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Diante do Trono (IPA: [djɐ̃.tɨ du tɾonu]; lit.: Before the Throne) is a Brazilian contemporary Christian music band formed in 1997 in the city of Belo Horizonte, in the Lagoinha Baptist Church. It is led by singer, songwriter and pastor Ana Paula Valadão. The group became popular in Brazil after the release of their first work, the disc Diante do Trono 1998. However, it was the albums Águas Purificadoras and Preciso de Ti that gained them international recognition, turning them into the main worship ministry in Latin America and one of the most successful in Brazilian music.
In one presentation, held in 2003 during the recording of the album Quero Me Apaixonar, Diante do Trono gathered about 2 million people. The band has won trophies for Talent and Promise, and was also nominated for a Latin Grammy in 2012 with the Sol da Justiça work. Diante do Trono has sold over 15 million records in various formats, one of the record holders of record sales in Brazil.
The band, from its inception had a brass orchestra and strings, has had several instrumental changes throughout its career, especially the period of the years 2011 and 2012, when the only members that remained from the initial training group were Ana Paula Valadão, vocalist and band leader, and Elias Fernandes, rhythm guitarist of the set. With the end of the orchestra the band's sound became noticeably more pop rock. The band's music is characterized by congregational singing and contemporary Christian music, with influences of pop rock, progressive rock and folk.
The band had also created the Center for Ministerial Training Diante do Trono (CTMDT), a preparatory center for musicians and singers in the area of missions, as well as the Arts Factory, which in a partnership with the Lagoinha Baptist Church trains professionals in diverse areas such as singing, theater and dance, and has part of his discography devoted entirely to children. Diante do Trono participates in social projects, such as India Project, which collects and help Indian girls in prostitution, food donations to cities in the North of Minas Gerais in 2003, and a campaign of bone marrow donations in Barretos, during the recording of their thirteenth album in 2010.
1995–2000: The early years
In 1995, the pastor Márcio Valadão, father of Ana Paula and senior pastor of the Church, together with Sérgio Gomes, decided to make a record, whose income would serve to combat child prostitution that they saw on a trip to India. The material for the album was recorded on 31 January 1998. Along with Ana Paula, the vocals were formed by singers including André Valadão, his brother, and Nívea Soares. A few months after recording the musical work was released, including the song "Diante do Trono." With the positive impact of the song, the group, which until then had no official name, named themselves after the song. Other songs from this album gained popularity on the radio, especially "Aclame ao Senhor", "Deus de Amor" and "Manancial".
With the commercial success of the first work, the group decided to continue. Thus, in February 1999, the second album was recorded, entitled Exaltado. It was produced by Ana Paula, Sérgio Gomes and André Espíndola, and was performed by vocalists for their first job, such as Nívea Soares, and also new members as Helena Tannure and João Lúcio Tannure.
After Exaltado, Diante do Trono began performing throughout Brazil and band's popularity grew among evangelicals, funding their trips throughout the country with their significant selling records. In 2000, Águas Purificadoras was released, which was recorded in Gameleira Park in Belo Horizonte and produced by Sérgio Gomes; about seventy thousand people gathered for the recording.
Also in 2000, was held the 1st International Congress of Praise & Worship Diante do Trono. That same year, Kelly Burton, in collaboration with the American label Hosanna! Music, recorded two musical works: Aclame ao Senhor, the Portuguese version of Shout to the Lord, was recorded at the Lagoinha Baptist Church, in Belo Horizonte, in 2000, and Shalom Jerusalém, consisting of songs with Jewish pace with participation of singer and American worship leader Paul Wilbur.
In 2001, the group released the album Preciso de Ti, recorded on 14 July 2001 in Mineirão Stadium in Belo Horizonte, 15 gathering around two hundred and ten thousand people, occupying the stadium. Had the largest capacity in the history of estádio. The work sold four hundred thousand copies in its first week of release and has since reached the milestone of two million copies, becoming the best-selling gospel album of Brazil today. In addition to the commercial success, the band won the Talent Trophy award in 2002 in the best song category and best group.
On 1 December 2001, recorded the double album Brasil Diante do Trono, in Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro. In the same year, it launched the first disc of the compilation Crianças Diante do Trono with their work directed at children. The work of the eponymous name become the first of a series of children's albums.
