Vicky Beeching has always desired to be a worship leader first and recording artist second. Integrity Music could see this was her true DNA, so now, after a two year recording absence, Beeching releases her Integrity debut, Eternity Invades, on April 6.
Eternity Invades is worth the wait. The CD re-introduces Beeching as one of today's most gifted female worship leaders, and her new music is a testament to her credentials as both a thoughtful theologian and accomplished musician and songwriter. With Eternity Invades, Beeching offers 13 new worship songs that will have as much power being sung by intimate chapel gatherings, mega-church congregations or by just a single man or woman yearning to draw heaven into earth.
Watch an EPK of Beeching, shot mostly in London, at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdkjNJG7fnc.
Eternity Invades was produced by upcoming new producer Jonathan MacIntosh (a former guitarist for Tim Hughes, Brenton Brown, Kevin Max and more). Beeching wrote all of the songs on the record, including collaborations with Robin Mark, Steve Fee and others.
"For me, the title sums up the record," said Beeching. "It's about raising our expectation of what can happen in the context of worship - reminding us that it's a supernatural encounter and that God's Kingdom can break in - eternity can invade, if we are seeking and wanting that."
Accordingly, Beeching wanted the record to sound as big as the concept, and cites groups U2 and Coldplay as sonic touchstones. "I wanted to create something that sounds like me and my band do in a live setting," she said. "I wanted to make music that is fresh and edgy, while still being very congregational and church friendly."
The full track listing for Eternity Invades is:
1. "Salvation Day"
2. "Blessing and Honor"
4. "Breath of God"
5. "Inhabit the Praise"
6. "Glory to God Forever"
7. "One Day"
8. "Break Our Hearts"
12. "Undivided Heart"
13. Bonus Track – a new recording of “The Wonder of the Cross"
The album's first single is "Salvation Day," and it is already gaining momentum at radio. Beeching will spend the week before street date, visiting radio to talk about the song and the full CD project. She also has a full slate of shows and worship events she will be participating in throughout the spring and summer.
Beeching has embraced social media with a highly active presence online through her personal Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Vimeo and other networking sites. A few weeks ago she launched her newest online venture, the Women In Worship Network: www.womeninworshipnetwork.com. Beeching hosts this new community, where she offers encouragement to female worship leaders, and the opportunity for them to connect with one another via a mini social network and forums. The site had over 2,000 visits on its first day and has over 200 active members of the network’s member
Equally important to women in ministry is Beeching's role as an advocate for social justice and she has involved herself with organizations like Hope for Justice, Compassion International and The International Justice Mission.
"Justice is a huge ethereal reality, but God breaks it down into bite-sized chunks in passages like Isaiah 51. It's about opening your eyes when someone is suffering, not turning away. If everybody did that, we really could change the world," she said.
The 30-year-old Beeching was raised in the UK by parents in church ministry and grandparents who served as missionaries in Africa and Israel. She began writing songs when she was just 11, and later, was inspired to prepare for her calling into music by pursuing a theology degree at Oxford University, one of Britain's most prestigious schools.
In the UK, Beeching partnered with Vineyard Music (where she worked with Integrity labelmate Brian Doerkson), writing and performing songs on the Hungry, Holy, Surrender and Best of Vineyard projects. She also worked on staff at Soul Survivor in London, contributing to their People's Album and Live Worship 2005. During these years she led worship alongside Matt Redman, Tim Hughes and Brenton Brown.
Beeching felt God calling her Stateside and obediently moved to the U.S. in 2004. Two critically acclaimed CDs later (2005's Yesterday Today and Forever and 2007's Painting The Invisible), she has led worship in almost all 50 States, as well as coast to coast across Canada and throughout Europe.
Beeching is featured in the current issue of Worship Leader in which she addresses the topic of theology in songwriting. She also has an active blog on her website www.vickybeeching.com with photos and behind-the-scenes posts from the recording studio and on the road. Beeching's Twitter address is www.twitter.com/vickybeeching