Popular worship leader, recording artist and producer Brandon Bee led worship and performed a full musical set on the Main Stage during Creation Festival Northwest 2011, held recently in Enumclaw, Wash.
Bee led the audience in a time of praise and worship prior to the message given by Pastor Buster Soaries. Following Soaries’ presentation, Bee performed music from his latest CD, Inside These Walls, for the audience.
Each year, the Creation Festivals attract tens of thousands of participants for four days of music, teaching, baptism, camping and fellowship. This year, Bee joined dozens of artists on the Main Stage, including Newsboys, Chris Tomlin, tobyMac, Switchfoot, Francesca Battistelli, Brandon Heath, Ryan Stevenson, Charmaine and more.
Creation Festival Northwest, along with its sister event Creation Festival Northeast, are billed as the “nation’s largest Christian music festivals.” Creation Festival 2011 Northeast was held June 29-July 2 at Agape Farm in Mount Union, Penn. For more information on Creation Fest, visit www.creationfest.com.
Pictured (L to R): Bee, Stevenson and Charmaine between sets at Creation NW.
About Brandon Bee and Inside These Walls:
Bee, a multi-talented musician, has earned the respect of his peers as a producer by bringing out the best in a long line of established and up-and-coming artists, including Grammy Award nominee and Dove Award winner Stacie Orrico; Juno Award nominee and Island Award winner Matthew James; pop/rockers Amber Pacific, Jaime Jamgochian and Lanae Hale; West Coast rapper Benjiman; 2009 Immerse winner Jake Brothers; and indie folk-pop rising star Beth Whitney. Bee most recently produced Circleslide’s exciting 2010 CD, Echoes of the Light. Bee credits being immersed in that creative atmosphere with inspiring his own music to greater heights.
After spending two years on the road touring in support of This is the Revolution, Bee recognized he had a lot more to say about the Christian journey – a journey we all go through with varying levels of success. “We go through seasons where we live the life and seasons where we don’t, so thank God we are saved by grace,” Bee muses. “Realizing that many of us are going through the same types of things, I decided to make a record about my journey.”
To help shape his vision for Inside These Walls, Bee called on the talents of a cadre of fellow songwriters, producers and musicians, including Scott Krippayne (Jordin Sparks’ “This Is My Now”), Carl Cartee (“Glorious Impossible”) and Circleslide frontman Gabe Martinez (“Love Amazing”). Bee called on his own experience and personal testimony of going through seasons of both faith and doubt, acceptance and rejection to create a soundtrack for the journey that is summed up in the metaphoric title cut and embellished by the rest of the songs on the project.
Bee’s worship leader roots shine through on “Radiant Sun (Give Thanks to the One),” and worship anthems like “The Everlasting Song” and “Bring Me To Life” could easily be sung in congregational settings on Sunday morning. But Bee is just as likely to encase his pensive, semi-autobiographical lyrics in a grittier wrapper of good old fashioned rock ‘n’ roll on songs like “Helpless” and “Bones.”
Bee’s Inside These Walls mirrors life’s journey, with compelling melodies that rise and fall, ebb and flow, aptly reflecting how as believers we all stumble, fall, then get back up again. Regardless of the style of the individual songs, each is autobiographically inspired and soul-baringly honest.
“Everybody needs to be reminded that we’re all sinners and we all need a savior,” Bee declares. “My goal with Inside These Walls is that people will look at it as a devotional. For me personally, the process has allowed me to learn more about myself and why I need God, though my hope is that people see less of me and examine more within their own life. Even though my stuff may look a little different from theirs, we’re all going through this walk together.”
Inside These Walls is available through Save the City Records and Provident-Integrity Distribution. For more information on Bee and Inside These Walls, visit brandonbeemusic.com or savethecityrecords.com/brandonbee.