Free MultiTrack: God of Justice (We Must Go)

The free MultiTrack for October is God of Justice (We Must Go) by Tim Hughes from the album Holding Nothing Back. It’s a beautiful song to sing especially in these troubling times prompting us to think beyond our own situations. It is also pertinent in this season (in the West at least) of Harvest.

The song is totally free to download during October. There is also an EveryKey Chart available for purchase with this song that fully matches the Worship Backing Band song structure with all the correct chords used int he recording.

Unless you are confident with using a DAW such as Ableton, you will need a copy of Worship Backing Band’s Mac/PC or iPad Transition MultiTrack Player to play the backing track. MultiTracks are the simplest and least expensive solution to get a full band sound from your worship team, even if you’ve only got a couple of musicians.

Using Worship Backing Band for Livestreaming Songs

Our Split Tracks whether individual download or our compilation DVDs are perfect for use in your livestreams.

Split Tracks are low cost MP4 backing tracks that come with onscreen words as well as music and vocals (most backing track providers do not include vocals which is a bit of a struggle when you are trying to lead online worship with them!)

You will therefore not need to use Easy Worship or some other method of sharing the song words when you are using Split Tracks.

All you do is load the computer that is hosting the service with the songs you want to do (you can use iTunes, VLC or any other free media player), share the screen in your streaming software (eg Zoom) and then hit play. Your song will start and your online congregation can sing along (it’s best if they are muted as none of the online platforms really cope very well with everyone singing or speaking at the same time).

You can even embed Split Tracks into Powerpoint (just Google how to embed an MP4).

Do ensure that the settings on your broadcasting platform (Zoom or similar) are set to share the computer’s audio.

What about licensing?

We are being inundated right now with questions about permissions for live streaming using our MultiTracks and Split Tracks.

As Worship Backing Band we are very happy for you to use our tracks for live streaming. We simply ask that you provide a link on your website to www.worshipbackingband.com by way of recognition that the tracks are ours.

BUT please be aware that Worship Backing Band is not the song writer or ‘publisher’ of the songs. We have simply re-recorded them. Whenever we sell as track we pay a license fee ourselves (this is generally 20% of the retail fee) to the publisher who then passes a percentage of that to the song writer. This is explained in this article.

Use of our tracks in real life

For use live in church you simply need a Church Copyright License from CCLI and you report the song use just as you would with a live band.

Use of our tracks for live streaming

CCLI has a streaming licence (US link) (UK link) which you are likely to need to live stream any worship whether using our backing tracks or not. So please ensure you are compliant with that. CCLI has different offices in different countries as the law is different depending on where in the world you are. Do ensure you are looking at your local CCLI website.

Our understanding is that for services such as YouTube, the host (YT) has sophisticated scanning technology that scans any audio and allocates any ad revenue from your broadcast to the appropriate publisher for non live-streamed content. But if you are streaming on YouTube you will need a CCLI license (please check with CCLI). Facebook Live does tend to cut off live broadcasts when a copywritten song is played that the FB Page in question does not own (although it does not seem as good as YT at recognising worship songs). We are still not clear how your CCLI Streaming License is known about by Facebook so do be aware of these potential pitfalls with FB Live.

If you are using Zoom or hosting YouTube videos on your website (and you are in the UK), you will need a PRS license. This article from CCLI explains more.

Further information from CCLI on licensing, including their Streaming License is available here.

Please also provide a link on your website to www.worshipbackingband.com in order to credit us for the tracks.

 

The pros and cons of using backing tracks in worship

Technology in worship is here whether you like it or not and if embraced it can serve as the paint brush to create new sounds.

In the last century technology has driven and redefined the music we make. From electric guitars and keyboards to recorded elements from synths, decks and loops all integrated into live music.

When it comes to live worship music, the introduction of the drummer’s click track transformed the sound of worship songs. And the wheel has turned again with backing and multi tracks used alongside, or instead of, live worship bands.

Even churches with lots of musicians use backing tracks.

And even big secular bands use tracks during live performance. That doesn’t mean that they are miming. It is simply because they cannot achieve the full sound they want with a limited number of musicians. An album track may have multiple guitar and keyboard parts on it – far more than a single guitarist or keyboard player can manage in a live setting.

In a church context it is not just smaller churches with missing musicians that use tracks to fill out the sound, there are plenty of churches with full compliments of musicians using tracks to produce more of an ‘original album’ sound that simply can’t be recreated with a 5 or 6 piece band.

I talked to worship leaders about their experiences of working with backing tracks (you can see the original conversation thread on the Musicademy Facebook Group). Here is what I found.

Mark Snyder, a song writer and the software developer behind Worship Backing Band’s Transition MultiTrack Player, says that worship tracks can help your team get better “it is like how a strong choir member can help the weaker ones sing better”.

Kent Wade has been the Pastor of Worship at The Chapel EFC in St Joseph MI for 18 years. He says that the experience of playing to a click has been a game changer, especially for less experienced musicians. “When you add a track to the live band, not only does everyone play ‘in the pocket’ better, but the supplemental parts help the band sound more full as well.”

Kent says that the only problem is when the worship leader misses an entrance or does something different to the track such as cutting an instrumental bridge in half. He says that “It’s then that we have to kill the track, listen extra hard to stay together, and follow the chart to the end.”

But Jonny McGeown, a worship leader from Belfast, Ireland has found that with tracks mistakes are minimised and the congregation less distracted from worshipping and tracks have helped improve musicianship. He implemented a move to in-ears and the use of tracks and said that “Understandably, my fellow volunteer musicians took some time assimilating click as they played for worship – but each of them has become more aware of ensemble and has improved both their technique and musicianship”.

Don Dickson, a worship leader in Chesham, UK says they primarily use backing tracks as practice tools to hone playing skills and also learning a new song finding that the jump to a segment feature is much better than searching a recording. For live performance he says that “If only a small number of musicians is available then just adding a core instrument such as bass or drums can be just what is needed”.

Dwane Woodard from Alabama feels that churches should be wary of relying on technology. “There is a difference between having an acoustic guitarist on stage and having the support of an entire invisible band, vs having a full band on stage and supplementing keys and percussion.”

I spoke to Richard Fletcher who admitted to being something of a sceptic on the use of tracks. He was concerned that tracks would mean in-ears were required – which had resource implications. He was also worried about the level of technical knowhow required to run the software as well as fearing a loss of flexibility when being “beholden to playing it as on the backing track”.

Changing perceptions about MultiTracks

Richard’s comments are interesting as they reveal a lot about people’s perception of backing tracks. Perceptions I’d gently want to challenge.

  • Firstly you don’t need in-ears to use tracks well. The band just need to be able to hear the click and vocals in their foldback monitors so that they can follow.
  • You don’t need to master complex DAWs such as Ableton. The proprietary software solutions including our own Worship Backing Band MultiTrack player are super easy to use.
  • And finally flexibility is not lost as you can loop and repeat song sections, transition from song to song, fade, change key and tempo. For sure it’s not the same as a fully live band but it is far from the karaoke-style bouncing ball that many people think.

The pros of working with MultiTracks

So to summarise some of the pros of working with backing tracks:

  • A full sound regardless of how many musicians you have or conversely a stripped back sound for an acoustic feel
  • An improvement in the professionalism of the music you make – fewer mistakes, consistent timing, a tighter sound and a more confident team
  • MultiTracks are great practice tools as you can solo your own instrument part and learn how a pro would play it also great for playing along with new songs
  • Access to the full range of worship songs including those too tricky for your musicians (or Doris on the organ) to play
  • Backing tracks for when your musicians are away or when you simply want to give them a day off to enjoy worship from the other side of the congregation
  • You get a “nearly live” feel and if you have musicians playing alongside them most congregational members will simply not be aware that a track is also playing
  • Some congregation members may not like the idea of musical accompaniment without being able to see the musicians
  • The play list (which you plan in advance) automatically cues up the next song which is ready to play with a single click

