Check out Andrew's interview with Fox News about "Won't Let Go" HERE
Three years ago I received a phone call from a close friend in Nashville asking if I would be able to fill in for a musician who had to leave a Young Life camp half way through a session due to an emergency. I had just gotten back home from a run of shows and had planned on using the next couple weeks to write but I felt like I needed to get on a plane, so I did. Twenty four hours later I found myself standing on a stage in California watching a herd of high schoolers rush through the doors.
As a songwriter I have always found joy in making people smile and for the longest time I felt like my purpose on this planet was to take people out of real life for a moment and lighten the load. If you listen to my first record (Fifty Miles To Chicago) you can hear the lighthearted, uplifting messages in the songs because that's what I was trying to do. I had yet to experience the Young Life effect. In that moment while watching the kids rush the stage I was able to see that my purpose was much bigger than a smile. I realized that I had just been given the opportunity to offer hope to others through my own personal story and experience. Up until this point the music and the ability to perform had been the reason for my existence and now I could see that the music was a way to start a conversation with someone who needed to be loved. That might sound weird but I had never really thought of myself as someone who could truly make a difference until that day.
When the moment came to walk out to the middle of the stage and tell my story I had butterflies doing circles in my stomach like never before. It was my job to be completely vulnerable and I had never done that on a stage before. Somehow I knew I was exactly where I was supposed to be and those butterflies were necessary in reaching true emotion. Isn't it true that when we're brave enough to welcome those uncomfortable situations they pretty much always leave us feeling totally alive? Anyhoo... one camp lead to another camp and three years later I have been given the honor of serving thousands of high schoolers at young life camps in Colorado. I write this post from Crooked Creek Ranch in Frasier, CO looking out over miles of green and blue. What I'm trying to say is that never in my wildest dreams would I have guessed I'd be where I am today but I wouldn't change it for the world. I guess all it takes to change your life is the courage to say 'yes' and the cojones to get on the plane, even when you have no idea what you're getting yourself into.
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Here's a live video of my song 'Won't Let Go' for your viewing pleasure :-) Enjoy!