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JFH Staff Blog | May 2012

Monday, May 28, 2012

Featured Fan - Alex Vanderspek

Alex Vanderspek and Joel & Luke

Favorite Band/Artist: for King & Country
Featured Fan: Alex Vanderspek
Location: Menifee, CA
When/Where Was The Above Photo Taken: Winter Jam 2011 in Ontario, CA
What About This Artist's Music Speaks To You:  I first heard For King and Country when Air1 started playing their song "Busted Heart (Hold On To Me)." The song speaks to me in such a big way because sometimes I feel like I am a failure. The song "Proof of Your Love" also helps me in my walk with God and says I need to be Him to the world. I would definitely say this is the band that brought me back to God. 
Favorite Album by This Artist: Crave
Favorite Song by This Artist: "Light It Up"
Number of Times Seen This Artist Live: 1
Favorite Live Show Experience: Them walking up to me and autographing my CD
Favorite Piece Of Merch/Item You Own From This Artist: Autographed Crave CD
Website: http://tinyhampster.info/

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Third Day Fans Honor The Band's 20 Yr. Career

A rather momentous occasion happened this past weekend in contemporary Christian music. Well, momentous is a relative word, I guess. To those of us Third Day fans known as Gomers ("psycho fans who we don't know whether to hug or call security on," as described with a smile by Mac Powell), it was downright momentous.

We Gomers are a tight-knit family of Third Day fans, formed in 2001 by Corrine Johnson (Mama Gomer). Gomers travel from city to city to see Third Day performances, to meet and worship with other Gomers, and to support the band's ministry. We're named after Third Day's song, "Gomer's Theme," from the "Conspiracy No. 5" album. The song is about Gomer from the book of Hosea, and God's unconditional and never-failing love for every one of us, no matter what we've done or who we are.

2012 marks Third Day's 20th year as a band. To celebrate this wonderful achievement, and in honor of how much Third Day's music and ministry has done in our lives, more than 50 of us gathered from six states and traveled thousands of miles to surprise Mac, Mark, Tai and David of Third Day with a special celebration at last weekend's concert in Raleigh, NC.

As our gift of appreciation, we gave each of the Third Day guys a digitally-produced 100-page hardbound scrapbook containing photographs and letters from dozens of Gomers that described how Third Day's music has changed their lives and what the band's ministry has meant to them.

Mac, Mark, Tai and David were genuinely touched, and spent a lot of time pouring over the books. Mac also made sure to let the crowd that night know what had happened before the show, and the band went out of their way to sing as many of our song requests as they could - even the "old school" songs no one but long-time Third Day fans know. From the older songs to ones from their recent "Move" album, Third Day's performance throughout the entire evening was one of the best we've ever experienced. It was an absolutely awesome and emotional night of song, prayer and celebration.

We shared the night with our entire Gomer family through Twitter - with our own hashtag #G3NC, created by Mama Gomer herself - and by posting to our Facebook group. Hundreds of Gomers were able to join our gathering with the band, even though they couldn't come to Raleigh with us. The Gomer community is very close and it was important that we made sure to include everyone in the celebration.

The next day, some of us were able to travel to Myrtle Beach, SC, to see Third Day perform on Saturday night at BeachFest. Again, Mac talked about the Gomer gathering and celebration the night before, and how appreciative they all are of their fans' continuous dedication throughout the years.

The weekend was truly, truly unforgettable for us, and I think we might have made it just a tad unforgettable for the guys, too.

We can't thank you enough, Third Day, for how each of you and your music has touched our lives and allowed us to spread God's love.

For more information about Third Day, go to www.thirdday.com and follow them on Twitter at @thirdday. (Photos courtesy of www.thirdday.com.)

To see videos from the party and Third Day concerts, go to 3rdDayRocker's channel on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/3rddayrocker?feature=results_main.

To find out more about Gomer history visit www.gomers.net, follow Gomers on Twitter at @3dGomers, and become part of Gomers on Facebook by going to http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_200039913360016

--Cathy Payton

(Photos courtesy of www.thirdday.com.)