The cons of working with MultiTracks

On the downside:

  • There is often resistance to the concept of using tracks. People can feel that a motley crew of not-very-able musicians is preferable to pre-recorded music
  • There is a financial outlay for the tracks. Depending on your source of tracks you are paying from $17 a track for Worship Backing Band (reduced to $10 when you buy in bulk) to a monthly subscription of up to $100 a month with other providers (where you don’t get to keep the songs)
  • You’ll need a mac, PC or other mobile device loaded with the software and songs plus someone to operate the software
  • Your musicians will need to get used to working with a track – this can be quite a challenge for those whose timing is less than perfect but they will certainly learn to listen better and often find that their own musicianship improves
  • Song key changes beyond a tone or two can sound unnatural
  • Computers can crash and you lose your track mid service

Things to consider

And some caveats:

  • Prep is essential to get the instrument mix right for your setting
  • The worship leader in particular needs to know the song, syncing with the track and know the junction points if s/he is going to use the looping function
  • Congregational perceptions can change. When I first mooted backing tracks at my small local church people were horrified. Within a couple of songs they were converted.

What alternatives are there to MultiTracks

MultiTracks are not for every church. And for those without any musicians (and very limited budgets), Split Tracks may be a better alternative.

Split Tracks feature fully adjustable vocals and on-screen lyrics that change in time with the music. They are the simplest to use and lowest cost alternative to MultiTracks.

Split Tracks are available from Worship Backing Band on compilation DVDs and also as individual downloads.

12 new kids worship songs available as MultiTracks and Video Split Tracks

We’ve partnered up with kids worship duo Awesome Cutlery to bring you 12 new kids backing tracks in our MultiTrack and video Split Track format.

Rather than the usual plain black backgrounds with our Split Tracks, the Awesome Cutlery ones are kids-friendly with lots of fun graphics.  When you go to the tracks on the Worship Backing Band webstore you can also listen to a 30 second audio sample of the track before you buy. Watch the compilation video below:

Check out the video below for an example of one of the songs. When you purchase the Split Track you will also get the lyric video bundled with the split track audio. Each track has a downloadable lyric sheet included.

Awesome Cutlery is named after Captain Awesomeness and Cutlery Boy, two wannabe superheroes who appear in sketches on the Awesome Cutlery albums, as well as in their live shows.

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In real life, Awesome Cutlery is Gareth Loh and Dan Adams. They are both dads, church pastors and dubiously-skilled superheroes. The Awesome Cutlery songs began life as songs they wrote to sing with their children and in kids’ ministry. Since then they have released two albums and seen their songs used all over the world.

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Awesome Cutlery exists to help families worship Jesus together. Their songs are designed to be sung by all ages, and this specially-selected catalogue from their two albums has been put together for use in churches. The songs cover a host of topics, including the church, prayer, God’s word, the great commission, God’s eternality, and Jesus’ return, all in a way that that everyone can sing and enjoy.

The song list (click for links to buy) is:

Find out more about Awesome Cutlery on their website.

Using the download code to load songs to the Transition Player

We have introduced a new way to download MultiTracks to our Transition Player for Mac/PC and iPad.  This was mainly introduced because of problems that iPad users were experiencing in downloading.  However, it is a much quicker and easier way to get tracks into the Library for all users of the Transition Player whether it is for Mac, PC or iPad.

The video below explains how this works. Alternatively read the text and look at the screen grabs in this article.

