February Update 2021

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Encouraging Impact & Productivity

Thank you so much for your prayers, involvement, and support for Heartfelt Music Ministry. We are moving full speed ahead to accomplish our goals. Here’s what we are striving towards:

 

  • Encourage Intimacy with God
  • Empower Excellence in Artistry
  • Express Truth through Positive Music
  • Increase an Optimistic Influence
  • Infuse a Christ-Centered World View

 

A young person who attended my Christmas concert online in December, sent me the most encouraging email. He stressed what an impact one line made for him in my song Mary Christmas, “Be still and know He is Lord,” from Psalm 46:10. In the wake of this global pandemic, national upheaval, crazy weather, and personal concerns, it is so refreshing to stop for a significant amount of time and reflect on how God is still Lord through it all.

 

We just released for worldwide distribution the new album Heartfelt Worship. I remastered 17 songs of mine with full band from the two discontinued albums Heartfelt Praise and Here To Worship. You can hear clips of each song at Heartfelt Worship on HearNow.com. It is available on iTunes, Amazon, Pandora, Spotify, and other sites. You can purchase physical CDs at our website. I’ll be doing a home concert this Sunday, on February 21st emphasizing the importance of being intimate with God and caring for others. Join me on Facebook LIVE at our Heartfelt Music Page on Facebook.

 

The New Heartfelt Worship Album

I’ve just released my newest album Heartfelt Worship. I remastered 17 songs of mine with full band from the two discontinued albums Heartfelt Praise and Here To Worship. You can hear clips of each song at Heartfelt Worship on HearNow.com. It is available on iTunes, Amazon, Pandora, Spotify, other sites. You can purchase physical CDs at our website.

 

New Instrumental Album

This week is Winter Break at Valley Christian Schools, which has given me time to write completely new guitar instrumental songs. It will be called Instrumental Guitar, Vol. 2. We’re aiming to get it out early May. There are easy listening fingerstyle songs, upbeat songs like Abundant Sunshine, and some jazzy songs. I’ll share one new song this Sunday called Ruminate on Grace.

 

Concert with Reggie Facebook LIVE

This Sunday, February 21 – 5:00pm PST, I’ll be doing another online concert sharing songs from the new Heartfelt Worship album and the re-released Intimacy album. It will be an uplifting hour with songs emphasizing “experiencing intimacy with God and others.” It will be on the Heartfelt Music® Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Heartfelt-Music-and-Ministry-Inc-104539881497468

 

 

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The Heartfelt Music Ministry team wishes you a wonderful, productive, and healthy new year! 2021 looks promising in many ways and we look forward to it. There will be new songs and albums, more private lessons, online concerts, and training videos for musicians, worship leaders, and guitarists. Stay tuned for all the encouraging things God is going to do through Heartfelt Music Ministry. Join with us in prayer as we move forward into the new year.

November Update 2020

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A Time to Be Thankful

Happy Thanksgiving! I pray this weekend will be a personal refreshment as you reflect on how amazing God is. In the midst of such a difficult time this pandemic is producing, we can look to God’s consistent character, His unfailing understanding of our unique situation, and His powerful presence to transform any circumstance into something meaningful and miraculous.

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Have you noticed that decorating for Christmas has started so early this year? We have our Christmas trees up already. We can also start early focusing our attention on Jesus who invaded this earth to bring us abundant life. As we celebrate family, friends, food, and holiday enjoyment, show hearts of gratitude. We have a lot to be thankful for! May God revitalize your spirit and give you peace as you look to Him in all you do.

Reasons to Give Thanks

“I will give thanks to You, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all Your wonders. I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.” Psalm 9:1. And from my song Here to Worship, “You deserve our praise. In so many ways we honor You with deep felt devotion. You deserve our love. Can’t stop thinking of your wond’rous grace, Your loving compassion. Thank You, Lord! Praise You, Jesus!”

Giving Tuesday, Amazon & eBay

December 1 is Giving Tuesday. You can donate to Heartfelt Music through Pay Pal Giving Fund. If you buy anything on Amazon.com, go through Amazon Smile and we receive a portion of your purchase without costing you anything extra. Same with eBay.com with eBay GivingWorks. If you purchase anything on eBay and list Heartfelt Music as your Charity, we receive a portion of it.

