It's always a little scary joining a new tour for the first time, especially when you haven’t met the other artists before.. It's a bit like the first day of school.. Cassie sent me off with a smirk & "I hope you have friends to sit with at dinner". Thankfully this tour did not disappoint, made-up of a truly enjoyable groups of people to hang out & share bus-sized living quarters with.
This was a Compassion sponsored tour, which meant we all had the same goal for every concert - give people a great night of music and worship, along with sharing the work of Compassion and asking them to sponsor a child.
It was inspiring to see how many people chose to release children from poverty each night - over 220 children finding new sponsors - and it was especially encouraging to experience the whole tour getting behind the work of Compassion. After every concert, back on the bus, the first question everyone would ask was “did we get some children sponsored?”. There was excitement and enthusiasm, especially when one night we had 61 children sponsored!
Our travels took us all over the map - from Massachusetts to Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Illinois & Missouri - and everywhere we experienced great fellowship with local churches and those who came along each night. If you were one of those people, thank you! Especially for so warmly embracing the new songs off of "Man On A Wire" (out Nov. 4) - you were my first outing playing the new tunes and the response was amazing.
After many years of touring as a solo artist doing my own shows, I am still getting used to being on a bus with 9 other people. There is a joy in journeying with others, experiencing the depth of community that can only come from the brotherhood and sisterhood of the saints, and getting to make music that declares the truth and beauty of the gospel, not to mention the laughs that accompany such travels!
I feel humbled by what I get to do and the people I connect with along the way.