Cindy Cruse Ratcliff, the senior worship leader of Joel Osteen's church Lakewood, has just released her brand new live worship album Edge Of The Universe. The album was recorded LIVE at LAKEWOOD CHURCH and is filled with amazing new music that will encourage and inspire!
Recently, Ratcliff shared with BREATHEcast her path to worship leading. "It's really interesting how the Lord took me on a journey about 10 years ago before I came to Lakewood, and I had not really led worship at all up until I was living in Nashville, and my pastor's wife asked me to lead worship for their women's conference."
Ratcliff was raised in music ministry, singing and traveling with her award winning family, The Cruse Singers. By the age of six, she was recording music and at nine years old, she had become ASCAP's youngest licensed songwriter.
Not being on staff or holding any special title, Ratcliff accepted the opportunity to lead at the women's conference out of wanting to faithfully serve. After receiving a warm response, she continued to lead worship and doors began to open.
"It wasn't until about five years later, I came on staff with a church in Oklahoma City as their worship leader and it was a small church. The Lord just began to open doors and my path would cross with different people and I finally ended up leading worship for a revival in Houston, Texas, with a minister out of Florida, and some of the staff members from Lakewood were there," she said, recalling how she got involved with America's largest church.
"I guess about two years later, Lakewood's worship pastor left to go start a church in Dallas, and when they did, they called me."
For over 15 years now, Ratcliff has been broadcast weekly to 100+ million households in the US, as well as international broadcast to Australia, New Zealand, Korea, China, Philippines & Africa. She was a major driving force behind the last 3 Lakewood Church CD's, which sold in excess of 100K units each, in which she is featured as a vocalist, writer, and co-producer.
She released "Heaven Raining Down" in 2014 which charted #11 on Christian Billboard and #2 on Worship. She followed up with an amazing Spanish version of Heaven Raining Down "Lluvia Celestial", which went straight to the top of the charts at #1! She is entering her 10th year on tour with Joel Osteen to sold out arenas and stadiums across the U.S and the world, including Madison Square Garden, Staples Center, Olympic arena-Sydney Australia, Belfast UK, Wembley Arena-London UK, NY Yankee Stadium, LA Dodger Stadium, Chicago's Wrigley field and recently performing at the great Carnegie Hall.