Thursday, August 23, 2007

The Choice

Since early 2001, I have focused on attempting to make music my career. In 2001, when I started, I felt strongly about Christian music and Christians being involved with Christian music. I was in love with the music of artists like Steven Curtis Chapman, Michael W. Smith, Chris Rice, Bebo Norman, Caedmon's Call, Third Day and many more. When I first started this journey, I was a straight up "Christian artist" whatever that means...to me, it meant I sang music that the mainstream or people outside the church wouldn't "get"

I got into Christian music as a teenager (behind my parent's back) and honestly believed in it at the time. It changed my life in allowing me to see that music didn't have to be crappy to be done by Christians; that lyrics could talk of a relationship with Christ without being stupid or cheesy. I always listened to mainstream music but my main staple was always CCM (Christian Contemporary Music). However, over the last few years, I felt that CCM had made a leap into more cheesy and un-poetic (if that's a word). There were bands that broke the spell of the typical, so to speak, but for the most part, I became fed up with CCM. In the mainstream, there's as much or more bad music, but CCM is such a small world that it created the problem of not being able to find great music as often as I was on the mainstream side of things.

My band began to take off and get noticed, we had record deals on the table, but never had anything actually work out, and after 4 years of doing everything I was told to do to make it in CCM, I decided to take my band into the mainstream. It was a tough choice because at the time we were pretty consistently making $1000-3000 a show, and in the mianstream we went immediately to making nothing or at the most a couple of hundred bucks.

But immediately the band began to gain traction. In 4 months from the time we started to play shows in the mainstream, we played more "big" shows than I had in the 4 years of working the CCM industry. Then my friend talked me into trying out for AI and after making it to Hollywood, I had one of the biggest managers in the mainstream (with a list of big discoveries a mile long) contact me about the band, and ultimately decided that AI was the way to go...if I did well on American Idol instead of being a bottom of the totem pole band, trying to make it, we or I would be at the top of a label's priority list to make sure I/we were successful.

So, when I started the AI journey, I was pretty decided on being a mainstream artist or in a mainstream band. As I made it further and further in the competition, instead of thinking about all the possibilities on the mainstream, my heart kept bringing me back to CCM. It was really strange. I didn't really want to be in the CCM market, but my heart kept on returning to having something to do with it. Originally, I thought I would have a mainstream deal and just siphon the record back to the CCM market somehow. But the more I thought about it, I kept feeling that I was supposed to be a CCM artist.

It was weird...I actually felt like I was fighting God on it for a while. I really didn't want to be a CCM artist. But as I surrendered it over to God, I realized that I was passionate about making great music within the confines of CCM. In fact, this realization has happened really in the last 3-4 weeks. I have become very passionate about making music that would be equal or better than I would ever do on the mainstream with lyrics that deal honestly and freshly with my relationship with Christ.

Many people who aren't religous and who aren't "Christians" will wonder why I made this choice. Believe me, if I couldn't I wouldn't have. At one point I had multiple mainstream labels involved in the chase, but I decided several weeks ago to move on from those labels and focus on labels that would allow me to focus on a Christian record. The label's that I'm excited about are all labels that will not only allow me to make this kind of record but will allow me to succeed with this kind of record.

This last week, I met with the team that will be mine for the next few years. My management is a perfect fit. My booking agent is someone I respect and am lucky to have on my team. My day to day manager is one of the most fun guys I could ever imagine having on board. And the producer I think I'm going to be using for this first record literally produced several of my favorite CCM records of all time.

Will I sell fewer records? Probably. Will I make less money? Probably. Will this allow me to fulfill my dreams? Definitely. Will this allow me to make a career in music? Well, here's hoping.

I am lucky to be in the position of having choices to make. It doesn't make the choices any easier, but the choice has been made.

And I couldn't be happier.

120 comments:

HstryQT said...

I'm getting all sniffly here! Thanks for writing this post. Although I'm not in the music industry, at all, I've been caught between the CCM and Mainstream scene just as a listener, and it's great to hear you explain your journey as you've made such big decisions in your career. We all know how it is to have that God battle when we're making a big decision... your faith is pulling you one way but your mind is pulling you another and you kinda pretend for awhile that your mind is right. Then you realize that prosperity and happiness lie in God's plan. Mmmm, it's so nice to realize that and just let your worries go, isn't it?

