As you probably know by now, the Kickstarter campaign to record my 1st solo CD, “Limitless Love & Light,” went awesome, thanks to many of you supporting the efforts. We’re already on Day 7 of production at Black Dog Sound Recording Studios and I’ve been enjoying working with incredible producer Rick Beato (Needtobreathe, Shinedown, Crossfade, Trey Anastasio, State of Man, Stuck Mojo, Charlie Mars, Bullet For My Valentine, Dark New Day, von Grey and more) to make the entire album sound amazing!
Before I get into a little more about that though, I’ve got a very special request for the Limitless Love & Light supporters / community – it’s an opportunity to help bring more love and light to someone dear to this project.
Rick Beato shared a very sad situation with me yesterday that he and his family is going through right now and I’d like to ask you all to shower him and his family with affirming prayer, encouraging messages (reach him on his Facebook account) and whatever love and light you can send his way. In case anyone’s wondering, this is NOT a joke. That’s all I’ll disclose as I’m not sure if I’m at liberty to say more, but I do know I can ask you all for your help!
With that said, please check out this sneak peek of the production on “That’s Love” (featuring me on vox and acoustic guitar, Jesse Owen Astin & Rick Beato on electric guitars, Ade on percussion, Rick on drums, keys, bass and everything else) and a mini-tour of Black Dog Sound Recording Studios:
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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:
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.
We’re now 3 shows in on the part one of my first solo tour -the Limitless Love & Light tour – and it’s been a tremendous blessing!
Our first (a lot of firsts… lol) donation based house concert was co-hosted by Michelle Richards and Kate Lyman in Ball Ground GA, and we had a great time hanging with dear friends, meeting some new friends, and making smores around a fire after the concert:
Then, we hit the road for a three week stretch with the first stop in St. Augustine, FL where we played our first outdoor donation based house concert at Tom & Roxanne Gibes‘ home and made many more new friends!
One of the great things we’re finding is when we stay with people like Tom & Roxanne on the tour, it really feels like you’re staying with family. The kids enjoyed their time just as much as we did there and as you can see, below, Johnny made great use of the hot tub:
The next day, we enjoyed a great Sunday service at the Center for Spiritual Living at St. Augustine where I played a few songs during the service and had a great concert after the service! We also got to celebrate our dear friend, Lynne Pouliot’s birthday with her! Thanks to all who came out to these events and connected with us.
The CSL at St Augustine is a wonderful, loving community and we’re very grateful to Tom, Roxanne, Rev. Ken, Judie and everyone else for having us there and making feel so welcomed!
Next, we joined our St. Augustine friends, Derrick & Stephanie, to stay at their beautiful home for a few days of down time.
They have a 6 year old son (little Derrick) that our 6 year old son (Johnny) gets along with famously, so they are running up and down the stairs playing “ninja” and hide and seek as I type this.
We’ve had so many great experiences already that it’s hard to believe we’re barely a week into the tour. Here’s are some other cool highlights we’re thankful for:
Enjoyed some healthy, delicious food at Manatee Cafe w/ Tom & Roxanne
Watched Inside Out at Epic Movie Theater with several members of CSL St Augustine (good movie, btw)
Enjoyed time on the beach w/ Stephanie and little Derrick
Sold a ton of books and copies of the new live EP (CD)
Received so much love and support from so many wonderful people
Enjoyed many great conversations with our hosts and new friends
It’s also been nice to be able to get work done during some down time on what truly feels like a tour / working vacation. I’m so grateful for how this has all gone thus far.
I’m also tremendously grateful for my amazing wife / co-manger / super woman, Kathy, who’s helped book, coordinate and plan the whole tour!
As I’ve shared with many of you before, I dreamed of having a wife who I could work with in the music industry, so it’s been awesome to get to work together on this. I’ve also dreamed of having my family with me on tour for quite some time, so to finally be here and enjoying this all now is such a blessing. I thank God / Source / The Divine for allowing us to experience this together, connecting with and sharing our lives with so many beautiful souls!
We’re planning to do donation based house concerts throughout the East coast starting in August and running through the fall and then hit the West coast thereafter. If you are interested in hosting one, all you need is a love of live music, a space to fit 20+ seated people (e.g. living room, back yard, community center, etc.) and some friends to invite to a donation based concert. You can even co-host with a friend like Michelle and Kate did. Just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll fill you in on the details.
Next up: Ocala, Orlando, Largo, Tallahassee and then, we’ll make our way back home with a stop in Byron, GA! Hope to see you at one of our stops along the way.
It’s been a while since I’ve updated you on what’s going on with me so in this video, I let you know about what my biggest focus has been recently. I also share with you what I’ve seen as the biggest key to being who you are here to be: ALIGNMENT. Check out the video to see what I’m talking about (NOTE: The video ends abruptly, but I captured everything that needed to be captured).
I also invite you to join my online virtual community at here so I can keep you posted on my new tour and more!