posted on July 18, 2013 09:40
The producer that brought the likes of Paul Baloche (Open the Eyes of My Heart), Tim Hughes (Here I am to Worship), and Keith Getty (In Christ Alone) is looking for a new worship song that is bubbling up from within a local congregation. A worship pastor from Fayetteville, NC just might have what they are looking for. Giles Blankenship describes himself as a "husband, father, songwriter, musician, artist, soccer fan, coffee drinker, jeans/t-shirt/flip-flop wearing, follower of Jesus."
Blankenship serves on the staff of Snyder Memorial Baptist Church, the church that launched Operation In-As-Much, and is a graduate of Campbell University Divinity School. While following a link for a free song download, something on weareworship.com caught his eye. The song contest started that day and Blankenship was quick to respond by submitting his song entitled "You Are There."
The song, based on Psalm 139, started with some guitar licks from a youth in his church, Lars Gordon, and quickly evolved into a worship song that has touched many lives in his church and beyond. His biggest fan is a six year old girl who listens to the song everyday. Blankenship's song has inspired people to say things like: "Amazing song, sung from a man with a huge heart for Jesus." and "This song is a powerful song. It has carried me through difficult time, in particular, the death of my son almost two years ago. I want to help get it to the masses so they can feel the comfort of The Lord, as well."
Blankenship's song is currently in 2nd place. The contest will run the month of July and the five songs with the most "likes" will go before judges from Integrity Music. The winning song will be recorded in Studio, will be featured on weareworship.com, and will come under a publishing agreement with Integrity, "That is huge," according to Blankenship. Here are is the link where you can vote and get a free download of the song.