Check out “Power of Love and #blacklivesmatter” & “We Matter

Check out “Power of Love and #blacklivesmatter” & “We Matter

Did you notice any divisiveness around the use of the hashtag #blacklivesmatter not too long ago?  Perhaps that conversation is still going on.  Either way, you may appreciate the two new tracks below from my forthcoming album, “Limitless Love & Light,” that touch on it in a way I feel is loving (NOTE: play “Power of Love and #blacklivesmatter” and then “We Matter” to hear the two new songs below):

This is the first time the album versions have been released to the public for listening and the advanced CD release party on Oct. 11th in Atlanta will be your first chance to get a physical copy of the full album  (NOTE: online tickets are cheaper and selling daily, so be sure to get your tickets NOW at http://bit.ly/jstix ).

So, I completely understand people’s reactions like “All Lives Matter” when seeing the #blacklivesmatter hashtag –  I used to respond the same way.  However, I love what my friend Margaret Fuller commented when I first shared the spoken word text on Facebook:

 “It took me a while to realize it, but by saying#blacklivesmatter, we ARE saying #alllivesmatter.

 

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You may be interested to know that I received inspiration for both of the tracks above shortly after watching this video:

If you like the tracks and video above, be sure to share them with others and pick up a copy of my first solo CD,  “Limitless Love & Light,” when it comes out.

Finally, I invite you to join my online community to stay connected:

“Limitless Love & Light” CD is mixed, mastered, designed and off to press

“Limitless Love & Light” CD is mixed, mastered, designed and off to press

Whew! Folks, my first solo CD, “Limitless Love & Light,” is finally complete!  Super producer, Rick Beato, helped complete production, mixing and mastering in record time and Ken Lanyon finished mastering the CD yesterday, so the project is now off to Disc Makers for manufacturing.

Here is a sneak peek of one of the tracks – “You Are Welcome Here,” a song I wrote about unity at the request of Penelope Williams, Creative Arts Director at Spiritual Living Center of Atlanta:

https://soundcloud.com/john-stringer/you-are-welcome-here-sample

I think of “You Are Welcome Here” as a song for anyone seeking to welcome love, peace and unity in their world and I’ve adopted it as a the theme song for my online community (which you can join here).

I gotta tell you… there are so many songs I’m itching to share with you from the CD. I’m like a little kid who unwrapped his Christmas gifts, so I can’t thank you all enough for supporting the Kickstarter to help make this happen!

We’ll get the physical copies just in time for the Advanced CD Release Party in Atlanta on Sunday, 10/11 (6 PM) at Trinity Center for Spiritual Living where I’ll be joined by several dear friends on stage.  If you haven’t picked up tickets / VIP packages yet, or just want more details, get them right here.

 

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Limitless Love & Light Production at Black Dog SR Studios (Day 7)

Limitless Love & Light Production at Black Dog SR Studios (Day 7)

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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:

Join the Limitless Love & Light online community below to stay on top of everything to come:

Kickstarter Success!  Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

Kickstarter Success! Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

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:

My Biggest Project Ever!

My Biggest Project Ever!

I just sent out the newsletter to make the official public announcement and I’ll share it here with you as well:

I’m excited, nervous, and a little emotional all at the same time:)

After 6 years, my debut solo album is extremely close to being released and I couldn’t be more grateful.

Now this is it, the crucial moment.

I’ve just launched a Kickstarter project that is all about spreading limitless love & light through the release of this album around the world (the video will give you the full story).

And guess what?!

If we get enough momentum today, there’s a good chance we can get on the front page of Kickstarter which will give it a big boost!

But I need your help TODAY so we can keep this momentum going and hopefully get us featured by Kickstarter (which would be amazing).

CLICK HERE  to watch the video and see my “interesting” rewards:)

I’m really proud of them, please check it out.

I am truly grateful for all of your love and support. Let’s do this together!

P.S. I know you’re super busy but it would be amazing if you watched this now (takes like 3 minutes)

From the Road: Limitless Love & Light Tour – Part 2

From the Road: Limitless Love & Light Tour – Part 2

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:

 

Rob-AmandaWe 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.

Rob-Amanda-freindsThe 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.

Crystal Lake on  boat 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.
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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.

Christ Church Orlando shotsThat 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.