Passion can be counted as one of the most influential breeding grounds of future powerhouse worship artists. Songs from former leading vocalists Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, Crowder and Christy Nockels are nowadays household names in the set lists of many worship bands from all over the world. Will the current generation of Passion worship leaders have the same impact on us?
It all started in 1995 when pastors Louie and Shelly Giglio decided to organize Christian conferences for college students. In 1997 they held their first big conference in Austin, Texas, with about 2000 students in attendance. In the following years this ministry only grew to conferences with an average attendance of 40.000 students in big stadiums all over the US. The foundation of the record label Sixstepsrecords was another great part of that growth.
This label would also become the home of notable artists like Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, and David Crowder that each fulfilled the role of leading vocalist during the Passion conferences. Chris Tomlin was also involved in the foundation of the Passion City Church in 2008, where Louie and Shelly Giglio are active today as leading pastors.
The former leading vocalists all went their own way and now there is a new generation of worship leaders at the front of the Passion movement. Their names are Kristian Standfill, Brett Younker and Melodie Malone. For 2019 they’ve also released a new live album called “Follow You Anywhere,” which is filled with many fresh and modern praise and worship songs. Listen to “Passion” on Maasbach Radio, Spotify and ITunes.← BackNext →