Latest CD, Your Great Name, (2013)
Messianic worship leader
Dove award nominee
Sold over 1.5 million albums
Founder of Wilbur Ministries
Recorded seven projects in Spanish and two in Portuguese
Paul Wilbur: Spreading the Messiah's Message
YOUR GREAT NAME
Your Great Name is Paul’s first studio release in 20 years. The inspiration for his new CD came directly from God. “About two years ago,” he says, “I heard a word from the Lord. He said, ‘If you have a need, I have a name.’” The CD highlights the covenant names of God revealed to the Jewish people such as El Shaddai (God Almighty), El Elyon (God Most High) and Adonai (My Lord). Paul says this project is his way of celebrating all the abundant attributes of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
Recording this album proved to be a challenge because of Paul’s busy schedule. He and his group keep a nonstop international touring schedule traveling about 250 days a year. “We had to grab opportunities when we could,” Paul explains. “But we felt the message of these songs was so important that we had to make this album. I’m most excited about the opportunity to bring these songs and their message to the nations in a language they can understand.” A Spanish version of Your Great Name was recorded live in Mexico earlier this year.
In the mid-seventies Paul was a young college student studying to be an opera singer and cantor. In Judaism, a cantor leads liturgical prayer and chanting during the service. Then he became a Christian and his life took him in a radically new direction. He started Harvest, an early Jesus Movement band, and then formed Israel’s Hope, dedicated to bringing the message of the gospel back to the Jewish people. In 1990, Paul signed to Integrity Music and released Up to Zion. It was followed by Shalom Jerusalem and Jerusalem Arise and a nonstop international touring schedule. In time, his career would take him to every continent on the globe playing to huge audiences from South Africa to Singapore. Paul has performed in virtually every Spanish-speaking country on the planet, including recent concerts in Cuba. Along the way he realized that God had called him and his team to a global mission field. “We had to take a cross-cultural, multi-lingual approach from the beginning. The heart of worship is communication from our hearts to God. You can’t expect people to reach out to God in a language they can’t understand. Our goal quickly became to carry the music, message and ministry of the Kingdom to the nations in their own language,” shares Paul. He has recorded and performed in a total of six different languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Hebrew and French. Some of his other releases such as 2005’s The Watchman, 2008’s Paul Wilbur Live and 2010’s acclaimed Desert Rain, were often recorded in a variety of languages. Paul uses the universal language of music to proclaim God’s love for His people. “God has taken us to so many places before so many people who have so many challenges in their lives. He wants them to know the same thing he told me: He has a name to meet every need. That’s something the whole world needs to hear.”
ROSH HASHANAH ON www.cbn.com TONIGHT. Once again, Paul and his band will be performing at CBN’s Rosh Hashanah event this evening, Wed, Sept 4, 2013. This will be streamed live at 7:00 – 8:30 pm ET on www.cbn.com.
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