Sunday, March 22, 2015

When a Tour Ends...Part 1.

Memphis, TN.

Happy Sunday, friends!  I hope you're enjoying your weekend.  We're in Memphis today for the last show of this run of Winter Jam. There's only one weekend left after this, and I'm not ready.  This tour has been such a blast for our family.  It's my third time on Winter Jam in 6 years, and it just keeps getting better.  I'm so grateful for all the new friends we've made and the old friends we've gotten closer with over the past 3 months.  I thought I'd share some of my favorite shots from the tour so far, and I'll do another post next week with more photos and a wrap-up.  It took me going through these photos to realize how few I have with other artists on the tour, so this last weekend, I'll make sure I get a lot of shots to put in a post for next week.


 KC, MO. One of my favorite shots from the whole tour. Via 


Joel & Luke from for King & Country and some friends playing sand in the make shift playroom in Jacksonville, FL. :)


 The AMAZING Laura Hackett Park joined us Ft. Worth to lead worship for our Jam Church and sing Holy Spirit with me onstage. Love this girl.

I'm pretty sure this was the second Sunday of the tour, when NewSong led worship for us in South Florida. Their Andrae Crouch medley was epic, & Roy playing keys was the best!

 All Access, bay-bay.

 Roanoke, VA.  Our kids scoot everywhere on this tour, and actually, so does everyone on our team.  I need to get a good group shot of all our guys on their matching blue Razor scooters, because it's amazing. 

 We debuted a new shirt half way through the tour, and I love it.  It was designed by the lovely Danielle Burkleo who also designed this blog!  

Soundcheck on day 1 in Charleston, WV.  This would have been right before we went to Five Guys in the mall across the street for dinner.  

Early morning radio gathering with friends in Tampa on arguably the most beautiful day of the whole tour.  Also there was an ice cream truck backstage later that night, so...Tampa wins.

My kiddos playing at the kids museum in Evansville, IN! 

No two tours are alike.  The memories you make, the inside jokes that are created, the moments of worship that happen onstage, the stories you hear from people you meet after the shows, the quirks of the bus, the catering team, the crew, the cities, the weather--you can't recreate it.  Most importantly, the friendships and relationships that are formed are priceless.  I'm going to miss everyone, but we still have 4 shows left, so I'm not ready to cry yet.  One more week!!!!

25 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing. Love the shirt. Can we order them? I really want one. That is my favorite song!! I love your music!

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  2. Thank you for sharing. Love the shirt. Can we order them? I really want one. That is my favorite song!! I love your music!

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  3. This makes my heart smile! I have always loved this tour and everything it stands for & seeing how this tour has truly impacted your life makes it.mean so much more. Working on WinterJam has always been my dream job ;)

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  4. This makes my heart smile! I have always loved this tour and everything it stands for & seeing how this tour has truly impacted your life makes it.mean so much more. Working on WinterJam has always been my dream job ;)

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  5. When I hear "Holy Spirit" on the radio I'm transported back to winter jam in Pittsburgh! My teens, their friends and I were blessed. :) My heart felt like it stopped and needed restarted when Skillet's "sonic boom" happened though, hahahaha. It was awesome. To God be the glory.

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    1. Hahaha, I feel that way every night and I know it's coming! Ahhh!

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  6. Sounds like it's been a blast! Since you visit so many cities from time to time, do you have a list of "must see's" when you come to town ex: parks, shops, restaurants, etc? Or does time not permit?

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    1. Usually we don't get to do much outside of the venue :( but when we do, its usually to take the kids to a museum or zoo! :)

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  7. Looks like a lot of fun.

