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Royalty - EP

by Shannon Michele Butcher

The songs in this album are inspired by Shannon's relationship with Christ and by the Word of God, particularly Haggai, Ephesians, and many of the Psalms of David. Styles included are: pop, rock, Celtic, jazz. Four tracks are English, one is Spanish.
Genre: Spiritual: Contemporary Christian
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Consider Your Ways
4:12 $1.50
2. Royalty
4:58 $1.50
3. The Love of God
4:22 $1.50
4. Hold Me
5:30 $1.50
5. Realeza
4:58 $1.50
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Message from Shannon:

"The love of God broke through and transformed me. The Lord ignited a passion in me to know Christ and help others discover who they are in Him – chosen, holy, forgiven, redeemed, children of God, co-heirs with Christ, which makes every person who has received Him . . . ROYALTY."

Song descriptions:

"Consider Your Ways" is God's message through the prophet Haggai to the remnant of Israel who returned from Babylon and had begun rebuilding the temple. Then, they got distracted building their own houses, while the foundation of God's temple sat, and sat, and sat, unfinished for approximately 16 years. It's a message that very much applies to us today, as at least I (but probably most of us) tend to get distracted from God's calling and would rather follow our own agenda. I believe God is asking us to consider our ways too, and get back to work on building His kingdom. The song has a pop-rock style.

"Royalty" is a declaration of every child of God's true identity in Christ. The ideas contained in this song come from Psalm 103:4, Ephesians 1, Psalm 8, Romans 8:17. The song was released (online-only) as a single along with its Spanish version "Realeza" in the spring of 2016. "Royalty" is a pop-ballad or power-ballad.

"The Love of God" focuses on God's intense love for His children, demonstrated by the sacrifice of His own Son, Jesus. The song is a modern-day hymn with some Celtic styling and instrumentation.

"Hold Me" is the raw, cry of anguish as I felt the sting of death when my father passed away. It is an honest conversation and prayer with God in the midst of intense grief. The song has a jazz feel.

"Realeza" is a Spanish version of "Royalty." It was translated in preparation for Shannon to perform it live at VidaFest in Chimaltenango, Guatemala. The response from the crowd was amazing - men, women, and young people in the audience raised their hands and sang along... and it was the very first time they had heard the song! Shannon came home from the trip compelled by the Lord to record the song in both English and Spanish, believing that God would continue to use it to help His people walk in their identity in Christ.

Album credits:

Music and lyrics by Shannon Michele Butcher
Additional songwriters: Nate Dunn (Consider Your Ways), Kimberly More (Royalty)
Spanish translation (Realeza): Brian Cheney, Ruth Daniels

Produced, Recorded, Mixed & Mastered by Jared Knowland and Cory Knowland

Duplication: Nettleingham Studios
Cover design: Kent Jensen
Photography: Andrea Laurita
Stylists: Jen Butcher, Rachael Butcher

Song credits:

Consider Your Ways:
Music and lyrics by Shannon Michele Butcher, Nate Dunn
Vocals: Shannon Michele Butcher
Background Vocals: Shannon Michele Butcher, Ashra Coffey, Cory Knowland, Chip Loop
Piano: Jean-Pierre Garau
Additional Keyboards: Cory Knowland
Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bass: Cory Knowland
Drums: Jared Knowland

The Love of God:
Music and lyrics by Shannon Michele Butcher
Vocals: Shannon Michele Butcher
Piano: Jean-Pierre Garau
Percussion: Cory Knowland
Flute, Irish Whistle: Shannon Michele Butcher

Hold Me:
Music and lyrics by Shannon Michele Butcher
Vocals: Shannon Michele Butcher
Piano: Jean-Pierre Garau
Additional Keyboards: Shannon Michele Butcher
Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar: Cory Knowland
Fretless Bass: Sebastian King
Drums: Jared Knowland
Trumpet: Doug Lutke

Music and lyrics by Shannon Michele Butcher and Kimberly More
Vocals: Shannon Michele Butcher
Piano: Kimberly More
Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bass: Cory Knowland
Drums: Meme Cordon
Cello: Carmen Saunders
Strings arranged and performed by: Cory Knowland

Music and lyrics by Shannon Michele Butcher and Kimberly More
Spanish translation: Ruth Daniels and Brian Cheney
Vocals: Shannon Michele Butcher
Piano: Kimberly More
Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bass: Cory Knowland
Drums: Meme Cordon
Cello: Carmen Saunders

About Shannon:

Shannon has taken great encouragement from the Psalms of David, whose writings she emulates with songs of praise, outpourings of despair, reflections on the past, declarations of truth, and more.

Musical styles that have influenced Shannon include pop, classical, jazz, Celtic, choral, Gospel, blues, rock, musical theater, and cross-cultural music.

Globally, Shannon has performed music, led worship, and/or spoken publicly in Croatia, Poland, England, Ireland, Uganda, Ghana, Jamaica, Guatemala, (as well as in several states in USA) singing mostly in English, but at times in other languages including Spanish, French, German, Lugandan, and Croatian (and speaking with an interpreter).

Shannon has a 4-octave vocal range and plays the flute, Irish whistle, piano/synthesizer, and has a working knowledge of recording software and hardware.

At the core of her identity, Shannon Butcher is a child of God, purchased and redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ. She has experienced tremendous inner healing from the trauma of childhood sexual abuse and is now a champion of abuse prevention through her ministry, Innocence Found. Some of her songs reflect the struggles and victory of her lifelong journey of healing.

Shannon grew up in Tacoma, WA, studied and received her Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies and Music Ministry at Multnomah Bible College (now Multnomah University) in Portland, Oregon. Shannon is married to Brett Butcher; they have three children and live in Salem, Oregon.



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