April Update 2019

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Jesus is alive!

This is the season to celebrate what followers of Jesus enjoy everyday: The resurrected presence of Christ. May this Easter be filled with fun family times and rich reflection on the resurrection.

Heartfelt Music® has been equipping and training both young and old over the past months with the BASS Convention; one-on-one coaching in music, guitar, and voice; leading worship with Gilroy Presbyterian Church; teaching high school music at Valley Christian Schools – worship leading, guitar, recording (ProTools) and writing out music (Sibelius). This weekend I’ll be leading singing at Mount Hermon’s Easter Sunrise Service at the Ponderosa Lodge Cross and then celebrating Easter with choir, brass and band at Gilroy Presbyterian Church. Heartfelt Music® is also preparing “to lead others toward intimacy with God and excellence in artistry” at the National Worship Leader Conference in Nashville on May 20-21 and gearing up for the Mount Hermon Summer Concert Series.

Thank you for your encouragement, prayers, and support, which inspires me and reinforces our ministry efforts.
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Upcoming Events

April 21 (Sunday)
I’ll be leading worship for the Mount Hermon Easter Sunrise Service at the Ponderosa Lodge cross, 6:30am.

April 21, 28, (Sundays)
I’ll be regularly leading worship at the main service on Sundays, 10:00am.  Gilroy Presbyterian Church, 6000 Miller Ave, Gilroy, CA 95020. Easter Sunday is a special celebration with the choir, brass, and band.

May 20 & 21 (Monday & Tuesday)
I’ll be teaching workshops at the National Worship Leader Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Use the code FRIENDS25 when registering to get a 25% discount

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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!

May Ministry & Personal Update

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Relationships & Worship Matters

The book Worship Matters by Bob Kauflin covers many relevant issues on worship. On the Heartfelt Music website, under the category of Worship Matters book, I summarize the book in four parts. In Part 4, Bob reminds us that worship ministry is always about people. It is very important to keep in mind at all times that people are so important! God is all about relationships. Because of His deep love for us, God sent His Son to die for people, to heal relationships, and draw us all closer to Him. Relationships are messy and there are so many variables which make it hard to have a “cookie cutter” answer in solving problems. “But I know this,” says Bob, “the church doesn’t need leaders who love to lead people in worship but don’t love the people they’re serving.” It’s not just selecting the right songs that pleases God, but God is more interested in how we treat others. Take stock of your relationships and love them like Jesus would.

 

Phil Keaggy is Coming!

Saturday, June 23, guitar master and concert artist Phil Keaggy will be coming to Mount Hermon Christian Conference Center, which begins the Summer Concert Series. Invite every guitar player you know!

 

Austin Coates is Getting Married!

Austin, my youngest son, is getting married this month to Lindsey Doran. Sherri and I are so excited for them and are full of joy in the midst of all the preparations. They met at George Fox University in Oregon.

 

Brandon Coates is Getting Married!

Brandon, my oldest son, is getting married in September to Kristin Campbell. Sherri and I are so blessed to know both Austin and Brandon have found wonderful and beautiful soul-mates. They also met at college, San Jose State University.

 

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January Ministry Update

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Still Ministering!

At the beginning of this new year, I’ve been contemplating what has remained true throughout my adult life and the 34 years of Heartfelt Music. The word that comes to mind is ministry. It’s tempting to see concerts, albums, and training events to be primarily about fame. I’ve seen many artists push hard to get their name out above others and base their important decisions on how much money will come in. A part of the entertainment business requires artists to think about these things, but it could be a slippery slope, especially when character and integrity are treated as less important. I’m very glad that over the years, Heartfelt Music has been an organization committed to ministry and not fame. We’ve emphasized people, relationships, encouraging others toward right living and a strong faith in Christ. The name of Jesus matters more than my name and mentoring others is so fulfilling. I’ll be doing more concerts in the next few months and will be promoting other artists’ concerts as well. All of this is for ministry, positively influencing and encouraging all those who come. Thank you for your help and prayers to keep me focused toward ministry, maintaining the priorities that make eternal differences.

