Jim Beezley

For fans of:Chris Tomlin, Casting Crowns, Kristian Stanfill, Shane and Shane, Matt Kearney
Jim Beezley grew up in Muskegon, Michigan. He began playing guitar in 7th grade because of his older brother Chad and his youth pastor, Donnie. Although growing up in the church, Jim wrestled with complete surrender until midway through college when he came face to face with grace after questioning the faith he grew up with. While listening to Lifehouse's "Hanging by a moment" he felt the nudge of the Spirit confronting his rebellion and calling him to the life Jesus died for. He answered by faith and continues to answer. God gave Jim a great passion for people, wanting to see them break the apathetic or routine approach of religion, and instead embrace the life of faith that Jesus calls us to. For Jim, this faith journey has led him out of teaching and into full time ministry. He has been a youth pastor, worship director, and now serves as the College/ Young Adults Pastor at Olivet Evangelical Free Church. In these years of living by faith, Jim has always found music as the primary expression of his faith. He desires to express truth of the beauty of God's story and the life He has called His people into. His passion is that God would use the songs he writes in the lives of those who listen, and open their eyes to the overwhelming love of God and the hope that can only be found in Jesus Christ. His goal is to communicate both the truth of scripture and the surrendered heart's response through song. In 2011, Jim recorded his first album, "Shine Like a Light". The songs on this project were written with a heart of worship for the church he served in as a worship director. From writing songs for sermon series, seminary reflections, and His life came one song after another, until there were over twelve songs. One day the senior pastor of the church suggested that he record them and make an album. On a no-budget, Jim recorded the album at the church and found financial support to cover mastering and manufacturing costs. The album might not have sold over a million copies, but it has encouraged, challenged, and inspired it's listeners to praise God for who He is and live for Him with abandoned hearts. Jim's new album, Good News, is set to release June 4th. Like the first album, Jim wasn't planning on creating another. However, songs kept coming. But this time they were on a specific theme. The Gospel. He wanted to tell God's story from creation to restoration. He wanted to speak words of healing and hope to people with brokenness. He wanted to explain why the Rolling Stones song "I Can't Get No Satisfaction" is true apart from a life in Jesus Christ. You cannot listen to this album and walk away not knowing God's story and the Good News that is only found in Jesus. This album is set to release as a download June 4th at itunes or cdbaby.com. It will change your life, whether you are a follower of Jesus or not. After all, who doesn't want GOOD NEWS? Although Good News is united in message, it is filled with many musical influences. Jim is a huge fan of many different genres of music. He has been inspired by artists such as Bon Jovi, Lifehouse, Lecrae, Onerepublic, Paul Brandt, Hillsong United, and Matt Kearney. Good News remains acoustic at the core, but it is blended with rock, strings, hip hop, country, and many other styles. When all is said and done. Jim is a nobody. The only one who is somebody is Jesus Christ. What matters most is knowing Him and taking the gift of new life that He offers. If you walk away with Jesus, then these songs have fulfilled their purpose.