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Better Than Life

by Pop Scripture Songs

This is a subwoofer-thumping Scripture memory tool, made up of songs done in the styles of today’s pop/rock artists. On this album, children and teens sing along with adults to help students learn Bible verses.
Genre: Pop: Party Pop
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1. They That Wait (Isaiah 40:31) [feat. Chrystina Fincher]
2:35 $0.99
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2. Walk With the Wise (Proverbs 13:20) [feat. Jimmy Atkins]
2:50 $0.99
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3. Better Than Life (Psalm 63:3-4) [feat. Chris Coleman]
3:08 $0.99
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4. I Can Do All Things (Philippians 4:13) [feat. Bj Tallant & Mike Atkins]
3:24 $0.99
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5. Trust in the Lord (Proverbs 3:5-6) [feat. Mike Atkins]
2:56 $0.99
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6. For God so Loved the World (John 3:16) [feat. Jill Howard]
2:35 $0.99
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7. Let Your Light so Shine (Matthew 5:16) [feat. Danny Stephens]
2:35 $0.99
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8. As the Waters Cover the Sea (Habakkuk 2:14) [feat. Noah Stephens]
2:10 $0.99
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9. The Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) [feat. Noah Stephens]
3:48 $0.99
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10. All Things Work Together (Romans 8:28) [feat. Jimmy Atkins]
3:35 $0.99
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11. Be Kind (Ephesians 4:32) [feat. Mike Atkins]
3:06 $0.99
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12. I Will Lie Down in Peace (Psalm 4:8) [feat. Dove Stephens]
2:21 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
About 13 months ago, my wife suggested to me that I put some Scriptures to music, as a memorization tool for our four children. She told me she’d had trouble finding such a tool that was musically current. Having written “virtues” songs and Bible-story songs for Rethink’s 252 Basics curriculum, I had experience in crafting songs for students that sounded like radio pop/rock. But would this really work with Scripture? I was about to find out.

We spent the next year working on an album of 12 Scripture memory songs, which we titled Better Than Life: Pop Scripture Songs (from Psalm 63:3-4: “Because Your loving-kindness is better than life…).

I had a blast writing and producing the project, with help from producer Ricky Rodriguez. All four of my children participated by singing, playing instruments, and helping arrange vocal parts; one of them even helped write a couple of the songs. Featured vocalists include friends like Chrystina Fincher (Northpoint, Catalyst, Bigstuf), Chris Coleman (Northpoint, Bigstuf, Chris Coleman Band), Mike and Jimmy Atkins (of Secondhand City), and new friends Jill Howard and BJ Tallant (whose rap is one of my favorite moments on the album).

The result was a full-length pop/rock album with sounds reminiscent of Kelly Clarkson, Flo Rida, The Shins, and even Weezer.

We are partnering with ReThink/Amber Sky Records and Friendly City Records to release this album to the public. We’re also booking tour dates for the Better Than Life: Pop Scripture Songs Live experience.

Before we even headed into the studio, my kids had memorized these Scriptures by listening to my first, rough demo recordings of the songs. I found out early on that it works; these songs truly imbed memory verses into kids’ hearts and minds. I hope you enjoy them as much as we have – and still are!

- Danny Stephens, January 2013




Producer/songwriter Danny Stephens has spent the bulk of his adult life as a touring musician. He’s a founding and current member of the multi-Grammy and Dove nominated band Smalltown Poets. He’s also served as a church music director (Northpoint Ministries) and creative director (Christ Church in NC).
Currently, Danny works as a full-time freelance musician, songwriter, producer, and church music/creative arts consultant. He has created dozens of children’s songs, including many used by ReThink and 252 Basics children’s curriculum. He and his wife Cindy live on a farm in Western North Carolina with their four children – Noah, Promise Joy, Dove, and Jett. They enjoy doing music for the local nursing home together, in-home family movie nights, keeping up with their myriad of farm animals, and tending their home-grown vittles.

Engineer/producer/songwriter Ricky Rodriguez owns and operates Bombhouse Recording in Morganton NC. He, too, has spent most of his adult life as a touring musician with such bands as Four Man Furnace and 7 Miles. But the studio is where you’ll find him these days, working with national and regional artists alike, as well as engineering recording sessions of every genre for clients from all over the Southeast. Ricky lives in Morganton with his wife Tyson, and their children Tori and Gabe. They love their Jack Russell terriers, sports, Cuban food, and movies.

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