Staff Writers

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Matt Armstrong

Matt Armstrong is a Songwriter/Producer from Buffalo, NY. Since moving to Nashville, TN in 2003 he has helped write songs with Casting Crowns, Chris Tomlin, Passion, Ed Cash, Aaron Shust, Ellie Holcomb, Selah, Worship Together, Bebo Norman, Benji & Jenna Cowart, Jimmy Needham, and more.

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Kenna Turner West

Kenna Turner West’s career in gospel music began in 1983 when, as a new Believer, the eighteen year-old joined the nine-time Grammy Award-winning Blackwood Brothers. Over twenty-five years later, God has continued to open doors for Kenna to take the Gospel of Jesus Christ across the nation and around the world, alongside Christian leaders such as Franklin Graham and Dr. Jerry Falwell, at venues ranging from The Pentagon to NASCAR chapels to the local church.

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Tony Wood

I am a writer. Writers operate in small rooms, shut away from the rest of the world and kept from normal people. We occasionally invite one - maybe two others to join us in the process of creating. I’ve often compared what I do as a songwriter as to being like one who makes shoes for an artist.

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Stephen Christian

Stephen Christian spent years perfecting his craft both on and off the stage as the lead singer of Anberlin. He was able to work with producers/writers including Butch Walker, Neal Avron, Dan Wilson, Aaron Sprinkle and Brendan O’Brien while refining his ability to craft great lyrics and melodies. Anberlin ended up selling over 1,000,000 albums collectively and their biggest single “Feel Good Drag” has been certified gold.

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Josh Zegan

Josh Zegan spent the better part of a decade as the guitarist for EMI rock band Dizmas. He crafted his approach to songwriting in various studios with producers such as Raine Maida, Brian Garcia and Steve Wilson.

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Josh Bronleewe

Josh moved to Nashville in 2007 to lead worship at a small church plant. Soon after, Josh was signed to Centricity Music Publishing where he began to hone his songwriting craft.

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Jason Blaine

Canadian Artist Jason Blaine moved to Nashville in 2007, signing a publishing/production deal with Anchor Down/ New Millennium Music. Shortly after, he began his Canadian Artist career, signing with eOne Records. Jason earned CCMA Honors for Song of the Year in 2012, and has celebrated 15 top 15 Canadian Singles, and three #1 videos with CMT Canada.

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Molly Reed

One month before graduating with a Bachelors of Science degree from Belmont University in Nashville TN, Molly Reed inked her first Publishing deal in April of 2007 with This Music Publishing, a co-venture with Warner Chappell. She began co-writing with some of the music row greats, and continued to blossom at a rapid pace.

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Wayne Haun

It's true -- and Wayne Haun would be the first to admit it. He's not the kind of producer who personally engineers his studio projects, but then he genuinely does not have the time to spare. As a 4-time Grammy nominee, 25-time GMA/Dove Award winner, and 3-time BMI Music Award winner, Wayne Haun is known for his behind-the-scenes work as a songwriter, producer, arranger, orchestrator, record label founder, publishing company owner, and more.

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Joel Lindsey

Joel Lindsey is one of the most celebrated and award winning writers in the genres of CCM and Inspirational music. With over 800 cuts, Joel has garnered 20 #1's, with songs recorded by a "who's who" list of CCM and Gospel artists. In addition, Joel has cuts with mainstream artists such as CHRIS MANN, CLAY AIKEN and THE BACKSTREET BOYS.

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Hannah Ellis

Hannah is a Songwriter at Word Entertainment (Word Country) This small town Kentucky girl learned to sing harmony with her sister at the age of four. Since then, music has been her love. Winning Kentucky's State FFA talent contest as a high school junior propelled her to the National Stage at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis in front of over 22,000 students. Hannah claims, "At that moment, connecting with the fans and being on that stage, I knew this [entertaining] is what I wanted to do." One of Nashville's great young songwriters, Hannah has carefully honed her craft and has grown as a writer, artist, and a dynamic entertainer.

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Rebekah White

Rebekah White is a worshiper with an unyielding passion for her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Born in Louisville, Kentucky where her father was a minister of music, Rebekah had the opportunity to hone her gifting as a pianist and vocalist from an early age within the church walls.

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Benji & Jenna Cowart

Benji Cowart is a worship leader and songwriter and has been nominated for ASCAP’s Christian songwriter of the year. Benji’s list of cuts & singles include among others, Worth It All, Burn Away, and The Gospel Changes Everything (for Meredith Andrews), I’m Going Free (Jailbreak) (for Vertical Church Band), At The Cross (for Selah), and 2 consecutive #1s at radio with Redeemed (which was recently certified GOLD) and The Only Name (Yours Will Be) both for Big Daddy Weave.

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Jason Walker

Jason Walker is an artist/songwriter based in Nashville, TN. He’s spent the past few years in and out of writer rooms, studios and playing stages all over the world.

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Justin Ebach

Justin Ebach is a Dove Nominated songwriter and producer who joined the Word Publishing team in August of 2012. In a very short time, Ebach has accomplished quite a lot.

