Greetings Unity and New Thought Ministries,
Since Unity Worldwide Ministries has released its music events and services, emPower Music & Arts has been partnering with UWM to continue providing those services to you. As emPower enters its second
decade, we are very excited now to offer an extensive list of church music services and resources to help you strengthen your music ministry.
Sue Riley, Russ Hammock and myself, bring a combined 85 years of experience and history in Unity, NewThought and church music ministry into our work at emPower. We are truly dedicated to the growth of our
music and our movement.
Besides making available the newest music and music resources on our site throughout the year, we have now expanded our yearly Posi Music Festival to offer the ultimate experience for your music director and
music team. Think Sound Connections on steroids! All of the educational workshops and resources you’ve enjoyed fromthe first 10 years of Sound Connections combined with the fun and excitement of emPower’s yearly music festival featuring nightly concerts, meet and greets, communal meals and the 11th Annual Posi Music Awards. And we are privileged to have UWM as a proud sponsor of this year’s event.
Having recently returned to the arena of field music ministry (Unity Renaissance in Chesapeake, VA – Rev. Paula Mekdeci, Sr. Minister ), I have experienced first‐hand the importance of staying connected with other
music ministers, having access to the latest Posi and New Thought music resources, and keeping my skills honed in areas of copyright, choir, producing special events, self‐care, booking guest artists, song leading,
technology and numerous other skills.
The yearly Posi Music Festival is a must do for your entire music team:
• If you are serious about having a thriving dynamic music ministry.
• If you believe compatible, high quality music is an important part of your center’s ministry.
• If you have a music director who is not familiar with our movement’s music, and the artists who
make it, or is new to the New Thought movement in general.
• If you wish for your music team to get a first‐hand experience of the power of Positive Music from
the artists and songwriters who are creating it.
• If you wish for your music team to get to meet and possibly book those artists at your church.
• If you wish for your music team to return to your ministry energized, enthusiastic and equipped with
all the latest music.
The schedule for this year’s event is attached. Group rates are available for 3 or more people from the same church.
Peace and blessings for this Holiday Season and the new year
Richard Mekdeci, Sue Riley and Russ Hammock, emPower Music & Arts
Posi(Tive) Music Festival February 11 - 15, 2016
(Sound Connections Music Conference is concurrent with PosiFest for 2016)
Posi(Tive) Music Festival in Tampa, FL will offer lots of great workshops for your Music Ministry!
Sponsored in part by Unity Worldwide Ministry, emPower Music Arts presents this year's Sound Connections experienced as part of their Posi(Tive) Music Festival. Presenters include: Daniel Nahmod, Melinda Allen, Nathen Aswell, StoweGood, Lisa Ferraro, Erika Luckett, Sloan Wainwright, David Roth, Karen Drucker, Blair Tabor, David Ezell, Richard Mekdeci, JD Martin, Harold Payne, Penny Nichols, Eddie Watkins, JR, Jan Garrett, and more!
What Some of 2013 Attendees Had to Say
"I’ve never experienced anything like it. By day two I had begun to really understand what I had been missing and I felt an internal shift that I intend to use to add to our music ministry. Thank you all." Lyn Atterbury
"I want to let you know how awesome my experience was at SC this year. It rates as one of my top-ten lifetime experiences. I am open to receive and will have lots to share next year!" Love and Blessings, Doreen Lowery
"Thank you! A truly wonderful week! Who needs Unity Village! Let’s go to Florida! The conference was awesome! Thank you for your unending enthusiasm and hard work." Natalie Coffin
Your Music Ministry Team . . .
Melinda Wood Allen
Melinda is a singer, choral director, actress and songwriter working in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. She received much of her formal classical training in Germany and Spain where she performed primarily opera, and now sings professionally in a variety of musical styles, including jazz, rock, country, musical theater and pop. With almost 25 years experience in music ministry, she has grown a choir from 8 voices to over 70, and understands the challenges of every size choir. She is currently music director at Harmony Fellowship in Fort Worth, Tex.
Blair has been senior minister for 24 years at Christ Church Unity in San Diego, Calif. He is an author, composer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. His passion is helping people feel connected to God.
Jacquie Lenati--Staff Liaison
Jacquie serves as Media Specialist at Unity Worldwide Ministries and as minister at Unity of Springfield, Mo. An award-winning filmmaker, she has owned her photography and video production company, Oh Shoot! Productions since 2002. Jacquie served as Creative Arts Director at Unity of KC North for five years. During her time there, she grew the volunteer music ministry to include dozens of regular participants including a rockin' band, solid song leaders, an awesome choir and even a cantankerous bell choir! "It is said that love is a language we all speak, I would offer that music and the arts are the alphabet and sentence structure that carry our meaning of love into expression."
David Ezell--Team Chair
David is a composer, arranger, conductor and webmaster. After a career as a high school, college and community orchestra director, primarily serving African-American communities in South Carolina, he retired in 2006. In 2007 he founded Heart Wind Music, which offers online distribution of New Thought sheet music and audio. Also in 2007, he joined the Music Ministry Team. In 2012, Unity Worldwide Ministries selected Heart Wind Music to host its Online Choral Library. David has been a church music director since 1983, and is now at Unity of Columbia, S.C.
Todd is the music director at Unity Spiritual Center, Albuquerque, N.M., and former copyright attorney for Hal Leonard Music Publishing.