HE IS RISEN! Alleluia! What a MORNING of joyous Easter services… I even got to play the crash cymbals! Exhilarating!
Ok now that I got that off my chest…
Hello friends in the blogosphere! Welcome to the best blog you will ever read. Well, probably not, but I have high hopes. My vision for this blog is to keep you all updated on the writing/recording/tracking process on the new album and to just give you a little glimpse into my weirdo life as a teacher/singer/songwriter/worship leader. Things are getting crazy exciting, and there’s so much to share!
First of all, the news a lot of you have been waiting for. I will be having a VERY special guest artist featured on this album. Ladies and gentlemen… drumroll… my guest will be THE Dove-Nominated, Grammy-Nominated DOUG ANDERSON! He is a great friend of mine and has generously agreed to sing a duet with me… words cannot express how thrilled I am! He has kindly asked me to back him up at one of his shows in June, so we’re kind of returning the favor to each other. Can’t wait! Second of all, one of my favorite piano players and songwriters is currently reviewing some of my demos and giving me feedback… another drumroll is required for this… *buzzzzz…* I give you… THE Gordon Mote! Holy cow. Google him. How am I so fortunate? I only have the Lord to thank for this! He is truly setting a path before me and opening so many doors. I can hardly wait to see what lies ahead of me in the months to come!
Speaking of the months to come, it’s looking like the end of July will be my tracking time in the studio. Birthday month! My producer/drummer Brett is brilliant… this is going to be such a fun creative process. You better get ready.
Can I just give you a short review of my spring break? It’s been a whirlwind of activity and I sincerely don’t feel like going back to school tomorrow. Sooo, last Friday after school got out, I headed straight to Knoxville, TN with my mom for some much-needed R&R. We ended up getting delayed several times and lost our luggage, only ending up having to drive to Pigeon Forge at 2 AM. Not a good start to the trip. For the next few days, we hung out at Dollywood, did a lot of shopping, and thoroughly enjoyed the mountain scenery. I DID get a chance to do some karaoke in Gatlinburg with a friend, which was pretty fun. I got back on Monday night and STILL had a week of spring break ahead of me! SO many coffee and lunch dates, movies, walks around the lakes, laughter, rehearsals galore, and good old friend time. I made red velvet cupcakes (and my kitchen is STILL covered in red dust from those little buggers). But, the cream cheese frosting from scratch… yum. So worth it. After what seemed like a million rehearsals, we finished off the week with 3 powerful Easter services at Colonial church this morning. I would guess that there were roughly 1500 people in attendance this morning… dude! That’s crazy! Such a privilege to lead the congregation in worship to our Risen Savior!
Anywho, I promise these posts will not be so long and random. Hopefully they’ll be insightful and interesting… we’ll see what happens. Well, thanks for taking this blog out for a test run with me. Please stick with me for a few more… they might get better!! 🙂 For now… ciao!