Artist Guest Blogs

Artist Guest Blogs&Austins Bridge&GMA Week24 Apr 2007 10:51 pm

This was my first experience at GMA, as an artist, and I really enjoyed it. It was very
interesting to see all of what Christian music has to offer these days. To be real honest
I felt like I should have made my hair look a little more crazy and maybe rip the sleeves
off my shirt, but that just wouldn’t be me. For a while I felt like I was at a punk rock
festival. was very cool. My favorite part was getting to listen to all the
different genres of music. I remember a couple of years ago there was very little variety
when it came to Christian music. Now there is truly something for everyone. Overall, I
can say I am very excited about the future of Christian music, and very excited to be a
part of it.
Mike Kofahl
Austins Bridge

Artist Guest Blogs&Austins Bridge&GMA Week24 Apr 2007 10:50 pm

So we just got back from our first GMA event. WOW! There are so many artist and industry reps represented there it’s ridiculous. It’s so cool though to walk into a room and see guys like Stellar Kart (good friends of mine) Avalon, Mac Powell of Third Day, Shane and Shane, Jackson Waters, Group One Crew, and many many more, and just sit down and talk to them about your experiences on the road and how there carriers are going. I learned a lot of valuable information about things to work on or ways to go about doing the “business of music” as an artist. We had many opportunities to rub elbows with some influential people at Words meet and greet that afternoon as well as the interviews we did for World Vision.

The coolest thing though, had to be the World Vision showcases. It was so rewarding to see some of these acts get up and have an opportunity to command a stage and a room full of people only to turn it around and lead in worship or some old hymns in an effort to give God glory for where they are today. There was a sweet spirit in some of those shows. Shane Bernard was my favorite. He had recently been oversees to work with children of a third world country. Every time he attempted to express what he saw and his experience he simply broke down in tears. He had become aware of how selfish we are here in the states and how unimportant material THINGS are. It was incredibly moving. Closing his set out with an acoustic rendition of Amazing Grace the entire audience (of artists and record execs) stood to there feet in honor and admonition of our great Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Recognizing that He is the only one worthy to be worshiped and adored. Tears rolled down my face as I began to realize once again why I am in this business. People need to see the truth and they need to see it in a real way. Day 1…..Amazing.

Jason Baird (Austins Bridge)

Artist Guest Blogs&GMA Week&Hope's Call24 Apr 2007 10:32 pm

April 23, 2006
Today was an incredible day for Hope’s Call! We started our GMA day with a WORD Meet and Greet. It was an 80’s theme! Oh how I remember the 80’s! Big, huge bangs and side pony tails…overdone make up….lol…ick…Hope that fashion doesn’t return!

Anyway…following the Meet and Greet, we sang in a showcase for New Day Christian Distributors…We sang with some other groups and soloists and I loved them! Gordon Mote is one of my favorites anyway, and then here was this new guy, Nate Huss…LOVED HIM! There was a lot of awesome talent including our label mates, Austins Bridge! I am a FAN.

After the showcase, we headed to Rocket Town for a Compassion dinner! It was AWESOME! We work with the ministry of Compassion. They are an amazing child relief organization. They work at physical poverty, but their main focus is the poverty of the soul. Last year over 100,000 kids were saved through that ministry! We are honored to be a part. Eddie spoke (he is in our group) and in addition, Bebo Norman spoke. The president of Compassion was the final speaker and his words pierced my heart. One thing he said was…When he gets to heaven he hopes God will not just wipe the tears from his eyes but also the sweat from his brow for all the laboring he did to lift children out of poverty in Jesus’ name! I love that. That statement impacted me!

My evening closed with a stop to hear Avalon and Israel Houghton and New Breed…Needless to say the day ended incredibly! I love GMA week!
-Donna Beauvais, Hope’s Call

Artist Guest Blogs&GMA Week&Rush of Fools24 Apr 2007 02:09 am

Something i like to do is turn things over to some of the artists here at GMA Week and let them tell you what their week is like… our first such entry comes from Rush of Fools, the new band from Midas Records…

Overwhelming! That is how we would describe our first full day of GMA experiences. We spent the day today meeting amazing new friends in the media world. We did a number of interviews today with radio stations from around the country and also interviews with magazines and papers. We got back to the Patton House Entertainment Suite this morning from a break when we got the word that our single, “UNDO” went #1 on three different AC charts today. We really are not sure what do think of that, other than we are very grateful for the Lord using 5 guys who love the Lord and love music to minister to so many around the country!

Tonight we had the pleasure of going to the ASCAP Christian Music Award dinner. We had great fun meeting Mark Harris, Chris Tomlin, Sanctus Real, Brian Littrell and others. When we got back in our van to head back downtown, Jacob said, “Guys, isn’t it strange to be in a room with all those great people?” It’s all so new for us.

Finally tonight, we got to showcase at 12th and Porter in downtown Nashville. It was a short, but great time sharing our music. If you are reading this and you came out, thank so much!

As always, we hope that you’ll check our our website at and/or our myspace page at!

Talk at you Tuesday night!

Rush Of Fools