I'm thankful that the Lord has allowed me to song Southern Gospel music and even recently with a dear friend of mine. Since day one I've said this is ALWAYS more fun with friends, and especially those that can sing and Meg is one of the best and has been very good and patient in working with me, adn while our styles and attitudes are different Its great how we've been able to overcome them so far and harmonize and further the kingdom. Which brings me to...
I am thankful for the Cox family. Shelly, Woody, and Megan for taking me in and allowing to sing and do this. Megan reached out to me during one of the most tumultuous times in my life following the passing of Stephen, and the other losses and personal issues and said "hey come on down here and sing with me". And when I decided I might try and stay and sing...words cannot express how much these people mean to me for opening up their home and serving as a surrogate family for me.
I'm thankful for my family. Mom and dad who have let me come on my crazy Texas adventure. Thank you for trusting God to lead me on my way down here. Who knows where this adventure may lead, but I'm thrilled to see. Don't worry I'll come home once in a while. :D I love you!!
This year I became a NWMO Gospel artist. Scott Peek started a ministry for which I am very thankful. At the end of last year I had a pastor tell me some very discouraging things, and I was very depressed and churches were't calling and I was about to give it up, and Scott called with this idea of hosting gospel concerts at the Historic Missouri Theatre and said he'd be thrilled if I helped him kick things off, and kick off I did as I opened for Ryan Seaton and later the Union Street Quartet. Thank you so much Scott for the opportunity and for helping me find my focus again.
I'm also very thankful for Andrea Brown, without whom the last 3 years of my ministry might not have been possible. Sure I booked the initial concert myself, but you got me all of those practice gigs and helped me out immensely. You played piano, designed and wrote songs for my first solo studio project, you sang with me, put up with my.....EVERYTHING and did so with a smile and the ultimate servants heart. I hated to see you go. In many ways you're me hero and I love you so so much. YOU'RE AWESOME!!! THANK YOU.
I am thankful for my Stamps-Baxter School of Music family. Ben Speer is the coolest old dude you can ever hope to meet. I promise...hero and legend and I'm honored to have gotten to hang with him.
That being said I want to say I am thankful to all of my heroes in gospel music. Without y'all as role models and strong foundations for performance I don't know where I'd be.
Thank you Lord for the blessed year I've had so far. The ups and the downs.