Jason Upton

Praise, Worship & Hymns

Progressive,Indie Folk,Singer/Songwriter


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Known for his unorthodox worship songs and unwillingness to conform to any standard set forth by the Christian culture; Jason Upton is a worship leader that truly seeks God's heart.  He began singing in churches at the age of 15. During this time he won awards and successfully traveled around singing in churches all over the country. After getting married to his wife Rachel, in 1995, the two had an encounter with God that would change their lives. This encounter made  Jason Upton question why they just sang in churches and left them with a desire to impact people for Christ.

During their time at Regent University, finishing their Masters of Divinity programs, they set up a worship room in their home where they regularly gathered with other worshipers to pray. It was during these times that they were convinced that the songs God was giving them during worship were not simply songs but 'keys that would open and shut doors in the spirit.' Since that time  Jason Upton has been asked to sing and lead worship all over the country and the world.

The experience created by the music is completely authentic, and the songs are passionate and emotional. To say that  Jason Upton's music is just worship really degrades the musicianship involved for his songs. Unlike a lot of worship music out there,  Jason Upton's songs are layered, progressive, and constantly changing. He never really performs a song the same way twice, and the lyrics alter from time to time based on what God has for him to say. There is a true beauty in  Jason Upton's songs that are not derived from guitar effects of multi-layered vocal tracks; but from a man that can truly communicate his passion through his voice, and most times his instrument of choice, his piano.  If  Jason Upton wasn't a worship leader, he would most likely be giving the likes of Dave Matthews and Iron & Wine a run for their money.

Jason Upton regularly tours the country, leading worship in churches small and large throughout the year. He has rarely appeared on television.   Jason Upton is not regularly played on mainstream Christian radio. His humility has made him extremely popular with those whom he leads in worship. He frequently takes time during worship services to teach and encourage, in addition to playing the piano or keyboard, and serving as the lead vocal during worship. Some of the times of teaching from his events have been made available on CD, under the title, Jason Upton speaks.

He has released over ten albums since 2000, many live, unrehearsed, and with no post-production.

Jason Upton released his first CD, Key of David, in 2000. It was recorded live in Virginia Beach that year and was produced by Upton's own Key of David Ministries. This album appears to many of his listeners to be 'prophetic'. Over half of the album consists of unrehearsed, spontaneous songs and declarations. Later in 2000, Jason Upton appeared at the youth event 'The Call D.C.'

On August 14, 2001, Jason Upton released his second album Faith, which was also recorded live. Post-production was done, and the album has a high-quality smooth sound. It was his first on a recording label and was released on 40 Records. The title track "Faith" was a spontaneous track, an unplanned song which Jason referred to in the liner notes of the album as a 'Spirit Song'.  It is considered by many to be his best work ever.

In 2002, Jason Upton released two independent CDs that had been recorded in the studio, and were his first of this nature. Both were recorded at Dark Horse Studios in Nashville, TN. Jacob's Dream contained songs that were more introspective and meditative in nature than his previous works. Dying Star was a larger project and concentrated more on destruction of personal pride and complete submission to what he sees as God's plan and not what the mainstream church envisions. That same year, Jason Upton collaborated with other Christian artists on a Keith Green tribute entitled Your Love Broke Through: The Worship Songs of Keith Green. He re-recorded "You Are The One" for this project, further exposing him to mainstream audiences. Jason Upton also led worship at The Call New York that year.

In 2003, Jason Upton launched another independent CD Remember, which was recorded live and was a compilation of two nights of worship. On the first track, he is heard rebuking a tornado which was tearing through Oklahoma City at the time and was headed directly towards the building that he was worshipping in. Some say the tornado broke apart at the moment Jason spoke against it. On the last track, on a song called Fly, an unknown, high-pitched voice can be heard. Jason Upton has credited this 'mystery voice' to an angel.  The sound was cleaned up a little before the tracks were released. Also that year, Jason Upton led worship at The Call Kansas City and appeared at the One Thing Conference for the International House of Prayer. This further popularized him among Christian youth.

2004 passed with Jason Upton continuing to tour, and it was early December before he released his sixth CD Trusting the Angels, a studio album which was also independently produced. This album was also recorded at Dark Horse Studios in Nashville. This CD was different from Jason Upton's previous albums in that no track seemed to be spontaneous.

In April 2005, Jason Upton released his second album on a recording label which was produced by Gotee Records. Great River Road was a studio album and a collection of Jason Upton songs, containing five songs from his previous CDs and only four new compositions. It also included a bonus track "You Are The One", which had been recorded for the earlier Keith Green tribute. This album further included a CD-ROM feature of Jason explaining his inspirations for and reasonings behind the songs on the CD.

Jason Upton's fourth live album, sixth independent album, and eighth overall album, Open Up The Earth was released in late October 2005 and is partly recorded in Holland. It contains two CDs of mostly spontaneous worship, and a bonus DVD. It contained no post-production and is raw, unedited worship. This was Key of David Ministries' largest project to date and has been well received by many of his supporters.

Over the past few years Jason Upton has continued to tour and has released three studio and live albums.  He is set to release his latest On The Rim of The Invisible World will be available this fall.

Jason Upton is truly an artist that we can't describe the way he needs to be described. I was lucky enough to tour with Jason very briefly at the beginning stages of his career; and he changed my perception on what worship music could be. I have never met a man more willing to completely follow God in worship, nor one who at the same time could blow me away as a musician.  Jason Upton's lyrics are nothing short of prophetic, and his services are nothing short of life changing. It is THE only musical experience I have ever attended, worship, secular, entertainment, and so forth; where the audience refused to leave after the performer had walked off stage.  Jason Upton is truly a blessed guy.

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Album Title Year Label
Key Of David2000Key of David Ministries
Faith2001Key of David Ministries
Jacob's Dream2002Key of David Ministries
Dying Star2002Key of David Ministries
Remember2003Key of David Ministries
Trusting the Angels2004Key of David Minisitries
Great River Road2005Gotee Records
Open up the Earth2005Key of David Ministries
Between Earth & Sky2007Key of David Ministires
1200 Ft Below Sealevel2007Phantom Sound and Vision
On the Rim of the Visible World2009Key of David Ministries
Family Music2010Key of David Ministries
Live from Dublin: Song, Stories and a Train2010Key of David Ministries
Glimpse2012Key Of David Ministries





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