Paul Joseph Baloche (// bə-LOSH; born on June 4, 1962) is an American Christian music artist, worship leader, and singer-songwriter. A native of Maple Shade Township, New Jersey, Baloche was the worship pastor at Community Christian Fellowship in Lindale, Texas for 26 years. He and his wife, Rita left Texas in January 2015, moving to New York City to be nearer family. Baloche composes on piano and acoustic guitar, favoring guitar when leading worship. His wife, Rita Baloche, is also a Christian songwriter. Baloche is one of the writers for Compassionart, a charity founded by Martin Smith from Delirious?.
Paul Baloche in concert in 2007
|Birth name||Paul Joseph Baloche|
|Born||June 4, 1962|
|Origin||Camden, New Jersey, U.S.|
|Genres||Worship, contemporary Christian|
|Occupation(s)||Worship leader, songwriter, singer|
|Associated acts||Don Moen, Rita Baloche|
In 1989, he became a worship pastor at the Christian Christian Fellowship Church in Lindale, Smith County, Texas, until 2015 when he moved to New York City. In 1992, he released his first album He is Faithful.
Top-ranked songs include "Open the Eyes of My Heart", "Hosanna", "Your Name", "Today Is the Day", and "Above All". Baloche has received numerous Dove Awards over the years. He was nominated for Song of the Year in both the 2002 and 2003 Dove Awards, and in 2002, Michael W. Smith's version of the same song won Inspirational Recorded Song of the Year. Baloche was also nominated for Songwriter of the Year in 2002. In 2009, Baloche won a Dove Award for Inspiration Recorded Song of the Year as co-author of "A New Hallelujah" with Michael W. Smith and his wife Debbie Smith.
Baloche has been a pioneer in providing visual instructional resources for church worship teams. In 1995, he released The Worship Guitar Series, a set of three videos. Between 2002 and 2006, he released The Modern Worship Series, a set of eight instructional DVDs focused on helping church worship teams increase their skill and confidence. In 2005, he released the book God Songs, a practical resource for worship songwriters, currently in its 8th printing.
His catalog of twelve albums is focused on providing worship music for churches to use in their Sunday morning services. His albums are released by his publisher Integrity Music. In addition to songwriting, Baloche participates in several seminars for worship leaders and musicians throughout North America and Asia.
The 2006 release A Greater Song is a live recording featuring songs by Baloche, some co-written with worship artists including Matt Redman ("A Greater Song") and former Integrity Music president Don Moen ("Thank You Lord").
The 2009 release Glorious featured the single "Just to Be With You", which Baloche explained "is simply about intimacy with God."
On April 3, 2012 Baloche released album The Same Love featuring the single "The Same Love".
On October 29, 2013, Baloche also released a live Christmas worship album featured old and new songs suitable for use during the Christmas season.
Numerous artists have performed Baloche's songs, including Michael W. Smith, Casting Crowns, Rebecca St. James, Phillips, Craig and Dean, Anthony Evans, and Sonicflood. Baloche has co-written songs with Aaron Shust, Kari Jobe, Meredith Andrews, and Lincoln Brewster for use on their respective albums.
Baloche has a son, David, with whom he has collaborated with on the 2017 album Labyrinth.
Studio & Live
- He is Faithful (1992)
- First Love (1998)
- Open the Eyes of My Heart (2000)
- God of Wonders (2001)
- Offering of Worship (2003)
- A Greater Song (2006)
- Our God Saves (2007)
- Live in Asia (2009) (Recorded live in Seoul, South Korea)
- Glorious (2009)
- The Same Love (2012)
- Christmas Worship (live) (2013)
- Live (2014)
- Christmas Worship, Vol. 2 (2015)
- Your Mercy (2016)
- For Unto Us: Christmas Worship Live From London (2017)
- Ouvre les yeux de mon coeur (2008) - French version of Open the Eyes of My Heart
- Glorieux (2013) - French version of Glorious
- The Writer's Collection (2008)
- Ultimate Collection (2018)
- Worship Guitar Series - Volume 1 (VHS - 1995)
- Worship Guitar Series - Volume 2 (VHS - 1998)
- Worship Guitar Series - Electric Guitar (VHS - 2000)
- Visual Songbook - God of Wonders (CD-ROM - 2000)
- Modern Worship Series - Music Styles (DVD - 2003)
- Modern Worship Series - Worship Band Workshop (DVD - 2003)
- Modern Worship Series - Leading Worship: Creating Flow (DVD - 2003)
- Paul Baloche DVD Songbook Volume 1 (Songbook + DVD - 2003)
- Modern Worship Series - Music Theory Made Easy (DVD - 2005)
- Modern Worship Series - Acoustic Guitar (DVD - 2006)
- Paul Baloche DVD Songbook Volume 2 (Songbook + DVD - 2006)
- Modern Worship Series - Electric Guitar (DVD - 2007)
- Modern Worship Series - Worship Vocal Workshop (DVD - 2007)
- Modern Worship Series - Beginning Guitar (DVD - 2008)
- Glorious - CD Companion Video (DVD - 2010)
- The Worship Series - Leading Worship: Pastoring people and developing skill (DVD - 2011)
- The Worship Series - Worship Band Workshop (DVD - 2011)
- The Worship Series - The Journey of a Song (DVD - 2011)
- The Same Love - CD Companion Video (DVD - 2012)
- American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. "God My Rock, Work ID No. 884337863 ISWC No. T9126089325". American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Retrieved November 9, 2015. Work ID No. 884337863 ISWC No. T9126089325
- Price, Deborah Evans. "Higher Ground: 'Greater' Collaborations for Baloche", Billboard, May 13, 2006.
