since the release of “Somewhere Down The Road,” and it has been a busy month at that.
First, what a humbling experience for Amy and for me to read so many of the comments from people who are being touched by this collections of songs. Honestly, it is the personal connection of music to listener that makes me wake up every day and get excited about what I do for a living. I love hearing the stories and testimonies. I’ve heard so many people relate to the sentiment in “Better Than A Hallelujah,” or in the age old truths about the passage of time in the song “Overnight.” I’ve received personal emails from people who feel like “Come Into My World” was written specifically for them, and other emails telling me how either “Somewhere Down The Road” or “Imagine” were played at loved ones funerals.
Thank you to those who took the time to write. Although I can’t say we read every single comment or letter, we did read most of them and we cried, laughed, and felt inspired by your stories. So thank you.
And, ok, let’s talk about reviews — they have been terrific for this project!!! Better than I expected – and I always expect the best! So many reviewers seemed to really take this project as a whole and look at each song as a stepping stone in the journey of life, each one somehow connected to the next. That was how we sequenced the record and what we hoped for, but I can honestly say I am surprised at how many critics totally got what we were attempting to do with this record. If you haven’t already picked up a copy of “Worship Leader” magazine, you need to check it out. The review of “SDTR” is one of my alltime favorite reviews.
So April is coming to a close…quickly. We’ve been out on the road promoting and touring, Amy has done a slew of interviews, and we’ve seen our fair share of buses and airplanes. It feels good to be home this week without another trip on the immediate horizon.
Next up for Amy will be shooting a video for “Better Than A Hallelujah” as well as continuing to promote the new album. However, she is also taking some well deserved time off to stick close to home for Jenny Gills wedding as well as Mother’s Day with her mom and kids, and the end of the school year for Sarah and Corrina. She is flying to Tucson in the middle of the month to partake in her dear friend Cindy Parseghian’s “One More Victory, Ara” benefit for Neimann Pick Type C. If you aren’t familiar with Cindy’s story, I urge you to visit www.parseghian.org to learn more about this tender yet brave family.
In addition to her new album, Amy is also continuing to help spread the word about the “She Colors My Day” initiative for the Woman’s Cancer Research Fund and Susan G. Koman organization. If you haven’t already purchased your copy of the song, you should consider checking it out on itunes. All artist and publishing proceeds are being donated to cancer research.
And speaking of good causes, Amy has taped a Mother’s Day PSA for The American Red Cross that will be seen on the internet and television as we approach this sweet holiday honoring our mom’s. If you don’t know what to do for your mom this year, consider making a financial or blood donation to the American Red Cross in her honor. Truly it is the gift that keeps on giving.
We’ve added some new tour dates to the calendar as well so check out the tour page on the website. And for those of you who keep asking — YES, there will be an Amy and Vince Christmas tour this year. Cities to be announced soon. Ho! Ho! Ho!
So as you can see — busy time, but also a great stretch. We are invested in projects we care deeply about and appreciate all of your support.
Blessings to you and yours!