Effective music ministry can well be described as a delicate balancing act. While great vocal performances and compelling lyrics are a must, CCM Programmers and listeners are also often looking to see if an artist’s lifestyle, motives and connection to the Body of Christ match up to the image. For the artist himself, daily choices are made that affect creativity, family cohesion, church accountability and living life as a disciple of Jesus.
Singer-songwriter David Bush seems to have found the sweet spot in connecting well-produced and heartfelt songs with a fruitful ministry focus. One of a handful of independent artists that enjoys broad airplay on AC and Inspirational radio nationwide, David's commercial appeal has grown alongside a vibrant and growing church-based worship and music ministry.
David left his native Southern California for the Heartland years ago, but from the improbable ministry base of Des Moines, Iowa God has provided a bumper crop of opportunity that continues to grow.
Early national songwriting awards from the Gospel Music Association led to an indie recording that gained regional airplay and regional concert invitations. Two more CD projects followed (In Transit and Change the World) that ushered in a national radio and concert platform including 3 Top 20 singles.
David's recordings have garnered Production credits most signed artists would welcome John Andrew Schreiner (Fernando Ortega, Crystal Lewis, Michael W. Smith, Third Day, The Gettys) and Jeff Dykhouse (Paul Baloche, Donna Summer, Patti Cabrera). The past several years have brought recording opportunities with artists as diverse as Fernando Ortega, Scott Krippayne, Jonathan Martin (The Martins) and Michael O'Brien.
In concerts across the country, David has shared the stage with Avalon, Todd Agnew, Jamie Jamgochian, Joy Williams, Rend Collective Experiment and many others. With each single David has released, more stations have found room on their playlists. His last four single releases have all made the Radio and Records and/or CRW charts.
While one foot may be firmly planted in the CCM music scene, another foot is firmly grounded in family and church ministry. A devoted husband and father of four boys, David is now seeing his sons enthusiastically participate in the worship life of the church as musicians, vocalists and songwriters.
In the past David has served his local church as the Evangelism Director of a Gen X- focused ministry and currently serves as the Worship and Arts Pastor overseeing a variety of worship expressions. It is his passion for seeing the church reach the lost and experience biblical community that fuels his latest recording, City of Refuge.
The first single release from this project, More Than Ever (featuring Michael OBrien), was a call to personal and national repentance. In addition to broad airplay and a Top 25 spot on the national Inspo charts, the More Than Ever video has been promoted by Focus on the Familys CitizenLink and the Alliance Defense Fund, generating over 250,000 views on various websites and at live conferences.
David’s second single release from City of Refuge is the joyful yet poignant Sunday Afternoon. In a day when most Christ-followers experience little respite from our culture’s hectic pace, Sunday Afternoon is an invitation to embrace a Sabbath rest and gain strength and perspective for our Kingdom work. Sunday Afternoon spent 11 weeks at #1 on Christian Radio Weekly’s Indie Singles chart making it one of the top indie single releases of 2012. David’s worship song, “Cross of Calvary” was recently included on Worship Leader Magazine’s SongDISCovery worship compilation sent to their many subscribers.
2012 ended with the debut of an original Christmas musical, “The Boyz Are Back in Town”. Featuring David, Iowa Country star Jason Brown and CCM artist and songwriter Scott Krippayne, “Boyz” was well received and is scheduled to return to an expanded audience in 2013.