We did it! You helped us successfully fund our Kickstarter campaign to record my first solo CD, “Limitless Love & Light,” and Kathy and I are so thankful for everyone’s help! I filmed this just before the last day of the campaign prior to it ending to thank you all. Check it out:
Also, if you missed he sneak peek of “Accept it All” with the amazing Victoria Canal, you can catch that, and some behind-the-scenes recording in the following Kickstarter Update here.
Also, for all our supporters, we’ll be sending out an update next week to get your shipping information and let you know what’s next
In the meantime, we’ve got some amazing sows coming up in Atlanta, that we’d love to see you at, including this Sunday’s Founder’s Day at Trinity Center for Spiritual Living, September 26 with the Fying Mystics, a return to Spiritual Living Center of Atlanta, and Plug In and Power Up on Oct. 3rd. Check them all out on the Tour page.
Finally, tickets for our Oct 11th advanced CD release party in Atlanta just went on sale here! More to come on that later.
Hope to see you at a show very soon!
p.s. Make sure to join the online community below to stay tuned for the CD release and all other important announcements:
First, Love & Light to all those who were affected by the US events of 9/11 so many years ago. May well all master choosing love & light and be free of suffering!
There are so many amazing things going on right now and I am grateful! I’d like to share some of the me with you:
The”Limitless Love & Light” Kickstarter campaign we launched a little over a week ago hit our primary goal of $5,500 in 4 days (THANK YOU!!!!!) and now we’re focused on the next flex goal of $22,400. We’ve met with the producer we wanted to use (which would put our project at $39K with touring, marketing and promotion). You can check out all the updates so far here, including a behind the scenes look at the studio and a sneak peek of one of the new songs, “Accept it All.”
Next, I have several awesome shows coming up that I’d love to see you at. Check the tours page for the full list, including Trinity Center for Spiritual Living’s founder’s day. Here are a few others to note:
I’m returning to join my friends at Hapeville United Methodist this Sunday (9/13) right in my own neighborhood. It’s a free Sunday service, so come out and bring your family and friends to join us in beautiful Hapeville, GA (just 10 minutes south of downtown Atlanta).
I’ll be performing at the Hapeville Happy Days Festival on Saturday, 9/19at Jess Lucas Park with an awesome band called Sweetwater Junction. I’ll be joined by two other singers and we’ll be playing everything from Country to Rock, Motown to Pop from 11 AM to 5 PM. Bring the whole family and some friends to have some fun with us!
On September 26th, I’m honored to join the Flying Mystics for a Swaha Productions farewell show at the Druid Hills Baptist church (http://www.reverbnation.com/open_graph/show/16946278). I’ll be kicking off the set at 8pm, followed by the Flying Mystics at 8:50 PM.
Finally, I’m excited to join the awesome line up for PLUG IN POWER UP at Atlanta Unity on Oct 3, for a power packed one-day conference featuring speakers, music, fellowship and fun. Lose your funk, find your power and prosperity. Join us for an afternoon of insight and inspiration for empowered living. RSVP by using our special Early Bird Ticket Discount: PIPU09I
You’ll also receive a FREE Workbook of the event material.
Can’t wait to see you all there!
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Thank you all once again for the overwhelming support and love you’ve shown my family and I on our Limitless Love & Light tour. As I explained in the Part 1 blog post, we had an amazing first leg of the tour and we just kept being blessed from there.
This is part 2 of the tour post, but let me cover a couple of things I left out about our time in St. Augustine, FL:
First, during our outing to see Disney’s/Pixar movie Inside Out, Johnny schooled us on what it was all about on the way there… he even made up a song about it and Kathy joined in… lol:
Second, we hung out with our friend, Lynn Pouliot, on our last night in St. Augustine and she showed us around Old Town (sharing some history of the sites we visited). We stopped in for some great deserts along the tour and really enjoyed our time with her.
The next day, we left our friends Derrick & Stephanie’s home to head to Crystal Rivers, FL near Ocala. We shot a thank you message to all our friends in St. Augustine on the way:
We arrived safely in Crystal Rivers at our friends, Rob & Amanda Mathews‘ home where we set up for another donation based house concert that same evening.
Jolie was a bit under the weather due to an ear infection, so while she rested up that night with Johnny, we had a fun and “revealing” set where I shared a lot of my personal journey and songs to a wonderfully receptive crowd.
