SONGWRITING UPDATE

Haven't done one of these writing updates in awhile and realized I needed to! This is a good way for me to "count my blessings" and recognize all that God is doing in my life. He's more than good to me - I don't deserve anything He's given, but I am grateful.

O BLESSED TREE on SONGDISCOVERY

I talked a good bit about this in the Fall, but it was fun to see "O Blessed Tree" arrive on Worship Leader Magazine's JAN/FEB issue of SongDISCovery. There's no way to know if churches are using the song, but I am grateful that at least it's showing up in mailboxes and inboxes all over the country. My prayer is that it will do a good and faithful job of presenting both the work - and call - of the cross.

LOVED ME FIRST on RADIO

January marked the release of Shelly E. Johnson's new project, Measureless. Shelly was very gracious to allow me to have a part in one of the songs called "Loved Me First." Shelly's label ended up picking the song as a single, which means its showed up on Christian radio over the past couple of months. I haven't had the chance to catch it on radio yet, but I'm happy for Shelly and hope the song does great things.

OUR GOD IS STRONGER FREE DOWNLOAD

Released the first Songs For Singing free download in February and started leading the song at Bethel South Campus. I've had a lot of people respond positively to the song both as a recording and as a live worship tune. I've also had the chance to lead it in some quieter, prayer time moments and it's been a blessing to me as a writer to see it encourage people. Additionally, I signed the song with Daywind Music, which is always fun. Who knows where the song will end up!

TAXI MUSIC FEATURED SONG & SONG FORWARDS

I'm a member of a song service called TAXI that critiques songs for possible pitches to publishers. Yesterday, I found that a song of mine called "Changed Everything" will be featured on their March Featured Songs page. That song and one called "Fountain of God" were also both forward to publishers for a potential Southern Gospel pitch.

SONGLIST

Don't think I've ever done this, but thought it would be fun to copy over my "finished songs" list that I keep every year. I'm committed to co-writing this year and it's been fun connecting people to chase down these songs.

CHRIST HAS COME (written with Joseph & John Paul Allen)
DRINKING DEEPLY (written with Ross King)
LOVE SO TRUE (written with Britton Wesson)
I FEEL YOUR PRESENCE (written with Todd Ballard)

REASON WHY
ONE AND ONLY HOPE

I've also got some fun songs "in the works." These obviously are in various state of incompleteness, but it's good for me to remember what all is out there in the works.

DOXOLOGY adaption (writing with Blake Russell)
MORE THAN WORDS CAN SAY (writing with Ross King)
OUR GREAT HOPE (writing with Tyler Ellison)