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Steven Dale Jones

Grammy nominated and Dove Award winning songwriter, Steven Dale Jones is best known for his hits “One More Day”, recorded by Diamond Rio, “He Gets That From Me”, recorded by Reba McEntire, “That’s A Man”, recorded by Jack Ingram, “10,000 Angels”, recorded by Mindy McCready, “Little Things”, recorded by Tanya Tucker, “She Wants To Be Wanted”, recorded by Ty Herndon, “I Know How The River Feels”, recorded by Diamond Rio and “Better Day”, recorded by the Gaither Vocal Band.

Artist Writers

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Stephen Christian

Stephen Christian spent years perfecting his craft both on and off the stage as the lead singer of Anberlin. He was able to work with producers/writers including Butch Walker, Neal Avron, Dan Wilson, Aaron Sprinkle and Brendan O’Brien while refining his ability to craft great lyrics and melodies. Anberlin ended up selling over 1,000,000 albums collectively and their biggest single “Feel Good Drag” has been certified gold.

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Zealand Worship

The journey to Zealand Worship has been a wild and adventurous one that no one anticipated. Led by Phil Joel, best known for his long-standing role as bass player and vocalist for the multi platinum-selling band Newsboys, the band has been faithfully traversing a road that has been as unscripted and unexpected as it has been ordained. When Phil left Newsboys after thirteen years, it wasn’t long before the phone started ringing and ministry opportunities began to emerge from organizations such as Acquire The Fire, Winter Jam, Harvest Crusades, Men at the Cross, major Christian music festivals and churches throughout the United States, New Zealand, Australia and even China.

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Blanca

“I’ve always been a fearful person. And the thought of stepping out was scary for me, but I had promised the Lord that if He said go, I would go.” - Blanca For most of our lives, we associate who we are with where we are. Be it a house, a job, a relationship…it’s natural to let our surroundings define us. Sooner or later, we often forget that we even have an identity beyond where we are and what we do. If and when the familiar goes away, we have a choice—lose ourselves alongside everything else or rediscover who we’ve been all along...

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Stars Go Dim

Sometimes, the decision to stop…starts everything. It’s exactly the situation Chris Cleveland found himself in when the previous iteration of his band Stars Go Dim came to a close. What started out as a simple side project, became a successful recording and touring entity, all while Cleveland maintained his “day job” working as a worship leader at a church in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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We Are Messengers

We Are Messengers is a family, band and ministry from Ireland now based in the United States. At the heart of our vision is the desire to serve God and to see His radical love transform our lives and our communities....

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Castro

The pop/folk trio Castro is a breath of fresh air. Self-aware but never self-conscious, fun but never trivial, Jason, Michael, and Jackie Castro’s free-range pop soars thanks to a funny little twist for a trio of siblings: It is not how the brothers and sister are alike that creates their undeniable chemistry, but how they are different...

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Big Daddy Weave

Truly compelling music makes the personal universal. Few artists have done that more consistently or more movingly than Big Daddy Weave. Through more than a decade of hits like "In Christ,” “Audience of One,” "You're Worthy Of My Praise," “Every Time I Breathe,” What Life Would Be Like,” and “You Found Me,” they have shared the journey in a way that has won the ongoing respect of fans, press and industry alike.

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Chris August

Chris August has struck a balance in a beautiful tension. The soulful singer-songwriter who cites influences from Stevie Wonder to Boyz II Men accepts the call to speak the truth and pour every ounce of his being into his music, without taking himself too seriously. This equilibrium is evident on the award-winning artist’s new record, The Upside of Down.

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Francesca Battistelli

Call it life feeding art. Call it truth in advertising. Call it a vintage Francesca moment. It happened as Francesca Battistelli was working on the follow-up to My Paper Heart, one of the most joyful and successful national debuts in recent memory, and it provides a telling glimpse into the mindset that makes her art so powerfully uplifting.

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Love & The Outcome

Imagine, if you will, selling most of your worldly possessions (including the place you call home) and hitting the road to pursue a musical vision. You're leaving your native country. You have no idea what's ahead. You don't know where you'll rest for the night. You take stock and realize that all you have—or all you have left—are your songs, your dreams, your spouse, and your trust in God … and these four things make up the rope of hopefulness you cling to, day in and day out.

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Meredith Andrews

Meredith Andrews has always had a gift for writing honest, compelling songs that resonate powerfully with an audience. Over the course of her first two Word albums, people have come to appreciate the Dove Award-winning artist’s love for God and her heart for people. She’s formed a strong bond with her audience, and yet as open and vulnerable as Andrews has been before, the true heart of this gifted artist is best revealed on her new project Worth it All.

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Sidewalk Prophets

Their background may have made it look easy—after all, Sidewalk Prophets toured with Jeremy Camp and Audio Adrenaline on the strength of independent albums, then rode the popularity of their first Word Records release, These Simple Truths, to a Dove Award for Best New Artist and a nomination for Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year. "The Words I Would Say" hit #3, "You Can Have Me" went Top 20, a Christmas single, "Hope Was Born This Night," hit the Top 10, and "You Love Me Anyway" went all the way to #1 on the Billboard Christian Singles chart.