Happy New Year!

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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.

October Ministry Update

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Impacting the Bay Area

Heartfelt Music is continuing to touch lives throughout the Bay Area. We are leading others toward excellence in artistry and intimacy with God. Explained in more detail below, I have been coaching the children’s ministry at River of Life Christian Church (Santa Clara), teaching guitar at the Korean Emmanuel Presbyterian Church (Milpitas), leading worship at Gilroy Presbyterian Church (Gilroy), teaching private music lessons (San Jose, Los Altos, and Mount Hermon), and continuing to coordinate chapels and lead the worship teams at Valley Christian Schools (San Jose). Please, pray we will be able to have a significant impact on many lives, encouraging them in Christ.

Three of my albums are available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, CD Baby, and over 100 other outlets. Four other albums, my music book, free songs, and a worship report are available at Gumroad.com. Physical CDs can be purchased through CD Baby.

Thank you so much for your continued prayers and support! You make a big difference.


Valley Christian Worship with 2300 Students

Besides teaching Guitar and Music Technology at Valley Christian Schools, I am the Chapel Coordinator and direct the two high school worship teams and junior high worship team. Last week, the school had a spiritual emphasis week with chapels every day. It was a busy week but filled with spiritual nourishment for the 1700 high school students and the 600 junior high students. Last Wednesday was a Worship Chapel the students designed.


Team Training with River of Life Chinese Church

The children’s ministry of River of Life Church is vibrant and well organized. Desiring to become even more effective in helping their children in worship, they’ve asked me to come train once a month through May. I’m bringing two seniors from Valley Christian High School worship team to help in mentoring the kids. We had such a meaningful time at the first meeting October 2nd. Heartfelt Music is a tremendous resource for ministry development like this.


Interim Worship Dir. with Gilroy Presbyterian Ch.

Gilroy Presbyterian Church is transitioning to fill a full-time Senior Pastoral position and Worship Director position. I will be Interim Worship Director from October through February to help with this transition. They have found a Senior Pastor, Trevor Van Laar, who will be joining them in January. I’ll be leading twice a month and directing their choir once a month. I enjoy working with these precious people who are excited about using their talents in ministry.


Coming Events

November 6 & 20 (Sun)
Leading worship with Gilroy Presbyterian Church, 6000 Miller Ave, Gilroy, CA 95020. The service begins at 10:00am. I will be directing the choir on November 6th.

November 13 (Sun)
Training & mentoring at River of Life Christian Church, with the children’s program, 1177 Laurelwood Rd, Santa Clara, CA 95054. Two seniors from my VCS worship team will be coming with me.

November 19 (Sat)
Doing a recital with six students involved in a 12-week guitar class, Korean Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, 4435 Fortran Dr, San Jose, CA 95134.


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July Update – Relaunching Heartfelt Music

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Double the Impact

Heartfelt Music is re-launching in August to double its impact and re-focus its mission: Leading others toward excellence in artistry and intimacy with God. I’ll be giving a solo concert to share the vision on Sunday, August 21, 7:00pm, at San Jose Christian Reformed Church, 5150 Camden Ave, San Jose, CA 95124. We are inviting old friends, new friends, fellow musicians and music students, fellow educators and worship leaders…okay pretty much everybody! It will be a fun time to celebrate Heartfelt Music with quality music, stories, singing together, and looking to a greater impact in the future. In anticipation of this event, we’ve re-published the album Heartfelt Celebration on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, CD Baby, and over 100 other outlets. Physical CDs and all of my music products will be available at the concert. I would love to see you there!

Thank you so much for your continued prayers and support. Pray we will be able to touch more peoples lives and encourage them in Christ.


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Heartfelt Celebration on iTunes, Spotify…

Because Heartfelt Music is re-launching in August, we have re-published the album Heartfelt Celebration on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, CD Baby, and over 100 other outlets for digital distribution. You can also get physical CDs at CD Baby, our website, or at the concert August 21 in San Jose. We will also have the two music books Heartfelt Praise and A Compilation of Compositions available at the concert.


