyn said. "I hope that they will see that God is present in the midst of their struggles. And I hope that they will be drawn closer to Him." Llewellyn's conversation with Swanson is a powerful reminder that God is with us in our struggles. He uses them to refine us and make us more like Jesus. He gives us the gift of music to help us express our faith and encourage others. -- -- -- -- -- -- Please subscribe to our social channels for more information and great content surrounding building a lifestyle of worship. This podcast is brought to you by Authentic Media and Worship Leader. Our host is Joshua Swanson and the show’s co-producer and editor is Matt McCartie. More episodes can be found at the link below.     Discover more Christian podcasts at and inquire about advertising opportunities at
Justin Gambino Devotional: Finding Worship In Iraq
November 6, 2023 - 33 min
The episode tells the story of Justin Gambino, a Texas worship leader, recording artist, and songwriter whose life journey is a testament to faith and forgiveness. Raised in a devout Christian family, Justin's early passion for music led him to become a talented musician. However, in his teenage years, he succumbed to self-destructive behaviors, including addiction and legal troubles. Facing a pivotal moment in court at the age of 18, he chose redemption by opting for community service and military service over jail time. During his military deployment in Iraq, he had a spiritual awakening, which led him back to his faith and music. After completing his military service, Justin pursued a career in music as a recording artist and worship leader. He faced challenges, especially during the 2020 pandemic, but had a profound encounter with God that transformed his life. This article highlights Justin's journey of redemption and revival through faith. This is a very special testimonial episode of The Walk Podcast and we hope you enjoy it. - - - - - - - - - Please subscribe to our social channels for more information and great content surrounding building a lifestyle of worship. This podcast is brought to you by Authentic Media and Worship Leader. Our host is Joshua Swanson and the show’s co-producer and editor is Matt McCartie. More episodes can be found at the link below. - - - - - - - - - Links: Who is Justin Gambino? Since 2015, acclaimed Texas-based singer/songwriter Justin Gambino has been developing an enthusiastic following across the United States and around the world with his charismatic live performances and hope-filled anthems. With an EP, a full-length recording, and numerous cinematic music videos to his credit, Gambino’s signature songs include “Your Hands & Feet,” “Anchored” and “Going Under.” He’s performed at festivals, churches, camps and other venues, opening for such genre leaders as TobyMac, for KING + COUNTRY, Crowder, Casting Crowns, Skillet and Switchfoot. Gambino’s testimony is a consistent theme in his music and ministry. A rebellious teen, he was arrested for theft at the age of 18. Opting for military enlistment and community service in lieu of incarceration, he spent eight years in the US Navy. While serving in Iraq, Gambino was asked to lead worship on base, rekindling a love for music he first embraced as a child. Battling PTSD and anger issues following his military service, Gambino turned to alcohol and spiraled into depression and despair. One night, on the floor of his apartment, he cried out to God for help and a new journey of redemption, hope and purpose began. Coming full circle, Gambino now holds the Brazoria County Revival each year on the steps of the Texas courthouse where he was sentenced as a teen. Discover more Christian podcasts at and inquire about advertising opportunities at
A Conversation with Michael Tait and Adam Agee from Newsboys
October 30, 2023 - 45 min
Worship Leader and The Walk Podcast had the exclusive opportunity to dive deep into the minds of the legendary Newsboys, featuring the dynamic duo of Michael Tait and Adam Agee. This candid and enlightening conversation took us on a journey through the intricate world of worship, music, and the challenges that fame brings. The Newsboys had more than just music to share; they offered a spiritual experience like no other. The Sonic Puzzle of Worship Music Our voyage begins with the enigmatic nature of worship music. The Newsboys were unapologetically candid about the complexities in defining and categorizing worship melodies. The question loomed large: Can worship music transcend the boundaries of genre? Michael Tait eloquently emphasized that worship traverses the vertical, honoring God, and the horizontal, our interactions with others. In their view, it's an extraordinary tool for communication with the Creator himself. Performance as a Holy Act As our conductor for this spiritual journey, Joshua Swanson dared to ask the question on everyone's minds: Can performing rock anthems be a form of worship? Adam Agee, the sage of the Newsboys, revealed that this idea evolved. Initially, they faced resistance to the audacious fusion of rock and worship. But to them, worship is an intimate expression of individual gifts that guide people towards the Creator. The crowds that unite during their performances are a testament to this profound connection. The Fame Tightrope Walk The spotlight can be both a blessing and a curse, and the Newsboys know it well. Michael Tait, with wisdom etched on his soul, spoke of the struggle to stay grounded in the face of temptation. To fend off the snares of fame, he advocates daily prayers and adorning spiritual armor against the influence of dark forces. He believes in relying on God's grace and making God a part of