Music has been important to nurturing my Faith
and raising my Daughters.
The turning point was the 700 Club Songwriter's seminars in '93 & '94.
The classes were great but
the talent at the late night Song-Circles
were just this side of Heaven.
Those are moments I'll cherish forever.
Classes by Rich Mullins, Babbie Mason, Dick & Mel Tunney,Tom Jackson, Chuck Sugar,& I could go on.
and the positive influences of Pat Robertson, and The Regent University. Steve Green in '94
I had Fun at the Estes Park Colorado GMA in 2000, And GMA week In Nashville in 2002.
I'm currently the President of the Minnesota Association of Christian Songwriters.
I'm going back to Ghana during July/August 2012
Mike Heilman - Guitar, Lyrics, Vocals, Melody, Harmony. I would gladly welcome the opportunity
to work with a band again.
Besides the cover Band I front for.
My 1st published work was 100 copies an EP on Cassette Tape Feb '95 with Twinfinity songs,
The New Wine, Take Care of My Little Girl, Footprints, & Song of the Bridegroom. & after 2 years of working with
Ron Nagel in his Home Studio -
October '95 (c)1995 my 1st album was released
"Momentum" CDs were delayed by Zomax until Dec.6 '95. The Band formed shortly thereafter.
Besides Mike as lead Singer and Songwriter, friends Nancy Larson on Keyboards,Steve Puumala various Guitars & Drums,Grant Penning on Bass Guitar, & Jeff Berletic on Guitar were the main Players at our New Union shows.
1999 Mike spent a couple months at Angel Beach studio surrounded by the talent of Bruce Kyser, Brad Heck , Tony Hernandez, Blake Anderson,
Mike's uncle Marty Heilman, J.D. Steele, & Marc Ziegenhausen.
Resulting in " Beyond The Edge of Time " (c) 1999
Awarded a spot in the 1999 Mars Music Top 5 regional
"Quit Your Day Job " contest when it was first released.
After 3 Mission trips to Ghana Africa as a volunteer teacher, I released my 3 rd album to include songs
I liked to perform but yet unreleased along with the Background tracks from " Momentum "
resulting in " Rockin' Gems Rarities 2007 " -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
I've also published the " Plenty of Music " compilation CD for the MACS group 2002
& 2009 Cross-Section for MACS compilation # 2 including 6 Artists from a Sonicbids Contest
Also on CD are the KFAI MACS Spotlight on the
Wave Project which Mike hosted 1/21 2007
And the Golden Star FM Interview of Mike in Swedru Ghana Africa from August of 2006.
One of my Favorite works is of a class I taught 5th Graders at Kenwood School (Mpls) in 2003.
" The Riversongs " collaboration is what we shared after 2 weeks of short instruction and recording
the Fun the Kids were having at the Time.
The Fire Inside
Cherish and Adore
We Will Build You Up Together
Bouncing Baby Song
Onward Upward Out of Here
Your Love Goes On
Hey There Slow Down Just a Minute
Seeing You As I Do In My Dreams
Canticle ( Sensuous You )
Starting Out the Week With a Bang
Song of the Bridegroom
Essence of Truth
The Grand Design (long mix)
The New Wine
- The Fire Inside
- Cherish and Adore
- We Will Build You Up Together
- My Inspiration
- The Bouncing Baby Song
- Onward Upward Out Of Here
- Your Love Goes On
- Seeing You As I Do In My Dreams
- Starting out the week with a bang
- The Grand Design
- Song of the Bridegroom
- Living Proof
- Canticle ( Sensuous You )
- Essence of Truth
NCU magazine Spring 2009
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Connect page 23 Alumni,1986 Michael Heilman('86) has been married for over 23 years to NCU graduat... Connect page 23 Alumni,1986
Michael Heilman('86) has been married for over 23 years to NCU graduate Cheryl Brazil Heilman('91). They have two adult daughters. Michael is President of the Minnesota Association of Christian Songwriters.He has three albums of original Christian Contemporary Music and other published works.(www.Maxinfinity.com).
Twin Cities Christian Community Fair
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3 Pages including Advertisement , Placement of Booth on layout of the Rivercentre Floorplan, list o...3 Pages including Advertisement
, Placement of Booth on layout of the Rivercentre Floorplan, list of Participants on the Main Stage Saturday November 14th 10 AM - 10:45 AM
Uptown Famous Dave's hosts Minnesota Association of Christian Songwriters
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Uptown Famous Dave’s hosts Minnesota Association of Christian Songwriters Showcase by Bryan...Uptown Famous Dave’s hosts Minnesota Association of Christian Songwriters Showcase
by Bryan Malley
MINNEAPOLIS — Famous Dave’s BBQ & Blues at Calhoun Square has been named “Best Blues Bar” multiple times by the City Pages. The venue is best known for live blues music and tasty food offered seven days a week.