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  8. I really enjoyed Winter Jam 2015! This was my first Winter Jam and definitely not my last. We got to bring our youth group to Charlotte, NC. I can't pick a favorite part, I loved it all. But I can honestly say, I absolutely love to here you sing Holy Spirit! Gives me God bumps. Hope to see you soon!
    Heather

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  9. Francesca~

    I gave my heart and life back to Christ about 3 years ago. My dad is a preacher and I have been raised in the Pentecostal faith. When I went off to college I let go of God and went down some wrong roads. When I came back to Him a few years ago, I struggled with letting go of some secular things that I loved...like country music and pop music. In late 2013, I started praying hard for God to help me to be holy in every area of my life. Let all that I do, say and listen to glorify Him and Him only. We have to guard what we watch, what we say and what we listen to because those things will get into our hearts. We must be mindful to feed our spirits that which is good, holy and sanctified unto Him. In my praying, I asked God to take county music and all other music that wasn't pleasing to Him and replace with music that was. Music that would feed my soul. Encourage me. Just a few months after, I heard one of your songs on Pandora, Write Your Story. I absolutely loved it. Then, I traveled from my little town in North Carolina (Laurinburg) all the way to Virginia to see you on the Son of God tour. I couldn't wait to meet you but you were the only artist who didn't come out that night. However, I got your album and fell in love with it. I've been listening to your music nonstop every since. Just last weekend I went to Winter Jam for the first time in Raleigh, NC just to hear you sing and get a chance to meet you but you didn't come out then either...ha. Oh well! Still, I wanted you to know that your music stood out amongst all the artist there because I truly felt God's presence during your performance, especially during Holy Spirit. I'm not a fan of Christian rock & heavy metal-I believe music should reverence God and I wanted you to know that your music has helped and is helping me to let go of secular music completely. The Lord said, "if I be lifted up, I will draw all men unto me." You don't need to "Nashville" or "Hollywood" yourself up, God's not done doing a work in you. I pray you continue to let Him use you. Give Him full control because I know there is so much more to come for you and I look forward to seeing all that God does with and for you and your family. I also look forward to meeting you one day and being able to tell you in person what your ministry has meant to me.

    Love & prayers,

    Rebekah Hope

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    1. Thanks for sharing! Hope we can meet some day!

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  10. I can feel the mix of emotions in your words! It seems that this one was an amazing tour. This year was my first time going to one and I loved it! I also can't imagine how hard it would be to say goodbye to all the bands and new friends you made on this tour...it's amazing how you guys learned from each other and bless us all w your testimonies And songs. Thank you for sharing this w us Sweetie! Happy you'll rest a little bit more, And sad because I'll also miss winter jam! Love uu Francesca! :')

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  11. We can't wait to see you in Tupelo, Ms Thursday night! My son,who has Aspergers, is extremely excited! The concert was a birthday present for him. We joined Jam Nation because he really loves you! I hope he gets to meet you!

    Melissa Pierce

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    1. Oh man I wish I had seen this sooner and we could have met your son! Did he have a good time?

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  12. So fun to see a behind the scenes look at the tour! Cannot wait to see you Friday night in Little Rock!

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  13. LOVE IT!!!!!!!!
    I especially like the tee-shirt. I would so would want one of those.
    The photo of "For King&Country" It cracks me up.
    Looks like your kids are enjoying themselves.
    Can you give Winter Jam, bands a shout out telling them. I said hi and that I love them lots.

    Thanks my talented one, have a beautiful rest of the day.
    - Julia Knutson

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  14. Hey Francesca! I have listened to your music since the my paper heart album and I absolutely LOVE you! you're an amazing singer and your songs encourage me so much. my mom always says when she looks at you she sees me. I have played piano and have been singing since I was 5 and it has changed my life. I recently started writing songs and you have been my encouragement! I went to Ft.Wayne Winter Jam and I couldn't wait to see you perform! God was in that place when you sang Holy Spirit. it felt so good! I wish I would've gotten to meet you but that's okay! keep doing what you do!

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  15. Hi Francesca! I went to Winter Jam in Chicago and had a blast! I was a JamNation member, so I got early entry, and I wanted to ask you a question in the q&a session, but didn't get a chance to do that. So here it is...(it's kind of random but I wanted to ask you anyway)... Can you solve a Rubik's cube? I love solving them and I can do it pretty fast- my record is 16 seconds :)

    Also I've started writing my own songs and you have been my favorite singer and artist since I was first introduced to you in 2010. Thanks for doing what you do and keep up the great work!

    Abigail :)
    P.S. We also saw you in Wisconsin a couple years back and you signed our ukuleles!

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