Today is release day for our new “community worship album”, SEARCHLIGHT! STREAM the full album and purchase on CD, iTunes, or any major digital retailer! Also, WATCH a message from the band on YOUTUBE.
The “Searchlight North America Tour” is about to head to the midwest next week with the upcoming release of “Searchlight” on 8.26.14. Before that tour starts, we wanted to give glory to God for the ministry that took place in India & Thailand on the “Searchlight World Tour” just a few weeks ago! Some of the ways that we work to inspire the next generation of worship and missions is advocacy through storytelling and advanced technology such as high-level photography and videography. Enjoy this stunning photo blog with photos by Justin Willet , an awesome video by Jordan Willet, and a missions newsletter written by Jeremy Willet.
The release of our new full length album “Searchlight” is only weeks away (8.26.14)! From the beginning, we have said that this album was a “community worship album”. Songs written FOR The Church. Along with the album, we wanted to provide resources to The Church to be able to use the songs in corporate worship settings. One of the projects we just completed was registering all of the songs with CCLI so Churches in North America with the license have permission to use the songs in worship. Unfortunately, CCLI is not being cooperative in releasing the chord charts, lyrics, or lead sheets for our songs to Churches, so, we have partnered with www.ignitecharts.com and have had EVERY song on the new album translated into a musical score lead sheet with lyrics, chords, time signature, tempo and lead vocal line! The “Searchlight Songbook” is on sale now on www.willetonline.com/store and is included in all PRE-ORDER BUNDLES at a discounted price until 8.26.14!
For a limited time, we are offering the “Searchlight Lead Sheet” as a FREE PDF DOWNLOAD (sponsored by www.ignitecharts.com)! Click the score below to be directed to the dropbox folder.
Thanks for your support of #willetsearchlight! We can’t wait for you to hear the new album on 8.26.14 and we pray that God would use it to enhance your worship of Jesus in your lives, homes and Churches! PRE-ORDER THE NEW ALBUM TODAY HERE.
Jeremy, Justin & Jordan Willet
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Stop Hunger Now Partners with WILLET BAND to package 1 Million Meals
Band announces that “Every $1 spent on Willet Merchandise will = 1 Nutritious Meal”
(WESTMINSTER, MD, 8.5.14) – Stop Hunger Now and Christian band, Willet, have joined forces in the fight against hunger for over 3 years, together, mobilizing over 640,000 nutritious meals and engaging over 5,000 volunteers nationwide. Stop Hunger Now meal packaging events are a volunteer-based program that coordinates the streamlined packaging of highly nutritious dehydrated meals comprised of rice, soy, vegetables and 22 essential vitamins and minerals.
On 8.26.14, Willet will be releasing the highly anticipated Full Length Album called “Searchlight”. The album is a “community worship album” with songs touching on themes of global poverty, orphan care, and missions. Along with the release of the new album, the band has announced an aggressive campaign to complete their 1 Million Meal Goal with Stop Hunger Now by sharing that “Every $1 spent on Willet Merchandise (online & at live concerts) will = 1 Nutritious Meal through School Feeding Programs in over 65 countries!” In 2015, the band will embark on a unique “Worship & Meal Packing Tour” where volunteers will receive a free acoustic worship concert by the band before packing 10,000 meals in each city.
“For several years, we have been encouraging Willet fans to give generously towards our vision of mobilizing 1 Million Meals for hungry children around the world, and they have responded.” says lead singer, Jeremy Willet. “With the upcoming release of our new full-length album, we recognized that there would be a lot of attention surrounding the release and tour, and we wanted to prove that “Searchlight” is more then just a collection of 10 songs; it’s about being willing to go into dark places in our world. Our band exists to be a voice for the voiceless, and often times, the voiceless in our world are young children fighting starvation and malnutrition in developing countries. We have a unique opportunity to use music as a platform to raise awareness and funds for the most vulnerable people in our world. This is the next generation of worship and missions.”
Around the world, nearly 870 million people lack adequate food and about 25,000 die each day from hunger-related causes. Stop Hunger Now operates meal packaging locations in 17 cities throughout the U.S. and four international locations in South Africa, Malaysia, the Philippines and Italy. In 2014, a new location is slated to open in Houston, TX. More than 400,000 volunteers from corporations, churches, schools and civic organizations have packaged Stop Hunger Now meals.
Founded in 1998, Stop Hunger Now has delivered aid and disaster relief supplies in the form of food, medical supplies, clothing, school supplies and more to thousands of disaster victims and other hungry and vulnerable people in 65 countries.
