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Featured Artist- Becky Wright

February 29th, 2012 No comments

“Each week we, at INDIEHEAVEN, want to share a little about one of the hundreds of unique artists at INDIEHEAVEN. Getting to know each other better is vital in being Independent Together.


Did you know that Becky Wright, INDIEHEAVEN ARTIST, is not only a seasoned singer/songwriter and speaker, but she is also the mother of 10. No, I didn’t type that wrong:) She and her husband (Retired Navy Chaplain, and now Child Welfare Supervisor) have 10 children all together, including 6 grown children, 4 still at home, and 3 of the 10 are adopted. Becky serves as a passionate voice for children, particularly orphans and foster children. Becky is a frequent Keynote Speaker (and musical inspiration) at Adoption/ Orphan/ Foster Care conferences and workshops across the USA. Take a listen to Becky’s music at Becky’s Indieheaven Profile

Featured Artist- Kate White

February 9th, 2012 No comments

“Each week we, at INDIEHEAVEN, want to share a little about one of the hundreds of unique artists at INDIEHEAVEN. Getting to know each other better is vital in being Independent Together.


Did you know that The Kate White Band, INDIEHEAVEN ARTIST, over this past year, Kate White has had the incredible opportunity to be the worship director for 2012′s Mission ConneXion Conference held last weekend, January 20-21 at Crossroads Community Church in Vancouver, WA. The task was to put a skilled team of international worshippers together that could comprise our worship team and lead out in worship with different languages…Each member of the team either spoke two languages or grew up in a two language environment. They sang not only English worship songs but also worshipped in Arabic, Indonesian, Portugese, Italian, Native American and Indian. How cool is that? Taking the language of “worship” and utilizing the talents of God’s children to worship Him. The Kate White Band has much more on their plate to offer…Take a moment and peruse their music at: Kate’s Indieheaven Profile

Featured Artist- David Michael Carrilllo

February 1st, 2012 No comments

“Each week we, at INDIEHEAVEN, want to share a little about one of the hundreds of unique artists at INDIEHEAVEN. Getting to know each other better is vital in being Independent Together.


Did you know that David Michael Carrillo, INDIEHEAVEN ARTIST, is an ordained minister & worship leader who has been a full time “Musicianary” since 1990 . Growing up, he faced the challenges of having Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder,(ADHD), learning disabilities, and being rejected by his peers. In his new book called “Fearfully & Wonderfully Made”(My Christian Journey with ADHD), David Michael shares about the healing power of the Gospel that delivered him from the fear of people and self doubt that developed as a teenager and young adult. He has a heart & love for the country of Latvia & the Eastern European countries and works closely with East European Mission network outreaches.

This is David’s second year teaching in Latvia. Wow, this artist has a passion that is multi-faceted. His personal story is rock-solid proof of how God uses those of us they have had personal struggles in our life and how we can turn them into helping others who don’t believe they can get through their own struggles. Check out and support this ‘artist with a huge heart’ and follow his journey as he disciples through his music. Check out David’s music Here: David’s Indieheaven Profile

Featured Artist- Bone Prophet

January 26th, 2012 No comments

“Each week we, at INDIEHEAVEN, want to share a little about one of the hundreds of unique artists at INDIEHEAVEN. Getting to know each other better is vital in being Independent Together.


Did you know that BONE PROPHET, Indieheaven Artist, armed with the vision written in Ezekiel 37, The Valley of Dry Bones, brings music that reaches far into this generation. Every music scene has that one group that defines a new movement to surpass a listener’s expectations, and these guys truly succeed in doing that for today’s Christian Rock. Bone Prophet is a hard-hitting and edgy group with yet a very positive twist on lyrics and attitude. The band derives from Knoxville, TN but in a few short years has watched their efforts reach international status. Give them a listen and pass them on to the youth (and not so youth:) in this Universe. Check out their music Here: Bone Prophet’s Indieheaven Profile

Featured Artist- Anita Ferrer

January 4th, 2012 No comments

“Each week we, at INDIEHEAVEN, want to share a little about one of the hundreds of unique artists at INDIEHEAVEN. Getting to know each other better is vital in being Independent Together.


