A few updates…

Posted on: October 2nd, 2008 by Jennifer 20 Comments

First of all, thank you to all of you who have made so many positive comments about the blogs.  Amy and I are enjoying the process of blogging and we hope that you find the blogs to be informative and interesting.  Keep the comments coming because I am definitely reading them and taking your thoughts and questions into consideration as we move forward.

I also want to thank you for your continued patience as we continue to rebuild the entire website and FOA features.  I know many of have been frustrated by the spam that has found its way onto the message boards and we are working hard to prevent it from getting on there by adding some additional protection.  We know many of you prefer the FOA access only boards but we are hopeful that by keeping them open to the general public we will see increased action (in a good way – - not just spam) and generate more interest in Amy’s music and appearances.  If we can’t control the spam and abuse we will close the boards again.

As you saw yesterday, we launched a new charity single called "She Colors My Day" that is being used to raise awareness and funds for the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s Women’s Cancer Research Fund.  I can not think of a single person in my life who hasn’t been affected in some way by cancer, whether it be their own personal battle or the battle of a family member or friend.  Together with Philosophy and Art Of Grace, we hope that this song will be used in the best of ways possible — to help find a CURE for this disease.  Spread the news to your friends and family about the song and if you haven’t downloaded it yet for yourself, please do.  It is only .99 and is money WELL spent.

We shot a video a few weeks ago for the song and it will be debuting in about two weeks.  I am excited for you all to see the video.  Amy looked beautiful and the storyline is very touching.  In addition to the video, we will be posting a behind-the-scenes look at the cast and crew of the video — every single person hired had their own personal cancer story.  Stay tuned.

As I mentioned earlier this week, we will also be posting a Lead Me On tour widget on the page for you to pass around to your friends.  It should be finished by tomorrow.  There is a free tickets/meet & greet component to the widget so the more people who pass it on, the better.

The Lead Me On tour starts in 2 weeks.  I can hardly believe it.  I hope to see as many of you as possible — I am convinced it is a show we will all be talking about for a long time.

More to come…

Jen

  • Tonya

    Hi, Jennifer. I do so much appreciate the moments it takes both of you to blog. I don’t always respond (I have two boys–4 and 7–and I’m Amy’s age…go figure God’s great sense of humor) because I read them on the go. My guess is there are MANY who don’t respond but are also loving this. Just wanted to edify your efforts!! Tonya

  • Jennifer

    Thanks Tonya. I’m a working single mom (by choice) of a 3 year old and trust me, I know what it is like to be on the go constantly….Enjoy your boys today!

  • http://sleeplessmornings.blogspot.com/ Merrie

    I know we’re all enjoying the information you share as things cook along. I know I love blogging, and seeing you and Amy also doing it makes it that much more fun. Keep it up!
    It’s looking like I’ll be at the Morgan Hill show with my five year old daughter, and she’s so excited about the idea of Amy being “right in front of us in real life.” lol I’ve created another fan.

  • Lisa

    I have a question for you Jen – nothing freaky or bad, just don’t want it printed in the comments and not sure if this goes directly there – if you can let me know that either through my e-mail address or post here by simply saying I am good to go, then I can ask you what I want to ask you and believe me, it’s not in any way bad.

  • Andrew

    Jen-
    I LOVE the blogs. Thank you so much for taking the time to stop and connect with us. On this end, it is exciting to receive first hand updates as to what is going on in Amy’s world.
    How can your little guy be 3 years old already?!?! Isn’t being a parent the most rewarding/exhilarating “job”?
    Also thanks for responding to the SPAM issue…
    I hope to see you during the LMO tour. Thanks for keeping us in the loop.
    Andrew

  • Kristofer

    LOVING the blogs. Such a fun, back-scenes look at what’s going on. THANK YOU!

  • Ray

    Jennifer, I don’t post on the boards often but I check them daily to find out what is new in Amy’s world. I really appreciate the personal touch that you and Amy are adding to the site with your blogs. Finally we have some insight as to what is going on with Amy’s career from those who actually are in the know. It was so exciting to get a blog from Amy herself mentioning the work on the new songs for her EAGERLY anticipated new release next year and get some background on what step of the development process she is in. For those of us long time fans, it makes the wait a little easier to know that their is forward progression. I am really excited about the direction of the new website. If the last several days is an indication of what is to come, I think it will make a lot of people very happy. Thanks for taking extra time out from your busy schedule to let us know what is going on…it is sincerely appreciated. Blog on!!