Our decision to move from our families, our home, *our* beautiful Virginia was one of the hardest decisions either of us have ever had to make. We left many people behind that are devastated to see us and our future babies leave Virginia. But knowing that this is God's plan has filled us with such joy, and we're already seeing the blessings that He has in store for us. It's just amazing.

I'm so excited for your album and I know that it will be successful. Think big Chris -- maybe you'll be the one to bring more people to Christian music. Maybe you'll be the one to turn it back into what it once was in the old school Michael W. Smith, Caedmon's Call, Third Day era (all my favorites, btw). Don't assume that you won't be as successful. You might be surprised what God has in store!

I said this just a couple of posts ago, but I have to restate --- God doesn't add, He multiplies!

:)

Lori

Marleybone said...

What a beautiful blog. I think we already knew.

Over the last couple of months I have talked about the direction you might take to many of my friends and colleagues. We came to the same place that you did but what a journey! I am often humbled by something Rick Warren said - in reference to journeys and their trials and tribulations and I think it fits here - God is more interested in your character than your comfort. How peaceful you must feel right about now. So go make CDs and inspire us!!!!!

Janet said...

Chris
-I am so excited to have someone with your caliber enter the world of CCM. I just know that our Lord is just so happy and joyous that you have decided to worship and glorify Him in this way. I believe He will only bless you tenfold for your heart and I hope you feel ours and His blessing...

IknowIam said...

Chris, at the risk of sounding a bit cheesy by quoting scripture, when I read your most recent post, this Bible verse immediately came to mind. I hope it will put some things into perspective for you.

Philippians 1:6 "Being confident of this, that HE who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."

God bless,
-Norman

Cathy Storms said...

Chris~I bet you are riding high right now. What a blessing to come to this decision. I am not surprised that you came to this decision but I am really happy for not only you but us also. I was never a big christian music fan until I heard some of your lyrics & music. Your lyrics have truly inspired me to believe again & I thank you for that more than you could ever know.
I wish you & Sarah all the best that this world has to offer.
Just promise you won't stop blogging with us...and please come to Southern California when you tour. Me & your biggest fan Deliah who is only 4 will be there in the front row.

steve-o-meter said...

:-)

Aletha said...

Thank God.

Another answer to prayer.

Carmen said...

Chris,
I am not surprised that you have come to this decision. I agree with hstryqt that you might just be the one who brings more people to Christian music. Your music has a way of crossing over into mainstream. I personally have never been a super big fan of CCM but I am a big Sligh fan, so consider me as your first cross over!
SIMB
Carmen

rosalee said...

Chris -

I'm so glad that you are finally at peace and are happy. It must have been a bit of a struggle to come to a decision with all of the choices you had laid out in front of you.

You know, in some ways you're not that much different than my dad. He has a strong tenor voice and loves to sing his heart out in synagogue every Saturday. You both believe in God - it's just that Jesus Christ belief that's different.(lol)

I, myself am not religious at all. I definitely can't relate to finding "beauty in the cross", but that doesn't mean that I can't enjoy your music. So far, much of it can be interpreted in more than one way (like "So Easy").

I thought that I would be disappointed if you went this route because I felt you would not get the optimum exposure and success that a talent like you should have. However, seeing how happy you are, I'm sure that you are doing the right thing and that you won't regret it.

And who knows what the future will bring? Somewhere down the road you may decide to branch out and embrace the mainstream world as well....

Badpacifist said...

My business card has Proverbs 24:16
about the just man who falls seven times but gets up again. For me this represents all of us. the "human condition". I like to fight...it is just my nature....hence the name badpacifist. Would like to be a pacifist but I would just be bad at it. You MUST listen to the quiet voice that sometimes is so loud it is deafening. Fighting for what is right at all costs is the absolute best way to say thanks. My Christian walk as a father, husband, and grandfather, can be summed up in two simple words, profound gratitude... Bet Sarah is so proud of you right now.

bennettaj said...

