Bethel Music, a part of Bethel Church in Redding, California, has charted an incredible rise over the past 10 years from modest beginnings to now having their music played in churches and on radio stations worldwide. Bethel Church place a high value on extended worship in their services and Bethel Music organically sprung out of that culture.
They are headed up by acclaimed worship leader, Brian Johnson who was a co-writer with Phil Wickham on the song Living Hope which has been nominated in the categories Song of the Year, Worship Song of the Year and Songwriter of the Year.
Also, Bethel’s current hit single, Raise A Hallelujah co-written and featuring Jonathan David and Melissa Helser, as well as Josh Baldwin’s breakout hit, Stand in Your Love, make up three of the five songs nominated in the Worship Recorded Song of the Year category.
Raise A Hallelujah deserves special mention due to the circumstances under which it was written. Jonathan David Helser wrote the anthem in response to a desperate message he received from the CEO of Bethel Music, Joel Taylor. According to Fox News, Taylor’s son was on the brink of death before being ‘miraculously’ healed.
As well as receiving nominations in Worship Album of the Year and Recorded Music Packaging of the Year for their album Victory, singer-songwriter Amanda Lindsey Cook got a nod in the Short Form Video of the Year category for her clip Awakenings.
To cap it all off Bethel Music also received a nomination for the soundtrack to the film Bright Ones in the Children’s Worship Music of the Year category.
If you would like to see a full breakdown of all the nominees for the 2019 Dove Awards then check out this link.