Monday, May 21, 2012

Featured Fans - Stephen and Kim Jackson

Stephen Jackson and MercyMe

Favorite Band/Artist: MercyMe
Featured Fan: Stephen & Kim Jackson
Location: American Canyon, California
When/Where Was The Above Photo Taken: Santa Rosa, Ca / Sacramento, California 2005
What About This Artist's Music Speaks To You:  MercyMe's music is the a way in which the Holy Spirit reaches into our lives and reminds us of all He has done and will continue to do for us. When the newest single dropped, "The Hurt & The Healer," I knew in my heart that God was speaking directly to me. 
Favorite Album by This Artist: Undone
Favorite Song by This Artist: "The Hurt & The Healer"
Number of Times Seen This Artist Live: Too many to count
Favorite Live Show Experience: In Utah where they saved us seats and loved on us.
Favorite Piece Of Merch/Item You Own From This Artist: The Gold Album of Almost There
Website: N/A

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Saturday, May 19, 2012

10 Years Later - 12 Stones

 

It’s been 10 long years since 12 Stones hit the scene with Wind-Up Records, who seemed to be snatching up and signing every band who sounded even remotely similar to Creed.  The band whose early sound mimicked Creed’s began an interesting path when they signed to Wind-Up -- one in which they would be severely overlooked and under-appreciated by their label.  While they saw moderate success, especially in the Christian market, they had trouble breaking out into to mainstream with any real success.  Yes, they were featured in soundtracks like The Scorpion King and Electra, and Paul did win a Grammy one year after their self-titled debut release for his role in Evanescence’s “Bring Me to Life,” but it seemed as if 12 Stones went mostly unnoticed by major media outlets.

 

12 Stones are now preparing to release their fourth full-length album, Beneath The Scars, and their first away from Wind-Up Records.  The new album feels a little rawer in general, but the production has been stepped up a notch.  While early 12 Stones drew comparisons to Creed, the new record will surely draw comparisons to Skillet.  Paul’s voice has grown a little raspier over the years and Eric’s guitar playing, or at least writing, has seemingly improved.  And while their self-titled debut was more open about faith related issues, their new album still holds onto some spiritual themes.

 

Though the comparisons between 12 Stones first and latest albums aren’t really direct, it feels that they are finally starting to get where they’ve always wanted to go with their music.  While there were most definitely some gems on the debut record, it doesn’t hold a flame to the overall sound of their newest project.  No matter your feelings on 12 Stones over the years (many fans lost interest after Potter’s Field), thinking of their new album can’t help but take you back 10 years to what was one the band’s shining moments and arguably their best record overall.  That is, until now.  Though there were faults throughout the debut album, sit back and listen to tracks like “Crash,” “Broken,” “The Way I Feel,” and “My Life” if you don’t remember how much potential they had back then.  Not many bands are still releasing music after 10 years, but it’s good to see 12 Stones is back and as strong as ever.

 

-- Michael Weaver

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Words and Worlds Tour in Central Florida May 30

Hey, central Floridians, listen up!  You may have noticed the banner running across the top of the JFH site talking about the show we are sponsoring.  The Words and Worlds Tour, featuring Sent By Ravens and Nine Lashes (two of Tooth and Nail’s hottest bands right now), are coming to the Sumter County Fair Grounds.  Where are the Sumter County Fair Grounds you may ask?  They are actually pretty conveniently located about 45 minutes to an hour outside of both Orlando and Tampa (depending where you live in the area) and only about 15 minutes away from the Florida Turnpike and I-75.  If you live in Ocala, Gainesville, Clermont, Lakeland or Zephyrhills, we are even closer!  The show will be held indoors in their brand new 1,000 person auditorium.  The bands promise that this will be a production and light show that you will not want to miss.  This is going to be an amazing show featuring two of today’s biggest up-and-comers, along with three other acts that are worth your attention; The Protest, Pure Star Movement, and Cory Lamb Failed Escape all have their own following and each promise to put on a great show as well.