In 2002 debuted the Diante do Trono Program, in Rede TV with various ministries and frames.
In July 2002, the project continued in Brasil Diante do Trono was recorded fifth album together, called Nos Braços do Pai, written on the Ministries Esplanade in Brasilia, Federal District, with more than the presence of more than one million two hundred thousand people coming from all over the caravans Brasil. from that year, the Diante do Trono has shown his work in other countries, doing shows in Guatemala and Japan, and launching versions in English and Spanish labor Nos Braços do Pai.
In 2003, Nívea Soares decided to start a solo career and recorded his first album, Reina Sobre Mim, without, however, no longer be part of the group. On 12 July 2003, the band recorded their sixth album and third project Brasil Diante do Trono: Quero Me Apaixonar. Recording took place at Campo de Marte Airport, on the north side of São Paulo, and had an audience of two million people. In this event, the band collected 35 tons of food, which were distributed in the North of Minas Gerais. In Talent Trophy that year, the Diante do Trono took two of three nominations had.
2003–2006: After 2003
Shortly after the recording of the CD Quero Me Apaixonar in São Paulo, the Diante do Trono went through a period of change spanning the entire internal structure of the group. After this period, the seventh work, Esperança, was recorded in the Administrative Center of Bahia in Salvador, on 10 July 2004, gathering around one million two hundred thousand people, according to the Civil Police of Bahia. In Talent Trophy, the band was the highlight, winning seven of eight nominations had. In 2004, André Valadão followed the footsteps of Nívea Soares and began his solo career with the work Mais Que Abundante.
In 2005, Diante do Trono yet recorded the album Ainda Existe Uma Cruz in Porto Alegre, the banks of the Guaiba Lake, attended by three hundred thousand people. The same year also occurred the final output Maximiliano Moraes. During the Talent Trophy, the group won in three categories.
The following year, 2006, Alegria album, André Valadão were recorded during the same Congress held annually by the group, and Por Amor de Ti, Oh Brasil, the ninth in the series Diante do Trono, recorded live at Yamada Arena in Belém work featured the return of Nivea Soares. Sem Palavras was also released, the first instrumental group. In Talent Trophy, the group won mostly in the categories of children's albums.
2007–2010: Celebrations and new cycles
In March 2007 the Diante do Trono recorded Tempo de Festa, a special double DVD and CD commemorating 10 years of career at Via Funchal, which presents the theme songs for each of the 9 CDs of the group and still hits like "Manancial", "Tempo de Festa" and still unreleased song "Amado Salvador", composed by band leader especially for this work. According to critics, the weak point of the event was the lack of innovation. At the International Congress of Praise & Worship Year that year, the band recorded the second CD and DVD celebrating 10 years Com Intensidade, which only brings the animated music group. In July, shortly before the release of Tempo de Festa, the Diante do Trono recorded his tenth album: Príncipe da Paz, written in the Apoteose Square in Rio de Janeiro, with a readership of over 100,000 people. The work was considered as the closing of a cycle, at the close of the Brasil Diante do Trono project, with recordings in all regions of Brazil. Talent Trophy in the same happened in the previous year: the set won mostly in children's categories.
On 29 September 2007, the Diante do Trono Program stopped being shown on Rede TV and continued being aired on Rede Super and TV Genesis.
In January 2008 the Diante do Trono entered into a distribution partnership with the set Trazendo a Arca, where the label of Diante do Trono distribute the albums of another bands. The goal of the partnership was to strengthen the two groups against piracy.
In May, the group was honored at Raul Gil Program. The program told the story of the band, other musicians of the gospel world, as David Quinlan, Marina de Oliveira, Aline Barros, Trazendo a Arca and Adhemar de Campos did homage to Diante do Trono.
In Recife, the nights of the 4 and 5 July at Chevrolet Hall, the Diante do Trono recorded work A Canção do Amor. The album marked the beginning of a new cycle for the group.
In 2009, the International Congress of Praise and Worship Diante do Trono, which brought people from all states of Brazil and other parts of the world every year, he returned to his roots and was held at the Lagoinha Baptist Church. Also in the same year announced a partnership between the group and the label Som Livre.
