"Avant Garde" Concert Featuring BJ Putnam
Saturday, September 21, 2013 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)
Santa Ana, CA
Join us for an evening of prophetic worship Featuring Recording Artist and Worship Leader BJ Putnam. Also, Special Performance by Southlen and an Inspirational word by Pastor Jason Aguilar!
5:00 PM - Meet & Greet With BJ Putnam (VIP Admission)
5:30 PM - Doors Open (General Admission)
6:00 PM - Avant Garde Night of Worship Begins
Every week believers attend their church services filled with anticipation and eager to experience the presence of God, and the worship leader has the privilege of facilitating that connection through music. It’s both a responsibility and a precious gift that B.J. Putnam takes very seriously.
“I feel like my mission and my goal is to help people experience God’s presence,” says Putnam. “I know if I can get people in his presence, they’ll change because that’s what happens when you experience God. Lives change.”
In his 13 years as worship leader, Putnam has seen the power music has to usher people into the presence of God and he wrote the songs on his new eOne Worship album, More and More LIVE!, expressly for that purpose. Through upbeat anthems such as “Dance” along with the energetic tune “Sing A Song” and the tender, poignant title track, “More and More,” Putnam worked with co-producer and longtime friend Israel Houghton to craft a modern worship album that provides a vehicle to reach the throne room.
“Having known BJ from the inception of his career, I am delighted and amazed to see this project come to light,” said Houghton. “Since he also is one of my favorite worship leaders and song writers I jumped at the opportunity to be a part of the production team for this recording. It's powerful. The more you hear it, the more you will want to listen."
Putnam’s love for music and his heart for ministry were nurtured at an early age by his mother and father. “My parents have been ministers their whole life,” he says. “My dad went to Bible college right out of school and then entered right into ministry. Both of my parents are musical. My dad plays and sings and my mom sings. I remember them most of all not for preaching---which they did---but I remember them leading worship, so that’s something that’s been instilled in me since I was little.”
Putnam was born in Washington State, but his family moved around quite a bit with his father’s ministry. They lived in Idaho, Missouri, Oklahoma and later settled in Phoenix, the city Putnam still calls home. Despite their nomadic existence during his childhood, music and faith were a constant. “I’ve always been attracted to music,” Putnam says. “I started playing drums. That was my first instrument when I was about eight-years-old. I moved to bass guitar and then acoustic guitar and then really kind of honed in on piano for a while when I was about 14. Being around music growing up, I definitely got the bug.”
For Putnam his musical gifts and love for the Lord coalesced under the tutelage of Israel Houghton. “I had the privilege of sitting under Israel’s ministry early on. He always had great musicians, so that challenged me,” says Putnam. “It was great to watch and learn during those years. I learned how he connected songs together, how he engaged and interacted with the people, the whole art of leading worship.”
In 1999, Putnam’s father-in-law enlisted him to lead worship at his church in Phoenix. At the church, he saw his gift for writing songs that transcend mere entertainment to usher people into the presence of God serve as the catalyst to move people closer to their heavenly father. Putnam serves
as the create worship and arts pastor at the Church for the Nations in Phoenix, his home church of 13 years.
In writing songs for the new album, Putnam’s approach was simple. “It was to write what’s in my heart, keeping the church and corporate worship in mind,” he says of the album, which was recorded live at Church for the Nations in Phoenix. “I’m a part of a multi-cultural church. Many thousands of people meet every week in all of our campuses from all walks of life, all different age groups. There are 50 or 60 different nations represented in our church. So this album is guitar driven, but it’s still multi-cultural in its sound. As far as themes, we wanted to point people to God. Lyrically we wanted every song to be something vertical.”
On More and More LIVE!, Putnam fulfills the promise of his auspicious debut with a collection of powerful songs. “This album is a little more guitar driven with a bit of gospel flavor here and there, which is different for me. I guess that’s how it’s supposed to happen. You’re supposed to grow and mature with every record,” he says with a grin.
The album opens with “Dance,” a vibrant worship anthem with a potent lyric and a commanding groove. “That song started with a guitar riff that I had,” Putnam says of the song, which actually bookends the album, closing with a “Dance” remix by his DJ friend Kingston. “We wanted something kind of rockin’ to open up the record and it’s an invitation. Let’s get this thing going. It’s a good opener for any worship set. The verses talk about the good news that God loves us. He has a plan and a purpose. It says, ‘Everybody dance the dance of freedom. Shout the shout of joy. Come on and praise him. Get up and make some noise!’”
