Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina -- You Are On Your Way!

(Photo credit: MTV NEWS)


It's been almost a week since Scotty McCreery, the high school baseball pitcher and grocery store bagger from North Carolina, won this season's American Idol crown.

If you follow me on Twitter, you know I was very excited on finale night. I love when artists that a real, humble, and appreciative are noticed. I am very happy for Scotty and for Lauren Alaina who won second place -- what an amazing job!

WOOOHOOOO AND CONGRATULATIONS SCOTTY AND LAUREN--MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE!!

I believe we are all put on earth equipped with special talents and an individual purpose. If we trust God to guide us, He will reveal them and use us for good. I believe that Scotty and Lauren are doing just that and in doing so can touch a million hearts with the love of God and bring millions of smiles around the world.

I pray that having crazy work schedules and being in a tough industry that these two will be protected and guided on each step of their life's journey. I ask that God continue to minister to them so that they grow deeper in their faith and are able to spend quality time with the Lord.

Scotty chose one of my favorite Josh Turner tunes as his audition song. Take a listen (courtesy of haiyde) and even if you don't like the musical genre, I bet you will enjoy the performance:



'Til my next computer boot--group hug!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Jason Michael Carroll ... Noticing Numbers!

[Photo courtesy: gactv.com]

I love technology and social media. It allows you to keep on the pulse of what is happening around the world in real time--and allows you to hear new music as is heads out of the gate.

As you know, I love music, and have interviewed artists and reviewed CDs for a music magazine, so I listen to a lot of it. Everyone has an opinion and opinions are just that--and I have mine ;)

So, recently thanks to social media, I heard the soon-to-be-released single by Jason Michael Carroll entitled "Numbers". I really enjoyed this lighthearted song. Jason with his amazing God-given voice sings about the daily presence of 'numbers all around, flying up and down' before us. The way Jason throws out the significance of certain numbers brought me back to how Billy Joel threw snippets at us in "We Didn't Start the Fire". It made you carefully listen to the lyrics while bopping along to the song. I listen and I bop to 'Numbers'!

Those of you that know me or that read my blog, will surely pick up on my favorite numerical references in the song-- "John 3:16" and "The Second Coming". Don't let those numbers just pass you by because they are two of the most important numbers of our lives!

Jason has partnered with Cracker Barrel and his new CD will be available around July 26. In the meantime, head over to iTunes and follow him on Twitter @JMCOfficial and visit his official site HERE

Jason Michael Carroll is a country cutie, husband, daddy, and former U.S. Marine --using his God-given gift.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Wow.. Has it Really Been That LONG????

I can't believe that I haven't actually sat down to write on the computer since December!!

I am busy tweeting but have not sat down to share all my thoughts in more than a limited amount of characters.

I have been very busy this last year so for those that have followed my blog in the past--I'm sorry and I hope to actually sit down and blog again soon.

Happy belated Resurrection Day! He is Risen!

Much love and hugs,
xoxoxo
ME

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Thank you Jimmy Wayne -- Meet Me Halfway

First off.... Hello World... I know I have been giving you the same excuse now for the last year it seems, but honestly--it's the truth so I'm sorry I have not had time to blog. I hope to get back online again..I trust that WILL happen.

Have you been keeping up with singer Jimmy Wayne's Project Meet Me Halfway?
If you haven't, please check out MEET ME HALFWAY.

Jimmy will also be on the CBS Christmas Special "Home for the Holidays" on December 22nd along with other artists you may know. Check your listings for your area -- Don't miss it!!

I want to thank Jimmy Wayne because he has brought the plight of kids aging out of foster care and becoming homeless into the light--and into my awarenes.

This week it has been super freezing all along the East Coast-- even Florida! Some states have been crippled with snow and it's only December. I love a white Christmas but it's a little early yet. This morning the weatherman described today as freezing, blustery, and biting .. ouch! I felt it as I was cleaning the snow off of my car and my fingers began to get numb. I hurried into the house to warm up. Thank you Lord that I have that option.

I started to remember last year when I watched Jimmy live on Ustream huddling in his tent on the side of the road in a blustery winter snow storm. It made me think of the kids and people that are homeless and living on the street today. I know for a fact that there are many that take cover in Central Park in NYC at night because I have done some Midnight Runs to that area.
(I also see a few people in my area that I believe live on the street)

I know I am just one person, but one is better than none, so I looked for something that I could find that would be a blessing even if just in a small way. Thank you Lord that I found something in so simple and easy yet wonderful. For only 86cents, I can buy a pair of handwarmers that keep hands warm for 10 hours! (and I am sure they could work in shoes too).

