In our church, we are starting to see a lot of people who didn’t grow up going to church. This is a really cool thing! But, these people don’t know all our “church songs” by heart, so my pastor and I were kicking around the idea of recording a worship album of the most 15 used songs that we do and giving it away for free.
This kind of a project is really easier than it sounds. The worship band(s) know the songs by heart, so recording them will actually be pretty easy. Licensing isn’t all that expensive. For 15 songs and 100 sales (or giveaways), you’ll have to spend just over $300 using Limelight to handle the licensing. If you ask for a $3 donation for each CD giveaway, you’ve basically covered your costs.
I can see a few plusses for doing something like this:
- People learn the songs. They get to play the CDs in their car or plug the music into their mp3 players and listen whenever they want.
- People would take ownership of the songs. This would feel like something they are uniquely a part of. It’s the worship band at their church putting out an album of songs they get to sing along with.
- The band gets better and playing the songs by recording them.
The minuses are the cost and the time involved. Those are minimal in my opinion. We are looking at doing the recording like a studio album rather than a live album. Our live recording setup isn’t quite fine-tuned yet.
What do you think? Something you’d do at your church? Done this before?