Hi!! Happy Thursday! I hope y’all are doing well this week. I’m so glad y’all decided to come back again for this Thursday update! It’s finally Thanksgiving Break for the Academy 😀 So glad to be out all week next week to celebrate this fabulous holiday and get ready for CHRISTMAS!! I love Christmas, probably more than my own birthday, to be honest. Anyways, I hope y’all have had a fabulous week and that it only gets better as we stuff ourselves full of turkey and dressing and put up Christmas decorations. 🙂
Anyways, let’s get to the important stuff, as our “About” page says, I’m an artist, I like to draw, take pictures, write songs, play music, etc. I’m not athletic really even though I play sports. My biggest passion, other than missions, is worship. I love worship music and everything about it. I play a little bit of everything, it feels like. I play piano, guitar, drums (props to Carleigh), bass, flute, a little bit of trumpet, and I sing.. A LOT. I am self-taught and I want to learn to play everything. In fact, I’m getting a ukulele for Christmas, which I am SO excited about. It’s actually my dream to learn how to play as many instruments as I possibly can.
When I first moved churches to Aliceville FBC, I was automatically interested in their youth praise team. I was then approached by our youth minister, Patrick and basically told “Oh, you play keys? Great, see you at 4 on Sunday!” I was kind of shocked to say the least, but I showed up the next Sunday afternoon and around 3:45 and was quickly ushered upstairs in the Vault for my first praise band practice. I was whisked into something that would easily become one of the most important aspects of my life. I love praise band, actually other than Jesus and my family, there’s not much I love more than praise band. What started as just singing on Wednesday night slowly evolved into my whole life being about worship. My life began to change to embody a spirit of worship no matter what I was doing. Foul language was something I quickly and relatively easily dropped as my life began to be altered by this attitude change. I began to realize that everything was different, I saw life differently and for the first time in my life, I began to realize that different didn’t always mean bad.
In the summer of 2015 our youth group went on a mission trip to Orlando, Florida. We began the mission trip on a Sunday morning in their normal Sunday morning church service, and the praise band vocalists got to sing a song with their praise team which was really cool and it’s something I’ll never forget. We sang “How He Loves” that morning, and it was something very different, but in a good way. We got to hold VBS for this small church and their community which was so much fun. Days started early and nights were late, but I wouldn’t change it for the world, because sitting in a small fellowship hall at six o’ clock in the morning, I wrote my first song now known as “All Because”. “All Because” was the first song I ever wrote. I had toyed around with writing songs before, but I’d never sat down and written lyrics to an entire song before. We took my lyrics that seemed so insignificant and turned it into a song that launched the formation of ‘Chapel’ and our upcoming CD Unchained which will be released on January 4, 2017!! 😀
Chapel.. Wow, I don’t even know where to begin. Chapel is my love. It’s my heart and soul and I’ve never enjoyed or been more proud of something in my entire life. A group of teenagers and our youth minister joined together in an effort to create an album that would touch the hearts of our community and hopefully the nation. After we began work on our CD, Patrick’s old band Disowning Kaleb had a reunion benefit concert for a girl who is now in Zambia, Africa on a long term mission trip. This is where Lacey and I first began to become friends when we had to share a Montgomery hotel room bed, but that’s another story for another day 😉 On October 10, 2015, the praise band took the stage of Coosada Baptist Church and opened for DK. That was probably one of my favorite moments of leading worship. I don’t think I’ve ever had that much fun.
Since then we’ve played a few gigs, good and unfortunately a couple that weren’t so good, but it’s been fun. It’s definitely something I won’t ever forget and I hope that I don’t ever take any day in the band for granted, because one day it’ll all be over and I’ll be doing my own worship thing. Worship is simply put, my passion. I love it and I couldn’t imagine doing anything else with my life. I love missions and I’m so glad to be called to missions, and I can’t wait to get to play different styles of music and lead worship with people all over the world.