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I just finished a new song called Hope Remains and I wanted to share it with everyone. Still trying to decide if its congregational and appropriate for Sunday morning worship or not. Feel free to weigh in. Our praise team at VFC was supposed to do it for special music last weekend but it just didn’t work out.

Lyrically, I wanted to focus on hope – that eternal, remaining gift from Heaven that seems to always take a backseat to faith and love (1 Cor. 13:13). I wanted to write an anthem that showed what it looked like when we emptied ourselves – our fears, questions and insecurities and just held on to the hope of our salvation through Jesus. The song ends with what is hopefully a very rousing and effective declaration that no matter what life hands us, we will cling to hope and let it be the anchor of our souls (Hebrews 6:19).

Musically, I tried to keep it simple enough to sing but interesting enough that it didn’t sound like everything else. The turnaround and bridge chords/melody are extremely pop-typical so I tried to make the verse and chorus chords/melody a little more unique. And I love the guitar part on top of the chorus (“All that I am…”) – it just sounds so pretty to me.

Ok, so here are the excuses: I recorded all the instruments in 2 hours and all vocals in 30 minutes so its not like this is gonna be high quality, people! But hey, it didn’t cost anything! 🙂 I hope you enjoy the song and pray that you’re encouraged to hold fast hope!

Hope Remains

Hope is rising up and strengthening my faith

The fear that held me back has now begun to fade

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All that I am I give away, ‘til nothing is left, just hope remains

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Hope is sinking in and keeping me secure

And as I trust and wait, I patiently endure

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All that I am I give away ‘til nothing is left, just hope remains

I’m confident that God will save and as I believe, my hope remains

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So when the pressure’s building and I can feel the weight

I know my God still loves me I won’t hold back my praise

When disappointment finds me and things don’t go my way

My joy will not be stolen, no one can take my faith

And I won’t stop pursuing,  no I won’t be afraid

Though I’m not sure what’s coming I know that hope remains

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Whoa, hope remains

Hey, I got an idea. BUY MY CD.

Yeah, you heard me right. After about a year of writing, re-writing, recording, re-recording, annoying my family, thinking about it, almost quitting, wash rinse and repeat, I finally have a solo CD out! Woo hoo! Yeah I’m pretty flippin excited. The CD is called “Forever” and has 14 tracks with over an hour of original worship music written for contemporary worship services, youth groups and Christian conferences.

Here are a few ways to get your grubby little hands on it, with more coming:

1) For those of you who want a physical copy, the easiest way to get one is to buy it directly from me at the CD table at my home church, VFC. Cost: $10

2) Want a physical copy but don’t live in Thomasville? Or maybe you live in T’ville but *gasp* don’t go to VFC? Click HERE to order the CD directly from me. You can pay via Credit/Debit card or Paypal and have it shipped right to you. Cost: $10 plus shipping. (Note: I don’t control shipping costs!)

3) Think physical CDs are so 2000 and late? Click HERE to go to CDbaby.com and download the album (or individual tracks) in MP3 format (it will work on iPods and MP3 players like Zune.) This is also a good place to listen to samples of each song. They also sell physical copies here. Cost: $9.99 for the whole digital album, $0.99 per individual track or $11.99 + shipping for the physical CD. (For a limited time you can download track 4, “You Are Wonderful” for FREE! Just sign in, select that song and select “download selected songs.” You’re welcome!) ***UPDATE: The digital album is now available on iTunes and Amazon.com!

4) Rayann’s Christian Bookstore in Thomasville sells it. Cost: $11.99+tax.

The music is also available on several online music streaming services like Rhapsody, Napster, eMusic, Liquid Digital, and Verizon V-cast.

If you don’t have any money and can’t buy the CD, that’s OK – I love you still. Just go to my music Myspace page and enjoy the songs I’ve posted up there for free. Yeah, free. You can’t beat that with a stick!

If you’re still reading, I want to share why I did this. I didn’t set out to make a CD. My original intent for recording was to get the songs that were in my head out into a format where the church praise team could learn them and play them for our worship services. After beginning the process, with much encouragement from friends and family and much wishy-washiness on my part, I felt like some of these songs were possibly decent enough to share with others. As a worship leader for many years, I sometimes have trouble finding songs for Sunday morning services that “work” for corporate worship. There are many great songs out there but a lot are either hard to sing or impossible to recreate with local church musicians. My prayer is to write spiritual anthems that everyone can worship to. I have no desire to be a worship performer. I just want to be a supplier. It has become a dream of mine to furnish God’s people with Body-songs they can bless Him with.

I am not trying to make a bunch of money from this – I just want cover my cost (this project has been funded by me personally) and possibly upgrade to some better recording equipment for the future. If your church would like to begin doing some of these songs for their services, nothing would please me more. In the coming weeks, I am planning on posting song lyrics and chord charts and eventually creating Youtube videos with lyrics.  Let me know if you wanna help.

Speaking of help, (are you seriously still reading this?) if you want to help get my music out there, all you have to do is share it. Buy a copy for your music minister or youth pastor. Go to CDbaby.com iTunes and Amazon.com and post a favorable review. Go to the Myspace page and each song has a share link where you can post it on Facebook, Twitter, or your personal blog. You can even email direct links of specific songs to your address book. Anything you’d be willing to do will be a huge help.

Its my genuine, heartfelt hope that you are blessed by this music. And it would be an even bigger blessing to me if you use these songs to bless our Father!

Cover Art

“You Are Wonderful” is probably the most well-received of any of the worship songs I’ve written to date. I was playing around with the verse chords one day before music practice at church and one of the singers heard it and said “ooh that’s pretty.” Later, when I  sat down to write, those chords came back to mind. The original version of this song had the exact same verse/pre-chorus music and lyrics but with a totally different chorus altogether. I had titled it “You’re a Miracle” and was trying to explore the idea of how Jesus had done the impossible for us. I excitedly played the first draft for my wife and I believe her exact words after hearing it were, “You’re a miracle – really? Sounds like the title of a Christmas musical.” Thanks, sweetheart. She was right, though – it stunk. I went back to the drawing board, hammered out some new lyrics and paired them with the  current chorus music.

Soon after its completion, I introduced it to my home church where they received it really well. Shortly after that,  I did it at a women’s conference where I lead worship annually and I remember being surprised how quickly everyone picked it up on first listen. We still do this one regularly at VFC and every year I go back to the women’s conference, someone requests it. I pray that as you listen you’ll let God captivate your heart and fascinate your soul. Special thanks to Dana King for singing alto on this recording.

You Are Wonderful

Great and mighty, awesome, holy

You are to me

Loving, gracious, just and righteous

You are, my King

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All the earth declares Your beauty

And I proclaim who You are to me

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You are wonderful, kind and beautiful

You captivate my heart, You fascinate my soul

You wash away the shame, Your mercy makes me whole

Jesus, You are Lord, strong and powerful

High above the earth, God of endless worth

You are wonderful

© Jamie Nunnally

Have you ever thought about what God’s greatest achievement was? I was thinking one day about how awesome God was – all that He’s created and all He’s done. He’s simply amazing. I began to think of the majesty of the mountains, the beauty of the oceans and all the amazing creatures found here on Earth. Then I began to consider all the great things Jesus – God in context – did while He was on the earth: healing, serving, teaching, etc. But could all of God’s goodness be summed up in one thing He did? If so,  I’d say the best example of the majesty and wonder of God we have is the blood of Jesus. It’s the single most amazing feat ever accomplished. Think about it: death reigned through sin. So what do you do? Obliterate sin, thereby abolishing death. How do you do that? Nullify sin by employing a blood sacrifice given once and for all for mankind’s atonement. What kind of sacrifice could possibly do that? Well, only one person is perfect and qualifies. So He sent Himself (in the form of His son, Jesus) to save the day. The blood of Jesus was God’s masterpiece.

This song attempts to marvel at all of the great things God has done, yet raise of the blood of Christ as His crowning achievement. I feel like the lyrics of the bridge really capture the heart of the song: “Of all of the wonders He has made – His earthly works put on display, I am most thankful for the stone that rolled away.”

From a musical standpoint, I had a difficult time figuring out to play the drums on this one. Its starts out with a very U2 “Beautiful Day” type beat. It seemed to match the music,  but I thought that would be rather obnoxious to do it throughout the whole song. Conversely, a straight-ahead 4/4 rock beat seemed too dull. I finally settled on a hybrid of the two and I think it turned out OK. I hope you like it!

By His Blood

By His words He framed things which are not seen

By His might He called planets into being

By His wisdom He set the stars alight

By His sovereignty day turns into night

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But by His blood we have been set free

By His blood we can live in peace

By His blood we live abundantly

By His blood we are made complete

By His blood

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By His power He lived a sinless life

By His majesty the blind received their sight

By His strength He did many miracles

By His voice He made the wind obey His words

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Of all of the wonders He has made

(His earthly works put on display)

I am most thankful for that stone that rolled away

Of all of the mysteries of His will

(The truths that fascinate me still)

I am most thankful for the blood that Jesus spilled

© Jamie Nunnally 2010

I have a growing desire to write congregational praise and worship songs for the body of Christ. I don’t wanna just write Christian songs for the radio. I want to write anthems that the Body of Christ can sing in unity back to their King on Sunday mornings. Its really a dream of mine – to be a supplier of songs to the church for corporate worship. “Lord We Worship You” is my latest attempt for a opening/upbeat song to be used in a contemporary worship service.

I had been telling God during my prayer time that I didn’t want to ever get used to Him. Familiarity breeds contempt, as the saying goes, and most “spirit-filled” churches consider familiarity with God as not only attainable but desirable. But I wonder how often we get used to God and consider His presence just a normal thing? What a horrible thought! I don’t ever want my interaction with God to be simple routine. I also have always been intrigued with the idea of God’s fragrance as written about in 2 Corinthians 2:14. Just like a hunter may track the scent of his prey, so should the lovers of Jesus pursue His fragrance with restless desire. Its not always easy to crystallize complex thoughts like these into a simple, singable song. Hopefully, this song is successful, though, and can be used for a body of believers to proclaim, “We’re here to worship you – to pursue you and guard our hearts against routine and complacency.”

Lord We Worship You

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Here before You, the broken and mended adore You

We pursue You, the humble and hopeful run to You

With all our worship, all our praise

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Here in Your presence, Lord we worship You

We chase your fragrance, Lord we worship You

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We don’t ever want to get used to Your presence

So we seek You like the first time that we met You

With all our worship, all our praise

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Here in this moment, Lord we worship You

We won’t be silent, Lord we worship You.

© Jamie Nunnally 2010

Several years ago God was dealing with me about the idea of obedience. I think most of us approach Christian obedience from a “have to” perspective: we do whats right because we’re Christians and that’s what Christians are supposed to do.  God seemed to be saying that I should not try to obey out of compulsion, but I should simply get close to Him and let Him change my desires. Then I’d actually want to do what was right instead of attempting to halfheartedly make myself obey. I began to see obedience as the natural result of a loving relationship instead of the coerced result of a belief system. This is summed up in John 15:14,15 when Jesus says “You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.”

Obedience isn’t a typical topic for a worship song, but I figured what is more worshipful than God’s children proclaiming their desire to obey the Father as they draw near to Him? Sounds like worship to me. I had seen the name Adonai used for God occasionally during worship but had never really known what it meant besides yet another name for the Hebrew God. After a little study, I learned it means “Lord” or “Master” and denotes a loving master who you want to willingly obey. Pretty cool, huh? We used this song for several years at VFC but it kind of got lost in the shuffle as we added more and more songs. Who knows, maybe we’ll resurrect it one day…

Adonai

You paid the price and bought my life, I will obey You

You purchased me then set me free, I will obey You

Here am I, Lord send me

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Loving Master, I obey – You are Adonai

I will do what You say – You are Adonai

How I love all Your ways – You are Adonai

I will follow all my days, Adonai, Adonai

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You took me in and called me friend, I will obey You

Now I desire what You require, I will obey You

Here am I, Lord send me

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No longer do You call us servants

For they do not know what You do

But as Your friend, I take Your hand

And choose to obey You

© Jamie Nunnally 2010

I recently began recording some original praise and worship songs during the Fall of 2009. Its been a long process because 1) I don’t have a lot of free time and 2) I’m recording each song in quite possibly the most inefficient way possible – by myself,  track by track. Why did I do it track by track? Please refer to point number one.  Anyway, I thought it’d be fun to post these songs as I got them in semi-finished condition and tell the story of how each one came about. I hope you like them.

Back in 2003,  my brother Sam and I sat down to write a few worship songs for our local congregation. Sam sensed that God was dealing with our church about trusting Him and wanted us to write a song where we could, as a unified body, declare our trust in the Lord. I had been playing around with some chords that eventually became the chorus to this song. After a short time of us both sharing, suggesting and editing lyrics, we had “Lord I Trust You.” Over 7 years later this simple song is still in regular rotation at VFC and serves as a reminder that no matter what goes on in our lives, we can trust our God who loves us and is always faithful.

Lord I Trust You

Lord I trust You, I give You my hopes and dreams

Like a child in his daddy’s arms I rely on You for everything

Only You know what I need

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Lord I Trust You, I do

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Lord, I trust You, I feed upon Your faithfulness

I’ll do what You say to do ’cause I know You only want the best

I’ll walk in faith and I’ll be blessed

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© Jamie Nunnally 2010