As I mentioned, I grew up as an athlete. Every time I tried to play any music as a kid, I always lost interest because, to be honest, I was terrible at it. I always leaned towards sports, because it came natural. After receiving consistent words from people (some who I didn’teven know) during my senior year of college / post graduation about being a worship leader, singer, and songwriter, I surrendered and said, “God I’m in! I’ll do it.”After playing baseball for 15+ years, I dropped it cold turkey to learn to play guitar, and write songs for Jesus. This was a foreign thing to me and nearly every person around me thought I was nuts for hanging up the cleats after I made it to the professional level to pursue the Lord and music. I felt like a fish out of water, because I don’t fit the typical mold of a musician and singer, and to be honest I still don’t. My point in saying this is simple. We were never meant to fit a mold. We were created by God to be who He’s called us to be for His glory. The only mold I seek to embrace is the life of Christ.
While living in Kansas City, I spent countless hours in a 24/7-prayer room. These years shaped my life, especially as a musician. Music was centered on giving Jesus glory and leading people in the place of prayer. It gave me the foundation I needed as a young worship leader. I had the privilege to lead a team with my wife in one of the smaller prayer rooms. This experience was critical in developing me as a worship leader, singer-songwriter, and musician.
In 2006 I was given the opportunity to start leading worship for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). My wife and I started doing this in conjunction with prayer meetings for a variety of trainings that took place at the FCA National Support Center in Kansas City. FCA provided an onramp for me to grow and express my heart as a worship leader before the Lord. To this day, I still get the privilege to lead worship for FCA trainings in Kansas City, as well as different camps and FCA events around the nation.
What has impacted me the most as a singer-songwriter hasn’t been the crowds, the compliments, or the praise of man; but rather time alone with God on my guitar in an empty room or in a very small prayer meeting with 5 or 10 people. I can’t thank Jesus enough for believing in me when I didn’t believe in myself. As I move forward, I’m asking God to release the sounds, melodies, and lyrics from heaven that would turn a generation back to Jesus.