i am chris brown…for now

For All Your Production Inquiries…

Wes Watson is our Lead Producer on staff here at Elevation. He’s just launched his new, sleek, and all inclusive blog where he’ll be updating what happens on stage and behind the stage on Sundays here. He’ll be posting videos, pics, and cute little mp3 bites from each week….along with some insight into his world as our multi-talented-do-it-all-or-else-including-video-sound-stagedesign-and-being-generally-awesome-as-a-human.

Go here now to see his new do.

November 4, 2008 Posted by | Elevation | | 5 Comments

Body By Buck

My friend, Buck, is starting a workout Bootcamp.  If you’re here in Charlotte, and you want to firm up before Thanksgiving, it’s going to be MWF for the next four weeks…you NEED to do this. I’ll be there…getting owned. So if for no other reason, join so you can laugh at me.

October 28, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Brief

I don’t know a lot about video/film, but I know what I like. And I like this Brief from Marco Aslan on Vimeo.

Plus, any Paul Cantelon soundtrack is gonna put me in the right mood.


October 21, 2008 Posted by | movies, Music | , | Leave a comment

We Had A Kid! (for a day)

Spent the weekend with my sis and her family. They came up to visit. Which means we ate good all weekend…(depending on who you ask), laughed a lot, and Beth and I babysat our niece, Joy, while Heather and Jamie went shopping on Saturday. I had no idea what to do with a two year old for a Saturday excursion. I’m not exactly trained in this area. Yet. But much to my surprise it was easier than expected. Thanks to the kid-friendly South Charlotte region, we stumbled across an Octoberfest bash for ages 2-10 at the “we’ve got everything you need so you never have to leave” Blakeney Center. It was perfect.




October 21, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Caption!!

October 16, 2008 Posted by | random | , | 5 Comments

Write What You Know

It’s a big passion of ours at Elevation to write songs that are specific for this city, for this church. We feel like there’s so much power in writing about what God’s up to in our local community. There’s a unique connection that people have to the words when they know that the song was birthed out of a milestone time in the church’s life. Or sometimes it may be simply a series that we’re going through where we’re communicating an aspect of God’s character and want to give the people a voice for it…a way to express what they’re learning through song.

A few summers ago, I was serving in New Orleans, and one of the leaders who was there had been a missionary in Africa for 10 years.  She shared this with me…

For 10 years, no matter where we traveled in Africa to visit different churches, there was always one unique element that gave each church it’s own vibe, one defining characteristic that was different than any of the other churches.  The same Gospel, of course, was being preached everywhere.  But the music was always different every church we’d go to.  They didn’t have the means of hearing other songs that were being sung from different regions, so they had no other choice but to write their own worship songs – to put to music and lyrics all the works they were seeing God do in their local villages.

What a picture.  The praises of God being sung in different languages and dialects all to a different tune and rhythm, all being birthed out of different communities and from different hearts.

God’s never going to run out of melodies to give his children.  So let’s keep tapping his heart to hear what he’s got for us.  Worship leaders – especially those who are serving in a local church – don’t be afraid to write specifically for your city.  Don’t worry about whether or not it’ll be the next Tomlin or United hit.  Live and love in your community, and ask God what songs he wants his people singing there.  And then bring those songs to life.

October 15, 2008 Posted by | Elevation, Music | 1 Comment

Caption Please…

October 13, 2008 Posted by | random | 8 Comments

Hotlanta

Catalyst was the jam. Great time. Excellent worship leaders. Overload of wisdom. Catching up with friends. Pastor Steven brought it from the stage. It was incredible. And I’m sure there’s plenty more blogs around doing a much more eloquent job of describing the days there, along with a run down of what every communicator said, so go find them.

After we left, Mack and I surprised our wives with a weekend in downtown Atlanta. We stayed at the W Hotel, the raddest hotel I’ve ever been in…straight out of Oceans 11-13 with it’s uber-modern-hipster-vibe. We had reservations at Ruth’s Chris for dinner Friday night, came back to the hotel for some late night conversation by the 5th floor pool y cabana overlooking Atlanta’s skyline and talked about how fortunate we are – in life – we’re blessed. (**I apologize for the phone quality pictures…but that’s all you’ll ever get from me).

Then on Saturday, we grabbed slaw dogs and burgers at The Varsity before going to see Wicked at the Fox. What a well written musical. Great story, perfected melodies, and witty dialogue. Yeah…we kept hearing all weekend how we are the best husbands and such…over and over and over again. Beth and Meredith are so lucky to have us.


So, what did you do this weekend?

October 12, 2008 Posted by | Friends | , | 2 Comments

It’s Here

The Day Of Catalyst is upon us. It has come. We are going. Our Pastor is going to speak passion and hope into 12,000 hearts from the main stage. I’ll watch and be filled with pride and honor that I am a part of this movement in Charlotte. See you there.

October 8, 2008 Posted by | Elevation | , | 1 Comment

A Reminder…

…as to where I’ve been spending more of my time recently. Check it.

October 8, 2008 Posted by | Elevation | Leave a comment