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William McDowell

Having obtained the #1 slot in all of Christian music with his latest live CD/DVD worship offering, Withholding Nothing (eOne), Orlando-based worship leader and pastor William McDowell continues to cause ripples throughout the global church community with his accessible, yet astute, worship music catalog. In this CCM exclusive, the ASCAP Award winning, and Dove and Stellar-nominated musician talks about incorporating worship with soul and skill – and why worship music is truly without definition.

 

What was the impetus for recording Withholding Nothing?

William: As a songwriter, I recognize the gift of songwriting in me. And even though the gift is in me, I choose to wait to write until the Lord is speaking something specific to me over a certain season for the body of Christ. I look at my assignment as a messenger. During certain seasons, songs flood and I’ll write in bunches. This was a season where God was saying something.

 

How did the title track become the title track?

William: We wanted to capture new declarations along with some of the popular declarations we had recorded on other projects on this recording. Spending time at my piano one night, I sang the chorus of “Withholding Nothing”, and I began to sing it over and over. I felt like it would be a great new part to “I Give Myself Away,” a song I wrote that has literally traveled the world.

 

Leading up to the recording, we spent quite a bit of time preparing because I believe in practicing His presence. As I began to play the chorus of the team, something unique began to happen. Then on the night of recording, people took over the song. It had this organic movement where the audience was driving the declaration. And so it was captured that way, as only a chorus. We wrote the rest of the song six months after the recording. So Withholding Nothing wasn’t the driving force behind the recording. It is what the recording became.

 

Expound on the idea of “practicing His presence”.

William: In worship there is only one audience, God. If you are an effective lead worshipper, the goal is not to sing to people, but to sing together with people to God. Obviously we want to be excellent at what we do, but ultimately you get all of your parts down excellent so everything is focused on Him. We get a sense of where to go, what to do, what to say publicly because of what happens privately as we spend time in His presence.

 

Musicians in church can often excuse poor technique because of sincere hearts. With the high regard you maintain for professionalism in your worship ministry, what is your opinion on the necessity of rehearsal to facilitate worship music?

William: In scripture, when David was brought before Saul because Saul was experiencing troubling spirits from the Lord, the Bible said David was skillful and the Lord was with him. They were not mutually exclusive. He was both skillful and the Lord was with him. I don’t want to be one of those people that refuses to multiply my talents. We have a responsibility to be a good steward of the gifts that are given us.

 

At the same time, it matters not if you are gifted but your heart is not in a position of submission before God where you can flow with Him. In our ministry we absolutely flow with Him spontaneously. But I would submit the reason why we can do that is because of the excellence we pursue.

 

You are considered an “urban worship” artist by industry standards. What do you think of that label?

William: I would challenge the whole notion of “urban,” because in the past four years I have been in more than thirty countries. And what I find is that there is a sound that exists around the world and in the hearts of people that is multi-cultural.

 

In Acts 1 and 2 the disciples are told to wait in the upper room until they receive power by the Holy Spirit. Acts 1 lists the disciples and other women, and Mary, the mother of Jesus, as being there. A traumatic experience has just happened in their lives. Jesus was murdered in the most unjust judgment in the history of the earth. And he rose again. So they are processing all of this. And are waiting together. Scripture says they are all together in one place and one accord. In Greek, “one accord” means they were all together, not thinking the same thing, but were altogether in the same place with the same passion.

 

Mary was probably thinking, After he taught you, fed you, and did miracles for you, you guys couldn’t even stay with him for an hour of prayer? Peter is probably thinking, I can’t believe he wants me to lead this church after denying him. John has lost his best friend. You have all these emotions in the room, yet they all need what He promised. As a result of staying in the same room with the same passion, everyone heard a sound like a mighty rushing wind and heard the mysteries of God in their own language. The common sound was released because of the common passion.

 

When someone asked me, “Who is your core demographic?” My answer was “The hungry.”  Whoever is hungry for God. We are not identifying with the same sound. We have the same passion.

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Withholding Nothing Debuts At #1 On iTunes Christian & Gospel Chart

Packed With New Songs and Extemporaneous, Unrehearsed Moments,

Withholding Nothing Takes The Audio Visual Worship Experience To New Level

 

NEW YORK, NY (November 13, 2013) – Chart topping artist and world-renowned worship leader and Pastor William McDowell’s highly anticipated album Withholding Nothing (Delivery Room/eOne Music) debuted at #1 on the iTunes Christian and Gospel Top Albums chart after its release on November 5, 2013.  The ASCAP Award winning, Stellar and Dove nominated artist behind #1 Gospel hits such as “I Give Myself Away” and “I Won’t Go Back” continues to inspire and usher in the spirit of worship on this powerful new CD/DVD compilation.  Featuring the stirring lead single of the same name, Withholding Nothing follows the chart-topping success of McDowell’s sophomore recording Arise, ranking #1 on the Current Gospel Overall chart, has reached #2 on Billboard’s Top Christian/Gospel Albums chart and ranks #28 on Billboard’s top 200.

 

Containing over 60 minutes of passionate, extemporaneous worship in the form of songs, choruses and instrumental interludes that reverberate with themes of surrender and thanksgiving, Withholding Nothing highlights 2,000 people immersed not in a recording, but in worship.  Throughout the two-hour long DVD, viewers are captivated as the presence of God takes complete control of the room, while McDowell introduces a plethora of new worship anthems and songs of praise for today’s church.  This incredible live music ministry experience features the vocal talents of Steve Crawford and Da’dra Greathouse (Anointed) on “Standing”, worship and praise leaders Jason Nelson and BJ Putnam on “I Surrender All” and “Ask” respectively, gospel artists Josh Dufrene and Daniel Johnson on “Song of Intercession”, and Tyler Richardson and LaRue Howard on “Come Unto Me”.  Together with McDowell, these great artists bring people of all ages, cultures and denominations together through passionate, Christ-centered worship, to witness the manifestation of God’s presence in worship and praise like never before.

