16 episodes

Daniel Bradshaw is an independent Christian songwriter and composer on a mission (called Year of Praise) to write and release 52 songs of praise in 52 weeks ranging from choral music to Contemporary Praise and Worship music. Follow along as he shares the behind-the-scenes details of his songwriting process and inspiration for songwriters. While Daniel fully admits to being an amateur songwriter, his honest and open reflection on the process will give you insight into the mind of the modern Christian composer. You're likely to find advice and tips for Christian songwriting such as finding inspiration, scripture for songwriters, arranging hymns for choir, making traditional hymns contemporary, songwriting resources, composing and recording software and equipment, motivation for Christian artists, and more. Whether you're a worship leader looking for new worship music or a choir director wondering about new sacred choral music, Daniel provides both on this journey writing original worship songs and contemporary settings of traditional hymns.

The Year of Praise Podcast: 52 Songs of Praise in 52 Weeks Daniel Bradshaw: Christian Songwriter, Composer, Worship Leader, and Blogger

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Daniel Bradshaw is an independent Christian songwriter and composer on a mission (called Year of Praise) to write and release 52 songs of praise in 52 weeks ranging from choral music to Contemporary Praise and Worship music. Follow along as he shares the behind-the-scenes details of his songwriting process and inspiration for songwriters. While Daniel fully admits to being an amateur songwriter, his honest and open reflection on the process will give you insight into the mind of the modern Christian composer. You're likely to find advice and tips for Christian songwriting such as finding inspiration, scripture for songwriters, arranging hymns for choir, making traditional hymns contemporary, songwriting resources, composing and recording software and equipment, motivation for Christian artists, and more. Whether you're a worship leader looking for new worship music or a choir director wondering about new sacred choral music, Daniel provides both on this journey writing original worship songs and contemporary settings of traditional hymns.

    YOP 15: “I Can”

    YOP 15: “I Can”

    The song for Episode 15 came together in under an hour (though a lot of time was spent to record the vocals). “I Can” was inspired by my wife Kim’s verse of the day which happened to be Philippians 4:13 (“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” The chorus has a call and […]

    YOP 14: “Blessed Assurance”

    YOP 14: “Blessed Assurance”

    Episode 14 features the classic hymn, “Blessed Assurance.” This began as a choral number, but I chose to release it in a solo form to (finally) get a song out for this week. Once the arrangement is done and recorded, you’ll get the full version as a future bonus episode. *** LYRICS “Blessed Assurance” Blessed […]

    YOP 13: “Bigger Than You”

    YOP 13: “Bigger Than You”

    Episode 13 has an original song that’s very appropriate for Easter. “Bigger Than You” is a bluesy and soulful number that goes out to anything that might make you spend time worrying. Happy Easter! *** LYRICS “Bigger Than You” Lost in the darkest night I know I’ll be alright. I’m not alone there – that […]

    YOP 12: “What A Friend” (featuring Grace Blackford)

    YOP 12: “What A Friend” (featuring Grace Blackford)

    Episode 12 features another arrangement of a traditional hymn (“What A Friend We Have in Jesus”) and features guest vocalist (and listener of the podcast), Grace Blackford. I’ve been able to watch Grace grow up in our church (Emanuel Lutheran) where I directed her in the youth choir and I couldn’t be more honored to have […]

    YOP 11: “Let Us Break Bread Together”

    YOP 11: “Let Us Break Bread Together”

    Episode 11 features a track from my 2006 album, Verse by Verse (which was recently released in digital format for purchase on bandcamp). I hope you enjoy my arrangement of “Let Us Break Bread Together” with an accompanying scripture reading by Pastor Mark Schuring of Emanuel Lutheran Church. You can stream the entire album to preview before you buy […]

    YOP 10: “Give Me Jesus”

    YOP 10: “Give Me Jesus”

    Episode 10 features a cover of the hymn, “Give Me Jesus.” Following a difficult week, I was quickly humbled and reminded how blessed I truly am. During this week (or any time, really), I’d encourage you to focus on the positive aspects of your life and what you really “need” compared to what you think is […]

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