Solo Sunday Setlist

The Setlist today at Chase Valley Church

  • No One Like You – David Crowder
  • O Praise Him – David Crowder
  • My God My Savior – Aaron Shust
  • Came to the Rescue – Joel Davies, Marty Sampson, Dylan Thomas
  • Lay it Down – Matt Maher
  • Once Again – Matt Redman

Worship was really powerful today. We dropped everything down to just one voice and one guitar and it totally accomplished the effect I was going for. There are times when I’m singing on stage with a full band and there are 5 people’s mouths moving in the crowd and everyone else is just staring at you. This morning everyone was singing out. There was huge participation going on.

With that said, I’m looking forward to playing with my team again.

This post is part of Sunday Setlists.

23 Responses to “Solo Sunday Setlist”


  1. 1 jimddrake September 7, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    Billy

    I love LAY IT DOWN… how did it go? That one is on my TO DO LIST in the future

    Jim

  2. 2 Mike Mahoney September 7, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    O Praise Him. I love that tune! Nice sounding set. Have any clips? LOL

  3. 3 Billy Chia September 7, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    Jim,
    Lay it Down actually went tremendous! This was brand new to the church and I was planning on having to sing it all by myself to “teach” it as an offering tune. It went awesome as an offering and tons of people started singing along. It was a cool moment.

    Mike,
    I video tape most weeks and did this morning. It’s mostly for evaluative purposes, “Is my stage presence and visual leading effective? What sections of the songs came off best and which need work? ect..” The roadblock to putting clips on my blog is the time it takes to edit.

  4. 4 dorothy (vicar of vibe) September 7, 2008 at 4:12 pm

    i need to check out some more music. I always feel so far behind. But, then I’m not the worship leader. ;^)

  5. 5 Billy Chia September 7, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    Dorothy,
    Fred, Sunday Set List carnival is an easy way to quickly see what a lot of churches are doing. The fact that you participate, but aren’t a “worship leader” is pretty cool.

  6. 6 Steve September 7, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    Wow, all by yourself?! Did you find yourself practicing more this week?

  7. 7 Gary Durbin September 7, 2008 at 6:49 pm

    Yeah, you’ve got to mix it up. It doesn’t take a long to get in a rut, but longer to get it out of it sometimes. Great set.

  8. 8 Billy Chia September 7, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    Steve,
    Yeah, I spent extra time on vocals especially. In some ways it’s more difficult on your own – there’s more pressure so I wanted to kick things up a notch. In some ways it’s easier to lead worship on your own. I did a lot of solo worship leading when I working in outdoor ministry so it’s familiar.

  9. 9 worshipcity September 7, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    That’s awesome man. Kudos on going for it. I’m glad for an “acoustic solo Sunday” you went after some songs like No One Like You and such!

  10. 10 Bobby Gilles September 8, 2008 at 6:12 am

    The first time I attended Sojourn, I went expecting a loud rock sound because I’d been tipped off by a friend. They just happened to use a small acoustic group that week, and the next week. I seriously doubted my friend’s definition of “loud rock sound” after that. 🙂

    But yeah, it’s great to mix it up, strip the sound down, then come back again another week with a full band.

  11. 11 Peter Park September 8, 2008 at 6:21 am

    That’s great. One of my friends lead worship by himself last Sunday at church. I felt it went great. Sometimes you just have to get a little quiet.

  12. 12 Billy Chia September 8, 2008 at 8:49 am

    Bobby,
    You hit on a great point – switching things up can lead to a bit confusion. For me this a small price to pay. The alternative is boredom. Even the most rocked out band gets boring if you see them every week. The Gospel is the most exciting message on the planet. I believe it’s sin to make it boring.

  13. 13 kim September 8, 2008 at 9:21 am

    What a great observation… that more people actually were participating when you scaled it down. Not a reason to ‘fire’ your band, of course, but kudos to you for making note of this and being willing to literally put yourself out there to draw more people in.
    While I love LOVE working with the band, there is something really relaxing about doing a solo set…. you can do the songs in whatever the heck key you want…. there’s less arguing during rehearsals… 🙂

  14. 14 Jeremy Killian September 8, 2008 at 9:52 am

    “No One Like You?” I can’t imagine that as an acoustic song. A clever rearrangement perhaps? How did it go?

  15. 15 Paul J. September 8, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    I was gonna ask the same question about “No One Like You”. Kudos for tackling it solo…

  16. 16 David Lindner September 8, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    Just out of curiosity, was dropping to simplicity on purpose? We’ve had some great worship times here as a result of the simplicity, but most of them haven’t been on purpose, but because I couldn’t find people to play.

    Looks like your readership is going up! I’m one of them.

  17. 17 Billy Chia September 8, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    Jeremy and Paul,
    Actually “No One Like You” makes a great acoustic tune. I played it fast and some people actually clapped along – even without a drummer! The “How could you be so good to me” part went really cool because the church could actually hear themselves sing it instead of listening to a 2nd vocalist do it.

    David,
    Thanks for subscribing. Here’s the post I did talking about intentionally doing solo worship on purpose:

    http://billychia.com/2008/09/04/5-benefits-of-solo-leading-worship/

  18. 18 Dean Lusk September 8, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    Thanks for the clarification on “No One Like You.” I was number three on the question list. 🙂

  19. 19 Rob Petrini September 9, 2008 at 10:10 am

    That’s great stuff Billy… talk about changing things around a bit. It’s good that the body allows you to vary it up a bit. Intersting song selection for a solo set… I honestly would not have thought of “No One Like You”… keep pushing the boundaries mate… it keeps me challenged!

  20. 20 willyang September 9, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    great choice of songs for setlist! no one like you must’ve kept you busy on the guitar?

  21. 21 Brandon Teer September 9, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    Some of our best worship services have been just me and a keyboard or a couple of acoustics. I think it gives more of an intimate atmosphere and allows people to connect with you in worship. I love doing this from time to time, great job dude!!!

  22. 22 Billy Chia September 9, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    Will,
    Actually when you strip the leads out the whole song just G, C, D, and Em. Simple as pie 🙂


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