Jan 25, 2016
NAMM, without a doubt, was an incredible experience. I met one of my musical heroes, Cory Henry, got to demo unreleased gear, hung out with industry insiders and heard personal stories about Quincy Jones, was shown around LA by my good friend Tyler, and heard jaw-dropping performances by extraordinarily talented and creative artists who I previously didn’t know existed. I even posted a picture I was able to take with Victor Wooten on Facebook and got 192 likes. By all accounts, by every practical measure, it was a very, very successful trip, and I’m grateful to have had this opportunity.
As I was flying back home, I was reflecting on this experience and thinking about what this weekend meant to me. How would it change my perspective on my career and my musical direction moving forward? Was this weekend going to propel my career in the way that I hoped–and prayed–that it would?
I’m not sure what will be the tangible, direct result of this trip, but I do know that it has sharpened my resolve to focus on the mission that God has called on my life: to spread the love of Jesus through a platform made possible by music. While at the convention, it was impossible not to notice the places and people that didn’t know God: the tough parts of town, the companies who used immodestly dressed women to try to lure in customers, the industry executives willing to prey on inexperienced artists through immoral contracts, and the list goes on.
There were bright spots, though, where God shined bright: the Christian music discussions, the worship gatherings on Thursday evening and Sunday morning, the Christian individuals who built successful companies that are standing apart in the industry, and the fact that the best musicians I heard this weekend grew up playing music in the Church.
Is God calling me to a big international tour with a renowned artist? Maybe, maybe not. But right now, I’m not concerned about that. I’m concerned about glorying God through music. I’m concerned about putting God first in all aspects of my life. I’m concerned about bringing light to the dark places, about showing those wandering through life without direction the incredible joy and purpose that a life with Jesus provides. This post won’t get nearly as much attention as a selfie with Victor Wooten, but there is so much more significance here. I want, you, the person reading this post, to know the best way to live: a life of pursuing God through a relationship with Jesus Christ, a life of freedom from sin and the things that hold us back from becoming the man or woman that God has made us to be. A life to follow the best calling and purpose of all, to be a follower of Jesus.