By Shannon Lewis
Some people are simply harder to buy for than others, & as a Creative & a Worship Leader I admit that I’m one of those people. Folks like myself love gifts that help us more effectively be who we are. I’ve compiled a collection of unique, fun, & helpful “dream gifts” for the worship leader from a wide variety of price points. If someone you love serves a local church with his or her musical gifts, this list if for you.
“the Worship Pastor” (book) by Zac Hicks: Zac is Canon for Worship and Liturgy at Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham, AL, & though I haven’t yet read it (it’s on my Christmas list as well) I have read rave reviews from a number of the people I know & trust.
GREENROOM / BUS CALL VOICE TEA: Created by renowned vocal coach Diane Sheets for her Grammy, Billboard, & Dove Award winning clients, Voice Tea are a line of delicious voice-care teas. GREENROOM is made-up of a flavorful blend of Green Rooibos, dehydrated lemon, & ginger root, many current radio artists swear by it, & I’ve been using it all year. BUS CALL is for that “cool down” period, & is loaded with red rooibos, chamomile, whole dehydrated lemons & a touch of mint. It’s a perfect stocking stuffer for the vocalist you love!
THROAT SAVER, SINUS CLEAR OUT, & VOCAL RESCUE: I was turned on to these vocal health products by another excellent vocal coach, my friend Sheri Gould, & now as a regular user, I wholeheartedly endorse them. Particularly the Throat Saver & Sinus Clear Out work absolute miracles for me. I am a regular repeat customer. Highly recommended!
SNARK TUNER: I have owned many tuners but none have been as easy to use or as accurate as my Snark. Sure, they’re notoriously fragile, but at this price you can just pick up another if/when you break one! Strongly encouraged particularly for guitarists, but the Snark works great on most any instrument but piano.
D.R. SUNBEAM STRINGS: Particularly for the person who leads from the acoustic guitar. I have literally tried every make & brand of guitar string, from the old standbys to the high-end specialty strings, & D.R. SUNBEAMs are the ones I return to again & again. They’re strong (I’m a string-breaker, & these ones are the strongest), & they remain brilliant 3x longer than any other I’ve found.
WORSHIP LEADER MAGAZINE: With the TheWorshipCommunity.com having been awarded WorshipLeader magazine’s “Editors Choice” award for the 5 years in a row, we can’t help but laud their hard work as the gold-standard for Worship Leaders everywhere. A subscription not only provides helpful articles & reviews, but their Song Discovery service is a great way to discover new corporate worship songs!
LOOPTIMUS: The Christmas gifts of all Christmas gifts. Perfect as a gift from the church or from a loved one, Looptimus is THE “pedal-board” for midi-users. An ever-flexable, & elegant piece of gear, Looptimus makes it easy to control multiple software items on your laptop, iPad, or even iPhone with the simple tap of a footswitch, so you aren’t distracted from your guitar or piano playing. And if the Looptimus is outside of your price range, they recently launched the Looptimus Mini!