Back in the latter part of 2016, I received a text message. It said that "Who's Got Their Armor On?"--an album I had the privilege to engineer, co-produce, write some music for, and play on--was nominated for a DOVE AWARD for "Children's Album of the Year." My initial response was "What? How is that possible?" We had made the album four years earlier in a small demo studio with limited time and limited experience. Jake, Will, Joel, Desmond, Braden, aka the BEAR HUG BAND, and myself were just in the studio space being goofy, hitting record, and enjoying pretty much every minute of it. Even my then six-year-old son jumped in and contributed some vocals to the song, "Armor of God."
There was no knowing or predicting at the time that all of these years later, I'd be receiving a message like that. It was and still is, in some way, quite surreal. And yet, as I reflect back to the recording process and the reason for creating the album, I get it. Yeah, we had a lot of fun, but we also had a passion to record a project that would teach children the truths found in the Word of God in a fun and captivating way.
In November, I accompanied Jake, Will, and Michael (members of the band) to the GMAs in Nashville. Even though we didn't win the award, what an honor to have the project nominated and to be able to attend the award show. That too was a tad bit surreal, asking myself, "What on earth are we doing here?" as I'm standing six feet away from Chris Tomlin and about to walk out on the Red Carpet to have our photo taken. We got to meet and connect with some great people and hear some "Greats" of the Christian music industry perform.
I am excited to also announce that we are currently working on the follow-up album, which should be released this autumn/fall. Our intention is to yet again make a great album that will point young hearts toward Christ.
Click the album art below to check out "Who's Got Their Armor On?"