A collection of the group was sold on newsstands in Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte in February 2009, and a presentation in Manaus, Ana Paula Valadão even announced that the city would host the recording of the twelfth working group. However, as there was no release of the site in due time, the band performed recording disc recording Tua Visão in the city of Belo Horizonte, in Station Square. The album recorded on 1 August, and featured appearances by Fernanda Brum, Nívea Soares, Mariana Valadão and Felippe Valadão. According to critics, the study confirmed the need for a musical renewal at Diante do Trono.
The March for Jesus in Belo Horizonte, held on 14 November featured a presentation of Diante do Trono alongside another large group of gospel music to: the Renascer Praise.
During the 12th International Congress of Praise & Worship Diante do Trono, with an audience of six thousand people recording the album Glória a Deus, a Portuguese version of a work group of the American Gateway Worship was held. Also during the Congress several changes were announced. Instrumentalists and vocal oldest officially announced their outputs together. Furthermore, the "orchestra", would also left be part of the band.
2010–2012: Musical renewals
Before recording the thirteenth labor, Diante do Trono has created a website dedicated to the recording of the musical work in the city of Barretos, titled Aleluia. On the day of recording, the band did social work in a partnership with the Cancer Hospital of Barretos, in a campaign of bone marrow donations. The album was, at the most pop rock band season, joining the sound of guitars with metals. It was the best-selling gospel work of the year in Brazil.
In 2010, the Diante do Trono Program stopped being displayed in Rede Super.
In 2011, the group recorded the Sol da Justiça in Meio Beach, in Natal. However, bad weather hindered the local recordings, thereby causing the event was held again at the Riachuelo Theater. In just one day of release the album sold over fifty thousand copies.
On 4 February 2011, the program premiered Nos Bastidores com o DT in Rede Super. The public has the opportunity to follow the travels and tours conducted by worship leader Ana Paula Valadão and by the Diante do Trono staff in addition to the experiences of ministry. With presentation of Ana Paula Valadão, the program records all the scenes moments: from the route inside cars, buses and planes passing through the dressing rooms, yet the ministrations.
During the ceremony Promises Trophy in 2011, the group was the most prized, winning in the categories Best Praise Ministry and Best DVD. On 10 December, the Diante do Trono been to Rio de Janeiro to attend the Promises Festival, organized by Globo, which gathered beyond the group eight singers: Davi Sacer, Fernanda Brum, Fernandinho, Damares, Pregador Luo, Ludmila Ferber, Regis Danese and Eyshila.
2012–2014: 15 year celebrations and musical renewals
On 15 February 2012, on the second season of the show Nos Bastidores com o DT began airing.
On 9 June 2012, the band held its fifteenth recording an unprecedented disk, thus celebrating fifteen years years the group. Creio it was recorded in Manaus, and had an audience of 350,000 people at the Sambadrome of Manaus. The album was directed by Alex Passos, who chose to do differently than is done in most audio-visual projects produced nowadays work. The event also brought appearances by Ludmila Ferber, Thomas Miller from Gateway Worship, Mariana Valadão, Felippe Valadão among other musicians. The project confirmed a possible back and clear the Diante do Trono to gospel mainstream, having a recording with more than 300,000 people, which was not many years ago public. The book received positive reviews from specialized media, and received considerable public acclaim, reaching sell fifty thousand copies in one day. The same work in DVD format became platinum in a fortnight.
Still, in 2012 the Diante do Trono released a commemorative hot-site fifteen-year career, containing testimonials, stories, photos, polls, among other special materials, most exclusive origin. Created by Quartel Design, the project brought a mosaic design reminiscent recordings and photos of the band. Was also recorded disc Suomi Valtaistuimen Edessä, an international project in Finnish, bringing remakes of Aleluia and Sol da Justiça disks and also participation in the project Hillsong Global Project, recording the Portuguese version of the project, the Global Project Português, released by record label CanZion Brasil and that he sold forty thousand copies, reaching gold status.
In 2013, vocalist Ana Nóbrega signed a contract with the Som Livre label to release his second solo work, being the first since their entry into Diante do Trono entitled Nada Temerei. The disc received contributions from band members in the production, arrangements and recording, but the musical style of the work is distinguished from Diante do Trono. The songs were signed by the artist in collaboration with vocalist Israel Salazar, who also contributed the arrangements. It was released in February.
