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“I’m Thirty!”

Written by Josh Collins. Posted in Community, Experience

I’m thinking of the SNL skit where Molly Shannon is acting drunk and yelling “I’m Fifty!” We’ll I’m not fifty today but age doesn’t really matter these days anyway. I feel as though I’ve lived a lifetime or two.  As my wife and I were praying with my kids last night, I was overwhelmed with emotion.  It had been an extremely hard day and I sat there looking into the eyes of my beautiful 5 year old princess thinking just how fast time is flying by.  [Cue Lionel Richie in the background]

It was just the other day when I remember holding little Molly in that Las Vegas hospital room in awe of the beauty that I had just witnessed.  Now I’m 30 with 3 kids and a family to support and constantly fighting for my faith and for The Father to rescue and provide for us.

I’ve been working a ton on the Hungry for Love Tour that features The Afters, Leeland, and Sanctus Real and during the show one of the things that has really been speaking to me is during Leeland’s set.  Leeland talks about the Kingdom and how our lives are like the grass of the field and I feel that, no more than in these moments, looking at my life.

You see, I love my kids and my family more than anyone has ever loved a family in the history of families being loved, and all I want to do is be where The Father wants me to be, doing what He wants me to be doing.

While struggling to reject the messages of insignificance, my beautiful wife gently reminds me that I am a child of The King and that is where my worth comes from.

Not from those who judge quickly and refuse to know my heart, or those who simply want to live a life of what have you done for me lately.

Rather, the truth is that I am the Beloved, and full of beautiful things that The Father has intended for only me.

And even though there are many in my industry who refuse to acknowledge that, I have a family who sees it more clearly than anyone!

I will rest in that today and be grateful for the blessings I see and even the ones I don’t.

Today, is my birthday.

Thank you, Lord, for another year!

Posted on: October 21, 2010

Hungry for Love Tour Rehearsals cont…

Written by Josh Collins. Posted in Church, Experience, Worship

It never fails, when we begin to identify ourselves and begin to stand for something, we become targets for the enemy.

Continuing from my previous post, I’m even more convinced that special things are in store for this tour.  I’ve never seen anything quite like this before!  Not only is my crew working tirelessly just to overcome the multitude of hurdles, but yesterday the transmission basically went out on my car and will cost me a whopping $1600 to repair!

To which I say, Nice…(long pause) Nice.

Just what I needed.

If you’re not planning on attending, then I promise you, you WILL miss out on something the CCM business has never witnessed before.

I’ll just leave it at that…

Posted on: October 7, 2010

Hungry for Love Tour Rehearsal Day 2

Written by Josh Collins. Posted in Experience

Murphy.  Do you know her?

I’m sure you do.  Most all of us have encountered her at one time or another.  Well let me tell you something folks.  She has taken up residence in rehearsal space D here at Soundcheck, in Nashville today.

Oh she’ll be gone by the morning, trust me.  But man has she not been easy to deal with today!

Although the boys from The Afters killed it today in their rehearsal, it wasn’t easy to get there!

It just further reminds me and proves that there are indeed great things to come, even greater things, as Chris Tomlin sings, to come for this tour.  Many lives will be changed, many kids fed, and many hearts and souls restored to The Father.

And that my friends, gives me more joy and more hope than I can possibly articulate.

I feel like I keep saying this and it falls on deaf ears but seriously, THIS WILL BE THE BEST TOUR IN THE CHRISTIAN MUSIC INDUSTRY THIS YEAR!

The team that has been collected and the hard work that is being put into this tour will make waves for seasons to come.

Stay tuned cause Leeland loads in, in the morning…

Posted on: October 5, 2010

Awesome’s Hitting The Road Again!

Written by Josh Collins. Posted in Church, Experience, Worship

Hungry For Love

I’ve been preparing for quite a long time now to head out on the road with The Hungry for Love Tour featuring Sanctus Real, Leeland, and The Afters.

Tomorrow, we go into rehearsals.

Typically, what I’ve experienced in the Christian Music industry, could be kindly described as a general lack of desire, when it comes to creating authentic experiences and most importantly putting in the time and effort it takes to create them.  I believe there are many reasons as to why that is, most of which comes down to budget. But there is always this piece in me that feels like this is some sort of injustice that (I) need(s) to be corrected.

It’s always been my desire to be excellent in everything I do.  No matter what it has been.  Whether that was mixing monitors for Stevie Wonder, John Legend, and The Roots or working customer service at Magazines.com, I’ve always attacked every situation with an attitude that I am bringing a value rather than merely providing a service.

And thus comes the point of this post here.

I’m excited about this particular tour, not just because it’s another great design that my company, BANDWIDTHcompanies, has produced, or that I will be Tour Managing the tour, but rather, these artists all get “it” and are willing to put in the time its going to take to make it great.  I have never felt the level of support and enthusiasm any more than I have felt from these artists and their managers.

We’ll be in rehearsals for 5 days, which to many of my peers is not a long time at all, but from my experience in the CCM business, that’s 4 days longer than most!

Make sure to see if the tour is coming to a city near you, cause I can promise you its going to be awesome!!

Posted on: October 3, 2010

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