Since the northern California native first left his "day job" more than seven years ago to pursue his dream and calling into full-time music, a heart of worship and encouragement have been the mark of his ministry. Involved in worship ministry for 17 years, God has called Andy Allen to minister to the body of Christ at large both as a recording artist and as a traveling worship leader, visiting local churches throughout the US.
Out of his work for the past 8 years as the worship leader for Spirit West Coast (one of the largest Christian Music Festivals in the country), Andy released his third recording titled Andy Allen - Spirit West Coast Praise. This recording project has Andy & the band's arrangements of 7 well-known modern worship songs, as well as three originals. A compilation of songs that brings a fresh approach to some familiar music, and brings home the heart that this artist has to passionately worship God from a completely authentic perspective. Of particular note is the new song on this offering, 'You Gave Your Life.' Written by Andy Allen & Ron Robinson (co-producer of this CD, and guitar player for the band), this song is having an incredible impact on many people with it's honest lyric and compelling chorus of responding to the greatness and intimacy of God, and to the amazing love that God has given to us. "Savior of the world/And friend of my heart/You gave Your life/So I'll give You mine."
All of the songs on his second studio album were written as worship songs. "When I first started recording my music, I thought it would be so that I could perform my songs to the cheers from thousands of adoring fans," he laughs. "God had other things in mind. He has put a burning desire in me to worship Him with all that I am, and in everything I do." With sincere honesty, Andy has penned a collection of songs that passionately reflect his heart and ministry. Candid vulnerability combined with unmistakable devotion and a powerful vocal performance - this is the substance of I Will Sing.
An obvious transparency and ultimate desire to be real with his Creator, himself and his listeners was also evident on Andy's debut album, Vision of Hope. This freshman offering helped to establish his ministry in churches throughout the western states. The project also garnered a #1 radio single, and has led to continued recognition for his talent as a songwriter.
In college, Andy studied recording engineering, music and business management. This was followed by his time as a recording engineer for ASAPH Records (a ministry of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa), and later with staff positions in two Northern California churches. Over time, he has performed for more than 250,000 people, and his credits have grown to include opening concerts for Point of Grace, 4HIM, Crystal Lewis, Watermark, Nichole Nordeman and Margaret Becker. Through leading worship, performing concerts and ministering in churches, Andy wants people to know God on a deeper level. His heart knows joyful praise and intimate worship, and he longs to bring others to a place of renewed relationship with God as they engage in the experience and lifestyle of worship.
Aware that his songwriting, music and ministry go beyond entertainment or just presenting a concert, he is a licensed minister and the founder/president of Andy Allen Ministries, Inc. This is a nonprofit organization that works with churches, music ministers and worship teams through leading and teaching on worship. Increasingly, he is ministering with many different churches in a wide variety of denominations from Lutheran to Baptist, Charismatic to Seeker. His underlying focus is to share his heart for worship, serve, encourage and uplift the body of Christ.
Andy notes, "I am continually humbled and grateful as I watch God provide for my every need. This journey as a follower of Christ continues to overwhelm and consume me as I realize God's amazing faithfulness to me." Raised in a Christian home and being introduced to Christ at an early age provided Andy with a priceless foundation of faith. Never imagining the pain that could come through experiencing divorce, this faith and closeness to God would be all that could sustain and heal his wounded heart. Today, Andy sings and lives with a deeper humility, understanding, and gratitude of God's tangible and real presence in his life. He also sings with a renewed joy as God has blessed him with his wife Pam & their blended family of five children (Tia, Anna, Kieran, Maggie & Brenna.) Making their home in Chico, CA, and the occasional reference to 'The Brady Bunch', life is anything but dull as this man and his family follow the unmistakable call to serve God and others through full-time ministry.
Hear Andy perform live, and you'll witness his burning desire to serve the body of Christ through worship and song. Meet Andy in person, and you'll enjoy getting to know a guy who is contagiously optimistic and loves to laugh (even if nobody else does.) Hear the music from this gifted artist, and you'll experience a touch of God's unfailing love.