Music has been a passion of mine since I first started leading worship at the age of 14. When I graduated High School, I knew that God had placed a desire in me to reach the world through music. I moved to Memphis, Tennessee and attended a Music and Worship arts school called Visible School. There I founded a band with some amazing guys and we called ourselves Luminate. The intention was and still is to "Shine the light and love of Christ in the midst of darkness through music". Members came and went during different seasons of the band's journey, and we were privileged to tour with artist like Mercy Me, Jeremy Camp, Kutless, Big Daddy Weave, Newsboys and many more. While they were great experiences I am thankful for, I still longed for something more. After nine years of being apart of the Christian Music Industry, and becoming a husband and father, I've come to realize success isn't based on concert attendance, record sales, or chart topping singles. For me, it is based on two questions / convictions:
- Is my heart, attitude, and songwriting reflecting and promoting the person of Jesus?
- Do I humbly use the musical gifts God gave me to lead his people in worship?
I believe that the attitude of worship is a place and atmosphere where all of our prayers, needs, and desires collide with the One who can restore everything. That being said, I feel an overwhelming desire to unlock that passion and make leading the church in worship the total focus of Luminate. Over the past year I have been writing songs for the Church with some amazing worship leaders and producers, and on weekends when I'm not touring, I've been leading worship at Salty Church in Ormond Beach, Florida. It's been unbelievable getting back on the front lines of serving in the Church, and it's reignited the original passion God gave me at a young age. I hope you will join me on this new direction, and I hope Luminate's future music will draw you into a deeper place of worshiping God.
And as always, I am so thankful and humbled by your continual love, prayer, and support over the years!
- Samuel Hancock (Luminate Founder & Vocalist)