Did you know, Anita Ferrer, INDIEHEAVEN Artist, is penning a book entitled, “Arise From Your Graves”. This multi-talented, singer/songwriter/ entrepreneur has battled with vast debilitating, both physically and mentally, dis-ease throughout her young life. Her world had circled around child abuse, eating disorders, self-esteem issues, domestic violence and divorce. With a survivor mentality, Anita continued on. Her story is one that reveres our Lord and Savior. She is an encourager with grand results. Her words uplift all that find themselves in her path. As you will experience from her written prose, Anita’s world now revolves around forgiveness, healing and freedom. A powerful medley, brought into existence by a muse that always believed in the promises of her heavenly Father. Check out her music here: (Anita’s Indieheaven Profile) and send her a note of encouragement as the pages of her book will promise to touch many.

Indie Mechanics Show #10- Building Your Team

March 7th, 2011 No comments

On The Indie Mechanics Show #10, Keith and Sue discuss their thoughts on who should be part of the team for serious indie Christian artists. They touch on management, booking, publicity, music producer, co-writers and much, much more. Chock full of helpful info and tips!

Listen to all shows at:
www.indiemechanics.com

Indie Mechanics Show #6- Indie Zingers!

February 7th, 2011 No comments

Check out “The Indie Mechanics Show,” with hosts Keith Mohr (president of Indieheaven) and Susan Ross (president of The Inner Vizion.) Keith and Sue have years of experience in the trenches in the Christian Music Industry, working with many indie artists and serving them in their music missions!

New shows debut on IndieMechanics.com each Monday!

THE INDIE MECHANICS SHOW

January 4th, 2011 No comments

Check out “The Indie Mechanics Show,” with hosts Keith Mohr (president of Indieheaven) and Susan Ross (president of The Inner Vizion.) Keith and Sue have years of experience in the trenches, working with many indie artists and serving them in their music missions!

New shows debut on IndieMechanics.com each Monday!

Indieheaven President, Keith Mohr Teaching on “The New Music Reformation”

July 22nd, 2010 No comments

Folks! thought you might like to read the notes and watch a video of a keynote speech Indieheaven and Indie University president, Keith Mohr gave at The Karitos Conference in Chicago, July 17, 2010.

SHARE MY STORY: To learn about Keith, read his bio

SURVEY:
How many here are musicians, songwriters, singers?
How many have websites or social networking profiles?
It safe to say that most if not all musicians, and artistic creatives have websites and profiles to get better know, and show others who they are and what they are doing. And thats OK! That’s why it is the BEST time in history to be an artist!

OVERVIEW:
Technology and Networking- Its like the New Reformation! I’ll explain why….

Who here knows about Martin Luther?? Not Martin Luther King (He was all about reformation!!), but the old Martin Luther!


BACK ROUND:
Martin Luther was born on 10 November 1483 in Germany, which was part of the Holy Roman Empire. He was baptized as a Catholic. His family moved to Mansfeld, Germany in 1484. Martin’s father wanted him to become a lawyer. He sent Martin to Latin schools where he learned grammar, rhetoric, and logic. Luther later compared his education to purgatory and hell. In 1501, at the age of nineteen, he entered University and received his master’s degree in 1505.

Luther enrolled in law school that year but dropped out almost immediately, believing that law represented uncertainty. Luther sought assurances about life and was drawn to theology and philosophy. He was deeply influenced by two tutors who taught him to be suspicious of even the greatest thinkers and to test everything himself by experience. Philosophy proved to be unsatisfying, offering assurance about the use of reason but none about loving God, which to Luther was more important. Reason could not lead men to God, he felt, and he thereafter developed a love-hate relationship with Aristotle over the latter’s emphasis on reason. For Luther, reason could be used to question men and institutions, but not God. Human beings could learn about God only through divine revelation, he believed, and Scripture therefore became increasingly important to him.

Martin received a dramatic call on his life on 2 July 1505. He was on horseback during a thunderstorm and a lightning bolt struck near him as he was returning to university after a trip home. Later telling his father he was terrified of death and divine judgment, he cried out, “Help! I will become a monk!” He came to view his cry for help as a vow he could never break. He left law school, sold his books, and entered a closed Augustinian friary on 17 July 1505. His father was furious over what he saw as a waste of Luther’s education. Nothing like Daddy issues!

