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Awards

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In March 2013, I was notified that I was named 2012 CCM Network International Songwriter of the Year. That was such a great surprise and very humbling. I won radio promotion, amongst other great things.

In February, I won the 2014 WAMMIE (Washington Area Music Award) for Gospel Vocalist of the Year. I had been nominated a few times before, but I assumed I’d come up short again. Emily and I didn’t even attend the awards. However, I won! So exciting.

Then in April, I was notified that Made for More won the 2014 KCCM (King Cat Christian Music) Song of the Year. With that award, I won some recording gear, a MIDI guitar, cash and other things.

***Added June 2014 – Turns out I also won the 2014 KCCM Live Performance Award for Dance Dance Dance from Our Hope [Live]! You can see the trophy above.

In February 2015, I won a WAMMIE for both Gospel Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year, for Our Hope [Live]. We also played live at the WAMMIES and played Dance Dance Dance, mashed up with Beat It and 25 or 6 to 4. Great night!

I continued to be very humbled by the opportunities and recognition I’ve received recently. I 100% know that God gave me the gifts I have, so I’ll continue to use them to impact people for Him. However, just because God gives us gifts, it doesn’t mean they’re handed to us. I have and will continue to work hard at playing guitar, singing, songwriting, etc. It’s important for me, and you, to remember that God may give us things, but we are the stewards of them.

Nationals Faith Day

Im pumped to be playing pregame at the Washington Nationals Faith Day. Each year, the Nats host a Faith Day where players give their testimonies postgame along with live music. This year, DC area choirs are performing along with the players. This year, they’ve added live pregame music as well. As a Nats fan, I’m excited that we get to be a part in this way. If you’re coming to the Nats/Marlins next Saturday, September 19, come early when gates open and hang with us on the Miller Lite Scoreboard Walk Stage!

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2 Months in Chicago

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So here we are.

If you follow me or my wife on any social media platform, you’ve probably heard by now that we are in Chicago for the next couple of months as she undergoes an autologous stem-cell transplant to treat her aggressive Multiple Sclerosis. (Autologous means they take her own stem cells, separate the good from the bad, and reinfuse the good ones) This will include a lot of poking and prodding; chemo; nights in the hospital; walking everywhere; etc. Basically a huge disruption to the comforts we have in life.

Earlier this year when we were planning the live worship record, which released last month, I was simply following what it seemed God had next for me as a worship artist. As the process unfolded, it was clear that the theme behind the project was God being our hope in the ups and downs of life. In the midst of the darkness, He is light. (Title: Our Hope) But Emily and I didn’t know this stem-cell transplant was also in the works. So somehow, God worked all of this out and worlds are colliding here and now.

I honestly feel like God is telling me the Christian singer guy to put my money where my mouth is. It’s one thing to sing about God bringing hope and peace during the rough patches of life, but it’s another thing to live it out and let people see it. And he’s telling the husband and personal me, there is no separation. You are you and I and Me no matter what’s going on in life. The person you are sitting at home watching Netflix is the same you singing out the name of Jesus with a guitar strapped to you. I’m still figuring out what this all looks like…

So here we are. In the midst of the muck. Trusting in God. Placing our hope and trust in Him.

I’m going to keep updating my blog to let you know what’s going on here in the Windy City. And hopefully use this season to encourage you, and us, to keep looking for God in the midst of the chaos. He is at the center of it all.

 

ps. You can also follow Emily’s Tumblr as she’ll be updating it as time goes on in a much more creative way than me.

My first blog

 

I’m kinda new to this whole blogging thing…so my first thought/question: Does anybody leave the automated first message from WordPress? You know…”Welcome to WordPress.com. This is your first post. Edit or delete it and start blogging!”?

I just need to know if I’m a blogging loser because I deleted it and wrote my own…or if I’m a blogging loser because I deleted it to pretend that it was never there? Or am I just a loser because I’m even questioning it? Yep…probably the last one.

Well anyway, my plan is to share my life, thoughts, and music on this blog. I already have a once-in-a-while youtube video blog where I actually  made one entry almost a year ago. Pretty good huh? I guess random videos of live songs don’t count as video blogs? Or do they? See what I mean…I’m new at this. I don’t know the rules of blogging, so I’ll either figure them out or make them up as I go. Check back here to see how I do. 

keith

 

ps. here are a couple of youtube videos from my “video blog”

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