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“The H.O.T. Zone will offer attendees free one-hour classes on more than 75 educational topics over four days, including topics such as "Introduction to Live Mixing," "New Techniques for DJs," "Lead Worshipers Arise," "The Future of Music," "Pro Tools 101," "Entrepreneurship with Chris Stone," and "Social Media Marketing for DJs." On Jan. 13, 2011, the opening day of the NAMM Show, the H.O.T. Zone will be offering "Boot Camp Day" with an array of basic courses designed to provide foundation-level instruction in music technology and business. Creating a Good Flow in Worship Presenter: Holland Davis Presented By: Worship Musician Magazine Thursday Jan 13, 2011 12:45 p.m.”

“Holland Davis led worship and spoke at Calvary Chapel, Perris Valley in Perris, California, on March 28. He is currently involved in the planting of a brand-new church in San Clemente—Worship Life Calvary Chapel—where he serves as Senior Pastor. More than 200 people attended their opening service. Holland states that this church is “. . .built on the foundations of the Word, worship, and witness.” It is a multi-generational church that has a strong emphasis on the inductive study of God’s Word and the encouragement of creative expressions of worship. Holland recently joined the Editorial Advisory Team for Technologies for Worship magazine, where he writes a monthly column entitled, “In the Muse.””

“Musically, BDW breaths new life into older songs, such as Holland Davis’ “Let It Rise” and Rich Mullins’ “Hold Me Jesus.” The group kicks out the century-old church organ and plays rounds of rhythmic hand drums, plucking strings and infusing their trademark saxophone to the classic hymn, “Trust and Obey.” But, by the end of the album, you may have to stop and catch your breath. It is full of energy, ready to pack out venues for BDW’s renowned live performances. Lyrically, each song is a reminder of God’s purpose for our lives—to worship Him and, as Mike Weaver puts it, “to encounter God every moment, as naturally as taking your next breath.”

“Holland Davis, the songwriter of Big Daddy Weave’s song, “Let It Rise” and the author of a new Bridge Logos publishers book, Let It Rise A Manual for Worship. Holland has held Worship Life conferences around the US and in Scotland and today we will be featuring lessons from his Worship Life conferences. Holland is also the assistant pastor at Ocean Hills Church in San Juan Capistrano, CA. With over 30 years of experience in worship leadership and ministry,”

“Holland Davis is an awardwinning songwriter. Now he has a new book coming out with Bridge-Logos publishers titled by the name of his Big Daddy Weave hit that he wrote: "Let It Rise." This song won ASCAP's Most played Worship Song...”

“Let me say up front - Holland Davis is a friend. I've always appreciated his heart for ministry and his ability to lead worship. He's a gifted and talented man who seeks God in all he does. It was thrilling to receive a copy of his book and I read it quickly. It kept my attention and made me think. Let is Rise if a manual for worship. It not only does a great job talking about worship, but the book also explores how senior pastors and worship leaders can work more effectively together - and he's right on.”

“* * * * LET IT RISE - Words and Music by Holland Davis (Featuring Jessie Gonzalez) A strong favorite of this reviewer. A spirited, acoustic-based, bright and peppy, inspiring praise and worship anthem which would find a home just about any service where guitar-based anthems are welcome! Elder William Murphy sings it through once, and then invites the choir to sing the basic lyrics/ musical theme, and the worshippers in the audience as well, during the many repeats of this composition. He leads, sings lead vocal part / preaches a little in song, in between the basic lyrical part and sings as well with the choir. Begins with a simple acoustic guitar and builds in sound to the end. ”

“Healing Word is the first Christian music album by Holland Davis, which was released 2002 [1]. It includes the platinum selling song "Let It Rise" which was featured on WOW Worship: Blue. ”

“Holland Davis Holland began leading worship at the age of 13. At 16, a Bible Study in which he was involved became Calvary Chapel Vista and he became the worship leader. His first song, "Glorious," was published by Vineyard Music Group. Soon after, Holland developed a curriculum for Adventure In God's Presence workshops. His most well known song, "Let It Rise," was published by Maranatha! Music and recorded by Paul Baloche on Praise Band 7. He has served as A&R and Marketing director for Maranatha! Music and as the marketing and A&R committee for the WOW Worship series. Holland led the formation of the Calvary Chapel School Of Worship, The Worship Life Conferences and Calvary Chapel Music.”

"Holland Davis is not only a gifted songwriter who has blessed the church worldwide, but he's an articulate and committed Bible teacher as well." -- Greg Denham, Pastor, Calvary Chapel, Auburn, Calif.

"Holland Davis is one of the most gifted worship leaders I know... he has been sensitive to our congregation, working well with our musicians, and leading us in powerful celebration and intimate times of worship. He leads as a true servant." -- Bill Welsh, Pastor, Refuge, Huntington Beach, Calif.

