Great Christian Music You Should Know


hey everyone,

Hope you’re well.  I’ve been digging into Spotify lately and have started a new playlist called:

Great Christian Music You Should Know

I update this playlist often and add new songs often.   Here’s the current playlist:

Clean Heart – Matt Maher
Point To You – We Are Messengers
The Lion And the Lamb – Big Daddy Weave
Resurrecting – Elevation Worship
Walking on Water – NeedToBreathe
Canyons – Corey Voss
God Who Moves the Mountains – Corey Voss
My Victory – Crowder
All In – Matthew West
O God Forgive Us – For King & Country
Wonder – Hillsong United
Your Love Awakens Me – Phil Wickham
Whole Heart – Brandon Heath
My Defender – Jeremy Camp
Good Life – Love & the Outcome
Broken Things – Matthew West
Won’t Let Me Go – John Tibbs
God is on the Move – 7eventh Time Down
Tears – Matt Hammitt
I Surrender – Rhett Walker Band
Heartland – John Tibbs
Safe in My Father’s Arms – Sanctus Real
Rise – Danny Gokey
You Redeem – Aaron Shust
Your Love Defends Me – Matt Maher
Bulletproof – Citizen Way
I Won’t Let You Go – Switchfoot
Gates – Love & the Outcome

So.  Check out the list, Follow the list, Listen to the list.  Thanks for being here.

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2.15.17 – The Weekly Walk – Psalm 46

2.15.17 – The Weekly Walk – Psalm 46.

Hey everyone, hope you’re well and the week is going great.  We had a great time on Monday night at Monday Night Worship.  We had over 50 people tune in to our Facebook live stream.  If you missed it, you can watch it by CLICKING HERE.

There were a lot of prayer requests & there was just a lot going on so, please take a minute and pray for each other as we do each week.  Appreciate you guys.

We spoke briefly about one of my favorite Psalms, Psalm 46.  It starts out like this….

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in times of trouble.  
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea
though the waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.”

then towards the end it says this…

“He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear, he burns the shields with fire
He says, “Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”

I really do love this passage of scripture. It was particularly relevant on Monday night as we were reading the prayer requests and praying for people.  There are a lot of folks, myself included, who are dealing with some wars in their lives.  We need God to step in and break the bow and shatter the spear. We need Him to step in and hold us, even in the midst of the mountains falling in our lives and the earth giving way, every day for some of us.

I take refuge in this passage.  It reminds me that God is not giving up on us. It reminds me that He is here in the midst of it all.  I know it’s hard to see Him sometimes in the midst of the struggles, in the midst of the waters foaming and roaring.  I’ve felt very distant from God on more than one occasion but in the end, through the battles, we find that He’s been with us all along.  This is faith.  This is the true definition of faith in the unseen.  We walk through wars every day, we see battles being fought every day. Walk down the street, you’ll see battles.  I’m in Chicago this week and have seen so many people fighting as I walk down the street.  Fighting for life.  Fighting for freedom. Fighting for something more.  Some don’t even realize what they are fighting for.  I know that even in my own life and family, we are fighting for things.  We are fighting for healing. We are fighting for strength.  Salvation.  The list goes on.

The only response to this is to take refuge in the One who stands with us.  Jesus.  He loves us with a love that we can’t even begin to describe.  The battles we fight each day are not fought alone. He stands with us.  He walks with us.  He is victorious in it all.  He fought and defeated the grave.  He can fight and defeat what we are going through.  Have faith.  Trust.  Hope.  Seek Him.  He will show up.  He will draw near to you as you draw near to Him.

Praying for each and every one of you as you fight your battles today.

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10.2.15 – wednesday night worship – happening 10/7/15 in montclair

10.2.15 – so amazing how God works.  we’ve been praying for a venue and a community to embrace a wednesday night worship service…for like 3 years. it’s finally happening.  next wednesday night, 10/7/15, we’re getting together at the Montclair Community Church at 143 Watchung Avenue in Montclair, NJ to worship, pray & just hang together as a community of believers.  we hope you can join us.  it’s going to be pretty relaxed with some great music, a quick message & some prayer.  be sure to join us for the first one & then the first wednesday of every month!  see you there.