You can’t beat five bands for the low price of just $10 for an advance ticket (general admission only).  The price will be $15 at the door, but you can expect to pay $20 or more for a concert like this in a lot of venues.  The best part of the price is that parking is included!  That’s right, free parking.  Help support Jesus freak Hideout and our local churches by coming to see this tour on its only central Florida stop; you’re not going to want to miss out on your chance to see these bands rock the house.

May 30th, 2012
Doors – 5:30 pm
Show – 6:15 pm

Check us out: www.facebook.com/sbaevents

Buy your tickets now: http://www.itickets.com/events/284694.html

For more information you can contact (by phone or text) at 352-303-6330.  If you are interested in a group I’m sure we can work things out.  I look forward to seeing you all there.

--Michael Weaver

Monday, May 14, 2012

Featured Fan - James Campanaro

Seventh Day Slumber and James

Favorite Band/Artist: Seventh Day Slumber
Featured Fan: James Campanaro
Location: Rochester, NY
When/Where Was The Above Photo Taken: May 5th, 2012 at Newfane, NY Middle School
What About This Artist's Music Speaks To You:  Seventh Day Slumber's music speaks to me in many ways. They make me think and realize that God is bigger than you and me. Seventh Day Slumber has those kinds of songs that just speak to my heart. They get me through my day. 
Favorite Album by This Artist: Once Upon A Shattered Life
Favorite Song by This Artist: "Oceans from the Rain"
Number of Times Seen This Artist Live: 2
Favorite Live Show Experience: Kingdombound 2007 (my first time seeing them)
Favorite Piece Of Merch/Item You Own From This Artist: My Seventh Day Slumber tee I'm wearing in the pic
Website: N/A

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We Recommend - Plumb, 'Blink'

I'll never forget listening to Plumb's lullaby album Blink for the first time. For me, it'd be almost three years before I even knew what parenthood looked like from that perspective, but I remember letting the beautiful harmonies and Tiffany's soft vocals wash over me as I sat in an easy chair listening to the songs on my iPod. It's one of those albums that transcends its target audience and becomes much more than what it's conceived to be. Although Blink holds so many more new meanings for me now with a little one of our own in the picture, it's still a gorgeous album that should not have its listeners limited to just young parents or children. Plumb crafts a record aimed at parents while also delivering soft melodies that work just as well for little ones to listen to. But fear not! This is not a "childrens" album by any means. You won't find any silly songs or the musical equivalent of nails on a chalkboard. Blink is pure bliss.  (And be on the look out for a brand new regular Plumb album due out sometime this year!)
- John DiBiase

Plumb
Blink (2007)

Click here for our review of the album.

Our synopsis: "Plumb's beautiful and soothing lullaby album, Blink, is much more than just an album for young mothers or babies. It's a beautiful pop album that should not be overlooked." (Recommended by JFH's John DiBiase)
Perfect For: Lullabies, Relaxation, Quiet Times
Song Highlights: "Sweet & Lovely," "In My Arms," "Solomon's Song," "Always"

So, what are your thoughts on and experiences with the album Blink? Do you recommend it? If so, why?

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Featured Fan - Alan Hemming

Matthew Thiessen, my friend Hannah, and I doing the Charlie Angels pose!

Favorite Band/Artist: Relient K
Featured Fan: Alan Hemming
Location: Piney Point, MD
When/Where Was The Above Photo Taken: October 6, 2009 on the Three Hour Tour, the night that "Forget and Not Slow Down" came out!
What About This Artist's Music Speaks To You:  I fell in love with this band in middle school (Anatomy) and they have grown up with me. Their music isn't preachy but it still has heart and I can see God's fingerprints all over it. Their message is to keep your head up and stay positive and that is something that I've strive for because of their music.
Favorite Album by This Artist: Forget and Not Slow Down
Favorite Song by This Artist: "The Truth"
Number of Times Seen This Artist Live: 15
Favorite Live Show Experience: Christmas Acoustic Tour 2010, drove 8 hours one way to see it, lol
Favorite Piece Of Merch/Item You Own From This Artist: Forget and Not Slow Down Poster with my name on it
Website: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=541214883

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