Avid Instructor Certification for Sibelius

In June, I became an Avid Certified Instructor in Pro Tools. This month, I’ll be heading to Los Angeles for final training to become an Avid Certified Instructor for Sibelius as well. This means I can offer classes for those who would like to get serious about learning music recording and writing. You would be able to become an Avid Certified User, a great advantage in the music business and in personal development.


Reggie Coates Celebration Concert

Come to my solo concert to kick off the fall on Sunday, August 21, 7:00pm, at San Jose Christian Reformed Church, 5150 Camden Ave, San Jose, CA 95124. I will celebrate Heartfelt Music with quality music, stories, singing together, and looking to a greater impact in the future. I will be playing some new songs with guitar and vocal tapestry. For guitar enthusiasts, I’ll be use looping and multiple capos and guitars.


Coming Events

July 23 (Sat)

The Avid Certified Instructor’s Conference at USC, Los Angeles. Training to become an Avid Certified Sibelius Instructor.

July 31 (Sun)
Leading worship with San Jose Christian Reformed Church, 5150 Camden Ave, San Jose, CA 95124. The services begin at 10:00am. We have guest drummer Garrett Morris joining us.

August 21 (Sun)
Giving a Heartfelt Music celebration concert at San Jose Christian Reformed Church, 5150 Camden Ave, San Jose, CA 95124. The concert begins at 7:00pm.

January Happenings & Update

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Twenty-Sixteen Blessings

The Coates family had a very relaxing break for the holidays. Now I’m back in the fast lane with 15 private students, teaching at Vally Christian School, working on a Masters Degree through Full Sail University, helping with the Mount Hermon Community, and leading worship every Sunday at various churches. I’m excited! It feels like God has tailored everything just so I can do the very things I love. During the first weekend of March, I’ll be at the Bay Area Church Workers Conference (BASS) teaching workshops and leading worship with Peter Neumann Friday and Saturday. Thank you for your continued prayers and encouragement. Pray with me anticipating significant new developments for Heartfelt Music Ministry in 2016. May God richly bless you throughout this new year!


This Weekend at Crossroads Bible Church

This Sunday, January 24, I’ll be leading worship with Crossroads Bible Church in San Jose. Services are at 9:00am (Traditional) and 10:45am (Modern). I’m looking forward to working with some of Jane Liddle’s awesome musicians.


The BASS Church Workers Training

March 3-5, Peter Neumann and I will be leading worship for the Friday and Saturday general sessions and teach training workshops throughout the weekend. Jane Liddle will be leading worship Thursday night. There are over 300 workshops for every church worker.


Spiritual Emphasis Week with VCS

This week is spiritual Emphasis Week at Valley Christian School. Please pray for transformed lives for the whole student body. There has been a steady maturing throughout the year. We hope this week makes a significant difference in the lives of each student.


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February Ministry Update

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A Good Start for 2015!

We are over a month into the new year and off to a good start. January marked the restart of private lessons (20 students), ministry with Valley Christian Schools (click here to hear a remarkable song by the worship team), worship consulting with Trinity Presbyterian Church, and worship leading with Mariner’s Discovery Church (leading again this month). February continues to hold opportunities for Heartfelt Music to equip others and encourage in Christ.
In looking ahead, Phil Keaggy is coming to San Jose and tickets are now on sale for Tuesday, April 14, at 7:00 (more info below).
I appreciate your prayers in ministry and personally. I am exploring getting a Master’s Degree in Entertainment Business to help at Valley Christian Schools and Heartfelt Music Ministry. Also, as President of the Mount Hermon Community, we hope the new Executive Director of Mount Hermon Conference Center is a perfect fit for the camps and the community. Their final decision on this person is going to happen more sooner than later. It is so important to get a strong Christian and experienced leader in this position. Please, pray for these things.

