Bethel Music is a community of worshipers and artists based in Redding, California. Birthed out of the local worship ministry of Bethel Church, Bethel Music produces songs and albums that are largely written and recorded by members of their Artist Collective.
According to their website, "Bethel Music aims to write songs that express who God is and who we are in Him; capturing fresh expressions of worship in every season and providing music that will resonate with individuals and worshipping communities around the world."
From 2009 to 2013, Bethel Music rapidly grew from being a relatively small local church music ministry to becoming a fully-fledged record label and publishing company, featuring songwriters and worship leaders based out of Bethel Church in Redding, California.
In January 2015, Bethel Music launched their Artist Collective, expanding their group of locally based artists to include North Carolinans Josh Baldwin and Jonathan and Melissa Helser.
Hunter G.K. Thompson
Jonathan and Melissa Helser
Paul and Hannah McClure
Brave New World (Amanda Cook) (2015)
Without Words: Synesthesia (2015)
We Will Not Be Shaken (2015)
On the Shores (Jonathan & Melissa Helser) (2014 iTunes re-release)
Swan Song (Hunter G K Thompson) (2014)
The Undoing (Steffany Gretzinger) (2014)
You Make Me Brave (2014)
Tides Live (2014)
Discover Bethel Music (2013)
Without Words (2013)
For the Sake of the World (2012)
The Loft Sessions (2012)
Hope's Anthem (William Matthews) (2011)
Be Lifted High (2011)
Love Came Down (Brian Johnson) (2010)
Here is Love (2010)
All I Have Needed (Leah Mari) (2010)
Undone (Brian and Jenn Johnson) (2008)
We Believe (Brian and Jenn Johnson) (2006)
We Will Not Be Shaken
Bethel Music's most recent live album, We Will Not Be Shaken, which was produced by Bobby Strand and Chris Greely, introduces 11 original songs led by the Bethel Music Artist Collective, including Brian Johnson, Jenn Johnson, Hunter Thompson, Amanda Cook and Matt Stinton, as well as debut artists Kalley Heiligenthal, Hannah McClure, Paul McClure, Jonathan David Helser and Melissa Helser. We Will Not Be Shaken hopes to serve as a catalyst for other worship communities to remain steadfast in their faith no matter what the circumstances. The title track was inspired in a spontaneous moment of worship during a Sunday service and highlights God's enduring promises during times of trouble.
CCM Magazine also lauded the album, saying that there "is quite a bit of buzz surrounding the anticipated release from Bethel Music...and it's all warranted. This is an album that simply soars above the rest... Every track holds a different aspect of beauty...flawless." Christian Review Magazine gave it a five-star review saying the album is an "out-and-out worship release on which each track contains lyrics that praise and glorify God, and point toward His faithfulness, love and grace." NewReleaseTuesday.com for its part loves the "anointed lyrics that are both emotionally stirring and grounded in truth alongside musical atmospheres that quiet the soul while simultaneously clearing space for God to speak."
You Make Me Brave
You Make Me Brave was recorded live at Redding's Civic Auditorium during Bethel Church's women's conference in the summer of 2013. According to The Church Collective, it is "classic Bethel", with 3 of the 12 tracks recorded during spontaneous moments of worship. Their reviewer goes on to say that "the worship leaders from Bethel seriously outdo themselves with their musical influence, heavy synth, and wisely put-together arrangements of songs."
Bethel Music's Steffany Gretzinger has crafted an intimate collection of original songs, debuting her first solo album in August 2014. The Undoing began from what Steffany describes as "the moments in-between": the life we live in between our corporate worship gatherings. She asks the question, what does it look like to worship in the process of growth, love, pain, healing? The Undoing is a whole-hearted response to this question and the journey it beckons, resulting in 11 lyrically-rich tracks bearing fresh melodies and unique instrumentation. Some songs began in spontaneous worship, whilst others began as personal prayers or were simply written for friends.
Awards and Achievements
Brian Johnson and Jeremy Riddle were nominated for Song of the Year at the 44th Annual GMA Dove Awards for One Thing Remains. At the Dove Awards' Nashville ceremony in October, 2013, Brian and Jenn Johnson sang One Thing Remains alongside Kristian Stanfill and the Passion Band.
Canadian-born Bethel Music artist Amanda Cook was recognized at the 2014 GMA Canada Covenant Awards, named as Female Vocalist of the Year, and winning Song of the Year for her much-loved anthem, You Make Me Brave.
In March 2015, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) gave top honors to Jeremy Riddle's This is Amazing Grace as their Song of the Year.
Events and Tours
Bethel Music regularly tours both in the U.S. and internationally. Their heart for their Worship Nights tours is to partner with what God is doing in communities around the world and see heaven invade earth.
Artists from the Bethel Music family visited South Africa for the first time in March 2015 and led evenings of worship in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.