In addition to enlisting his old friend Israel Houghton to co-produce the project, much of the album was penned with Putnam’s longtime collaborator Doug Engquist and he also co-wrote with other well-known writers such as Jenny Lee Riddle. Among the many highlights on the project is “Beautiful Love” “The song is pointing to Jesus and talks about how he’s everything, the one who carried the cross and carries me,” Putnam says. “It’s kind of a nice picture of how Jesus carried everything on the cross for us and he also cares about every aspect and detail of our lives.”
Putnam is the first to admit his life is busy and blessed. He and his wife, Melody, have two young sons and are firmly rooted in their home church. He’s appreciative of God’s hand in his life and where he’s been planted. “God is looking for people to be faithful and help grow the Kingdom,” he says. “My biggest accomplishment is being rooted in my local church and helping to grow the body of Christ. I feel God’s stamp of approval like God is smiling on this season of my life.”
What started as a one-off cover band in 2008 has by God’s grace developed into the Southern California-based alt-pop powerhouse known as Southlen. The band naturally progressed from covers to original music in 2009 and in 2010 they began and completed their first EP (Stay). With two members still in high school and the remaining three working regular day jobs, Southlen produced and recorded their first full-length album, “Loving Life, Living Love”, and released it independently through Advent Records in Spring of 2011. Southlen released their sophomore full-length record “XVII” in the winter of 2012, again to critical acclaim. The members of Southlen have poured their hearts into “XVII” and feel that this album is very representative of their progression as musicians, songwriters, and ministers of music.
Southlen has had the opportunity to perform with artists such as Leeland, Phil Wickham, Press Play, and Matt Maher and also at church events and conferences with audience attendance of 3,000 - 7,500. Southlen is already slated to open for Martin Smith (formerly of Deliriou5?) and are the featured performers for the J2X Connference in Anaheim, CA, both in the summer of 2013.
Southlen has always been committed to ministering to the church and sharing the love of Christ with the lost. The Barbosa brothers attend Worship Epicenter in Baldwin Park, California where they each serve weekly giving Bible studies and ministering on the worship team while Jon serves in their grandfather’s church in Santa Barbara, California.
The members of Southlen are all ministry-minded, hard-working, and have a great sense of humor. As a result of being comprised of three brothers and a first cousin, this is a very close-knit group. Southlen is always quick to encourage each other as well as anyone else they may come across.Love and support are never hard to find when you’re with Southlen.
Musical influences for the group vary greatly, from Michael Giacchino to Hillsong United to Underøath. Non-muical influences also cross a wide spectrum and range from the Bible to JJ Abrams & Steven Spielberg films to everyday experiences and the trials of life. Jesus Christ has been and will never cease to be the greatest influence on Southlen.
Pastor Jason Aguilar
Pastor Jason Abel Aguilar, a native Californian, has committed his life to serving and helping every person, regardless of background and economic status, to achieve their fullest potential. Jason Aguilar works side-by-side with his father, Bishop Abel Aguilar, at Christian Tabernacle in Santa Ana, California. Pastor Jason brought Christian Tabernacle's positive message of hope to the East Coast where he planted the Gospel and birthed Christian Tabernacle New York. On January 1, 2013, Jason Aguilar assumed the position of Lead Pastor of Christian Tabernacle, Santa Ana. He is also the President of CT Records and Founder/CEO of Journey To Experience™. Thousands are coming to the New Birth experience every year. Jason Aguilar's mandate is to Go Make Disciples.
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Avant Garde exists to amplify the prophetic voice through arts and unity. In every being there is a vision, and God gives us each a special talent. It’s almost like we each hold a piece to a puzzle who’s image is our destiny. Individually we are powerful, collectively we are unstoppable. We are the Avant Garde. We hear things before they are seen. We’re interested in where things are going. We don’t love how we worship, we love who we worship. We hear the footsteps of revival, and we’re gonna be ready. We will not miss this appointment, we will see our destiny - In Jesus Name!