"I have always enjoyed serving with Holland. He's seasoned in ministry and yet ever fresh in worship. He's also flexible to the situations he ministers in--in tune with the Spirit and respectful of time constraints--a wonderful mix. We had a great time having Holland in Albuquerque. He led the worship at all four weekend services, ministering to 14,000 people and they all responded well to him because he led us to God's throne. He also lent a hand for a "Lively Hearts" concert in our outside amphitheater. Thanks Holland!" -- Skip Heitzig, Pastor, Calvary Albuquerque, NM.

“Tony: Who is Holland Davis? Can you give me your biography prior to joining Calvary Chapel? Holland: Prior to coming to Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa I was the worship leader at Calvary Chapel Laguna Beach. Prior to that I was the marketing and A&R director for Maranatha! Music. I was responsible for putting together the WOW worship partnership between M!M and Integrity, Vineyard and Worship Together.”

“Guitarist, songwriter, author, and worship leader HOLLAND DAVIS is an artist you've probably already heard -- even if you didn't know it. He has penned ubiquitous praise songs like "Let It Rise," "I Will Stand," and "Who Is Like The Lord" and his compositions and recordings have been featured on recordings by Maranatha! Music and Big Daddy Weave. Come join Holland Davis and special guests, Crimson Sky, for an evening of Worship music!”

“Touching base with Pastor Holland Davis one night in May, I was asked to write a column on the different models of acoustic guitars there are to choose from, and how they provide the tone and texture that the worship leader is of need of with all the different styles of worship music that’s out there today.”

“This month we are focusing on something a little different from our normal independent worship feature - but this is something that every independent worship leader will want to take advantage of. I haven’t met a musician yet that hasn’t played Rock Band. In fact, many church youth groups have made Rock Band® competitions and huge part of their youth programs. But have you ever thought wouldn’t it be amazing if Christian music could be included in the line up? Well, with the advent of Rock Band® 3, it will be. And not only that, your independent worship songs have a chance of being included as well. ”

“When I was in San Diego I served under a grace preacher by the name of Dr. Ken Blue. He would often preach Paul’s perspective of how God’s mercy satisfied God’s justice and because of the work of the cross all sinners are welcome into the presence of God. So began the second verse... In the cross of Christ I glory where His mercy satisfies. There is welcome for all sinners for His love is deep and wide. I would encourage writers to allow the depth of the hymns to inspire them to put into modern language and music the transforming power of God’s love. I hope this gives just a little insight into how I take a thought and turn it into a new song of worship.”

“Jamie Harvill is a worship leader and songwriter based in Nashville, Tennessee. He toured as lead guitarist with artists such as Don Moen, Ron Kenoly and Truth. I had the privilege of getting to know him while working on the Praise Band projects produced by Paul Baloche for Maranatha! Music. His newest passion is offering web based schools that feature virtual classrooms and personal coaching.He currently offers two tracks, one for songwriters called Song Schools and the other for churches and worship leaders called Worship Consultants.Worship Consultants focuses on leadership that aims to improve leadership skills, team building and worship services. We recently caught up on life...”

“Holland Davis: The greatest addition has been the Aviom in-ear monitoring system. That has greatly improved our performance on many levels. (1) We can keep the volume at a manageable level. (2) The musicians can hear what they need to hear to “feel” the music. (3) The musicians can actually hear the other musicians and change their parts to fit better together. Another addition has been to add a plasma screen that displays what is being displayed to the congregation. That way, we can eliminate music stands and the singers can see the lyrics on the plasma. We have recently mounted the plasmas on the back wall so the singers will always have their heads lifted, which makes a good presentation to the congregation. It also keeps us in the loop to make sure the congregation is seeing what they are supposed to be seeing. We use technology differently depending on the type of service.”

“Holland Davis is the founding pastor of Worship Life Calvary Chapel in San Clemente and a featured writer for Technologies For Worship Magazine. Holland also served as the A&R / Marketing Director for Maranatha! Music where he started the Worship Underground label that introduced artists such as David Crowder. He also was the originator of the gold selling Top 25 Praise Songs and was on the A&R and Marketing committee for the Wow Worship Series. After leaving Maranatha! Music, Holland pioneered the School Of Worship at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa where he served as the worship leader for Pastor Chuck Smith. He continues to pioneer new avenues of distribution for independent worship songwriters through worshipsong.com.”