Home Concerts with Reggie

I will be offering another online concert and worship experience Sunday, November 29 at 5:00pm. Join me as I share inspirational stories and my music. I’ll be taking requests! Then, on Sunday, December 13 at 5:00pm, I’ll be giving a Christmas concert and carol sing, celebrating the miracle of Jesus’ incarnation. Hope you can make it! My Facebook account is at https://www.facebook.com/reggie.coates.1.

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May Update 2020

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Streaming Concert and Worship

I hope you are weathering well during this crazy COVID19 pandemic. Let’s pray for each other as summer approaches. I appreciate you and your encouragement toward me and Heartfelt Music Ministry. May you stay healthy and spiritually strong!

On Sunday, May 24, 5:00pm, I’ll be streaming an informal concert hour from my home. I’ll be sharing meaningful songs that I’ve written over the years weaving together vocal and guitar tapestry. On Sunday, May 31, 5:00pm, I’ll be streaming an informal worship hour like the one I did a couple of weeks ago where you can sing and worship with me. These will be online music and worship experiences to encourage you in Christ! My Facebook account is at https://www.facebook.com/reggie.coates.1

 

Facebook LIVE with Reggie

I will be offering an online concert (May 24, 5:00pm) and an online worship experiences (May 31, 5:00pm) on the next two Sundays! Join me on Facebook LIVE at https://www.facebook.com/reggie.coates.1

 

Valley Christian School Has One More Week

Valley Christian School has one more week of school, which has been conducted totally online through Zoom. The Worship Team had a blast creating three songs for Baccalaureate at home, put together by our sound and media staff.

 

Online Lessons This Summer

I’m teaching private lessons through Zoom this summer starting in June. I can help you attain your goals. If you are interested in private guitar lessons, you can email me at info@heartfeltmusic.org.

 

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April Update 2020

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Jesus Is Alive!

We just celebrated Jesus’ resurrection on Easter, but I hope everyday is a celebration of our Lord being alive and in control of life itself! On Easter, I recorded me singing the song He’s Alive! CLICK HERE and hear the story of Peter as he witnesses Jesus being alive from the dead. I hope you are encouraged!

This is a very unique season with the COVID19 pandemic. Of course, we’re doing everything from home. I’m glad we’ve had some family at our home for a month playing games, watching movies, and eating well. May you stay healthy and spiritually strong!

On April 26, 5:00pm, I’ll be leading an informal worship hour from my home. This will be my first time offering an online music/worship experience! Join me in lifting up Jesus and giving glory to God’s character and presence. My Facebook account is at https://www.facebook.com/reggie.coates.1

Facebook LIVE Worship 4/26/20

April 26 (Sunday) – 5:00pm-6:00pm
Online music/worship experience with Facebook Live. This will be my first time offering an online music/worship experience! Join me in lifting up Jesus. My Facebook account is at https://www.facebook.com/reggie.coates.1

Training and Streaming Services

I’ve been producing a worship band training video using the Gilroy Presbyterian Church Worship Team. I also was involved with the Facebook LIVE streaming of our GPC Sunday services.

Online Lessons with Zoom

I’m teaching private lessons and classes with Valley Christian School through Zoom, which is going very well. If you are interested in private guitar lessons, email me at info@heartfeltmusic.org.

March Update 2020

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Hope You’re Doing Well!

What a crazy time. We at Heartfelt Music® hope you are doing well amidst this COVID19 pandemic. I was helping stream services at Gilroy Presbyterian Church, but now feel the necessity do something from home. Would you be interested in me streaming a music worship time some evening through Facebook Live? So many musicians are offering this as an option. Email me and let me know what you think would be encouraging for you. Since Heartfelt Music® has a streaming license, I can sing through some current songs and you can sing along at home.

March has been a fulfilling month with the BASS Conference (before the Shelter-in-Place order), performing two live concerts (Gilroy and Los Altos), and learning to teach through Zoom online. Quite a few changes, but we’re doing well.

 

Reggie’s Concert

I sure enjoyed the two live concerts at Gilroy Presbyterian Church and Bridges Community Church in Los Altos. This was before the Shelter-in-Place order was in place.

