Wisdom from Veteran Worship Leaders (Part Four): Exclusive Interview with Billy Goodwin of Newsong

Carl Barnhill

You might be thinking – you guys at Twelve:Thirty are all about helping me Transform my Worship Experience, why do you do interviews and podcasts with Christian Music Artists?

The answer is simple: A Christian music concert is a Worship Experience.

These artists spend their lives writing and performing music on stage in front of thousands. They are intricately involved in planning set designs, production, media content, set lists, and hundreds of other details for the experiences they create. They are Worship Leaders. And we can learn from them.

Steve Dirks and I had the opportunity to chat with veteran artist and Worship Leader Billy Goodwin of the group Newsong about his career, his music, Newsong concert experiences and their upcoming tour with several other veteran artists.

Check it out.

NewSong is an American contemporary Christian music group that was founded in 1981, at Morningside Baptist Church in Valdosta, Georgia. They have had twelve GMA Dove Award nominations, and one Grammy Award Nomination. They are the founders of the Winter Jam Tour Spectacular, the United States’ largest annual Christian music tour. It began in 1995, and is hosted by NewSong. Winter Jam has had many of the most popular Contemporary artists perform each year, including TobyMac, Hillsong UNITED, Newsboys, Lecrae, MercyMe, and Skillet. NewSong has frequently provided support for organizations working with abandoned and underprivileged children.

For years they worked with World Vision, a humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their community to rid them of poverty and injustice. Then in 2006, the band became involved with Holt International, a world leader in child adoption and child welfare. The original four members included the current members Eddie Carswell, Billy Goodwin, and former members Eddie Middleton and Bobby Apon.

It is our desire to resource those who make Sunday happen every week. If you are a Worship Leader at your church, please check out this curated list of blog articles and this list of curated podcast episodes with free training that might be of help to you as you lead your congregation.

About Carl Barnhill

Owner, Church Visuals

Carl Barnhill is a creative entrepreneur, motion designer and author. He is the Owner Church Visuals, a company that helps Ministry Leaders visually communicate the Gospel. He is the host of the Your Visuals Matter Podcast. You can find him in Columbia, South Carolina with his wife, Katie and two sons, Jacob and Wesley.

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