Chris, this post made me so happy. I'm complaining all the time about Christian radio and the music that is being played these days. It's so corny and predictable sometimes (not all the time, of course)! I can not wait until you get your music out there and hopefully I'll be listening to it on 91.9 in Charlotte, NC this time next year!!

Best of luck to you!

xangelglitterx said...

WELL CHRIS,
I MUST SAY I JUST RETURNED FROM THE ROCHESTER CONCERT AND I WANTED TO SAY YOU SOUND MUCH BETTER IN PERSON AS ALL THE REST OF THE GROUP THERE... I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE ROCHESTER CROWD AS WE ENJOYED YOU ALL...I JUST READ THE BLOG HERE AND CAN'T BE HAPPIER FOR YOUR CHOICE AND THE WAY YOUR DIRECTION IN LIFE IS HEADING...SORRY I DIDN'T GET TO MEET AND GREET...OR THE AFTER SHOW CAUSE THE CROWD WAS WAY TOO MUCH BUT GREAT TO HAVE YOU HERE... NOW I CAN REST EASIER KNOWING WE ALL HAD A GREAT TIME ...THANKS AGAIN...SAY HELLO TO ALL FOR ME AND ON TO LONG ISLAND NOW......LATER
PEACE & LOVE........
ONE LOVE.................

Nique's Nana said...

Chris, I am so happy for you and your decision. I have been looking for some good Christian music to listen to and buy, but have never really found anything or any person/group I liked. Then came you.....yeah. I can hardly wait until your cd comes out. BTW I have listened to all three demos and love them all, however, Something Beautiful is my favorite right now.

Like Cathy Storms said, please come to Southern California when you start your tour. Cathy and I would like to meet you again. In fact, I know we'll get to meet you again!

You and Sarah will always be in my prayers.

God bless -

risalea said...

When you put a difficult decision into God's hands, the right decision is always made. You have touched so many lives with your music through your exposure on AI--how exciting to think about how many more will come to know Christ through your future efforts.

I know you won't forget about us as you go on this journey. I'm ready to book my hotel for our Nashvegas Sligh Fare next summer! : ) Blog on! Risa

Justin said...

Chris,
I think that's awesome that you could care less about the amount of money or records you sell. All that really matters is the message and God. You're unbelievable. Rock on.

slimpickens said...

Amen to all the previous comments.

Chris,
This blog entry makes my heart swell! So happy to hear of your decision to bring your caliber of music into CCM. As you say, it is sorely needed.

I will continue to pray for you and Sarah and look forward to your career and ministry to those inside AND out of "the church".

Was wondering if you had a chance to read any of the Charlie Peacock book I gave you. It deals with so much of what you have been struggling with - all that is right and wrong w/CCM and what can be done. Makes for fascinating discussion.

The 6 artists you mentioned, BTW, are also 6 of my favorites. The more I know of you, the more you seem like a good friend I just happened to meet at school or the coffee shop or where ever. This is the first time I've met a good friend on a reality TV show! Whodathunkit??

And because of this blog, the circle of like minded friends just keeps getting bigger.

~clarissaNaz

GirlyGirl45 said...

Chris, I respect your decision, especially given that it sounds like precisely the right decision for you. I think you even got some additional insight about yourself. I'm enjoying your demos. Some are more messagey than others, and the freedom of picking and choosing via iTunes is therefore appealing to me. I'm very pleased for you, and I know you've made a lot of people very happy. Good for you!

Ash Greyson said...

Hey Chris, just catching up on my blog reading (need to update mine badly) and was glad to see this. We are on similar paths. "Christian" entertainment has become so watered down and misguided that many creative people have decided to pass it over. Others see it as a goldmine and are looking to cash in.

What's missing is the people who are truly called. People who have passion AND talent. I dont think you will be making Christian music for Christian people. I think you will be making great music for people who love great music. If you do it right, it will spread beyond the original audience, just like hip hop, grunge, etc.



ash =o)

Van said...

