Fred McKinnon is a Pianist/Composer from St. Simons Island, GA. Checkout the full BIO for more information and a complete bio.
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“Refuge” – Piano Instrumental for Prayer, Meditation, Soaking Worship
This morning as I was having my personal time of prayer and devotion, I found myself remembering some lyrics from an old worship song by an artist named Darrel Evans. He released a few albums on the Integrity Music label many years ago and they were some of my all-time favorite songs. One song of his was called “Refuge” and it was a beautiful acoustic ballad that confessed God as our refuge.
I’ve been in this season of my life where I’m seeing many of the things I’ve worked hard to build seem to crumble down. Let me be the first to say that many times, “things are not as they seem”. Yet, it’s just a feeling I have. In this chorus there is this phrase:
When the world is shaken and nothing stands, I will hold onto Your hand. Refuge, You’re my Refuge.
(from Refuge by Darrel Evans)
This morning I wanted to try my best to recreate this feeling in music. There is safety and security in refuge yet I found myself staying in the Key of F minor, but with frequent moves into relative major keys. Musically, that represented that even in the storm there are rays of light, security, and most of all … refuge.
I can’t imagine what your life is like today. Perhaps you’re in desperate need of refuge or perhaps you’ve never been in a more steady, secure place. My hope is that as you listen to today’s interlude you will find that peaceful moment to stop, be thankful, and be reassured.
“New Mercies Every Morning” – Piano Instrumental for Prayer, Meditation, & Relaxation
Thank you for listening to Episode #125 of the Worship Interludes Podcast, entitled “New Mercies Every Morning”. I often create these interludes based on some inspiring Scripture or conversation I may have with friends. I was in a conversation with a friend a couple of days ago who was asking for prayers for his business. It was a stressful time and I could sense the worry that he was feeling.
A little while later I found myself reading my Bible during my morning devotion. My daily reading plan happened to direct me to the following passage:
If you walk in My statutes and keep My commandments, and perform them, then I will give you rain in its season, the land shall yield its produce, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit. Your threshing shall last till the time of vintage, and the vintage shall last till the time of sowing; you shall eat your bread to the full, and dwell in your land safely.
Leviticus 26: 3-5 (NKJV)
This passage immediately made me think of my friend and I encouraged him with this Scripture. It’s a challenge from God to keep His law and the blessings that He will bestow upon us when we do. I do realize this is an Old Testament passage and that as New Testament believers, are right-standing with God is not based on how well we keep the Law. At the same time, I know that God does bless us when we are obedient, in much the same way I bless my own children as their earthly Father.
His response to me was the reminder that God’s mercy is great. I agree wholeheartedly and remembered this well-known passage:
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
Lamentations 3: 22-23 (ESV)
As I recorded this interlude I was meditating on the goodness of God, His faithfulness, and the fact that His mercies are brand new for us every single day. I chose the cover image for this interlude to be a road with the sun coming up. It represents a new day dawning on our path – and the assurance that his mercies are brand new.
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Fred McKinnon, a pianist and composer from St. Simons Island, Georgia, has recently been welcomed onto the official artist roster for Whisperings Solo Piano Radio.
Whisperings features the biggest names in solo piano music, with over 300 represented piano artists. The collective was founded by David Nevue, an incredibly successful solo piano artist from Oregon, USA. David Nevue and the Whisperings Solo Piano Radio were recently featured in a fascinating story about the genre of solo piano music in Rolling Stones Magazine.
“It’s a great honor to be added to the roster at Whisperings Solo Piano Radio. I’ve known David Nevue for years and have always been a huge fan of his music. The talent displayed within this roster of solo piano artists is vast and I’m humbled to be included.
Fred McKinnon, Pianist/Composer
Nevue launched Whisperings: Solo Piano Radio on August 1st, 2003 as a vehicle for promoting his own particular flavor of piano music. In the beginning, he invited a few of his pianist friends to join him on the broadcast. He then sought out other like-minded pianists on sites like CD Baby. Before long, Nevue stopped looking because CD submissions for his Whisperings radio broadcast were pouring in from all over the world.
