UPCOMING PROJECTS

MusicWorks - motivational music for the business place.
Worship Design for the Small Church
True North - Walking Away from the Past and Finding Your True Passion
Knock-Knock.  Who's There?  A Door-Knocker's Guide to God's Every Day Appointments
Children's music projects
Spanish language music projects
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.  Hebrews 10:24

About Us 

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Paul Turner has been playing music professionally since 1973. A self-taught musician, Paul’s talent and unique style of teaching has earned him the highest praise from students, parents, music stores, churches, and audiences for decades. He began teaching privately over 20 years ago, and currently teaches music to 50-60 students per week out of his home in New Albany, Indiana. At the most basic level, Paul teaches guitar, drums, bass, keyboards, banjo, and other instruments to students of all skill levels, from ages 6 to 86. Each student, though, gains much more from their weekly lessons with Turner. “Some students are here to learn their instrument, and by the end of the first lesson almost everyone goes home able to play at least one song. Others are here for different reasons. Parents and grandparents are looking for help with children struggling with depression, autism, poor self-esteem, undeveloped social skills, or issues with attention. Some adults just need a creative outlet to relieve stress or get themselves out of the house or office. Some students need a fun, positive experience that supports their academic curriculum,” he says.

Turner has learned over the years the extremely important role that song choice plays, not only in lessons, but also in listening. He puts a great amount of effort into engaging students by letting them pick their own songs to learn, but students get a strong dose of advice about what to put into their minds. Paul refuses to teach songs with violent, disrespectful, or unhealthy lyrics. In the mid-90s, Paul founded Heads Up Christian Resource Alliance, which sponsored monthly concerts, songwriting seminars, compilation CDs and competitions, and Music and Video Review, a high energy student workshop that taught students the importance of selective listening and viewing.

During his work with Heads Up Christian Resource Alliance, a non-profit Paul founded to provide needed collaborative resources to small and mid-size churches, Paul first started working on a special project intended to use music to help the grieving process their loss and move forward in their lives at a healthy pace. After over 15 years of research, trial and error, and songwriting, Turner is now working on a music resource project that will use carefully written and selected songs to help listeners who have experienced a loss move through the stages of grief.

In addition to teaching, Paul has served for many years helping a number of churches in the area with short and long-term worship-leading assignments. For the past ten years he has been a permanent member of Louisville’s own Monarchs. He toured nationwide on Ray Boltz’ Seasons Change tour in the 90s, with Dennis Litchfield in the 80s and with Young American Showcase in the 70s. He has used his unique musical talents in prison, hospital, and community ministries. Paul produces his own and others’ music projects and has penned hundreds of songs, including jingles, pop, country, rock, jazz, worship, and teaching songs, and is a noted expert in the genre popularized by the Beatles. Paul and his wife of almost 40 years, Leslie, have three children and three grandchildren.

Paul has a powerful story to tell about the power of music to change lives, a phenomenon he has experienced firsthand on countless occasions. He believes each of us is capable of using music to shape and direct our emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual health, and knows music has long been proven to aid academics and concentration, and to reach deep into the brain where other stimuli are unable to break through. He enjoys the perfect career, in which he uses music daily to change lives.

To arrange for interviews, speaking engagements, consultations, writing, producing, teaching, or worship leading, contact Paul directly at 812-989-6604 or paul@encouragemusic.com. A press release and related media photos available online.

For more information, send us a request on our Contact page, email us or call (812) 989-6604.


Leslie Turner photoLeslie Turner is owner of Encourage Publishing, a full service, Christ-centered hybrid small press specializing in projects that encourage, inform, or educate in a positive way.

Learn more about Encourage Publishing.

Leslie has served in Christian Music ministry for over thirty years, leading worship, speaking at women's, couples and youth retreats, directing adult and youth choirs, writing and arranging music, writing articles, and is currently working on a series of inspirational short stories and and a collaboration with Paul and other partners on a special project for children.  She is an activist and volunteer and has a particular passion for helping women, high school and college students and underserved populations find and pursue their life's passion.  Leslie has  Bachelor's degrees in Spanish and Music Business from Indiana University. Contact Leslie at leslie@encouragemusic.com

 
Retreats, Workshops and Seminars


Are you looking for something different for your next retreat or 1-day event?  We have an interesting range of speakers and topics for youth, couples, women, men, worship teams, and families.  Contact us for more information!

Love Outside the Lines Seminar

Inspire and motivate your group to overcome their fears and prejudices and find new ways to reach the world around them!

Worship Design Workshop

Bring this fast-paced workshop to your community to instruct and engage worship leaders in creative worship design.


Retreat time!
Need a unique retreat experience?  Call us for information about retreat options for your church family.

Share Your Faith Seminar
Teach your church family how to share their faith in this challenging, interactive seminar for youth or adults.

Creative Encouragement Workshop
This fun and engaging workshop teaches and inspires creative and fun ways to love people to Christ.

Praise Team Consultation
Intense, high-impact individual consultation for your church's praise team and for church leaders

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