Hi Chris,

Thanks for sharing your heart, I'm sure this was a tough decision but one that you seem to be at peace with after I'm sure, wrestling with God a ton. Like you mentioned in your post, will you make less money and sell fewer records? Maybe - the advantage you have is being a child of God and knowing that you are protected and provided for at all times. My family and I will continue to pray for you and Sara throughout this journey. Praying and knowing that God will continue to bless you beyond anything you ever asked for or thought of. (Eph 3:20)

Your fans in AZ!

Silvana Lawrence

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Carrie said...

I'm basically not awake and just came home to see these last two blogs, but I wanted to say SOMETHING before going to sleep so here it is; If you're writing what means something to YOU, then that is what's really important.

I'll have more to say tomorrow. Thank you again for such an awesome show tonight.

BostonIan said...

Good choice, and I'm glad you made it. My perspective's from a devout Christian who, at age 25, has never listened to Contemporary Christian Music.

Of course, I really do want an alternative to the secular entertainment industry, but it has to be able to compete with all the other things that people can do with their time or spend their money on. Up 'til now, for me, CCM just hasn't.

My reasoning has been similar to yours, plus some individual things. Mainly that I didn't grow up Christian, and it's been a long, hard road to the faith. My walk's been more about the Hell apart from God than the peace under Him. So, to me, whenever I listened to CCM, it came off as sorta thin and Christian-seeming as opposed to the life-changing unexplainable stuff that I'd known.

Still, I've always had the nagging feeling that there might be some stuff I'd like there. I think you (Chris Sligh) could pull a lot of new people into that genre with you. I know I'm much more likely to buy your CD now than if you'd taken the other road.

Ya dun good, Chris.

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Toni said...

Chris,

God has a way of dealing with us in ways we didn't always plan or want, doesn't He? I think you will be a great addition to CCM. As I'm sure you know, it needs a real kick in the right direction. I've been a fan of many bands in the past, but lately . . . . well, you know.

I saw you at the concert last night in Rochester and you were amazing. Not that everyone wasn't really good, but I thought you were the best and I'm not just saying that here and telling Blake the same thing on his blog. *giggle* I really felt that you stood out from the crowd. In a good way.

Plus, I got your signature on my ticket and you posed for a pic. Remember me? I leapt in the air and gave an ungainly fan-girly squeal (and it's not pretty in someone my age) . . . Obviously, you can't remember me out of everyone there, but still and all, thanks!! I honestly drove all the way to Rochester from Buffalo just to see you and it was well worth it. You did look really tired, though, so try to get some rest (if that's possible).

Just promise me that when you do your tour you come here, OK? I'm getting too old for all this cross country driving and Buffalo is the second largest city in New York State, after all.

Sorry, I got carried away. Anyway, thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and your music with us. Loved the songs on myspace, btw.

Hugs and Hershey's kisses . . .(I'm not trying to be stalker-y or anything, I'm just giddy from lack of sleep),
Toni

Donna said...

I have recently been inspired by a young cancer patient whose online writings reached far beyond disease and into the realm of faith. His motto, "Keep fighting, stop struggling!" I say this applies to you too, Chris. Now that you've been lead to your decision, stand your ground and make the kind of music you want to make. If "Something Beautiful" is any indication of the direction you are taking, I think you're gonna be all right!

DJ in AL said...

Chris,

So ok, as usual I'm late to the party and all my fro buddies have written beautiful posts that say it all.

So all I will say is, you record it, I'll buy it. You play the venue, I'll be there. You write it, I'll read it.

Love ya dude!

Tom in ATL said...

Hey Chris -

When you first got our attention - you were singing "Don't want to be the typical" - Yet it sounds like internally you were struggling with trying to be the typical, i.e. mainstream.

Now God has brought you full circle and is showing you that your path will not be typical - but will give you the opportunity to blaze your own path in a genre that needs some new energy.

Your songs transcend boundaries - so don't put any self imposed restrictions or be resigned to less sales and fans. If you do your thing, speak your heart, and let God handle the rest, big things will happen for you.

Peace -

Tom in ATL

ChrisSligh said...

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/s_523650

Hey guys,

I wanted to point something out here real quick. I received a couple of emails and a couple of message on myspace about this interview...especially this question:

Q: What should people expect at the show?

A: Some people take "American Idol" so seriously. We're not the Police, we're not trying to make life-changing experiences. We're doing cover songs. It's like the ultimate karaoke with a world-class band behind us.

