For worship leader Stephen Hurd, praise to God is a mandate, not an option. The 2010 Stellar Award winner and Dove Award-nominated artist and songwriter has led congregations into the presence of God for over 20 years now. Currently the Senior Pastor of Music at First Baptist Church of Glenarden in Upper Marlboro, MD, under the pastorate of Rev. John K. Jenkins, Sr., Spephen Hurd is known for hits such as “Amazing,“, “Undignified“, “Great Praise” and “Zion Is Calling“. The popular worship leader is prepping for his next live recording called “Oh That Men Would Worship“, set to take place at First Baptist Church of Glenarden (600 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774 – 301.773.3600) on Friday, August 27, 2010 at 7:30PM. This CD & DVD Live Recording is free of charge and doors open at 6:00PM; seats are available on a first come, first served basis.
The theme of the CD comes from the heart of the artist, a vision which had been laying dormant for about 5 or 6 years. “This concept of the project centers around giving men the liberty to worship God without fear or insecurity,” says Hurd. “It’s about setting free husbands, fathers and brothers so that they can set a better example of what worship is. It’s about helping men to understand that they can love God and worship God and still be masculine and not ashamed. Not only will men be set free, but once freed, I believe they can set better examples for their wives and daughters.”
Sharing producer’s credits are Hurd himself, Justin Savage (Donald Lawrence, Donnie McClurkin, Jonathan Nelson), who has worked and written for Hurd previously, and Anthony Brown, songwriter of Maurette Brown Clark’s mega-hit “It Ain’t Over“. Christian recording artist Anthony Evans will be taking part in the worship experience as well. Son of famed Pastor Tony Evans and former backup vocalist for Kirk Franklin, Evans is a soloist artist with 4 projects under his belt. Jason Nelson, pastor of Greater Bethlehem Temple in Baltimore, will be joining Stephen Hurd as well. Twin brother of Jonathan Nelson, Jason is a gifted recording artist and songwriter in his own right known for penning songs for Marvin Sapp including “Don’t Count Me Out”, “Thirsty” and “Place of Worship”. The live recording is sponsored in part by World Vision, a cause close to Stephen Hurd’s heart and an organization he’s been affiliated with for about 8 years now.
Stephen is inviting worship leaders and men to come from all over to be a part of what’s certain to be a powerful time of praise. He prays that the event will be one of deliverance. He says, “I believe this night will be a place of healing for brothers that have been broken and disenfranchised and for men who have not had a healthy understanding of who God is in their lives.”
Hurd has previously released the Stellar Award winning project Times of Refreshing, My Destiny, and Call To Worship on the Integrity Gospel label and two independent projects, Corporate Worship and In The Overflow. The artist has performed on TBN’s “Praise The Lord“, BET’s Bobby Jones Gospel and made many other national appearances. For more information, log on to www.hurdthewordmusic.com.