Many of you have been wondering why you haven’t seen me out on the road lately, as well as why no shows have been popping up on my calendar. So, I decided to write this blog to shed a little light on the situation. Oddly enough, I feel like I’ve been writing this blog for the last year and a half, but I promise to try to keep it brief.
A couple of years ago, I started having the thought that maybe I had missed my calling in life. And it’s not that I felt like I wasn’t supposed to be pursuing a career in music, but that maybe I’d been focusing on the wrong kind of music. I had been listening more and more to contemporary Christian radio over recent years, which if you’re familiar with, they play tons of artists and bands whose musical genres range from rock-sounding anthems to praise and worship-sounding power ballads to techno/electronica-sounding dance tracks. But regardless of what genre they sound like, they all have one common theme–they’re all written from a biblical, Christian perspective. They’re also very positive, uplifting and encouraging, which I found to be a breath of fresh air.
The more I listened to this music the more I fell in love with it, and the more I prayed and felt closer to God. And the closer I got to God, the further away I got from the things in this world that used to be important to me. My convictions were already getting stronger since I got baptized and married in 2011, but they just kept growing. So, with this renewed walk of faith, I began to wonder if I could write something remotely similar to the songs that I was hearing and liking so much. For example, “The Voice of Truth” by Casting Crowns, really resonated with me. I felt like God had been trying to tell me something, and for obvious reasons this song really spoke to that notion.
So, starting in 2012 after coming home from the holidays, I decided to find out if I could write something that might make people feel the way some of these songs were making me feel. And with every idea I came up with and every new song I wrote, I felt more and more convinced that spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ through writing and singing Christian music might just be what I was brought into this world to do. I had a stronger feeling of satisfaction and wholeness that I hadn’t yet experienced in my life, even though I’d already been making a living as a paid songwriter for 10 years and had a major recording contract for nearly 5 years, which was what I moved to Nashville to achieve in the first place. With that being said, at the same time I felt so afraid to just walk away from all that I had been working on for so long. I didn’t want to disappoint any of you, my family or the people who had been a part of my Nashville team for so long. I sought counsel in many places, but the only comfort I really found was in prayer.
Phillipians 4:6-7 says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” So that’s what I did, I just kept praying. One day out of the blue, I felt this overwhelming feeling of peace come over me. I finally felt like everything would be okay and I could move forward in this new direction. So, I met with the president of Warner Bros. and my A&R person, whom I thanked for the amazing opportunities and for believing in and supporting me along the way, but told them my heart just wasn’t in it any longer and that I wanted to be a Christian, who not only makes music, but makes Christian music. They were both very supportive of my choice and continue to be, which I am grateful for.
So here I am. For almost the last year and a half I’ve been writing Christian music and trying to find my place and footing on that side of the music business. I’m hoping to start playing some shows here soon, and I have a new management team who believes in my new calling and is helping me out in that department. I’m working on finding a new producer and I’d like to make an EP of some of these new songs I’ve been writing. I have no idea how all of this is going to play out. It hasn’t been easy, but I wholeheartedly believe that this is where I’m supposed to be, and I trust in God to lead the way. And I know that some of you may or may not be believers, but I appreciate each of you for your love and support over the years and I hope that you will join me on this new journey. I owe so much of what I was able to accomplish in the past to my fans. So, I know that with your continued support and help in spreading the word, and with God’s blessing, that I can reach the same heights as before and then some. Thank you for taking the time to read this, and I really hope to see you at a show in the very near future.
Much love & God bless,
I just wanted to post a quick update to let you all know my finalized schedule for the CMA Fest festivities happening this week here in Nashville! It's hard to believe it's been a whole year and here we are again already. I for one am looking forward to the show at Hard Rock and to seeing all of you again!
It's always so cool to see so many people come from far and wide, from other states to other countries, just to check out what's happening here in Music City. Gotta love the power of a melody : ) Anywho, I'll be praying for everyone to have safe travels on the way here and to have a great time visiting...see you all next week!
• Saturday, 6/9 - Hard Rock Cafe - FREE SHOW - 1:15-1:45 p.m.
• Saturday, 6/9 - Convention Center - WMN Booth #635 - 3:45-4:45 p.m.
• Sunday, 6/10 - aVenue - CANCELLED
Happy New Year Jonesville! Check out the Tour page, and we'll see you on the road in 2012...
Hello friends –
Happy Thanksgiving! While you pass around the turkey and feast with your family, I just want to send a big THANK YOU from me to you.
This year has been awesome, and you’ve all been a great part of it. We released my single “Ferris Wheel,” hit the road, and I even had my Grand Ole Opry debut. It’s been awesome seeing you all on the road, and hearing you sing along to “Ferris Wheel,” and I can’t wait until “You’re My Favorite” is released.
Have a happy Thanksgiving, and happy holidays!