A New Year

Happy New Year, Ya’ll.

It’s been quite the year. When I look back to one year ago, last September, I remember the day when all the money came in for my Kickstarter music project. I remember the feeling I got when I realized the task that lay ahead (of making a full length album). I remember the squeals and screams I made when I saw that my funding goal had not only been met, but also exceeded. 

One year later, my album, Weight of Glory, is finished. I have spent the summer traveling, from one coast to the next, singing songs and leading worship -- doing things I never imagined (like making music videos) and meeting remarkable people along the way. I am thankful for it all. I am thankful for the people who have encouraged and supported me, sent messages saying how the songs have blessed them, and bought the album, spreading the word about the “Untitled Endeavor” that the Lord set before me last fall.

One year ago (tomorrow) I met a man named Joshua. Over the next few months, he flipped my world upside down. I wasn’t looking for a relationship, and I thought I was too busy for one. Clearly, the Lord had other plans.  Tomorrow, we celebrate our one-year anniversary, and as we do, I look forward to the many that lay ahead.

It is not only the season of one-year anniversaries and milestones in music making, but tomorrow (starting tonight) is the Day of Atonement (aka Yom Kippur).

Jewish people all over the world will observe a 25-hour period of fasting and intensive prayer, centered on themes of atonement and repentance. As I’ve faced some tough trials in the area of friendships and loved ones this past week, I’ve recognized the importance of forgiveness. I’ve seen the power of love in action. I’ve experienced what it means to trust God, even when things don’t make sense.

In times of uncertainty and hard situations, we can go crazy trying to figure things out with our head. It is at that moment exactly that we have a choice – a choice to rely on what we think we know, or to rely on the ONE we know. Our God. Our God who says, “I will go before you and I will be with you. I will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged” (Deut. 31:8). This is a promise – a promise from God to his people, Israel – a promise from God to all His children.

On this Day of Atonement, we thank you, Father, for the ultimate atonement that came through the blood of your son. Because of Him, we have a hope, we have a future, and we have a joy beyond understanding. Because He has overcome, in both this life and the next – so can we. Because He has forgiven, so can we. And because He lives, we can face tomorrow. Amen.


Final Steps

So amazing to have come to this point. Finally.

Last week, Sean, one of my producers, came to Nashville and we finished mixing the album with David Schober, an engineer here in town. It was a long few days, in the studio from morning till night, but by the end of the week, the product was something I could be proud of, and I was thrilled with the way things turned out.

Thank you for your prayers and support this past month. It was a crazy May, with graduation from APU, Israel, and the album, all in one.

On this third day of June, I sit in a studio, listening to this album for the last time before it gets sent off to replication, and I am overwhelmed and amazed that, one year ago, the idea of making an album was still a distant dream. Today, it is a reality, and I have all of you to thank for that.

So, thank you, and I pray, "that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.

Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen."

(Ephesians 3:17-21 NASB)

The album (if all goes as scheduled), will be available for Pre-Order HERE June 25, 2013.


A Preview and a Home Stretch

This past Monday, we recorded strings, at Schnee Studios in North Hollywood, once again, and it felt like a dream! I cannot wait for you all to hear the beautiful parts Sean Beck arranged for this album. They will take you to another dimension (a heavenly one)!!

I had the privilege of recording with my dad on the "Aaronic Benediction" and with my roommate, Emmy Rose, on "Mary's Song." It was a full day, a fruitful day, and the final day of recording.

Now, five days later, it is the home stretch. This evening, I depart for Israel. Upon my return home, I go into the studio (in Nashville) to finish up the mixing and mastering process on this album. I so look forward to my time in the Holy Land, AND to the completion of so much hard work and investment (from all of you and all of those who worked on this project).

Shalom y'all!


P.S. The first picture is a recently released single from the album.
Check it out and be blessed :)


"Weight of Glory" : A Flashback

Reflection from March 9, 2013:

Today we are tracking background vocals to the new title track of this album, "Weight of Glory." The name of this song may sound familiar to you because it's the one I sing in my promo video for this Kickstarter page.

I was thinking, I was reading, and I've realized that 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (some of the verses upon which this song is based) is one of my favorite passages in Scripture.

"Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal." (2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NASB)

There is so much in this world that seems so impossible. There is so much we don't understand (and may never understand), yet in spite of the struggle, and in spite of the pain, we hold on to hope--we press toward the goal, and we run with endurance the race that has been set before us. We run for an eternal crown, for a prize that will never decay or tarnish, a glory that will never fade..."for (our) momentary and light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison..." HIS glory.

And in that day, when we see Him, we will be made like Him.