Great Britain’s best-selling, best-loved kids music brand, Vineyard UK Kids, releases Great Big God Live: A Kids Praise And Worship Celebration DVD and bonus CD of the songs March 22, 2011. The first live DVD in the acclaimed Great Big God series, the series will also be brought to North America with marketing and distribution for the first time though Kingsway and EMI CMG respectively.
Co-producer of Vineyard Music’s all time best-selling album, Hungry, Nigel Hemming also produced Great Big God Live and has written many of the songs in the Great Big God series. Uniting Biblically sound, simple lyrics designed to help children and young people connect with God, Great Big God Live features Hemming leading a cast of vocalists that include Wendy O’Connell (Come, Now Is The Time To Worship), Charlie Groves and Jodie Frye. The project also introduces 13-year-old Joel Barber, who not only leads on vocals and guitar, but also penned two new songs himself.
With nine new songs in all, plus four fan favorites with new arrangements, the Great Big God Live DVD and bonus CD was recorded live with a full band and children’s choir as kids packed the Vineyard Birmingham UK. The project also includes demonstrations on making your own drums and puppets, learning some of the dance moves and behind the scenes footage.
“Great Big God is a refreshing return to praise and worship for kids,” says award-winning children’s music and video producer, Alex MacDougall. “Millions of kids have been impacted through live worship in the past, and it’s exciting to see powerful songs performed in a fun and uplifting way, once again leading children closer to Christ. Parents will love this resource.”
“The Vineyard team is doing amazing work to fuel hearts of worship in children and help them develop a relationship with Jesus…people learn 70 percent of their theology from worship songs,” says New Wine magazine, as Cross Rhythms calls the Great Big God series “a first rate resource for any hard-pressed Sunday school” and heralding that “it is possible to record music for the under eights without making the adults cringe.” Community Covenant Church in Alaska adds, “The lyrics connect with kids’ real lives, and open the door to worship in prayer, movement and art as well as music.” An Amazon.com reviewer emphasizes that Great Big God music is “energetic, enthusiastically performed, and with the kind of lyrics that encourage singing along and worshipping God without being condescending or banal.”
The full track listing for the Great Big God Live DVD/CD follows:
01. Everybody’s Welcome
02. God Is Watching
03. Down On My Knees
04. You’re Everywhere
05. God So Loved The World
06. And I Love You (Ooh La La La)
07. God’s Amazing Children
08. Our God Is Here
09. Be Myself
10. My God Is Big
11. Jesus Superhero
12. So Glad
13. Great Big God
* The CD includes an additional song, “Never Be The Same.”
Written by worship leader Nigel Hemming and his wife Jo, the song “Our God is a Great Big God” sparked the debut of Great Big God in 2001, becoming the first Vineyard Records UK children’s worship album. Since then, there have been four Great Big God recordings, each gathering critical acclaim and geared to help children and adults connect with God while equipping those who work with children. The recordings also launched the Great Big God live events at churches across the UK, South Africa and the US, as well as featured appearances at New Wine summer conferences. For more information, go to www.greatbiggod.com or www.vineyardrecords.co.uk.
Tracing its music heritage to 1969, Kingsway today is known as a leader in Worship Music. As the creator of Thank You Music, and later in partnership with EMI, its catalogue includes songs such as “Here I Am to Worship,” “In Christ Alone,” “Everlasting God” and “Blessed Be Your Name” to name a few.
Kingsway’s songs are sung in more than 300,000 churches worldwide accounting for over 30% of CCLI’s (Church Copyright Licensing International) bestseller list. With writers and artists like Tim Hughes, Matt Redman, Delirious?, Graham Kendrick and Stuart Townend, Kingsway is dedicated to feeding the Church with songs that will change the world. As the music arm of David C Cook, a non-profit organization located in Colorado Springs, CO, a significant portion of the profits that Kingsway and David C Cook generate are used to provide discipleship and music materials free of charge to church leaders in developing parts of the world who wouldn’t be able to get them any other way.