This has been a very transformative year for me. This day has been one of great reflection and great anticipation. As I type this, my band SounDoctrine is just hours away of releasing our new single, “After All” written by our friend Jim Couchenour and featuring our good friends Michael Austin on Sax & Mike Donadio on guitar. It’s an exceptional tune we had a blast working on and we hope you all download it from our website. By the way, we ARE avoiding Spotify – but that’s not the point of this post…
I just wanted to truly name some people who have been a major factor in helping my family and I progress forward this year. I understand if you are not inclined to read thru my personal expression of gratitude – but it is necessary and needful that I say ‘thanks’ and show my gratitude for their blessing in and on my life.
I am not at all ashamed to say that I am a passionate follower of The Lord Jesus Christ. in Him I Live & Move and Have My Being. All that I am and aspire to be is because He, by His Mercy and Grace has allowed me to pursue my dreams. I understand that all who read this blog may not subscribe to my faith, and that’s OK – I just want to begin with giving thanks to whom the foundation and source of my life is based upon.
My beautiful wife, Lori has stood with and for me through lean and trying times. Without her Love and Encouraging Spirit, I could have never become who I am becoming or accomplish all I have been blessed to reach for. Our daughters Tejai, Nia & Ayana are the brilliant and beautiful cornerstones of our journey together and for them, I continue to strive.
Our team, Seven Hykoo, Dana, Michaela, Felicia, Demetrius, Donna, Pam and my dear sister Roz & Brother-in-Love, Phil The Beat mean far more than these words can say. Thick & Thin. Highs & Lows. Learning, Growing, Laughing, Crying. Loving – we are determined to succeed as we surrender to God’s plan, climbing the Entertainment Mountain – determined to stand at the top. Thank You Fam!
Thank You Rosie for the daily 8AM Meetings and keeping my days so organized!
Jerry Thompson is without fail, far too kind and an extremely major contributor in my dreams coming true. A Confidant, Friend, Brother and Frequent Prayer Partner, we share life together, determined to finish strong. Thanks Man and All My Love to Ma Bea!
So Grateful for the SounDoctrine Family – Members Past & Present. I know that I Know that I could not have so much as accomplished one single song or show without your blood on the tracks. Frank Walton, Dylan Waters, Mitch Lawrence, Ken Bell, Rick Young, Jonnie Austin, Nate & Cliff Barnes, Jim C, PTB, First Lady Janis Jones, Janet Write, Tara Amil, Paul Douds, Michaela Write, Bea Bea Bentley, Mike Austin, Keith McKelley, Rob White, Chris Rhodes, Angel Lopez, H. Wade Johnson, Trendle Thomas, Regina Perry Lisbon, James Herod Jr, posthumously; Kim Hines and the many guest vocalists and musicians who helped keep the train on the proverbial tracks. SO GRATEFUL!! Put YOUR NAME HERE _______________________________________
If my stupid head forgot your name! With Apologies!
My Spiritual Dad, James Couchenour, Sr is an unlimited fountain of wisdom, counsel and much more. I don’t know what I did to deserve his favor in my life, but I am so grateful to be counted as a son among his family of true men and women who are swinging for the fences every time they are up to bat and always scoring! Can’t thank you enough, Dad!
To My Spiritual Father, Bishop David L. Thomas, Mom Kathie Thomas and the incredible Elders, Campus & Associate Pastors and collective family of Victory Christian Center. Our family is so blessed to be a part of and serve alongside this wonderful community of believers. Your presence in our lives continue to shape, transform and challenge us toward excellence in fulfilling the call of the great commission. Onward & Forward! God Bless You All!
Trish Hennessey, Chris Mann, Darrell Looney, Dennis Johnson, Kevin Amos, Bob Davis, Guy Dastalfo, Brian Picard, Carol Boswell, Wanda Best, Madonna Chism Pinkard, Ode Aduma, Derek Sivers & Courtney Young are Friends which I can always call and ‘pick it back up with,’ no matter how much time has past from our last conversations. Thanks, Ya’ll Know!!!
Finally, I truly want to Thank YOU and let you know that your reading this blog, supporting our music, visiting the website and most importantly telling someone about SounDoctrine Music is the most valuable asset we could possibly possess. Thank You. Thank You So Very Much.