Greetings! My name is Tony Gardner. I’ve been living in Canyon Country for just over two years now and am currently seeking opportunities to minister in music at churches in the Santa Clarita Valley area. I have been writing original Christian music since 1981.
I literally performed my first Christian song the same day I became a born again Christian! Over the years, I had composed dozens of songs, but never did any kind of recording. Soon after the 911 attack on America, I was laid off and had some time to take the first step toward recording. Using Sonic Foundry's (now Sony Digital Pictures) Acid Pro loop based software to "fill in" the parts, I completed 17 songs in two months, and over 35 to date. I invite you to visit New Creation Music on-line at www.newcreationmusic.org and listen to my music. As you will discover, I’m not another Christian rock band. I perform as a solo artist using background tracks, minus the lead vocals, guitar and piano, which I perform live. This adds a nice personal touch and maintains the listeners’ interest.
You may also notice that my lyrical style is highly evangelical in nature. I’m not ashamed of the Gospel! I sing what God tells me to sing, and share what God tells me to share. This may very well be God’s perfect timing to have your congregation bring their unsaved friends and neighbors. I never miss an opportunity to present an invitation to receive Christ as Lord and Savior. The music is simply a catalyst to soften our hearts and ultimately fulfill God’s purposes in our lives.
I have served as Worship Leader at Christian Life Center (formerly Abundant Life) in Santa Paula, California for the last 3 1/2 years. Prior to that, I served at New Creation Christian Assembly in San Marcos, CA as their worship leader for five years. I have played in several local Christian bands (San Diego area) over the years including Heartfelt, Change of Heart, Souls in Exile and Extol. I play an Ibanez Artstar semi-hollow guitar for my jazzy songs, an old '57 mahogany Martin OO-14 acoustic guitar for my mellow songs. When leading worship, I use an Alvarez Fusion electric-acoustic guitar coupled with a Behringer V-Amp Pro for effects. I also play an Alesis QS7 keyboard and sing lead vocals and harmonies on most my songs.
I graduated State University of New York, Oswego with a B.A. in music composition and also completed extensive coursework at Point Loma Nazarene University in hymnology, choral conducting and worship leading. I currently work at Advanced Bionics Corporation in Sylmar as a Programmer/Analyst. Although computers are my livelihood, writing and playing music have always been my greatest passion.
In 2002, I founded New Creation Music (on-line at www.newcreationmusic.org), which is a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging aspiring Christian artists by providing quality original material if needed, recording and production services and promotion via internet exposure and local performance opportunities.
Thanks for your time and consideration and may God bless your day!
Tony Gardner, Founder
New Creation Music
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