I am really excited to find these and so I am sharing them with you. Yes, they are in our store, but I am more excited to share them because of the blessing they will give to someone this winter. The few pennies we will receive if you purchase any warmers will go right back into my buying more to hand out as well. I'm not twisting anyone's arm so please don't look at it that way. If you do, you do -- If you don't, you don't. I am ...

If you do think this is something that might be helpful for yourself or others, click here for the HAND WARMERS.

You only need register as a preferred customer to be able to purchase from our store (all information is safe).

Be blessed and have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
HUGS
Cathy Anne

ADDENDUM: MAY 2, 2011 -- I AM SORRY I DID NOT FINISH THIS POST OR STREAM. PLEASE VISIT JIMMY'S OFFICIAL SITE FOR PROJECT MMH.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Congratulations to Bucky Covington -- He is engaged!


[Photo credit -- FLorida Cathy]

I'm not going to make any excuses for not blogging lately and I know I was mid-way through my story.... but I am so busy that I haven't even turned on my computer. I guess I could blog from my droid, but it is easier to tweet and read my emails on the run than sit down at the desk.

I promise I will get back soon (in case you missed me) -- I just need to be stationary for a minute and sit down at the computer.

For those of you that read my blog, you already know who Bucky Covington is --so no need to tell you that .. well, I haven't seen Bucky Covington or the beautiful lady in his life since last month, but word has it from the street that the couple is wearing big smiles and that Miss Katherine is wearing a beautiful engagement ring! Sooooo someone got engaged for their birthday? Wooohooo!

To Bucky and Katherine... not sure when I will see you at this moment, but I just wanted to say that you guys know I love you and pray for your wonderful life together. I am soooo thrilled at the news! Anyone that has seen the two of you together knows how much love you have for one another. CONGRATS AND HUGS

Saturday, August 21, 2010

short pause

Been a busy week. Just taking a short pause to catch my breath.
Be back in a day or so.
Hugs

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

My Journey Halfway Across America with Jimmy Wayne (Project Meet Me Halfway)



Hey All --

As you may or may not know already, this past weekend Jimmy Wayne completed his journey from Nashville to Phoenix(even after breaking his ankle he finished the last 5 miles!) I am soooo proud of this guy, my eyes were filled with tears of joy when he reached his destination. (No, I could not make it to Phoenix and I really, really, wanted to be there to share this with him and the other MMHers, but I did listen, watch, and cry.)

Rather than report the finale event, I am blogging about my experience during JW's walk. Please check out Jimmy Wayne’s official Project Meet Me Halfway site to read about the finale events covered by multiple media HERE.

Jimmy's intention is to bring awareness to the situation of teens aging out of the foster care system before they are equipped to be emancipated (something jw experienced himself). Once the kids reach a certain age, that chapter in their lives is ended and they are thrown out into the world-- many unable to support themselves, ending up homeless, in jail, dead, in sex slavery. So, before I start Part 2, please say a prayer for this generation of teens that are searching, that are aging out of foster care, that are without parents, that are homeless.

PART 2:
From the moment Jimmy ("JW") took his first step, I was one of hundreds of people (which eventually grew to thousands!) who was glued to the computer or attached to a cell phone waiting for a tweet, a facebook/myspace post, or a live ustream broadcast. In fact, because JW was continually broadcasting live from his droid (it's a really cool everything but the kitchen sink kinda cell phone--more popular than the iPhone), many fans purchased their own droids --and, yes I did!-- Mind you, I needed a new phone and I was seriously considering the iPhone, but thanx to JW, I went droidy :)
(so now I also broadcast from my droid on the ustream.com channel "cathyanne").

Little did Jimmy know that the winter he decided to walk across the south would be more like surviving in the frozen tundra. Just to clarify, when I say JW walked, he really walked and walked alone for the most part--sleeping outside on the side of the road! No four-star hotel or five-course dining! Jimmy took this approach to simulate the life of a homeless teen for the world. He was blessed by the kindness of strangers leaving him food or inviting him into their home for a meal or a night's sleep.

This blog is about my journey with JW--one of the people at the other end of his droid in Twitterville, but I am only one of many and I can only tell my story and share what has been shared with me by other MMHers (TGF's :)

Jimmy kept us attached to the strap on his chest--right near his heart and we literally kept him company on his journey. His humble, unassuming, genuine heart allowed him to share raw emotions with us--and they ran the gammit from loneliness, tears, happiness, laughter, or fear--and we became more invested everyday. Jimmy became a precious brother or dear friend to his followers.