The evening turned out be the most financially abundant night of the entire tour, so big thanks to Rob, Amanda, Mike, Chelsea and all their friends for the amazing generosity!
During my set, I quoted Maya Angelou’s famous quote – “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – and someone put a card with that exact quote in the donations. Whoever put the gave us the card didn’t identify who they were, so I’ll just say thank you to them here. It was a cool surprise!
We had a great talk with several of the guests after the show about life, sharing stories and insights on the lessons we learned, and I played one more song before we all called it a night.
The next morning, Johnny, Kathy, Rob, Amanda, Michael, Chelsea Rioux and I all went out on the lake in their two boats. Unfortunately, Jolie still wasn’t feeling that well, so she couldn’t join us.
This was Johnny’s first time out on a boat and we all had such a great time.
At one point, we headed to the natural springs where the water was much colder.
Johnny eventually convinced me to dive in, which is a big deal b/c I’m NOT a big fan of cold water… lol.
He dove in after me and we explored the springs further before heading back to warmer waters.
We all packed lunches and stayed out for as long as we could and then came back to the house to pack and head out for the next location.
Thanks to Rob, Amanda and Mike for sharing about the overall experience:
Next, we headed to Orlando, FL on the 4th of July to stay with our dear friend, Joy Steelman. On the way, we encountered something pretty awesome – a rare and magical double rainbow:
Once we arrived at Joy’s in Orlando, we ate some great deserts that Joy’s mother made and I played a few songs for Joy’s mother and her friends while Kathy took Jolie to the hospital… her ear infection had become too painful.
Fortunately, the hospital gave Jolie some medicine that seemed to help and we took her to an ENT the next weekday to help get rid of the rest of the problem.
That Sunday, I played at Christ Church Unity in Orlando and it was a great service.
The message was so in line with everything I’d been realizing during the tour and the church band did a great job playing to my songs!
We were also well received and supported, so our sincere thanks to the Christ Church Unity Orlando community for so much love!
That’s it for now. I’ll post another update – part 3 – soon to wrap up the first leg of our tour. If you haven’t signed up for the online community yet, make sure to sign up here and I’ll keep you posted on the next blog, shows, speaking events and updates on the next album and book.
John Stringer performing with artists and children at Jazz Notes 2014
Kathy and I are excited to support Alkebulan Academy again this year for their annual fund raiser, called Jazz Notes!
I’ll be performing multiple songs with a stellar artist line up at Jazz Notes 2015 and would like to invite you to purchase a ticket to help the West End Community Learning Center raise funds for our son’s school.
When you purchase a ticket, 100% of the funds go toward the upkeep of the school, teacher salaries and special school programming.
Jazz Notes is always an amazing line up of performers and patrons typically bring their own food and non-alcoholic drinks to enjoy at tables while watching the show.
Our son, John Hamilton Stringer V, has attended Alkebulan Academy since he was 2 and half years old and we’ve been very pleased with their education. From class sizes to curriculum, the value of the school has been incredible. He’s now 5 years old (turns 6 on June 19, 2015) and is already doing 2nd grade level Math and 3rd grade level reading.
I went to SXSW 2015 and I’m grateful for all the love witnessed there. From the companies that showed up to help artists, the artists that showed up to share their magic, to the fans that showed up because of their love of music, it was quite a great time!
I went with my biz partner, Bram, to support the LoudStage and the launch of their new LOUD app (check it out at joinloud.com). We also went to help artists with our new indiehitmaker Android app – now available on Google Play and coming soon for iOS – along with many other new opportunities. You can learn more about that on the IHM blog post here.
So, one of the things I asked God / Source / the Universe for before going was a chance to perform. I didn’t know how, or what would happen, but I left it up to Source to work out and… wow.. it couldn’t have happened in a cooler way! My friend, Speech (from Arrested Development), showed up to perform on the LoudStage one night and asked me to join him before he went on stage. It was an honor and a blast! To top it all off, his bro, HeavenBeatbox, ripped the mic AND one of the top charting Indiehitmaker artists of all-time, J-Metro, came out and sang his tail off with us! It was simply amazing!
Here’s a clip of just one section of Speech’s set, when he invited me to “do whatever”. Check out his response after I called out the chord progression… lol: