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JON BAUER MOST-NOMINATED ARTIST OF GMA CANADA’S COVENANT AWARDS FOR THE SECOND YEAR RUNNING

September 19, 2013

Nods Include Artist of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Roots/Folk Album of the Year
Singer-Songwriter Wraps Fifth Tour to Germany

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) Sept. 30, 2013—Renowned singer-songwriter/worship leader Jon Bauer is once again the most-nominated artist of this year’s Gospel Music Association Canada Covenant Awards, recently announced during a press conference at CTS Television Studios in Burlington, Ontario. Among Bauer’s 2013 nominations are Artist of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, and a nod in the category of Roots/Folk Album of the Year for his newest project, Roots of Worship (7/16/13), which he debuted live on a two-week tour to Germany earlier this month.

“I am honoured to have my music recognized by GMA Canada alongside many other gifted artists,” says Bauer. “I am continually humbled to be able to do what I do on an international level—much less be recognized for it—all the while remembering that this life and our purpose is not found in the country we live in, the language we speak, or music we sing….it is when our hearts are connected to Jesus that matters, and in that our roots grow deep.”

A favorite in his native Canada and with audiences across the globe, Bauer led the pack with seven nominations for The 35th Annual Covenant Awards. Besides those previously mentioned, Bauer received recognition for Modern Worship Song of the Year (“Our God”), Children’s Song of the Year (“Come and Save Us”), Recorded Song of the Year (“Fall Over Me”), and Country/Bluegrass Song of the Year (“Blessed Be the Name/Power in the Blood” feat. High Valley).

“Jon Bauer is one of the most talented artists I’ve ever had the privilege to work with,” says Mark Giles, Christian editor at All Access, who has played an instrumental role in Bauer’s career. “His gifting is obvious, but what impresses me the most is his commitment to ministry. For Jon, it’s not about promotion of self, it’s about service to others. He causes others to want to know more about the God that’s chasing after him.”

Leroy Harder, Compassion Canada artist and events manager, agrees, “We are thrilled to see GMA Canada recognize Jon Bauer, one of our most effective, passionate artists with a heart for his music and the ministry of Compassion. His passion for the kingdom is contagious, and it’s exciting to be a part of what Jon is doing!”

In addition to Roots/Folk Album of the Year, nominated songs “Our God” and “Blessed Be the Name/Power in the Blood” are both from Roots of Worship, which released only two months ago and is already being touted as “...imminently honest and approachable…” (soul-audio.com) and “...one of my favorite folk/acoustic-inspired worship albums of the year so far” (indievisionmusic.com).
Produced by GMA Dove Award-winning Producer of the Year Rusty Varenkamp (Building 429, Sanctus Real, Tenth Avenue North), Roots of Worship comprises 10 familiar worship songs, six which currently grace Christian Copyright Licensing International’s (CCLI) Top 25, but with original arrangements sonically reminiscent of artists like Mumford & Sons, Lumineers, and The Civil Wars.
Fans throughout Germany received the album enthusiastically, as Bauer debuted music from Roots of Worship on his fifth German tour, which wrapped Sept. 15. The tour comprised 12 concerts in 10 cities, including Berlin, Dresden, Frankfurt, Munster, and Mainz.

Roots of Worship is available via iTunes, Amazon.com and at www.jonbauermusic.com. Sample a stream of the CD online at http://snd.sc/11IJSle. Also, visit www.jonbauermusic.com for an updated tour itinerary.

For more information and a full list of nominees please visit: http://www.gmacanada.ca/nominees/


NEW CD - Roots of Worship

July 16, 2013

WORSHIP ARTIST JON BAUER RELEASES ROOTS OF WORSHIP TODAY
Project Features Folk Take on Popular Worship Choruses/Hymns

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) July 16, 2013—Award-winning worship artist Jon Bauer releases indie/folk/worship project Roots of Worship today. The album features Bauer’s favorite choruses and hymns—timeless songs that he performs while on the road as a full-time touring worship leader—with a roots treatment.

Produced by GMA Dove Award-winning Producer of the Year Rusty Varenkamp (Building 429, Sanctus Real, Tenth Avenue North), Roots of Worship comprises 10 familiar worship songs, six which currently grace Christian Copyright Licensing International’s (CCLI) Top 25, but with original arrangements sonically reminiscent of artists like Mumford & Sons, Lumineers, and The Civil Wars.

Such folk, bluegrass, and roots elements are admittedly new territory for Bauer, who comments on the record’s inspiration, “Some of my close friends are artists in the folk/bluegrass/country world, and I have been loving their music for a long time. Recently the idea came to me …what if I paired a selection of worship songs that most folks know with a sound/style they might not typically associate with worship music. From this the album was born.”

Additionally, Roots of Worship showcases the talent of Bauer’s friends and fellow Canadians, country Christian band High Valley on album closer “Blessed Be the Name/Power in the Blood.” High Valley frontman Brad Rempel shares lead vocals on the track as well.

Thematically, the concept of roots is of particular significance to Bauer. He explains the meaning behind the CD’s title, “While I was creating this project, the analogy of trees, roots, and worship was planted in my mind. Much like a tree lifting its branches up to the sun, each worshipper raises his voice to the One who is Life. This record is a collection of the songs I have led in worship around the world in many languages and cultures but with the same heart of worship. As you live a life of worship may your roots continue to grow deeper in Jesus.”

Roots of Worship is available via iTunes, Amazon.com and at www.jonbauermusic.com. Sample a stream of the CD online at http://snd.sc/11IJSle. Also, hear Bauer perform songs from the project live on his cross-country “Roots of Worship” tour this fall and next spring. Visit www.jonbauermusic.com for an updated tour itinerary.

About Jon Bauer
International worship artist Jon Bauer has released six independent projects which have sold more than 50,000 cumulative copies and generated a No. 1 Canadian radio single as well as six Top 5 singles. These albums have earned him 30 career Covenant Award nominations, with five total wins including Male Vocalist of the Year (2008) and Praise & Worship Album of the Year (2012), as well as a Juno Award nomination in the category of Contemporary Christian Album of the Year for his 2012 release, Forevermore.

Bauer’s ability to connect with a diverse audience has afforded him touring opportunities throughout Canada, the U.S., Europe, and Asia with such high profile artists as Michael W. Smith, newsboys, and MercyMe. In 2012 alone, he performed more than 200 shows in five
countries, and he continues to play in excess of 175 dates annually.

For more information on Jon Bauer, visit jonbauermusic.com.


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