Now, after fifteen years “on the air,” Whisperings: Solo Piano Radio is home to over 340 talented piano artists and broadcasts to tens of thousands of piano music fans from all over the world every day. The program offers both a free stream that is supported by advertising and a premium stream with no advertising and customizable features for the listener.
Fred McKinnon has been creating instrumental music for years. His first album, “QuietTimes Keyboard Instrumental” was recorded in his college apartment with a single keyboard and sold thousands of copies. The following year, “QuietTimes” Volume 2 was released which featured Fred McKinnon on keyboards and his friend, Deutsch (Dutch) Heidler on saxophone. These two albums were designed to provide continuous play instrumental music for prayer, quiet time, and devotion.
In the Fall of 1998, Fred released his first solo piano album, “Be Glorified“. This album features cover arrangements of some of the classic praise and worship songs such as “As The Deer”, “Holy and Anointed One”, “I Am The God That Healeth Thee”, and others. This is still one of Fred’s best selling and streaming albums of all time.
After releasing “Be Glorified” in 1998, Fred’s life got very busy working in churches and running several internet-based businesses. He did record his first (and only, thus far) live praise and worship album in 2005, “Worship Under the Stars” – a dynamic praise and worship album recorded on Jekyll Island, Georgia.
Although he was making music daily in his role as a church musician, the recording stopped. Then in February of 2017, Fred began to record and release his own improvisational interludes that came out of his morning devotions as the “Worship Interludes” podcast. This podcast is currently being downloaded over 1,000 times per day by listeners across more than 260 countries in the world.
In 2017, Fred released his forth album, “Worship Interludes Volume 1” which was his second official solo piano album. This was a compilation of some of his favorite interludes that were released on the podcast over the previous year.
After serving as a Worship Leader and Music Director in the local church for more than 24 years, Fred’s season as a staff church musician ended in the Fall of 2018. He felt strongly that this next season of his life would be focused on his gifts as a pianist and composer. In December of 2018, Fred released his first Christmas album, “Silent Night”. The Christmas album enjoyed immediate success, charting in iTunes Holiday Charts Top 50, Top 100, and on Billboard Magazine’s “New Age” chart.
Whisperings Concert Weekend in Atlanta, GA
Despite having communicated with David Nevue for more than a decade, Fred’s piano music had never really found it’s way into his ears. With all of the changes in Fred’s life in the Fall of 2018, David and Fred reconnected and from that moment, Fred was invited to attend the annual Whisperings Concert Weekend in Atlanta, GA as an artist.
Each year, dozens of Whisperings artists gather for the annual Whisperings Solo Piano All-Star Concert Weekend, where 30 artists perform across two shows and the “Whisperings Album of the Year” trophy is awarded. This year’s weekend will be hosted in Atlanta, Georgia. The Solo Piano “Discovery” Concert features both up and coming and established piano artists in a very intimate setting on Saturday, February 9th. The “All Star” Concert will be on Sunday, February 10th, and is considered the Solo Piano Concert of the Year!
The 2019 “All Star Concert” will be featuring performances by Philip Wesley, Christine Brown, Stanton Lanier, Masako, Wayne Gratz, Michael Allen Harrison, David Nevue, Joe Bongiorno, Joe Yamada PLUS the Nominees for Whisperings Album of the Year…. Adam Andrews, Mary Lydia Ryan, Michael Martinez, Matthew Mayer, Robin Spielberg, William Ogmundson and Michael Logozar!
Dozens of Whisperings artists will be present at the event to meet in person. The Album of the Year will be awarded at the end of the show! Come and join us for an exciting evening of solo piano “All Star” performances!
Fred McKinnon’s music can be discovered on all digital platforms, including: Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, Amazon Music, Google Play Music, YouTube, and many more. His “Worship Interludes” podcast is available on all podcasting platforms.