In music you have got to have Passion and you have to have Purpose - I am motivated, encouraged, renewed and influenced to write, sing and play music because there is a God who is above all else - and when I die, I know where I'm going...
I have a heart for people... not just some, but all people. I have made it my mission in life to sing out and proclaim truth, to stand up against the evil in this world with an unwavering faith to reach the hearts and ears that are willing...
Music is my mission to the world. It's a universal connection that binds us all together.
Everyone likes some type of music.
I believe that God has planted a seed within everyone, a special desire deep down that is waiting to be tapped. A longing or a void that a lot of people are trying to fill with sex, alcohol, drugs, violence and money. Selfishness and greed have overtaken the majority of this world.
But still, this seed is buried deep down in the hearts of men and women... waiting to grow.
This seed can only grow by the love and desire to know God. If any part of this seed is seeking to be watered and to grow and produce fruit, it will.
We need God. Without him, we eventually are left feeling empty, alone, and miserable... we crumble to pieces.
I believe that music can be a way of watering the soul.
I strive to keep God at the root of my music, to acknowledge him in it the best I can.
God has given me the gifts because I have given him control. I must keep God at the center, he will provide for me. If I try and do these things on my own, I fall apart and my music fails...
If I did this for any other reason than to glorify God, I would be doing it all in vain...
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I grew up in a semi-musical home. My mom listened to the radio and the occasional cassette/CD and my Dad played bass, guitar and wrote some original tunes. I really had no desire to pursue or had any interest in music until I started going to church. I started piano lessons at age 6, I proceeded to take them until I was 13, to no surprise, I was horrible and didn't care for it. At the time I stopped taking piano lessons I started a comfirmation class at a local church in Vinton, Iowa. (my hometown) It was this class and studies where I would meet Jesus. Most kids don't take that stuff seriously, but I knew God was working on me, speaking to me, encouraging me- He was meeting with me. I knocked, He answered. From 13 and no musical desire, after He saved me I started playing the guitar, teaching myself with a few tips from the old man and I was golden... ok, not golden, but maybe silver. I also began writing songs- positive ones, from which they came out pouring from my heart. God had changed me and I knew that I would stand and fight for His truth and Word for the rest of my life. High school got tough as I was just a little guy, all but 5' tall freshman year and the "christian" boy. I was not considered cool by my peers, or even really sociable because I was an outcast to them. You know what I'm talking about, the jocks, the cliquey groups, popular kids, smart kids, etc. and all the other kids who tried to fit into those groups. I just don't understand how some people can be so mean, judgmental, naive, selfish, and blind to it! It's unreal what this world has and is continuing to become (shouldn't be since God tells us right in the bible that it's gonna happen). At any rate, I wrote songs and started singing my senior year of high-school and had a burning desire to keep doing it.
Nearly 10 years later after graduating, meeting the most beautiful woman on the planet, moving 10 times throughout 4 different states in the last 5 years, having 2 amazing little boys, and dealing with life and all of it's joys and trials- I could not be a more blessed man. My wife is absolutely incredible and only by God's grace could I have landed such an amazing, strong, compassionate woman to be my wife. She is a rock and shines pure beauty of a Godly woman in my eyes. My little boys!- They are flat our incredible. You can bet I have learned and am still learning patience, tough love, cuddle love, and to father them biblically with grace. As far as the rest of my family goes, I have a family that I wouldn't trade for the world... except maybe a couple of them... HA! In all seriousness, I wish my family most of all could know the love of Jesus and be more open to what God could do if they just overcame the things that they refuse to let go of or judge. There is one single most important decision in life, and too many close friends and family just don't get it. I pray for them, love them, and pray some more. There is only so much you can say, act on, but when people are ignorant, selfish, and judging, it doesn't matter if you've got a halo & wings, they won't see it way. I believe when trials come-life is not a pity party for you, be strong and love those around you and hold fast to His truth and He'll see you through it. Faith is not easy. Here are some thoughts that I have... What are you going to gain from complaining? Holding back who you are?Living to be pleased? Your secret addiction? Your lies? What are you going to gain from following the negative things in media and music? Why listen to stuff that is flat out nasty? Are you really that blind!? My heart goes out to the world... So many clueless people, almost sociopathic in their regard to moral values that are completely ignorant to a God that loves them unconditionally. There is a lot scripture has to say about this. I could go on for a LONG time, but I'll conclude now before I get too crude on my frustrations of the world. The only thing I can do is love those I come in contact with, be positive, and share the gospel. Live a bright life and do something!
Here's what I value in life:
Amanda (my wife)
Malachai (my 1st born son)
Uriah (my second born son)
My parents Mike and Joyce, and In-laws Andy and Tracy
All other family and friends
God's country and the beautiful outdoors, nature
Integrity, in all of those things and the way I live my life
The bible- it is truth, period.