 

So how does one go about capturing that shift in the atmosphere, that moment when the order of service takes a back seat to the work of the Holy Spirit? According to McDowell, who is also the lead pastor at Orlando’s Deeper Fellowship Church, you simply “get out of the way.”

 

“These people don’t know they are being heard by anyone but God,” explains McDowell. “We don’t get pre-claps, we don’t stop for any reason. The focus is 100 percent on God and what He’s saying, and the songs just happen the way they happen…we rehearsed, we prepared, but in the end, the Holy Spirit led the evening.”

 

Having witnessed that moment of powerful worship, Hart Ramsey says, “This new CD/DVD is insane!!!!!  It’s more than a P&W CD/DVD.  It’s a Weapon of Intercession.  Anointed & sonically/visually remarkable.  What came out was unrehearsed.  What transpired that night was unforgettable.”

 

Bishop Travis Hall states “William McDowell’s new project is much more than just an album.  It’s a WORSHIP EXPERIENCE!”

 

Isaac Carree states “Withholding Nothing [will] change your life!”

 

Produced by McDowell, Steven Lester of Elevation Church, Aaron Lindsey and Clay Bogan, (who co-produced the chart-topping album Arise), Withholding Nothing is one of the greatest gospel music DVD’s produced, that will continue to uplift and inspire people across the world for years to come.

 

McDowell is currently on tour for Withholding Nothing, which includes the following stops:

 

November 20                          Charlotte, NC                         TBC

November 21                          Atlanta, GA                            Word of Faith

November 22                          New York, NY                        Misfits

November 24                          Easton, PA                              Greater Shiloh Church

November 30                          Houston, TX                          Lakewood Church

 

 

For more information on William McDowell, please visit www.williammcdowellmusic.com or https://www.facebook.com/williammcdowellmusic.  And to follow him on Twitter, visit

https://twitter.com/WilliamMcDowell

Orlando-Based Worship Leader and Pastor William McDowell To Release New CD/DVD Withholding Nothing On November 5

Packed With New Songs and Extemporaneous, Unrehearsed Moments,

Withholding Nothing Takes The Audio Visual Worship Experience To New Level

 

ORLANDO, Fla. (October 8, 2013)- – On the heels of two critically acclaimed, genre-bending albums, worship leader William McDowell prepares for the November 5th release of a groundbreaking new CD/DVD that takes the audio-visual worship experience to a new level.  Appropriately titled Withholding Nothing, the project contains over 60 minutes of passionate, extemporaneous worship in the form of songs, choruses and instrumental interludes that reverberate with themes of surrender and thanksgiving.

 

With 14 tracks recorded on CD and 20 on the DVD, including standouts from his chart-topping albums Arise and As We Worship, Withholding Nothing highlights 2,000 people immersed not in a recording, but in worship.

 

“These people don’t know they are being heard by anyone but God,” explains McDowell. “We don’t get pre-claps, we don’t stop for any reason. The focus is 100 percent on God and what He’s saying, and the songs just happen the way they happen…we rehearsed, we prepared, but in the end, the Holy Spirit led the evening.”

 

So how does one go about capturing that shift in the atmosphere, that moment when the order of service takes a back seat to the work of the Holy Spirit? According to McDowell, who is also the lead pastor at Orlando’s Deeper Fellowship Church, you simply “get out of the way.”

 

“The best you can do is to prepare your heart and be obedient,” says McDowell. “…you have to be willing to become invisible. It’s never about you. Nothing in the service is about you. People aren’t coming to see you. They are coming to experience God.”

 

And throughout the two-hour-long DVD, viewers are captivated as the presence of God takes complete control of the room while McDowell introduces a plethora of new worship anthems and songs of praise for today’s church. These include “Can’t Live Without You,” featuring guest vocalist Nicole Binion, “Are You Ready?” featuring guest Aaron Lindsey and “My Heart Sings,” in which McDowell cries out, “My worship is too deep for my words…I’ve got to cry from the depth of my heart… my vocabulary is too limited when it comes to God.”

 

The complete tracklist for the CD portion of Withholding Nothing, including guest vocalists, is:

1.   Releasing A Sound

2.   Bring Me A Minstrel

3.   Expecting

4.   Are You Ready (featuring Pablo Villatoro and Aaron Lindsey)

5.   Through Christ

6.   We Will Prevail

7.   Sovereign God (featuring Danny Gokey)

8.   When I Call Your Name

9.   There Is Something About That Name

10. My Heart Sings

11. Can’t Live Without You (featuring Nicole Binion)

12. Withholding Nothing

13. There Is A Sound

14. Withholding Nothing (Radio Edit)

 

Withholding Nothing, which is distributed by Entertainment One Music, will be available in stores and through iTunes and Amazon beginning November 5.

 

Modern worship pioneer William McDowell is known for crossing musical genres and blending styles as he brings people of all ages, cultures and denominations together through passionate, Christ-centered worship. The lead pastor at Deeper Fellowship Church in Orlando, Florida, McDowell has a sphere of influence that reaches far beyond his hometown. The ASCAP Award winning and Dove and Stellar Award-nominated worship leader’s songs have traveled the world, ministering to the global church through his recordings, international worship events and 18 million Youtube views.

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