During the 14th International Congress of Praise & Worship Diante do Trono, was recorded the disk Renovo, in Expominas, who brought a retelling of older songs that made history and set in the current arrangements.
In March 2013, the 14th International Congress of Praise & Worship Diante do Trono, the prophetess Cindy Jacobs, known internationally prophesied the fall of corruption in Brazil. In June, large demonstrations took place across the Brazil. Also in March, the prophetess Cindy Jacobs prophesied that a future president of Brazil will come from the Lagoinha Baptist Church, Cindy also told us that one day she was in Costa Rica and saw a man in a wheelchair, and the Holy Spirit told her to prophesy that man that he will be the future president of the country, after a while Cindy discovered that man became the president of Costa Rica.
It was announced at the 14th International Congress of Praise & Worship Diante do Trono, that from 2014 the name of the Congress will be changed to the International Congress of Worship & Intercession Diante do Trono.
In May 2013, Diante do Trono was featured in Billboard Brazil with "Creio", "Canta Minh'alma" and "Me Ama" songs.
In June 2013, Ana Nóbrega left Diante do Trono to pursue a solo career. Still, in the same month, Ana Paula Valadão announced the departure of several vocal band. Besides Ana Nóbrega, which had left earlier for a solo career, the couple and Rodrigo and Saara Campos went to Finland, Guilherme Fares, Sebastião Batista and Roberta Izabel left the group.
Reaching 15 years of career the group, said that the intention of this initiative is to draw attention from all over Brazil to the sad reality of the northeastern backlands, which still suffers from poverty and the worst drought in fifty years.
In June 2013, the Diante do Trono released a custom clothing shop, "DT Wear", the shop contains books, accessories, footwear and clothing with messages of songs from Diante do Trono.
On 6 July 2013, the Diante do Trono recorded the sixteenth work in Juazeiro do Norte from project Sertão Diante do Trono project with several rewrites and only three new songs, titled Tu Reinas. The recording attracted an audience of about 50,000 people in Park Events Padre Cícero. the album had cameos from André Valadão, Mariana Valadão and Juliano Son and direction of Alex Passos with several innovations. After recording the band proceeded towards other states that are also suffering from the reality of drought in northeastern backlands, to record images.
On 21 August 2013, aired the last episode of the show Nos Bastidores com o DT that was displayed Wednesday at 21 pm.
On 23 October 2013, returned to the air Diante do Trono Program, with a new format, the program contains frames "Bem de Perto", the leader of Diante do Trono, Ana Paula Valadão Bessa, visit people who have some testimony to tell which the ministry, in its 15 years of operation, has taken part in some form, "Por Dentro do CTMDT" shows the daily life of students and teachers of the Centre Ministerial Diante do Trono and "Na Estrada com o DT ", the viewer has the opportunity to monitor records the scenes of Diante do Trono presentations.
In 2013, Diante do Trono participated again the Promises Festival, being the only ministry to participate in all editions.
2014–present: A new journey, from Brazil to the nations
The year 2014 began, the band was preparing to record his seventeenth album his first international recording, the first recording to be recorded outside of Brazil, beginning with Israel, Tetelestai was the name given to the project, since it was the word spoken by Jesus on Calvary and means "It is finished!" . In May, the caravan left for Israel, with a caravan of 382 people at the end of the first service occurred in the caravan, God rained most rain of the last 100 years in Israel and it rained the entire nation of Israel. During the early days of the caravan, the extras on the DVD were recorded. On 13 May recording took place at the Tower of David in Jerusalem, about 557 people were present, the news traveled the world and the CBN News did an exclusive story about the engraving on the turret, on 14 May shooting occurred the streets of Jerusalem and Golgotha and 15 May recordings occurred in the Garden of the Empty Tomb and the Mount of Olives. The project had cameos from André Valadão, Asaph Borba, Rosana Borba and Ana Lúcia Câmara, André Borba, child of Asaph Borba and Isaque Valadão, son of Ana Paula Valadão played violin on this project which was directed by Alex Passos and again with many innovations.