I thought it was pretty clear, but wanted to make sure it's know...when I said we're not trying to make life-changing experiences...I was talking about the live show. My point, which I think came across, but apparently did not, was that some people (the reporter and I were talking specifically about newspaper writers) come in thinking this is a serious concert. I told them we're just wanting to make it fun for the audience. In fact, I used the words amusement vs. entertainment. We are amusement. The Police are entertainment. There is a difference.

Obviously, as I have said before on here, American Idol was a life-changing experience for me. But the live show is not a life-changing experience for anyone, I think...it's just great, clean fun.

Chris

Cathy Storms said...

Agree with you Chris...great, clean fun that any age can enjoy. No the concert didn't change my life..but I sure had fun. Probably one of the most fun concerts I have ever been to. Actually your interview made me laugh. I thought right away you were talking about the concert, not the show.. I thought it was very honest & very sligh...And thats why I love you....

risalea said...

There you go explaining again. : )

It was clear.

Though I don't think I agree with your distinction between amusement and entertainment. I was definitely entertained at the AI concert. Maybe I'm easy though. LOL

Risa

xangelglitterx said...

OMG CHRIS AND ALL,
FIRST OF ALL I WANT TO SAY THE SHOW IS JUST THAT.... FUN AND ENTERTAINING....THE PEOPLE HERE IN ROCHESTER NY HAD SO MUCH FUN... CHRIS I HAVE A STORY TO TELL YOU JUST HOW MUCH FUN IT WAS SO HERE GOES...HOLD ON PEEPS THIS IS FUNNY............OK SO WE GET TO THE SHOW... DOORS OPEN UP 1 HOUR EARLY. I HAD MY TICKETS EARLY SO NO NEED TO STAND IN ANY LINES...OK...SO WE FIND OUR SEATS THANKS TO THE USHER AND WE INTRODUCED OURSELVES TO OUR SEATING PARTNERS.. THE PEOPLE WHO SIT NEXT TO US...IT TURNS OUR WE HAD GREAT SEATS...THE WEATHER WAS HOT OUTSIDE SO WE HAD AIR CONDITIONING THANK GAWD....ANYHOO...WELL THE WOMAN SITTING NEXT TO ME TELLS ME JUST WAIT TILL YOU SEE THIS... HER FRIEND DRINKING A BEER I MIGHT ADD BEGINS TO SING WITH THE VIDEO SCREENS PLACED ON THE STAGE (TO SEE THE SHOW FROM ALL ANGLES)KELLY PICKLER WAS SINGING RED HIGH HEELS... THIS WOMAN WAS ALL COUNTRY I TELL YOU...BUT HAVING THE TIME OF HER LIFE...SHE STANDS UP AND SAYS OF COURSE I AM TRYING OUT FOR AMERICAN IDOL NEXT YEAR WILL YOU VOTE FOR ME? PROCEEDS TO SING IN HER BEST VOICE...USING THE BEER BOTTLE AS A MICROPHONE...LOLOLOL
NEXT BEGINS TO DANCE AND SAYS WELL MAYBE I MIGHT BE ON DANCING WITH THE STARS IF SIMON DOESN'T LIKE ME....WHAT FUN WE HAD... THEN THE SHOW STARTED AND I MUST SAY THAT EVERYONE WAS HAVING FUN AND THE SHOW WENT ON WITH STANDING OVATIONS AND ALL. CHRIS YOU ALL KICKED A$$ AND THANKS... IT WAS WELL WORTH THE MONEY SPENT...IF YOU DIDN'T LIKE THE SHOW SOMETHING MUST HAVE BEEN WRONG WITH YOU...WE ALSO MADE GOOD FRIENDS WITH THE PEOPLE WE SAT NEXT TO AND IN FRONT OF US.. WE ROCKED WITH THE REST OF YOU....OF COURSE CHRIS DID A SHOUT OUT TO CARRIE AND LEFT ME HANGING I FELT A BIT(BLUE) AND SLIGH-TED BUT I'LL FORGIVE YOU... (BIG SQUISHY HUGS CHRIS.) I DIDN'T GET TO TELL YOU BEFORE THE SHOW...I WAS THERE..WELL THAT WAS IT ALL...WHEN WE GOT OUTSIDE THE BUSES WHERE JUST PARKED AND THE CROWD WAS A MOB..POLICE HELD EVERYONE BACK SO NO AFTER SHOW CONTACT WAS MADE... SO WE LEFT AS NOT TO TRAVEL THE EXPRESSWAYS CAUSE THE CROWD WAS JUST THAT...I DO ADVISE ANYONE TO GET TICKETS AND THESE GUYS WON'T DISAPPOINT!! ALSO CHRIS THE BAND AND BACKUPS GREAT.
HOPE THIS HELPS.
PEACE & LOVE...........

