Top Orange County University Announces Release of Christian Worship Album; Breaks into Top 25 on iTunes Christian/Gospel Charts

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Vanguard University students featured as singers and songwriters for the album, getting rave reviews.

Made New album, From the Vine Music

I believe that it is at the core of all worship teams to create songs for people and reflect the journey of their own communities.

Vanguard University’s student worship team debuted their first original worship album, Made New, breaking into the top 25 on iTunes Christian/Gospel charts in its first weekend of release. The entire album contains music and lyrics by Vanguard’s worship team students, From the Vine Music, marking a special season at the Southern California University.

The project began in the summer of 2014, with associate director of chapel and discipleship, Bryan Rouanzoin `07, “I believe that it is at the core of all worship teams to create songs for people and reflect the journey of their own communities.” Rouanzoin led the album project, and leads vocals on the final song “Kingdom Come.”

Songwriting sessions for the worship team began in fall 2014, when classes began at Vanguard, and within the first hour, the team felt synergy. “’God with us’ is our experience of that songwriting time together and this growing awareness that God is always speaking if only we slow down and quiet ourselves long enough to hear,” Rouanzoin said.

Many of the songs on the album were inspired by conversations, experiences and events that occurred on the Orange County campus, a reflection of the student community at Vanguard.

Made New was produced and arranged by Jerad Atherton ’04, a Vanguard University alumnus and current worship pastor at Newport Mesa Church in Costa Mesa, California. Josh Auer produced vocals and mixed the album; Vanguard students May Angeles `15, Brady Backstrom `16, Debrianna Cabitac `17, Aly Cavness `17, Tyler Cockrum `17, Kaciny Emile `16, Natalie Garcia `15, Christian Lucas `15, and Alora Slakey `15 were the singers and songwriters for Made New.

The album’s solid 5-star reviews on iTunes are holding strong amongst listeners and fans.

To preview or purchase Made New on iTunes, visit https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/made-new/id993275143

ABOUT VANGUARD UNIVERSITY
Vanguard University (VU) is a regionally ranked, private, Christian university of liberal arts and professional studies. Located ten minutes from Newport Beach and an hour from Los Angeles, Vanguard equips students for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service. Vanguard is committed to academic excellence, boasting small class sizes that are designed to cultivate lasting professor-mentor relationships that enhance the learning process. The U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanguard a top 12 regional college in the west and a top veteran-friendly college for 2015, and The Princeton Review ranked Vanguard a 2014 "Best in the West" regional college. Accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, Vanguard offers more than 30 degrees and certificates through its undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies programs. Please visit http://www.vanguard.edu

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Erin Hales, Director of Marketing & Communications
Vanguard University of Southern California
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