Music is a language that comes form the heart and speaks to the heart.
To make music that impacts both individuals, culture and nations.
Whilst my first love is music, I know it's how we treat the children, marginalised and broken that best defines who we are as a society, so I would start there.
Stand By Me by Ben E King - I first heard it through the movie, and after that I was captivated by it and still am.
Kurt Cobain, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Bush, Bethel Music and Jason Upton.
It's as natural to me as breathing and I find it the best way to express my faith and relationship with God.
That there is a God who knows us, loves us and is with us.
Like a cocktail of feeling alive because I'm doing what I was born for mixed with fear and the feeling of walking a tight rope.
I see the tension of striving for a platform and finding an authentic voice. I see the longing for opportunity mixed with the fear that it could all amount to nothing. I see the love of creativity mixed with the struggle to make a living. I see the lone few voices of prophetic artists amongst us in a world that is demanding our attention.
It looks like an amazing platform to build community with like-hearted people.
My own fears and the fears of others that I have listened to in the past that have stopped me pursuing music and creativity.
I have regularly played with other musicians in our community as well as running several events to showcase local artists (who were both teenagers and adults).
Grit, an entrepreneurial spirit, love for the authentic and a lot of love, faith, hope and optimism.
Jason Upton - https://open.spotify.com/album/6OdRvuRRUoxgbYPPbOnXmW Rick Pino - https://open.spotify.com/artist/1qTF7MRkOV8LNFgxejBPD5 Jonathan Helser - https://open.spotify.com/artist/7vKyyJZVFb16NTWrUV1fGp