Christian artist and worship leader Jon Buller recently released two full-length albums and is now sharing the new music when he comes to southern Manitoba later this summer. 

"I've been doing a lot of worship leading in various churches locally," says Jon Buller who lives in Vernon, B.C. with his family. "During the shutdowns, it was actually a very creative time for me."

During COVID a friend of Buller's gave him a double cassette deck, which inspired the current projects. The first album was called Come Awake and the second Different Now. Previous to these, it had been over a decade since Buller released original music

"It was a total blast. I had some inspiration there, listening to and writing music. Some of the stuff I've released recently was inspired by the 25-year-old Jon Buller."

On August 14 Buller will be performing in both Winkler and Winnipeg. 

"I had a good friend reach out to me, inviting me to sing on Sunday morning at the Winkler Harvest Festival. I was honoured and touched that they're still thinking of me. I figured if I'm there, I'll do something else. The Park Theatre is a pretty sweet spot so we booked that and we're going to relive the old days. A little bit of nostalgia and a lot of new music."

Buller shares that he'll bring out some old, well-known songs such as 'Meet Me in the River' and 'Lord of Everything.' 

"We're just going to worship. I feel like we need to be together as a community. We need to forget about, if you can, all those crazy tensions we've been experiencing and just worship Jesus."

Buller has a new single coming out within the next few weeks called 'Blessed.'

"We think differently about being blessed these days. But in the beatitudes, to be blessed, wasn't a financial blessing or relational, celebration. It was, in a sense, a kind of suffering. Blessed are the poor in spirit, for they shall see God. Those are the times when we meet God, often, the closest. That's been my experience."