Between June and July 2014, they toured in Europe, passing through Portugal, England, Belgium, Germany, Finland and France. In Finland, the band released their second Finnish album, Läpimurto, as part of the Nations Before the Throne project. It included songs, translated into Finnish, from Creio, Renovo and Tu Reinas. The touring choir sang on the stairs in front of the Finnish Parliament where they released the album.
On 12 August 2014, Deus Reina the second album in partnership with Gateway Worship was recorded at Lagoinha Church. A Lagoinha Church conference, again with Gateway church members, Zach Neese, Sion Alford Shannon Alford, Lamar Boschman and Robert Quintana was held on 14 and 15 August.
The album, Tu Reinas, recorded on 6 July 2013, in the Brazilian backlands, was released on 1 October 2014. The album achieved gold record status in one day, selling 50,000 copies. The album was released independently, leaving Som Livre label after five years.
In June 2015, the band released Tetelestai, which received mixed reviews. The band held a pre-release tour of the CD/DVD during the month of July 2015, the tour has undergone several cities in Brazil. The project was considered the best of the band by the public and critical sites. According to the public the album managed to merge from the typical Jewish music to pop/rock, without losing the essence. Such impact caused the album reached the top spot on the iTunes ranking on that was made available. During the pre-launch of the project, Ana Paula Valadão held a book signing at the bookstore Saraiva, Center Norte Mall in São Paulo. Ana Paula also participated in the Ratinho program, the SBT station, on 8 July, where the singer released the CD and sang some songs.
In September 2015, Ana Paula Valadão was invited by the Christian Embassy of Jerusalem to minister in the Feast of Tabernacles in Ein-Ged desert. At the event there were representatives of 95 nations, the singer participated representing Brazil and Latin America.
In previous months, the leader of Diante do Trono moved with her family to Dallas again, the singer became a member of the band Gateway Worship and is also serving as worship pastor/artist in residence.
Crianças Diante do Trono
Crianças Diante do Trono project began from a desire to take their songs in a targeted at children, using cartoon characters and children's language Lagoinha Baptist Church band.
The first disc geared to children was Crianças Diante do Trono in 2001. Album was very successful, and contains the song "Aos Olhos do Pai". After the good reception of the work, launched seven: Amigo de Deus, Quem é Jesus?, Vamos Compartilhar, A Arca de Noé, Samuel, o Menino que Ouviu Deus, Para Adorar ao Senhor (Live), Amigos do Perdão and Davi. With albums, the group was winning the Talent Trophy in several years.
Discography of Diante do Trono consists of over twenty live albums, nine infant albums and four studio albums. The works produced have brought several awards. Were cities in all regions of Brazil that received the recordings of the band.
Diante do Trono's series
Diante do Trono (1998)
Águas Purificadoras (2000)
Preciso de Ti (2001)
Nos Braços do Pai (2002)
Quero Me Apaixonar (2003)
Ainda Existe Uma Cruz (2005)
Por Amor de Ti, Oh Brasil (2006)
Príncipe da Paz (2007)
A Canção do Amor (2008)
Tua Visão (2009)
Sol da Justiça (2011)
Tu Reinas (2014)
Crianças Diante do Trono's series
Crianças Diante do Trono (2002)
Amigo de Deus (2003)
Quem é Jesus? (2004)
Vamos Compartilhar (2005)
Arca de Noé (2006)
Samuel, O Menino Que Ouviu Deus (2007)
Para Adorar ao Senhor (2008)
Amigos do Perdão (2010)
Renovo Kids (2015)
DT Babies (2016)
Brasil Diante do Trono (2002)
In the Father's Arms (2006)
En los Brazos del Padre (2006)
Sem Palavras (2006)
Tempo de Festa (2007)
Com Intensidade (2008)
Aclame ao Senhor (with Hillsong) (2000)
Shalom Jerusálem (with Paul Wilbur) (2000)
Glória a Deus (with Gateway Worship) (2012)
Global Project: Português (with Hillsong) (2012)
Deus Reina (with Gateway Worship) (2015)
Pra Sempre Teu (with Gateway Worship) (2016)
Viver Por Ti (2006)
Não Haverá Limites (2009)
Tu És Tudo Pra Mim (2012)
Nations Before the Throne's series
Suomi Valtaistuimen Edessä (2012)
Deutschland vor dem Thron (2015)
Programa Diante do Trono (2001–2010) / (2013–present)
Nos Bastidores com o DT (2011–2013)
Musical style and influences
Since the first album, the group showed roots of congregational singing in instrumental part. The Orchestra of the band was a feature that marked the group's first album since, causing heavy and dense sound of metal music was the main feature in Diante do Trono. The end of this brought the renewal of the arrangements set out from the album Sol da Justiça, which since then has influences from pop rock.