every endeavor. Adam Agee added a poignant note: fame doesn't grant immunity from self-doubt and trials, but their faith provides the strength to weather the storm. Wisdom For Generations To the aspiring souls of the next generation, the Newsboys offered profound guidance. They emphasized the importance of making wise choices and understanding the weight of consequences. Battle-scarred by their own struggles with self-doubt, they stressed the significance of dedicating each morning to God, making Him the priority in the rhythm of life. Their advice was a harmonious blend of practicality and faith. Prayers for the Journey As the serenade with the Newsboys drew to a close, Joshua Swanson asked the audience to join in prayers on behalf of these messengers of music and faith. Michael Tait requested prayers for the band's ongoing impact through their melodies, as well as for the stamina and consistency to carry forth their message. Adam Agee humbly sought prayers for their health and safety during their extensive tour, recognizing the challenges of life on the road. The Newsboys' interview gave us more than a glimpse into their faith-driven artistry; it provided a portal into the profound complexities of their spirituality and their unwavering commitment to crafting music with a message. This was not just an interview; it was an exploration of their souls, revealing the intricate harmonies of faith, fame, and the power of music. Key Takeaways Worship Music's Uncharted Territory: The Newsboys shed light on the complexity of defining worship music, challenging traditional boundaries and genre categorizations. Their view that worship encompasses honoring God and guiding interactions with others opens up new perspectives on the role of music in faith. Performing as a Spiritual Expression: The evolution of their belief that performing can be a form of worship showcases the band's willingness to push boundaries and embrace rock music as a vehicle for spiritual connection. Their concerts serve as a testament to the power of music to unite and elevate the audience's spirits. Staying Grounded Amidst Fame's Temptations: Michael Tait's emphasis on daily prayers and spiritual armor as protection against the trappings of fame reveals their commitment to staying true to their faith in the face of celebrity. Their experience highlights the struggle to balance spirituality with the demands of stardom. Advice for the Next Generation: The Newsboys' advice to the next generation underscores the importance of wise choices and an unwavering faith. Their personal experiences with self-doubt and their commitment to starting each day with devotion to God provide practical insights for those navigating their own journeys of faith and music. <
A Conversation with Benji Cowart
October 23, 2023 - 24 min
Benji Cowart, a renowned Nashville songwriter, opens up about the struggles of balancing his creative profession with his spiritual journey. He candidly admits that the commercial aspects of songwriting have sometimes hindered his spiritual growth. However, he also recognizes that challenging periods can often serve as catalysts for spiritual revival. Cowart underscores the significance of seeking God's direction and embracing one's true calling in life. His insights offer valuable perspectives on navigating the complexities of faith and career in the modern world. Key Takeaways: Cowart acknowledges the difficulty of maintaining spiritual depth while working in a commercial industry like songwriting. He describes the "recipe for revival" as desperation, suggesting that challenging times can lead to spiritual growth. He emphasizes the importance of relying on God's guidance and recognizing one's calling in life. - - - - - - - - - Please subscribe to our social channels for more information and great content surrounding building a lifestyle of worship. This podcast is brought to you by Authentic Media and Worship Leader. Our host is Joshua Swanson and the show’s co-producer and editor is Matt McCartie. More episodes can be found at the link below. Sponsor: Planning Center - - - - - - - - - Links: Who is Benji Cowart? Born and raised just north of Nashville in Hendersonville, TN, Benji’s roots are in Music City. Growing up in a home that encouraged creativity and musical expression.  Whether he was singing around the house, at church or in a kid’s choir, christian music was a big part of Benji's life. It wasn't until middle school that he discovered his love for writing which was heavily was influenced by one of his English teachers. Since then Benji has always been involved in some form of ministry. With his wife Jenna Cowart, Benji has served on staff at churches in North Port, Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; Buffalo, New York; and Covington, Louisiana. Through his work in the church, Benji learned how to write songs for the congregations he was leading, and it was through this time of serving that he wrote "The Only Name (Yours Will Be)" and "Redeemed" which became his first major radio cuts with Big Daddy Weave.  In 2013 Benji returned home to Nashville to begin his professional songwriting career signed under Word Entertainment where he has continued to write songs for christian music and sync.  At the end of 2021 Benji signed with TIM Publishing. He is currently living in Franklin Tennessee with his wife Jenna and their four kids. He looks forward to his time at TIM Publishing and hopes to continue to write songs that God will use to impact people in very deep and profound ways.   Discover more Christian podcasts at and inquire about advertising opportunities at
Mac Powell Devotional: What Is My Daily Medicine?
