Unless I’m on the road, and I’m currently not, there’s something about July that rekindles the flame of excitement I feel every January. We’ve made it through the first half of the year and whatever pieces may have fallen or swept to the side, it’s time to make sure they’re not forgotten.
I’ve spent the first 6 months of 2015 writing songs for my 7th album, Doxology, and then actually recording it, with my talented friend, Christian Paschall producing it. Half of the songs I’ve led at my home church this year and I look forward to your being able to worship with them, whether it be through your speakers or live together with us. (Available 8.28!)
That’s the coolest thing about worship music, it’s more than a song. It’s a vehicle to carry our hearts, our souls, our minds, our spirits to the Throne of Heaven so we can sing our praise to the King. And I’ve had a few opportunities this year to do just that, leading worship with Will Graham in Owensboro, Kentucky where 582 people made decisions to follow Christ! Leading over 600 pastors in worship at the Moody Bible Pastors’ Conference in Chicago. Leading the volunteers with Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Relief and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s Rapid Response Chaplains in Asheville, NC was a blessing as well. In between those opportunities to partner with such God fearing organizations, I’ve led worship at my home church and at an annual men’s gathering I’ve been a part of since 2003. (Also God fearing organizations!)
Today I spent a good chunk of time preparing for my second Christmas Tour believe it or not! Last year we toured my new Unto Us album in Georgia; Dallas & Houston, Texas; St Louis, Missouri and California. This year we already have December concerts booked for Michigan, Ohio, Illinois and Georgia again! We’ll be performing with choir and orchestra members from churches in surrounding areas, so if you, or people you know, want to be a part of these fun evenings, celebrating the first Advent of our Savior (Christmas!), stay tuned as to how you can join us! We’ll be letting you know soon!
And who knows, in the meanwhile, maybe I’ll blog more often …and tell you about deals like $5 CD if you use the code “sugarplums” at checkout!