Jason Upton (born December 15, 1973) is an American contemporary worship music singer, songwriter and recording artist. His musical creations are mostly inspired by folk music.

Early life


Jason Upton was born on December 15, 1973, in Minneapolis and was adopted by a Christian family in March 1974. He has Native American roots since his biological father was a Cherokee.

Musical career


Upton released Key of David in 2000. It was recorded live in Virginia Beach that year and was produced by Upton's own Key of David Ministries. Over half of the album consisted of unrehearsed, spontaneous songs and declarations. Later in 2000, Upton appeared at a National Day of Prayer and Fasting event called "The Call D.C." On August 14, 2001, Upton released his second album, Faith, which was recorded live and released on 40 Records. The title track was an unplanned song which Upton referred to in the liner notes of the album as a "Spirit Song".
In 2002, he released two independent albums, Jacob's Dream and Dying Star, his first to have been recorded in the studio. That same year, he recorded "You Are the One" on the collaborative Keith Green tribute album Your Love Broke Through: The Worship Songs of Keith Green. In 2003, Upton released the independently recorded live album, Remember. Also that year, Upton led worship at the Onething Conference. Upton released Trusting the Angels in December 2004.Great River Road was released through Gotee Records in April 2005, and contained five songs from his independent releases and four new compositions and the song recorded for the earlier Keith Green tribute. This album further included a CD-ROM feature of Upton explaining his inspirations for and reasons behind the songs on the album.Upton's fourth live album, sixth independent album, and eighth overall album, Open Up the Earth was released in late October 2005.Upton's tenth album, Beautiful People, was released in 2007. It contained piano songs mixing contemplative pop and epic anthems, and includes "Never Alone Martin", which was inspired by a religious experience of Martin Luther King Jr., who had assured that, at the beginning of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, he started to receive threatening calls, and once, he prayed to God at midnight, and afterwards, heard the voice of Jesus telling him He would never leave him alone.

Events and tours


Upton regularly tours leading worship in churches and at conferences, including Onething. He has rarely appeared on television, although he has appeared at least twice on The 700 Club.

Discography


Key of David (2000), Key of David Ministries
Faith (2001), 40Records
Jacob's Dream - EP (2002), Key of David Ministries
You Are the One (2002, Single), Sparrow Records
Dying Star (2002), Key of David Ministries
Remember (2003), Key of David Ministries
Trusting the Angels (2004), Key of David Ministries
Great River Road (2005), Gotee Records
Open Up the Earth (2005), Key of David Ministries
Between Earth and Sky (2007), Key of David Ministries
Beautiful People (2007), Integrity Music
1200 Feet Below Sea Level (2008), Key of David Ministries
On the Rim of the Visible World (2009), Key of David Ministries
Family Music (2010), Key of David Ministries
Live From Dublin - Song, Stories And A Train (2010)
Glimpse (2012), Key of David Ministries
Sunday Morning: Live in Winston Salem (2013), Jason Upton and Key of David Ministries
A Table Full of Strangers Vol 1 (2015), Jason Upton
A Table Full of Strangers Vol 2 (2018), Jason Upton

Awards


In 2007, his album Between Earth and Sky was featured among CBN's best Christian contemporary albums of 2007.

Popular culture


Jason appeared in the documentary film Justice Waiting which also featured International House of Prayer-KC, Rick Joyner, and Lou Engle.

