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Songwriter poses ‘Ruin Me’ challenge

HIGHLAND VILLAGE, Texas (BP)–“It’s a hard song for many people to sing,” worship leader and songwriter Jeff Johnson acknowledges. The song -– “Ruin Me” and its chorus, “Ruin my life, the plans that I’ve made” —- have prompted “quite a few conversations with people” thinking through what that might mean in their own lives, Johnson […]

Brandon Heath: missions-minded musician

HOUSTON (BP)--For singer/songwriter Brandon Heath, "Don't Get Comfortable" is more than just the title of his newest CD -- it's also his life motto.       And as Heath -- named New Artist of the Year at the Dove Awards April 23 -- continues to step out of his comfort zone, he is using these unique opportunities to lead others to Jesus.

Tomlin contributes additional lyrics to Amazing Grace for movie

AUSTIN, Texas (BP)--When Chris Tomlin was asked to write an additional part to the hymn "Amazing Grace" -- for the movie releasing this weekend about the life of British abolitionist William Wilberforce -- he wasn't so sure he wanted to change the popular song.

Nixed from ‘American Idol,’ worship leader sees ‘perfect plan’

GRAPEVINE, Texas (BP)--Although worship leader Jeff Johnson didn't make the next round for this season's "American Idol" competition, he believes God has a reason for the outcome.

Worship leader’s next round on ‘American Idol’ airs this week

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Still in the mix
Worship leader Jeff Johnson remains in the running so far this season in the “American Idol” competition, hoping “to relay a bold message for Christ” during this week’s episodes.
GRAPEVINE, Texas (BP)--Worship leader Jeff Johnson is among 200 contestants still in the running from among 100,000 auditions in this season's "American Idol" competition.
      The next round of competition will be aired Tuesday, Feb. 8, at 8 p.m. Eastern and Wednesday, Feb. 9, at 9 p.m. Eastern.
      Johnson's faith was evident during the show's Jan. 25 episode, when he was shown praying with a group of contestants and, in a voice-over, told of his ministry as a worship leader and said he hopes to use his American Idol experience to share his faith.
      "Back in September, I auditioned in New Orleans with around 8,000 other people," Johnson recounted. "At first, I just thought it would be fun to be part of the craziness of auditioning for the show.

Church packs American Airlines Center; 34,800 attend 2 Christmas Eve services

GRAPEVINE, Texas (BP)--It wasn’t a Dallas Mavericks NBA basketball game or a rock concert that drew thousands to the American Airlines Center during the holidays, but two Christmas Eve services sponsored by Fellowship Church in suburban Grapevine.