REFORMATION
In 1516-17, Johann Tetzel, a Dominican friar and papal commissioner for indulgences, was sent to Germany by the Roman Catholic Church to sell indulgences to raise money to rebuild St Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Roman Catholic theology stated that faith alone, whether fiduciary or dogmatic, cannot justify man and that only such faith as is active in charity and good works can justify man. The benefits of good works could be obtained by donating money to the church.

Strongly disputing the claim that freedom from God’s punishment of sin could be purchased with money, Martin Luther penned his Ninety-Five Theses in 1517 and posted them on the door of All Saints Church. His refusal to retract all of his writings at the demand of Pope Leo X in 1520 resulted in his excommunication by the pope and condemnation as an outlaw by the emperor.

Luther taught that salvation is not from good works, but a free gift of God, received only by grace through faith in Jesus as redeemer from sin. His theology challenged the authority of the pope of the Roman Catholic Church by teaching that the Bible is the only source of divinely revealed knowledge and considered all baptised Christians to be a holy priesthood. Those who identify with Luther’s teachings are called Lutherans.

Martin’s 95 Theses were quickly translated from Latin into German, printed, and widely copied, making the controversy one of the first in history to be aided by the printing press.Within two weeks, copies of the theses had spread throughout Germany; within two months throughout Europe.

Luther’s writings circulated widely, reaching France, England, and Italy as early as 1519. Students thronged to Wittenberg to hear Luther speak. He translated the bible from Latin to German in 1522, and the Word of God spread like wildfire.

Martin Luther was also a prolific songwriter, penning many hymns still sung in church today!
Talk about Viral spreading of a message. Think God had something to do with it? YES!

What can we learn from Martin Luther, other than he was a radical guy who disliked the system and set out to change it?? Martin was in the right place at the right time, and technology played a huge part in how God changed HIS-STORY!

Technology played a part in communicating to the masses, who came together, and changed the system. Same thing now. Just faster technology! Internet- provided a way for artists to skip the middle man, and go right to the people.

INTERNET

We all know about the Internet.. Al Gore invented it back in 1990:) 


The WWW stands for the Wild Wild West, it’s every cowboy artist for themselves, and it’s up to them to rope themselves some friends, fans, and followers.

The internet has opened up a pandora’s box of self publishing and mass communication. That is good and bad!

Good in that every artist has the same platform to share their talent.
Bad in that every artist has the same platform to share their talent, and the internet is glutted with content.

How do you stand out from the crowd? You have to be very good at what you do, and you need to get people excited about what you are doing to where they tell others about what you are doing. That is called VIRAL, like how a virus spreads from person to person.

Jesus was our first example of going viral! He attracted lots of curious people who were impacted by His content, and talked about him to others. This caused crowds to grow at his appearances and it eventually cost him his life.

Matthew 4:25
Large crowds from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea and the region across the Jordan followed him.

Matthew 7:28
When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching,

Matthew 8:1
When he came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him.

What drew the crowds?
Jesus was passionate and excellent, and he came to serve the people. Jesus pointed OUTWARD, not INWARD. Who are you pointing towards? Are you doing what you do for selfish ambition, or to enrich humankind and increase the Kingdom of Heaven?
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Part of my mission is to help artistic creatives think about their mission, and encourage them to grow and mature as believers. In a way, I am like Martin Luther, nailing my Thesis on the wall of the Internet.


HEART


INDIETIP: God wants your heart, not your art. How is your heart? Art is subjective to people, but God sees our heart just as it is.


Psalm 51:10

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Matthew 5:8

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Hebrews 10:22

let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water

ART



INDIETIP: Be Great at what you do! Practice, practice, practice! Constant and Never Ending Improvement



2 Chronicles 34:12

The men did the work faithfully. Over them to direct them were Jahath and Obadiah, Levites descended from Merari, and Zechariah and Meshullam, descended from Kohath. The Levites—all who were skilled in playing musical instruments

2 Chronicles 34 

Psalm 33:3

Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.


ADVANCEMENT



INDIETIP: Your big break comes when you are broken of self. As you decrease, He will increase and through doing this, He will open doors of opportunity that you have humbly knocked on.

Psalm 51:16-17

NIV
16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; 
 you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; 
 a broken and contrite heart, 
O God, you will not despise.

MESSAGE BIBLE
16-17 Going through the motions doesn’t please you, a flawless performance is nothing to you. 
 I learned God-worship when my pride was shattered.
Heart-shattered lives ready for love don’t for a moment escape God’s notice.


