New Christmas EP! Be in My New Video!

Greetings friends, fans, and supporters!

I wanted to give you some news and to ask for your help.

First of allI’m releasing a 4-song EP of new Christmas music next week. As many of you know, I did an entire album of Christmas music in 2010. It’s a collection of mostly new songs with a few classics. Since it came out 4 years ago, it’s turned out to be one of my highest-selling and most well-received projects. On top of that, I had a really great time writing new expressions of the joy and mystery of Advent and Christmas. So I’ve been eager to write more, and now I have.

The new EP is titled Come and See, and it’s got 3 new songs and one traditional. Due to the timeline and some other constraints, it will be *download only* this year. If the demand is high enough I’ll make some actual CD’s for next year. But either way, I’d love for you to buy it and tell your friends. I’ll send out a brief announcement when I know the exact day of the release.


Secondly, I’m planning to do 3-5 Christmas concerts in December. I’m already working on a couple, but if you’re interested in booking something — whether it’s an intimate and inexpensive house show or something bigger — let me know asap. The calendar is filling up!

Third thing — and this is really fun! — I need your help in making a video. One of the new songs on the Christmas project is called “God With Us.” It’s a song about how people love getting together with their loved ones on Christmas because that’s what God did for us. He came to us in the flesh, and so now we do the same with our friends and family to celebrate the power of that kind of connection. Here’s the opening lyric of the song, to give you some idea of what I’m trying to do:

Let’s all agree together
that we will try to gather
sometime late December
with the ones we love
We’ll probably drive each other crazy
Like only family does
Me with you, you with me, God with us

Hopefully that makes sense. Anyway, some good friend of mine are making a video to promote the song, and we’d love to show lots and lots of visual representations of that kind of gathering. That’s where you come in! I need you to email me with pics and/or short videos of your family gathering “in the flesh.” But here’s the catch. I don’t just want “everybody in matching outfits at the foot of the staircase by the tree” kinds of things. I want candid, unique, and memorable. Pics of that first Christmas after you adopted… Or when your parent or child came home from the military… Or when the tree fell on Dad’s head… Or the first Christmas after you lost a loved one…. Or that time all the kids ruined the family picture… Or old pics you found in the closet of a Christmas gathering long forgotten… Funny, touching, interesting… That’s what I need. We plan on using literally dozens and dozens of shots, and a few short video clips as well. So if you want to see your family in my video, send me what you’ve got to I’ll do my best to respond to each of you personally and let you know if your pic/video made it in. And the final video for the song should be up in early December.

Sorry for the long post!

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