Austins Bridge

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)