9.22.15 – weekend wrap up – on tour with kutless

9.22.15 – hey everyone, thanks so much for coming out to the shows in Lake George, NY & Swansea, MA. these were fantastic evenings of worship. so many new friends made, can’t thank you guys enough for supporting the band and join the #thereishopemovement. here are the videos from the nights, enjoy them. see you on the road soon!

here’s the show in Swansea, MA – 9/13/15

and here’s the show in Lake George, NY on 9.12.15

and here’s a pic of some of our new friends:


thanks again guys.  so amazing to have been there with you.  check out the videos, listen to some music on the music page & sign up for the email list for a free download.  thanks for being a fan.  you guys are amazing!

see you soon….

The Weekly Walk – this week’s walk – 4/18/15

4.18.15 – The Weekly Walk – this week’s walk

Hey everyone, hope you had a great week.  It was long and intense for me.  I had that “stop the world and let me off” feeling a lot this week…but….we push through don’t we, we lean deeper and deeper into God through prayer & lean on Him more.  That’s what gets us along.  So i posted a few things this week that got some good responses…one was on Facebook and it simply said…“You are loved, don’t ever forget that”.  Lots of engagement with that post.  I think there are so many of us that get bogged down in a week like the one that I just had and forget that simple thought….Jesus loves us, plain and simple.  Please don’t ever forget that and when you do, say a quick prayer and have God re-assure you….He will.

I also posted an interview that I did with Breathecast here in NYC.  If you’re not familiar with Breathecast, you should be, especially if you’re into Christian music at all, which i assume if you’re reading this post, you are.   They are the top online site destination for cool interviews & exclusive performances with some of the best christian artists out there. You can check them out HERE.  I was honored that they contacted me and had me come down to the studio.  I sat down with Jeannie Ortega, a great artist in her own right, you should check her out HERE.

We sat and talked about christian music, about God in New York City, about what it’s like to worship, lead worship & a bunch more.  It was a great morning and i encourage you guys to check out their sites & check out the interview below:

I also performed the song “Even If Not”.  Check out this exclusive performance below.

Download the song “Even If Not” by hitting iTunes or clicking HERE to visit the DP store.

Appreciate you reading & watching.  Please leave a comment on the youtube videos & be sure to subscribe to the davepettigrew channel on Youtube.

Have a great week!


1.31.15 – The Weekly Walk – With us?


1.31.15 – The Weekly Walk – With us? hey everyone,  hope the week was great.

we’ve been continuing our studies through Rob Bell’s Nooma videos.  This week was titled Trees and it starts off with the question “How is it that our world can be filled with such beauty and such order and such good, and yet at the same time filled with such heartache and such pain?”

i’ve covered this question extensively in other blogs and in a lot of my song writing.  the world is an incredibly beautiful place. but it can also be an incredibly lonely place filled with hurt & pain.  in my songs “even if not” and “closer to you”, we examine this concept more.  “i know my God will rescue me, but even if not, i will worship You tonight”.  “are you really listening, are you really there, do you have the answers, do you really care?”.  these are the questions that these two songs ask and question a lot of us ask every day.  where is God in the beauty, where is God in the pain?  the answer is that He’s there in both of those places and everything in between.  He’s surrounding us every minute, every hour, every day, waiting for us to call out to Him more and more and more. but..what if it still doesn’t feel like He’s there…..

“God says, ‘You can live how you want, or you can live how I created you to live.’ It’s almost as if God says, “it’s your choice”.  it’s still our choice.  ask yourself the question, what does it mean to live the way God created you to live?  God is in the every day, in the every minute.  why does it seem like He’s not there, why does it seem like He doesn’t care.  I find myself asking these questions often.

I live a very ordinary life, God exists on the pages that i read, but doesn’t usually exist in reality…..on most days.  Then i start to think about my days, about the events over the course of the day.  how one decision here made the difference there, how one prayer in the morning resulted in an answer weeks later.  the point i’m making is that we need to be in it… be in it.  we can’t expect God to show up when we’re not even asking Him to be part of our day.

