Giles Blankenship, a graduate of the Campbell University Divinity School, was following a link to download a free song on weareworswhip.com when he noticed the site was holding a song contest throughout the month of July. The producer of worship songs such as Paul Baloche’s “Open the Eyes of My Heart,” Tim Hughes’ “Here I am to Worship,” and Keith Getty’s “In Christ Alone” was looking for new music bubbling up from within a local congregation, and musicians are invited to submitted original songs to the site.
Blankenship submitted his song “You Are There.” He’s the worship pastor at Snyder Memorial Baptist Church, in Fayetteville, the church that launched Operation-In-As-Much.
Blankenship’s song is based on Psalm 139 and started with a few guitar licks by a youth in his church — Lars Gordon — and quickly evolved into a worship song. Blankenship’s song has inspired people to say things like “Amazing song, sung from a man with a huge heart for Jesus” and “This song is a powerful song. It has carried me through difficult times, in particular the death of my son almost two years ago. I want to help get it to the masses so they can feel the comfort of the Lord, as well.” His biggest fan is a 6-year-old girl who listens to the song every day.
The five songs submitted for the contest with the most “likes” by the end of the month will go before judges from Integrity Music. The winning song will be recorded in a studio, will be featured on weareworship.com, and will come under a publishing agreement with Integrity. “That is huge,” Blankenship says.
You can download Blankenship’s song and vote for it here.