Last night we had the privilege to attend An Evening Of Stories put on by Porter’s Call and Al Andrews at the Country Music Hall Of Fame. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but at the same time I knew if Al was involved it was going to be a great night.
The night was basically these three storytellers taking turns telling their stories. Stories of their faith, childhood, parenthood & love. All three were totally different, but all three were equally as moving as the next.
Anyway, Kristin and I had a blast and can’t wait for next year’s event. And when you get a second check out Porter’s Call. Al is an amazing guy doing amazing things.
Well, I wasn’t able to find anything ‘fancy’ to wear, so I’ll be going with the standby, dress-up clothes. Black jeans, t-shirt and jacket. I figure I’ll go with jacket instead of hoodie for this occasion.
Seriously though. Tonight is the Dove Awards and even though I’ll be ‘working’ the whole night it will be cool to see. And when you see the word ‘working’, please read “backstage taking pictures and hanging out with Bart & Natalie”. I’m not sure how much of the actual show I will get to see, but it will still be fun to be there. Kristin will also be there, but she will be in the seats hanging out with Bart’s wife because, for obvious reasons, she will also have an empty seat next to her as well.
This is the third year I’ve been involved in some capacity, but I have a feeling tonight’s show is going to be pretty cool. It’s awesome to see SkörInc clients running the show. With performances by Amy Grant, MercyMe and Natalie Grant, and also Bart and Natalie hosting it, it’s going to be a busy night in that respect, but really more busy them than me. I just get to document it.
So, I’ve got a few hours till I’m heading over there, then after the show it’s off to Iowa for the last week of the tour. It’s been a crazy couple months years, and I’m ready for a little normalcy, but I’m looking forward to enjoying tonight and having fun with everyone. Who else is going? Watching on TV?
Hey, so it’s been a crazy few weeks for me. Lots to talk about, but hardly any time to talk about it. First off the tour has been going great. It really feels like this last week we caught a stride. The crowds were more of what we expected, the shows seemed to flow perfectly, equipment stopped breaking… you know stuff like that. All really good stuff.
Second, Kristin and the boys flew out to California to meet up with me for the show on Friday in Sacramento, then to hang out for the week. It’s been cool to be in our hometown for a few days and go to the Easter service at our old church. Tons of people to catch up with for sure. Not to mention I haven’t seen Kristin and the boys for about three weeks as well.
As far as work junk goes, we’re moving along great. Amy Grant‘s record is killing it right now which is awesome to see. She’s been everywhere over the past few days doing TV interviews, magazine interviews and all that. MercyMe‘s “All Of Creation” is still sitting on the top of iTunes Christian songs and doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere any time soon. Also awesome to see. Stephen Mansfield has release a new book called ReChurch and is currently traveling around speaking in different places and on TV. We’ve got a couple other projects in the works right now including The Afters, Paradigm Booking, Compassion International and a brand new skorinc.us/brodyharper.com. See, I told it’s been insane. More details on all of those later.
So that’s about it for now. I’m sure there is more, but I’ll think about that later. Hope everyone had a great Easter. We’ll see you soon.
Well, it’s that time again. To welcome another talented musician to the SkörInc family. Funny thing is, this next artist was one of the originals. One of the people who laid the foundation for what we know as the Christian Music Industry. Everyone please welcome Mrs. Amy Grant to the family. Now, obviously this is a pretty cool thing. I grew up listening to Amy Grant, and to be able to work with her and her team is an honor.
The SkörInc team took this one to a new level. Every site we launch I am more and more impressed with the guys that I get to work with. The creativity, the design and functionality. It’s above my head, but I’m glad they know about that stuff.
So anyway, take a second and go check out the brand new AmyGrant.com and let me know what you think. And, as always, if you see anything weird, or something that needs to be changed, let me know here in the comments.
Favorite Amy Grant song? Ready? Go.
So, last night Kristin and I got all dressed up and went out to the Loveless Barn for the “Save The GMA” Event with all sorts of artists and ‘Industry’ people. At first we didn’t know what to expect, because, really, what do you expect going into something like that?
When we first got there Jason Whitehorn had saved us a parking spot in the back, which was awesome, and we met and talked with him a bit outside. Then we met up with the MercyMe guys for dinner. One thing we figured out quick was that “Strolling Dinner” really means “Buffet Style” without making you feel like you are at a casino, so that was cool. Dinner was good, and hanging out with the MercyMe boys is always fun…. even if Bart has a Youth Pastor goatee that he claims was an “accident”.
Now, most of you know that this show had been given the name “The Concert Of The Decade” because of all the top acts that were there. And for Christian music and the GMA this was pretty accurate. I mean, Amy Grant started the show, then MercyMe, Natalie Grant, Kirk Franklin, Michael W. Smith, Point Of Grace, Casting Crowns and others, it’s a pretty big deal right? For me it was cool to be in the same room with not only friends, but crazy talent. Each artist did a song or two and said what the GMA meant to them and then introduced the next artist. Everything moved pretty quick but it was cool to hear all of them.
At one point it felt like a big, fat SkörInc party with MercyMe, Natalie and then Anthony Evans singing with Kirk Franklin. It was cool to see all the folks that I don’t normally see, but work with everyday. And speaking of Anthony Evans, he’s got a brand new website today, but that will be another post later today.
Now, you might notice that these aren’t the greatest pictures and there’s a good reason for that. I wasn’t working. I was on a date with Kristin and didn’t even bring my camera. It was great to be able to just hang out and not feel the pressure of working and just be a part of the evening. So, all in all it was a cool night.
Now, I’m sure there’s some readers out there that will make fun of something like this because you are too cool for Christian Music, or too cool for the GMA or whatever, and here’s what I say to that. I make a living mostly in Christian Music and I love working with the people I do. They are good people. And I don’t really care what decisions the GMA has made in the past, but if I’m not willing to show up and support something that has paid my bills for the last 5 years, what’s the point of working in the industry? So if you’re too cool, or think that last night was a waste of time and money, that’s fine. Don’t work in the ‘Industry’. But my take on the night was leaving a room full of people that loved what they do for a living and love the people they work with, and I’m included in that.
Any of you watch online last night? Or maybe you were there?