Students gain hands-on experience in one of the University’s Lopes Live Labs

PHOENIX , September 12, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Grand Canyon University The Worship Arts program has released its seventh album, Canyon Worship 2022. The 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 (L3).

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“In our seventh year of Canyon Worship, the students really took the project to the next level,” said Eric Johnson, GCU recording studio manager. “This album is marked by collaboration and creativity. It’s an eclectic mix of praise and introspection marked by thought-provoking ideas and passionate worship for our creator.”

Collaboration is an important element woven into this year’s album. Four of the 11 songs were written with three or more students. Senior madison russel featured on three of the album’s four collaborations, as well as a solo song, “Always a Reason”. “I’ve always been open to co-writing, but I think I was too afraid to be vulnerable and share my ideas with someone else,” Russell said. “It was really fun, and I got to know people better from it. All of my friends, we got a lot closer writing together.”

The GCU Recording Lab is one of 49 L3s in the Phoenix Campus. These labs are designed to provide students with hands-on training so they can learn real-world skills, making them more marketable to future employers.

“Canyon Worship 2022 is an exciting album that GCU can be proud of,” said Worship Arts Director. Randall Downs. “The students really showed their talents through the writing and performing of Canyon Worship 2022. The songs are about God’s goodness and faithfulness. I can’t wait to see how this album speaks to people around the world. whole world.”

The 11 songs and authors of Canyon Worship 2022 are:

  • Sometimes (Edwin Lopez, madison russel, Victoria GutierrezColter Bonaroti)

  • Burdens to Bear (Baraka Shekanena)

  • Always a reason (madison russel)

  • Consumers (Amanda Riffe)

  • The real thing (Nicole JasperColter Bonaroti, madison russel, Victoria Gutierrez)

  • Dry bones (Nicole Swartz)

  • I’m yours (Victoria Gutierrez, Nicole Jasper, Annabelle Butcher, madison russel)

  • Heaven is here (Kyleigh Almitch)

  • Here (I will be) (Trina Beecher, Edwin Lopez, Alex Ramirez)

  • The most precious (Nicole Jasper)

  • From Winter to Spring (Instrumental) (Gabby Kim)

Canyon Worship 2022 was produced by music industry veterans Geoff Hunker and David Willy, who are no strangers to the album. Hunker has been producing Canyon Worship since 2016, and Willey joined 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 mix of industry experts, instructors and seasoned ministers of worship. The program includes 32 credit hours in the College of Theology, ensuring that students are grounded in Christ and prepared to become worship leaders in churches around the world.

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About Grand Canyon University: Grand Canyon University was founded in 1949 and is from arizona first private Christian university. GCU is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and offers 312 academic programs, accents, and certificates for traditional undergraduates and working professionals. The University’s curriculum emphasizes interaction with classmates, in person and online, and individual attention from instructors while fusing academic rigor with Christian values ​​to help students find their goal and to become competent and caring professionals. For more information, visit



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