What is most rewarding about this project is that from start to finish, the focus has truly been to create a worship experience and not a performance. The strength of this recording is the attention to detail when representing different styles of worship. Student vocalists as well as the instrumentalists were given a unique avenue to express their giftedness through their own cultural upbringing, while also capturing shared experiences and learning from one another’s musical culture for the last 3 years.
Because of the diversity of the student body at NPU, students involved in North Park’s Worship teams and Music and Worship degree program have the awesome and unique opportunity to experience and learn from a diverse group of student leaders that bring their own voices into the fabric of worship here at the university. The opportunity and privilege to do this week in and week out produces a rich culture of worship that is rarely experienced in colleges and churches around the United States.
The mission of North Park University, as an intentionally Christian university of the Evangelical Covenant Church, is to prepare students for lives of significance and service through education in the liberal arts, professional studies, and theology. Our vision, building on our core institutional identity – Christian, urban, multicultural – is to fashion a university of uncommon character and enduring excellence where faith, learning, and service meet. www.northpark.edu
Special thanks to Mark Olson, Dean of Enrollment for North Park University and to the Department of University Ministries (www.northpark.edu/umin) for their collaboration, staffing and financial resources.
The names of individuals who helped give life to this project are too numerous to mention, but here is the core team:
Student Worship Teams
Tracy Stingley - Piano/ Keyboards
Monica Laytham - Piano/ Ukulele
Ryan Roberts - Drums
Jimmy Carter - Bass
Anders Nordstrom - Electric Guitar
Aaron Boock- Acoustic Guitar
William "Plu" Harmon Drums, loops
Marikje Stob- Bass
North Park University Gospel Choir
Producer, Arranger, Director of North Park University Gospel Choir, Keyboards: Stephen Kelly
Producer: William Harmon
Live Recording Producer: Mobile “Live” Truck
Executive Producers: Mark Olson
Engineered by Timothy Powell, Chris Shepard
Studio recording, mixing and mastering by William Harmon.
Design, Artwork, Licensing: North Park University