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""strong new album...""

"With a strong new album, THE BEAUTIFUL EFFECT, just released, and nominations for Male Vocalist of the Year, Rock Artist of the Year and Worship Artist of the Year on indieheaven.com, wahba is spreading his worship through his melodic riff-heavy rock, funk grooves and classic power pop, and he is adamant that file sharing and downloading his music is the best way to do it." - Get Out Magazine


""freewheeling, infectious modern rock with worship emphasis""

"[wahba] offers a refreshingly unselfconscious alternative to contemporary worship music bolstered by hooky arrangements and meaty riffs." - methodX reviews


""...a great release, both musically and lyrically.""

"Overall this is a great release both musically and lyrically. The first six songs had my heart pumping with their driving beats. While the last seven songs put me into more of an introspective deep thinking mode." - Christian Rockers Online


"indieheaven.com, review #1"

"wahba is a gifted musician, songwriter and worship leader, if you haven't already you need to have him to your church or club!" - Daniel Hamar, worship pastor, Crosspointe, Tempe, AZ


"indieheaven.com, review #2"

"one listen and my son was singing your song around the house. catchy! great groove. my kinda stuff! thank you." - Toby Newnum, worship pastor, Tucson Community Church, Tucson, AZ


"indieheaven.com, review #3"

"Wahba is a driven and creative young man. He has a delightful band and he's a fine song writer.... plus, he's not afraid to throw the funk in there when he has to." - Todd Baio, worship leader and indie artist, Chandler, AZ


"indieheaven.com, review #4"

"Wahba is unique and a fresh voice in worship and Christian music." - Eric Tozzi, worship leader, indie artist, Tempe, AZ


""an excellent CD""

"Congratulations on an excellent CD. The production is excellent, and the music is outstanding. I just listened to [the beautiful effect] this morning and prepared the tracks for broadcast. I don't normally put Indie Artists into my regular rotation, but I was so impressed with your CD that I have added it to the regular rotation. Even though it is a worship CD, and my station is a Christian rock station, I felt that your songs had just enough edge to them and were high enough quality that they would [work]." - Mr. Bill, Station Manager, HDCR Broadcasting


""catchy tunes""

"Mr. Wahba writes some catchy tunes, and has a tight backing band rounding out the overall sound. ...his honesty and energy make [these] tracks come alive---both figuratively and spiritually." - mish mash music reviews


Discography

live @ GJ's [2007]
crash compilation, the rage edition [2007] - featured song, "blessed one"
crash compilation, the rage edition [2006] - featured song, "giver"
the beautiful effect [2005]
proskyneo [2004] - solo debut
meridian [2003] - producer, musician, and principal songwriter

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"we just want to connect them to the Maker...."
it's been 16 years since wahba first picked up a guitar. since then, the calling of this egyptian-american worship artist has become more and more clear: to write and lead worship songs that engage people with their Creator. disarming and multi-sensory, disarming and multi-sensory, worship services with this 2006 Momentum Awards "Worship Artist of the Year" nominee have helped make that connection.

frequently incorporating congregational scripture readings, communion, and "multiple-choice-worship" (where the congregation gets to choose what is sung), worship experiences with wahba have been compared to the likes of David Crowder and Chris Tomlin.

"we stay pretty busy...."
supporting his solo releases, LIVE @ GJ'S (2007), THE BEAUTIFUL EFFECT (2005) and PROSKYNEO (2004), wahba has played over 250 times in the past two years of his ministry. his congregation-audiences have ranged from youth & college-age to adult services. he and his band (currently Tim Ernst on drums and Jonathan Kingsley on bass guitar) have led worship with groups from multiple ethnic backgrounds, gathering an email list of over 500 fans. since early 2006, they have been invited to open for Natalie Grant, Leeland, Pillar, Kutless, By the Tree, Christafari and FFH.

"it's modern worship - that doesn't sound like U2"
drawing less from modern shoe-gazer-soft-rock or contemporary nu-metal heroics, wahba's edgy/raw music style is more like Led Zeppelin meets Stevie Wonder. funky, soulful and loud.

though currently seeking management and label representation, wahba has garnered much industry attention as an independent artist. THE BEAUTIFUL EFFECT reached the top ten on multiple indie charts in early 2006. wahba remained within the top 20 highest rated artists on Indieheaven.com for the majority of 2006. and recently, wahba had three songs simultaneously chart within the top ten Christian rock tracks on the Podsafe Network.

"go ahead - burn, download, share"
wahba insists that his music is not his own. that his songs are the creation of One greater than he. therefore, he is commonly heard telling his fans to burn and copy his CDs for all their friends. licensing all his songs under a creative commons copyright, wahba freely encourages burning, sharing and downloading of his music.

wahba... progressive :: emergent :: worship ::