 

BASS Convention

I had over 75 enthusiastic people for my vocal workshop at the BASS Convention and around 30 for the guitar workshop. Over 1,000 attended the convention!

 

Zoom Lessons

I’m teaching classes with Valley Christian School through Zoom, which is surprisingly going very well. I’m also teaching private lessons through Zoom and have about 10 students.

 

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February Update 2020

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Is There More?

About 10 years ago, I seriously reflected on how God had used me to encourage others throughout the years. It’s not a huge amount of things, but very significant and meaningful to me. I remember leading people to Christ in high school and college; marrying a wonderfully fun and godly wife; organizing the Christian Guitarist Conferences for 15 years; raising two awesome boys (now married men!); recording 16 albums; ministering with Azusa Pacific University’s Mexico Outreach for 10 years; officiating the marriage of 5 couples (including one of my sons); leading worship for conference centers like Hume Lake, Mount Hermon, and Mission Springs; being a youth pastor for 4 years and a worship pastor for many years. I’ve been blessed so much and feel so satisfied to experience it all. I thought, there’s probably not much more.
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It was great to have last week off, so I again reflected on how God has brought more opportunities my way in the past 10 years. He opened the door at Valley Christian Schools, to mentor the high school and junior high students for the last 10 years; opened the door to get a Masters Degree in Entertainment Business and produce the Summer Concert Series at Mount Hermon Christian Conference Center for the last 3 years; opened the door to lead worship with the dear people at Gilroy Presbyterian Church; and begin a new season of marriage with me and Sherri as empty-nesters. I am humbled that God has given me such wonderful opportunities, but I can’t help but ask God…Is there more?
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I will be giving two concerts to encourage with music and stories of my journey and God’s faithfulness. I’ll be in Gilroy, Sunday night, March 1, 6:00pm, with Gilroy Presbyterian Church in the Worship Center and in Los Altos, Sunday night, March 8, 6:00pm, with Bridges Community Church in the Family Life Center. On March 7th, I’ll be featuring two workshops at the BASS Convention under the Music Arts track, Improving Your Voice and Acoustic Guitar in Worship. I’m working on three new albums: Encore, which includes drums and bass guitar along with my guitar and voice; Instrumental Guitar – Volume 2; and Heartfelt Worship, a new worship music project. Also, once a month, I’ll be training the worship leaders in the River of Life Community Church children’s program on Sunday afternoons. There is more that God is doing and I’m ready to dig in!
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Thank you so much for your support both financially and prayerfully! God’s work continues because of your generosity. May God richly bless you!.

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Reggie in Concert

Come be encouraged in Christ as I share my life and music journey in a solo concert at two locations. I’d love to see you! I’ll be in Gilroy at Gilroy Presbyterian Church Sunday, March 1, 6:00pm, and Bridges Community Church Sunday, March 8 at 6:00pm

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BASS Convention

Need training as a volunteer leader at church? The BASS Convention is a fantastic resource to improve. I’ll be teaching a guitar workshop and a vocal workshop Saturday morning on March 7. Hope to see you there!

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New Recording

I’m now working on my 17th album called Encore with Robert Rubino at Valley Christian School in their recording studio. It will be a full band sound accompanying my guitar and vocal work. The songs will be some favorites from throughout my life.

