7/16/16 - "Glowing" for the Cantinas worship song contest
I've entered a brand new song video in the Cantinas worship song contest. You can vote until August here: http://cantinas.video/video/glowing It's a song about being refined by the refining fire of God so that we glow like an ember. When the contest is over I'll post the video on YouTube.
2/23/16 - New 3 song EP Legacy (Hymns) Now Available
The new EP contains contemporary versions of "All Hail the Power of Jesus Name", "Jesus Paid It All" and "Breathe on Me, Breath of God" and is available anywhere music is streamed or sold!
11/15/15 - New Song, "Star and Satellite"
This song is a little different from my usual praise and worship catalog, but I've released it anyway and it should be available wherever digital music is streamed or sold.
6/10/15 - New Hymn Arrangement
I've completed an arrangement of "Jesus Paid It All" to be submitted for use in a compilation album. I'll keep it up at my Soundcloud page for a little while. If it's accepted I'll probably have to take it down, but in the meantime you can hear it here: https://soundcloud.com/al-hilgendorf
10/29/14 - Drifting North
A good friend of mine asked me to contribute some guitar to his excellent music project Drifting North. You can find his YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLhLm-QfvmUaQ1eRyJ-Mi2A If you like the music of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, you'll like this!
10/26/14 - Dusk and Dawn (Morning Hymn)
I recently wrote this song and put it on YouTube because I felt it would be an encouragement to someone. You can check it out on my YouTube channel or on this website's video page.
10/6/14 - Now Playing on Outbound Radio
Three of my songs, "God's Love Changes Everything", "Deeper the Mystery" and "Come Thirsty" are now in regular rotation on Outbound Radio's Connections channel. The Indie Christian music channel features music that is carefully screened for quality and message and it's an honor to be chosen to be played there. You can listen for free at https://outboundmusic.com/radio/station/connection
8/28/14 - God's Love Changes Everything!
That's the theme of my home church this year and I thought it would make a great title and message for a song. "God's Love Changes Everything" is now available from CD Baby through this website and soon will be available wherever digital music is streamed or sold. (But it will always be cheaper here)
3/1/14 - Scuff Marks Released
The studio version of the song "Scuff Marks" is now available wherever digital music is streamed or sold, but it's only 59 cents through CD Baby.
1/1/14 - New Year, New Song
"All of Those Cell Phones" is a new download only song that's a little bit different than what I've released before. It's a song that explores our amazing technology in the light of our crumbling infrastructure with a driving rock beat. It's available on this site and wherever digital music is streamed or sold.
11/20/13 - Leading Worship at KHOP
I am leading a worship set from 4pm to 6pm every first and third Thursday at the Kalamazoo House of Prayer. This has been a very rich time as prayer and worship interact. For more info go to www.kzohop.org
9/12/13 - Song List for the Next Record
I've selected the songs to record for the next album which doesn't have a title yet. This, of course, is subject to change. The songs are:
Begin Your Reign
The Cross of Jesus Reaches Me
You Call Me Friend
Treasure In the Trial
In You We Live
You Hear Me
I have a couple of projects to finish, then the work will begin!
8/7/13 - Playing at Battle Creek's Aroma Coffeehouse Once Again
Saturday, Aug. 10. 7pm. I'll be doing many songs from the new album. www.aromacoffeehouse.com
5/28/13 - Playing for Riverside Church's Vertical Worship Night
Wednesday, June 5, I will have the privilege of playing electric guitar for Vertical at Riverside Church in Three Rivers, MI. I might even lead a song or two.
3/1/13 - "I Will Follow" Now Available on iTunes and Amazon
2/21/13 - "I Will Follow" CD Release Open House
Saturday, March 2nd from 2 to 4 pm at Agape Christian Church in Kalamazoo. There will be live music, coffee, cookies and punch. CD's will be available.
2/14/13 - Chord Charts from "I Will Follow" Now Available
Go to the Free Chord Chart page on this site and scroll down to the song you're looking for to get the pdf file. CCLI numbers are included for your reporting convenience.
2/1/13 - "I Will Follow" Coming Soon!
My new album will be ready mid February. It should be available through CD Baby and iTunes by the end of the month! Songs include: "In This Place", "Far Away", "Longing For You" and 8 more.
10/20/12 - Tracking for "I Will Follow" Is Done!
I've finished recording all the instruments and will begin mixing soon. I'm hoping for an early 2013 release. Sign up for E-News to keep up on the latest info.
8/4/12 - "For Freedom" Now Available
"For Freedom" is now available through WorshipArts for $10 with all money going to fight human trafficking. My song "Far Away" is on here: http://www.worshipartscentral.com/forfreedom.php or at the link below to purchase.
Al Hilgendorf - guitars and vocals; Jefferey Keefer - keys; Chris Chapman - bass; Burton Derney - drums; Jes VanderRoest and Allison Hilgendorf - bgvs. Recorded at EDP studio.
