Quick facts about Bethel Music
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Who are Bethel Music?
Bethel Music are a contemporary worship band of Christian musicians from Redding, California. Some of Bethel Music’s hit songs are: ‘Raise a Hallelujah’, ‘Goodness of God’ and ‘Reckless Love’.
Bethel Music have a following of 1.5 million on Instagram, 244.7k on Twitter, 2.44 million on YouTube, over 2 million on Facebook and almost 3 million monthly listeners on Spotify.
The current Christian musicians in Bethel Music are Brian Johnson, Jenn Johnson, Amanda Cook, Jonathan David Helser, Melissa Helser, Cory Asbury, Kalley Heiligenthal, Paul McClure, Hannah McClure, Kristene DiMarco, Josh Baldwin, Hunter Thompson, Sean Feucht, Bethany Wohrle, Emmy Rose, Brandon Lake, Morgan Faleolo and Dante Bowe.
William Matthews, Matt Stinton, Jeremy Riddle, Leeland and Steffany Gretzinger have all since left Bethel Music to pursue their own solo careers as Christian musicians.
The Forming of the Christian Band
Bethel Music was the worship band for the Bethel Church after forming in 2001. The band released their debut album, ‘Undone’, which was well received by the public.
The group grew quickly into its current collection of Christian musicians, songwriters and artists. Bethel Music have since toured globally and found success in bringing people together and sharing their love of God with the world.
“When you forget who you are and whose you are, you start to compromise.”
Career Highlights and Achievements
Bethel Music’s most recent work is their remix album, ‘Without Words: Genesis’, which was released in 2019. The group are also playing at their ‘Heaven Come Conference’ in 2020 which will be held in Los Angeles.
Since forming, Bethel Music have produced 11 live albums and two studio albums, one of which is in Spanish. The group have also released 12 singles so far in their careers as Christian musicians.
The band has been furnished with many prestigious awards for their music. In 2015, Bethel Music’s song, ‘This is Amazing Grace’, won Song of the Year at the ASCAP awards. In 2016, Bethel Music won four GMA Dove Awards: ‘Brave New Word’ won Inspirational Album of the Year; ‘Come Alive’ won Children’s Album of the Year; ‘No Longer Slaves’ won the title, Worship Song of the Year. Their album, ‘Without Words: Synesthesia’ won Instrumental Album of the Year. In 2014, ‘You Make Me Brave’ won Song of the Year at the GMA Canada Covenant Awards.
The band’s music has also charted really well on Billboard’s music charts. Bethel Music’s 2014 release, ‘Tides Live’, peaked at No. 1 on both the Top Christian Albums chart and the Official Christian & Gospel Albums chart. In 2014, the album ‘You Make Me Brave’ also peaked at No. 1 on both the Top Christian Albums chart and the Official Christian & Gospel Albums chart, as well as charting at No. 10 on the Billboard 200 chart.
2016’s ‘Have It All’ peaked at No. 12 on the Billboard 200 chart, No. 2 on the Top Christian Albums chart, No. 1 on the Official Christian & Gospel Albums chart and No. 8 on the ARIA chart. In 2019, Bethel Music’s ‘Raise a Hallelujah’ peaked at No. 2 on the Hot Christian Songs chart and the Christian Digital Songs chart, No. 1 on the Christian Airplay chart and No. 7 on the Christian Streaming Songs chart.
Touring continues to be a solid part of life for these Christian musicians. They made a name for themselves on the ‘Worship Nights Tour’ in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016; the ‘You Make Me Brave Tour’ in 2014; the ‘We Will Not Be Shaken Tour’ in 2015; the ‘Outcry Tour’ in 2015, 2017 and 2018; the ‘Have It All Tour’ in 2016.
In 2016, they went on the ‘Worship Nights West Coast Tour’ and the ‘Worship Nights East Coast Tour’; the ‘Worship Nights Asia Tour’ in 2017; the ‘Starlight Tour’ in 2017 and 2018; the ‘WORSHIP U Tour’ in 2017; the ‘TAKE PART: East Coast Tour’ in 2017; the ‘Killing Kryptonite Tour’ in 2018; the ‘Living Hope Tour’ in 2018; and the ‘Victory Tour’ in 2019
Bethel Music’s Relationship with God
The Christian Musician in Bethel Music refer to themselves as a ‘community of worshipers’. Each individual wants to express their opinion about who God is, and how God sees us. Their belief in Jesus Christ is the crux of their music and ministry. The band says that their goal is “to gather, inspire, and encourage the global church toward deeper intimacy with the Father.”
Amanda Cook and Jeremy Riddle spoke to City News about the community Bethel Music has. Jeremy spoke about how the process of song writing for them could be challenging at times because they write their songs together. He says, “we are very sensitive, very emotional people so when you bring something that’s so close to your heart, you have to be courageous because it’s going to be critiqued”.
Jeremy then went on to mention how co-writing all of their songs was also a strength for the group, saying, “we believe in the communal process, that it makes for better songs.” The process for them could be agonizing at times, but the payoff is that as a community they have created something even more beautiful than anything they could have done alone.
Bethel Music also focuses heavily on how God’s love can be found through music. In an interview with Brian Johnson, he talks about how God guides him through the stresses of everyday life. He says, “I feel like if we can portray who God is in song form, the response will take care of itself… all the stuff we deal with and focus on in this life is nothing compared to what He has called us to.”