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Thanks for supporting my music, and this new project. (I'm already thinking about the next project). If you didn't listen to this music- I would still make music but- it would be no fun. So, your engagement, kind words, support, feedback, makes this part of my vocation so fulfilling. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
In July, for the 10th year in a row, I played the Summit Ministries conference in Tennessee- joining a few hundred folks in ten nights of 35 minute liturgy and hymn sessions! It was a blast and is an event I look forward to each year.
July was also the month we released The Birds Their Carols Raise, a new album of hymns. The process of making this album on my own was so challenging and exhilarating that I have already begun to dream about a second hymns album. I'll keep you posted on that.
The months of September- November are always full of opportunities to share music and this year has been no different. Over the past few weeks I've played the songs of The Birds Their Carols Raise and Count The Stars for audiences at Christ Church Intown in Jacksonville, FL, Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Saint Gabriel's Episcopal Church in Titusville, FL, Wycliffe Bible Translators in Franklin, NC, Orangewood Christian School in Maitland, FL, Clergy Conference for the Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida in Oviedo, FL. I never grow tired of the excitement and energy that comes from playing live music in a room full of people!
My role at Saint Luke's involves heading up our weekly 6pm Eucharist (pictured above) along with other pastoral duties. It's also a role that encourages me to continue writing, recording, and touring, for which I am very grateful. If you're ever in Orlando for the weekend please come see us. More information about the service can be found here.
It's that time of year (almost!). As we round the corner of November we will celebrate the first anniversary of The Holly & The Ivy, my Christmas album! You can stream this album online or download it at iTunes/Bandcamp.
Y'all, thanks so much for supporting my music! I hope to see you at an event this Winter or Spring. And please continue to write and say hello. I love hearing from you and do my best to respond to each note.
Have you seen the behind the scenes footage from the making of the Count The Stars EP? It's a brief taste of what it was like to rehearse, dialogue, record, and just be creative with a wonderful team of folks in Nashville. Glad to still be touring this CD, sharing the songs with fresh ears all around the country. Check it out.
"The Holly & The Ivy" is a new Christmas album from singer-songwriter Josh Bales. "I wanted to make a Christmas album that captured the longing of Advent and the hope of Christmastide," Josh said. "I recorded most of the album in my home, and in my counseling office.
As a part time mental health therapist, it was very meaningful to sing the lyrics "He comes to make his blessings flow far as the curse is found..." in a place where the waiting of Advent is often felt more than the joy of Christmas. So these songs reflect that mixed spirit of longing and hope. I think that's what Christmas probably SHOULD feel like in a broken world." This is Josh's first Christmas project, and it comes on the heels of "Count The Stars," a collection of songs he released in 2013 with multi-award winning producers Ed and Scott Cash.
You can stream the new Christmas album at RELEVANT MAGAZINE's THE DROP by clicking below. THE DROP features all kinds of other great artists and albums to stream as well. Thanks RELEVANT!