EVENT SPOTLIGHT: NCS Weekend Intensive an International Hit!

Empower your songwriting dreams with the NCS Weekend Intensive happening in Nashville June 21-23 featuring industry influencers Krissy Nordhoff, Cindy Morgan Brouwer, John Mays, Ginny Owens, Mike Harland, and the entire NCS Coaching Staff! 

There’s no such thing as “a self-made millionaire” or a self-made songwriter.

Every successful businessperson knows full well that they had a lot of help getting where they wanted to go, including Bill Gates, Oprah, Dr. Phil, the late Dr. Billy Graham, and anyone who has a successful career and ministry in Christian music.

No one makes it to the finish line alone and that’s why we exist.

Bringing together multiplied decades of songwriting and music business experience, expertise, and success, the NCS Weekend Intensive is your chance to get the best teaching, inspiration, hands on coaching, and industry connections in an up-close-and-personal way like nowhere else.

In early March 2018, twenty-six songwriters from all over the world attended the last Intensive including songwriters from Norway, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States to further their understanding of high-level Christian songwriting and to connect into the music business in ways they would not have been able to on their own.

Industry leaders John Mays and Matt Ewald, both A&R Directors for Centricity Music, brought a clear vision of how record labels work and what their process is for working with artists and songwriters. Always straightforward and authentic, these guys pulled no punches in explaining the exacting standards of Christian radio and what is required of anyone seeking a full-time professional music artist career. They’ll be with us again in June when we have our Thursday night catered Southern Dinner hosted at Centricity Music. The food’s going to be stellar and the session with these two great guys will be off the chains.

Tom Jackson is someone you may not have heard of, but just about every successful artist in Nashville knows him as the premiere Live Music Producer who has coached literally dozens and dozens (no exaggerration) of Christian and secular artists including Phillips, Craig, and Dean, Lecrae, Magic!, Shawn Mendes, The Band Perry, Jordin Sparks, and even T-Swift herself, Taylor Swift. Why would we have Tom at our event? Because he can help you learn to think about creating moments in your songwriting that turn into moments in your performance, even if you’re a worship leader looking to enhance weekly worship. Tom is crazy fun and you won’t want to miss him this time around.

Integrity Music songwriter and worship leader Krissy Nordhoff is one of the most sensitive and inspiring leaders in Christian music. Co-writer of the worship hit “Your Great Name” with Michael Neale, Krissy brought a unique challenge to make worship writing authentic and powerful like never before. As a mentor to young worship songwriters and leaders through her Brave Worship ministry, Krissy is on the front lines of raising up a new generation of influencers in the Kingdom of God. Krissy will be a clinician with us again in June and we’re expecting another powerhouse session that can transform your songwriting in ways you’ve never imagined.

LifeWay Worship Director Mike Harland is one of the most-liked and respected figures in Christian music. Everyone knows Mike and everyone loves Mike for his southern charm, down-home good looks, and personal integrity when it comes to providing the world with the best in Christian resources through LifeWay Worship. The largest denominational publishing house, Mike and his team at LW publish hundreds of songs each year to build up the Body of Christ and to provide great worship resources. Mike will be with us in June to help you gain crucial insights into what they look for in songs and how you can up level your songwriting. 

CCM Artist, Songwriter, and Worship Leader Ginny Owens is a very special feature of our NCS Weekend Intensive. Ginny was one of the first artists signed to Michael W. Smith’s Rocketown Records just out of college and she’s gone on to win the hearts of millions with her eclectic musical styles and infectious vocals. Blind from age three, Ginny has become an inspiration for fans the world over as she proves that lack of vision is no handicap for anyone determined to succeed in life. Selling over a million records and counting, Ginny will win your heart, too, as you experience her unique spirit at this event.

Cindy Morgan (Brouwer) helped define CCM Music in her earlier career as a 12-time Dove Award-winning singer-songwriter. Today she is a two-time Grammy nominated songwriter and one of the most influential writers in Nashville. Continuing to grow her fan base, Cindy has stretched into writing books and speaking, winning a loyal fan base that has only increased from her earlier CCM days. Cindy will be joining us for a writers round featuring herself and Ginny Owens Friday night, June 22nd. You’re crazy if you miss this one, just sayin’.

John Chisum and The NCS Coaching Staff… If you’ve been following NCS very long, you know that it has been birthed from my three decades of Christian music songwriting, publishing, producing, and international worship leading ministry. I love songwriters and all creative people. NCS and the NCS Weekend Intensives exist to empower you, first and foremost, giving you all the tools and resources to fulfill your own calling and to know the satisfaction of using your gifts to glorify God. Our coaches are men and women who have had many songs recorded and who care deeply about your success. Our promise is that you will receive the best we have to give and we believe it will be more than you’ve ever gotten before, resulting in greater song success for you.

The March 2018 NCS Weekend Intensive was over-the-top amazing. June will be no different. Get ready to have your mind blown and your songwriting skills go through the roof as you experience the best we can bring to you from these amazing industry influencers.

If you’re serious about fulfilling your calling to write great songs that actually get heard, you know you need some help getting there. Join us June 21-23 and get ready to rock your songwriting world like never before.

Here’s the link for even more info and to get registered today before the spots are gone. We’re capping this event so it doesn’t get too big. It will sell out. Don’t miss this opportunity to invest in yourself and get off the sidelines. You deserve to be here. 


Pics from the March 2018 Intensive


John Chisum

John Chisum is a pioneer in the Christian music business, serving alongside people such as Bill & Gloria Gaither, Twila Paris, Paul Baloche, Don Moen, and many more. As Managing Partner of Nashville Christian Songwriters, John seeks to empower Christian songwriters worldwide to discover and fulfill their call to write.

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