6/15/12 - New Song on a Compilation Record
I will have a new song called "Far Away" on a record called "For Freedom" from the WorshipArts crew. This is a worship project where all the proceeds will be donated to help fight human trafficking. For more info and to pre-order, go to www.worshipartscentral.com/recording
10/6/11 - Guest Speaker at WorshipArts
I will be speaking at WorshipArts again this year on Tues., Oct. 11. For more info see www.worshipartscentral.com
7/6/11 - Free Tune
You can now download the instrumental "Diggin' Indigo" for free from the player on the home page or Own the Music page. Your welcome!
6/21/11 - Concert at Word for Life Church
I will be giving a solo acoustic concert at Word for Life Church of God in Comstock, MI on July 26 at 10 am.
5/12/11 - Now On Twitter
You can now follow the progress of my new record and all things musical on Twitter at @alhilgendorf.
12/05/10 - New Poetry Blog
I started posting some of my poetry here www.evdaypoems.blogspot.com
10/06/10 - Guest Speaker at WorshipArts
There is a great program here in Kalamazoo that teaches middle and high schoolers how to be part of a worship team. You can check them out at www.worshipartscentral.com . I will be a guest speaker on Sat., Oct. 9th.
5/03/10 - Workshop In Big Rapids, MI
I was privileged to take part in a music workshop at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Big Rapids, MI. A couple of the topics I covered were "How to Select a Worship Leader" and "How to Select Songs". I also had the chance to work with their team and lead a service the following Wednesday. The people at Immanuel really have a heart for connecting with God and it was a pleasure to work with them.
4/08/10 - New Song, New Video
Once in awhile, I'll write a song that's not a praise and worship song. I've added a video of a new song on my "Video" page called "That's All There Is". Enjoy!
4/03/10 - Some New Sounds at the Aroma
At the Aroma Coffeehouse in Battle Creek, MI, tonight, I brought out a new toy. It's a Digigtech Jamman looper. It allowed me to play a few songs with bass and drum backing tracks and to loop some guitar chords in real time so that I could play a bit of lead over them. I hope it makes things a little more interesting. I also shot a video of the last song "That's All There Is" that I'll be putting up on YouTube soon.
9/22/09 - Returning to the Aroma Coffeehouse 10/3/09
I will be returning to the Aroma Coffeehouse Saturday, Oct. 3 at 7:00pm. For more info see www.aromacoffeehouse.com.
8/5/09 - Fully Immersed Records Two Songs
Travis McCracken and his group Fully Immersed have released their new CD Lord, I Am Amazed. This West Virginian group has recorded two of Al's songs, "Lord, I Am Amazed" and "Let Heaven Come Down" for this new project and you can check them out here: www.fullyimmersed.com or www.myspace.com/fullyimmersed
6/1/09 - Fete de la Musique in Kalamazoo
Downtown Kalamazoo will be hosting its 3rd Fete de la Musique event Sunday, June 21 from noon until 10pm. This event will have over 60 musicians playing inside and outside various places downtown. I am happy to be participating for the first time this year and will post my place and time here as soon as I know it. Otherwise you can check out their website at www.kalamazoofete.com
Top Ten Songs on Worshipsong.com
Imagine my surprise when I opened the May issue of Technologies For Worship Magazine and found that I had two songs in the top ten at Worshipsong.com in April. "You Are a Mighty God" was #7 and "You Are Faithful (Every Moment) was #10!
Concert at the Aroma Coffeehouse
I played a solo acoustic set at the Aroma Coffeehouse, 202 N. Washington, Battle Creek, MI on Sat., Feb. 21, 2009. It was a great time of music and worship. Check out the new pics in the Photo Gallery. I'll be going back again in October. For more info check out www.aromacoffeehouse.com
New Instrumental Tune
Just finished a new instrumental with my friend Jeff called "Diggin' Indigo". You can hear it on my Listen page or on my MySpace page. It was my first venture in my new studio.
Dig Indigo plays for "Love That Talent"
On Oct. 11, 2008 some of our music team members from Agape' got together to do a song for a Love INC benefit. We called ourselves "Dig Indigo" and the video of the original song "Why Do I Run" can be seen on my Video page.
EDP Publishing is Now a CCLI Member
All the songs on Let Heaven Come Down are registered with Christian Copyright Licensing International. For more information go to http://www.ccli.com/
Now Playing on a Radio Near You...
Calvary Radio Network will be adding 3 songs from Let Heaven Come Down to their playlist. They have Praise and Worship and Teaching stations all over the country. The station in Kalamazoo, MI is WQKO 97.3 fm. For a station near you go to http://www.calvaryradionetwork.com/
Digital Downloads now available
You can now order downloads from Let Heaven Come Down through iTunes, Napster, and other digital stores. Just follow the link on the "Own the CD" page.
CD Release/Night of Praise
We all had a wonderful time...
Al and band were rockin' Friday night, June 8th at Agape Christian Church. The band played 8 songs from the new CD and 1 new song called "Far Away". Check out the pics on the Photo Album page.
You can now order Let Heaven Come Down through CD Baby!
Just follow the link on the "Own the CD" page.