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SONGWRITING 101: CREATING AN ARRANGEMENT

Nashville, TN-Musician, Songwriter, Producer, Jason Hollis owner of Life-Line Worldwide wanted to share his take on “Creating An Arrangement” this can be written in many ways some musicians/producers do it all after the song is written and piece each part together or some do it as the song is being written.  “I wanted to let you all know that when I’m writing I’m usually thinking of the entire wide-screen picture of how I want the song to look, sound, and feel to the listener.  In the past I would write the chorus and then build the song around that but recently, I’ve been creating the intro to the song and writing from the first verse on; I hear in my head the guitars, keys, drums, strings, etc. all the way how to begin with a hook on the instrumental before a note is sung.  I work in increments from the intro, the verse, pre-chorus, chorus, if there’s a bridge, instrumental after the bridge or back to the chorus to the ending either fading out or a true ending arrangement.  At the same time, I’m thinking about the vocal arrangements on harmonies or stacking vocals on the melody of the song. I want the Country, Rock, R&B, Gospel, Jazz, or Southern Gospel that I’m recording to have that live sound like you’re in the room with me. I’ve listened to thousands of recordings and there was just a certain sound of how everything was recorded back then from The Beatles, The Rolling Sones, Led Zeppelin, Motown, The Staple Singers, Johnny Cash, The Eagles, and the list goes on and on. Now, on the Hip Hop, Electronic/Dance, or Pop I may be stacking tracks full of drum tracks, synths, samples, or vocals because that’s usually what I hear in my head; on occasion I utilize real instruments like bass, guitars, horns, or other instruments that I feel the song calls for.  As a songwriter, I literally have hundreds of unfinished songs, snippets of ideas, guitar riffs, and piano ideas galore maybe one day I’ll finish them all? I hope so but for now if something hits me I’m finishing the entire song and then moving on to the next one.  I am truly addicted to music it soothes my soul, it touches every emotion in me, it inspires me, and I hope it touches people in every walk of their lives and every situation that they are going through.  Ultimately, for me I pray that God speaks through the songs that I create to people everywhere and lives are effected” exclaims Jason Hollis.

JASON HOLLIS WRITING FIRST BOOK ABOUT MARRIAGE

MARRIAGE WEBNashville, TN-Owner of Life-Line Worldwide, Jason Hollis is working on his first book about Marriage. In his own words, Jason Hollis had this to say about the new book “This book started around four years ago when God placed on my heart to write about the subject of marriage; before you get married this is what you need to know.  Everything started there and with the busyness of life time was going by without getting anything done with the book. I’m finally starting in 2016 to really get it into book writing and the whole creative process of it.  It is definitely a journey to really rack my brain thinking back to the first few years of marriage and really pinpoint the problems that my wife and I had; then sharing them with the world. It’s a big step to share about your own life, but I pray that this book will speak to many people of all ages about the need for good communication, intimacy, and above everything else having a relationship with your spouse that is moving forward into where God is calling the both of us. We are learning to hear God clearly and know His voice for ourselves and our marriage.”  There are plans to have the book published as well as have an audio version of the book when it is completed.  The workng title so far is “Marriage: The Story Of Love…Expect The Unexpected” it will have some amazing stories from friends and family as well as Jason Hollis’ own testimony about walking through the fires of life to get to the other side in marriage.  This book is written from a man who has been broken, had an encounter with God, and has a marriage that is a continual work in process but has been redeemed by the blood of Christ.

INVASION TOUR: WEST COAST CRANKS UP SUMMER 2015!!

INVASION TOUR WEST COAST FLYER WEB VERSIONThe Winter Invasion Tour: West Coast & South featured artists: Bizzle, No Malice, V.Rose, KIDD, R. Collins, B-Fade, & Uncommon Culture.  It was a very huge success, bringing out thousands of young people each night of the tour coming to Christ and changing their lives forever.  Now it’s time to welcome the Invasion Tour: West Coast this summer 2015; this time artists: Thi’sl, CanonHillary Jane, Uncommon Culture, Dontae, & Keepers of the Flame. So don’t miss this great opportunity for your youth group this summer.

WORTH DYING FOR HITS #3 ON I-TUNES TOP CHRISTIAN/GOSPEL CHARTS!!

WDF-promo-HiRes-editRock/Worship Band, Worth Dying For released their sophomore album entitled “Love Riot” on February 22nd 2011 internationally through online retailers.  The new album debuted at #3 on I-Tunes Top Christian/Gospel Charts the first week out which really shows the fan base and the popularity of the band throughout the world!  Worth Dying For is the worship team based out of the Ammunition Movement located in Modesto California spear-headed by group Pastor, Jeremy Johnson. Their mission is to see a generation rise and shake their nation through the power and presence of God.   Ammunition Movement works through discipleship and training courses designed for pastoral and worship ministries.  The band Worth Dying For started in 2006 and quickly became recognized as a fresh new sound in worship music that connected with youth.  In 2007 the group signed with Integrity Music and released their self-titled debut album which launched a nationwide tour.  In 2010 Worth Dying For went into the studio to record their follow-up album, “Love Riot.” Now with an independent label Ammo Music, Worth Dying For is ready to continue to lead people into the presence of God with their hybrid mixture of Rock meets Worship with leadership from Sean Loche and Christy Johnson.  The new album, “Love Riot” song writing credits includes all of the members of Worth Dying For, along with  Lincoln Brewster, Henry Seeley of Planetshakers Australia and Trevor McNevan of Thousand Foot Krutch. This album also features guest vocals from Henry Seeley on the song, “Closer” and Trevor McNevan on the song “Through Your Eyes.” The groups brand new music video for the song, “Destroy” from the album, “Love Riot” should be hitting television and internet websites throughout the globe very soon.  The song “Destroy” gives viewers a military mind-set of preparing for spiritual battle in our lives and gives them a call to action to be conscious of the reality of a true battle taking place on a daily basis.