Upcoming Events

February 15 (Sunday), 9:00am

Leading worship at Mariner’s Discovery Church, 1619 Bixler Road, Brentwood, CA 94513 (925) 354-1096


March 6 & 7 (Fri-Sat), Various Times

Teaching training workshops at the BASS Convention, Redwood Chapel Community Church, 19300 Redwood Road, Castro Valley, CA 94546


April 10-12 (Fri-Sun), the Weekend

Leading worship at Tonto Rim Conference Center Men’s Retreat, 353 N. Baptist Camp Road, Payson, AZ 85541


April 14 (Tuesday), 7:00pm

Hosting the Phil Keaggy Concert at Valley Christian High School, 100 Skyway Drive, San Jose, CA 95111. click here for tickets.


Worship Consultation

It has been a joy working with the worship team at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Campbell! With two services and multiple teams, they have a wide offering of music styles and sounds. Worship consulting is tailored and designed to develop the skill of the musicians and leaders, enhance the corporate singing of the church, expand understanding of group worship dynamics, motivate a lifestyle of intimate worship, inspire confidence and expression, and build “team” unity with good communication. The musicians play together while I make observations to apply the methods discussed earlier. I can come to your church in order to work alongside you, your musicians and enhance your ministry.


Phil Keaggy Is Coming to San Jose April 14

Valley Christian School is bringing Phil Keaggy in for a concert Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at 7:00pm. It’s open to everyone! Tickets are on sale through Vendini (CLICK HERE). Phil is one of the best guitar players in the world. Having someone of Phil’s skill level, genuine humility, and deep faith will inspire you and remind all who attend of God’s creative artistic beauty (watch his “True Believers” video). Heartfelt Music is joining with VCS to have Phil Keaggy share his passion in music and Christian faith. The concert is limited to 300 people, so don’t wait to get your tickets ($25 adults, $15 students). Get the word out!


Worship at Valley Christian High School

The worship team at Valley Christian High School is doing some outstanding ministry! The two High School bands have led the 1,400 students in worship during chapels every week. It’s been a delight to work with them, learn new songs, and see significant spiritual growth in the lives of the student body. You can hear and see a song they performed last week called Something New by the group For All Seasons on YouTube [CLICK HERE to view]. We just had our Spiritual Emphasis Week with Josh Riebock. His style of storytelling and being authentic was perfect to encourage the students and faculty all week.


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A Season of Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving! We have reason to have thankful hearts at all times because of Jesus, “Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4).  In addition, this Thanksgiving season inspires us to have an extra sense of gratitude which is the perfect preparation for Christmas right around the corner. May this be a most meaningful Thanksgiving for you, your family, and your friends.

I continue to teach about 20 guitar students, lead worship at various churches, and train through workshops and consulting. I’m setting up January events now, so let me know if I can join you or your church in some way. Wrapping up a semester at Valley Christian School which has been a rewarding ministry experience. My albums and music are available at our product page, You can also download them at iTunes, CD Baby, Rapsody, Amazon and hear excerpts as well.


What I’m thankful for

There are so many things to be thankful for! I’m so thankful for my family who continues to inspire me and bring me joy; my friends both new and old who hold me accountable and spur me on to greater things; my co-workers at Valley Christian who work so hard to teach and equip a new generation of musicians and artists; for neighbors who are there when you need them; for all that God has provided; and for Jesus who continually brings eternal life to make living such an amazing experience! What are you thankful for? Take time to reflect, thanking God for all he has done for us. There may be some pretty difficult situations you’re facing, but God will bring you through as you lean on His love.


A Joyful Inspiration

As a special gift for you, click on the middle picture above and enjoy my latest instrumental called Abundant Sunshine.  May it be a joyful inspiration for you! Looking for gifts for loved ones?  Visit our products page and give a gift certificate, digital music, CD, or music book.  I have two free MP3’s available at https://gumroad.com/reggie. You’ll find my albums available there as well. Thank you for your support in this way!