“We have personally visited the international school feeding programs supported by Stop Hunger Now’s packaging program, and we are seeing the evidence that education, nutritious food, and community involvement can literally transform an impoverished community!” said Jeremy Willet.
Pre-order packages for “Searchlight” are available August 1st on www.willetonline.com and the full-length album will be available in digital format worldwide (itunes, spotify, rdio, xbox music, yahoo music, etc) on 8.26.14 with physical CD’s available online at www.willetonline.com or at all Willet Live Concerts on a pay-what-you-can donation basis.
For more than 15 years, Stop Hunger Now has been creating a movement to end hunger with more than 140,000,000 meals distributed along with other aid to 65 countries. Driven by a mission to end hunger in our lifetime, the organization provides food and life-saving aid to the world’s most vulnerable and helps mobilize the necessary resources impacting millions of lives.
Stop Hunger Now meal packaging programs offer volunteers the opportunity to participate in a hands-on international hunger relief program and to become educated, engaged advocates for the world’s poor and hungry. In 2013, Stop Hunger Now packaged 38.6 million meals in the U.S. and an additional 3.3 million meals were packaged by international locations.
In its efforts to respond to emergency needs around the world Stop Hunger Now receives and distributes significant donations of in-kind aid. These donations are large quantities of food, medicines, medical supplies and other such items as may be of use in fighting hunger and providing relief in a crisis. For more information visit www.stophungernow.org.
Willet’s new album was written as a “Community Worship Album” touching on themes not typically discussed in congregational settings (see http://willetonline.wordpress.com/2014/05/12/lyrical-themes-on-the-new-s-e-a-r-c-h-l-i-g-h-t-album-coming-8-26-14/) The writing process included a Multi-Denominational Pastoral Panel to review the lyrical content for theological accuracy. The band desires to carry a similar Church-involvement even through the album’s release, and is therefore calling on ministry leaders (pastors, youth pastors, worship pastors, lay leaders, camp counselors, missions directors, non-profit directors, etc) to review the new album “Searchlight” before the release in exchange for a FREE advanced digital copy of the album, and FREE autographed physical copy around release date on 8.26.14. Instead of only relying on magazines, media, and industry press, the purpose of these reviews is to provide honest feedback to the Global Church community about the new music directly from trusted ministry leaders. What songs would be good for congregational use? What songs are a prophetic word to the Global Church? How can these songs be used to reach the nations for Jesus? In addition, Willet is working to mobilize 1 Million Meals for Hungry Children! Every $1 Spent on Willet Merchandise (online & at live concerts) = 1 Nutritious Meal for “Stop Hunger Now’s” School Feeding Program in 65 Countries Worldwide! So far, the band has already funded, packed and shipped over 640,000 meals!
To complete a quick form to be considered for this team, please click here: https://docs.google.com/a/willetonline.com/forms/d/1CYtoiDPJu2006-ejqcBbTAB328nwu8u77h8UPVBe6Qs/viewform
Since we just finished the recording for our full length album, “Searchlight”, we began having discussions as a band about our CD Release Show. The album officially comes out on 8.26.14 with a Midwest CD Release Performance @ Lifelight Festival in South Dakota on August 30th. In addition to our midwest CD Release Performance, we also wanted to celebrate with our friends back home in Westminster, MD…the town we have grown up in our whole lives.
Sometimes God has a very interesting way of orchestrating His plans, because as we were praying for a venue for our local CD Release Show, we were approached by a good friend, Monte Leister, about performing at BARNSTORM 2014 @ Baughers Orchard in Westminster, MD. We can’t begin to tell you how big of a deal this is. Barnstorm is not just another Christian Music Festival… Barnstorm was started by our family years ago…by our Uncle and Aunt specifically, following a major tornado that ripped our family farm to pieces.
Below is a timeline that led up to the events of Barnstorm, and the many ministry events that took place after the tornado (including some very rare photos of us when we were very young and awkward.) Unfortunately, our Uncle Jim was taken home to be with The Lord after a battle with cancer. We’ll never forget his words at the Barnstorm event after the tornado:
“There’s a good force in this world, and there’s a great evil force. It [the tornado] kind of told us that Satan was trying to ruin our party….but he didn’t.”
Our Uncle Jim was right. Satan didn’t ruin the party…and on 9/20/14, the party continues @ Barnstorm 2014. See you there.