Mentors

Returning for InspireSong 2017 is Matthew West and Benji & Jenna Cowart, along with a new partnership with WORD WORSHIP. Special thanks to WORD worship director, Jonathan Mason for bringing WORD songwriters to Aspen, CO for InspireSong 2017. Register soon because space is limited and we will sell out!

Matthew West

CCM Artist and Songwriter

Matthew West is a four-time GRAMMY® nominee, a multiple-ASCAP Christian Music Songwriter/Artist of the Year winner and Dove Award recipient.

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West was also awarded an American Music Award (2013), a Billboard Music Award (2014) and a K-LOVE Fan Award (2016). West received a Primetime Emmy® Award nomination for Original Music & Lyrics for “The Heart of Christmas” from the film of the same name. In addition to his own recording career, he has more than 130 songwriting credits to his name, including cuts by Rascal Flatts, Scotty McCreery, Casting Crowns, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, and Mandisa, among others. Selling more than 1.2 million albums to date (TEA), West’s discography includes acclaimed releases: Live Forever (2015), GRAMMY-nominated Into The Light (2012), The Story of Your Life (2010), Something to Say (2008), History (2005) and Happy (2003).

Well known for communicating stories through song, Matthew West has received thousands of stories from around the world. His latest album, Live Forever, continues that storytelling theme and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Christian Sales Chart. He has obtained numerous No. 1 singles, most recently with “Grace Wins,” while achieving a record-setting No. 1 for 17 straight weeks at radio with “Hello, My Name Is” and “The Motions” for 15 weeks.

On the road year-round, he has headlined many of his own tours, such as the Live Forever Tour that ran through Fall 2015. He also co-headlined 2016’s WinterJam Tour Spectacular, the No. 1 tour in the world, which he first joined in 2013.

Seth Mosley

President, Full Circle Music

GRAMMY award winning producer, Seth Mosley is one of the most awarded and in-demand songwriters and producers in Christian Music.

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Along with receiving a GRAMMY Award for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album “RUN WILD. LIVE FREE.LOVE STRONG” (for King & Country) in 2015, Seth also received the 2014 SESAC award for Christian Songwriter of the Year. In 2013, Billboard Magazine named Mosley the #1 Christian music producer and the #3 Christian songwriter; and Seth was the writer of 28 charting radio singles, resulting in 14 SESAC awards for top radio activity.

Known for hits like, “You Are I Am” (Mercy Me), “Born Again” (Newsboys) & “Words” (Hawk Nelson), this past year has been stellar for Seth with eight #1 songs: “Fix My Eyes” (for KING & COUNTRY), “He Knows My Name” (Francesca Battistelli), “Fight Song” (The Almost), “Start a Fire” (Unspoken), “Let It Be Love” (Family Force Five), “He Knows” (Jeremy Camp), “Who I Am” (Blanca) & “Air I Breathe” (Mat Kearney).

Seth’s recent production credits include: Michael W. Smith, tobyMac, for King & Country, Unspoken, Jeremy Camp, Sidewalk Prophets, Audio Adrenaline, Blanca, Moriah Peters & Jared Anderson.

Tony Wood

WORD Publishing Songwriter

Tony Wood is one of the most respected and successful songwriters in Christian Music history.

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Tony has written 29 #1 songs, has had over 700 songs recorded by the biggest artists in the CCM market. Tony was a Dove Award nominee for songwriter of the year, and a multiple Dove Award winner.

Tony continues to show he still writes with relevance in the current musical and lyrical climate having been part of the 2016 hits, “Breathe” by Jonny Diaz and “God is on the Move” by 7eventh Time Down.  Tony has also been a part of many songs known throughout the church with the most well known being, “Jesus, Only Jesus” made popular by the Passion Band.

Benji and Jenna Cowart

WORD Publishing Songwriters

Together, Benji and Jenna have cut their own songs independently on their albums, as well as on albums by Meredith Andrews, The Isaacs and Selah.

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Benji also has songs on various albums recorded by Ben Cantelon “Worth It All”, Karen Peck, Aaron Shust, Josh Wilson, City Harmonic, and Big Daddy Weave.

At the 2013 Dove Awards, the song “Redeemed”, co-written with Mike Weaver, was nominated in four different categories. “Redeemed”  had reached #1 on Billboard Christian Charts for several weeks and was certified Gold in 2015 and can be found on Big Daddy Weave’s  album “Love Come To Life,”  along with their second radio single written by Benji, “The Only Name(Yours Will Be) ” which also reached #1 on Billboard charts. Aside from awards or any type of recognition, it is their first desire to write songs that bring encouragement and hope to people through song.  Songs written with the “Church” in mind so the people in that congregation can keep singing new songs.

Matt Armstrong

WORD Publishing Songwriter

Matt Armstrong got his start working for Ed Cash in the studio.

