"The emergence of quality albums from independent artists continues to be on the rise. (Todd Hoover continues) to show that a growing number of young church musicians are embracing different values as compared to the industry (speaking both musically and theologically, and perhaps even financially) for the songs they write and produce … ("The Whole Spirit: Redemption Songs" contains) tasteful, musical, liturgically-oriented, congregation-friendly songs, thoughtfully wedding old worship forms and songs with new settings. Folk-indie, while more classically-oriented in singing and some instrumentation." – Zac Hicks, associate pastor of worship and liturgy at Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church in Denver (5/29/12)
"Kind of modern-day hymns … pretty cool stuff … I really liked the choir sound … and his vocals are great as well … biblical and lifting of Christ!" – Derek Jordan, children’s pastor at Lakewood Christian Centre (5/19/12)
"The Whole Spirit: Redemption Songs" was counted among the "great music" featured in The Worship Community's new releases section (5/29/12).
"If You're the Same God" was selected as a Soundcloud "gem" by Chicago-based indie music blog Faronheit and streamed accordingly (6/1/12).
"Weaklings" has been added to the online playlist of Christian Originals Radio (5/31/12).
Todd Hoover has spent the past decade looking for increasingly creative ways to offer his musical gifts back the triune God from whom he received them, both as a worship musician in the sanctuary and as a singer/songwriter in the coffeehouse. He has regularly volunteered at seven different churches, planning, leading, and composing worship; rehearsing various musical ensembles; organizing charity events; hosting a weekly theological book study; occasionally preaching sermons; and otherwise ministering in various capacities. In addition, he has performed as a semi-professional musical performer at various West Coast venues since 2003, both as a solo artist and in five different bands (The Invisible Teal, Uggamugga, Mutual Friends, The Nature of Things, The Matrishka House).
After wrestling with inclinations toward ministry for roughly five years, Todd entered Fuller Theological Seminary’s worship and music ministry program in early 2009 and will be graduating in June 2012. He has been heavily involved in the activities of student groups such as Fuller Arts Collective and The Fuller Company (presiding over the former group during this past year), and hopes to continue encouraging people toward sacrifices of good works and generosity (Heb. 13:16, NRSV) in whatever capacity and locale God decides to lead him.
Todd’s latest album, "The Whole Spirit: Redemption Songs," is a long-form worship piece written as an exploration of music’s relatedness to metanoia (the Koine Greek noun for “repentance”). This progressive, Advent-themed folk liturgy -- which was officially released May 8, 2012 and consists of nine distinct movements that are sequenced as individual tracks -- examines the multifaceted potential for music to redirect humanity’s affective, cognitive, and behavioral loyalty toward He whose redemptive grace and truth is infinitely more powerful than history’s most poignant tunes (Mark 1:1-8, NRSV).
"The Whole Spirit: Redemption Songs" is now available for stream and download at Amazing Tunes, Bandcamp, and Vibedeck. Thank you very much for listening.
Radiohead, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Beach Boys, Eels, REM, Chuck Berry, Sufjan Stevens, Ponytail, Red House Painters, The Rolling Stones, Bright Eyes, The National, Pixies, Richard Thompson, Okkervil River, Shearwater, The Wrens, The Antlers, Wild Beasts, Les Savy Fav, The Velvet Underground, The Stooges, Can, Pink Floyd, Brian Eno, Neil Young, David Bowie, Roxy Music, Sonic Youth, Jimi Hendrix, The Kinks, Big Star, Television, Wire, The Sex Pistols, Meat Puppets, Larry Norman, Keith Green, 2nd Chapter of Acts, Marty Haugen, Brooke Fraser, Matt Beem, Daryl Scherrer, Kyle Shevlin, Michael Wright, Art Bamford, Tim Sheerman, Tanya Riches, Delonte Gholston, Andrea Gacs, Bobby Chow, The Gillian Grannum Project, Bruce Benedict, I could keep going but you're probably already bored.