No Go, New Music Update, Other News

It has been awhile since the last post, mainly because it has been a busy time of year! Below are some highlights of what has been happening the last few months:

No Go

As you may remember, the song “No Go” had a limited radio release in March, and since that time, it has received wonderful support by Christian Rock stations. The song made the Billboard Music Christian Rock Most Added chart for the third time in April, and is currently #1 on the Sort Hits Chart for 2017. We are very thankful! The program directors and others at the radio stations have been unbelievably kind to us, and there are not enough words to properly thank them. We have also completed initial filming on a video for the song as a surprise our listeners (a photo from the shoot is below). IMG_2996

 

New Project

Speaking of the future, we have been working on a new album since August, and it looks like we are on schedule to have it ready by the end of the year. If this happens, you will be receiving an invitation to the CD release party!

Leap Revival

Reluctant Radio is a nationally syndicated half hour weekly radio show on at least 35 stations and transmitters in the United States. They have been featuring several songs from the 2011 album “Leap”, and this has resulted in a revival of sales through iTunes, including Walking Blind (see above), my very first song collaboration with Swaff and one of my favorites. Reluctant Radio is co-hosted by Katy Kinard and Scott Cook in Nashville, and they have been so kind to include our music in their podcasts! (Most recently, May 7, April 9, and March 12…) A link to their station is here, and you can subscribe to their podcasts for free from the link. While you are at it, feel free to give them a five-star rating at iTunes. They are amazing!

There will be more updates soon. Thank you for your interest!

 

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More About the Song “No Go”

The song “No Go” from HOLE IN THE SKY is an official radio single this week. The song is about the experience of witnessing change, and this can happen in a number of forms throughout our lives. It is the kind of change that can be described as an “about face”, where all of the sudden everything we believed seems to have completely vanished. This can be in the form of a person, belief, or even the very place we live.

A song can often have different meanings to different people. One of my favorite classes in high school focused on creative writing, and I remember we would often analyze the meanings of songs. I was always amazed at how many different interpretations there could be about the same song. As a listener of music, I have always preferred the personal meaning a song brings rather than knowing exactly what the writer was thinking.

With this preference in mind, we want “No Go” to be your song. We have had a lot of feedback about it, and “No Go” is having multiple meanings to the listeners of our music. Some have said it reminds them of a relationship gone bad, of a friend or family member who completely changed, and others have said it reminds them of the current political climate.

Even though we go through periods of insecurity, loneliness, betrayal, and fear, there are some powerful truths from the Bible that override all of these. One is from Hebrews 13:8, where it says that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Knowing the principles he stood for, including love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance, how could we ever doubt during the rough times? Sure, we feel it, as is the subject of “No Go”, but what reassurance it is to know that Jesus also said, “My peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you. Not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27

 

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At Your Feet with Thanks

Thank youI am a big believer in gratitude. When people give of themselves to help others, I think they should be recognized for what they have done.

It looks like Jesus felt the same way. In Luke 17:11-19, Jesus healed 10 lepers. The passage says: Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him,“Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”

When people are kind to me, I feel like the healed leper. Following his example, I would literally throw myself at the feet of those who show kindness if it were socially acceptable. Many times, it feels like we live in a world where the opposite of kindness is the norm; so when it is shown, it feels incredible.

Our hearts have been full over 2016 and already in 2017 with the kindness that has been shown to us with our music by so many people. Below are examples starting in January 2016:

HITS1/31/16– “Typical Day in Heaven” from the album HOLE IN THE SKY reaches #2 on the Play MPE Christian Top 20 Weekly Streams and #3 on the Play MPE Christian Top 20 Weekly Downloads in preparation for its official radio release on 2/23/16.

2/24/16– “Typical Day in Heaven” makes the Billboard Music Most Added Christian Rock National Airplay Chart for the March 5 edition.

3/17/16– “Typical Day in Heaven” is one of 50 songs to make the Apple Music Christian & Gospel Found Sounds Playlist.
3/28/16– “Did Ya Hear?” from the album Leap is selected by A-Sides Radio Promotion asJDouglasWrightLeapCover250 part of their Easter radio campaign and reaches #8 on the Christian Radio Chart.

Racman5/6/16– Racman Christian Radio features us on their Artist Music and Spotlight show.

5/17/16– “Typical Day in Heaven” reaches #1  on the Top 100 Christian Songs 2016 according to SortHits.