Psalm 46:1 “God is our refuge and our strength, an ever present help in times of trouble” – and i’d like to add….an ever present help in times of “joy” “pain” “doubt”…insert your own feelings here…..

i challenged my band last week.  we prayed that we would “partner” with God on a daily basis as we roll through our weeks.  have we failed in that partnership, absolutely.  have we forgotten to do it some days, absolutely.  does God forgive us and want us to continue trying, absolutely.

Rob continues, “I need a God who’s now.  I need a God who teaches me how to live now.  I need a faith that’s about today, that helps me understand the world that I live in today.”   Does our faith make our lives easier as we go through our days, or do you get more frustrated?  i definitely get frustrated, i definitely sometimes wish that God would be sitting on my bed one morning when i wake up and say “good morning dave, let’s walk together today and i’ll show you how i work with you every day”.  that would be cool…and scary at the same time. but.  in reality, that’s what He’s doing, that’s where faith comes into play.  God is waking up with us every morning.  He’s there when we eat breakfast, lunch, He’s with us when we work at our jobs, when we cry about how our kids are screwing up, when we drive to the supermarket to get food to feed our families.  He’s there.   Think about that for a moment.  Think about your days.  When was God there.  If you can’t think of a moment, think about when you asked Him to be there.  This isn’t a one way conversation, those don’t work.

Prayers up for all of us that we would invite God into our days, into our moments.

Matthew 1:23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel which means “God With Us”.

The Weekly Walk. Storms. 8.27.14


8.27.14 – The Weekly Walk.  Storms.

We’ve been meeting as a band and talking through some concepts & working through some Rob Bell / Nooma stuff in an effort to think more about God, more about the plans that He has for us and about why it all matters & where it’s all going.

The first night we talked about storms.  storms in our lives and storms that recur in our lives and storms that we haven’t yet weathered.  Think about this.

Think about the storms in your life that you’ve weathered.  even though it may not have felt like it, God was there, pushing you through whatever they were.  He continues to push us through them now.  Does it feel that way?

Tough question.  if we’re honest with ourselves, we ask the question that this question asks which is, why on earth do we have to weather storms in the first place. Life walking with God is no easier than life walking without God.  Life is just that….life.  Sometimes it hurts, sometimes it scars, sometimes it feels like there is no one at all who is “walking” with us.  Here’s the give though, Jesus is walking with us, has walked through everything we’re walking through and plans on staying with us as we walk through whatever it is we’re going through.  Matthew 28:20, Jesus says, “I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” I’ll take it & trust it.

Meditate on this verse from Matthew 7 for a minute:  “Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.  the rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, yet it did not fall, because it had it’s foundation on the rock.”

Our rock is Jesus.  no other way to put it.  He should be the foundation of our lives as we wake up every day and as we lay our heads down to sleep every night.  think about Him as you go through your days this week, say a quick and silent prayer as you go through the job that you may not be liking, let him seep into your thoughts as you work through the mundane.  he wants to be a part of every minute of every day.  see and realize the every minute miracles that we encounter every day.

Remember that we all cry out to God.  we all need to wrestle with Him sometimes.  He expects it of us.  Every relationship has it’s ups and downs, it’s misunderstandings, it should be the same with God.  we need to be human with him because he made us that way.  Frustration sets in sometimes as things don’t go our way, as things hurt.  we need to keep remembering that this isn’t all about us.  there’s a larger picture here, we’re part of a larger world, a world that is suffering.  i came across this saying this past week, “someone, somewhere is praying for something that you are taking for granted.” read that quote again.

What does the garbage in your life look like?  does it stop you from crying out to God, from having a deeper relationship with Him? Think about that.  Take a minute and answer that question. Honestly.  So many things stop us from having a deeper relationship with God.  We need to know that He forgives us and wants us to get past the junk, so that we can be closer to Him.

Pray this week, call out to God.  Cry out to God.  Take a few extra minutes each day and just breath Him in.  You won’t regret it.  He’s the God who can’t wait to be with you, the God who is longing to be closer to you and to have you want more of Him.  Rest in that.

