Mars Hill launches music label
Published 06 June 2012
Mars Hill Church is bringing its music to the masses with the launch of a new music label.
The Mars Hill Music label will release music by the musicians and worship leaders serving across the 14 Mars Hill churches.
The launch of the label is part of the church's vision to engage the culture in its local surroundings and point people to Jesus.
“What makes our bands and music distinct is that it is a natural expression and outgrowth of what God is doing in our cities through our musicians," explains Jonathan Dunn, label manager for Mars Hill Music.
"Our records are a means to capture and share what is happening at our churches. That makes them unique and different, the same way our cities and communities are unique and different.”
He continues: “The first thing people often think of when they hear Mars Hill Music is that we’re a group of punk rock Calvinists who hate the modern worship movement. Mars Hill Music is setting out to change that perception.
"Our music is not an expression against anything but instead an outgrowth of our theology, who we are, and the communities our churches are in. We love Jesus and are expressing that love in our own way,” continues Dunn.
Mars Hill was founded by Mark Driscoll in 1996 and has churches across the western United States.
Musically, all are diverse, as the church is committed to raising up a community of artists who write music and adapt hymns that are fitting for the individual needs of their own church body.
Dunn explains, “We believe God desires our churches to be creative but not to sacrifice the truth of the gospel or theology for the sake of art. We make a conscious effort to include the theologically-rich music of traditional hymns, mixed with original songs unique to each church body, both lyrically and musically.”
Mark Driscoll, Preaching Pastor of Mars Hill, agrees, “We are happy to trust our leadership as artists ...their doctrine is solid, their character is godly, and they are involved in the community; artists who are creating music that is a reflection of who we are and what we believe as a church community.”
Mars Hill Music’s latest EP, Already/Not Yet from the band Citizens reached No 3 in the Christian category on iTunes.
Other artists EPs available for download at MarsHill.com/music are King's Kaleidoscope, Ghost Ship, Kenosis, The Sing Team.
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