IMG_15206/20/16– “Mama’s Faith” from the album HOLE IN THE SKY is selected by A-Sides Radio Promotion A-Sidesas part of their Traditional Christian Music campaign and reaches #1 on the Christian Radio Chart, being added to 602 stations.

7/16/16- “No Go” from the album HOLE IN THE SKY makes the Billboard Music Most Added Christian Rock imagesNational Airplay Chart for the July 23 edition.

8/4/16– Our music is recognized with two IMEA Award nominations– “Typical Day in Heaven” as y_LpWlX4_400x400Christian Song of the Year and J. Douglas Wright as Christian Artist of the Year.

9/3/16– “Typical Day in Heaven” is one of 25 songs to make the Breaking Christian Apple Music Playlist.

10/21/16– “Jangchikyjang” from the album HOLE IN THE IMA_NOMINEESKY is nominated in the Christian Song Category by the Independent Music Awards.

12/31/16– “Typical Day in Heaven” is #1 on Crossroads Top 30 Christian Rock Songs of 2016, and “No Go” is #25. 36c0cf_4bfa92e3db964ba49903677e4efc1a19

1/5/17– “No Go” makes the Billboard Music National Airplay Most Added imagesChristian Rock Chart for the second time and will be included in the January 14 edition.

krng-logo-201505251746021/16/17– “No Go” is on Renegade Radio’s Top 20 of the week.

Some have said to play it cool when great things happen. I think a production needs to be made every time, because at the heart of it is the kind act of someone. We are so very grateful to the radio station managers and others that made the Play MPE, Billboard, Sort Hits, and Christian Radio Charts possible, and to those who work at these organizations. We thank A-Sides Radio Promotion, Crossroads Radio, Renegade Radio, Racman Christian Radio, IMEA and the Independent Music Awards. There are many other individuals and stations that we will thank in upcoming posts. We thank the listeners of the music for liking the music enough to buy it, request it, and send us messages about the way it has spoken to you. And, of course, we thank our Maker for allowing our paths to cross all of you through the music.

Thank you for letting us grovel at your feet in thanks.

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“Typical Day in Heaven” #1 on Crossroads Top 30 Christian Rock Songs of 2016!

36c0cf_4bfa92e3db964ba49903677e4efc1a19Early on New Year’s Eve, the music director of KCLC Radio let us know that “Typical Day in Heaven” and “No Go” had made the Crossroads Top 30 Christian Rock Songs of 2016! KCLC has been so supportive of our music, and we really appreciated them contacting us about the countdown. So on New Year’s Eve, several of us (across at least three states) had Crossroads Radio playing as part of our festivities, and found out that “No Go” was #25 and “Typical Day in Heaven” was #1!

We are excited beyond belief, and there are not enough words to describe what an honor this is! Dave, Joe, Shari, and Turbo shared such kind words about the music, and we are so thankful to them for making this possible. It was also nice that they were live on the radio to bring in the new year!

What a way to end 2016 and start 2017! In case you want to see the complete Top 30 list, the link is here. Also, you can listen live to the station any time. Their station has always been a blessing, and now will forever hold a special place in our hearts.

I am working on a longer Year End/New Year post that will be ready soon. Until then, Happy New Year!

 

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Jangchikyjang Nominated for Independent Music Award!

I think this is the longest I have gone without posting an update! A lot has happened over the last few months, and we are feeling blessed beyond belief about the music:

  • Our music was featured on the Music and Artist Spotlight on Racman Christian Radio, and there is such a spirit covering this station. It was an honor to spend an hour with Jesse Martin (May 6);
  • “Typical Day in Heaven” reached the #1 spot on the Sort Hits 100 Christian Songs 2016 Chart (May 17);
  • “Mama’s Faith” reached #1 on the Christian Radio Chart thanks to the team at A-Sides Promotion (June 13);
  • “No Go” made the Billboard Music National Airplay Most Added Christian Rock Chart (July 23);
  • We received two IMEA award nominations, one for Christian/Gospel Artist of the Year and one for Christian/Gospel Song of the Year for “Typical Day in Heaven” (August 4);
  • Typical Day in Heaven” was included as one of 25 songs on the “Breaking Christian” Apple Music Playlist (September 3);
  • We attended the IMEA Awards red carpet ceremony (October 10);
  • Jangchikyjang” (linked above) was nominated in the Christian Song Category by the Independent Music Awards, and the winners will be announced at day-long festival at the Lincoln Center in New York City this year!