October 16, 2023 - 18 min
In a heartfelt and insightful devotional, Mac Powell, a renowned worship pastor, musician, and solo Christian artist best known for being a part of the band Third Day, shared his perspective on what he considers to be his daily medicine for physical, mental, and spiritual strength.  Mac Powell centers his discussion on three pillars of daily medicine that have played a significant role in shaping his faith and sustaining him through life's challenges. The Word of God: Mac emphasizes the fundamental importance of the Bible in his life. He firmly believes in the Scriptures as a means for Believers to not only learn about God but also gain insights into life itself. He shares a personal testimony from his senior year in high school when he was led back to faith by reading the Book of Romans, illustrating the transformative power of God's Word. For Mac, daily engagement with the Bible, even if it's just a few verses, is essential for spiritual growth and strength. Key Takeaway: Regularly spending time with the Bible is crucial for spiritual nourishment and growth, and it has the power to rekindle one's faith. The Spirit of God: Mac Powell believes in the need for God's Holy Spirit to lead, guide, comfort, and counsel individuals. He underscores the role of prayer in fostering a connection with the Spirit. Mac's personal journey includes a commitment to prayer, which became more profound during the COVID-19 pandemic. Prayer, he explains, has the potential to provide answers and guidance, much like the time he spent reading the Bible in high school. Key Takeaway: Consistent and intentional prayer is a means of connecting with the Holy Spirit, receiving guidance, and navigating life's challenges. Fellowship and Community: In his third pillar, Mac emphasizes the significance of fellowship and community with other Believers. He believes that interacting with fellow Christians helps maintain accountability, truth, and a deeper understanding of God's will. The act of spending time with the body of Christ, sharing meals, and engaging in conversations about faith and life is vital to his spiritual growth. Key Takeaway: Fellowship with other believers is essential for grounding one's faith, maintaining accountability, and discerning the truth. Biblical Inspiration: Mac Powell draws inspiration from Acts 2:42, a verse that captures the essence of the early church's daily practices. He believes that the commitment to the apostles' teachings (the Word of God), fellowship, and prayer, as seen in this verse, serves as a timeless model for today's believers. Key Takeaway: The practices of the early church, as documented in Acts 2:42, serve as a guiding blueprint for modern Christians to strengthen their faith and grow spiritually. Mac Powell's devotional highlights the importance of consistent and intentional engagement with three key elements: the Word of God, the Spirit of God through prayer, and fellowship with fellow believers. His personal anecdotes and biblical references underscore the transformative potential of these practices in maintaining physical, mental, and spiritual strength. As Mac beautifully expresses, these practices have been timeless cornerstones of faith that sustain and nourish the soul, as witnessed in Acts 2:42. In times of doubt or challenges, finding one's daily medicine in these three pillars can rekindle faith and provide the strength needed to navigate life's journey. - - - - - - - - - Please subscribe to our social channels for more information and great content surrounding building a lifestyle of worship. This podcast is brought to you by Authentic Media and Worship Leader. Our host is Joshua Swanson and the show’s co-producer and editor is Matt McCartie. More episodes can be found at the link below. - - - - - - - - - Links: Who is Mac Powell? Mac Powell, originally from Alabama, moved to Atlanta, GA as a sophomore in high school where he would soon co-found the Christian
A Conversation with Pat Boone on The Walk
October 9, 2023 - 60 min
He has sold over 50 million records over his seven decade career and has recorded more songs than any other artist in history, he’s a legendary singer, a Hollywood actor and personality, an author, a winner of countless awards, but most importantly he has been a man of faith since he was 13 and at 89 he has an abundance of wisdom that we can all learn from. On this episode of The Walk, we feature a conversation the remarkable Pat Boone. Pat Boone and Joshua Swanson discuss the importance of kindness and compassion and a life lived in the midst of Hollywood for Jesus. Pat Boone begins by saying that it is important to be kind and compassionate. Boone also says that worship can happen anywhere, not just on a platform. He believes that God has made each of us with our own unique individual sound, and that our diversity is a beautiful thing.  Boone's statement about worship happening anywhere is a reminder that we can worship God in any way, anywhere, and at any time. We can worship Him through our singing, our prayers, and our actions. We can worship Him alone or with others. There is no one right way to worship. Boone's analogy of creation to illustrate the beauty of diversity is a powerful one. Just as creation is diverse, so are we. We are all different, with our own unique gifts and talents. We should celebrate our diversity and unity in Christ. Key Takeaways: Kindness and compassion are important. Pat Boone begins by saying that it's important to be kind and compassionate.  