Be a Vital Part of this Ministry

Any donation would be a great help to propel Heartfelt Music Ministry forward. Your gift is tax-deductible as we are a 501(c)3. Heartfelt Music comes alongside other non-profit organization and many are not doing well financially right now. We want to work with them even if it means we receive less financially. This is where your gifts come in. We can encourage others because of your gifts! Alongside Ministries in Albania, Mexico Outreach through Azusa Pacific University, and many churches that can’t afford an honorarium are examples of how your gifts have helped make our ministry possible. Would you consider making a donation and be a support in this way?


Coming Events

March 6-7Reggie will be teaching training workshops at the Bay Area Church Workers Convention (BASS) at Redwood Chapel in Castro Valley, CA.

April 10-12Reggie will be leading worship at the Men’s Retreat with Tonto Rim Christian Camp in Payson, Arizona.

April 14Phil Keaggy Concert at Valley Christian High School in San Jose, CA (sponsored in part by Heartfelt Music Ministry) Details and ticket sales coming in January.


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Equipping Others

Most of what Heartfelt Music Ministry does is encourage others to draw near to God (Heb. 12:2), empower them to live life to the full (Jn. 10:10), and equip them for ministry (Eph. 4;12):  Lessons, workshops, worship leading, concerts, motivational speaking…all to encourage, empower, and equip.


BASS Conference March 7 & 8

The BASS Church Workers Conference is an affordable way to train all volunteer church workers for effective ministry. It will be at Redwood Chapel Community Church in Castro Valley with one workshop up the street at First Baptist Church of Castro Valley.  They have workshops and general sessions for all volunteers: greeters, children’s workers, youth workers, pastors, music & worship, etc. I’ll be leading three workshops on Friday, Creative Songwriting (9:00 AM), Worship Infusion (10:45 AM), and Dynamic Guitar in Worship [Intermediate – Advanced] (1:30 AM). On Saturday, I’ll be leading a special workshop with the Valley Christian High School Worship Team called Worship Band Interactive (12:45 PM). This one will be at First Baptist Church so we can use the whole stage. Come by yourself or bring your whole worship team. You will be truly enriched!


February Ministry Recap

I’ve been leading worship for 4 weekends at Community Presbyterian Church in Danville in their contemporary Video Cafe.  They have a service on Saturday afternoon and two services on Sunday morning. The people are so fun to work with. It is one of those churches where the musicians and technicians are so skillful, it takes no time at all to create outstanding arrangements to bless the Lord and the congregation. I’ll be helping again for Palm Sunday in April.


I have 25 private students who began a new season for the new year and we’re going strong. I love working with these guitarists and love watching them improve. It challenges me to have students want to learn particular popular or classic songs as well as learn my own songs which can be pretty challenging. I am keeping my own skill level fresh by learning new songs (Drifting by Andy McKee and Smiles and Smiles to Go by Larry Carlton) and writing new songs. I’m on my way to putting together a new instrumental album…Instrumental Guitar Volume 2!


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February Personal Update

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“Carpe Diem” means “seize the day” (or, like ripe fruit, “pluck the day”). I’ve been taking advantage of the time I have each day, filling-out my life with the things that matter to God and to me. This week is Winter Break for Valley Christian Schools and has allowed me a good balance of relaxing, starting new things, and catching up with ministry as well as personal things.


I’ve started a new instrumental album called Instrumental Guitar Volume 2. I’m learning cool songs by contemporary guitarists such as Andy McKee (Drifting) and Larry Carlton (Smiles and Smiles to Go). Plus, I’m writing new songs with lots of advanced guitar techniques. It’s very fun creating songs and being challenged while learning other artist’s songs.