So when the cell phone rings, you answer it, right? Well, for most of JW's followers, our cell phones notified us as soon as JW posted a message or was broadcasting live. Those alerts could be any time of the day--or night! But, as soon as we heard it,we knew JW would be checking in with us. If there was a lapse of time between JW checkins, there was some concern and we would begin to bombard him with messages so he would reply. (JW, Tweet Tweet Little Birdie :)

One night JW shared that heard gunshots while he was in his tent--I know I prayed extra hard that night. On another night in the midst of gusting winds and a raging storm, JW ustreamed so we could keep him company until he fell asleep...and that he did while we were right there with him. Jimmy wasn't homeless himself, but what he was going through put things into perspective as to what kids on the street have to endure--thank God Jimmy had warm clothing and a tent (courtesy of Marmot)--the reality is that many homeless kids don't even have a coat! Imagine the loneliness a child would feel in this situation because more than likely they would not have a droid and people at the other end keeping them company.


For those of us that believe in the power of prayer, prayers for protection were daily! (thanx to all my prayer partners and a special thanx to NIXACOUNTRY.COM who supported JW, kept his music in heavy rotation, and conducted scheduled prayer time! (Wow.. that really is what it is all about!) We covered Jimmy. Thank you Lord.

During the walk, Jimmy was whisked away to do several shows and dropped back in the same spot. In February, I attended a St. Jude's Benefit in Connecticut, you can read more about that in a previous post. In March, my friend Eva and I drove a total of 19 grueling hours through snow, ice, and hail storms to see Jimmy and let him know we continued to support him on his journey. Is was at this show in Georgia that Jimmy first mentioned the idea of Street Teams... Say What?....

Well, it is after midnight and I missed my daily deadline so I am going to finish this for now ---hope I'm not boring you and I haven't even begun. Here is a video I recorded of Jimmy singing Sara Smile in Hiawasse, Georgia in March HERE.

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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

My Walk Halfway Across America with Jimmy Wayne (Part 1) -- Project Meet Me Halfway

So this is day two and I am back in the saddle :) – so let’s try this thing again (I still don’t have my desktop functional—I have been bouncing back and forth between my droid and my laptop and the ease is just not the same as sitting at my desk). Therefore, I am going to post this blog in several parts. So here goes…

PART 1:
For those of you who do not know who singer/songwriter Jimmy Wayne is, do your heart some good and google this guy. I previously posted a number of entries about him, but there is so much out there that I cannot do him justice.(I especially love the Faith and Fame series on Youtube--I will get the link and put it here maybe tomorrow). No matter what your preference of music, this is not about music, this is about heart and soul. Check Jimmy out please and see if God speaks to your heart.

(Photo courtesy: The Tennessean)

“JW” (as we call him) is definitely connected to technology—in fact, he single-handedly brought many fans out of the dark ages through his pinging, facebooking, tweeting, and ustreaming. (Now, if you are in the dark ages too, you probably have no idea what I am talking about—there is a whole ‘nother world out there waiting to be explored). Remember google is our friend—if you need to search some words, don’t forget to come back and finish reading :) It is because of JW's using communication technology to the fullest, that we also joined him on his journey halfway across America.

Let’s rewind a bit to January 1, 2010. On this freezing cold winter day, Jimmy Wayne took his first steps out of Nashville leaving from Monroe Harding Children’s Home to commence his Project Meet Me Halfway--he was on a mission to bring awareness to teens who age out of the foster care system and become homeless. Jimmy unknowingly was beginning a lifechanging journey and he was traveling on foot--Destination: HomeBase Youth Services in Phoenix. (January 1st--this is where MY journey across American began as well.)

Not being able to travel to Nashville to share the kickoff event with JW, many of his fans gathered online, talked to people at the venue, viewed pictures and read articles. I honestly don’t remember if there was a specific ustream on that day, but I can vow that many others like myself were there for JW in spirit—cheering him and praying for him and we had NO CLUE what to expect in the months to come.

Being obedient to the call of God in your life leads you places you never thought you would go and brings situations and people into your life that you never expected. To this I am sure Jimmy can attest.

So, in a nutshell, shortly after Jimmy's newly released CD "Sara Smile" hit the market, he basically put his music career on hold to give back for the blessings he has received in his life. (This is not something that record labels like to have happen—but trusting in God’s plan always is more rewarding).

And in the best laid plans of mice and men--what originally was calculated to be a two month trek wound up being seven months ....and the beat goes on...

(Photo courtesy: Valory Music)

(I'm hitting the pillow early tonight -- don't forget to come back for Part 2)

Monday, August 2, 2010

Hello World -- Hello Billy Dawson -- Hello Casey James

Hello world!
Ok, so where do I start… It’s actually been several months since I posted a blog…. The reason-- busy stuff, fun stuff, computer issues --you name it and let’s just roll it into a big ball and call it “LIFE!"

Side note: with respect to Life, God is good, I praise Him everyday, for every breath, for waking up in the morning and everything before—after—and in between. No matter what life brings, my God allows it to work for good. That is surely something I know and rest in. Thank you Lord!