When you now purchase a track you will see on your order confirmation a download code underneath the track name. To use the new method firstly, check you have the + sign next to the Library button in the Player. If not upgrade your Transition Player:

  • Mac/PC
    Log into your account and go to My Downloadable Products. Find the download links for the MultiTrack Transition Player. Click to download to Mac or PC and go through the same installation process as when you first purchased the Player. This will update the Player to the newest version without effecting any of the tracks already in your library.
  • iPad – go to the App store and redownload the App (this may happen automatically). You will need IOS 10 or newer to be able to access this update. If you do not have IOS 10 because you have an older model iPad you can continue with the older version of the Player but will not be able to download using the track codes (see the bottom of this article for how to download the older way).

Downloading using the Code:

The new version of the Player will have a + button next to the Library .

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Click on the + And the Download code pop up will appear.

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Click on “Enter Code From Provider” and type in the numbers from your order confirmation. You can use the keypad pop up or the numbers on your keyboard and then press Enter.

The song that you are downloading will appear and the Download button will appear next to the Cancel button. If you key in the incorrect code you will get a Code Not Recognized message. Just key in the correct code.

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Click on Download. As the track downloads you will see a green progress bar on the song name and then you will get the message that the song has been added to the Library.

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Click on the cancel button to move back to the Player interface.

Previous method (and workaround for older iPads)

You can still sign into your account and go to My Downloadable products to download your track manually as you have previously. However, using the codes is a much quicker and more direct way to download.

Ipad users using this older method will have to first download to a Mac/PC. Log in to the iCloud Drive account on the Mac/PC which is associated with the iCloud Drive account used on the iPad. Add the track to the Worship Backing Band folder in the iCloud Drive Folder. This will then sync with your iPad and the track will automatically be added to the Library.

What about older purchases?

If you purchased MultiTracks some time ago (prior to the release of the Transition Player) you will need to pick up the Transition version of those songs.

What you will need is the email address you used to purchase the old MultiTracks.

Click here to log in and pick up those songs as Transition tracks free-of-charge.

With these older purchases the download code will not appear  so you will have to use the previous method / workaround described above.

Free MultiTrack: You (Bigger Than The Air I Breathe)

The free MultiTrack for July is You (Bigger Than The Air I Breathe) by Tim Hughes with co-writers Rob Hill and (Musicademy guitar tutor) Jon Mann Smith. It’s totally free of charge during July. There is also a Super Chord Chart to go with the song.

Super Chord Charts exactly follow our MultiTrack version of the song and even include a groove guide and strumming pattern. Unlike our newer Every Key Chord Charts, Super Chord Charts are normally in a single key (in this case A). The song is split into sections, there are full lyrics as well as bar lines and the correct guitar chords.

Unless you are confident with using a DAW such as Ableton, you will need a copy of Worship Backing Band’s Mac/PC or iPad Transition MultiTrack Player to play the backing track. MultiTracks are the simplest and least expensive solution to get a full band sound from your worship team, even if you’ve only got a couple of musicians.

Free MultiTrack – Lead Me by Delirious?

The free MultiTrack for June is the Delirious? classic Lead Me by Martin Smith.

This is a great time to resurrect this beautiful song so download free today to add to your MultiTrack library.

Unless you are confident with using a DAW such as Ableton, you will need a copy of Worship Backing Band’s Mac/PC or iPad Transition MultiTrack Player to play the backing track. MultiTracks are the simplest and least expensive solution to get a full band sound from your worship team, even if you’ve only got a couple of musicians.

Free MultiTrack and Chord Chart: And I Sing

The free track for March is And I Sing by Bristol singer songwriter and worship leader Loulita. Loulita released her debut solo album The Last Twelve Years in 2018 which led to her being approached by Andy Baker to become part of Handpicked by Homegrown Worship.

You get the original wavs, the Transition MultiTrack plus a chord chart – all free of charge.

The story behind the song

Recently, I spent quite a bit of time meditating on the scripture in Hebrews 12:2, which references Jesus and the cross. The thing that fascinates me about this text is that it says Jesus endured the cross and, at the same time, despised it’s shame. What’s further fascinating is that joy was what motivated Him. Jesus suffered on the cross while all the while looking ahead with joy.