On Wednesday, April 30, from 8 to 11:30 p.m., Famous Dave’s BBQ & Blues will host a slightly different event—the second Minnesota Association of Christian Songwriters Showcase. Performers at the free event will include: The Rotators, Simply Servants, Judge Bennett Blues Band, Matt Christianson and Mike Hielman.
“Christian music has a viable place in the entertainment industry locally and nationally. My hope is to show this to Famous Dave’s and their clientele through our Showcase events,” said Scott Duffy-Koltes, local Christian songwriter, member of Simply Servants, and director of the MACS Showcase. “For venues, it can be both profitable and family friendly. For us it is still ministry. We hope that the words to our songs plant seeds in hearts and open the door for God’s love to embrace the listener.”
Mike Hielman, a performer at the MACS Showcase and current president of the group, believes the world needs more Christian music.
“The people of this world are listening to some stuff that just grinds them down,” he said.
MACS exists to “encourage, educate, and equip songwriters who are called to use their gifts of music and lyrics to glorify God, edify the body of Christ, and point the way to Jesus Christ.”
Before he became a Christian, songwriter John Bennett founded the Minnesota Songwriters Association in 1979, which still exists today (as the Minnesota Association of Songwriters). Bennett became a Christian in 1985 and began writing Gospel songs.
After taking time off from attending MSA meetings, Bennett decided to bring some of his Christian songs to be critiqued by other songwriters at a local MSA meeting in 1989.
“At that meeting I heard a bunch of hopeless heartbreak songs, but I was surprised to hear someone with a soulful voice singing a Christian song—the only one that evening,” Bennett recalls.
Bennett was introduced to the songwriter, Christine Fox, and after attending a few more of the secular gatherings, the two decided it was not the best place to find support for Christian songs. Fox opened her home to a small group of Christian songwriters to gather for a time.
“I found the subject matter for writing Christian songs was very inspiring and unlimited, and it helped me to study the Bible as I did research to write each song,” Bennett said.
After that group “fizzled out,” Bennett continued to organize meetings under the newly formed Minnesota Association of Christian Songwriters. Early meetings were attended by around 20 people, with more and more joining as time went on.
In 1999, MACS became a non-profit organization. The group now meets on a monthly basis to network with members and sharpen songwriting skills. Attended by all skill levels of musicians, MACS meetings feature song critiques and sharing of songwriting techniques.
There are about 50 active MACS members, with a mailing list of several hundred songwriters throughout the state.
“Our meetings are very friendly and fun to be at,” said Bennett, who currently serves as vice president of communications for MACS. “Most of the time people return again. We sometimes meet in each others’ homes for playing music together and share a meal. We have served on each others’ worship teams, have had an annual picnic in Como Park, and an annual Christmas party.”
Over the years, MACS has sponsored events at coffee houses, Northwestern Book Stores, the Crossroads Chapel at the State Fair, and many local churches. MACS members also help each other record in the studio by lending additional instrumentation or vocals.
In 2003, MACS released a compilation CD featuring 19 songs by 11 local Christian songwriters. The sales from that project are being saved to produced another compilation CD in the future.
“For another CD project, we would need more sponsors to help fund things like publicity, recording studio discounts, artwork, production of the CD, and a concert series,” Bennett said. “Over the years, I have seen God’s blessing come through over and over. It never ceases to amaze me.”
Moving forward, MACS leadership would like to reach out to younger, up-and-coming songwriters through mentoring relationships and outreach to local churches.
“We hope that music pastors will let all the songwriters in their churches, young and old, know about our monthly songwriter meetings,” Bennett said.
ACTION POINT:To learn more about the Minnesota Association of Christian Songwriters, visit www.macsmn.org.
Published by Minnesota Christian Chronicle — April 2008
Minnesota Christian Chronicle (763) 746-2468 • MCC is a part of the Christian Examiner Newspaper Group • © Minnesota Christian Chronicle
Minnesota Assoc.of Christian Songwriters helps artists create music
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Half page above the fold interview about the MACS group & new CD release. in keeping with their pa...Half page above the fold interview about the MACS group & new CD release.
in keeping with their past tradition they typo'ed & gave my brother Mark credit
I have some songs with Christian themes and some without. some are more fitting than others depending on the potential for Ministry of the Moment & of the venue. I rarely do cover songs for an audience. That may change when I form a band again.
There are no upcoming dates at this time.