Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Tommy Walker

There are movers, there are shakers, one hit wonders and if the artist is lucky enough even two hit wonders. In the world of Christian contemporary worship there is probably no mover and shaker as Tommy Walker. Tommy Walker's music can be heard in Christian churches all around the world during praise and worship. Yup, Tommy's music has that kind of impact. Tommy's background includes jazz and fusion plus theology and this background is evident in Tommy's praise and worship songs. I had the pleasure to see Tommy Walker up close and personal at a music workshop a few years back at our church. Tommy brought his drummer Bob Wilson of Seawind fame and a prolific songwriter in his own right, his female singer and bass player. Those three along with members of Grace Bible led worship before the breakout sessions. Wow, what a worship that was, annointed by the Lord and just so awesome. On that day Tommy played a custom Fender Stratocaster like guitar that looked like a beautiful purple-ish marble top. Check out the link for Tommy Walker's website and check out his equipment section for the custom guitar maker that made his guitar. As we watched and worshipped the Lord with Tommy and band a few things were quite evident. This man loves the Lord and is just filled with the spirit. When I first saw Tommy onstage he explained that he had just flown into Hawaii. He looked, pardon the expression, "stoned" from a night smoking them funny cigarettes, but in actuality it was a combination of being tired and being filled with the Holy spirit. That explains why this man has been so blessed with the gift of songwriting and excellent musicianship. The next thing I noticed, this man has exceptionally long fingers which make it easy for him to play those extremely difficult guitar chords which requires your fingers to be stretched out over six inches or so. I don't have such long fingers so I just stick with the very basic guitar chords. What follows is an exerpt from Tommy Walker's website. Check out his site for much, much more details. Great reading on a real cool musician, worship leader and man of God.

Tommy is a gifted worship leader who has led worship throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. Traveling with Promise Keepers, Harvest Crusades, C.A. Worship Band and Youth With A Mission. He graduated in 1982 from Christ For The Nations Institute with a degree in practical theology. In 1987, he graduated from the famed Guitar Institute of Technology in Hollywood, California with a diploma in jazz and fusion.

Tommy is also a part of Get Down Ministries, which is based out of his local church in Los Angeles, California. Through the income generated from the sales of the worship resources produced by Get Down, Tommy and the team have been a part of organizing worship evangelism crusades and mercy ministries in various countries throughout the world, the latest crusade being held in Zambia Africa, 2003.

Tommy has written songs for the Promise Keepers movement which include "No Greater Love", "Yes We All Agree", "TheseThings Are True Of You", "From The Sunrise", "Prepare Ye The Way" and also revised "O God Our Help. He also revised the song "A Mighty Fortress" sung at the Promise Keepers "Stand In The Gap" in Washington D.C. Tommy has also written songs for Greg Laurie's Harvest Crusades such as, "He Knows My name" and "Lord I Believe In You."

Hosanna! Integrity Recording Artist
Has appeared on the 700 Club and the TBN Network
Songs are included on WOW Worship Series and Time Life Songs 4 Worship Series
Over eighty songs tracked by CCLI including That's Why We Praise Him, He Knows My Name, No Greater Love and Mourning Into Dancing
Songwriter of the popular song, "Mourning Into Dancing" from the Ron Kenoly recording, Lift Him Up. This song has been recorded over 400 times on other worship projects.
Wrote the song "Lord I Believe In You" recorded by Crystal Lewis which became Adult Contemporary Christian Radio's #1 song.
Key worship leader for various stadium events at Promise Keepers 1997, 1998 & 1999.
Member of the worship team for Promise Keepers, "Stand In The Gap" in Washington, D.C.
Key worship leader for events for Harvest Crusades with Greg Laurie in 1997 & 1998.
Key worship leader for El Paso Luis Palau Crusade in 1997.
Worship leader for various events at Willow Creek Community Church.
Full time worship leader at Christian Assembly in Los Angeles, California.
Maranatha Worship Artist on LIVE Worship Series.


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