Paul Baloche

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Paul Baloche
Birth namePaul Baloche
Born(1962-06-04) June 4, 1962 (age 50)
OriginCamden, New Jersey, USA
GenresWorship
Contemporary Christian
OccupationsWorship leader, singer-songwriter
Years active1992–present
LabelsIntegrity
Associated actsDon Moen, Rita Baloche
Websiteleadworship.com
Notable instruments
Acoustic guitar
 
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Paul Baloche
Birth namePaul Baloche
Born(1962-06-04) June 4, 1962 (age 50)
OriginCamden, New Jersey, USA
GenresWorship
Contemporary Christian
OccupationsWorship leader, singer-songwriter
Years active1992–present
LabelsIntegrity
Associated actsDon Moen, Rita Baloche
Websiteleadworship.com
Notable instruments
Acoustic guitar

Paul Baloche (/bəˈlɒʃ/bə-LOSH; born on June 4, 1962) is an American Christian music artist, worship leader, and singer-songwriter. A native of Maple Shade, New Jersey,[1] Baloche is currently the worship pastor at Community Christian Fellowship in Lindale, Texas. Baloche composes on piano and acoustic guitar, favoring guitar when leading worship. His wife, Rita Baloche, is also a Christian songwriter. Baloche is one of the writers for Compassionart, a charity founded by Martin Smith from Delirious?.[2]

Several Christian artists, such as Michael W. Smith and SONICFLOOd, have recorded Baloche's songs. Many of his songs are among the most performed songs in services according to CCLI, a company that handles copyright licensing of Christian songs and other resource materials for use in churches. The top-ranked songs are "Open the Eyes of My Heart", "Hosanna", "Your Name", "Above All", "Today Is The Day", and "Above All". Baloche has received numerous Dove Awards over the years. He was nominated for Song of the Year in both the 2002 and 2003 Dove Awards, and in 2002, Michael W. Smith's recording of that song won Inspirational Recorded Song of the Year. Baloche was also nominated for Songwriter of the Year in 2002.[3] In 2009, Baloche won a Dove Award for Inspiration Recorded Song of the Year as co-author of "A New Hallelujah" with Michael W. Smith and his wife Debbie Smith.[4]

Baloche has been a pioneer in providing visual instructional resources for church worship teams. In 1995, he released "The Worship Guitar Series", a set of 3 videos. Between 2002 and 2006, he released "The Modern Worship Series", a set of 8 instructional DVD's focussed on helping church worship teams increase their skill and confidence. In 2005, he released the book "God Songs", a practical resource for worship songwriters. God Songs is currently in its 8th printing.

His catalog of twelve albums is focused on providing worship music for churches to use in their Sunday morning services. His albums are released by his publisher Integrity Music. In addition to songwriting, Baloche participates in several seminars for worship leaders and musicians throughout North America and Asia.[5]

The 2006 release A Greater Song is a live recording featuring songs by Baloche, some co-written with worship artists including Matt Redman ("A Greater Song") and former Integrity Music president Don Moen ("Thank You Lord").[5]

The 2009 release Glorious featured the single "Just To Be With You," which Baloche explained "is simply about intimacy with God." [6]

On 3 April, 2012 Baloche released album The Same Love featuring the single "The Same Love".

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