It has been such an exciting summer and fall, and we are so thankful! I will be writing more soon. Thank you for reading!

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Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes BlogI have been thinking a lot lately about the Bible verse from Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” I have probably written about it several times over the years, but I am always amazed how God is working behind the scenes in our lives.

My favorite part of this verse is that the Lord is saying “For I know”. When this part is emphasized–for HE knows, it is a way to strengthen faith. There is so much we do not know, because the entire journey of faith is about trusting what we cannot see. This is true in every part of our lives, from the most difficult times to the fun parts of it. To me, knowing that He knows the plan is the best way to live.

In the most difficult times of my life, I have always trusted God’s “knowing” and His plan for every situation. After all, He said His plans are to prosper, to give hope and not harm, and to provide a future. Even in the darkness, there is such peace in these promises from the Maker!

And it is the same with the fun times like the last few months with the music. There is no way I would have known any of the great things that were being planned.

I can also see God’s work in the people He has allowed me to meet and know, like those extraordinary talents who make the music happen, the new friends I have met over the last few months and years, and the lifelong friends and family I have the privilege to know in my day-to-day life.  What a master plan that was made just for me! HE knew what I never could have imagined. And it is the same for you. :)

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“Typical Day in Heaven” on Apple Music’s Christian & Gospel Found Sounds Playlist!

images“Typical Day in Heaven” was one of 50 songs from 2014-2016 to make the Apple Music Christian & Gospel Found Sounds Playlist that was posted on iTunes this week. Very nice! The link is here. We are honored to be in such good company!

 

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“Typical Day in Heaven” on Billboard Music’s Most Added List!

imagesAccording to Billboard Music National Airplay Charts, “Typical Day in Heaven” is on the Most Added Christian Rock list for the upcoming March 5 edition. We are feeling blessed today! Many thanks to you for liking the song and to those at radio who are adding it!

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More About “Typical Day in Heaven” as it Hits Radio on Tuesday!

A lot of the lyrics of my music deal with loss, especially in the form of death. (This really sounds like it is going to be happy reading, doesn’t it?) But of all the experiences we have in life, the death of those we love is usually the most traumatic. So many of the songs on the albums are an attempt to look at how we go through this.

Most personality tests divide people into two categories–thinking types and feeling types. While most of us are both types at various times in our lives, we usually have a preference for one or the other. A good way to determine which one defines you better is to ask yourself if you are guided more by your head or your heart. For example, if you were offered a job that included a nice pay raise but was not something you enjoyed doing, what would you do? A thinking type might determine that the pay would allow for many financial goals to be reached, so performing a less than satisfying job each day pales in comparison to the financial benefits. A feeling type might decide that there is no amount of pay that is worth being unhappy at work every day. To me, understanding this basic way of how we operate can help us with the way we deal with death.

There are several examples in the Bible where we are instructed to write certain truths upon our hearts. In other words, we are to take the words of wisdom we hear and make them part of ourselves. We are to not only hear and think about them, but we are to do what is needed to actually live them. Below is one example:

Proverbs 3:1-8  My son, forget not my law; but let your heart keep my commandments. For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to you. Let not mercy and truth forsake you: bind them about your neck; write them upon the table of your heart. So shalt you find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man. Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to your body, and nourishment to your bones.

When we love someone and lose that person, the feeling is overwhelming. Although it is probably a horrible example, I compare to being gutted like a fish, sown back up, and forced to continue living. Even so, there are a multitude of promises we are given about what happens after what we perceive as “death”, especially I Thessalonians 4:13-18:

But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep in death, that you sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

If we write just this one promise on our hearts and make it part of who we are, this will move us to experience the death of others in a different way. The song “Typical Day in Heaven” is an attempt to get to that point. While we may be in a state of what feels like endless mourning, the very person we are grieving is probably, at that very moment, having a great time, maybe even dancing and learning to play the harp! (Psalm 149:3).

We hope you enjoy the song. :)

 

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New Radio Single from HOLE IN THE SKY!

JDouglasWright-HITS DigitalThe song “Typical Day in Heaven” is the new radio single from HOLE IN THE SKY, and the official radio release date is February 23. This week, the song is #2 on the Play MPE Christian Top 20 Weekly Streams and #3 on the Play MPE Christian Top 20 Weekly Downloads! The link is below. I am very grateful to everyone at radio for their support and consideration.  I will share more news about the song soon. Thank you for your interest!

http://daily.plaympe.com/charts-streams/

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