Devotion Music has announced the kick-off of the 2005 Worship Hymn Song Search. A team of industry professionals led by songwriter/producer and former Whiteheart member Billy Smiley is searching for new versions of old hymns to be recorded for the nationally released album Worship Hymn - Around the World.
In addition to being included on the CD, the winning songs will be published by the Mission Group Music and mp3 tracks will be created for placement in the CCLI catalog. The top song of the twelve final entries will be put on a Song DISCovery CD, in partnership with Worship Leader Magazine.
There are two categories of competition - rewritten hymns and rearranged hymns. The hymn text or melody must be in a current hymnal, and all entries must be in the public domain. Entries will be evaluated by a panel of industry professionals including worship leaders, record producers, professional musicians and A&R directors and will be judged on the basis of overall quality. Six hymns from each category will be chosen as winners.
Worship Hymn - Around the World is part of the new Worship Hymn Series which debuted this month with Kristina's Hymns: The Old Made New and Worship Hymns, Volume 1. For the past three years, Smiley has been developing, rewriting, and rearranging hymns for a new generation along with a group of "hymnboys" made up of 15 worship leaders and songwriters from around the country. The result has been 150 new versions of hymns that will be coming out on various Worship Hymn albums over the next 12-18 months.