Praise and Worship leader William McDowell released his now popular AS WE WORSHIP: LIVE album over two years ago. And while people around the country are familiar with his song “I Give Myself Away,” few know the heart behind Gospel’s biggest songs.
McDowell’s beginnings on his keyboard at his home in Cincinnati, Ohio, produced the passion and heart for worship that he possesses today. As a student at Full Sail University in Orlando, he became the Music Director for International Praise and Worship pioneer Ron Kenoly.
Kenoly mentored McDowell and helped prepare him for the call on his life to reach the world.
McDowell then became Worship Pastor at The Gathering Place Church (TGP) and went on to further develop his gift of leading worship with a prophetic edge. It was at TGP that “I Give Myself Away” was delivered prophetically by McDowell.
A husband and father and prophetic worship leader, McDowell now travels the world, sharing his gift and giving himself away.
At his core, McDowell is a worshipper whose entire passion is to bring forth music for God. Genuinely living the lyrics to “I Give Myself Away,” McDowell strips away everything so God may use him. His dedication to his call as a worshipper has led to unimaginable success for the album.
AS WE WORSHIP: LIVE has steadily been selling over 2,000 units weekly and continues to be on the upswing, spurred on by the current success of the hit single “I Give Myself Away.” Rising to the top of Gospel and Christian sales charts, AS WE WORSHIP: LIVE continues to make sustaining impact, appearing in the Top 5 for several weeks; the album hit Number 2 on the Praise & Worship Chart and landed at Number 8 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Chart, and still continues to grow.
Unquestionably among the most popular songs of the year, “I Give Myself Away” has also exploded on the digital front reaching Number 4 on Amazon.com’s Christian Chart and landing consistently in the Top 20 on the iTunes Christian Songs Chart. The single has also reached Number 3 on the R&R Gospel radio chart.
This year, McDowell is expanding his focus, and breathing more life into this already anthemic song that’s winning the hearts of worshippers around the world, with a soon-to-be-announced launch of a global movement towards true selflessness, community service and ministry. McDowell’s mission is to change the world through selfless love. –Christian Music Makers