Every day I think so small, not seeing who you are and how you surround me. 
There are so many times I fall, but from my knees I learn to see, how high You carry me.

from – “The Love of Jesus”

8.7.14 – Notes from the Road : opening for Brandon Heath

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8.7.14 – hey guys.  thanks to everyone who made it out to the Brandon Heath show last Friday night.  such a great night.

i had the chance to sit & have dinner w/ brandon.  very down to earth, easy to talk to and a genuinely nice guy.  the folks at the Good Will Church were just fantastic.  very hospitable and really took care of us.  thanks to them and all of the volunteers that helped out at this show.  finally, huge thanks to the folks at The Lighthouse Events for bringing so many great christian music shows to the area.   Support their ministry by going to these shows.  Check out upcoming events at  thanks.

Set list for our 25 minute set was as follows:

God’s TV
We Can Be the Love
Even If Not
The Love Of Jesus

Purchase the music from the show by clicking HERE:

Crowd was really into it, singing along and worshiping with us.  So good.

We took some video from the night, here it is:

Here are a few pictures:brandonheath6 brandonheath7brandonheath1 brandonheath2 brandonheath3 brandonheath4

thanks again for all of your support.  see you at another show soon!


notes from the road – w/o 6/21/14 – 6/28/14

7.4.14 – hey everyone, hope your week is going well & you have an amazing 4th of july.  i wanted to take a few minutes and recap our week in PA, Ocean City & Swedesboro NJ, such an amazing week, so many amazing events & things happened, 9 kids were sponsored, lives were saved, hearts were softened and eyes were opened.  i was updating the facebook community with morning updates each day and wanted to share those updates & a few comments here.  let’s start with that:

Day 1 of 7: Today begins 7 days of worship for the me and the band. I wake up this morning to travel to PA to lead worship at a backyard worship and BBQ service for those in recovery. Prayers up that God would move through the blue skies and sunshine and show these people the hope of Jesus in their lives. #worship

Day 2 of 7: Today I wake up still amazed at what happened yesterday. Absolutely amazing afternoon. Tears fell, hands were raised. 1 man named Chris gave his life to The Lord, 3 kids were sponsored via @worldvisionusa. Today we head to Ocean City, NJ. Worship concert tonight at 7:00pm at the Ocean City Tabernacle. Pray for the high schoolers that will be there, some hearing worship for the first time. God move in all of us again.
comment: May God continue to bless you this week as you are truly His hand, feet and voice. Have a great day in OC and beyond.

Day 3 of 7: I wake up this morning exhausted. We left so much on the stage last night. God tore down walls, some that have been standing for decades. Our prayers are with Lynn, who has suffered more than anyone should. Our prayers are with so many last night that experienced God in a whole new way. New life, awakening, rebirth, we pray for all of these things. 5 kids sponsored via @worldvisionusa, so many lives changed. Prayers for today that God would change us more, open our eyes more so that we can dig deeper.
comment: Dave, You , Jeff, Tommy, Stepan and Frank are an inspiration to Me. The work You all do for the kingdom is incredibly powerful ! I thank You for all You do! You are all the definition of “Walking the walk”! God Bless Bro!

comment: Awesome night of worship!! You are a blessing to so many! Praying for your time in OC this week!

Day 4 of 7: It slowly begins to sink in. Worship changes things. I wake up this morning, changed a little more. We led last night for just about a hundred high school kids. By the end of the service, we could feel God’s presence stirring in the room. How he loves us indeed. Worship changes things. Worship chips away at walls, at pride, at doors that are closed and begins to gently pry them open. Gently revealing our need for a Saviour. Our need for God. Our need for Jesus. Prayers today that these kids would continue to sense that need stirring in their souls. That we all would feel Him drawing closer to us as we draw closer to Him through our worship. Spirit lead us. Worship changes things.
comment:  Awesome! Heavenly Father, we pray that you continue to work mightily in these young lives. May you continue to do His kingdom work and bless many with the words and music that you share Dave.

