I am very excited to announce that my first every EP is set to release April 27th!
I know most of you have followed my journey in Nashville these past few months and now I will have something to share with all of you from it.
A few words about this project.
I first had the idea for “The Beginning” about 4 or 5 years ago when I was frontman for Divine Intervention. My best friend and I wrote the song (The Beginning) together during one of our practices (which were more like loud jam sessions) and soon it became the closing song at all of our shows. Once Divine Intervention ended, I began to write more acoustic guitar led songs so that I can perform them on my own without a band (since I didn’t have one anymore). As I continued to write, I noticed that the songs I wrote reflected the stage of my life that I was in, and that these stages can repeat over a course of a few years, each time learning something new from them.
As I noticed this pattern, the songs seemed to pave a road map journey of the last 5 years of my life and what I had learned. Thus, I decided to name my first album after the song that started it all, as well as the fact that I wanted my first album to be “The Beginning”! (pause for laughter). “The Beginning” also serves as a fitting title because I believe no matter what you go through, there is always the ability to begin again. As much as I would want “The Beginning” to be a full-length album, I am in no way financially able to produce such a large project or able to access the resources to make sure that it would be a top notch album.
I have decided to release “The Beginning” as a 5 song EP which is 100% self-produced!
While I have been in Nashville studying at the CMC, I was blessed with a recording studio and some amazingly talented friends who were willing to track these songs with me for FREE! So kudos to them! This record would not be a record if I did not have their help!
“The Beginning” means a lot to me for various reasons.
1) I wanted to document this time in my life. The time between the Divine Intervention days, up until this point in my life where I have decided that being a musician is going to be apart of who I am and not just what I want to do. The good, the bad, the dynamic and the static. I want this to be a record I can look back on and remember what God has taught me through this time.
2) I wanted to showcase my talents as not only a writer and musician, but also as a producer and engineer. There are no professionals on this record. No paid talent musician or otherwise. All of these tracks were written and mixed by myself with the help of some friends from the CMC program (most of which between the hours of midnight and the sunrise). And if this project totally flops, then I know what I need to get better at and what avenues to pursue instead.
3) I believe this project can be a blessing to others. While writing these songs, I have often been asked if my music would be considered “christian” or “secular”. To me, neither of those words exist or should be used when creating music or any form of art. I write music about the experiences I have had and the things I dream about. The things that I have learned and the things that inspire me to be a better person; and hopefully listeners (christian or otherwise) can be inspired by it as well.
I can not thank my family and friends who have helped me follow my dreams enough. This record would not be possible without those closest to me giving me guidance, support and love through this process.
And you, the reader, the audience, the brother or sister that I have gained along the way; thank you for your support and love that you have shown me. I have been impacted by so many great people over the last 5 years of college and this collection of songs I hope, will represent your influence in some way.
On April 27th, 2013 I will release my first ever album “The Beginning” EP available for digital download. It would be an honor if you purchased it, downloaded it to your iPods, iPhones, and any other listening devices and shared it with your friends and family!
In addition to the album’s release, I will be having a CD release show at Southeastern University on Saturday April 27th, (the same day) at 7:30pm, which I will be playing alongside fellow CMC artists DANIELLA DÁE & DAKOTA. You can find the event page here: CD Release Concert Reserve your tickets here: TICKETS
I am overwhelmed with your support! Thank you for taking this journey with me and I hope in some way, my music will bless you in some way.
“My life begins with you!”