Sunday, May 17, 2020

Quarantine Worship Music

Grace Point Community Church performing
“Do It Again” by Elevation Worship
Grace Point Community Church in Oregon creates a socially distant special music video for their congregation during stay at home orders.

Portland, OR, May 17, 2020 – (bentbeat.com) – When governor Kate Brown announced the “Stay Home, Save Lives” policy in Oregon, Grace Point Community Church in Tigard immediately cancelled their weekly, Sunday, in-person services.  This turned this neighborhood church into a broadcast studio from the staff’s homes.  Worship director, Krista Westfall, was commissioned to handle the technical components to put the service online for the church-goers in southwest Portland.

“With Easter coming up so quickly, we were already behind,” Westfall said in reference to finding a mechanism to broadcast a weekly service.  “We tried everything from Zoom, Instagram Live and Facebook Live, and ultimately landed on YouTube, which we have been using each week since.”

The weekly service involves different staff members broadcasting from their homes in a socially distant world.  Most of the service components, like announcements, prayer, and the pastor’s sermon, were relatively normal.  The main component that changed involved the music ministry.  For the online version of the weekend services, Westfall is usually seen singing alongside a piano or accompanied by an acoustic guitar, filming from a smartphone camera and microphone.

“On a normal weekend service in our building, we would generally have up to ten musicians, singers and technical volunteers all involved to help the congregation worship our Lord in song,” added Westfall.  “We didn’t want to put our artists or their families at risk by having the team in the same room.”

Grace Point’s attendees are reportedly appreciative of the stripped-down music, but admittedly miss the immersive, full sound of a worship band on the platform.  The worship team started meeting weekly on Zoom, in place of their standing, weekly rehearsal.  During that virtual meeting, an idea was sparked to have the worship team create a song separately and put it all together in a single video.

“We called it the ‘Brady Bunch Project,’” Westfall laughed, referring to the opening sequence for the 1970's sitcom created by Sherwood Schwartz. “We asked each of the artists to record and video tape themselves performing their part on a specific worship song.”  

Dave Beatty and Matt Sumner from BentBeat, who also attend and are a part of  the church's music ministry, volunteered production and engineering to help make the video a reality.  

“We are very happy to have the time and bandwidth put this together for Grace Point,” said Beatty.  “The end result was a very powerful worship song that conveys the hearts of the artists in a very real, intimate way.”

The song, “Do It Again” by Elevation Worship, was released in advance of the weekend services.

“It was a labor of love,” said Beatty.  “We are very honored to be a part of this project during this very unusual chapter in everyone’s lives.”

About BentBeat Productions: BentBeat is based in Portland, Oregon. BBP’s focus is on partnering with musicians to produce, record, and release high quality broadcast-level music through streaming services, social media and traditional distribution. BentBeat’s artists are available on Amazon, Spotify, Apple Music and all major music sites. Please join in supporting musicians.

Contact:
BentBeat Productions
Dave Beatty
503.489.8275
info@bentbeat.com
http://www.bentbeat.com/

Monday, March 23, 2020

COVID-19 Statement from BentBeat Productions

Source: cdc.gov
BentBeat Productions halts all in-person studio events to help flatten the curve of the coronavirus.

Portland, OR, March 23, 2020 - bentbeat.com - BentBeat Productions announced today that they will halt all in-person production activities at their studio until the "Stay Home, Save Lives" order is lifted in Oregon.

"We have an extensive list of session musicians and engineers who are already working with BentBeat from their at-home studios," said BentBeat owner, Dave Beatty.  "We have a couple of full projects already in the works that will keep our team busy for this period of time."  In January, artist Billie Eilish and her brother/producer Finneas made headlines by winning five of the six GRAMMY Awards they were nominated for, including the night's four biggest prizes.  All from an album produced in their spare bedroom.  

BentBeat is expecting to resume normal daily operations as soon as the rules change to allow for art studios to open again.  The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting artists worldwide and musicians are among the hardest hit. 

"There is no replacement for a live performance that goes unplayed or a song that doesn't get created during this time," Beatty continued.  "Please join us in doing all we can to help support art and the creators who bring us the joy that accompanies it."

About BentBeat Productions: BentBeat is based in Portland, Oregon. BBP’s focus is on partnering with musicians to produce, record, and release high quality broadcast-level music through streaming services, social media and traditional distribution. BentBeat’s artists are available on Amazon, Spotify, Apple Music and all major music sites. Please join in supporting musicians.

Contact:
BentBeat Productions
Dave Beatty
503.489.8275
info@bentbeat.com
http://www.bentbeat.com/

Monday, February 24, 2020

Northwest Musical Acts Finding Success with BentBeat Productions

Stuck by Qori is available on all streaming services now

New artist, Qori, streams over 100,000 after releasing her first single, Stuck, on BentBeat Productions Label based in Wilsonville.

Portland, OR, February 24, 2020 --  The music industry is tough.  Tougher than most.  What used to be only available on records and CDs, people now want for free.  To make things more interesting, musicians are having to compete with artists who record bedroom productions like Billie Eilish and her brother/producer Finneas.  But (spoiler alert), just because they record a song in their spare room, it doesn’t go straight to the top of the charts.

What takes place after the recording is when all the underappreciated hard work goes in.  Mixing the song to make it sound as good as it can be, mastering it to sound like it belongs on the radio, and the promotion to make it stand out among the quazillion other songs you can hear at the swipe of your finger.

Take for example, Qori, a talented alternative singer and songwriter here in the Portland area.  She is a great artist, but needed some additional help with getting her song from the idea stage to the airwaves.  BentBeat Producers Dave and Austin took Qori under their wing and helped Qori record her breakout single, Stuck.  With her great vocals and compelling sound, Qori’s song has been streamed over 100,000 times since its release in October of 2019. 

Qori just released a follow-up single, Cape Cod, with a far rockier edge, while still maintaining her signature singing and writing style.

Congrats to Qori for her great opening hand in the crowded field of music you can listen to right now on all streaming services.

About BentBeat Productions: BentBeat is based in Portland, Oregon. BBP’s focus is on partnering with musicians to produce, record, and release high quality broadcast-level music through streaming services, social media and traditional distribution. BentBeat’s artists are available on Amazon, Spotify, Apple Music and all major music sites. Please join in supporting musicians.

Contact:
BentBeat Productions
Dave Beatty
503.489.8275