Worship can happen anywhere. Pat Boone goes on to say that worship doesn't have to happen just on the platform, but can also happen in the pews. We are all uniquely created. He believes that the beautiful thing about the Lord is that he has made us with our own unique individual sound. Even our voices are individual. Our identity should be rooted in Christ. Boone believes that if our identity is rooted in Christ first, then we can all become super blended in what we do. Diversity is a beautiful thing. He uses the analogy of creation to illustrate the beauty of diversity. He says that there is something beautiful about when all of the sound of creation comes together. - - - - - - - - - Please subscribe to our social channels for more information and great content surrounding building a lifestyle of worship. This podcast is brought to you by Authentic Media and Worship Leader. Our host is Joshua Swanson and the show’s co-producer and editor is Matt McCartie. More episodes can be found at the link below. - - - - - - - - - Links: Who is Pat Boone? Pat Boone's journey is a remarkable tapestry of musical achievements. With a staggering 50 million records sold globally, he stands tall among the top 10 recording artists in history, marked by a series of consecutive Top 10 and No. 1 hits that underscore his undeniable influence on the music scene. Rising to prominence in the 1950s after triumphing in TV's inaugural national talent contest, Boone's smooth and wholesome musical style resonated deeply, leading to starring roles in Hollywood hits like "April Love" and "State Fair." His recent accolades include the Grace Award for Most Uplifting Performance In Movies at the esteemed Movieguide Awards for his role in "The Mulligan." Pat Boone's indelible legacy resonates through his music and contributions to entertainment. His triple stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, celebrating his achievements in Recording, Motion Picture, and Television, stand as a testament to his enduring impact. A virtuoso in singing, acting, songwriting, and authorship, Boone's timeless appeal continues to captivate across generations. As he has just released his highly-anticipated country album, "COUNTRY JUBILEE" on September 8, 2023, Boone's Nashville roots come alive in a heartfelt tribute featuring 25 tracks. The album showcases his versatile talent, including five Top 100 Country recordings, a captivating duet with Crystal Gayle titled "You and I," and an energetic anthem "GRITS," featuring collaborations with luminaries like Ray Stevens, The Gatlin Brothers, Lorrie Morgan, Deborah Allen
A Conversation With Charity Gayle On The Walk
October 2, 2023 - 19 min
In this conversation with Charity Gayle, she shares insights about her journey in worship music and her commitment to keeping worship sacred. Charity discusses how she was introduced to worship music through her family's deeply spiritual upbringing and her early exposure to choir and worship in church. She emphasizes the importance of worshipping in secret as a way to maintain the authenticity of worship and its significance in her life. Charity also reflects on the labels associated with music genres and emphasizes that the primary identity should be as disciples of Christ. She discusses her unique approach to worship, blending different styles and focusing on the authenticity of the church's song. She believes that when individual identities are rooted in Christ, a beautiful and unified sound emerges, much like the diverse sounds of creation. Towards the end, Charity offers words of encouragement to local church leaders dealing with burnout. She emphasizes the importance of teamwork, communication, and seeking guidance from experienced elders in the church. She also shares her excitement about the next generation of young leaders who value authenticity and believes they hold something unique for the future. Lastly, she highlights the significance of accountability in her life, particularly through her pastor, her husband, her parents, and fellow worship team members. Overall, Charity Gayle's conversation highlights the importance of authenticity in worship, the unity of the church's song, and the value of accountability and guidance in one's spiritual journey. Key Takeaways: - Charity Gayle emphasizes the importance of keeping worship sacred by practicing it in secret, understanding its weight, and realizing that it's a testimony shared with the Lord and the congregation. - She believes that labels in music genres should take a back seat to the primary identity of being disciples of Christ. - Charity discusses her unique approach to worship, blending various musical styles and focusing on the authenticity of the church's song. - She offers words of encouragement to local church leaders, emphasizing teamwork, communication, and seeking guidance from experienced elders in the church to combat burnout. - Charity is excited about the next generation of young leaders who value authenticity and believes they bring something unique to the future of worship. - Accountability plays a vital role in her life through her pastor, her husband, her parents, and fellow worship team members. - - - - - - - - - Please subscribe to our social channels for more information and great content surrounding building a lifestyle of worship. This podcast is brought to you