I’m keeping in shape physically through daily exercise (like jogging, crunches, push-ups, jumping jacks, and kicking). Keeping in shape mentally through learning French (The Duo Lingo APP for iPhone). Keeping in shape spiritually through daily Bible reading (I just finished reading through the Bible again and today I’m on Genesis 10), listening to audio books (Lead Like Jesus and RC Sproul’s Systematic Theology) which is a good way to use time in the car as I travel, currently memorizing Romans 12:1-5, and lots of prayer.


My family is doing well. The boys are enjoying majoring in Animation/Illustration at SJSU (check out one of Brandon’s paintings above). We’ve been playing some Halo 4 recently which is a fun bonding time. Sherri continues to take care of us boys and is busy creating center-pieces for Mount Hermon Conference Center’s Women’s Retreat. Earlier this week, we went out to dinner for a “date night” in Santa Cruz.


Please, continue to pray for balance in my life, protection and health for my family, and God’s favor in all we do. May God enrich your personal life as you stay close to Him in all you do.


June Ministry Update

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Summer Is Here!

The weather is beautiful and summer is in the air.  Barbeques, beach days, family fun, movies with friends, time to catch up on things, summer is an exciting time we’ve been looking forward to.  I just finished up a year at Valley Christian School which was a tremendous ministry experience.  Leading the Worship Bands for Jr. High & High School, Coordinating the Chapels, and teaching Music Technology and Cadet Band kept me busy.  Now, it’s come to a screeching halt and I have some time to read, relax, record, and do things I’ve put off for some time.  I hope your summer is off to a good start and you get extra time to be refreshed and renewed.  For a personal update on my family, go to the Heartfelt Music Blog.

Check out what’s happening in the columns below which are significant events for June.  I’m working on a new album which I wasn’t sure whether to call Flame or So Wonderful.  I think I’ve settled on Here & Now which is a line in the song Wings to Fly:  “Here and now I need You to live out Your life in me…”  It refers to the new covenant lifestyle where Jesus empowers us to live life to the full as He lives through us.  I will be sharing these songs in concerts throughout the Bay Area this summer.  Let me know if you’d like me to set something up in your area.  I’ll be in Morgan Hill Sunday June 30th and Brentwood Sunday August 4.

The album called Instrumental Guitar Volume 1 is out on iTunes, our product page, as well as other venues (like Rhapsody).  It has a variety of styles with beautiful guitar techniques.  You can listen to excerpts of each song at iTunes.com or CDBaby.com and purchase individual songs if you’d like.  Or you can get the whole album at this link at a discount:  Click this link to purchase & download
Instrumental Guitar Volume 1.  The stories behind the songs are on the Heartfelt Music Blog.


Leading Worship at Redwood Chapel

This Sunday, I’ll be leading worship at Redwood Chapel Community Church in Castro Valley.  I was on staff with them for a year ago as the Worship & Arts Director until I took the full-time position at Valley Christian School.  It will be good to be back and see people again and encourage them in Christ.  They are in a four week teaching series on the Holy Spirit.  They are at 19300 Redwood Rd, Castro Valley, CA 94546 if you get a chance to come join me.


Music Training in Los Altos

On Saturday, June 22, I’ll be leading three intensive guitar workshops specifically developed for your skill level.  Each workshop will be 2 hours long.  You will receive the book The New Complete Guitarist and will be able to play “hands-on” for the whole time.  On Saturday, June 29, I’ll be leading four intensive music workshops specifically developed for your interest.  You are welcome to attend all of them.  Each workshop will be 1 and 1/2 hours long. Creative Songwriting, Worship Infusion, Improving Your Singing, and Leading Worship Effectively. For details and more information, registration and cost for each workshop, click HERE. All these workshops will take place in the choir room at Bridges Community Church in Los Altos.


