Last week, I had the privilege of being the guest artist and worship leader for over 750 students at SonPower 2014, Open Up the Heavens, a week long camp of sorts for church youth choirs held in Orlando, FL. Obviously, these kids love to sing. But what I discovered very quickly is that they also love to worship. As a worship leader, when I get in a room with people who are passionate about Jesus and hungry for His presence, it makes my “job” easy. And this was the case at SonPower. We had sweet times of singing to the Lord and responding to who He is and what He has done in our lives collectively and individually. I am of the opinion that He looks for thirsty souls and rushes in when we call on His name (2 Chronicles 16:9). And at SonPower 2014, God was in our midst.
During a couple of our sessions, as these teens were lifting their voices and hearts to Jesus, I was so impressed to pray over them. Here were hundreds of students standing before me with the potential to rise up as a generation and change the world. However, it was not lost on me the depravity and brokenness they see all around them and within them on a daily basis. The urgency is real. The enemy is after them. The culture is a magnet. Yet God is stronger, and His hand is on their lives. For me, there are few greater privileges than getting to pour into the next generation and see their love for the Lord. What a sweet time I had with these kids, one that will not soon be forgotten. I will be lifting them before the Father every time He brings their faces to mind.
Meredith Andrews has an amazing gift – writing honest, compelling songs that resonate powerfully with an audience. After college, Andrews, a native of Wilson, NC, relocated to Chicago and began leading worship at Harvest Bible Chapel.
Over time, her incredible vocal gift and intuitive songwriting abilities caught the attention of Word Record executives who signed her to a deal. Her label debut, The Invitation, released in April 2009 and the stirring single “You’re Not Alone” helped propel Andrews into the national spotlight. Her sophomore album, As Long As it Takes, bowed in March 2010 and the following spring, it was named “Worship Album of the Year” at the Gospel Music Association’s Dove Awards. “How Great is the Love” earned the Dove Award for “Worship Song of the Year.”
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. Andrews’ focus remains on her growing family, serving her church and creating music that lifts the body of Christ to a closer relationship with the Lord. Whenever possible, she also enjoys speaking at girls’ conferences and she’s excited about sharing “Pieces.”
Meredith is married to Jacob and together, they have one son, Maverick, and another baby on the way, yet she continues to find time to contribute songs to Harvest Bible’s Live Worship FromVertical Church and participates on tours with fellow worship leaders.