 

Gilroy Concert

There will be a Praise Night with me and the worship band at Gilroy Presbyterian Church, 6000 Miller Ave, Gilroy, CA 95020, this Sunday, January 28, at 6:30pm. This is the first of three monthly Sunday Evening Worship Series. I will be leading, with the GPC worship team, popular worship songs. David Talbott will be leading a hymn sing Sunday, February 25, to recall the greatness of God through song. Then, Sunday, March 18, I will be doing a full concert with lots of guitar and vocal tapestry.

 

Valley Christian School Concert

There will be a staff concert on Tuesday, March 6, where some of the faculty of Valley Christian Schools in San Jose will perform in the Conservatory Concert Hall. I’ll be one of the performers this evening with both voice and guitar. Some of my amazing cohorts will sing, play saxophone, piano, and other instruments to demonstrate the wonderful talent represented at VCS. It’s open to the public, students, and faculty. It begins at 7:00pm.

 

Mount Hermon Concert

In the beautiful Santa Cruz Redwoods, there will be a Summer Concert Series with artists such as Phil Keaggy and Point of Grace. I will be performing in concert with Elizabeth Hunnicutt Summers on Saturday, August 4, at 7:30. Elizabeth will do a 20 minute concert, I’ll do a 20 minute concert, then together we’ll lead everyone in familiar worship songs. Concerts are free, but you can enjoy a buffet dinner right before the concert for $25.00.

 

Coming Events

January 28 (Sunday)
Praise Night with Reggie and the praise band at Gilroy Presbyterian Church, 6000 Miller Ave, Gilroy, CA 95020. The service begins at 6:30pm. This is the first of three monthly Sunday Evening Worship Series. I will be leading singing with the GPC morning worship service band.

January 28 (Sunday)
I’ll be regularly leading worship at the main service on Sundays, 10:00am.  Gilroy Presbyterian Church, 6000 Miller Ave, Gilroy, CA 95020.

March 3 (Saturday)
I’ll be teaching workshops on worship, guitar, and voice at the BASS Convention. Redwood Chapel,
19300 Redwood Rd., Castro Valley, CA.

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Christ Has Risen!

May this Easter ignite in you an experience of life that fills your days with hope and joy! “Death has been swallowed up in victory! Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:54 & 57).

 

Easter Sunrise at Mount Hermon

Join me this Sunday at Mount Hermon Christian Conference Center‘s Easter Sunrise Service, April 16, 6:30am, at the cross, for music, a message, and breakfast afterward! In case of rain, the service will be held inside at Ponderosa Lodge.

Leading Worship at Gilroy Presbyterian Church

This Thursday, April 13, there will be a Maundy-Thursday service at Gilroy Presbyterian Church. I have been the interim worship leader since October directing the choir as well. Last Sunday, we sang Ride On, King Jesus for Palm Sunday, which was a powerful spiritual that added so much energy to the service. They are looking for a permanent part time worship leader to begin in a couple of months, so pray they will find a good fit. I’ll be doing a concert there June 4 open to all.

Pro Tools & Sibelius User Certification

Would you like to get better at recording music or writing music? Valley Christian Schools, as an Avid Learning Partner, is offering training to become a Certified User in either Pro Tools or Sibelius. I am an Avid Certified Instructor and will be teaching both classes. The Sibelius User Certification Course will be from Tuesday, May 30, to Friday, June 2, 9:00am-5:00am daily. The Pro Tools User Certification Course will be from Monday, June 5, to Friday, June 9, 9:00am-5:00pm daily. Both courses are intensive and will give you the professional edge to rise above the competition. Each course includes two textbooks (SB101/SB110 and PT101/PT110 respectively).

 

Coming Events

April 13 (Thu)
Leading worship for Maundy-Thusday with Gilroy Presbyterian Church, 6000 Miller Ave, Gilroy, CA 95020. The service begins at 7:00pm.

