I just wanted to be a rockstar…
Ever since I was a kid, I dreamed of performing on the big stage in front of millions of people. My parents couldn’t pry me away from the piano. I was constantly writing songs and singing my heart out. I was set on being the next John Mayer or Billy Joel. But then something happened.
When I was 18 years old I discovered the Christian radio station during my commutes to school. I have no idea how I found it, or why I kept listening to it, but there was something about it that resonated with me. Whether it was “How Great is Our God,” by Chris Tomlin, or “The Heart of Worship” by Michael W. Smith, I felt in my heart that I needed this in my life.
But I pushed back. When I moved away to college, I even told myself I would never write religious music. I wanted to be a rockstar! I wanted to tour the world and be the person everyone was screaming for. But that’s not how it worked out.
I majored in Commercial Music in college. It was a no-brainer. I was writing better songs and performing every weekend everywhere I could, but something didn’t feel right. I wasn’t fulfilled. I wasn’t enjoying it as much as I used to. It became a chore. I became so burnt out, that I stopped performing.
During this time, I met some people in my major who were writing religious music for an international youth camp for their internship. I was intrigued. I randomly met the man who was in charge of the project, and he quickly gave me an internship as well, and I started writing with them. I had never written a religious song before in my life, but I realized that I was good at it! I wasn’t just good at it, I loved it. There was a different kind of fulfillment that I got from it, and it made me feel like I was using my talents for good. Instead of writing songs about the cute girl down the street, I started writing songs that had deeper meanings – songs that help people.
That’s when my journey began.
Since then, I have written hundreds of religious songs, traveled the world performing for youth groups, and seen my songs translated into dozens of languages.
It’s funny how life works.
Whether it’s traveling to Guatemala and singing a song I wrote with hundreds of youth in Spanish, or watching a video of a group of teenagers singing one of my songs to their friend in the hospital dying of cancer, it all reminds me of what’s really important, and why I do what I do. I now know that I’m right where I belong.
It doesn’t matter if millions of people are chanting my name. I know that now. What really matters is using our talents to bless others.
And giving the glory to God.
And it’s you, the listener, that makes this all possible. As long as you’re listening, I’ll keep writing. I want to thank you for your support, because I couldn’t do this without you.
If you would like to hear the most recent milestone of my journey, click here to listen to my most recent album, Just How I Am.