Superb Gospel Pop From Canyon Worship 2019

Started by Grand Canyon University, Canyon Worship is a group project compiling original songs, written and recorded by different students each year. Beginning in 2015, it’s by necessity an evolving project, with the student body changing year on year.



The group released their first EP in 2015, a three song affair, and from there have seen their growth explode, to the point where each subsequent year they’ve released an album that’s better than the previous year.

Comparisons could be made to their contemporaries in Christian worship music, such as Hillsong, and Elevation Music, but there is something that sets Canyon Worship apart. With a strongly consistent output, and their music recorded at the University’s state of the art Worship Arts Recording Studio, produced by Matthew Odmark from Jars Of Clay, as well as Satellites and Sirens’ Geoff Hunker, the students have created a near perfect blend of gospel, pop, and soul. The songs are not only radio-ready but also highly relatable, and edifying.

The songs for each year’s album are submitted by the students, with ten artists chosen to be featured on the new record. This instils in the students a healthy competition, while at the same time inspiring them to examine the deeper meaning and purpose of worship songs,, and their role in the lives of the church community.

GCU Worship Arts Co-ordinator, Dr Randall Downs, spoke about the new album:

“I’m really excited about this album. Hopefully churches will be able to take in some of these songs and incorporate them in their worship services. For the first time, we’re releasing chord charts and lyric sheets to make it easier to do so.”

Watch the behind the scenes video of the creation of ‘Come Up Here’, written and composed by Katie Brown, who shares what she learned through the experience of writing the song:

The album was performed in full on 21 October at GCU’s Ethington Theater, to resounding acclaim.

You can stream and download ‘Canyon Worship 2019’ from SoundCloud, Spotify, YouTube, and Apple Music. Follow Canyon Worship online on Facebook, Twitter, and their official website.

About the author

Lisa has been writing for over 20 years, starting as the entertainment editor on her university newspaper. Since then she's written for Popwrapped, Maximum Pop, Celebmix, and ListenOnRepeat.

Lisa loves all good music, with particular fondness for Jedward and David Bowie. She's interviewed Edward Grimes (Jedward), Kevin Godley, Trevor Horn, Paul Young, Peter Cox (Go West), Brendan B Brown (Wheatus), Bruce Foxton (The Jam), among many many more. Lisa is also available for freelance writing - please email lisa@essentiallypop.com

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