ONE LOVE................

Zach Boehm said...

Hi Chris-

I produce the nationally syndicated Total Axxess radio show out of Nashville. We're big fans of yours and would love to talk with you about this decision. Drop me a line if you're interested (zach@totalaxxess.com) or have your people contact my people...(ok, I have no people but let's play along...)

-Zach

The Gang's All Here! said...

Chris,
I think you are a blessed man - to have the sensitivity to be able to hear the still small voice and the conviction to follow it. And even more blessed that HE has given you a gift and now the platform from which you can choose and speak about that choice.

And again, as a mom, I'm cheering my brains out! My kids love your style, love your individuality and love your music. I'm thrilled for one more godly celebrity making the tough choices for all the world to see. Kids watch that and think about it. At least my kids do.

Praying for HIS kind of prosperity and HIS kind of career for you and your family! HE is proud of you, I'm sure!

BullysE said...

Heh--back to that Pitts article. Well, I took it as totally witty, and meant lightheartedly.I really laughed about the poptart thing!:-)

I knew what you meant, and the show IS entertaining and good fun. I don't know what the interviewer was like in person, but her attitude in writing it all seemed meant to humanize you all. I liked that. So many articles try to tear the Idols down, or take cheap shots, and she didn't seem that way at all. As for you, you didn't sound bad or mean at all-- no worries.

-Di. said...

Dear Chris,

I think it is very human to want to create. At the end of the day no amount of money can ever take the place of creating something you truly believe in instead of something you are creating to make money.

It seems to me that you have the perfect balance between earning a living and creating art.

I look forward to hearing the new material!!

-Diane.

Tawny said...

I'm glad that you've made your decision based on what you feel is best for you. It doesn't matter how many records you sell as long as you're doing what you love and get to have a career doing it.

I never really listened to CCM until a few years ago. I didn't think I'd really be interested in it but for a while that was all my sister listened to and I found that I really liked a lot of the music. I'm still not huge on all of CCM but are some great, great songs out there that I'm glad my sister introduced me to. Basically what I'm saying is.. I'll definitely be buying your album.

HstryQT said...

If I were a flavor of poptart, I'd probably be "awesome" too. lol.

I didn't think the answer to the question was unclear. If anything it's the interviewer's fault for saying "show" instead of "concert." No worries - I think you've stated enough that the AI experience has been life-changing, that people wouldn't take what you said the wrong way. (Obviously some have taken it the wrong way though - and those people are just being nit-picky.)

Lori :)

Moving Rushmore said...

Good luck man. We'll stay tuned.

Keri said...

Chris - have you given any thought to having a foot in both worlds? You could be Chris Sligh - amazing CCM artist, and Chris Foxx - lead singer of the rockin' mainstream band HPF! I know it would be difficult right away - one thing at a time of course. But you have such an amazing gift I just think it should be shared with as wide of an audience as possible. I WILL be buying your next CD no matter what it's content - you are so very talented and I believe in supporting the people who bring joy into our world (even if that particular venture doesn't 'speak' to me) Good luck with everything you decide!
Love to all
Keri

Carrie said...

There my picture changed!!

Carianne said...

Chris

I don't really want to go to a concert to have my life changed. For life changing experiences I'll go to church, camp out in nature, do some service for somebody less fortunate than myself...

... I don't think a concert should ever be more than entertainment, and - above all - fun. Even if the songs have a good message, I really think concerts are not the place to preach or teach too heavily... They are simply there for entertainment.