Personally, I would not normally associate suffering of any kind with joy. Suffering usually indicates pain, hardship, distress, misery, adversity, trauma, torment, grief, sorrow… the list goes on. There have been so many times in my life that I have suffered. Some suffering was inflicted on me by people. Other suffering came through circumstances beyond my control, while other suffering occurred because I chose to give up my own ungodly desires and wants (and that is often a very painful thing to do!). It was this that motivated the writing of my song, And I Sing.

I thought a lot about how Jesus chose to suffer for our redemption. It was the joy of us being reconciled back to God that motivated Him to endure the sheer horror of the cross, especially since dying on a cross at that time was extremely shameful. And yet, He abandoned His dignity in order to save ours. While He despised the shame of the cross, He loved the ones He was enduring it for. It was His joy to give up His life so that we could have it, and the reward of what was to come was greater than any suffering He would ever endure.

In light of Hebrews 12:1-2, I realised that the motivating factor for me to throw off anything that will hinder me, or any sin that will entangle me as I run my race, should be joy. I might suffer momentarily while I’m throwing off those things, but it will never compare to the joy of experiencing the life that Jesus paid such a high price for. It will never compare to the joy of living in freedom and peace, or the joy of living without shame, guilt and condemnation.

My response can only be… Hallelujah! Praise the Lord! What a Saviour!

How to get the free MultiTrack

Download And I Sing from Worship Backing Band and with your free ‘purchase’ you’ll get the full wavs, the Transition MultiTracks and the chord chart all free-of-charge.

How to play the free MultiTrack

Unless you are confident with using a DAW such as Ableton, you will need a copy of Worship Backing Band’s Mac/PC or iPad Transition MultiTrack Player to play the backing track. MultiTracks are the simplest and least expensive solution to get a full band sound from your worship team, even if you’ve only got a couple of musicians.

Free MultiTrack from Ben Cantelon: I’ve Found a Love (Love Came Down)

This month the free MultiTrack is I’ve Found a Love (Love Came Down) by Ben Cantelon. Ben is an old friend of Musicademy and appears on our Worship Vocals Course. Originally from Canada he worked at Soul Survivor and Worship Central in the UK before moving to Nashville where he has collaborated with artists including Paul Baloche, Phil Wickham and Kari Jobe.

Unless you are confident with using a DAW such as Ableton, you will need a copy of Worship Backing Band’s Mac/PC or iPad Transition MultiTrack Player to play the backing track. MultiTracks are the simplest and least expensive solution to get a full band sound from your worship team, even if you’ve only got a couple of musicians.

12 new MultiTracks and Split Tracks from Worship Backing Band

We have released 12 huge new MultiTracks and Split Tracks that are sounding simply stunning.

Have a listen to the audio samples of all 12 tracks in the video below.

The songs (click on each title to buy) are:

  • You Say – Lauren Daigle, Jason Ingram, Paul Maybury
    Our congregational version of the amazing Lauren Daigle song reminding us of our worth in the sight of God
  • Resurrecting (Elevation) – Chris Brown, Mack Brock, Steven Furtick, Wade Joye, Matthews Thabo Ntele
    This arrangement has been adjusted from the original to enable a fabulous flow of worship perfect for your local church and has great dynamics as you go through the song.
  • Your Love Awakens Me – Phil Wickham, Chris Quilala
    A great up-tempo track but in a more accessible key than the original version.
  • His Mercy is More – Matt Papa, Matt Boswell
    A 6/8 hymn that is really accessible for local churches especially in this slightly lower key than the original. A great message of forgiveness.
  • Death Was Arrested – Heath Balltzglier, Brandon Coker, Adam Kersh, Paul Smith, Paul Taylor (Northpoint Church)
    A fabulous 6/8 track fully encompassing the gospel message and transposed down to the more reachable key of G.
  • Do It Again – Chris Brown, Steven Furtick, Mack Brock, Matt Redman
    From delicate verses through to a soaring bridge this track journey’s through the faithfulness of God
  • He Has Time (Common Hymnal) – Ben Hardesty, Brittney Spender, Art Hooker, Jamie MacDonald, Orlando Palmer
    Our arrangement of Common Hymnal’s most beautiful #metoo song speaking about the healing God brings to us. Definitely look into the story behind this song, it makes the song even more special.
  • Glorious Day – Jason Ingram, Kristian Stanfill, Jonathan Smith, Sean Curren
    A great band track proclaiming his salvation over us done in a more congregation friendly key of Bb
  • Living Hope – Phil Wickham, Brian Johnson
    This fantastic Phil Wickham song brings hymn structured verses with a fabulous Chorus response section
  • Who You Say I Am – Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan (Hillsong)
    An up-tempo 6/8 number with brilliantly focused Biblical lyrics.
  • Worthy of it All – Ryan Hall, David Brymer (Common Hymnal)
    Such a worshipful track and is arranged so that it retains the fluid nature of the song while keeping it concise enough for a local church setting.
  • So Will I (100 Billion X) – Joel Houston, Benjamin Hastings, Michael Fatkin (Hillsong)
    Such amazing words in this epic Hillsong track.

The songs are available as wav files for any DAW (and include a free Ableton session file) and also as Transition MultiTracks for the Worship Backing Band MultiTrack Player (Mac, PC and iPad).

They are also each available as a Split Track with fully adjustable vocals and on-screen lyrics that change in time with the music. These are a budget alternative to MultiTracks and great for churches without any musicians.

The Worship Backing Band backing track musicians

We reckon that this batch of tracks are the best yet and feature some extraordinarily talented musicians:

  • Matt Weeks – on production and bass duties as well as backing vocals
    Matt will be familiar to many as Musicademy’s bass course tutor but he is also a full time worship musician having worked with Chris Tomlin, Stuart Townend, Matt Redman, Tim Hughes, Brenton Brown, Graham Kendrick and many others
  • Nicki Rogers – vocals
    Nicki will be known to anyone who has come to any of the live Musicademy worship training days where she has taught vocals and gospel workshops. She also features on the Band Skills and Worship Leading courses.
    Nicki has recorded three critically acclaimed solo albums and was previously part of Christian pop group Shine. She’s also provided backing vocals for a number of artists on stage and screen and currently works as a vocal coach and choir leader.
  • Paul Evans – drums
    Paul also appears on a number of Musicademy courses in interviews and presenting guest lessons on the worship Drum courses. Paul replaced Stew Smith as the Delirious? Drummer in 2008 having worked as the UK’s leading worship drum session musician for many years. Paul has also played drums for worship leaders such as Tim Hughes, Ben Cantelon and Cathy Burton.
  • Dan Wheeler – guitars
    Dan Wheeler has been a freelance musician since 2002, when he started playing guitar for singer-songwriters Cathy Burton and Nicki Rogers. He quickly became a regular fixture on the south coast recording scene and notched up session credits on hundreds of projects.
    Dan later branched out into other areas, releasing a number of solo projects and producing albums for artists such as Nathan Jess, Graham Kendrick and Tom Read.
    Dan currently lives near Nashville and divides his time between his recording schedule, songwriting and touring with Grammy winning artist David Phelps.
  • Dave Plumb – keys
    Dave will be known to many as he was a founding member, vocalist, producer and writer of Kingsway-singed urban pop band 29th Chapter. He and his wife Hope have also been involved in some of the live Soul Survivor albums in the UK and written tracks with Tim Hughes amongst others. Dave has sung and played on many of Worship Backing Band’s previous backing tracks as well as taken production duties.

Marie Page, co-founder and owner of Worship Backing Band manages the selection and marketing of all our backing tracks.