Andy was born in 1957 and raised in Woodland Hills, a suburb of Los Angeles. In his childhood years, he attended services at an Episcopal church. He studied at UCLA, earning a bachelor of arts.
After serving as an intern pastor in two Southern California Vineyards – West Los Angeles and Santa Barbara – he moved to British Columbia and joined the Langley Vineyard church plant at it’s inception in 1985. He served on the staff there for four years as an assistant pastor, majoring in worship music ministry.
Andy began recording with Vineyard Music in the late 1980s. He has participated on many Vineyard recordings, including “The River Is Here”, “Blessed Be The Name”, “Eternity”, “Name Above All” and ”All I Need”. In 2000, Andy released a solo project called, “Night and Day”. In December of 2004, Vineyard Music released Andy’s latest project, “In the Secret”, which is a compilation of some old favorites plus a few newer tunes.
In 2002, InterVarsity Press released Andy’s first book: “To Know You More – Cultivating the Heart of the Worship Leader”. In 2004, this book was translated into Korean, and is also being translated into Portuguese and Spanish.
In the past 29 years, he has been a member of seven different Vineyard churches, including two church plants. He served for three years in Surrey, B.C., Canada as the senior pastor of the Surrey Vineyard. In 1992 he moved to Anaheim, California to join the Vineyard’s staff as pastor of worship arts. In the Spring of 1998, his family moved back to Langley, B.C., Canada, to join the staff at the North Langley Vineyard.
While volunteering part time as a pastor in the local church, Andy continues to travel to lead worship and speak at seminars in North America and other countries.
Andy has eight beautiful children and an amazing wife named Linda. His six boys and two girls range from eighteen years old to three years old. From the oldest to youngest, his children are: Zachary, David, Michael, Jessica, Benjamin, Isaac, Ian and Elizabeth.
Andy enjoys a variety of sports from golf to snowboarding to street hockey.
Worship. Rock. Techno(logy).Three words that don’t seem to fit very easily into the same sentence.Its just as well we aren’t confined to sentences. The music of Bluetree is an experience. This experience may well be loud, bold and energetic.It may also be soft and so quiet you can hear the heart beat of the person beside you . You may be blown away by the powerful thud of the kick drum or the hypnotic wail of the electric guitars. However, if this is all you experience then your time with us may very well have been wasted. Through all the noises and beats, all the melodies and harmonies, what we want you to experience is the overwhelming presence of God. We want you to forget the lights, the stage and the hundreds of people around you. Forget the sound system that is assaulting your body with so much bass you feel like your being punched in the chest. We invite you to lose yourself in worship. Worship of the Almighty.
Raised on the west coast of Canada in Abbotsford BC, Brian Doerksen has always had a passion for expressing worship through music. In the late 90’s Brian lived in the UK for 2 years, where he trained worship leaders and songwriters in the UK and Ireland and produced HUNGRY (Best Worship Project 2001 Praise Awards – Worship Leader Magazine) and COME, NOW IS THE TIME TO WORSHIP. After returning to live in Canada, he continued to produce for Vineyard Music and then did his first recording with Integrity in Dublin, Ireland called YOU SHINE in 2002. Brian was presented with the “International Award” in 2003 by the Gospel Music Association in America.
His songs include ‘Come, now is the time to worship’, which is currently in the top 5 on the CCLI charts. Other songs include ‘Hope of the nations’, ‘Faithful One’, ‘Refiner’s Fire’, and ‘Hallelujah (Your love is amazing)’.
“TODAY”, was released in the summer of 2004 on CD and DVD and was the #2 selling Christian CD in Canada for 2004. Brian received two SHAI awards (Canada’s People’s Choice Gospel Music Awards); “Worship Album of the year” for “TODAY” & “Male Soloist of the Year”. October 2005, Brian Doerksen received 3 awards from the Canadian Gospel Music Association (CGMA) Covenant Awards as “Male Vocalist of the Year” and both “Praise and Worship Album” and “Song of the Year” for Today. While on tour in Europe Spring of 2005 he recorded the ‘Live in Europe’ Album. This LIVE CD puts you in the middle of thousands of Europeans worshipping God, singing along with many of Brian’s most loved songs. In October 2006, Brian Doerksen received 3 awards from the Canadian Gospel Music Association (CGMA) Covenant Awards for “Artist of the Year”, “Male Vocalist of the Year” and “Inspirational Song of the Year”.
In May 2006 Brian helped plant a new interdenominational church called ‘The Bridge’ in Abbotsford B.C. He pastors worship arts and is also part of the teaching staff.
Brian’s 3rd recording with Integrity Media called ‘Holy God’ was released in Canada and Europe late November 06. The album was the #1 Christian CD in Canada when it was released. His most recent release in October 2008 titled ‘It’s Time’, is a collection of favourites with new arrangements plus two new songs.
Brian is also developing a musical of hope based on Luke 15 called ‘PRODIGAL GOD’. Brian and his family (wife of 20 years Joyce, and 6 children) live in Abbotsford, BC.
Gemma (Cathy Hardy and Karin Dart)
Gemma is the musical partnership of Cathy Hardy & Karin Dart. Cathy’s primary occupation is teaching children music education and Karin’s is spiritual direction. In the last 7 years, they have also devoted time to songwriting, recording, leading contemplative retreats and contemplative services, like Taize Evening Prayer. Karin’s primary instrument is the harp. Cathy is a soprano and plays keyboards and various recorders. Together they have recorded two CDs; ‘rest..inspirations from Taizé’ and ‘trust…inspirations from Taizé’.
Michael Gungor Band
That Michael Gungor grew up to become a worship leader is hardly surprising, considering that he grew up as a pastor’s son in Wisconsin and demonstrated an aptitude for music from an early age. And while still a student at Western Michigan University—following a stopover at the University of North Texas—he found himself leading worship at a sizable Michigan congregation. Music degree in hand, he continued to perform that role for another six years, eventually touring arenas as a worship leader before looking for a fresh start in Denver.“Leading worship was getting to the point where it kind of felt like a job,” Gungor admits. “And I never want my music and my ministry to be a job, primarily. I want it to be my life.”