Jason Squires

Worship Leader & Songwriter

The Sound of Your Name

Posted by on Oct 3, 2016

The Sound of Your Name

I have released 6 CD’s since I started making music. The Sound of Your Name is number 7. I can tell you that I am the most excited about this project! SOYN has been a CD that I’ve been dreaming up for the last year. It is an acoustic EP with 6 songs on it. I got to co-write a couple of them with my wife as well as a songwriter friend of mine named Michael Bahn.  The 6th song is Not Finished Yet which you may know was the title track for my last CD.  We recorded a live version of it with the residents of Mercy Multiplied. The last exciting part is when you purchase the CD, it comes with all the chord charts loaded on the disc.  All you need to do is pop it into your computer and you can play the songs at your church! The CD’s are set to arrive on Friday the 7th.  If you pre-ordered they will be shipped to you this weekend! There is still time to pre-order through the online...

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Fueling Creativity

Posted by on Feb 9, 2016

Fueling Creativity

This year Kacee and I decided to get annual passes for Disneyland.  If you haven’t been recently (or at all), they have a new fireworks show to celebrate their 60th anniversary.  At the top of the show there is an audio clip of Walt Disney at opening day.  He said,  “As long as there is imagination left, Disneyland will never be complete.” This quote has stuck with me and I have applied it to my life.  I am a creative person. Creativity needs to be fueled. These are 5 keys to creativity that have worked for me.  The first is inspiration. What inspires you? For me, getting Disney passes has been a big inspiration.  When I am at Disneyland I am not looking at the dollar signs, crowds, and 8 hour drive to get there.  I am listening to the music, looking at the lighting, watching the amazing creativity in the parades, and seeing the magic they have created. I leave each trip feeling excited to write, create, and explore new ideas.  The other way that I am inspired is sitting and looking at nature.  Whether it is walking through the woods, fishing on a quiet pond or river, or taking a drive on the backroads.  I use the time to see creation and what God created from nothing. The second key to creativity is space. We all have a workspace where we do bills, details, and other works related stuff.  Creativity needs room to breathe.  Eliminate distractions.  At my studio I have converted the basement into a writing, rehearsal, and recording space.  This is not a space for work. Its a place I can that is free of life’s distractions and allows me to be creative. Where is your space? The third key is the biggest culprit. It is time. This is the biggest hinderance in the creative process. Its not a task to be completed.  A common answer to “How’s life treating you?” is “I am so busy.  Waiting for things to calm down.”  I am here to tell you that busy is now just called normal in my life.  We are all busy and finding time to be creative is almost impossible and really easy to schedule things over. I schedule time in my calendar to be creative.  Its an appointment in my schedule.  I understand as a songwriter that songs can come at random times.  This is where...

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Marriage is a Partnership

Posted by on Jan 27, 2016

Marriage is a Partnership

When I was in 8th grade I started eyeing this girl. I asked her to go out with me and she proceeded to turn me down.  As devastating as it was, I was determined to not give up.   When we got to 9th grade I asked her out again.  She couldn’t resist my persistence this time and she said YES! This was the start of an eight year relationship through High School and college.  We were best friends.  We experienced the highs and lows of life together.  We did everything together.  We ended up at Simpson University for our freshman year of college.  Our second year I went to William Jessup University and she went to Sacramento State.  I proposed to her in 2006 on a cloudy Friday afternoon in a park in Rocklin, CA.  She said YES!  We got married in July of 2007. When we got married people always told us to enjoy the “honeymoon” phase of marriage.  We didn’t understand what that meant.  Getting married was a natural next step for us.  I was marrying my best friend, the one that knew everything about me.  It didn’t feel like a major change, to us we further strengthened our relationship. There are many different approaches to marriage.  We (Kacee and myself) choose to look at marriage as a partnership.  A bond between two people that exist to do life as a team.  The biblical view of marriage is that the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church.  I am the head of the household but being head of the household does not mean being the commander of my family.  Somewhere this got skewed. Men and women can have very stereotypical roles in a relationship.  Men go to work to earn money and women stay home to raise the children.  Kacee and I have flipped these roles a couple times.  I have no problem waking up at night to change diapers, spend an afternoon cleaning the bathroom, or doing the laundry.  I love to be an active role in my daughters life and helping them see what kind of man to look for when they get older.  I didn’t have a problem when I was a stay at home dad with Hannah while Kacee went to work.  I learned how to balance taking care of a newborn and running a business from...

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10 Year Night of Celebration

Posted by on Jan 26, 2016

10 Year Night of Celebration

When I was in college I was asked by some friends to write a song for their wedding.  I told them that I would record it for them.  Little did I know that would be the spark I needed for a career in music.  10 years later I have release 4 projects, led worship around the country, opened for some artists that I have looked up to, and taught at conferences. If you are reading this you have played a role in this story and I want to celebrate! I am hosting the 10 Year Night of Celebration in a few weeks and would be honored if you would attend.  It is on Friday February 19th at 7pm.  The event will be at First Baptist Church in Davis, CA.  Let us know you plan on coming by sending an email or RSVP’ing on the Facebook event...

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Life Reminders from Hannah

Posted by on Dec 14, 2015

Life Reminders from Hannah

Presents are wrapped. Plans have been made. Lists have been checked. Menus have been written. Ugly sweaters are ready. Then you are reminded from the prayer of a child that we over complicate life.  That was me yesterday. I use the TimeHop app on my iPhone.  It sends you notifications daily as to what you posted on social media in previous years.  A year ago I posted the prayer of my then 3 year old daughter Hannah: “Dear Jesus, Thank you we have food, thank you for my Mommy and Daddy, and that I have no reason to cry. Amen Christmas should be simple. We are celebrating the birth of the Savior of the World.  Jesus came to us in a manger wrapped in cloth.  A humble King. Thank you Hannah for the reminder that Christmas is about making memories with family.  Its a chance to go look at Christmas lights, drink hot chocolate, and watch Elf (best christmas movie ever!)  These are the memories that I hope you have when you get older.  Memories of being thankful for what we have and the people that are around you that love you. Life should be simple. Memories are free.  Grab some hot chocolate and go look at Christmas lights tonight with someone that you love.  You will not regret...

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