My biggest influence as a worship leader is a person who doesn’t sing.” – Crystal Yates
I’m a big fan of singers who sing with conviction, who’s songs tell the story of their lives. Crystal is an incredible singer/songwriter who feels a calling to move beyond church walls and spread hope & compassion through her music. As you’ll soon find out, her Country/Americana sound is addicting.
When she’s not out on the road she’s at home as a Worship Leader at Cross Timbers Church in Dallas, Texas. Crystal is also a part of the People & Songs community with Jennie Lee Riddle, investing in the next generation of worship leaders & songwriters (matter of fact, go listen to this incredible song, featuring Crystal right now).
We talk about her story of redemption, writing songs, outer space (yep), leading with compassion, and so much more.
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In This Episode You’ll Hear More About:
- Crystal’s story of redemption
- The similarities and differences between writing worship songs & country songs.
- The People & Songs community
- How to lead worship with compassion
- The art of being vulnerable as a songwriter
- The importance of getting feedback as a worship leader
Resources Mentioned in this Episode:
- Show Sponsor: Coresound Pads
- Website: Crystal Yates
- Music: Silverado Signature Songwriter Series by Crystal Yates
- Music: The Emerging Sound Volume 3 by People & Songs
- Website: People & Songs
- Twitter: @crystal_yates
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