For Kat Newland, praise and worship is more than music; it is what she does in response to God’s presence in her life. Her desire is that when she leads worship it will call others to worship and to experience the awesome work of God through His Holy Spirit. Driven by a deep love for the Lord, she inspires individuals to move into that deep place of worship where hearts and lives can be renewed, restored and changed by the Holy presence of God.
A native of Southern California, Kat had her first experience getting up in front of people in Kindergarten at the age of 5 for the school Christmas play. She joined the school choir in junior high through her mother’s urging and picking up the guitar at the age of 14, she found a new way to tell stories from her heart.
She accepted the Lord Jesus as her Savior when she was 20 but fell away from her faith 2 years later through the tragic death of her mother who died of cancer at a young age and through a violent crime against herself. “It was easier to turn my back on God, blame Him for all of the sadness I experienced and walk away from my faith than it was to lean on Him for the healing and support I have since come to know in my daily walk with Him".
Kat recognized her calling to be a worship leader through the gentle push and guidance of friend and mentor Darren Butler, worship leader/youth pastor of Calvary Chapel in Oxnard California. She started leading worship for women’s retreats, which evolved into leading worship for mid-week study and then into Sunday morning worship for two services. Currently she serves as a worship leader for Home Group Study at Calvary Chapel in Malibu, California. She is a singer, songwriter that also serves as a guest worship leader for other churches and at different Christian festivals and events all over the U.S.
She debuted her first CD titled “Praise Him” in February of 2006 and has since re-mixed a couple of the songs off of that CD for a demo package. Her song “Come Let Us Exalt the Lord” shot the charts and went to number one on the Spirit Radio charts. Her song is currently playing on Christian Radio in New England. Kat was also nominated for the 2007 Momentum Awards, sponsored by Indieheaven at the CIA summit in Tennessee.
Kat knows how God can take a broken and hardened heart and soften it, mold it and use it for His glory. It is only through His Grace and Mercy that we can find our one true purpose in life; to worship and glorify His Son Jesus Christ and to proclaim that He is the only way to eternal life. It is only by accepting Him as our Savior that we can know the lasting joy and peace that passes all understanding.
“Psalm 92:1-4 says: It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name, O Most High, to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night, to the music of the ten-stringed lyre and the melody of the harp, for you make me glad by your deeds, O Lord; I sing for joy at the works of your hands”.