The main musical references from Diante do Trono are the sets of gospel music and Gateway Worship and Hillsong. The band even recorded several albums in partnership with ministries. The Diante do Trono also translated songs from Jesus Culture, among other groups of praise and worship.
The band also influenced other musicians and personalities. Marcelo Rossi, Catholic singer re-recorded the song "Seja o Centro" on his album Minha Benção, released in 2006.
Carol Celico, wife of Kaká soccer player, re-recorded the song "Preciso de Ti" on his album, along with Ana Paula Valadão and André Valadão.
The song "Coração Igual ao Teu" is a hit in Korea, many churches sing, the song has been covered by many singers there.
Новое Поколение, a Christian group from Ukraine, re-recorded in Russian the songs "Mais Que Vencedor", "Debaixo dos Nossos Pés" and "Cordeiro e Leão" on his album "Наш Бог Всех Больше", released in 2012.
Beyond the borders
Currently, Diante do Trono is known internationally through songs and work that develops outside Brazil. Been to countries like United States, Israel, Russia, Turkey, Switzerland, Germany, England, Poland, Albania, Indonesia, Guatemala, Japan, Italy and Finland.
Throughout his career, the Diante do Trono brand achieved remarkable for a band of Christian music: gospel set was the only Brazilian to receive homage in a television program; has performed for more than two million people at a concert in the city of São Paulo; Besides being the only participant Band Promises Festival. The group has toured in Switzerland, Finland, United States, Asia, among other places.
The critics consider that the set diversifies into his compositions, with deep lyrics, poetry, words that bring repentance, among other topics.
The Diante do Trono has appeared in several television shows, especially the Programa Raul Gil, Eliana, Domingão do Faustão, Caldeirão do Huck, Encontro com Fátima Bernardes, Altas Horas, Television news in several states. In 2012 Ana Paula Valadão was placed in the election for being the only Christian singer on the list O Maior Brasileiro de Todos os Tempos (The Brazilian Biggest of All Time). In July 2013, the leader Ana Paula Valadão met with President Dilma Rousseff along with other worship leaders to pray for Brazil. Dilma Rousseff to visit the Lagoinha Baptist Church in Mulheres Diante do Trono (Women Before the Throne) in September, but by a scheduling conflict this was not possible, perhaps in the near cult this will be possible. In September 2013, Ana Paula Valadão part of the frame "Crianças Curiosas" in Raul Gil Program and soon after, he received an invitation to attend the Teleton 2013. In October 2013, UOL published a special report to 15 years of Diante do Trono, were interviewed Ana Paula Valadão, André Valadão, Mariana Valadão, Nívea Soares, Helena Tannure, Ana Nóbrega, among many others.
Forbes reported the 100 most influential celebrities in Brazil in 2013, Ana Paula Valadão is on that list.
Awards and nominations
During its years of existence, the Diante do Trono received 61 nominations in Talent Trophy between the 2002 and 2009. Indications that received the 61, won 24, i.e. 39.3%. The most successful of the whole year was 2004, when they received 8 nominations and won 7.
In the first edition of the Promises Trophy in 2011 the ministry was nominated in five categories and won in two being the most prized of the night. Promises Trophy in 2012, received five nominations passed through two stages of the awards with five nominations and won two, which represents 40% of them. Knowing that these first two editions of the largest Brazilian gospel music awards Promises Trophy, the ministry is the biggest winner, along with Thalles Roberto with four awards.
In 2012 the group was nominated for a Latin Grammy for Best Christian Album of Music in Portuguese, but the group did not win. In awarding the Promises Trophy 2013 the Ministry of Praise Diante do Trono won for Best CD.
Diante do Trono