This Kickstarter project was created to finish my debut solo album, a collection of songs that have been born out of everything I've experienced and felt these past few years: joy, anger, sorrow, peace, pain, love, loss, fear, longing, laughter, redemption, and hope.
I have poured my soul into this album and it is painfully honest -- there were songs I literally wept over recording. It includes love songs, worship, social commentary, "diary" songs, hymns, and ends with a lullaby. A few of the songs were written years ago (the oldest was written in 1996) but most are very new. It runs a gamut of musical styles I love, the sounds that fill my head every day: rock, blues, soul, folk, bluegrass, and gospel. On it I have sung all the vocals and have played electric and acoustic guitars, keyboards, bass, drums, banjo, mandolin, slide guitar, cajon, djembe, harmonica, and tambourine. Friends have kindly graced this project with contributions on violin, cello, organ, upright bass, pedal steel guitar, and trumpet.
The heart of the album can be summed up in the lyrics to the album's centerpiece, "Be Still and Know":
Though the day may hold no peace
though the night may bring no rest
when I think of all You've done
I can say my life is blessed
Your love is greater than all of my fears
Your grace is leading me on
in times of trouble I remember Your words
"Be still and know that I am God
be still and know that I am God"
That song was written during the most painful situation I've ever dealt with in my life, the time when everything in this world had seemingly fallen apart and all I could rely upon was the one thing that could never be taken from me - my relationship with and salvation in Jesus Christ. In the midst of a harrowing, unimaginably painful storm, God taught me about relying upon Him and about what is really important in this world.
It is my hope that these songs will bless the listener with that same sense of contentment and gratitude for all the God has done in our lives. No matter the suffering we endure or the blessings we enjoy, God is good and He is always faithful.
I'm nearly at the finish line -- just some finishing touches to go on a couple songs. This Kickstarter will provide much-needed funds for artwork, mastering, and manufacturing the disc. I hope you'll join with me to bring this home. I couldn't do it without you.
Thanks for your support. It means more than I can put into words. God bless you for it.
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