What Does City.Love.Music Mean?

28 Apr

When I started putting this album together I wanted to take a different approach this time. I wanted to come up with an overall theme before the actual creative process. I don’t normally do that I usually just write and then in the middle of the process I start thinking about the title. But I just felt led to do it differently this time. I began to flip through scriptures and landed on Matthew 5:14 &16

 Which is “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hidden.” and “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” I was like yes God this is it! as an artist and worship leader I have always thought about how can I write music that inspires change or a time of reflection?

I’ve been recently challenged by someone to talk about some things in my past. As I’ve thought about the things that I’ve been through, the one thing that has stayed constant in my life was God. When I wanted to walk away from the church, or when I had thoughts of ending my life, God stayed with me and he never failed me. I’ve failed him time and time again but he loves and forgives me.

These collection of songs come from my Heart. Their about Redemption, Healing, Devotion, and Believing in something bigger than myself.

City.Love.Music which means to be a City on a Hill, To Love God, Love People, and to make Music that inspires has now become my Mission Statement. So many people have been broken including myself but God can always put us back together. I hope you are blessed by these songs and they encourage you in a positive way.




Building Authentic Relationships

11 Apr

One night I was watching T.V. While watching this show a thought popped into my head. Are my relationships authentic? are they Genuine? or am I just maintaining them so I don’t lose anyone?

Of course there are different types of relationships. I have quite a few. I am a friend to someone, A Husband, A Mentor, A Son, A Father, A Sibling,  I wear many different hats (as we all do). The key is how do I make all of  these relationships  seem unique?

One of the biggest problems I had was that I was treating all 0f my relationships like  they were the same. For example the way I hung out with my son was how I thought I could hang out with my wife.  Yeah that didn’t work out so well. Pretending to be the Hulk and Spider Man doesn’t really entertain her.  Every relationship needs to be treated differently, though at times they collide, they are still different. Each relationship has there own stress, the good and the ugly. That’s why they all need there devoted time. You don’t want to take out the issues with your parents on your children. That’s not fair to them.

I think the excuse we tell ourselves to justify what we do, is well that person hasn’t  done anything for me or has said or done hurtful things, or we are just plain old busy.  This scripture came to mind “Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly–not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God”. 1 Peter 5:2

God places people in your life for a reason. They become part of your flock! even though at times they may let you down it’s important that they know they exist in your life.  You have to tend to them,inspire them, feed them, love them and care for them. The more love you show is the more love they show.

I have tried a new approach! Every week I sit down and put a list together and say  this time is exclusively for my wife, this time is for friends etc. That way I can devote all my energy into making each relationship a genuine connection. I also ask myself every week, Am I a good Father? Son, Husband, Brother, Friend, etc. What did I do to accomplish that this week?

I recently went through my entire contact list. After running through the list I realized how many friends and family members I haven’t spoken to in years. I texted and called quite a few. We had some great laughs and it made me realize how much I need them and they need me. Though time is limited and we are always on the go, you’ve got to find the time and put out the effort. Relationships require time, care, cultivation and wisdom.

Put the work in and I guarantee you will see results.

I hope this helped a little. Be there for someone today! God Bless


The Story Behind “Never Fade”

18 Feb

Banner for Never Fade

I just wanted to share with you the story behind My New Song “Never Fade”.Matthew 5:14 & 16 says “You are the light of the world, A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Verse 16 goes on to say “in the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”My Relationship with God is always a work in Progress. It definitely gets better over time, as I continue to develop my Spiritual Life.Writing songs really helps me to remember what God has done for me. It also puts things in perspective. It reminds me to be grateful for the things and people in my life.

This particular song is just a challenge placed upon myself to say to God that no matter what happens in my life, Good or Bad, He (God) will Never Fade into the Background. When God calls upon me to stand out and be a voice for him I won’t fade.

I hope you are blessed by this song and these lyrics find a way to your heart.

God Bless.