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Don Moen's "Uncharted Territory" Made Possible Through Kickstarter
CBN.com (NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — Don Moen, world-renowned singer-songwriter, worship leader and producer, utilized the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects, Kickstarter, to fund the efforts of his latest CD, Uncharted Territory. Moen’s new studio album releases on March 27, 2012 by in:ciite media and its distribution partner EMI Christian Music Distribution. The first radio single, “Divine Exchange,” is impacting INSPO radio.
Uncharted Territory marks Moen’s first studio worship project in three years and features 13 new songs written by Moen and his friends with the familiar sound fans have loved through the years. The project includes songs of hope, encouragement and God’s faithfulness and may not have been possible without the support from friends and donors around the world who pledged on Kickstarter to raise the funds to produce the CD.
The idea began when Moen contributed on Kickstarter to Travis Cottrell’s CD project, When the Stars Burn Down. Encouraged by having creative ownership and control of the project, Moen decided to give it a go. Forty days after launching a campaign with the online platform, Moen not only raised the funding in the allotted timeframe, he easily exceeded his goal.
“I realized God has given me something special in my relationships with people all over the world,” said Moen. “It was encouraging to see people invest not only in the project, but also in me as a person.”
Moen and his ministry, Don Moen and Friends, travel all around the world sharing the Gospel and his music with thousands. Recently, Moen returned from a tour in India and a stop in the UAE. His overseas experiences in ministry combined with this new concept of launching his creative project through Kickstarter remained true to the title of his new project. It truly has been uncharted territory from creation to touring.
“Divine Exchange” is the first radio single from Uncharted Territory, and it continues to be a highlight at his worship concerts. Worship Leader chose “Divine Exchange” to be on Song DISCovery in May. The song is impacting INSPO radio and carries a powerful message.
“I wanted to write a modern hymn that addressed the subject of the divine exchange that happened on the Cross,” said Moen. “Jesus took everything bad intended for us and gave us everything good that was given to Him as the Son of God. That’s over-simplified, but it’s an awesome concept that we need to fully grasp.”
Moen’s past projects have massed more than 5 million units sold worldwide, and he produced 11 volumes for the Hosanna! Music series of worship albums. He won a Gospel Music Association Dove Award for his work on the musical God With Us and has received numerous Dove Award nominations for his other works. Moen is currently the president of Don Moen Productions and Don Moen and Friends, a 501-C3 nonprofit ministry, dedicated to worship evangelism and fulfilling his calling through Psalm 40:3., “I have put a new song in your mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see it and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.” Moen travels extensively teaching and training worship leaders, and hosting worship events that promote unity in the body of Christ worldwide.
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