(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) April 8, 2009--Worship leader and Great Worship Songs artist Carl Cartee will host his second annual INSPIRE conference in Nashville on May 13-14 at Fellowship Bible Church in Brentwood, Tenn. Among the conference events will be a songwriting contest sponsored by Great Worship Songs.
Its second year running, INSPIRE is designed to equip worship leaders, artists, worship teams, bands and songwriters for excellence in worship ministry. The conference provides an opportunity for the worship community to connect, create, and be inspired through workshops, seminars, and one-on-one interaction with music industry professionals. This year, the event will include appearances by noted international worship figures Tommy Walker, Dr. Pete Sanchez, Dave Buehring as well as Word/Myrrh recording artist Pocket Full of Rocks and The Inspire Worship Band, among others. For a complete list of guests and workshops, visit www.inspireworshipconference.com
“Our vision for this event is rooted in supporting and encouraging worship leadership in the church,” says Cartee. “For those called to lead worship music, finding a great community is essential to having longevity and quality in ministry. No one should ever lead worship outside the influence of God’s Word and His people, so INSPIRE is building a community for worship leaders to find courage, compassion and accountability. From practical skill to spiritual discipline, there is something for every member of the team at this conference. I am eager to see the great things that God brings to life through our time together.”
New to this year’s event, INSPIRE will partner with Great Worship Songs to discover the best in local worship talent. Writers may submit a self-penned worship song online for the opportunity to win a publishing contract with Brentwood Benson/GreatWorshipSongs.com. The winner will also receive a free professional demo of the winning song and complimentary registration for INSPIRE ’10. For contest guidelines, go to www.inspireworshipconference.com/participate.
“Great Worship Songs is thrilled to support Carl Cartee and his growing INSPIRE conference,” says GreatWorshipSongs.com Brand Manager John Andrade. “Helping to provide a platform to teach, serve and refresh worship leaders from across the country lines up perfectly with Great Worship Songs’ business goals. Events like INSPIRE enhance the genre of worship music, the overall Christian music industry and, most importantly, they provide a direct service to the church which is invaluable for those of us working in the Christian music industry. It will be exciting to see the talent and passion represented at this year’s event.”
INSPIRE ’09 comes on the heels of Cartee’s Great Worship Songs debut, Everything You Do, which released March 31, 2009. Cartee’s new album, recorded at the renowned Ocean Way Studios on Nashville’s famed Music Row, is what he describes as a “community project,” featuring a collection of friends, a community of worshippers, all raising their voices to glorify God. The album is currently featured at MusiChristian.com for $8.00, among other Christian retail outlets.
Born in Anchorage, Cartee found his musical niche early on, learning guitar at age 3. He graduated from Gardner-Webb University in North Carolina and began pursuing full-time ministry. After several years leading worship conferences and writing songs, Cartee and his wife moved to Nashville in 2005. Over the next few years, he recorded several albums and is now the worship leader at Fellowship Bible Church in Brentwood, Tenn. Brentwood Benson Music Publishing and Cartee partnered for his March 2009 release Everything You Do. For more information, visit http://www.carlcartee.com/.
About Great Worship Songs:
Great Worship Songs is a division of Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing focused on providing contemporary and modern worship songs to worship leaders, ministers and worship music fans throughout the world. Songs, chord charts and lead sheets from Great Worship Songs are provided online at http://www.greatworshipsongs.com/ for the purchase price of $.99 or less. Great Worship Songs has been featured by many worship focused publications and worship conferences as a key asset to the worship community.
About Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing:
With more than 70,000 copyrights, Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing owns the world’s largest Christian music publishing catalogue as well as the second largest evangelically-styled choral music catalog. Its songs have been recorded by virtually every major singer in the Christian music industry as well as by such renowned artists as Bob Dylan, Dolly Parton, Ray Charles, Linda Ronstadt, Amy Grant, Elvis Presley and Willie Nelson. The company’s leading artists in the genre include Jars of Clay, Aaron Shust, and Bebo Norman. Brentwood-Benson also publishes songs recorded by Third Day, Michael W. Smith and Twila Paris. In addition to developing and exploiting copyrights, the publishing group is a leader in the production and marketing of consumer printed and choral music, hymnals and songbooks for the church market. Brentwood-Benson is active in the important Praise & Worship market.
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