For the first time in its 40-plus year history, CFN Music, the music and publishing arm of Christ For The Nations Institute, will partner with Integrity Music to market and distribute music and video recordings.
With music industry notables like Kari Jobe, Nicole C. Mullen, Russ Taff, Tommy Walker and Kevin Jonas (father and manager of the Jonas Brothers), among its alumni, it is no surprise that Christ for the Nations has already produced a vast catalog of music. In fact, the Dallas-based Bible school/music program has recorded an amazing 37 albums, with its most recent, appropriately titled 37, set to be the first release in the new partnership on February 28.
With over 40,000 graduates, CFNI has always been a fertile ground for worship leaders and songwriters who are saturated in an environment of passionate worship, prayer and Bible study. And CFN Music has been producing live albums that feature its students, staff, and alumni since 1974. Those albums include songs and appearances from artists like Jobe, Mullen and Taff along with others such as Thomas Miller (Gateway Church), Marty Nystrom and Klaus Kuehn, all of whom have studied and led worship at CFNI.
The songs “No Sweeter Name,” “Revelation Song,” “When I Think About the Lord,” “As The Deer,” “We Prepare The Way,” “My Romance,” “You, You Are God,” “The More I Seek You,” “The Lord Reigns,” “Song of Ezekiel,” “My Soul Longs,” and many more were first recorded at CFNI and written by staff, faculty, students and alumni.
“For many years, Christ for the Nations Institute has made a historical impact in the worldwide worship community,” said C. Ryan Dunham, president of Integrity Music. “It’s been our desire to work with Christ for the Nations to cultivate, harvest and share with the global Church the powerful worship songs of substance and experiences being birthed out of the school, its students and leadership. With the release of 37, we believe that this is the beginning of a new season of increased influence for CFN Music and its worship ministry.”
“CFNI has a long history of training, equipping and recording worshipers and servants of the Kingdom,” said Alex MacDougall, managing director of CFN Music. “And our music is well-known within missionary and ministry circles. Now, with the release of 37, Integrity offers CFN Music an opportunity to take its worship to the church worldwide. It’s an exciting time.”
37 will be a combined CD and DVD release to both Christian retail and digital outlets. The project was recorded live at CFNI and features CFN’s worship director Gabriel Allred along with worship leaders Jared Ellis, Francisca Arenas, Alex Bennefield, Chris Martin and Jonathan Lewis. CFN independently released 37 last year, but February 28 marks its world-wide retail release.
“Christ For The Nations’ long, rich history in worship means that with every song sung and expression given, we stand on the shoulders of the generations that have stood here and praised the same God. Our worship is not new, it’s ancient — a fire of legacy that will always burn,” explains Gabriel Allred.
Craig Dunnagan, Integrity’s vice president of Music Publishing and Worship Resources adds: “Integrity is excited to join in harvesting this fertile ground for the Kingdom of God, blessing the Church with the songs and sounds of worship birthed in young hearts from around the world who come to Dallas to be trained and equipped for ministry.”
Kingsway and Integrity Music are the music divisions of David C Cook, a nonprofit global resource provider serving the Church with life-transforming materials. Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Kingsway’s and Integrity’s resources are distributed in more than 160 countries and sold worldwide.