“God finally broke in and said, ‘I know that you’re really concerned about your story, but do you want to be a part of My story?’” Laura Hackett Park
“That morning I heard a sound that changed my life…He got up on a bar stool on the platform with his nylon string guitar and Lord help me, he sang a love song to Jesus.” Paul Wilbur
“How much is it gonna cost? And he said, ‘how about $0?’…and so right away, I realized, hey, God is in the business of $FREE.99!” Kurtis Parks
FRANKLIN, Tenn. (June 28, 2022) – Today Authentic Media’s Worship Leader Magazine released the first episode of its new weekly podcast called The Walk to all major podcast platforms and on worshipleader.com. This show features guests who bring devotional stories from their experiences leading worship. These creatives walk with God daily and their inspiring messages to the Church challenge us all to build a lifestyle of worship. Listeners will travel along with inspiring people each week and learn how God has grown them through the practice of worship leading.
Emmy Award-winning producer and editor Matt McCartie has partnered with the leadership team at Authentic Media to produce this podcast. Host Joshua Swanson, a partner at Authentic Media and an award-winning producer and voice talent, guides listeners through each episode, but the focus and what makes this podcast special will always be the stories brought by our guests.
The first season features guests including Anna Golden, Laura Hackett Park, Joth Hunt, Charles Billingsley, Paul Wilbur, Cheri Keaggy, Elias Dummer, and many more. Each guest will bring inspiration and education to their episode. Shows are full of stories focused on how God has grown our guests in their faith, in their profession, in their craft, and in numerous other ways.
About Authentic Media
Authentic Media™ LLC was formed in 2021 as a partnership between the Fromm family, headed by Worship Leader’s President, Alexandra Fromm, and Jason Naumann and Joshua Swanson, who run the award-winning agency GTMA. The merger has created a new entity that now houses the brands Worship Leader™ Magazine, the National Worship Leader Conference, SONG Discovery™, Pray Musically™, Worshiper Magazine, the Worship Podcast Network, and Worship Connect™. This new partnership is focused on ensuring that these storied and historic brands are resourced, properly supported and focused on accomplishing their mission.
Authentic Media’s mission is to tell stories that inspire the Church and all followers of Jesus to build a lifestyle of worship.
About Worship Leader Magazine
Worship Leader is a resource for the curators of worship—pastors, worship leaders, musicians, vocalists, sound + visual techs, technology stewards, artists—always pointing them toward the one true worship leader, Jesus Christ, through theological, multimedia, and educational tools and inspirational stories. Worship Leader, a registered trademark of Authentic Media, LLC., has a faculty and readership which is inclusive of the three major traditions of Christian worship; i.e., Charismatic, liturgical, and Bible based “free” churches.
The brand originated as the Worship Times Journal in 1985 and in January 1992 Worship Leader Magazine was launched by Chuck Fromm (editor/founder) and John Styll (manager) via a joint venture partnership. Fromm was president/founder of the Corinthian Group/Maranatha! Music and John Styll was the president/founder of Contemporary Christian Music (CCM). Both Styll and Fromm had met in the mid ‘70s at Calvary Chapel. From there, for the last 30 years, Worship Leader Magazine has been publishing content from top thinkers who are on the front lines of educating worship leaders, facilitating conversations about the Church, and inspiring worshipers to grow in their faith.
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Joshua Swanson is the Co-founder and Managing Partner of Authentic Media, Worship Leader's parent company, and the CEO and Co-founder of the creative agency GTMA. His proudest achievement is his marriage to Rachael Joy and partnering with her in her work founding New Hope Children. His first business started in 2000 and is still operating today. He's since gone from entertainment to hospitality consulting to tech to the successful creation and operation of GTMA and now to Authentic Media. He’s appeared on TV networks like ABC, NBC, Lifetime, and Hallmark. His companies have worked with major brands like Sprint, Pokemon Go (he was also in a Pokemon movie), Pepsi, The Latin Grammys, the Billboard Awards, Corona and over 75 national developers. He’s narrated over a hundred audiobooks and was awarded Best YA Voice twice. His companies have been Inc. 5000 three different times.