Day 5 of 7: God is asking us to dig deeper, to explore the reason for worship. I’m talking a little bit this morning on what worship is, why we do it. Brennan Manning writes this: “If you want to benefit from worship, you have to allow yourself to be loved, as you are, not as you should be.” Yesterday was amazing, again. Worship started the day, worship ended the day. It will be the same today. This constant push towards drawing closer to God continues to change all of us. These kids that we’re leading are asking great questions, wanting to know more. I’m asking more questions, trying to find more answers. God, our prayer today is this: In the midst of our humanness, of our faults and our messiness, You are here. Help us to love ourselves as we are, not as we should be. Help us to let down our guard, drop our egos, our fears, so that you can show us your incredible love for us. Take us deeper, draw us closer.
comment: Allowing ourselves to be loved as we are is a key to life that opens the the door to greatest adventures
comment: Worship is a great way to start the day. Even if you’re simply walking the dog and singing praise worship by yourself.

Day 6 of 7: I wake up this morning still in awe of the way God moved last night. It is a night that I will remember for the rest of my life. So grateful to actually have been a part of it. Tears fell, hearts were opened, decisions were made and lives were changed. When God takes hold of you, things change. When you allow God to take hold of you, things change. I still really can’t put into words how amazing it is when the Holy Spirit moves through a room. To hear over 100 voices in unison sing “hold us Jesus”. To hear the cries of hearts longing for Jesus to take over leaves me speechless. Worship changes things.

Day 7 of 7: I wake this morning a little disappointed that we’re not leading worship until this evening in Swedesboro, NJ. It’s so amazing to start and end your day in worship. God continues to stir my soul towards Him, towards the idea that worship is indeed a daily need, a daily honor. As you go through today, worship, thank Him, praise Him for what you have, for what He’s done and will do in your life today. Focus on today, tomorrow will take care of itself. This week has changed me, God continues to change all of us.
comment: beautiful Dave- when focusing on the present, we are able to allow God’s truth of who we are pour into us.. soothing us, healing us…that is where  worship brings us… when we sit in front of papa God and he whispers to our soul all of the beauty that we are… we are healed and made whole. Thank you for your obedience in bringing the greatest gift of love to people- God’s presence

Day 8 of 7: Another great night of worship last night. We never know how God uses our talents. The words we say, the music we play, all that we do, He uses in ways that we can’t imagine. I’ve started getting feedback from the week, kids reaching out, wanting more, needing more worship, more Jesus. So great to hear. I’m encouraged. As tired as we are, we could keep going, keep pushing the message. Jesus changes things, worship changes things. Today, through the sunshine and the blue skies, take a moment to look up, thank Him, for the good and the bad, it’s all part of a larger plan. Father, continue to change us, move us and draw us closer.

So as you can see, absolutely incredible week.  If you’re still with me here and reading this, thanks.  I can’t really put into words the week, because that’s how God moves.  He does things that change us without us even knowing, He pushes us gently, sometimes not so gently closer to Him.  The key is that we have to want to be drawn closer, we need open hearts & minds as we seek Him.  He continues to reveal Himself to us.  So amazing, Matthew 6:33, seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you”.  That’s one of the first verses i taught my kids. It’s all about seeking Him, wanting more of Him in your life.  God, my prayer is that every person in the sound of my voice during this week heard Your voice louder. That every person was moved by You and drawn closer to You through the worship that was given to You.  God continue to move in all of us.   Worship changes things.

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notes from the road – May 3 & 4, 2014 recap

5.8.14 – hey everyone, just a quick recap on this past weekend.  absolutely amazing weekend of worship in PA and NY.  Saturday evening we were back at Karen’s Place in Doylestown, PA.


One of our favorite venues to play, always a great hang in downtown Doylestown during the day & a great evening at Karen’s at night.  Great crowd as we moved through our 2 hour set.  always appreciative and up for anything.  the fog machine was working really really well:



We left PA at around 11pm, drove to Ridgewood NJ, slept for 4 hours and headed up to New City, NY to the Gracepoint Gospel Church.  Played 2 services at 8:25am and 11:15am.  Total of about 1200 people there, just incredible worship, great room, looooove playing at this church.  Pastor Carl is a really great preacher and has such a great congregation.  We saw 22 kids get sponsored via world vision and a bunch of CD’s sold.  here’s a shot from the stage that morning:

newcitygreat weekend of worship.  thanks to all who came out.  look forward to seeing you in New City on June 1st when we are back there for a morning of worship and then an evening of worship at 6pm.  A few special guests on that show as well.

See you on the next one!