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During his time with him Ed began pouring into him seeing a clear God given ability to write lyrics that the Church would embrace and need for the days to come.  From his most well known song recorded by Chris Tomlin, “At the Cross(Love Ran Red)”, to Kristene DiMarco’s “Eyes On You,” Matt has shown that he writes in a way that resonates amongst believers around the globe.

Jonathan Lee

WORD Publishing Songwriter

Currently a worship leader at Living to Go Church outside of Nashville, TN, Jonathan is also Dove Award-nominated songwriter.

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 Jonathan serves as a worship leader in the local church and at national events. He is passionate about writing music to equip, encourage and lead people into the presence of God. As a songwriter, Lee’s credits include songs recorded by Newsboys, Aaron Shust, Laura Story, Travis Cottrell and many more. His most recent successes include “When The Stars Burn Down,” recorded by Phillips, Craig & Dean and “Proof Of Your Love,” recorded by For King And Country which earned him a Dove Award nomination.

Daniel Doss

WORD Publishing Songwriter

Daniel Doss is a Christian recording artist, published songwriter and worship leader. He has been a staff songwriter with WORD Worship since January 2016.

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Formerly a Sparrow Recording artist with Capitol Records, Daniel is a long time worship leader and is currently leading at Compass Church in Chicago, IL.  His most recent cut is “In The Name Of” released by JJ Weeks Band.

Jonathan Mason

Director, WORD Worship

Jonathan Mason is a graduate of the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL and former student of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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With the academia background, working within a local church as a music director, and traveling with a nationally touring worship band, Jonathan has developed a deep passion for music ministry. He is currently serving as the director of Word Worship, a label imprint and publisher under Word Entertainment in Nashville, TN.

Paul Herman

Content Creator, CCLI

As a songwriter, worship leader, and a member of the management team, Paul is connected to CCLI in every possible way —songwriter, worship leader and staff member.

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After serving as CCLI’s Marketing Manager/ North America for 14 years, Paul has now assumed the role of Content Creator for CCLI’s Global Marketing Team. For more than a decade, Paul has overseen the steady growth of CCLI’s licenses and services while loving the music, songwriters and artists that CCLI represents.

He now helps create and compile content for CCLI’s web properties, marketing campaigns, communications initiatives and CCLI’s worship resource platform, WorshipFuel. Working with publishers, record labels, songwriters, artists and media members, Paul has established a strong network of content providers to help CCLI encourage and empower worship throughout the world.

Derek Brown

Worship Pastor at Crossroads Church

Derek is a full-time worship pastor at Crossroads Church in Aspen, Colorado and has been leading worship for 20 years.

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His responsibilities at the church also include weddings, pre-marital & marriage counseling as well as serving on the Directional Team. He is the president of Mountain Town Music and Publishing and also the founder and director of the Central Rockies Songwriter’s Circle. Derek also enjoys leading his own musical project, The Derek Brown Band.

Among other creative endeavors he is also developing and leading an online church plant (website TBA) designed to reach those who have faith, may have faith and will have faith but have no church home. His vision is to bring Biblical teaching and encouragement to online viewers and eventually connect them to a Christian community in their respective area.

Originally from Crawford Alabama, Derek has lived in Aspen for 25 years. He and his wife, Jennifer have three children. He is passionate about worship, family, songwriting, biking, reading with his kids, and equipping his family and others to lead lives that glorify God. The vast majority of Derek’s calling to lead in the church revolves around his deep desire to remind people that God is accessible.

Keith Mohr

President, Mohr Creative Group

Over the past 2 decades, Keith Mohr has served thousands of independent songwriters, artists, bands, and musicians.

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Keith founded Indieheaven.com, an online resource for independent artists and grew it to be the leading organization of its kind, developing tools and community for members to self publish and distribute their music.

Keith has owned and operated a commercial recording studio, producing many custom projects, including a popular scripture memorization book/music series. Keith relocated to Nashville, TN in 2003 and created the CIA Summit conferences for independent Christian artists. Currently, Keith produces a popular songwriter contest, Nashville Rising Star. Keith finds opportunities for songs he discovers though his “Nashville Songpitcher” service. Keith continues to produce and develop songs through his “Water to Wine Music” service and taps top musicians to contribute to his productions. Keith is the creator/director of InspireSong.

Sue Mohr

Creative Consultant, The Inner Vizion

Sue has been a Creative Consultant and Project Manager in the field of music and television since 1997 through her company The Inner Vizion.

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She understands the creative process from the inside out. Sue has developed a system called The Discovery Process that guides singer/songwriters, and creatives in building an 18-month plan for effective and financial success in their endeavors. She has managed musicians, including a successful pop/rock Disney trio, traveled the country as a motivational/inspirational speaker, pens articles for a recurring column in Christian Musician Magazine and is a clinician at the Christian Musician Summit. Her goal is to teach not for a moment, but to teach and cause a domino effect for a life-time! You can view her site at theinnervizion.com