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November Update 2019

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A Heart of Gratitude

I am grateful that God always makes it possible for Christ to lead us to victory. God also helps us spread the knowledge about Christ everywhere, and this knowledge is like the smell of perfume.” 2 Corinthians 2:14
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Happy Thanksgiving!
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As a high school and junior high teacher, I train and invest my time in the lives of these growing young men and women. One of the best resources I’ve found is a weekly eNewsletter called The Culture Translator by a ministry named Axis. Today they sent this encouragement on the Gift of Gratitude.
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“According to the National Institutes of Health, nearly 1 out of every 3 adolescents between the ages of 13 and 18 will experience an anxiety disorder. Whether the culprit is social media, lack of sleep, increased scholastic pressure, or screen time, the verdict is simple: Our kids need help.
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“Thankfully, emerging evidence reveals an organic way to combat anxiety and depression: Gratitude. According to author Jerusha Clark, ‘Gratitude and anxiety are mutually exclusive neural pathways. You physiologically cannot be grateful and anxious at the same time.’ One way to foster gratitude is to simply pay attention to your life. Be fully present in every single tiny moment, and remember that life itself is a gift. So, in a world filled with darkness, we’re choosing to see the light, to be grateful for the good.” Let’s experience victory through Christ with hearts of gratitude and a joy that is like a sweet perfume in this world.
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Thank you for your prayers and continued encouragement toward Heartfelt Music@ Ministry. I hope you will consider one of the following avenues to help us touch the lives of thousands of people affected by our ministry. God has allowed me to have influence on 2300 students at Valley Christian School, hundreds of those who fellowship at Gilroy Presbyterian Church, thousands of people coming to the Mount Hermon Summer Concert Series, and hundreds of folks who listen to my music and learn guitar through the resources Heartfelt Music® has created (See Gumroad.com). I feel honored to have these opportunities. Your donations to Heartfelt Music® greatly help this ministry make a powerful impact. Click here to learn more.

 

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Upcoming Events

~ December 1 (Sunday)
I am leading worship at Gilroy Presbyterian Church as we celebrate Advent and the birth of Jesus, 10:00am. 6000 Miller Ave, Gilroy, CA 95020. The African Choir will be performing.

~ December 8 (Sunday)
I am leading worship at Gilroy Presbyterian Church as we celebrate Advent and the birth of Jesus, 10:00am. 6000 Miller Ave, Gilroy, CA 95020. The children will be performing a short Christmas pageant.

~ December 15 (Sunday)
I am leading worship at Gilroy Presbyterian Church as we celebrate Advent and the birth of Jesus, 10:00am. 6000 Miller Ave, Gilroy, CA 95020. The GPC Choir will be performing.

~ December 22 (Sunday)
I am leading worship at Gilroy Presbyterian Church as we celebrate Advent and the birth of Jesus, 10:00am. 6000 Miller Ave, Gilroy, CA 95020. The African Choir and the GPC Choir will be performing.

~ December 24 (Tuesday)
I am leading the special Christmas Eve service at Gilroy Presbyterian Church as we celebrate Advent and the birth of Jesus, 5:00pm. 6000 Miller Ave, Gilroy, CA 95020. The GPC Choir will be performing and student brass players from the local high school will be performing.

 

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October Update

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The Unpredictability of Life

“We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.” Proverbs 16:9
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So much life has happened since my last eNewsletter both personally and in ministry. Some things are planned, but other things just happen and surprisingly change our course. Nothing has been too drastic, but it’s the uncertainty of life that keeps us on our toes and keeps us turning to Jesus. I love Proverbs 16:9 because no matter how organized we are in looking ahead, it’s the Lord who guides us and creates our path.

 

The Summer Concerts at Mount Hermon went really well. Heartfelt Music® is in charge of organizing these and is setting up the summer of 2020 now. July 28th Sherri and I celebrated our 35th Wedding Anniversary. What a joy! In August, I started teaching again at Valley Christian Schools with a new junior high class called Video Fun. We are creating all kinds of videos using an iPad and iMovie and it has truly been fun. I’ve been the Worship Arts Director with Gilroy Presbyterian Church for three years through Heartfelt Music®. They have skillful and enjoyable musicians and we’ve just starting another season of choir. I’ve been rebuilding a deck in our back yard, which has taking much longer than anticipated. Just recently, PG&E turned off our power for no reason and we had to do without internet and sleep apnea machines for a couple of days. Life is unpredictable, but God is in control! We experience His love and faithfulness every day.

 

Thank you for your prayers and continued encouragement in Heartfelt Music@ ministry. May the gracious love of God fill you thoroughly as you “draw near to God, with a sincere heart, in full assurance of faith” (Hebrews 10:22a

 

Summer Concerts

Inspiring Summer Concerts

The Mount Hermon Summer Concert Series was a such a ministry success! We ended with Phil Keaggy, Aaron Shust, and Point of Grace in July. We are already working on next summer and have a phenomenal line up including Phillips, Craig, and Dean.

 

35th Wedding Anniversary

35th Wedding Anniversary

Sherri and I have been married for 35 years! Right after the Point of Grace concert in July, we took our boys and their wives to Shadowbrook restaurant to celebrate. It’s so fulfilling to reflect on all the wonderful experiences God has brought us through.

