The other night I got to lead some worship @ Emanate in Franklin, TN with some friends including the lovely Jessie Parker (keys and vocals), the ridiculously vibey Josh Parsons (electric guitar), his groove-tastic brother Jesse Parsons (drums), and mr. solid and a rock Marcus Hendrickson (bass). The always-spot-on mixing man in the back was Justin Burns in case we forget how he makes us all sound better than we are. It was a beautiful night for all of us. Our goal really on these nights at Emanate has very little to do with performance or being the coolest/slickest/smoothest worship band on the planet with perfect transitions. Basically, in the most genuine way we know how, we try as a group of friends and worshippers to run as far into God's heart and goodness as we can. Whether that means we play 3 songs for an hour, or we make up songs for 15 minutes, or we don't play any songs at all and let the worship breathe, it's all the same goal: to love God and be loved by Him. We hope you enjoy the night as much as we did, but regardless.. we hope you will take 2012 as a year of discovering and rediscovering just how loved you are by the kindness man who ever walked the earth - Jesus of Nazareth, son of Joseph, son of God.
(*I just noticed as I was listening back and being blessed by the night that a female harmony comes in on the top of Jessie's voice for the word "stronger" in the phrase "your love is stronger, stronger" at 18:37 (min:sec) into the set... the craziest thing is that I'm the only other one in the room with a vocal mic, and I definitely was NOT the one singing that... hahaha luv it!! By the way, the first song was a John Mark McMillan song called "Dress Us Up" on his album called "The Medicine." Go buy it here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-medicine/id379151208!!)