Christian music’s ‘Barry Manilow’ returns to Manila, 3 more cities

    Gospel singer and leader Don Moen will reunite with his Filipino fans once again

    Gospel singer and leader Don Moen will reunite with his Filipino fans once again

    Singer-songwriter Don Moen, who attained international recognition and success with his praise-and-worship music is due in Manila for a four-city concert tour that will open with a performance on October 1 at the CCF Center in Frontera Verde, Ortigas Avenue, Pasig City.

    Presented by 700 Club and Ovation Productions in cooperation with Philippine Christian Book Store and OMF Literature Inc., the concert series also includes stops at Waterfront Hotel Cebu City on October 2; St. La Salle Coliseum in Bacolod City on October 3; and Limketkai Mall in Cagayan de Oro City on October 4.

    To be featured as guest is singer Lenny LeBlanc.

    The musical event will reunite the gospel singer and leader with his Filipino fans one year after his last local appearance, also at the CCF Center. Prior to that, Moen held successful tours in 2013 and 2012, which also took him to key cities in Metro Manila, Visayas and Mindanao.

    Dubbed Don Moen Live!, the tour will showcase the talent and skill of the 65-year-old artist who has sung praises for the last three decades through such hymns as “God Will Make A Way,” “Thank You, Lord,” “God Is Good All The Time,” and “Give Thanks.”

    Other Christian songs popularized by Moen include the familiar offertory hymn, “Lord, I Offer My Life To You,” “Crown Him,” “I Want To Be Where You Are,” “Blessed Be The Name Of The Lord,” “Celebrate, Jesus, Celebrate,” “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” “All We Like Sheep,” and “Your Steadfast Love,” among others.

    Besides his excellent vocal quality and style, Moen’s music stands out for its straightforward simplicity that bares men’s souls before God, and which contributes in making worship music sound so effortless, animated by his smooth tenor over catchy, string-laden adult contemporary tunes.

    While many worship leaders can reach only certain demographics, Moen captures a cross-section of worshippers and believers from diverse social classes and religious beliefs, with many seniors and youngsters enjoying his songs.

    A frequent visitor to the Philippines during the past several years, Moen has established a solid base of Filipno fans of different classes and ages who are expected to turn out in impressive numbers during his coming tour.

    Considered by many music enthusiasts as the “Barry Manilow of Christian music,” Moen developed his musical talent while attending the Oral Roberts University in Oklahoma until he became a Living Sound musician for Terry Law Ministries before joining Integrity, Incorporated, authors of the “Hosanna! Music” praise-and-worship series.

    As worship leader, he produced a total of 11 volumes in the series, including the first album, “Hosanna! Music: Give Thanks,” which sold hundreds of thousands of copies and became the label’s bestseller.

    He followed this up with a number of successful albums of his own, starting with the first album, “Worship with Don Moen (1992),” and including two in Spanish, “En Tu Presencia” and “Trono de Gracia.” His music has total global sales of over five million copies.

    Among the tributes Moen has received were a Dove Award for his work on the musical, “God With Us,” and Dove Award nominations for ”God Will Make A Way” and eight other songs two years earlier.

    A greatest hits compilation featuring 19 top hits and aptly titled, “God Will Make A Way: The Best of Don Moen” was released by Integrity, Incorporated in 2003.

    A prolific songwriter, Moen has worked with Claire Cloninger, Paul Overstreet, Martin J. Nystrom, Randy Rothwell, Ron Kenoly, Bob Fitts, Debbye Graafsma, Paul Baloche, Tom Brooks, among many others.

    He has also collaborated with talented musicians like Justo Almario, Abraham Laboriel, Alex Acuna, Paul Jackson Jr., Lenny LeBlanc and Carl Albrecht.

    Moen’s album, “Hiding Place,” became his first studio album which was recorded at Paragon Studios in Franklin, Tennessee and was released in the autumn of 2006, followed by “I Believe There Is More” in the fall of (2008), “Uncharted Territory” (2012) and “Christmas: A Season of Home,” (2012).

    Most recently, he released an album titled, “Hymnbook,” as a celebration of his reaching over one million likes on his Facebook page.

    For inquiries, call CCF at 635-3410.


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