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New Music Added To Our App: Christopher Mann – Keren Yeshua

Christopher Mann

Christopher Mann’s debut album, “Keren Yeshua”, is now available for free streaming in our app, “Messianic Jewish Music.” You can download our app for free from iTunesGoogle Play, and Amazon.

If you like this album, please support Christopher Mann by buying it from his webstore: kadoshmann.com

Also make sure to check out this beautiful video of Christopher preforming “Keren Yeshua” in Jerusalem:

New Music Added To Our App: How To Fly – Echo EP

How To Fly - Echo Cover

How To Fly Echo EP cover

How To Fly’s latest EP, “Echo,” is now available for free streaming in our app, “Messianic Jewish Music.” You can download our app for free from iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon.

If you like this EP, please support How To Fly by buying it from their webstore: howtofly.bandcamp.com

Learn more about How To Fly on their official website.

Also make sure to check out this beautiful video featuring How To Fly & friends performing an acoustic version of “Free My Soul”

New Music Added To Our App: Kerah Oliveira – Breaking The Fourth Wall EP

Kerah Oliviera Debut EP cover

Kerah Oliveira’s debut EP, “Breaking The Fourth Wall,” is now available for free streaming in our app, “Messianic Jewish Music.” You can download our app for free from iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon.

“The fourth wall” is an expression that originated from the world of theater. On Broadway, or even a small Community Theater production, a stage set usually consists of three physical walls, as well as an imaginary (or invisible) “fourth wall” that serves to separate the world of the characters from that of the audience. (Though In video games, breaking the fourth wall occurs when a game becomes aware of its nature as a game, or when a character directly acknowledges the player.) I chose this term as my project title, to express my belief that God desires an intimate relationship with us. The concept of “breaking the fourth wall” to me, is beautifully symbolic of the process of Salvation. God is the ultimate artist, and our very existence is a work of artistic genius.

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If you like Kerah’s EP, please support her by buying it from her webstore: www.keraholiveira.com

Announcing Our Exclusive Partnership with PsalmPlace

I am very excited to announce that today begins an exclusive partnership between Echad Records and PsalmPlace, the premier online store dedicated to Messianic Jewish praise & worship music from independent artists. Echad Records will be featuring music from PsalmPlace in our free app, Messianic Jewish Music, available now for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. Our first playlist available for streaming is the PsalmPlace Messianic Compilation CD, featuring original songs by Sue Samuel, Ari Ben Levi, Carlos Perdomo, Devora Clark, Jonathan Lane and Natasha Kraus-Reynolds.

PsalmPlace on Messianic Jewish Music app

note: if you already downloaded the Messianic Jewish Music app and you do not see the PsalmPlace compilation playlist in the “Listen” tab, restart the app.

In the coming months, the Echad Records team will be curating exclusive playlists from PsalmPlace featuring the best music from independent Messianic Jewish artists. We hope that by promoting musicians in this novel way, they will gain more fans and be encouraged to continue recording their art. Meanwhile, all we ask of our listeners is that if you like the music you hear, visit PsalmPlace.com and support the artists with a digital download.

Remember, you can download the Echad Records app “Messianic Jewish Music” for free from the iTunes App Store and Google Play, now featuring 36 songs by Messianic Jewish musicians as well as a podcast directory and news from the Messianic Jewish music community.

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Please support our app, share it with your friends, and if you like it, give us a 5-star review! Our team is working hard to help support Messianic Jewish artists and reach people with the message of Yeshua through music, and we can’t do it without your support!

Calling Messianic Believers: Get Featured On Our Youtube Channel!

What do you want to say to the world?

Inspired by “Parsha in 60 Seconds,” Echad Records is launching a video project on Youtube featuring ~60 second videos from young messianic believers. You are invited to share in spoken word, song or poetry on any topic that you feel would edify others, such as:

  • your testimony
  • your values
  • your advice for others
  • your ideas about prayer, worship, or fellowship
  • what it means to be a Messianic believer
  • how we can be more like Yeshua
  • or all of the above

Check out our first video, from Anna:

If you are interested, all you need to do is record yourself with an iPhone or similar video camera and send your video to echadrecords@gmail.com! The Echad Records team will review all videos submitted, and if we like what we hear, we will publish it on our Youtube channel. This is a great opportunity to make a statement for Yeshua and be heard. We can’t wait to hear what you have to share with us!

Messianic Jewish music? There’s an app for that!

Presenting: the official Echad Records app, a free download for iPhone, iPad and Android. Take the blessing of Messianic Jewish music with you wherever you go, and get the latest news from Echad Records too.

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Please support our new app, share it with your friends, and if you like it, give us a 5-star review! This is a new stage in our mission to reach people with the message of Yeshua through music, and we can’t do it without your support!