 

Guitar Lessons

Teaching & Private Guitar Lessons

I’m continuing to teach full time at Valley Christian School as well as teach private guitar lessons. There are about 55 guitar students in the music program at VCS and I am mentoring about eight private students in Los Altos as well as Skype/FaceTime.

 

Upcoming Events

October 27 (Sundays)
I am regularly leading worship at Gilroy Presbyterian Church on Sundays, 10:00am. 6000 Miller Ave, Gilroy, CA 95020.

 

[I am not leading worship on Sunday, October 20, at Gilroy Presbyterian Church, and am open to leading at your church if needed.]

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November Ministry Update

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Amazing Ministry for Fall

The summer wrapped up beautifully after 8 concerts at Mount Hermon Christian Conference Center. I’ll be the Concert Coordinator again next summer and have an amazing line-up: Sanctus Real (6/15), The King’s Brass (6/22), Fernando Ortega (6/29), Buddy Greene (7/6), Phil Keaggy (7/13), Aaron Shust (7/20), and Point of Grace (7/27). Mark your calendar for these wonderful free concerts!
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We just finished our first quarter at Valley Christian School and it is so fulfilling to train and mentor these students. My Music Technology class is producing a free concert Friday with singer/songwriter Anja Kotar and guitarist Dimitri Morris. You can hear her songs on Apple Music HERE. We just finished our Spiritual Emphasis week where the faculty went to Mount Hermon for a day of spiritual renewal and the student body spent four days with inspiring chapels. Our worship team this year has students and adults playing on the same team, which has really raised the bar. I’m having fun with my four guitar classes. There is even a guitar club during lunch that I am advising.
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My oldest son, Brandon, got married in September to Kristin and went to Whales for their honeymoon. Now both of my boys are married and enjoying their new adventures with their spouses. Sherri and I are now empty-nesters with a 120-pound Bernese Mountain Dog…having fun!
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I’m still the Worship Arts Director with Gilroy Presbyterian Church and President of the Community Group at Mount Hermon. Life is full, but I’m doing what I love. Lots of ministry, lots of relational interconnection, and lots of teaching/training.
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I appreciate your continued prayers and support! You inspires the things I do to have eternal results. God is doing a great work! If you would like to help Heartfelt Music® financially, click HERE.

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Brandon & Kristin Are Married!

Brandon & Kristin had a wonderful wedding on September 20 in Berkeley. I was able to do the officiating and felt so honored to help tie the knot. They went to Whales for their honeymoon and are happily employed in great companies. Brandon is working at Facebook with concept design for 3D art with Oculus. Kristin is working with animation at Lucas Film. Needless to say, I’m very proud of them! Brandon continues to paint and draw on his own time.

Anja Kotar in Concert at VCS

Anja Kotar (professional vocal artist) will be performing with Dimitri Morris (professional guitarist) at Valley Christian High School in the Conservatory Hall this Friday, November 2, at 7:00pm. Both of them are Valley Christian alumni. My Music Technology class is putting on this concert to learn how to produce concerts. All the details can be found by clicking HERE. She will be sharing from her album called Nomad and having a Listening Party at 5:00pm.

I’m Selling My Taylor 815CE

I am selling my Taylor 815CE guitar. It’s been a beautiful one-of-a-kind instrument and is still in mint condition. It has unique inlay on the fretboard and the bridge and has ebony tuning keys. The Florentine cut-a-way is striking and the tone is prestine.  Click the picture above or HERE to watch a video of me playing the guitar on my song Abundant Sunshine. I’m putting it on eBay this weekend with more pictures. I’m selling it for $4,000. Let me know if you’re interested.

Coming Events

Nov 2 (Friday)
Anja Kotar will be doing a free concert with Dimitri Morris this Friday, 7:00pm, at Valley Christian High School in the Conservatory Hall (100 Skyway Drive, San Jose, CA 95111).

Nov 11, 18, 25 (Sundays)
I’ll be leading worship at the main service on Sundays, 10:00am, at  Gilroy Presbyterian Church, 6000 Miller Ave, Gilroy, CA 95020. Come worship with us!

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