New Blog Up and Running

12 06 2011

The blog on the new website is now up and running, and the subscribe link is working!  Take a minute a peruse the new site and the new blog, and if you’ve been following this blog, make sure you subscribe to the new one.  We’ll be posting soon about our recent trip to Nashville.  Thanks guys!





A New Blog!

3 06 2011

Well friends, it’s time for something new.  With the launch of our new website, we’ll be moving our blogging over to a blog that is integrated into the website itself.  You can still subscribe to the new blog, but if you’re already subscribed to this one it will soon go dark.  Of course, given the frequency of our blogging, that may not feel much different than normal.  So we invite you to check out the new blog and new website.  We’ll be in touch soon!





Thank You, CCM!

1 06 2011

Isn’t it fun when people say nice things about you?

As a musician it’s particularly encouraging, especially when you take what’s in your heart, put it in a song, and then tentatively stretch it out for everyone to hear and have an opinion about.

I’ve had bad reviews – and good as well – with previous musical projects, and those are always particularly difficult to take.  Personally, I think it’s God reminding you that He wants you to be humble more than He wants you to be critically acclaimed.  But good reviews always make your soul fly a bit higher, and in another way they can be a kind of affirmation that you’re on the right track.

Enter CCM magazine.

They didn’t say much – obviously they had to reserve space for people much more important than us – but they said it nicely.  Take a look for yourself.  You can find our review on page 36 as well as a “Story Behind the Song” segment on page 52.  You can also view the “Story Behind the Song” segment here.

Now I’ve always been taught that when someone says something nice about you, you should say, “Thank you.”  And so we say, “Thank you, CCM!”





Dave & Jess in All Access

19 04 2011

One of the cool things we got to do in Nashville was connect with old and new friends. Jackie Chapman interviewed us for All Access, an online radio trade publication. As it turns out, both of us had known Jackie in different capacities during our time in Nashville. It was a fun time to reconnect and learn about some cool things going on with her and her family. You can check out the interview here:

http://www.allaccess.com/christian/10-questions/archive/9803/10-questions-with-dave-jess-ray

And go to jaqchapman.com to find out more about Jackie’s work.





To Nashville and Back!

11 04 2011

Well, it’s been a busy couple of days for us!  We left Thursday morning, April 7 to travel to Nashville for whirlwind publicity trip.  With our son safely ensconced with his grandparents we hopped on a Southwest flight, rented a car and drove straight to our first interview with HearitFirst.com.  Then it was on to Fido’s downtown for an interview with All Access, a radio trade publication.

After an evening with friends we woke early for a breakfast with Jeff Goins from wrecked.org.  Jeff happened to be a big fan of BDA, my old band, and had actually worked with our drummer, Jake, for a time.  He asked some really probing questions that helped us share the heart behind this project.  Afterwards we joined up with an old friend, Clint, to play a couple songs for Breathecast.com, where we got the most unexpected question of the day, a question about believers whose spouses don’t follow Christ.

Next we met Caroline from CCM Digital Magazine and swapped stories about our infant sons.  At one point she asked us how we were providing for our family if we were giving all of the proceeds to the project to Aid Sudan’s Hand-held Radios.  I replied, “We steal things.”  Hopefully that doesn’t make the final cut!

We quickly downed some Subway and headed back into town to meet with Mike Harland from Lifeway Worship.  As it happens, he’ll be at Tallowood in two months speaking at the Baptist Church Music Conference.  Finally it was back out to Salem Communications where we met with Vance Dillard, program director for The Fish Radio Network.

And after all that we found ourselves with a few extra hours before our evening flight, so we grabbed a snack and caught The Source Code.  It was a fun ending to a crazy trip!  The most exciting thing was that we had a number of opportunities to share the story behind the project.  We’re grateful for every chance we get to point people to the bigger picture, reaching the people of southern Sudan with the Gospel.





CD Release Concert with Bebo Norman

29 03 2011

We’re excited to announce that our Music for the Radio CD Release Concert is just around the corner and that we’ll have a special guest headlining the show!  Bebo Norman, an incredible singer/songwriter, will be headlining the concert on Sunday, May 15 at Tallowood Baptist Church.  Doors open at 5:00 PM and the concert starts at 6:00 PM, and best of all – it’s free!  We hope to see you there!  Every penny we receive from sales of Music for the Radio benefits Aid Sudan’s Radio Station Project, which allows the people of southern Sudan to hear the Gospel in their own tribal languages.

 





New Single Available on iTunes!

26 02 2011

Music for the Radio Cover Art

We are excited to let you know that “Better,” the single from our new EP, Music for the Radio, is now available on iTunes!  While the full EP will not release until May 15, you can get a sneak peek now!  And the best part?  When you purchase the single on iTunes you’re helping spread the Gospel in southern Sudan.  Every penny we receive from the sale of the album will go directly toward the purchase of hand-held radios that are allowing the people of southern Sudan to hear the Gospel in their own tribal languages.  You can learn more about the heart of the project HERE.

We’re also thrilled to have Mark Giles on board as our radio promoter.  Mark is currently working with artists like Mercy Me, Addison Road, Stellar Kart, and Laura Story, so we are delighted to have his skill and experience working on our behalf.

“Better” was inspired by our study of Ephesians that began almost 30 weeks ago!  In Ephesians 1:17 Paul writes, “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.”  And in Psalm 63:3 David writes, “Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.”

The heading to Psalm 63 indicates that David wrote these words while in the desert of Judah.  One can easily imagine where he found the inspiration for the beginning of the Psalm: “I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.”  But in our lives, with our needs met, dozens of diversions at our fingertips, and a general lack of “desert time,” it’s easy to find things that we enjoy better than God’s love.  That’s why Paul’s prayer in Ephesians is so important.

God isn’t content to be an item on our priority lists or a note on our calendars.  He will never say, “I think you and I have gone about as far as we can go in this relationship.”  He is never satisfied with just a part of us.  He wants the whole thing.  He is constantly calling us deeper and deeper into relationship with Him, because He knows that the very best thing for our lives is just to know Him.  He is constantly urging us to know Him better.