Live concerts are such a powerful and intimate way to experience healing music and togetherness.
"Talked for an hour about how beautiful last night was. I can’t express the satisfaction in my heart today."Book a Performance
Below are workshops I do with singers, songwriters, performers, production teams, church teams, and leaders. I also offer the same content as a talk with Q&A after. If this would benefit you or your group, get in touch to schedule a private workshop or speaking engagement. Keep an eye out for public workshops as well.
For singers, performers, speakers, actors, teachers:
We’ll explore the journey of the Voice, from initial inspiration all the way to the listener’s ear. We’ll discuss the challenges of finding your voice and sharing it freely, and we will explore ways to find that freedom.
We’ll explore alternatives to the goal of perfection on stage, letting go of pressure and anxiety, and using the stage as an opportunity for a truly connective and nutritive experience — both for the performer and the audience.
Upcoming Public Voice Workshop dates:
no public dates currently scheduled
For churches, worship leaders, worship teams, church production teams, and church leadership:
This is a 4-part workshop series for bringing the members of a worship ministry together under a unified purpose: to facilitate connection.
For the entire worship ministry — musicians, production, and other spiritual leadership. We’ll explore our intent as worship leaders and spiritual leaders as well as the possibility of a deep, tangible, honest, human expression of worship. We’ll explore finding our voice and how the very act of finding our sharing our voice can be worship. We’ll end our time with Q&A in order to have dialog about specific challenges.
For the singers. We’ll explore finding our voice and how the voice relates to worship and spiritual leadership. We’ll discuss the way the human voice functions, practically and as a mechanism for spiritual connection. We’ll work on listening. We’ll practice sharing and enjoying our voice together.
For the instrumentalists. We’ll explore finding our voice as instrumentalists and using our voice to create connection in worship. We’ll do some nuts-and-bolts work on building a song, balancing frequencies, self-mixing, the value of not playing at the right times, and we will work on listening.
For audio, video, and lighting teams. We’ll address pitfalls and challenges common in church-production, and we’ll work on a mindset and techniques which leverage minimalism and professionalism to create the clearest connection possible in the room.
For 10 years I led one of America’s fastest growing churches’ worship ministry, building a community of musicians, leaders, and technical artists. During this time, I learned the difference between building something which “works” — starting with the end result in mind; using volunteers to reach that goal — and cultivating something which genuinely embodies and unleashes the personality and potential of the artists and leaders of a community. This workshop will give tools — practical and philosophical — for achieving the latter.
"Thank you for teaching me to tap into a part of me I never knew existed!" —Team Member
"Coming from the place I am, in the moment, has allowed me to connect with the music and deliver what my heart feels. It sure feels better than performing." —Team Member
"You helped us slow down, breathe, and see how that breath is a connection with God." —Team Member
2nd Mondays at 7pm at 820 SW Adams in Peoria IL
For songwriters and those interested in songwriting:
This is a space for songwriters to explore their song and Voice in a supportive and receptive environment.
I spend the first 20 minutes giving some tools and ideas to work with, and we spend the remaining time with songwriters and their songs.
Monthly, 2nd-Mondays at 7pm, downtown Peoria in the warehouse district. Open to the public.
Contributions are optional. If you find value in the experience and want to contribute, you may pay any amount you like in-person or online.
Upcoming Songwriter Workshop dates (public):
December 14th 7PM, via Zoom
1st Sundays at 7pm at 3300 W Willow Knolls Drive in Peoria IL
What is "Practice?"
Practice is a concert with guidance for being with whatever emerges (feelings, thoughts, hopes, fears, physical, spiritual, whatever) when we slow down.
This is an opportunity to let what/who wants to speak to us, speak.
It is work — not so much the hearing and feeling of the things, but the slowing, quieting, listening required in order to receive. It is work, but a good kind of work — a work which helps us grow in healthy ways.
I'll give minimal direction and my songs will be there to create a space for us to do this work. How deep you go and how much you do is up to you. I will be practicing as well. There is no pressure and no rush for any of us to "get someplace." It's only Practice. :)
Is there a cost to attend?
If you find value in the experience and want to contribute, you may pay any amount you like, at the event or online. I’m making this pay-what-you-can so it can be available to everyone, so please only pay what feels right for you and your budget. And thank you for contributing — this helps me offer more of these in the future.
Upcoming Practice dates:
Temporarily canceled due to Covid19.
In the meantime, along similar lines, I'm creating a "From Quarantine" playlist of live music and explorations in what it means to be here-and-now admidst all that is happening:
View the full From Quarantine playlist here.
I've played concerts in Peoria for 16 years. This "if it plays in Peoria" tagline has come to mind many times as we've created and debuted many different concerts in Peoria. Our rock band, Hello Industry, has played at the Civic Center Arena, CEFCU Center Stage, and the old Stage 2 Building where AC/DC played back in the 70s. We've played classical concerts in Peoria home, with piano and strings. We've played electronic concerts in Peoria warehouses. And lately, I've played solo acoustic concerts in Peoria living rooms, sharing healing songs about our life with Olivia.
Since Olivia was born, I've transitioned from playing on stages around the Midwest with my band to playing smaller, intimate acoustic live concerts in living rooms and other spaces, mostly in Peoria and Chicago. These concerts are equally healing for me as they are for others. I love sitting in a room with other human beings and sharing a concert which is full of songs about life: songs for finding our Voice, songs about healing, songs for grieving parents or anyone who is dealing with loss... It is so good to slow down enough to be able to receive live music, to receive the presence of others, to become available and quiet enough to hear our own voice and even the voice of God.