by Authentic Media and Worship Leader. Our host is Joshua Swanson and the show’s co-producer and editor is Matt McCartie. More episodes can be found at the link below. - - - - - - - - - Links: Who is Charity Gayle? Charity houses a powerful voice that has a fresh yet reminiscent sound. She loves the Lord with fierce faith and was raised in a home full of worship and has been involved in ministry since she was a child. Growing up in Buffalo, NY, Charity was a part of a culture that thrives in the spirit of unity while celebrating diversity. Surrounded by worship and the Word, her love for praising Jesus through music grew as she did. One of her favorite things growing up was watching her mom direct choir at Thursday night choir practice and by the age of 16, she was directing multiple choirs herself. “I love harmonies in gospel music. I think about Heaven being full of every type of voice from every nation, finding their part and praising God at the top of their lungs together around the Throne.” She spent two years in Nashville in 2014 and 2015 where she fell more in love with the art of writing songs for the church. Focusing on bridging the gap between worship and gospel music, she has authored songs like ‘Amen’ ‘Psalm 100 (Enter In), Cleansed and ‘New Name Written Down in Glory’. Her first record, ‘Lord, You are my Song, debuted at #1 in the Christian and gospel genre in January 2018. She recently released her sophomore album ‘Endles
Tiffany Hudson Devotional: The Worship Leader John the Baptist
September 25, 2023 - 17 min
Tiffany Hudson of Elevation Worship uses an unlikely Bible character as an example of her “favorite worship leader.” John the Baptist isn’t necessarily remembered for his lyrical skills or musical abilities, but his heart is positioned in a posture of worship like few others written about in scripture. Tiffany’s devotional today teaches us how to posture ourselves in the same way as this great worship leader did when he fulfilled prophesy and prepared a way for the savior to come.  Key Takeaways: - John the Baptist recognized when the Spirit of God walked into the room. - John prepared the way for Jesus. - John was a prophet who always pointed back to Jesus. - John preached a message of repentance. Repentance must be a part of our daily walk as Believers. Matthew 3:1-3 In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea 2 and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” 3 This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord,     make straight paths for him.’”[a] - - - - - - - - - Please subscribe to our social channels for more information and great content surrounding building a lifestyle of worship. This podcast is brought to you by Authentic Media and Worship Leader. Our host is Joshua Swanson and the show’s co-producer and editor is Matt McCartie. More episodes can be found at the link below. - - - - - - - - - Links: Who is Tiffany Hudson? Tiffany Hudson grew up in the church as a Pastor’s kid, always knowing she wanted to be in ministry. “I felt God draw my heart to Him and I began to fall in love with His presence,” Tiffany shares. “I didn’t know what it would look like or how God would use me, I just knew I was meant to serve His church.” It was also at her parent's church where she started honing in on her worship-leading skills, learning to play multiple instruments and write songs.  Today, Tiffany is an award-winning songwriter (“Graves Into Gardens,” “Wait On You,” “Never Lost,” among others), a member of the GRAMMY Award-winning group Elevation Worship, and a worship leader at Elevation Church.  She has also been honored to be part of the numerous accolades Elevation Worship has received:  RIAA Gold® certification status for their song “Graves Into Gardens,” a GRAMMY Award® in 2022 for their collaborative album with Maverick City Music Old Church Basement, two Billboard Music Awards® (in 2021 as Top Christian Artist and Top Christian Song “Graves Into Gardens”). Along with two GMA Dove Awards® in 2021 (Top Worship Recorded Song, “Graves Into Gardens;” Top Worship Album, Old Church Basement), she has also received additional GMA Dove Award nominations with the group. Tiffany released her solo debut album, Hidden Here, on Elevation Worship Records which features a variety of styles that have individual worship focus as opposed to the corporate worship style Elevation Worship delivers. She shares, “After a season of what felt like a creative drought, I began to sit down at my piano and felt the Lord begin to download songs and themes that felt very important to Him.” Who Is Elevation Worship? Elevation Worship is the worship ministry of Elevation Church, a multisite church based in Charlotte, N.C. led by Pastor Steven Furtick. Discover more Christian podcasts at and inquire about advertising opportunities at
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Hosted by award-winning voice talent Joshua Swanson, The Walk is a podcast dedicated to sharing the stories of passionate believers with a message for our large audience of worshippers. Our guests are creatives who walk with God daily and bring a great word to the Body of Christ. They include worship leaders, pastors, educators, speakers and artists. Listeners will travel along each week and hear an intimate first-person story and learn how, through that story, our guests have built a lifestyle of worship.
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