The Heart of the City Worship Band is a 22 member group with 12 vocalists, a 4 piece brass section, drums, percussion, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass guitar and keyboards. Led by founding members and ministry directors, Dan and Sandy Adler, this group has been leading once a month inter-racial, inter-denominational worship gatherings in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area since August of 1996. The members of this each come from different churches and denominations and are African-American, Caribbean-American, Latino, Asian, East Indian and Caucasian in racial heritage. The focus of their ministry is on bringing racial and denominational unity and reconciliation to the Body of Christ.
Besides the monthly Heart of the City Worship Celebration, the group often serves as guest worship leaders at other churches, conferences and worship seminars. They sometimes travel as a reduced size group instead of with the whole group.
Heart of the City is known for the variety of styles of worship music that they use - from Black Gospel to hymns, contemporary praise and worship, Caribbean and Latino rhythms and parts of some songs in Spanish and in Hmong - which reflect the make up of their band and the churches of the city.
The Heart of the City Worship Band's first CD release is entitled What We Really Need. Although songs from many backgrounds and writers are used at Heart of the City Worship Celebrations, all of the songs on this project are written by Dan Adler. Adler has written over 100 songs and has had several published by WORD Music, Alegis Music, the United Methodist Publishing House, Lillenas, Integrity and others. The song "It is Good" off of this project was also released on Ron Kenoly's project "We Offer Praises" in January of 2000 on the Integrity Music label.
An ensemble of 22 Heart of the City Worship Band members lead each monthly worship celebration. Members of the band include:
You can reach the Heart of the City Worship band at the address below or via e-mail.