Moving on--Interwoven among all the many factors of my not blogging was definitely enjoying music. Music that is uplifting, positive--has a beat and can dance to it …haha .. sorry, I think I was regressing to the American Bandstand criteria for rating good music for a moment. For those that don't get that comment, google is our friend...check it out :)

I want introduce you to an artist that I hope you begin to hear a lot about in the next few months and keep hearing about him for years to come!

While in Nashville, I ran into Billy Dawson -- a friend that the I "met" about a year ago. God says you will know one another by His love—I immediately knew Billy was a sweet brother the first time I read something he posted and it was confirmed the first time we spoke.

When I first heard Billy play it was apparent that he was blessed with talent, but until recently I had no clue that he was blessed with as much talent as he is! and he has been working very hard to perfect it. That being said, please keep your eyes and ears open for Billy Dawson.

(photo credit: Lacy Leigh Photography/Billy Dawson's myspace)

Billy has opened for Tim McGraw, Dierks Bentley (and a slew of other people you would recognize) and I believe it will not be long before he is opening to large crowds as the headliner. I heard several of his new songs including what I believe will be the first single on his debut CD--it is amazing. You cannot truly appreciate his guitar prowess on the song, but it does showcase his beautiful voice. (I know a guy's voice really isn't supposed to be described as beautiful, but hey, this is my blog and I call 'em as I see 'em :). I don't usually like to compare artists, but I'm putting it out there that Billy as an artist reminds me of Keith Urban in many ways. Billy though definitely is his own person, no copycat--and will make his own way following the plan God has laid out before him.

A video for the single, HOLD ON TO JULY is being shot sometime this week. I don’t know the plans regarding release of the cd, single, or video, but keep your eyes and ears open for it. Trust me here, you will love this guy! Remember the face and remember the name --Billy Dawson! Follow Billy on Twitter @billydawson1

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(photo credit: nj.com)


I am sad to say that I did not attend any of the shows during the American Idol Live Tour this year, but clearly Casey James is my favorite. His back story is inspiring and he appears to be a sweet and humble guy--the kind of artist that deserves to make it. I have enjoyed the southern rock, bluesy music since I was young. Casey has that southern, Texas, bluesy rock thing going on -- not only can sing, but he plays a mean stratocaster.

Casey's story of drive and determination to overcome adversity (the result of a motorcycle accident) reminds me so much of my old boyfriend's story, Bob Mayo (Yes--It is the same "Bob Mayo on keyboards, Bob Mayo on keyboards" of Frampton/Journey/Foreigner fame). Bobby also had a near fatal accident when he was in his teens. It crushed his face and his hand almost destroying his dreams to pursue music. Being told he would never play keyboards again, Bobby he took up guitar....and guess what, he became a master of both guitar and keyboards. Casey's mastering the strings is the true meaning of "no pain; no gain"! I believe Casey James will be around for a very long time and I am sure I will get to see him on his own tour. I pray he remains humble and God draws him closer. (p.s. I have been dubbed Goldicath -- a member of the International Goldsquad :)

A few others this Season 9 American Idol definitely are worth good listening---Sweet Mamasox (Crystal Bowersox) reminds me so much of Janis Joplin without the Southern Comfort influence (and yes, I actually do know of that which I speak -- I have a lenghthy Janis Joplin up close and personal experience)

I have not attended any Christian music concerts over the last few months, but as you know I enjoy other music as well, I will list some of the artists I have enjoyed (I know I am forgetting a few — oops):

- Bucky Covington (surprise surprise)

- Jimmy Wayne (surprise surprise)

- Jason Castro (surprise surprise)

- Jason Michael Carroll (surprise surprise)

- Michael Castro

- Joe Nichols

- Chris Young

- Camera Can’t Lie

- Rodney Atkins

- Laura Bell Bundy

- Jaron (Long Road to Love)

- Bo Bice

- Brantley Gilbert (UGA DAWG – Woof, Woof, Woof)

- Chris Janson

- Randy Houser

- Sara Evans

- Mark Chesnut

- William Riley

- Jessica Harp

- Blaine Larson

- Darius Rucker

- Rascal Flatts



Well, my pillow is calling my name....can't you hear it? Please come back tomorrow and read about MY walking halfway across America with Jimmy Wayne!

Friday, April 30, 2010

Did Ya Miss Me ? (getting ready for Jimmy Wayne and Jason Castro)

Hey all,
sorry I have not really taken the time to sit down and write my thoughts. I know I have promised that for a while. I hope to get back into the swing.

Life is good.. Life is busy. Recently saw Bucky Covington and soon will be seeing Jimmy Wayne, Jason Castro, and Jason Michael Carroll .. Check out their new albums ..

Talk soon..



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