“Grace Pockets” on Top 30 Christian Alternative Chart!

We received the great news this weekend that “Grace Pockets” is #25 on the Top 30 Christian Alternative Songs of the Week! This is based on sales and streams from Apple Music, Spotify, and YouTube. The chart and links to the playlists are below. There are many to thank, including YOU, and we will be doing this over the next several days!

Metronome Musicbox July 27 at 10:51 PM · 

And here’s your #top30 #christianalternative songs of the week! Enjoy!

🎧 Apple Music: https://apple.co/2SM29jH 🎧

🎵 Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2STuc13 🎵

📺 YouTube: http://bit.ly/XtianAltRock30 📺

30. Attaboy – Fearless
29. LOYALS – I’m Sorry
28. Light The Way – Hope
27. Copeland – Lay Here
26. FF5 – Nearsighted
25. J. Douglas Wright – Grace Pockets
24. Eowyn Music – Set Free (feat. Nikko Custodio)
23. VERIDIA – I Won’t Stay Down
22. The Altar Boys – Thousand Miles
21. The Rocket Summer – Shatter Us
20. Starflyer 59 – Hey, Are You Listening
19. Knox Hamilton – Cool
18. Switchfoot – Voices
17. Apollo LTD – On the Way Up
16. The Orphan The Poet – Queen Cobra
15. John Van Deusen – Whatever Makes You Mine
14. Mike Mains & The Branches – Breathing Underwater
13. Cold War Kids – Complainer
12. Manafest – Come Back Home (feat. Trevor McNevan)
11. Citizens – Looking Up
10. Truslow – Walking
09. Roelant – Wrong
08. Ledger – Completely
07. Nightbirde – Girl in a Bubble
06. twenty one pilots – Chlorine
05. Tiger Drive – Watch Me Go Live
04. Danger Scene – Poison
03. Remedy Drive – I Don’t Belong to You
02. Judah & the Lion – Why Did You Run
01. Skillet Music – Anchor

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The Model Moonwalker

With our nation celebrating the anniversary of the moon landing this past week, I was reminded that I had the privilege of meeting Astronaut and Colonel Buzz Aldrin several years ago at a conference where he was being recognized as an award recipient and I had been given the opportunity to share some music earlier in the day.

What I didn’t know at the time I met him and just learned this past weekend (on the always-amazing Crossroads Radio) was that Buzz Aldrin gave God the credit for every part of the space mission. He even made arrangements in advance to have communion on the moon!

And when he was headed back to earth, exactly 50 years ago today, he read aloud Psalm 8: 3-4: “When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou has ordained; What is man that thou art mindful of him? And the Son of Man, that thou visitest Him?”

There are a many verses in the Bible that speak to the act of being humble-James 4:10–Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up; Ephesians 4:10–Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love; and 2 Chronicles 7:14–If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

To me, Buzz Aldrin is a model example of being humble. He had been part of the first mission to the moon. He had walked on moon. Yet he gave all the credit and honor to the One who made the moon.

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Countdown: Breathing Fire Like Dragons is 8 Weeks Away!

It is getting closer! Breathing Fire Like Dragons will be officially released in 8 weeks! We are so excited to share the new project with you!

The title and theme of the album are about recognizing the power of God that lives within us. As we are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14) in His image (Genesis 1:27), so we should never have a moment of fear (Deuteronomy 31:8)!

In Job 41, God’s power is shown in his creation. This passage talks about a sea creature, or Leviathan (often labeled as a dragon): “Nothing on earth is like him, One made without fear. He looks on everything that is high; He is king over all the sons of pride” (verses 33-34).

As the passage describes, there was nothing else on earth like this creature, a true example of fearlessness. God made it more powerful than anything else He had created, and He used this as a physical reminder to us that there is nothing else like God. There is only one God (Isaiah 45:6) and He is all powerful.

When the album was finished, the overall theme was that we have access to this very same power of God every moment we live. This raises the question: If we believe this, then what is keeping us from living it? For example, every day that we are alive, we have been given the awesome gift of having breath in our lungs. God, the Maker of the Universe, gave us the breath of life! Not only should we recognize this gift, but we should also be using every ounce of our breath to live it. To me, this extinguishes every feeling of doubt, fear, depression, isolation, guilt, and loneliness that may come our way.

More about the album will be posted soon! Thank you for your interest and prayers!

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New Single “Grace Pockets”

Our new single “Grace Pockets” is available everywhere starting today! Amazing work by producer Swaff and the players–Robbie Fritz, Cody Preston, Matthew Rolfe, Swaff, Scotty Wilbanks, and the cool cover design by John Packer! Blessed to be in the company of such greatness! We hope you like the song. More about it coming soon!

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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 everywhere on July 12! 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 on September 14!

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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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