April 16 (Sun)
Leading worship for Mount Hermon’s Easter Sunrise Service, Ponderosa Lodge (The Cross), Mount Hermon, CA 95041, 6:30am.

April 30 (Sun)
Leading worship with Gilroy Presbyterian Church, 6000 Miller Ave, Gilroy, CA 95020. The service begins at 10:00am.

May 7 (Sun)
Teaching group guitar lessons at River of Life Christian Church, 1177 Laurelwood Rd, Santa Clara, CA 95054. 7:00pm.

May 30-June 2 (Tue-Fri)
Sibelius Certified User training at Valley Christian Schools, 100 Skyway Drive, San Jose, CA, 95111. 9-5 Daily.

June 4 (Sun)
Giving a concert at Gilroy Presbyterian Church, 6000 Miller Ave, Gilroy, CA 95020. The Concert begins at 6:30pm.

June 5-9 (Mon-Fri)
Pro Tools Certified User training at Valley Christian Schools, 100 Skyway Drive, San Jose, CA, 95111. 9-5 Daily.
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February Ministry Update

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Come See Reggie in Concert

Reggie will be doing a concert at Bridges Community Church in Los Altos Sunday, March 5th, at 7:00pm in the main auditorium. He’ll be sharing new songs and some of his select songs that transcend time. Through his passionate music and stories, he refreshingly encourages others to an active faith, revitalizes joy, inspires transparency, renews hope and draws us to a loving relationship with God. Whether it’s in a concert, teaching music, leading worship or sharing from God’s Word, Reggie puts a focus on the priority of knowing God through Jesus Christ. With a balance of skillful guitar & vocal artistry, human experience and spiritual truth, he lives out the verse from Psalm 33:3, “Sing to the Lord a new song; play skillfully with a shout of joy!” Please, come and invite family and friends! See below to download a flier to spread the word.

 

Los Altos Concert

You will be encouraged through inspiring stories with beautiful guitar and vocal tapestry. At Bridges, Reggie will be sharing new songs as well as favorites using loops and advanced guitar techniques. If you would like to get the concert flier to help get the word out, click on the photo above and you can download a PDF of the flier.

 

January in Review

In January, I led two training workshops for the guitarists at River of Life Christian Church in Santa Clara. I led worship at four services with River Valley Church in Grants Pass, Oregon, and dicussed Worship Infusion with their musicians. I led worship at Gilroy Presbyterian Church and will be leading worship at their the first Sunday in February directing their choir as well.

 

Music Products

For positive and encouraging music, consider Reggie’s encouraging music. Three albums are available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, CD Baby: Heartfelt Celebration, Here & Now, and Instrumental Guitar-Volume I. Four other albums, his music book, free songs, and a worship report are available at Gumroad.com. Physical CDs can be purchased through CD Baby.

 

Coming Events

February 5 & 19 (Sun)
Leading worship with Gilroy Presbyterian Church, 6000 Miller Ave, Gilroy, CA 95020. The service begins at 10:00am.

 

March 3-4 (Sun)
Leading training workshops and worship during the General Sessions of the BASS Convention, Redwood Chapel Community Church, 19300 Redwood Road, Castro Valley, CA

 

March 5 (Sun)
Giving a concert at Bridges Community Church, 625 Magdalena Ave, Los Altos Hills, CA

 

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December Ministry Update

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There Is Room – Free download

Heartfelt Music and I wish you a meaningful Christmas season. When Jesus was born, Mary and Joseph had a hard time finding a place to spend the night. Even today, many find all kinds of excuses to keep Jesus out: business, distractions, stress, anger, sometimes valuing other things more than Jesus. Let’s make room for Jesus in our hearts and homes as we prepare for Christmas and even the new year.

As a gift to you this Christmas, I’d like to share a free download of my song There Is Room. May you enjoy the acoustic groove and be encouraged to make room for Jesus in your everyday life.

As you think about gifts for loved ones, three of my albums are digitally available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, CD Baby: Heartfelt Celebration, Here & Now, and Instrumental Guitar-Volume I. 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 for your interest in, and support of, my music!

