Friday, November 20, 2020

Flashback Friday

This week we go back to the 80's & 90's to take a look at artist Don Moen. Don is another Minnesota native, growing up in Minneapolis, Minnesota in the 60's where he attended high school after which he attended Oral Roberts University, a Christian liberal arts school. Moen is known for his worship music, some of which we still play in church today. 

After college, Don became a Living Sound musician for Terry Law Ministries (now known as World Compassion) and traveled with Terry Law for ten years. Following that, he worked for Integrity Media for over 20 years, serving as creative director and president of Integrity Music, president of Integrity Label Group, and an executive producer of Integrity Music albums. He was a catalyst in launching the careers of Paul Baloche, Darlene Zschech, Israel Houghton, and Hillsong United.

Moen's first album for Hosanna! Music, Give Thanks, became the label's bestseller. Give Thanks went on to be certified Gold by the RIAA. Because of Thanksgiving week, the first song I would like to feature is the title track off this album, "Give Thanks". I'm sure you recognize it...

He produced 11 volumes for the Hosanna! Music series of worship albums. His first album under his own name, Worship with Don Moen, was released in 1992. His music has total global sales of over five million units. This album produced several memorable hits such as "God Will Make A Way"

Moen followed this with a number of albums of his own including two, En Tu Presencia and Trono De Gracia, in Spanish. God with Us won the Dove Award for Best Musical. On an Asian tour in 1999 he recorded The Mercy Seat at Singapore Indoor Stadium and Heal Our Land at Yoido Park in South Korea, which was released in 2000. One of Moen's albums, I Will Sing, was recorded at Christian Broadcasting Network.

God Will Make a Way: The Best of Don Moen was released in 2003 and features 19 greatest hits. The title song was written for his sister-in-law and her husband, whose oldest son died in an auto accident while their other three children survived but were seriously injured. Moen's Hiding Place became his first studio album which was recorded at Paragon Studios in Franklin, Tennessee, and was released in the autumn of 2006. I Believe There Is More released in late 2008. His third studio recording titled Uncharted Territory (funded successfully through Kickstarter) released on March 27, 2012. His new Christmas album, Christmas: A Season of Hope, was released on October 22, 2012, and some songs were recorded at a studio in Czech Republic. Moen has released a new album titled Hymnbook as a celebration of reaching over 1 million likes on his Facebook page.

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