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Daniel Thornton ProfileRev. Dr. Daniel Thornton: accomplished and awarded songwriter, musician and worship leader, sought-after minister and educator.  He is the world’s leading scholar in the “contemporary congregational song” genre.  He is the Head of Arts at Alphacrucis College, serves local churches and their worship teams around the globe and is also engaged as a professional composer and performer.

For 20 years, Daniel served as the Worship/Music Pastor at significant churches around Australia, including Influencers Church (Adelaide, South Australia), LifeSource Church (Sydney, New South Wales) and Mt Annan Christian Life Centre (now C3 Mt Annan).

He regularly produces/records and releases Worship CDs/DVDs including Christmas Presence (2013), For Worshipers, From Worshipers (2013), Worship Classics Vol 2 (2012), Worship Classics Vol 1(2010), Above All Else (2010), One Heart (2009), Worship Always (2009), Paradise(2008), It is Well – Vol 2(2007), It is Well – Vol 1(2006), Beyond Words (2004), and many more. Some of these recordings/performances are featured weekly on the NSCC TV show LifeSource and the Paradise TV shows.

His songs are sung in churches around the world including “Father”, “Come into the House” and “Presence Beautiful”. Daniel’s passion is to connect people with God and see the church rise to its fullest potential.

Daniel has performed a starring role at the Duke Theatre on 42nd Street, New York in an Off-Broadway premiere of the new musical “Angels“, as well as many productions in Australia including Godspell, !Hero, and The Grinch. He has performed alongside Marina Prior, Sylvie Paladino, and regularly features at major community carols events.

Daniel and KrisSix years at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and a music scholarship to London provided much of Daniel’s initial training. During that time, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and other prestigious ensembles performed his original compositions.

Daniel is an ordained minister with the Australian Christian Churches.  His qualifications include PhD., M.Music Tech (Distinction), A.Arts (Religious Studies), LMusA (Theory), Performers Certificate T.C.L. (Piano) and a Cert IV Training and Assessment.

He has owned and run two private music schools, and also lectured for many years at Hillsong College, Alphacrusis College and the Paradise College of Ministry.

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