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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Hays, Kansas - Atlanta, Georgia

I don't know why, but every time I fly I feel like I'm going to become a big-time blogger. Maybe it's because I'm doing something out of the ordinary and have something to write about. I don't think someone wants to read this every day ... "I woke up, ate breakfast, drove to work, did some work, taught some lessons, drove home, ate dinner, watched a show and then I went to bed...again." If you do want to read that over and over every day, feel free to access this post as often as you like. I won't charge you.

I did have a very good trip out to Hays, Kansas with Greg Howlett. We were here last year for the first time because members of the Daybreak Quartet were unable to travel out. It went so well that the producers of the show asked us to come out and do it again, and they have asked us back again for next year, once they work out the details. It is a blessing to know that our gifts are able to be used by God to bless and encourage others.

I recorded a couple portions of the program this year, at least, I recorded myself during portions of the program. (You can see videos here and here). We get to provide the soundtrack for the onstage drama of the last days of Christ on earth. We are tucked into a corner of the stage and are unable to be seen by most of the audience, which is fine with me. I might suggest for next year that we move completely backstage and give the production more room on stage.

During the first night's performance I noticed that I was receiving a number of text messages, so during a break when I wasn't needing to sing, I checked my phone to discover that one of my voice students, Ms. Miriam Williams, just won First Place at a talent show put on by the Kiwanis Club in Henry County. She won a scholarship of $1,250. (maybe I'll raise my lesson fee now). She is very talented and hard-working and deserved this award. Pray for her as she auditions for college admission and scholarships in the next couple of months.

My solo CD, Be Still, has been doing very well and I'm about to place my second order for more. I just wanted to let everyone know so if you need me to order and extra thousand or so for you, make sure you let me know soon. Bulk pricing is available! I'm only kidding, unless you are serious.

I will get to sing in Macon, Georgia next month at Mikado Baptist Church. If you know of friends who live in that area, please let them know. I will be there all day, April 21st, singing mostly in the evening service.

I'm en route back to Atlanta via United Airlines. Don't worry, I didn't bring any guitars with me. (Google "United breaks guitars") They don't give you any pretzels. On our way out, I was in the process of powering down my phone, when I stopped to say something to Greg next to me. As I was speaking, the attendant saw my phone still on, stopped to give me her best "you've got to be kidding me" look and said "reaLLY?!?" Greg then helped the situation by saying "can you believe him?" Not helping Greg! I didn't get kicked off the flight, I'm assuming because common sense still exists in some places in this world, although those places are getting harder and harder to find. Whenever you find one, make sure to drop a pin on your smartphone so you can find your way back should you need any.

...later that same flight...

It is now one hour past our original arrival time into Atlanta, and we are sitting at an airport in Savannah, Georgia. We didn't have enough fuel to circle the Atlanta airport while it was shut down for severe thunder and hail storms. We get to sit in these extremely comfortable seats for at least another hour or two. I know you wish you were able to be a part of this amazing adventure. Maybe one day, you will get to experience it for yourself.

It is now 7:06pm. After sitting at the Savannah Airport for one hour, we are on our way again. I'm looking forward to getting home to my family. I hope that the storms in the Atlanta area have not done too much damage. My brother, Jason, was on his way to pick me up and got caught in the middle of the hailstorm. His windshield is cracked and he doesn't yet know what the rest of the car looks like. He said the hail was baseball size.

....I made it home. I'm doing fine. Who knows when I will blog again? If it is going to go as well as this trip, maybe I'll wait awhile.

God bless,


Monday, March 11, 2013

Headed to Kansas

For the last 7 or 8 years, the Daybreak Quartet was privileged to be a part of the "Living Last Supper Drama" in Dodge City and Hays, Kansas. Last year, due to sickness (or possible poisoning, nothing was ever proved) of two group members, it was left to myself and pianist Greg Howlett to fly out and provide the music for the annual production which 1500-2000 attended. I guess we did a decent job because they asked us back...just the two of us...not the quartet, mind you. Okay, that might be because the quartet stopped traveling in December and was unavailable, but that claim has not been substantiated.

I do ask that you would pray for us as we return to Hays this Friday evening. Pray that the songs we sing would be the ones that people need to hear. Pray that the message in the music will prepare hearts to receive the Gospel within the drama. Pray that as we are privileged to lead the invitation at the end of the evening we will allow God to speak through us what needs to be heard. If as Christians we act according to our own abilities (do we have abilities of our own and not from God?), it is very easy to get in the way of what God wants to do.

Thank you for your prayers, and God bless you!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Daniel Mount reviews "Be Still"

I want to say "thank you" to Daniel Mount for taking the time to listen to my CD and review it. I must say he was very kind. If you have a minute to read his thoughts, please click on the link above and leave a comment when you finish.

