In titling this project Enduring, I had two things in mind.
Firstly, I have chosen songs that have endured the critique of the wider Christian community, some that have endured the test of time, and a couple of my own that I hope will also endure.
I have played each of these songs in church for worship and noted people’s response to them. Sometimes I can see people begin to give expression to their heart for God as we sing them, other times they tell me afterwards how impacting or meaningful a particular song is for them. These are songs that resonate with me personally, but also with my church family, and everywhere I go.
I wanted to record a handful of these songs for people to be able to take with them and play wherever they are during the week.
Secondly, and more importantly, is the reference to the enduring character of God. His goodness, His kindness, His mercy, His righteousness, His faithfulness, His steadfast love endures forever. These are statements echoed over and over throughout Scripture. This is a God we can count on, a God we can depend on: an unchanging God whose heart toward us is good and generous.
I love how Lamentations 3:22-24 expresses this:
The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
The LORD is my portion," says my soul,
"therefore I will hope in him.”
My hope is that as you listen to these songs you’ll be reminded of that.
released December 2, 2011
All arrangements by Mark Cullen (APRA/ASCAP)
Executive Producers: Andrew Bolt, Telvin Jeffries, Paul Vermeulen
Produced and Recorded by Tyler Chester and Mark Cullen
Mixed by Tyler Chester at PaperChaseStudio, Glendale, CA
Drums, Piano, Strings, some Acoustic Guitar and some Lead vocals were recorded by Tyler Chester at Signature Sound, San Diego.
Bass, Lead Vocals and Electric Guitar on When I Survey recorded by Tyler Chester at The Soundcastle, Aliso Viejo, CA.
B3 Organ recorded by Tyler Chester at CHCC, Aliso Viejo, CA
Background Vocals and Group Vocals, Electric and Acoustic Guitars, Bass (How Great Is Our God and When I Survey), Clarinet and Tambourines recorded by Mark Cullen at The Soundcastle, Aliso Viejo, CA.
Mastered by Roger Seibel at SAE Mastering, Phoenix, AZ.
Artwork and Design: Ken Hammond - KHDesign
Patrons: These are those people who believe in and support the creative pursuits of an artist financially and with much encouragement. I couldn’t have done this without you guys and I am truly grateful! Andrew Bolt, Telvin Jeffries, Paul Vermeulen, Eric and Marie Draper, Dean and Sandy Cobussen, Chris, Diane, Carly and Emily Stevens, Rob and Julie Culp, Rob and Sue Pelletier, Michael Dryga, Ryan and Day Joly, Wes and Ellie Beavis.
Big thanks also to these Kickstarter supporters: Ann Helen Johansen, Helen Steinkamp, Kent Peters, Dave and Debbie Pelichowski, Michael and Priscilla Conner, Gavin and Mali Eva, The Fritz Family, Keith McWhorter, Doug and Kim Blanchard, Nathan Palmer, John and Angela Ivey, Naomi and Bryan Grey, Ralph Magnus, Eddie and Dayna Pool, Leon and Claudine James.
Thanks to the staff and church family of Coast Hills Community Church in Aliso Viejo, CA. for your continual support and encouragement. (Especially Todd G., Todd D., Ken B., Ryan D., Ginny, Gina, Mike, and Ken H.) Greg Holmes – thanks for the use of the organ, again! Brian Swerdfeger - huge thanks for the use of your beautiful guitars!
Special thanks to the CHCC worship team. You are awesome! You consistently bring it!
Extra special thanks to Tyler and Christine, Dan, Rob, Norm and Gina, Dana, John, Ryan, Keith, Danny, and Robbie.
Ali, I love you! God has truly blessed me with your ever-present support and love. Daniel, I know you will be able to do anything you put your heart and mind to. Do good!
Mark is an accomplished worship leader, musician, singer and songwriter. He also enjoys the search for form, emotion and
beauty through photography.
Mark’s heart is to use his gifts to the fullest, “allowing God’s generosity to flow through” him (1 Pe 4:10). He continues to inspire others through his worship leading and teaching in his home church and at other churches and conferences....more