You’re breathing in, You’re alive, and maybe
life is still ahead—it’s there for you, and
so am I. You’re still here
You’re breathing out
You’re breathing in
And maybe life is still ahead
It’s there for you, and
so am I.
My latest solo albums were recorded during and after the life of our beautiful 4th child, Olivia.
Hymn Songs — a handful of hymns, recorded simply — was recorded with James Ross in 2012.
I perform live at conferences, theaters, churches, and living rooms — such a powerful and intimate way to experience music and community.
Below are workshops I do with singers, songwriters, performers, production teams, church teams, and leaders. I also offer the same content as a talk with Q&A after. If this would benefit you or your group, get in touch to schedule a private workshop or speaking engagement. Keep an eye out for public workshops as well.
For performers, speakers, singers, actors, teachers, worship leaders:
We’ll explore the journey of the Voice, from initial inspiration all the way to the listener’s ear. We’ll discuss the challenges of finding and sharing our Voice freely, and we will explore ways to find that freedom. We’ll explore alternatives to the goal of perfection on stage, letting go of pressure and anxiety, and using the stage as an opportunity for a truly connective and nutritive experience—both for the performer and the audience.
For churches, worship leaders, worship teams, church production teams:
For 10 years I led the worship ministry for one of America’s fastest growing churches, building a community of musicians, leaders, and technical artists. During this time, I learned about the difference between building something which “works”—starting with the end result in mind and using volunteers to reach that goal—and cultivating something which genuinely embodies and unleashes the personality and potential of the artists and leaders of a community. This workshop will give tools—practical and philosophical—for achieving the latter.
We’ll end our time with Q&A in order to have dialog about specific challenges.
Upcoming public workshop dates:
No upcoming events. Stay tuned...
For songwriters and those interested in songwriting:
This is a space for songwriters to explore their song and Voice in a supportive and receptive environment.
I spend the first 20 minutes giving some tools and ideas to work with, and we spend the remaining time with songwriters and their songs.
Monthly, 2nd-Mondays at 7pm, downtown Peoria in the warehouse district. Open to the public.
Contributions are optional. If you find value in the experience and want to contribute, you may pay any amount you like in-person or online.
Upcoming songwriter community dates:
August 12 7PM, 820 SW Adams — FB Event
September 9 7PM, 820 SW Adams — FB Event
October 14 7PM, 820 SW Adams — FB Event
November 11 7PM, 820 SW Adams
December 9 7PM, at 820 SW Adams
1st Sundays at 7pm at 3300 W Willow Knolls Drive in Peoria IL
What is this?
Practice is a space to explore being where we are and receiving the healing, hope, and courage that come from a posture of rest.
We meet in a beautiful space and beautiful music is interwoven through the experience.
Who is this for?
This is for anyone who longs to become more present and to live more freely.
This is for anyone of any faith — relevant for church-goers and non-church-goers alike.
What will a typical practice involve?
I will lead us through an exploration of what is alive in us and around us, and we'll practice being with what we find — the light and the dark — together. Music is interwoven throughout the experience.
We'll emphasize gentleness with Self as well as courage, and will use our body's signals — especially the breath — as a physical guide.
My role is to create the space and support, but this is not a time for one person to convince you to think or act a certain way. This is a space for many visions, many hopes, many dreams, many Voices to be explored... freely and without judgement. We can place "right and wrong" aside during this time — we are only exploring!
No need to dress nice. Wear something comfy.
Why am I doing this?
This practice has been my primary space for grieving, healing, and growth through the hardest years of my life. This is where I have heard the Voice of God. This is where I have found my own Voice. This is where I have found hope and courage and have been able to make a bit of sense of things.
I want to share this with you.
Is there a cost to attend?
Contributions are optional. If you find value in the experience and want to contribute, you may pay any amount you like in-person at the event or online.
Upcoming Practice dates:
August 4 7PM, 3300 W Willow Knolls Dr — FB Event
September 1 7PM, 3300 W Willow Knolls Dr — FB Event
October 6 7PM, 3300 W Willow Knolls Dr — FB Event
November 3 7PM, 3300 W Willow Knolls Dr
December 1 7PM, at 3300 W Willow Knolls Dr
I live in Illinois with my beautiful wife, Heather, who is a wonderful musician and has played with me for 20 years. We have 5 children — three boys and two girls — one of whom has gone ahead of us. I was born in Chicago and as a small child lived in Colorado and Germany. I grew up in the cornfields of DeKalb Illinois, outside of Chicago.