Weekly 9 Blog - Nashville
Where do I start wow, what a trip! Do you guys remember my post on week 2 about the label “Tate Music Group”? Well I wanted to follow up and the BWAM music agency trip as well.
Nothing against Tate Music Group but after doing some homework I found it difficult relating to their roster of artists. In any music partnership, whether recording, touring, signing with a label, etc.. it’s so important to feel part on a common vision, spreading a common message. The Lord settled my heart and gave me clarity through His word that this may not be the best option for Livingsong so we passed.
A few weeks later BWAM, a music agency in Nashville messaged me on Reverbnation for a meeting with a few reps. On our way we stopped by Jasper Alabama to lead a Sunday Night of Worship at a Nazarene Church. It was definitely a long drive, expensive on gas but God provided the transportation, food, the lodging and extra for compensation. His provision comes to those who trust in Him and while this trip was not easy, we saw God’s hand move through the many people who tithed and supplied for our needs.
I cannot say we did our best in the audition because we weren’t fully prepared, but it was still fun and here’s the best part! After speaking with Austin Cook from BWAM, we were loading up equipment back into our rented van that First Baptist of Daytona provided. While loading up there was another group waiting on us to get inside the building. Now I did not catch who these guys were, but Erika recognized them and we all followed afterwards. While we were taking our equipment out, Sidewalk Prophets were waiting to bring their equipment in!!
Normally I don’t get this excited to blog about a meeting but I had an opportunity to really see the sincerity in these guys to serve the Lord. It was awesome, and encouraging to meet an established Christian band who were not only humble, but also took the time to pray with us, give us advice, and just fellowship. These guys were a blessing and Nashville for that matter was a nice experience. We stopped by a record label to drop off our demo and was quickly turned down, so hey rejection is part of it right?..lol We gave out some of our EPs to a Christian bookstore for their customers which was nice of them to accept, and it was an overall good experience. I’m sure we will be back.
In closing I definitely learned that a presentation has to be prepared when auditioning. As worship leaders, we understand that presenting a setlist to welcome the message, and ushering a congregation into God’s presence. Even though we were not in a church setting, I failed to realize that we should have done, what Livingsong knows how to do, which is to create an atmosphere for people to worship God. I totally missed that and got caught up in the mentality of performing rather than allowing them to see our hearts for worship. I hope that if you ever come across an opportunity similar to this, you will remember that people must be transparent, and allow yourself to be you through whatever gift you share. Hope you’ll check these guys out, love the message in this song.
Livingsong worship leader Manny Garcia