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Platinum Record Songwriter Jamie Harvill Returns to Teach at Alma Mater

University of Mobile alumnus Jamie Harvill has returned to his alma mater as Artist in Residence in the School of Worship Leadership.

After graduating Cum Laude from the University of Mobile in 1989, Harvill began writing songs for Integrity Music, which has resources and materials distributed to over 160 countries. Harvill’s partnership with Integrity Music resulted in some of his most well-known worship classics such as “Ancient of Days,” “Because We Believe,” “Firm Foundation,” and “Garments of Praise.” His song “Ancient of Days” recently attained platinum record status, selling over a million copies worldwide.

Harvill’s later projects included recording songs in his personal studio, working as a session musician in Nashville, and serving as a music director in a Nashville-area church. He is currently writing a book entitled “Worship Foundry” that is intended to train the next generation of worship leaders.

This fall, Harvill will take his experience and passion for mentoring young people to the University of Mobile. As Artist in Residence in the School of Worship Leadership, a part of the university’s Center for Performing Arts, he will teach a variety of subjects targeted toward developing worship leaders.

“The University of Mobile helped prepare me to be successful in my career. Like UMobile, I am passionate about equipping the next generation of leaders,” said Harvill. “I enjoy being a mentor, helping prepare students to reach an ever-changing culture with new technologies, while remaining wholehearted Christ-followers.”

Harvill will instruct mostly upper level classes, including senior internships, applied lessons for guitar, and biblical foundations of worship. In addition, he will direct and oversee some of the student ensembles in the Worship Leadership Department.

Harvill will draw on his experience as a session musician in Nashville to train students to step into careers in professional settings. He will work closely with the university’s 8Eighty Records professional recording studio and music publishing business.

“I think there is a great opportunity for the church to be a place of learning and a launching pad for artists and musicians, with excellence, into the world,” said Harvill. “I want to be a part of that.”

Dr. Roger Breland, vice president for project development and executive director of the UMobile Center for Performing Arts, said, “We are excited to welcome Jamie Harvill to our stellar list of experienced and passionate faculty members. Jamie’s addition to the Center of Preforming Arts is another shining example of the commitment that the University of Mobile has to providing their students with professional, successful instructors with real world experience. “

About the University of Mobile:
The University of Mobile is a Christian university located in Mobile, Ala., on an 880-acre campus near Gulf Coast beaches. More than 1,600 students are enrolled in more than 40 undergraduate and graduate programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Christian Ministries, School of Education, School of Nursing, School of Worship Leadership, Center for Performing Arts/School of Music and Center for Adult Programs.

For more information about the University of Mobile, visit the website at or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222. For more information about 8Eighty Records, visit

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