William McDowell Offers Advice to Young Worship Leaders

The name William McDowell has become synonymous with worship ever since he spawned the worship hit “I Give Myself Away.” Now with a newly released album that has been sitting at number one on the Gospel and Praise Charts, McDowell sat down with BREATHEcast to talk about the new album, inspiration behind it, and more!

McDowell recently released his sophomore project, titled Arise. With his first album As We Worship having been so well accepted, creating an anthem that churches around the world sing in worship, it would be normal to feel a bit of pressure releasing a follow-up but this isn’t McDowell’s mindset.

“I refuse to allow pressure to enter into the equation because I don’t write music for people. Worship is for God, so ultimately I want Him to receive worship and for Him to be pleased," he said.

“So my prayer, it becomes the words of Psalm 19:14 which are ‘Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, O LORD my strength, and my redeemer.’”

“The truth is, God is the audience of worship and He is the reward of worship. Ultimately if He is not pleased and the people like it, it doesn’t matter. So ultimately there was no pressure because the first time I didn’t think I was writing a hit, I was writing for God and this time I wasn’t trying to write anything that I thought would be a hit. I was also just writing for God.”

“So, no pressure...”


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