“n the house of worship community, there are certain unique ingredients to making a song a success. Just as in the secular music industry, listeners in the house of worship community need to grab hold of the tried-and-true aspects of what makes a song popular; catchy melody, good production, tight sound, etc. But what is the right mix? Is there a perfect recipe for writing a successful, marketable song? Is this process different in the worship realm than it is in the mainstream? TFWM recently had the opportunity to speak to five of the leading distributors and influencers of worship music around the globe. Holland Davis, key correspondent for TFWM and a worship leader/musician who is always on the move, caught up with some heavy hitters to ask them what the right components are for making up a quality serving of an easily-consumable worship song.”

“I recently had the opportunity to minister with Joe Henschel at a men’s Bible Study where I spoke. While I was on staff at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, Joe and his band Farewell Down were regular guests for the youth and college ministry called Worship Generation. However, in recent years, Joe has made the transition from performer to worship leader. I asked Joe about the difference between leading worship and being a Christian artist and he said the difference is focus. “When you’re a Christian artist the focus is the band and the music. To be entertaining and interesting so that people will listen to your message. When you’re a worship leader, the focus is to disappear so that Jesus gets all the attention.””

“I was first introduced to Shannon Wexelberg at a Maranatha! Music retreat where she reluctantly took the stage and played a song for us that she had written. We were absolutely taken back by that moment and it was evident that God had definitely gifted her with an ability to connect people to Jesus through song. As a housewife and mother, her passion is her family, friends and her home church. We caught with Shannon in Colorado and talked with her about worship, songwriting and life. HD: Do you remember the first song you ever wrote? SW: The first one I can remember writing was a song called “O Lord, My King.” I was 12 years old and I actually sang it in church for special music. It’s not a great song technically speaking, but it is very worshipful. I’ve only sung it once since I was a teenager, when I was sharing my story at a ladies meeting.”

“Angel Smythe is a gifted woman of faith, compassion and conviction, serving as a worship leader at Saddleback Church with Rick Warren. We were able to catch up with Angel the day after the release party for her latest release “A Stronger Me.” HD: How did you get involved in leading worship? AS: I have been involved in music in the church since around age 9. However, when I was in college, a friend of mine began leading worship at a small church and invited me to come and help him out on numerous occasions. From there, I served in worship ministry at Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa with John and Lisa Wickham. Watching their hearts to serve with such humility was an amazing beginning for me. Other opportunities began to follow for me to move from serving on a team to stepping into the role of “worship leader,” if you will.”

“Over the summer I had the opportunity to perform at Spirit West Coast in Del Mar and Monterey. One of their new worship leaders is Mary Alviso. We caught up with her and talked about life and ministry. HD: How did you get involved in leading worship? MA: My mother says that I came out of the womb singing. In fact, I guess you could say it was mother who got me started. When I was in high school, I started singing specials, you know, the monthly spot on “the list”. The worship leader really liked me and suggested I started singing as a backup vocalist. I did for many years. Then this Pastor friend of ours was planting a church and asked me to come be their worship leader, and I have been leading worship ever since.”

“There is no doubt that we are living in one of the most prolific and creative times for worship music in the history of Christianity. It reminds me of something a pastor once told me... during times of spiritual awakening there is a renewed passion for God’s Word, a changed lifestyle devoted to prayer and the outpouring of new worship songs. We see evidence of this outpouring and focus on songs of praise via the proliferation of worship songs making their way on top 40 radio charts, the advent of top selling “worship” artists and even the rise of independent websites devoted to providing new distribution channels for the song of faith. Worship even made the stage of American Idol as battling contestants joined together to sing Shout To The Lord. ”

“Santos said that Holland Davis, director of Calvary Music, spearheaded the project. “It was his suggestion to use the Maranatha Music style from the early days of Calvary Chapel,” he stated. “Tom Keene was assigned the task of arranging and producing the album.””

“The Smithfield album was produced by Holland Davis who helped put together the first two WoW Worship project and pioneered the gold selling Top 25 Praise Songs from Maranatha! Music. It was mixed by Eli Thomson who is known for his work with Crystal Lewis, Maranatha! Music and The Kry.”

“The Worship Life Conference, whose sponsors also include Calvary Chapel Outreach Fellowships, Connection Media, CSN and Worship Leader magazine, features new and upcoming worship leaders, hands on workshops and inspiring messages designed to encourage and equip worship leaders. Those who attend will have the opportunity to choose from over 40 workshops with tracks specifically focused towards children's ministry leaders, worship leaders, pastors, audio and video personnel, musicians and vocalists. Among this year's speakers and clinicians are Pastor Skip Heitzig, Holland Davis, Brenton Brown, Steve Berger, Jonathan Allen, Don Williams, George Sabolick, Brett Williams, Jason Ritchie, Tony Logan, Alex Nifong, Evan Wickham, Tom Strahle, Hanz Ives and many others.”

