For the next two weeks, I will be touring with the artist Zealyn (www.zealyn.co) on her west coast tour! If you followed American Idol in 2013, you might know her as Angie Miller.
Here's a little history. Back in 2010, my best friend David and I were touring with a non-profit, and we had a show in the New England area. As we arrived to the venue, the other event we were partnering with was mid-show. David and I walked into the main room, where we saw this sixteen year old Angie Miller singing her heart out on stage in front of 1000 people. She was incredible, and David was pretty much in love at first sight. When we met her, I remember her saying "When I turn 18, I'm trying out for American Idol!" Long story short, she tried out and made it all the way to third place on American Idol in 2013. Fast forward a few years and David married Angie. Now her stage name is Zealyn, and her music is top notch.
It is really awesome that I'm getting to tour with my best friend and his wife. I know this is going to be a very memorable tour, and we will have awesome experiences. Every time I reflect on my life, I'm just so thankful for all of the people that I've met who turned into friends, and all of the traveling that I've been able to do. It's truly been a dream.
People often ask, "how do you afford to travel so much?" Here's the key- be generous. God wants us to be generous. With time, with love, with money etc. Whenever we give something, we really are gaining. It's super backwards, but time and time again God has proved this true to me. This principle has NEVER failed me. Since 2007- I've been out on my own in the world and have always hovered around poverty level income. Yet I've traveled every state except Alaska and Hawaii, lived and traveled in Europe for four months, and continue to travel the US pretty extensively. Just since 2017 began I've been to Dallas, Nashville, Sea Island Georgia, Chicago, Boston, New York, Seattle, Detroit, Savannah, Asheville, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, and will be going to Seattle, San Francisco, Portland, Redding, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Boise, Winston-Salem/Greensboro, and as well to Guatemala and back to Europe.
It doesn't make sense for me to be able to afford all this. It doesn't make sense for me to still buy people's meals, support missionaries and give money away. But giving is the very thing that is sustaining me. Giving is the very thing that enables me to do exactly what I do. Holding onto "our money" or holding onto our time or only focusing on ourselves is really not how I've found to live a fulfilling and meaningful life.
Anyways, today is preparation to hit the road. Let me tell you, David and Ang work their butts off. Ang has organized this tour like a BOSS, and DJ has been working a more than full time job + practicing for tour + living a life. It's kinda crazy what a team these two are.
Tomorrow we drive to San Francisco for our first show. Whoop! Here's the tour schedule, so let's hang:
July 9th - San Fransisco, CA
Brick and Mortar Music Hall
July 11th - Sacramento, CA
Blue Lamp Lounge
July 12th - Redding, CA
July 14th - Portland, OR
White Eagle Saloon
July 15th - Seattle, WA
July 18th - Salt Lake City, UT
July 20th - Las Vegas, CA
July 21st - Phoenix, AZ