Goodness, I can understand how in a whirlwind of mega-church culture it could be easy to feel the way you do. I actually am currently a worship leader for my church as well. & if I'm gonna be 100% honest with you, hearing that so many of my friends like you have been so tattered by the church breaks my heart. For me, growing up in church has actually been a super positive experience. I have learned along the way (after alot of processing, and questions on my own) that Jesus is more than what you've experienced in church. & He's more than what others would say. So many have misrepresented Him and His heart - I hope to one that doesn't. Thanks for asking what I think, very few are open to having a conversation about God and our experiences of Him. You are certaintly and obviously gifted and your music has caused me to really think about God. Looking forward to enjoying your future music as well - perhaps one day I'll get the courage to put some of my own out there :)
I'm glad to hear that pal. I know a lot of people that do, and I also know a lot of people that have been through really hard stuff and found there way back around. Its a complex world, but someday I truly hope to.
Always happy to be a part of the conversation, and I aim to do that with my music as well.
Reach out anytime, and hopefully we will get to meet sometime!
I love that. & agree entirely. Writing for me lately has been like those messy, torn out journal entries that you swear you'll never read to anyone. HAHA. A quick release to process, and struggle, to fix my mind and heart. So because of that-- my writing still feels very much unfinished. I just have been recording covers with a friend and doing open mics & fun things like that to keep me moving creatively-- but nothing original yet out there for the world to hear. That is, the world other than my pup Rocky & my shower walls. But I've taken on a project - that by my birthday I will have FINISHED an EP of 4 songs I am proud of, to play for a small group of family/friends at my house. A little shin-dig if you will. Haha so nothing yet. But gee-wiz, thanks for asking! Also I have a question for you.. So hospital hymns is incredible + honest. It got me thinking, what does your religious backround look like? I feel that ours might be similar. & sorry for writing a novel.
I had the privilege of seeing you in Charlotte this past week and I am sorry I didn't get a chance to meet you in person. My two close friends spoke to you a bit about faith after the show. When I got home I had to tell my best friend, Phifer, about you and your powerful music and lyrics and he had the chance to speak with you in Asheville last night actually (silly guy with long hair and beard...)
Just wanted to tell you that your music has really spoken to me lately. I too seem to have so many questions, but so little answers. And your lyrics are a comfort in times of doubt and they show me that I am not the only one with these questions.
Thanks for the great show and your brutal and honest songwriting ability. Hope your back starts feeling better, I had back surgery last year, so I know the struggle as well... If you're ever back in Carolina or Louisiana, my hometown, you have a place to stay and someone to show you around. Take care and see you down the road!