Grow - This Garden's Gonna Grow Grow - This Garden's Gonna Grow - Jason Upton

Home To Me Home To Me - Jason Upton

Sons And Daughters Sons And Daughters - Jason Upton

Peace Peace - Jason Upton

Will of God Will of God - Jason Upton

Jesus Jesus - Jason Upton

Candy Corn Candy Corn - Jason Upton

Emma Emma - Jason Upton

Stones Stones - Jason Upton

Lion Of Judah Lion Of Judah - Jason Upton

Seek First Seek First - Jason Upton

Write Every Day Down Write Every Day Down - Jason Upton

Father In Heaven Father In Heaven - Jason Upton

Faith Faith - Jason Upton

Run Baby Run Run Baby Run - Jason Upton

Justice Waiting Justice Waiting - Jason Upton

Teach Me How to Pray Teach Me How to Pray - Jason Upton

Father, Son, Spirit Father, Son, Spirit - Jason Upton

The Garden Song The Garden Song - Jason Upton

The Thief and the Friend The Thief and the Friend - Jason Upton

40 40 - Jason Upton

Face of Time Face of Time - Jason Upton

Simple Things Simple Things - Jason Upton

Forgiveness Forgiveness - Jason Upton

Burning in the Sky Burning in the Sky - Jason Upton

Beyond the Window Beyond the Window - Jason Upton

Love is a Winding Road Love is a Winding Road - Jason Upton

Father of the Fatherless Father of the Fatherless - Jason Upton

In The Beginning Part 1 In The Beginning Part 1 - Jason Upton

Jesus, You're Beautiful Jesus, You're Beautiful - Jason Upton

Scarecrow Scarecrow - Jason Upton

Haylie Haylie - Jason Upton

Trusting the Angels Trusting the Angels - Jason Upton

Freedom Reigns Freedom Reigns - Jason Upton

Mister Fortune Teller Mister Fortune Teller - Jason Upton

Only From You Only From You - Jason Upton

Secrets Secrets - Jason Upton

Whisper Whisper - Jason Upton

I Built My House Upon A Stone I Built My House Upon A Stone - Jason Upton

Dying Star Dying Star - Jason Upton

Love You Just Like That Love You Just Like That - Jason Upton

Come Up Here Come Up Here - Jason Upton

Mighty River Mighty River - Jason Upton

The Road to Emmaus The Road to Emmaus - Jason Upton

Psalm 23 Psalm 23 - Jason Upton

In Your Presence In Your Presence - Jason Upton

Trust Once More Trust Once More - Jason Upton

Traveler Traveler - Jason Upton

Is There Room Is There Room - Jason Upton

A Better Way A Better Way - Jason Upton

No Sacrifice No Sacrifice - Jason Upton

Let The World Sing A New Song Let The World Sing A New Song - Jason Upton

Dear John Dear John - Jason Upton

The King's Way The King's Way - Jason Upton

Lou's Song Lou's Song - Jason Upton

You Are Holy You Are Holy - Jason Upton

Watching Over Me Watching Over Me - Jason Upton

Just Like You Just Like You - Jason Upton

I Will Wait I Will Wait - Jason Upton

God's Got A Reason For Everything God's Got A Reason For Everything - Jason Upton

Samuel's Awakening Samuel's Awakening - Jason Upton

Road To Emmaus Road To Emmaus - Jason Upton

Emmanuel Emmanuel - Jason Upton

When You Were A Child When You Were A Child - Jason Upton

Doctor Doctor - Jason Upton

Song For Dancing Song For Dancing - Jason Upton

Open Up the Earth Open Up the Earth - Jason Upton

Where Fools Turn to Gold Where Fools Turn to Gold - Jason Upton

Wait Upon the Wind Wait Upon the Wind - Jason Upton

Joshua Joshua - Jason Upton

Where The Wild Things Are Where The Wild Things Are - Jason Upton

Shadow of Your Wings Shadow of Your Wings - Jason Upton

God Finds Us God Finds Us - Jason Upton

Lullaby For A Petrified Sacred Society Lullaby For A Petrified Sacred Society - Jason Upton

Chop Down the Tree Chop Down the Tree - Jason Upton

One Step Away One Step Away - Jason Upton

Psalm 2:12 Psalm 2:12 - Jason Upton

Apple of His Eye Apple of His Eye - Jason Upton

In The Silence In The Silence - Jason Upton

They Will Know We Are Christians They Will Know We Are Christians - Jason Upton

Return to Me Return to Me - Jason Upton

Freedom Freedom - Jason Upton

One Reason One Reason - Jason Upton

It Ain't Easy It Ain't Easy - Jason Upton

Never Alone Martin Never Alone Martin - Jason Upton

The World Is Wide Open The World Is Wide Open - Jason Upton

You Are the One You Are the One - Jason Upton

Into the Sky Into the Sky - Jason Upton

One of These Days One of These Days - Jason Upton

Not Ashamed Not Ashamed - Jason Upton

Whistle In Your Will Whistle In Your Will - Jason Upton

Clouds and Creeds Clouds and Creeds - Jason Upton

You Decide What's Beautiful You Decide What's Beautiful - Jason Upton

Hannah (A Child is Born) Hannah (A Child is Born) - Jason Upton

Beautiful People Beautiful People - Jason Upton

Between the Graveyard and the Garden Between the Graveyard and the Garden - Jason Upton

