Chris Deming Releases New Album with Glorious Encounter!
Glorious Encounter is a worship group created out of the desire to release the presence and creativity of God through discipleship and music.
Glorious Encounter released their debut album titled Your Presence in February 2018.
The album’s powerful worship songs include “Glorious,” which captures the intimacy of our relationship with God and our response of praise and exaltation. “Anchor of My Soul” has a fresh and creative sound declaring the faithfulness and stability of our Heavenly Father. “Your Presence,” the final song on the album, boldly declares: “Your presence is heavy, but Your burden is light. Come into this place as our hearts come alive.”
The project began with Devon Glenn, former songwriter and drummer for Grammy-nominated, platinum-selling hard rock band Buckcherry. At the height of his music career, Devon left the industry when he realized that the message in his music was not what he wanted his life to represent.
Devon is the drummer and album producer. After his radical salvation in 2014, he and his wife Mie began doing missions work and speaking on Kingdom business, worship, and discipleship. Devon and his family reside in Niigata, Japan as evangelists in full-time ministry. They work church planting, equipping others, promoting Kingdom business, and fighting the problem of suicide in Japan.
God has now renewed his passion for music. In 2017, Devon began writing songs with singer and songwriter Johnny Zirkel and worship leader Chris Deming. This team felt an instant connection, and it was evident that God’s hand was bringing them together.
Chris is a solo artist and worship leader who spent six years in Central America as a missionary focusing on Kingdom business and worship leading. He then served as Worship and Outreach Pastor for Convergence School of Supernatural Ministry in Forth Worth, Texas. He has led worship in settings as diverse as Brazilian slums, Costa Rican safe houses, and Thai human trafficking centers. He and his wife, Megan, now reside in California. Megan is also a singer on the album.
Johnny Zirkel is the lead singer and songwriter from the band Reverse Order. He formed the band The Wildfires Projekt to focus on reaching and helping those suffering from mental illness. Johnny co-founded the internationally recognized nonprofit Reverse The Trend. Over the past four years, he has brought anti-bullying and suicide-prevention programs to over 400 schools nationwide. Johnny has a passion to reach those suffering from mental illness and those who need to experience God’s presence in their lives.
Other members of the group include Laura Wineland, who sang on the album, including lead vocals on the song Amazed By You. Uriel Soto, the recording engineer, plays bass and keyboards. The album was mixed and mastered by Tanner Sparks, who has worked with artists such as Switchfoot, Weezer and Jon Forman.
Glorious Encounter shares a passion for global revival and the transformation of nations. The group continues to write music and lead worship at their local churches, worship conferences, and gatherings around the world.
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