 

Worship with Gilroy Pres.

I am leading worship for Gilroy Presbyterian Church for the next few months as they are looking for a permanent worship director.

 

Support Us Thru AmazonSmile

Many of you use Amazon already. Buy at smile.amazon.com and amazon will donate part of what you pay to Heartfelt Music.

 

Coming Events

December 18 (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 both Sundays.

January 1, 2017 (Sun)
Leading worship with Bridges Community Church, 625 Magdalena Ave, Los Altos Hills, CA 94024. There will be one service at 10:00am.

 

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November Update

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In Everything Give Thanks

Heartfelt Music and I wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. I hope you get time to give thanks for the many blessings god graciously brings our way. “Rejoice always, pray continually, in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thess. 5:16-18).

As you think about gifts for loved ones, consider my encouraging music. Three of my albums are available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, CD Baby: Heartfelt Celebration, Here & Now, and Instrumental Guitar-Volume I. 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.

 

Guitar Training Workshop

I led a training workshop for the guitarists at River of Life Church in Santa Clara. Their ministry is refreshingly relevant and influential.

 

Support Us Through AmazonSmile

If you buy anything at Amazon through smile.amazon.com, amazon will donate part of what you pay to Heartfelt Music.

 

Upcoming Events

November 27 (Sun)
Leading worship with Gilroy Presbyterian Church, 6000 Miller Ave, Gilroy, CA 95020. The service begins at 10:00am.

December 4 & 18 (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 both Sundays.

 

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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!

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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.

June Happenings and Update

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Ramping Up

Summer is usually a time of “winding down,” but for me it’s more like “winding up.” After teaching for many years, some may think it’s time for things to be “wrapping up,” yet this Spring and Summer has been and will be more of a “ramping up” for me. I’m so thankful for the real-world education that Full Sail University gave me through the Master of Science degree program. The business plan for Heartfelt Music, developed over the last year, has equipped me to lead, manage, create, support, and motivate through Heartfelt Music like never before. In June, I’ll be trained to be an Avid Certified Instructor in Pro Tools (the leading recording software) and in July, I’ll finish training to be an Avid Certified Instructor in Sibelius (the leading music writing software). This will help Heartfelt Music expand its offerings in recording and writing out music. This will also help Valley Christian High School with their Music Technology class and a developing program to equip young performing artists. Thank you for your prayers! Your enthusiastic encouragement means so much to me.
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Enjoy a Few Summer Guitar Lessons

I’ll be teaching guitar lessons throughout the summer in three locations, so you can catch a few if you’d like. In Los Altos, they are on Mondays: June 20 & 27, July 11 & 18, August 1 & 8. In San Jose, they are on Tuesdays: June 21 & 28, July 12 & 19, August 2 & 9. In Mount Hermon, they are on Saturdays: June 11 & 18. Email me if you would like to improve, info@heartfeltmusic.org.

 

Pro Tools & Sibelius Instructor Certification

Next week, I’ll go through a five-day training course to become both an Avid Certified Pro Tools User and an Avid Certified Pro Tools Instructor. I’m looking forward to using this DAW with Heartfelt Music and with Valley Christian Schools. Students who take the Music Technology course at VCS next year will have UC Fine Arts credit and be certified as Pro Tools users.

 

Spring Guitar Recitals in Los Altos

We held our 2016 Spring Guitar Recitals at Bridges Community Church last week. You can watch a two minute YouTube video to see who participated. They all were fantastic! There’s quite a variety of skill levels and age levels in my Los Altos crew. Michael came all the way over from Mount Hermon just to be able to be in it. It’s a joy teaching all of them and watching them improve.

 

Coming Events

June 5 & 19 (Sun)
Leading worship with San Jose Christian Reformed Church, 5150 Camden Ave, San Jose, CA 95124. The services begin at 10:00am.

June 20-26 (Sun)
Leading worship at Community Presbyterian Church in Danville’s week long Vacation Bible School and Sunday worship services, 222 W El Pintado, Danville, CA 94526.

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