- O'Connor, Dave. "Just in time for Easter, a new worship ‘masterpiece’ from Paul Baloche" Archived December 3, 2013, at the Wayback Machine, Intelligencer Journal, April 6, 2012. Accessed December 2, 2013. "Baloche, a worship leader and Maple Shade, N.J. native, has enlisted the help of a virtual who's-who in Christian music with 'The Same Love.'"
- Compassionart: The Album Archived May 5, 2009, at the Wayback Machine 2008.
- Jenelle Janci, Paul Baloche, at Landis Hall Saturday, says new season of life influenced latest album, lancasteronline.com, USA, October 25, 2017
- Radio-rfe, Biographie Paul Baloche, radio-rfe.com, France, accessed January 23, 2019
- Masoncountypress, Christian musician Paul Baloche to host competition, concerts, masoncountypress.com, USA, March 7, 2017
- Urbanchristiannews.com, Paul Baloche to Release New Album, “Your Mercy,” October 7, urbanchristiannews.com, USA, September 21, 2016
- Timothy Yap, Paul Baloche “Live” Album Review, hallels.com, USA, March 14, 2014
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- 33rd Annual Dove Award Nominations Announced Today, January 24, 2002[dead link]
- 2009 Dove Award Winners Archived April 27, 2009, at the Wayback Machine 2009.
- New Paul Baloche CD And Tour Dates, 2006
- "Just To Be With You Songfacts". Songfacts.com. Retrieved January 10, 2013.
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- "Exclusive: Paul Baloche talks about new Christmas album, 'Christmas Worship'". The Underground. Retrieved February 18, 2014.
- "2013 - 35th Annual Covenant Awards". Gospel Music Association of Canada. Archived from the original on November 11, 2013. Retrieved July 15, 2014.
- "Michael W. Smith - Worship". AllMusic. Retrieved July 18, 2014.
- "Casting Crowns - Peace n Earth". AllMusic. Retrieved July 18, 2014.
- "Rebecca St. James - Worship God". AllMusic. Retrieved July 18, 2014.
- "Phillips, Craig & Dean - Fearless". AllMusic. Retrieved July 18, 2014.
- "Phillips, Craig & Dean - Let My Words Be Few". AllMusic. Retrieved July 18, 2014.
- "Phillips, Craig & Dean - Top of My Lungs". AllMusic. Retrieved July 18, 2014.
- "Anthony Evans - The Bridge". AllMusic. Retrieved July 18, 2014.
- "SONICFLOOd - SONIC FLOOd". AllMusic. Retrieved July 18, 2014.
- "SONICFLOOd - Sonicpraise". AllMusic. Retrieved July 18, 2014.
- "Aaron Shust - Morning Rises". AllMusic. Retrieved July 18, 2014.
- "Kari Jobe - Majestic". AllMusic. Retrieved July 18, 2014.
- "Kari Jobe - Kari Jobe". AllMusic. Retrieved July 18, 2014.
- "Meredith Andrews - As Long As It Takes". AllMusic. Retrieved July 18, 2014.
- "Lincoln Brewster - Real Life". AllMusic. Retrieved July 18, 2014.
- "Lincoln Brewster - Today Is The Day". AllMusic. Retrieved July 18, 2014.
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