Announcing: Echad Records Volume 2 Artist Roster

In less than 24 hours, Echad Records Volume 2 will be available for *free download* right from this website. Months of work has gone into putting this compilation together, and I would be remiss not to mention that my A&R reps Aybars & Dallas were instrumental in making this all possible. This is obviously a very exciting occasion for us, and we see this compilation as an early Hanukkah present for our mishpocha.

Here are the artists (in order of appearance) included on Volume 2:

  1. Greg Silverman
  2. Jonathan Lane
  3. Deborah Kline and Vince Iantorno
  4. Angela Taylor
  5. 3b4jHoy
  6. How To Fly
  7. The Trees Will Know
  8. Tamrah Aeryn-Alexander
  9. Natasha Kraus-Reynolds
  10. Gautier Vervoitte
  11. Christopher Holden

Keep an eye on this blog for the compilation download link — it’s almost time! Also make sure to share this with your friends… this is a gift for everyone!

Round 2

We are now accepting submissions for our second compilation, due out sometime in late September or early October. If you or someone you know is involved in music, we would love to hear your work, and we hope that you would consider sending us a song! Remember, your music does not have to be of any particular style to be on Echad Records. It does not even have to be considered “praise” or “worship.” It just has to come from a heart that believes in Yeshua the Messiah and it has to have a good message!

Of course, there are a few other rules:

  • Written by you / your band – no covers!
  • You / your band own the rights – if you have a deal with a record label then your record label would have to agree to it
  • You have to follow the steps on our Submit Demos page

The mission of Echad Records is to promote up-and-coming artists in the Messianic movement. If that sounds like you, we would love to get to know you! Visit our Submit Demos page and get in touch with us.

Also, if you haven’t already, check out our first compilation, featuring songs by Misha Goetz, Kerah Oliveira, Rebecca Rudolf, HaShir, and many more!

Shalom!

YOU WANT ME TO GIVE AWAY WHAT?!?!?!?

The intent of this article is to provide a practical exposition of what true tithing means to the extended community of Messianic musicians.  It is intended to be a “position paper” (i.e. a “White Paper”), but also has serious doctrinal points for all who read it to consider!

We are all familiar with the biblical commandment to tithe…  Abraham tithed a tenth of all he had to Melchizidek (Gen. 14:20), and God later used Abraham’s act of faithfulness as a model for the nation of Israel and the Cohanim (Levities).  The book of Malachi has perhaps one of the strongest references (and challenges) to this act of obedience when God himself calls his people to “Bring the whole tenth into the storehouse, so that there will be food in my house, and put me to the test,”
says Adonai-Tzva’ot. “See if I won’t open for you
the floodgates of heaven
and pour out for you a blessing
far beyond your needs.” (Mal. 3:10, CJB)

Yeshua Himself commented on this subject several times throughout the Gospels (see the Sermon on the Mount and Matt. 23:23 for the proper balance of heartfelt giving and action), and there are countless other references to this important act of faith throughout the scriptures.  We see through these references that it is evident God is issuing a challenge to us first for obedience, and then to receive with faith what He will do for us and through us.  Rather than proposing a formula, He commands us to stretch our faith and to open our expectations of his reply to our obedience, and to expect a blessing not only for ourselves, but one that cannot be contained.  I believe that this blessing, brought about by our faithfulness in little things, will spill over into the lives of others and transform the world. 

Since this is a forum for musicians, the following question must be asked:  How can the aspiring or established musician fulfill their biblical mandate to employ this vehicle of blessing beyond giving back a tenth of musical earnings?  This question is important because many musicians don’t make earnings from their creations; indeed many don’t even have the resources to record their creations!  In answer to this, I would direct you to the central tenant of our faith, the Shema, as translated in the Complete Jewish Bible: “Sh’ma, Yisra’el! Adonai Eloheinu, Adonai echad [Hear, Isra’el! Adonai our God, Adonai is one]; and you are to love Adonai your God with all your heart, all your being and all your resources.”  (Deut. 6:4-6).  Notice that unlike many other translations that use the word “strength”, the CJB here uses the word “resources”.  The word “strength”, although certainly appropriate, does not necessarily illustrate what I believe is truly being said here; God is literally calling us to honor Him with everything we have and produce.

