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Southwestern Assemblies of God University students produces worship albumWaxahachie, TXJanuary 16, 2012Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) sophomore Joseph Drinkard recorded his first album titled “I Serve A King”.

After a series of personal crises, one of Joseph’s mentors encouraged him to put what he was going through into his music. “I can remember walking into my church not knowing what to write,” says Drinkard. “I sat down at the keyboard and began to worship. I decided that I wanted to be honest with the Lord about what I was going through and what I was feeling.”

Drinkard completed the title track of the album “I Serve A King” soon after. Drinkard says that writing the first song was confirmation from the Lord to continue to write from his experiences. The album is comprised of seven original tracks.

Through Joseph’s website, he has been able to answer questions and promote SAGU. On several occasions, Drinkard has answered questions on his blog about the school, whether a question about Campus Days or the admissions process. Joseph was unaware that he was representing the University through his ministry. Several Campus Days guests came after the response on Drinkard’s site.

Drinkard is a Music Ministries major, and is involved in several ministries on the campus. Joseph plays synth keyboard on one of the chapel worship teams and has led worship for the Student Mission’s Association (SMA) revival prayer meetings. In the fall semester, Drinkard started traveling with The Call, one of SAGU’s traveling worship bands. Joseph plays the keys and sings background vocals.

“Upon coming to SAGU, I felt it was a season that the Lord wanted me to focus on specific things. I’ve learned and experienced so many great things through the music ministries department here.” Joseph says.

“I can tell that his album is nothing but his heart – all of the songs are genuine,” says SAGU student Darlise Edwards.

Joseph raised much of his funds during December. All contributions towards his goal went towards the producing of the album, including recording, mastering and CD duplication. Drinkard was overwhelmed by the response from his peers. “I knew I would have support from my friends and family at home in Shreveport (Louisiana), but the support from SAGU students has been phenomenal,” Joseph says.

Joseph’s album will be released on February 7. In late December, Drinkard recorded his tracks and made a promotional video, explaining the meaning behind each of the songs. On his way back from recording the album, Drinkard wrote in this in his blog:

“My goal in all of this is simple: lift Jesus’ name higher. If people remember me, fine. If that’s all they remember, that’s a travesty. I want people to encounter Jesus, his hope, his love, and his power.”

“This album was birthed out of brokenness, but is all about hope. It’s a testimony of God’s faithfulness in uncertain times,” says Drinkard. “My hope is that whoever this album reaches is as encouraged by it as I was writing it.”

Drinkard has spread the word of his album through various venues and is currently hosting album giveaways through Facebook and his website/blog. For more information on Drinkard’s album and ministry, visit www.josephdrinkard.com or search “Joseph Drinkard Music” on Facebook.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The University was established in 1927, and now offers more than 60 associate, bachelor’s or master’s degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.