New Album, New Radio Single!

The song “Grace Pockets” is the new single from the upcoming album Breathing Fire Like Dragons, and the official radio release date is June 21. This week the song is #5 on the Play MPE Christian Top 20 Weekly Streams and #5 on the Play MPE Christian Top 20 Weekly Downloads! The link is below. We are very grateful to everyone at radio for their support and consideration. We will share more news about the song and new album soon! Pre-orders for the album are available at iTunes.

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Mark Your Calendars!

Pre-orders for the new album will start on May 20 at iTunes, and the new single will be released on June 21! To celebrate, we are offering a contest to guess the name of the album. The first person to guess the entire name will win a free gift card to download the album as well as a choice of a physical copy (vinyl or CD), T-shirt, and poster. If you guess one word, you will receive a gift card for a free song download! Message us your answers on the contact tab on this site or on anywhere you find us on social media!

Here is Hint #1: 4 words, verb-noun-preposition-noun.

A new hint will appear at this link every day until someone wins. Good luck!

4/15/19: Hint #2: The first word is something we are doing every day. Message us your answers on the contact tab on this site or on anywhere you find us on social media!

4/16/19: The first word of the new album has been solved! It is “breathing”. Congrats to Marty from Savannah for winning a free download! Hint #3: The second word is one of the basic elements. Be sure to message your guesses!

4/17/19: The second word of the new album has been solved in our guessing game! It is “fire”. Congrats to the 23 folks who just won a free download of their choice! Hint #4: The third word is a preposition, and used as a verb is a prominent word on social media and as well as a popular emoji. Be sure to send us a message with your response!

4/18/19: The third word of the new album has been solved! It is “like”. Congrats to the 62 who guessed it and won a free song download of their choice! Hint #5: The last word is often used as a symbol of power. The first person to message the complete title will receive a gift card to download the album as well as a physical copy (vinyl or CD), t-shirt, and poster! The winner will be announced when the new album is revealed on May 20!

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New Album Dates!

The dates for the new single and album will be announced this weekend! Stay tuned!

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Blessings of Summer

Today is the last day of summer, and it has been one of the best I can remember for our music!  Below are some of the highlights…

IMEA Awards

The IMEA Awards ceremony and all the unexpected blessings that happened along the road from Atlanta to Kentucky and West Virginia were another “handfuls on purpose” experience for us this summer. The win for “No Go” as Christian/Gospel Song of the Year was such a surprise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was a special moment with my mother and sister there as well as my producer, Swaff, who co-wrote the song, and his wife. We are so very grateful to all of YOU who voted during the portion that counted 20% of the process and for Colt Chambers and everyone at IMEA who made this possible!

There are also our friends to thank in radio who have supported the song, especially Effect Radio (network of 58 stations), Crossroads Radio, RacMan Christian Radio, Righteous Rock Radio, 97X, WXGN and many others. This has meant so much to our music!

Reluctant Radio

We have mentioned in earlier posts that Reluctant Radio has been playing songs from Leap , and the great people there have continued to include our music on several podcasts this summer. We can’t thank them enough! If you haven’t already, you can go to iTunes for a free subscription!

 

Mama’s Faith

The kind people at Western Carolina University did a nice article about “Mama’s Faith”! You may remember the song, co-written by Swaff and Joshua Harrison, featured a very special guest and alum of WCU :), and it reached #3 on the Christian Music Weekly Country chart and #1 on the Christian Radio Chart. The link to the article is here.

 

 

 

New Project

The new project is coming soon! Even though the date keeps moving, we are hopeful post-production will be completed by the end of the month. Thank you for the many messages asking about it and for your interest in the music! We are also looking forward to sharing the new tunes with you! More to come soon…. 🙂

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The Billy Graham Impact

It is interesting how someone you have never met can become a part of your everyday life. Such is the case with Reverend Billy Graham, who has been a household name in my family for as long as I can remember. According to Wikipedia, Billy Graham led 417 crusades between 1947 and 1995 and reached over 210 million people in more than 185 countries on six continents. There are likely millions of people who share the same feelings I have had this week knowing that Dr. Graham no longer makes his home here on Earth.

Some of my memories of Billy Graham include my dad keeping an article written by him in his Bible. The article said that in God’s eyes, no race is better or worse than any other because God made all of the nations of one blood (Acts 17:26). There was even an example of God’s wrath toward a family for being racist (Numbers 12:1-15). To me, this is such a simple truth that settles any issue about race.

My Mom has said many times over the years that she is glad she lived during a time when the world had a Billy Graham. Even now, part of our Sundays are spent watching the Billy Graham TV Classics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Billy Graham even inadvertently had a hand in my music career. After finishing our very first studio album, the radio station WMIT, which is part of the Billy Graham Evangelist Association, picked up one of the singles. I remember the station manager at the time sending us a message that they rarely added indie artists and how much they loved the song. It ended up making the station’s top 10 songs on the yearly countdown. The encouragement this provided for our music early on was so powerful, mainly because it felt like it had been blessed by someone we considered a giant.

That said, the truth is that Billy Graham never considered himself a giant. I heard an interview with someone this week who was asked what it was like to be in the presence of Rev. Graham. The person being interviewed said that Dr. Graham always kept the focus on the other person, or on the subject of God, but never on himself. This reminds me of Phillippians 2:3 that says, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves”.

I think this is one reason he touched so many lives. He made it about us, and the impact God’s message of hope could have on our lives.

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Reasons to Jangchikyjang!

Most of you know that Jangchikyjang is a song of praise. The name is based on the sound that numerous critters may be making at any given time of the day or night. If you have ever been near or in the forest during one of these periods, it can be amazing. I have always likened the sound to nature’s version of praise, and picture the birds, crickets, frogs, katydids, and others singing on and on to their Maker! It reminds me of how I want to always have a thankful heart every second of every day.

The video for the song is a labor of love that we are so happy is finally realized. It took some time to find the right person to do the animation. To me, Tim Andrews of Pacific Rock Productions does an incredible job of capturing the message of the song while keeping a reverence of faith. I am so thankful that our paths crossed, and I hope we can work together on a new video for a song from the upcoming album. He is an outstanding talent!

I am also thankful to Dave, Joe, Shari, and Turbo from Crossroads Radio for adding the song to the playlist at KCLC 89.1 The Wood this year. I know of several groups of people who gather on Saturdays to watch football and listen to their show! The video is dedicated to them, because, although they did not know it, their enthusiasm about the song was an inspiration for us to move forward with the video. When the video was finished, we shared it with them because we wanted them to see it, and they posted it on the station’s website! They have truly blessed our lives!

More about the video will follow in a future post. As always, thank you for your interest in the music!

 

 

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Jangchikyjang Official Music Video!

While we are finishing the new album project, we are excited to share the video to the song “Jangchikyjang”! It was animated and directed by the amazingly talented Tim Andrews of Pacific Rock Productions, and is based on Job 12: 7-10 that says “Ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you. Which of these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In His hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.” Sometimes the best place to hear and experience God is in nature. We will share more about the video later. We hope you enjoy it!

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New Project Update!

The new album is coming soon! Blessed to work with these A-listers from our final day of recording at The Delivery Room. (By the way, how do you like my booth?) 🙂IMG_3095

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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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