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Songwriters face off in ‘battle’ online

It was a fun night of reminiscing as John Edmerson and John Malone, longtime members of Churches of Christ, went live in a “battle” of songwriters on YouTube.

“The fact that we really can’t go out anywhere or do anything, it’s pushing artistic people to be creative,” said Edmerson, minister and elder of the Church of Christ at the Vineyard in Phoenix.

The event, called Acappella Fuel, was live on YouTube on Sunday. 

During the 90-minute episode, the two men and their wives recalled years of songwriting memories. They also played each of the songs, including “Step by Step,” “Jesus is More,” “Do You Love the Bible,” and Edmerson’s hit “I’m Glad I Know You.”

“The event was awesome,” said Malone, senior minister for the Southside Church of Christ in Rogersville, Ala. “God graciously blessed the night and gave us favor with our wonderful audience. To God be the glory. Amen!”


Each songwriter featured six of his songs, many of which are sung by congregations across the United States. Amid the playing of the songs, they talked about how their families and their experiences had influenced their love of music and their songs. 

“I think the music is the highlight,” Edmerson said. “John and I put up our best six songs … No winner declared! We were both winners in promoting the Gospel through song.”

“Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it and was truly encouraged and inspired,” Malone said.

The special was put on by Dizel Records. 

A replay of the Acappella Fuel: Songwriter’s Edition is available on YouTube.

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