The Merriam-Webster definition of the word resources is as follows:

a: a source of supply or support : an available means —usually used in plural

b: a natural source of wealth or revenue —often used in plural

c: a natural feature or phenomenon that enhances the quality of human life

d: computable wealth —usually used in plural

e: a source of information or expertise

2: something to which one has recourse in difficulty : expedient

3: a possibility of relief or recovery

4: a means of spending one’s leisure time

5: an ability to meet and handle a situation : resourcefulness

-Strong’s references the original word (#3965) as “מְאֹד “meod”, meaning muchness, force, (or) abundance.” (see http://biblesuite.com/hebrew/3966.htm)

If we as a community of musicians were to take these definitions into the whole scope of our creative processes, how would it alter what we are doing?  Certainly, one thing would be clear: some of what we are creating is being made expressly (from God’s point of view) to be given away!  Furthermore, if we were to follow the examples of Avraham (who certainly would have sacrificed his own son had there not been divine intervention), the nation of Israel via the Levitical, and faithfulness of the Messianic Community in following through on the mitzvot of “returning the tenth to the storehouse” we would come to the conclusion that not only are we commanded to give, but to give away our best, out of a willing heart! 

Perhaps this is why God challenged us here at Echad Records to start the label in the first place.  We saw this project initially as a great way for musicians to get exposure in a format that has been successful in many worldly endeavors (there are a stunning number of free artist downloads, free music streaming, etc. available at only the cost of an internet connection), but it has grown into much more.  More than just a “cool idea,” perhaps God has ordained this netlabel to be one of those storehouses where all of those who are willing can come and freely partake of the gifts He has commanded us to share.  Please prayerfully consider partnering with us in attempting to bring the message of Messiah to the world by doing what He commanded you to do; tithing on all of your resources both materially and musically!

— by Aybars Han Uckun, A&R, Echad Records

Are you a Messianic musician? Or do you know someone who is? We are now accepting submissions for Echad Records Volume 2. Get your music in front of a wider audience! Check out our Submit Demos page for details on how you can get your song on our next compilation.

What’s in The Name?

One of the goals of Echad Records is to reach Jewish people with Messianic music. The Messianic music scene is still a niche scene with a small audience… many Jewish non-believers do not even know that there is such a thing as Messianic Jews, much less that some of them make great music. It is my hope that through Echad Records, many Jews, whether they are Orthodox, Conservative, Reformed, or none of the above, will discover Messianic music and be blessed by it. As we continue to operate with this goal, we have to be respectful and sympathetic toward the doctrines and ideologies of our fellow Jews. One topic that is central to Jewish doctrine is G-d’s Name. Many Jews refer to G-d’s name as simply HaShem or the tetragrammaton. Wikipedia provides an adequate explanation:

The term tetragrammaton (from Greek τετραγράμματον, meaning “four letters”) refers to the Hebrew theonym (Hebrew: יהוה‎) transliterated to the Latin letters YHVH. It may be derived from the verb that means “to be”, and is considered in Judaism to be the proper name of the God of Israel used in the Hebrew Bible.

As religiously observant Jews are forbidden to say or write the Tetragrammaton in full, when reading the Torah they use the term Adonai. And although most Christians have no prohibition on vocalizing the Tetragrammaton, in most Christian translations of the Bible, “LORD” is used in place of the Tetragrammaton, after the Hebrew Adonai, and is often written with small capitals (or in all caps) to distinguish it from other words translated as “Lord”.

While the tetragrammaton appears many times in the Tanakh, it is depicted in ancient biblical Hebrew by only 4 letters. In Jewish tradition, the Kohen Gadol (high priest) would speak the name of G-d only on Yom Kippur (the day of atonement). All those present, upon hearing the sacred Name, would immediately prostrate themselves in extreme reverence. Ancient biblical Hebrew did not have vowel marks, so we have no way of knowing how the Name was actually pronounced. Any representation of the Name is a guess, and Jews would never try to utter a representation of the Name. Moreover, Jews are careful to even write the Name, often abbreviating it in writing (as YY instead of YHVH) and even obscuring the o in G-d.

Why do Jews do this? Well, to talk about the Name of G-d in a casual manner, or misrepresent it in any way, is seen as blasphemy. Taking G-d’s name in vain is a violation of the third Commandment. If you are speaking to an Orthodox Jew, and you happen to mention the tetragrammaton or speak an interpretation of it, or even say Adonai in a casual manner, they are very likely to shut you off and refuse to hear anything else you have to say. Moreover, while the use of terms like Adonai are permissible in worship music, if an Orthodox Jew were to hear a variation of the tetragrammaton in a song, they would probably shut the song off and get rid of it. This is how serious some Jews are about preserving the sanctity of G-d’s name.

It is not the intention of Echad Records to offend or drive away any Jewish people, especially in our goal to reach them with the message of Yeshua. Therefore, as a policy, Echad Records will not feature any songs or artist names that use interpretations of the tetragrammaton. Songs that say HaShem, Adonai, Elohim, El Shaddai, Yeshua, G-d, etc. are all fine. This is not a doctrinal statement on how anyone is to refer to G-d in their worship; that is up to the worshiper. We simply cannot introduce anything on our compilations that risks turning Jewish people away. We hope that everyone will understand this policy, and we still look forward to promoting Messianic musicians with a heart for spreading the message of Yeshua.