The formal beginnings of what is now known globally as ‘Vineyard worship’ with its hallmarks of honest and intimate expressions of worship to God, happened in Southern California in 1982.
‘Mercy/Vineyard’ was its first incarnation which later became ‘Vineyard Music’ and was set up as a vehicle for producing and distributing the powerful worship songs that were coming out of the Vineyard movement. This was during a time of powerful renewal of the Church both in the USA and then globally. Led by the late John Wimber, this renewal was heralded by a new move of the Holy Spirit primarily expressed through intimate worship songs that sang to God rather than about Him. Indeed, it was no accident that John was himself a musician who had turned his back on a lucrative career in the music industry to pursue the calling God had placed on his life – John knew the power of music and also knew how to bring out the best in the creative community that was increasingly being attracted to the Vineyard movement of churches.
Over the next 25 years Vineyard worship has had great influence on the modern church worldwide. In 1998 the UK division of Vineyard Music released the first Vineyard worship recording outside of North America ‘Come Now Is The Time’. The album and particularly the title track spread around the world like wildfire and quickly reached the Top 5 of the CCLI charts. A year later the ‘Hungry’ album was released which went on to become Vineyard Music’s best ever selling worship album. Eighteen full-length UK albums (both studio and live) have followed since then as well as numerous box sets, EP’s and two live DVD’s.