Grand Canyon University’s Worship Arts program just released its seventh student album, Canyon Worship 2022, which includes the original song “Dry Bones” by Mesa native Nicole Swartz.
Collaboration can be seen through the 11 new songs, all of which were written and performed by GCU students and recorded in the university’s state-of-the-art recording studio, one of GCU’s Lopes Live Labs, according to a release.
“In our seventh year of Canyon Worship, the students have really taken the project to the next level,” Eric Johnson, GCU recording studio manager, said in the release. “This album is marked by collaboration and creativity. It is an eclectic blend of praise and introspection marked by thought-provoking ideas and passionate worship for our creator.”
Four of the 11 songs were written with three or more students. The GCU Recording Lab is one of 49 on the Phoenix campus. These labs are designed to provide students with hands-on education so they can gain real-world skills, making themselves more marketable to future employers.
“Canyon Worship 2022 is an exciting album, one that GCU can be proud of,” Worship Arts Director Randall Downs said in the release. “The students have really showcased their talents through the writing and performing of Canyon Worship 2022. The songs speak to the goodness and faithfulness of God. I cannot wait to see how this album ministers to people around the world.”
Canyon Worship 2022 was produced by music industry veterans Geoff Hunker and David Willey. Hunker has been producing Canyon Worship since 2016, with Willey joining in 2019.
The album is available for streaming on Apple Music, Spotify and Amazon Music.
GCU’s Center for Worship Arts combines both ministry and performance with a blend of industry experts, instructors and seasoned worship ministers. The curriculum includes 32 credit hours in the College of Theology. Go to canyonworship.gcu.edu.