“Worship is a leadership function… a relational act and not purely a musical act. Because of this, the relationship between the worship leader and pastor is one of the most visible and crucial relationships in the church. But, what do worship leaders need to be effective and successful in serving the needs of the church and the vision of leadership? How can leadership create an environment that provides the best opportunity for growth? WORSHIP LEADERS NEED A RELATIONSHIP WITH THE PASTOR Paul in Romans 16:21 wrote about his relationship with Timothy describing him as “Timothy, my fellow worker.” “For this reason I have sent Timothy to you, who is my beloved and faithful son in the Lord, who will remind you of my ways in Christ (1Cor. 4:17).””

“Saturated 2004 – a powerful conference for junior high and high school youth – will focus on encouraging students to have a “face-to-face encounter with the Living God.” (Pictured: Phil Wickham). That’s the vision of Holland Davis, worship leader at Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa, California, who also runs Calvary Chapel Music. The conference will take place at Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa, May 28-29. “We're praying that the youth would have such a powerful and real encounter with God that their lives would be transformed and their hearts filled with a new passion for Jesus,” said Holland Davis. “We want to see them ‘saturated’ in the love of God, the Word of God and the presence of God. ”

“What is most gratifying to you as a worship leader? For me the most gratifying thing is to watch the process of people becoming worshippers. Two stories come to mind. 1. a homeless guy that came to our study, got saved and ended up in a church I was a part of totally transformed with a job, a wife to be and his hands lifted in the air worshipping. 2. a girl that came forward in an altar call and watching her learn how to worship God over the next few weeks and months. What are your major challenges as a worship leader? The biggest challenge is time management. How to be most effective with my time and balance family and opportunities to minister. I've helped bridge that by including them in the ministry. The second biggest challenge is my relationship with the pastor. I've served with several and some are better than others. The most effective combination for me is when I'm friends with the pastor and there is a high degree of communication.”

“A new church is coming to San Clemente, brought to you by Calvary Chapel. Holland Davis, lead pastor, announced this week that the new church will begin offering services Feb. 14, operating at Vista Del Mar School in Talega. "We are affiliated with Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa," he reported via e-mail, "and when we researched the area, there are no Calvary Chapels located in Talega. According to Barna Research Group, 49 percent of a population is unchurched. There are 500,000-plus residents between Mission Viejo and San Clemente ... which means approximately 250,000 do not attend a church of any kind. Although we welcome anyone who desires to attend the church, our primary focus will be those who do not have any church home." ”

“Most Performed Songs of 2006 "Let It Rise" Writer: Holland Davis Publisher: Maranatha! Music”

“Worship leaders pastor the church through song,” says Davis, pastor of Worship Life Calvary Chapel, meeting at an elementary school in San Clemente. His philosophy for leading the church – from wherever he stands on the platform – is based on an Ephesians 4 model. “There are a variety of ways the gifts are administered in the church and a variety of effects,” he notes. “I see a similarity between the pastoral function and the worship leader.” Although he carries the title of senior pastor in his new position, he plays down the importance of titles in church life. “I have never liked titles because they come with expectations of entitlement,” Davis says. “I don’t want to create a culture built only around me,” he maintains. “In our new church we are recognizing functions, roles, and responsibilities.””

“On Today's Harvest.....The director of seeJesus.net joins us to share how to connect with God in a distracting world. Also award-winning songwriter and founder of Worship Life Inc., shares how you can become a passionate worshipper of God. And Middle East Correspondent Brian Bush joins us live from the Holy Land. Stay with us for this Friday Edition of The Harvest Show.”

“Holland is a gifted singer, songwriter, and guitarist who’s perhaps best known for his composition “Let It Rise,” recognized with an ASCAP award as one of the most performed Christian songs of 2006. Prior to arriving at Ocean Hills, Holland served as the Director of A&R and Marketing at Maranatha! Music, where he started the Worship Underground label that introduced such artists as David Crowder and Pete Shambrook. After that, he was at Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa, CA, where he started the School of Worship and re-launched Calvary Chapel Music. Recently, Holland helped launch www.worshipsong.com, an online resource for worship leaders to share their own worship songs.”

“Holland Davis is a Calvary Chapel Christian worship leader, songwriter, pastor, Bible teacher and author based in San Juan Capistrano. He is most known for his song Let It Rise that was featured on WOW Worship Blue and is one of the top 100 songs used by churches around the world as reported by CCLI. Many Contemporary Christian music (CCM) artists, ministries and churches such as Big Daddy Weave, Paul Baloche, Promise Keepers, and Lakewood Church have covered a number of Holland Davis' songs. Some of his most popular songs include "For Such A Time As This", "Who Is Like The Lord", "At The Cross", "Healing Word", "Glorious", and the 2006 ASCAP Award winning "Let It Rise" (Most performed songs of the year).”