HUMILITY

INDIETIP: The most important talent one can possess is humility. Humility unlocks creativity!


Philippians 2:3

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.

CALLING



INDIETIP: We are called to one thing and that us to be a disciple of Christ. Everything else is a desire. In my opinion, we sling around the word “Calling” to validate our desire. A calling sounds more “serious” and official. Desires are wonderful! God wants to give us the desires of our heart.

Ephesians 4:1

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.

WORKS AND FAITH



INDIETIP: Works and Faith are a great tag team!
One without the other is dead. I say 100% work plus 100% faith= 200% success or increase
Anything less is 100% mediocrity.
We must create the momentum, through obedience.
We roll the stone, He raises the dead! We gather the jugs and He makes wine.

James 2:14
What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him?

James 2:17
In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
James 2:22
You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did.

FOOLISHNESS



INDIETIP: The foolish try to figure out the path of lease resistance. The path of least resistance is often the most. Impatience, unbridled desire, unrealistic expectations and pride causes us to do foolish things.


Proverbs 8:5

You who are simple, gain prudence; you who are foolish, gain understanding. ANALOGY: Mississippi River- winds back and forth.FOCUS!!! Define what it is you want to do and then focus on that mission.

ASK, SEEK, KNOCK



INDIETIP: Doors do not open unless we first knock on them.
Don’t expect the door to fly open if you just walk up to the door and stare at the knob. You must ask, seek and knock.. and probably more than once. God may not open the door right away. He may not open the door at all. Do not make an idol out of your dreams and desires. Keep Christ in the center of your life. When you put your desires ahead of your relationship with God, expect hardship and frustration because of the misappropriation of priorities.

Matthew 7:7-8, Luke 11:9-10

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.

Jeremiah 16:19
O LORD, my strength and my fortress, my refuge in time of distress, to you the nations will come from the ends of the earth and say, “Our fathers possessed nothing but false gods, worthless idols that did them no good.

RUN THE RACE



INDIETIP: Those who run the race have the opportunity to get the prize, but those who sit and wait are waiters. We must continue on and push through.
Repetition>Resistance=Definition


1 Corinthians 9:24-25
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.

Romans 5:3-4 
Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.

TRUST



INDIETIP: There are situations and circumstances that we will not be able to figure out, that won’t make sense, that will cause us great concern. Lean on these scriptures, and by all means.. continue to create momentum so He will make your paths straight. Fear is temporary atheism. God always comes through if we trust in Him.

Psalm 28:7

The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight


BELIEVE



INDIETIP:
If you believe in your mission, regardless of what it may be, God will reward you!



Matthew 14:31

Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”



Hebrews 11:6

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

Keep up the excellent faith-work!
Keith Mohr

Indieheaven Member, Dorothy Savage CD Release Party

March 30th, 2010 No comments

I want to introduce you to Dorothy Savage. Dorothy is an alumni of Indie University and attended my conference in 2009 (when it was called The CIA Summit.) Dorothy attended the conference to learn how to get going in her music mission. She came to gather information, meet other artists, and hear from God.

During the conference, Dorothy met one of my mentors, Ray Ware. Ray was a part of a panel of managers whom I had invited to share about management and when and why an indie artist would need management. Ray is no start up manager, Ray has been a part of the Christian music industry for years, and has managed Phil Keaggy, Bryan Duncan, Bob Carlisle (Butterfly Kisses), and Randy Stonehill.

Dorothy approached Ray at the conference and the rest as we shall say, is His Story! Dorothy and Ray started down the road to launching her music mission. Ray connected Dorothy to professionals who would pen songs for her debut CD, produce her music, create her branding, design her CD art, design her website, help her find live performance/ministry opportunities, publicize her news, create her promotional materials, and on and on!

Check out Dorothy’s EPK, it is excellent!

Listen to and purchase Dorothy’s music on my Indieheaven Music Player/Sales Widget.

I am so proud of Dorothy for her commitment to passion and excellence! I am happy Dorothy connected with Ray and that God is blessing the momentum they created! I look forward to seeing what God, Dorothy and Ray do in the future!

Here’s a pic of myself, Dorothy, and Ray at her CD Release party, held in Franklin, TN on March 30, 2010.

Keith Mohr
President
Indie Heaven
Indie University
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