Tater Peeler Road Tater Peeler Road - Jason Upton

Cloud By Day Cloud By Day - Jason Upton

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes - Jason Upton

Grow Grow - Jason Upton

The Table The Table - Jason Upton

Mountain of the Living God Mountain of the Living God - Jason Upton

Samuel Samuel - Jason Upton

Jacob's Dream Jacob's Dream - Jason Upton

Do Not Pass By Do Not Pass By - Kristene DiMarco - Jason Upton

Happy Happy - Jason Upton

Everything You Do Everything You Do - Jason Upton

A Hammer and An Awkward Nail A Hammer and An Awkward Nail - Jason Upton

Look At That Dog Look At That Dog - Jason Upton

Beautiful Beautiful - Jason Upton

Children of Our Time Children of Our Time - Jason Upton

I Will Never Leave You Children I Will Never Leave You Children - Jason Upton

Building A Center For The Animals Building A Center For The Animals - Jason Upton

Glory Come Down Glory Come Down - Jason Upton

The Cross is Always Ready The Cross is Always Ready - Jason Upton

When It Thunders When It Thunders - Jason Upton

That's Why Jesus Came That's Why Jesus Came - Kristene DiMarco - Jason Upton - Bethel Music

The Pumpkin Song The Pumpkin Song - Jason Upton

Gideon - Valley Victory Gideon - Valley Victory - Jason Upton

In The Beginning Part 2 In The Beginning Part 2 - Jason Upton

Emma (Not Alone) Emma (Not Alone) - Jason Upton

Fly Fly - Jason Upton

Blinded Blinded - Jason Upton

Right by my Side Right by my Side - Jason Upton

Campfires and Masquerades Campfires and Masquerades - Jason Upton

Poverty Poverty - Jason Upton

All Things Are Possible All Things Are Possible - Jason Upton

So Proud of You So Proud of You - Jason Upton

Great River Road Great River Road - Jason Upton

On the Rim of the Visible World On the Rim of the Visible World - Jason Upton

Trust In You - Instrumental Trust In You - Instrumental - Jason Upton

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Albums & Songs

  • God Finds Us
  • Run Baby Run (Jonah)
  • Trust Once More
  • The Road to Emmaus
  • Write Every Day Down
  • Traveler
  • A Hammer and an Awkward Nail
  • Grow
  • Forgiveness
  • Everything You Do
  • Between the Graveyard and the Garden
  • No Higher Praise
  • The Farmer and the Field
  • Only from You
  • Mountain to Valley
  • The Song of Jesus
  • Home to Me
  • Redwoods and Daisies
  • Wild and Free
  • Jesus, You're Beautiful
  • Every Table Is an Altar
  • Finding You
  • A God Who Sees (Me & Lucy)
  • Seek First
  • Campfires and Masquerades
  • Scarecrow
  • Father, Son, Spirit
  • Whisper
  • God's Got a Reason for Everything
  • I Built My House Upon a Stone
  • Love Is a Winding Road
  • The Thief and the Friend
  • Mister Fortune Teller
  • I Built My House Upon a Stone
  • This Is My Home
  • In Each Grain of Sand
  • Let the World Sing a New Song
  • The Garden Song
  • Teach Me How to Pray
  • Freedom Reigns
  • Brother (Bonus Track)
  • Do You Like the Song I Wrote for You? (Bonus Track)
  • Birmingham Sound Check
  • A Hammer and an Awkward Nail
  • Where Fools Turn to Gold
  • The Garden Song
  • Table
  • Love is a Winding Road
  • Trust In You
  • I Built My House Upon a Stone
  • Psalm 23
