Peoria native adds original song to GCU worship album

Peoria native Katie Brown recorded her original song “Come Up Here” for the Grand Canyon University Worship Arts program’s fourth student album “Canyon Worship 2019.” [Submitted photo]

The Grand Canyon University Worship Arts program just released its fourth student album, “Canyon Worship 2019,” and Peoria native Katie Brown is featured.

Her song “Come Up Here” was one of only 10 songs picked to be on the album. She wrote and recorded the song in the GCU Recording Studio. She is also the only student to have had a song on all four of the “Canyon Worship” albums.

“It’s based on a verse of Proverbs, which is about a king people not to come quickly into His presence. Because it’s better for Him to say ‘Come up here’ than for them to be embarrassed or humbled,” Ms. Brown stated of her inspiration for the song, on a GCU video about the making of the album.

This year’s album is rooted in a more congregational worship style than previous albums. All 10 original songs were written and performed by GCU students.

“I’m really excited about this album,” GCU Worship Arts Coordinator Dr. Randall Downs stated. “Hopefully churches will be able to take in some of these songs and incorporate them in their worship services. For the first time, we’re releasing chord charts and lyric sheets to make it easier to do so.”

The shift from contemporary Christian music to congregational worship music started with last year’s album but is fully integrated into “Canyon Worship 2019.”

The album was produced by music industry veterans Geoff Hunker (Satellites & Sirens) and Matthew Odmark (Jars of Clay).

“I see a theme with some of the songs this year that makes them more unified in where they’re coming from. They seem to be born out of very direct Scripture reference,” Eric Johnson, GCU Recording Studio manager, stated. “The quality of the songwriting seems to improve every year.”

The album is available for streaming on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify and Shazam as well as for purchase in the Lope Shop and other locations on GCU’s campus for $9.99.

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What: “Canyon Worship 2019” album

Where: Streaming on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify and Shazam as well as for purchase in the Lope Shop and other locations on GCU’s campus for $9.99

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