|Influence Resources announces new music division|
|Written by Jeremy Burns|
|Thursday, 06 March 2014 03:50 PM EST|
Influence Resources, an imprint of My Healthy Church, has announced the creation of its new music division, Influence Music.
The launch of Influence Music comes on the heels of We Believe, a joint release produced by Influence Resources and Integrity Music, which debuted at No. 1 on SoundScan’s Praise and Worship chart in August 2013. The live worship album showcased original music from leading ministries and set the tone for the kind of work Influence Music will champion as a label.
Influence Music will be distributed by My Healthy Church, a leading provider of Christian church supplies, ministry resources and curriculum. Additionally, Influence Music will provide music publishing administration services for select churches and artists.
Sol Arledge, COO of My Healthy Church, says the timing of the launch is perfect.
“The amount of Holy Spirit-inspired creativity coming from our churches and universities is astounding,” Arledge said. “Combined with the marketing and distribution channels already developed by My Healthy Church, we have a truly unique opportunity to serve the church with outstanding worship music.”
Two individuals at the heart of this effort are John Hartley and Malcolm du Plessis. Hartley, who also served as producer on We Believe, has worked in Christian music for decades, first as a member of the award-winning British duo Phil and John, and later as a mentor and producer for artists like Leigh Nash, Aaron Keyes and Matt Redman.
For more than 30 years, du Plessis has held various roles within the world of worship music and has been recognized as a songwriter, band manager and pioneer of multicultural, multilingual worship in his native South Africa. Before joining forces with Influence Music, du Plessis also consulted with labels such as Kingsway Music, Integrity Music and Capitol Christian Music Group.
“One of the great opportunities I see for Influence Music is to become the great cross-pollinator of grass-roots ministry in America and potentially around the world,” du Plessis said.
Influence Music’s first release is set for August, with more releases already planned for the following 12 months.