  • http://www.inspiredlooks.blogspot.com Veronica

    Jen
    I just wanted to let you know that I will be promoting the “She Colors My Day” efforts at a ladies event I am doing this weekend. It will be a perfect fit with our theme as I have 2 ladies sharing their cancer journeys and another sharing her healed heart condition.
    The song message will give comfort and hope to many!
    When you get the widget up with the tour info I will share it with others.
    Looking forward to the tour coming to Texas!
    Be Inspired,
    Veronica “Vern” Hutcherson

  • Parkway_Mom

    I think the blogs are such a great idea. The whole idea kind of reiterates what made Amy so “connectable” to others in the first place. The blogs are a direct connection- simple and “real”…not overly polished and frou-frou….I love it! It’s like a front-seat to the “Great Oz” behind the curtain! :)
    Okay….my enthusiasm may be a little over the top, maybe I need to cut back on the coffee for today! (GRIN) Still giving you guys (gals) two thumbs up. ;)

  • http://www.crossyourts.blogspot.com Kelly Hoeckelberg-Young

    I love, love, love the ‘She Colors My Day’ song (I actually just posted the same comment on Amy’s blog!) … it’s beautiful! And, from the picture currently on the website, it looks like it’s going to be a gorgeous video!!! Very exciting!

  • Walter Stinson

    Hi Jennifer,
    I hope to see you at the Michael W Smith show here in Nashville and definitely in Greeneville. I have enjoyed meeting you in the past and also very much appreciate the time you take to do these blogs. I have to say the one thing I did learn about you from these blogs is about your little one. : )
    Walter

  • LAshby

    Jennifer,
    I am loving the blogs! I think it’s great that you are keeping us in the loop, and letting us know what’s happening. We really appreciate it! I’m really looking forward to seeing some of the new changes that are planned for FOA. Thank you for the steps you have taken to clean up the message boards.
    Laura

  • wayne allen

    You got that right! I’d have to say the blogs of You and Amy and Justin, are awesome! They color my day! Thanx for all you are doing to keep in touch with us all! God Bless You All! SPAMMERS STAY AWAY PLEASE! FOR ONCE STAY AWAY! WE LOVE THESE PEOPLE! ALL OF US AMY FANS/FRIENDS LOVE HER, HER MUSIC, HER FAMILY, HER MINISTRY WITH MUSICAL MEDICINE TO OUR SOULS! KEEP THE FAITH! WE ARE NOW THE AMY BUNCH! Amy, i will never forget what your music has done for me! If it wasn’t for you, i wouldnt be here! Thank You!

  • Natalie

    Hi Jen,
    It’s been a long time since I’ve been real active at FOA, mostly for financial reasons because of becoming a newly single mom with three kids.
    I want to personally thank you and the team behind the site for opening things up and taking some creative turns with Amy’s site. For those of us who have faithfully supported, listened and prayed for Amy through all these years … we appreciate the opportunity to be a little more connected in some new ways (thanx to technology of the 21st). Amy’s an amazingly gracious person and I’ve enjoyed the opportunities I’ve had to speak with her at various shows over the years. The new site gives everyone out here a really nice and balanced “window” on a good healthy level. I’ll be at the Tower Theatre show in Upper Darby, PA in November…so looking forward to celebrating LMO after all these years again-! What a treasured collection of song-!
    God bless you Jen-!

  • Jennifer

    Merrie – comments are posted directly to the blog site so not the best way for you to ask me a private question.

  • Sara

    Hey Jen!!
    I thought of a good idea for the new FOA-
    As a new “perk” of FOA, what if this year’s Christmas tour was taped towards the end of the tour and then y’all could stream it for FOA members to watch, for those of us who won’t be able to go to a live show this year…It’s just a thought but I hope y’all consider it!
    Thanks for everything you do!
    Sara

  • carla

    dear jen thanks fir blog to us you are my hero i rember the day i met you were sweet and kind love carla ps can u tell amy hi please add the chatroom back to the site love carla

  • David Charron

    Thanks for keeping us in the loop. I keep checking the LMO tour dates hoping that at the last minute you might have pity on the Floridians down here hoping for a run at the LMO tour. Maybe you would approach the band and give them a bonus to add a few Florida dates but I think that’s probrably not happen. For all of us out there that may not get to see the show you may just want to reiterate that there will be NO MORE additions to the LMO tour and we can all get it through our heads. Thanks for listening to my whining. :) Dave (lakeland,FL.)

  • Roberta

    Jen…I love the blogs…and I know you are trying to iron out the kinks in the new website…but I am really dismayed and confused at the fact that I have been banned from the boards…I have never, ever posted anything but encouragement and promises to pray for peoples needs…yet-it is what it is…I was told that I need to re-register that someone may have compromised my login and used it for something bad…Well, how can I re-register if I cannot get into the registation?..I don’t know what else to do for help….I can only hope that sometime within the next 30 days, your team can fix FOA so that I can once again join the boards…
    Respectfully
    Roberta

  • jacob Dunlap

    Perfect that you’re sending a widget out. I was just trying to think of a clever way to promote Amy’s tour to friends in Minneapolis/St Paul. I’ll send it when I get it.

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