You won’t know if the door will open unless you push it.

I love this attitude towards life - ‘You won’t know if the door will open unless you push it’. 
It brings to mind an image of a young person, bold and confident, pushing at every door life throws at them. They miss out on nothing because they are having a try at everything. Though many doors they push are closed and do not open, the victory that comes from grasping onto new opportunity, far out-weighs the humility that comes from a door failing to open. Failure is not bad and it is not to be feared. After all, where would the excitement be in taking a risk if failure was not part of the equation?
I encourage you to identify the fear in your life that is holding you from pressing on you doors and tell it to leave… opportunity awaits!

It has been 12 years since I first picked up a guitar, and 8 since i wrote my first song. Today marks a special little note on the board of my music career: 14 JAN 2013 My first debut single is released online! It is called ‘My Only One’ and I am very proud of it. This will be followed in 2 weeks time by the release of my debut EP, all of which I know you will enjoy :) However, I feel the need to stop and honor a special someone. When I was told in highschool that I couldn’t sing, that I was too confident, or that I wouldn’t go anywhere with music there was always one whom I felt I could go to with all my doubts, insecurities, and failures - ALL of which disappeared in His presence. I need to thank my Father, God, because even when I didn’t believe in myself, I knew YOU believed in me. I honor you today with my life, and my music God. 

Now, without further ado, HERE IT IS!

Last year, before I began a tour of NZ with Excel School of Performing Arts, this verse was spoken over my life… “Humble yourself before God, that He may lift you up in due time” - 1 Peter 5:6. I listened, and did just that - I worked hard and served. What followed I could not have ever imagined; Three months into the tour I was given the opportunity to preach at a Friday night youth show in Whangarei. God went before me that night. Following this I continued to preach and worship lead in over 40 churches, youth events, and schools in both the North and South Islands. I saw many people come to know Christ and meet with him through music, dance, and drama. I now consider preaching to be a huge calling on my life and am excited to see where He takes it. God honors those who SEEK, LISTEN & OBEY.
For me, this is more than enough proof of his existence and all things possible through him.

Doing today, what i could have done yesterday.

I started out writing songs and prepping stuff for this album when i was thirteen, every song i wrote i seemed to think would be perfect track for the record. But i think, five years, two tours, three ( soon to be four) city changes, the best band mates and a whole different view on the world later, i’m ready to sit down tackle the song writing and finish this project. With total faith, that putting it off until now, was a way better choice than finishing it back then. It’s been a long time coming, and i couldn’t be more excited.

My new life goal is to be in a boyband. So, to help make this dream come true, is a series of mashed up love songs to help me reach said “dream”. 

After taking a few months off rowing, and being back for two days (shameless training with the girls rowing team until i’m ready to strength train again/probably not until i move) i’ve managed to, shameless discover my on water speed was slower than said girls rowing team, drop a boat on my foot, cover myself in estuary spray and click my back/neck out. It would be great if someone could remind me what i actually like about this sport. 

Shameless self promotion.

Obviously a folk band is the answer.
  • Me: I've recently realized i'm uninspired by life. And it is both a scary and depressing thought...
  • Doug: You could always learn the acoustic guitar, and form a folk band.
  • Me: ....
  • Doug: Oh wait, you do that now.