“All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.” – T. E. Lawrence
In every first meeting with artists, we ask a question: What are your goals as an artist? How would you qualify success in your wildest dreams?
This is not at all an easy question to answer. But after getting past dreams of fame, fortune, and quitting their job to pursue music full-time, we get to the crux of the answer: the goal is to get in front of audiences and make a difference for Christ.
I’ve been very encouraged this summer to see several ministries we’ve produced recently really get out and go.
George Tifft came to us a few years ago after losing his wife of 30+ years. She had always wanted him to pursue his ministry with vigor. Well, just take a look at his Facebook page as he documents his “Do Good Tour”, and watch him go for the Lord.
Zach Allen and his brother Christian recently recorded an EP follow-up to their debut album from a few years ago. Never shy to rock out live, this year the Zach Allen Band joined “The Extreme Tour” and have been traveling through many states the past month. It’s one thing to play local shows, but to set up every night in front of new audiences has brought new perspective to Zach.
“Our experience on The Extreme Tour has taught us a lot. When we first started, I was focused on performing, planning the best set list, and hoping to sell merch. Now, I can say that I view ministry a little different. I am beginning to see that when you focus on God and loving others first, the impact will be way bigger!”
Check out more about Zach and his tour at https://www.facebook.com/zachallenmusic
Joey and Kristi Stroud (aka Crimson Road) came to us last year wanting to get feedback on their songs. After a few of these sessions, they decide that they wanted to get these songs in front of people as a husband/wife ministry. Oh how far they’ve come. After completing the process, getting CDs, and putting together a website and social media, they have hit the road just about every weekend. Last week they even performed at a TBN station in Texas! They have really honed in on the vision, and are out making a difference.
There are many, many more artists I could highlight, including veterans like Frances Drost with her busy schedule and her new popular Christmas show, and of course the road warrior Stephen Bautista.
These folks can’t help but be fulfilled as they get to see the fruits of what God has given them to do at each performance. They feel in the zone, on target with where God wants them, and see real change taking place.
This is the reason we do this folks. There is no other. This is what God made you to do, and you kind of know it.
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C. S. Lewis
Maybe it’s time you got back to working towards the dream of getting your music and ministry in front of real live folks, and making a difference with the talent and unique message God has for you to bring.
“It is a full time job. It is no longer a dream as such. It is a walk that takes commitment almost every day with every breath that I have. Anyone can dream. Not everyone can find the wherewithal to see it through.” – Frances Drost
Have great week!
--Eric Copeland lives his own dream helping artists just like you realize and pursue their dream of music ministry. If you’d like to find out more, check out http://www.CreativeSoulOnline.com