  • Beautiful People
  • Take My Hand
  • Be Still
  • In the Silence
  • In the Silence
  • Opening Prayer
  • Gideon
  • Poverty
  • Sons and Daughters
  • Father in Heaven
  • One Step Away
  • Simple Things
  • Clouds and Creeds
  • Freedom
  • I Help You Daddy
  • When You Were a Child
  • Happy
  • Tater Peeler Road
  • Building A Center For The Animals (feat. Bryan Willard)
  • Wild Things
  • Puppy Love (feat. Micah Lother)
  • Candy (feat. Bryan Willard)
  • The Pumpkin Song
  • Right Exit Wrong Turn
  • Time To Move On (feat. Micah Lother)
  • Doctor (feat. Bryan Willard)
  • So Proud Of You
  • Happy
  • Yes (feat. Bryan Willard)
  • Pretty Well
  • Song For Dancing (feat. Bryan Willard)
  • Look At That Dog
  • Between the Graveyard and the Garden
  • Clouds and Creeds
  • Beautiful (feat. Micah Lother)
  • Flowers for Rachel
  • Mountain of the Living God
  • Shadow of Your Wings
  • On the Rim of the Visible World
  • Lou's Song (feat. Micah Lother)
  • Right By My Side (feat. Bryan Willard)
  • The Cross Is Always Ready
  • Between the Graveyard and the Garden
  • Blinded
  • Mountain of the Living God
  • You Are Holy
  • Clouds and Creeds
  • Simple Things
  • In the Beginning, Pt. 1
  • Justice Waiting
  • The World Is Wide Open
  • How to Know If We Are Born of the Spirit
  • One Step Away
  • No Mistaking Love (A Tribute to Mel & Violet Kraemer)
  • When the Time Comes
  • Where the Wild Things Are
  • Yes Yes Yes Yes
  • It Ain't Easy
  • In the Beginning, Pt. 2
  • Haylie
  • Emma
  • The Spirit of Adoption
  • Beyond the Window
  • In Your Presence
  • Into the Sky
  • Father of the Fatherless
  • Lion of Judah
  • Beautiful People
  • All Things Are Possible
  • Dear John
  • In Your Presence
  • You Decide What's Beautiful
  • I Will Never Leave You Children
  • Lullaby For a Petrified Sacred Society
  • Everything You Do
  • Into the Sky
  • Sons and Daughters
  • Mom and Dad
  • Never Alone Martin
  • Children of Our Time
  • Open Up the Earth
  • Till the Ground
  • Samuel's Awakening
  • In the Silence
  • Apple of His Eye
  • Secrets
  • Follow
  • Peace
  • Healing
  • A Better Way
  • Stones
  • Intro
  • Emma (Not Alone)
  • One of These Days
  • When It Thunders
  • Face of Time
  • Where Fools Turn to Gold
  • Cloud By Day
  • Hannah (A Child is Born)
  • Trusting the Angels
  • Is There Room
  • They Will Know We Are Christians
  • Great River Road
  • When You Were a Child
  • Trust
  • First Language
  • Lullaby
  • Fly
  • Road to Emmaus
  • Dying Star
  • Burning in the Sky
  • Run Baby Run
  • Will of God
  • Whistle in Your Will
  • Mighty River
  • Samuel
  • Jesus
  • Lion of Judah
  • Psalm 23
  • In the Silence
  • Jacob's Dream
  • Wait Upon the Wind
  • Joshua
  • Teach Me How to Pray
  • You Are the One (Performance Track In Key of Bb)
  • You Are the One (Performance Track In Key of G)
  • You Are the One (Performance Track In Key of Db)
  • You Are the One
  • One Reason
  • I Will Wait
  • Faith
  • Just Like You
  • Freedom Reigns
  • Come Up Here
  • Gideon (Valley/Victory)
  • Freedom
  • Glory Come Down
  • 40
  • Not Ashamed
  • Poverty
  • No Sacrifice