February 1 2016 the day after my beautiful daughter was born, Traded It All was sent out into the world. Not many people knew about it though and in retrospect, I'm not surprised.
You see, that was before I knew my fans. I was still under the impression that great music would just find the ears it needed to get to. Unfortunately, or fortunately I was wrong, and that's how I met them. I started intentionally trying find you. I was so excited to share my music with the world and I knew that it all starts with individuals and that's why I've been gigging, tweeting, videoing, blogging and instagraming. So I could find you.
I wanted to you to have it. I wanted you to hear the stories, the emotion, the pain and the joy that Traded It All as a whole had to offer.
Why? Because I care and I want to help.
The day after Traded It All released, I found out my daughter had Transposition of the Great Vessels and had to have open heart surgery at 16 days old. That's tough. And I know I'm not the only one who has had to face life like that either.
You matter to me friend. I can't change what life hands you, but I want to be the soundtrack that walks with you through it.
"Every dream that I traded for this reality
Made me a richer man no fortune could ever bring"
Those words ring more true now in my life than they did when I wrote them. This has been a crazy journey for me. Figuring out how to be a Husband and Father while pursuing the dream of making a positive impact in others. It's not been easy, but it's worth it.
I never could have dreamed that I would have another record (In The Gray), Stickers, T-Shirts, and Mugs out just a year and a half later. I did it all for you. Because every time you wear the shirt, drink coffee from the mug, or see a compass rose, I want you to hear the soundtrack to your life. That life isn't unicorns and rainbows all the time, and that's just reality.
But I care. I'm not the only one either.
"These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world." - John 16:33
Ultimately, my hope and prayer is that you'll believe what God thinks about you. His opinion of you far out weighs anything that I could ever write or say and that is truly where Hope is found. That's also why I have an affinity for compass rose's. It's my goal in life. I'm not the ultimate authority on truth life and hope. But I know who is and I will spend my life until the day I die pointing you and everyone else I meet to Him.