It's not unusual for Christian colleges and universities to have chapel services and worship teams that lead music. But to have chapel every weekday with a full worship set, led by incredible student musicians playing original songs is certainly unique.
Recording chapel music became and NCU tradition in 2000 with Larry Bach, dean of the College of Fine Arts. "We began to recognize that God was doing something special in our chapels in the response of students to our worship." Bach said, "So we began to explore writing some of our own worship songs." This eventually led to making the charts available to the local church or anyone who might need new songs.
"The first recording was just four students and me," Bach recalled. "The first year everyone was so excited! We pre-sold 1,000 CDs before it came out. You couldn't go anywhere that semester without hearing that CD!"
Music availability has expanded exponentially since then, and the production process is more involved in the digital age, but Bach and Deyo both confirm that the heart behind Worship Live remains.
Bach believes that this process, one component of a comprehensive music and worship leader preparation program, is training the psalmists for the next generation, noting, "Having good musical training and also good theological training makes for good psalmists."
"People can be excited about capturing [the music]," Bach said, "but the basic premise has never changed. God is doing something in our students on a continued basis in their response to God in worship. We want to capture that and have it be a blessing to churches and individuals."