New Album

I am working on a new album that has both vocal and guitar on it.  Songs that have not been recorded yet such as Worthy & So Wonderful (you can check it out on YouTube), Flame, Wings to Fly, You Are My God, and Sherri My Love.  I will also have some songs that have shaped my life such as Make My Life a Prayer, Water Grave, and He Is Alive.  Plus, there are two albums that will no longer be available Here to Worship and Confidence, so I will redo 4 of my songs from those albums.  Pray that the recording, mixing, and mastering process will go as fast as it did for my instrumental album.

March Ministry Update

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Life seems to be busier and more full than ever whether it’s family, friends, neighbors, work, church, hobbies, recreation, chores, or finances.  It’s easy to feel pulled in so many different directions.  How do we stay focused and not get scattered?  What’s important is that we keep the main things in the forefront of our mind and heart.  Having a Mission Statement for life is a big help.  For me, it is “to lead others toward intimacy with God.”  This puts God and people as the priorities in my life!  It’s not easy to keep priorities straight, but life flows better as we are tenacious, staying at it, daily reviewing and adjusting to be pleasing to God (2 Cor. 5:9).

I continue to give private music lessons in San Jose, Los Altos, and Mount Hermon; teach music and coordinate chapels at Valley Christian School; as well as lead worship with churches throughout the Bay Area. Digital products are available for instant download as well as physical products on our Product Page. Here is a list of digital downloads.

  • Book A Special Report on Music & Worship in Churches throughout the Santa Clara County (Check it out)
  • 25 song music book of Reggie’s songs called A Compilation of Compositions (Check it out)
  • 20 song album called Intimacy (Check it out)
  • 20 song album called Heartfelt Celebration (Check it out)

Thank you for your continued prayers and support.  Please pray we will follow God’s leading and, in months to come, be found staying at it.


Upcoming Events

Mar. 8-9 (Fr-Sa) Teaching Workshops at the BASS Convention, Castro Valley
Mar. 10 (Su) Leading Worship with Redwood Chapel, Castro Valley
Mar. 17 (Su), 24 (Palm Su), 30-31 (Easter Sa-Su) Leading Worship with Community Presbyterian Church, Danville
Mar. 23 (Sa) CD Release Concert at Bridges Community Church, Los Altos
Mar. 29 (Good Fr) Leading Worship with Peninsula Bible Church, Willow Glen

Details of these events and other events are at https://heartfeltmusic.org/calendar/



Finished Recording!

This last weekend, I finished recording my first Instrumental album of 10 songs.  It was a a riot trying to do this in record time.  The first time I sat down to record two weeks ago, I broke a nail and was unable to get the consistent sound needed for the new song called Remember.  So, I went to Walmart and bought some fake temporary nails for my first three fingers on the right hand.  It worked great!  However, my students thought it was a little strange.  I didn’t feel too bad knowing Phil Keaggy uses them as well.  Now, I hope to mix and master each song and have the whole package ready by the Album Release Concert March 23rd.


BASS Convention

I will be teaching three workshops at the Bay Area Sunday School (BASS) Convention March 8 and 9.  This year is their 50th anniversary of training church volunteers to be effective in church ministry.  They have over 200 workshops.  I’ll be teaching two on Friday – Building a Worship Band and Effective Guitar in Worship. Then, one on Saturday called Band Interactive.  I’ll be using the Valley Christian High School Worship Band to assist in demonstrating worship band techniques.  I’ve been involved with them for 10 years and find it is an excellent conference to encourage and inspire volunteers to lead use their gifts for God’s glory.


Album Release Concert

I would like to invite you to my Album Release Concert at Bridges Community Church in Los Altos.  I will be sharing songs and stories from my new album Instrumental Guitar, Vol. 1.  This album release concert is a celebration of my first instrumental album and my 13th album overall.  There is mostly acoustic guitar with some electric guitar with fun techniques like alternate tunings, use of capos and e-bow, in many different styles (Rock, Irish, Hendrix style, jazz, classical, easy listening). Bring friends and family.  The concert is free!  You can view one of the songs, Freedom’s Challenge at Reggie’s YouTube Channel.

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