Click here to purchase/download "Be Still"!

God bless, and enjoy the weekend. I get to celebrate my son Gideon's 6th birthday. Crazy kid wanted fondue and cupcakes (not at the same time, I'm pretty sure).


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

My "website"

Hi, you have reached my "website". Yes, I know it is a blog. But with so many media outlets online today, I like the simplicity of a blog. I just might keep it this way for awhile.

If you want to see pictures of what I have been involved with lately, please go to and Like my page. I will post upcoming events on this Blog and on my Facebook page, so you won't miss a thing.

I am blessed to be able to use my voice for God's work here on Earth. I hope that you feel the same way about whatever God has given you to do. I was challenged by an evangelist who spoke in our school's chapel this morning. He asked "why would we ever want to do anything less than our best? Are we half-speed Christians or full-speed Christians?" (he is the chaplain for the South Carolina Gamecocks football team) I want to be a full-speed Christian and share the Gospel and my testimony wherever I can. Will you do the same? I hope Jesus Christ means that much to you.

Feel free to leave a comment and make my blog look like someone actually reads it. I know there has to be at least one out there.

God bless,


Saturday, August 11, 2012

Greg Howlett Live TV, DVD, and CD Taping

I had an incredible experience last night. It has been awhile since I've had the opportunity to perform in a major production and I realized in the middle of everything last night that I very much enjoy it. Not because I want to be seen on a stage, but because it is a rush to put on a live performance, knowing that if you don't do your part correctly others will be effected and you also have to react to situations as they constantly change, no matter how much rehearsal time you have.

Greg Howlett ( is a friend of mine who has already released 5 CDs and one DVD and this new release, scheduled for Thanksgiving, will be the best one yet. He teamed up with Steve Mauldin again for his orchestration and vocals and included a band that was amazing.

Knowing that I would get to introduce the refrain of one song to the audience, I was looking forward to helping out. Once I got to the stage he made me sing "I'd Rather Have Jesus" off my new album and then asked if I would sing a verse of "Great Is Thy Faithfulness" and include the audience. I must say that he didn't have to twist my arm, and I am very thankful for the opportunity he gave me.

Please go to Greg's website and find out more about him. You'll be glad you did.

Thanks again Greg!


Monday, July 23, 2012

02 Be Still and Know -- sample

02 Be Still and Know -- sample

Click the link above to hear a sample of Be Still and Know. Please leave some comments and let me know what you think.

Pre-order before July 27th and receive your own signed/numbered copy (up to first 100).

God bless,


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

New Solo CD -- "BE STILL"

My new CD is almost ready to ship. It will release on Friday, July 27th. On July 29th I will be in San Antonio, Texas with the Daybreak Quartet where folks will be able to buy it for the first time. I am holding onto the first 100: however, for those who pre-order it. Pre-orders will be signed and numbered (which will actually make them worth even less because I will have destroyed the original artwork with a Sharpie).

The decision to make a solo CD is one that I've been mulling over for years. I have had conversations with friends in the past about how I was able to schedule concerts for the quartet for so many years. I answered this easily because when I would call to promote the quartet, I didn't have to talk about myself...I could mention the other guys, talk about what they had done and why we would do a good job. For me to call and promote myself (only me) and try to paint a good picture is a lot more difficult. First of all, I know myself. Strike One. Secondly, I have always shied away from building up myself. My goal as a Christian and a musician is to utilize the gifts that God has given me. I have developed those gifts so that I can worship Him and tell what He has done for me, particularly sending His Son to die on Calvary for my sins. I have nothing in and of myself that I can promote. Strike Two. As for Strike Three, I don't think I've completely struck out, but not for trying.

I finally produced this project because I felt I could be an encouragement to someone. I have been blessed by the music of countless musicians over the years, and I am praying my music will also be a blessing.I love the hymns that speak of God, His holiness, His comfort, His power, His guidance, and His faithfulness and so I included many hymns on this CD. People have asked why I didn't record more of the newer southern gospel songs. Maybe I will one day, but the songs listed below are the ones that have spoken to me at different points through my life.

Be Still (release date: July 27, 2012)

1. I Sing the Mighty Power of God
2. Be Still and Know
3. Crown Him with Many Crowns
4. In the Presence of the Lord
5. Pass Me Not, O Gentle Saviour
6. Blessed Assurance
7. Declare His Glory
8. 'Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus
9. Stand By Me
10. I'd Rather Have Jesus

I hope that you will keep up with what I am doing and if I do ever end up somewhere close by, please come out and say hi.

God bless,


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