When I set out to make an album full of hymns it was important to me that I remain true to the songs, but at the same time to make them my own. As I sat down with the fellas I remember telling them that I wanted it to be equal parts Edwin Hawkins and D’angelo. This was one of the first songs we recorded; "Before the Throne". What was your favorite song on "Doxology"? Drums: @drichardbailey Bass: @tylerchester Keys: @leonardrayonkeys Guitar: @jmothegreat Vocal: @brendenmcpeek
The city of angels... I used to be intimidated by it. It used to feel so foreign to me. I grew up in the suburbs most of my life in a working class family. We would drive into L.A. to visit family or to attend church, but it always seemed like it took forever to get there. Now when I enter the city I feel a rush of excitement. I feel the weight of the possibilities it holds. Now it feels like home. PC: 📷@michaelrochin • • • • • #losangeles#la#hollywood#westcoast#leftcoast#bestcoast#freshcoast#👐🏼
It was a beautiful 77• here in Southern California today, perfect weather for playing outside. This is a song I wrote a while back called “Lately”. It’s a simple song with a simple story. Let me know what you think!
Looking toward the horizon of 2018 and believing there are beautiful things already in store. This will be the year that the sun rises to chase away the dark night of the soul. The year that restores that which was taken away and brings more increase than was previously thought possible. So here’s to the new year and to our wildest dreams coming true!
J. Cole’s “4 Your Eyez Only” dropped one year ago today... Not only is it one of my favorite albums to date but it also got me through some very trying times. Songs like “Change” with the intro lyric repeating “my intuition is telling me there’ll be better days” encouraged me and lifted my countenance for a brief moment. The songs that really hit me the hardest were “She’s Mine, pt.1 & 2”... True artistry. Cole was able to put words to thoughts and emotions that have evaded so many of us. When I hear this album I will always remember moving in to my new place, entering a new season of life and the growth that has taken place over this year. 2017 was so unbelievably difficult, but I am thankful that I had this album to listen to. Thank you @realcoleworld for staying true to the music.
🔊SOUND ON 🔊 “I was walkin’, was walkin’ down the backstreets/ That’s when you came, you came and stood beside me/ You grabbed my hands, and you picked me up, you said I don’t have to be, ain’t gonna be, I’ll never be alone/ Oh Lord there was hope, but I had to believe”
I wrote this song a while back and when I did I had other people and other circumstances in mind. I wrote this song to encourage, I wrote this song to inspire, I wrote this song to give hope to anybody who needed it. As I began to record and perform this song I realized, I needed it. Even today as I write this, I am aware of the fact that I need it. Hope...
When I was just barely entering my 20’s I had a strong desire to learn how to play the guitar. I had many friends who were VERY talented players and I was inspired by them to give it a try. I honestly thought it would simply be a beneficial songwriting tool (but it would become much more than that). So I went to guitar center and bought a guitar and a song book. The guitar was a beater acoustic but the song book was from Bob Marley’s “Legend” album. The very first song I learned was “Redemption Song” and as I sit here and wrap my hands around this old acoustic and play that very song I am reminded of the journey. I am reminded of what it took to get to this place, not necessarily as a guitar player or a songwriter but as a man. That song resonates more with me today than it ever did back then. I imagine Bob Marley penning those ever so relatable words and I feel a sense of connection. The idea that we can join together in a song of freedom years apart and sing of this redemption is giving me hope and inspiration tonight. “My music will go on forever. Maybe it's a fool say that, but when me know facts me can say facts. My music will go on forever.”- Bob Marley