Jason Squires

Worship Leader & Songwriter

Release of a New Single

Posted by on Feb 25, 2019

Release of a New Single

“Praise you Lord of All” is a new single released on 2.22.2019! This song was a co-write with worship leader, songwriter, and artist Michael Bahn. It was produced by Brandon Bee. CLICK HERE to find where you can download it today!

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Thankful Feels too Small

Posted by on Nov 21, 2018

Thankful Feels too Small

Saying the word thankful feels to small after the last few weeks…. Story has always been a big deal to me. There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes that guides your response to interactions with people. We tend to respond to life based on our story. Recently I have really started digging into stories about people.  For instance, there are many homeless around me. I want to know their story. Where did they come from? Each one is a real person that has a story to tell. November 7th was a normal morning. If you’re like me, you woke up after a night sleep but then we heard about Thousand Oaks, CA. Over night there was a mass shooting at the Borderline and Grill. My personality is to want to know details. Remember, I like the story. Who did it? What was the reason? Where did he or she come from? Then my mind shifted to the victims. I started asking those same questions. 12 people lost their life that night. Each person has a family and a group of friends. They had a circle of influence that would be directly effected by this night that would change their lives forever. Mass shootings have become a thing in the US that we glance over. Its a story for a few days but then we move on and forget that there are people involved still grieving the loss. Their story has changed. It has taken a turn that no one saw coming. Then the Woolsey and Camp Fires started. Some of the same people that were processing this shooting are now within 24 hours evacuating their homes. Many of which will lose their homes. Paradise, CA (and surround communities) see total devastation. Videos start popping up online of people fleeing for their lives. You hear a dad singing to his daughter. You hear a lady praying while her husband drives through the fire. Ultimately in the coming days, more than 14,000 families lost their homes and many people lost their lives. Story matters here. Each home represents loss for a family. These are real people. Often times I read articles and see videos but my mind tells me its a movie. This can’t possibly be real. Reality then sets back in as I am reminded that these people are real. They don’t get to have the holiday...

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Busy is not an Answer

Posted by on Oct 5, 2017

Busy is not an Answer

Sometimes boundaries are misunderstood. We think that saying no to things is going to somehow make us look like a bad person. When it comes to our kids, its even worse. We want them to be in everything so they are somehow better equipped to take on the world. My wife and I run a music studio in Woodland ,CA called Musictown Studio. I answer phone calls daily that include parents trying to fit music lessons between scouts, swimming, baseball, and gymnastics. Adults do the same thing. We have somehow become a culture that praises busy as a form of status. We answer the question,”How are you doing?” with “Busy”. I want to encourage you of something. Busy is not a good thing. It is okay and empowering to say no to something. I am in an interesting phase of life right now. My oldest child started Kindergarten and my twins started Pre-School. Kacee and I have had many conversations with people about putting our kids in dance, sports, Awana (church program), and hangouts at friend’s houses.  When you couple these things with homework, sleep, and the desire to hangout with your own kids the latter tends to get lost. Society should not be raising your kids. You should be raising your kids.  Here’s the thing: it starts with you.  If your kids see you as busy or as absent thats going to play into how they view their own schedule.  Decide what’s important to you and go all in on whatever that is. I travel a lot doing music all over the country and when I am gone it can be for days at a time. I counter that when I am home with being available. I will pick my kids up from school, we go on surprise dates, and I work hard to be at all their important life events. I am not perfect by any means. Its a daily struggle to fight what society says is a normal thing. My encouragement to you is to take your schedule back.  Next time someone says, “How are you” try answering them with something other than “Busy” or “Good”. Boundaries are healthy. I am giving you permission to not be...

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Slowing Down into the Holidays

Posted by on Nov 30, 2016

Slowing Down into the Holidays

This season for me has me focusing in a different direction. I keep coming back to this idea of slowing down into the holidays. I look at my kids and realize that this is the childhood they will remember.  Its not something that’s in the future.  It is now.  With smartphones and social media we have created a 24 hour work cycle that doesn’t allow for quality family time. I want to challenge you to do something. This holiday season, slow down and look around.  We just finished Thanksgiving and we are moving into the Christmas season. Take some time to love those around you, be grateful for what you have, and create memories that will last. Your work isn’t going...

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Clothing Optional: A Worship Experience

Posted by on Oct 27, 2016

Clothing Optional:  A Worship Experience

I grew up in a world that on Sunday you put on your best clothes and went to church. People didn’t ask questions. Your outward appearance said it all. You always looked extra nice on Sundays.  As I got older and became a worship leader, I carried this model with me. If I was on stage, I had dress shoes and a nice button down shirt. That shirt came from the dry cleaners and was carefully transported to the church so it wasn’t wrinkled. I would setup, run rehearsal, and just before it was time for service to begin I would “finish getting dressed”. Leading worship in shorts was a big no no. The thought of wearing a hat was even crazier. The thing is I could never articulate why I wore my best clothes to church other than this is what I was supposed to do. As I got older and started touring, I found myself having a battle every weekend to make sure that I was looking the part. Going from denomination to denomination, the only difference seemed to be what I wore on Sundays. Sometimes I got it right, and other times I got it very wrong. A worship leader’s job on Sunday is to lead people in worship and get out of the way. Worship leaders (we) have the best job in the world. We get to lead people in worship. It’s the only thing that will happen in eternity. Here’s the thing: in today’s world of social media and smart phones, people can see right through the surface. It’s almost impossible to hide. People are desiring to know you, not the artificial you. People want to be led authentically. Worship leaders, pastors, and other church leaders are elevated on a platform even though we are just like everyone else. Our job is to point people to Jesus from a place of who we are and not what we look like then get out of the way. When people come to church, they aren’t looking at you and me. We are merely pointing. The average person wants to know they have a leader that is real. Our job is more relational and less about performance. Where is the heart of what we are doing? It’s the same argument for whether we need intelligent lighting and fog. If we remove that, will people still worship? We should always strive for...

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