Those writers who go to concerts for a serious, meaningful, possibly philosophical time.. I think they're missing the point.

(Just my two cents.. I'll be quiet now)

risalea said...

TOP TEN THINGS I HAVE LEARNED FROM PARTICIPATING IN THE CHRIS SLIGH BLOG WORLD:

10. Do not try to compete with GDA in any kind of Trivial Pursuit game. You will lose. Badly. (love you, GDA!)

9. There's a WHOLE lot more that goes into the making of a record than the general public knows.

8.I have a twin who lives across the country from me. Two people named Rosalee and Risalea had to be separated at birth, right? LOL

7.Some of the most articulate, kind, and fun folks in the world are devotees of this blog (and I dare not list names, lest I leave some out)

6.Many bloggers on here should be running P.I. businesses, as they have tracking the Idols on tour down to a science! (my own PI--our dear Amanda!)

5.Chris loves us too much to leave us, as he tried to close the blog for the duration of the tour, but just couldn't bring himself to do it. : )

4. Visiting a blog helps you brush up on English skills such as poetry when reading/composing Sligh-kus and Slighmericks.

3. Blog reading also builds geography knowledge as one follows the Idols around the country. Some have brushed up more than others with many field trips to said locations. (go Carmen!)

2. Blog reading can be addictive, to the point of leaving the site minimized on one's work computer, lest comments be missed in the course of the day.

1. and the #1 thing I learned from reading Chris Sligh's blog: His voice caught my attention, but his words captured my heart. We love you, Chris (and Sarah, too)
Risa

GirlyGirl45 said...

Haha, since when have rock/pop concerts been intended as life-changing experiences? I got a kick out of your karaoke comment, especially since some journalists have used the K word as a putdown, to pan the concert in their reviews. You used it in a fun, entertaining sense. I'm looking forward to an enriching experience, albeit not a life-changing one. I'll be going with family, and I've agreed to report on my concert experience for a blog, which is more involved than I ever expected I would be. And I want to meet as many fans as possible. Concerts for me have always been a big ol' party, and this one has more of a family picnic feel to it to me, which I think will be a blast (with karaoke machine, lol).

kooshes said...

Hi Chris,
I haven't posted here in quite awhile. As a matter of fact, I've only posted a few times, so even though I'm not a "core" supporter (I'm a major Chris* Rich fan & a member of The Richness), I do follow you & love your voice. I've faithfully read your blog & appreciate, so much, both your willingness to share your thoughts about life & music as well as you ability to express them so eloquently.
Just gotta tell you how very happy I am for you that you are free to sign now & that you are excited about your future in the industry. I wholeheartedly support your choice as I am a BAC. I've listened to your 3 songs & love them. I like Love is Raining Down the best (I'm an old school rocker - hehe) followed by Something Beautiful, then Running Back.
Thanks for taking the time to read this. I didn't see you come out in Columbus although I heard you did after the show, nor did I see you in Cleveland. I'm going to the Huntington, Charlottesville, and Hampton shows & sure hope to meet you at one of those shows.
All the best to you & your lovely wife. You are in my prayers!
Love,
kooshes
aka Sandy

slimpickens said...

Sandy,
You are BLESSED. To be able to go to FIVE shows!
Wow!
I could only manage my one and am brokenhearted I can't meet up w/anyone in NH for that last show. I will set my sites and savings account for Nashvegas next summer though.

It will be my 25th wedding anniversary and we were hoping we could save for a good out of state getaway. I know we can't afford 2 of 'em SO...how do you all propose I broach the subject w/my hubby??? :o)

clarissaNaz

here i go with all my thoughts said...

Hi Chris, I stumbled upon your blog and wanted to tell you Congratulations, I heard the demo's on your myspace page and I think your music is very inspiring and uplifting. I can't wait until you release your album and I know it will be great. You made a great decision and there are so many people supporting you no matter what :)

Carmen said...

Fellow Fro Patroers,
Hey, if any of you can make it to the DC concert on Sept 9, 2007, I happen to have an extra ticket to the concert that I would be willing to give away. Just email me and let me know. If you are hesitating on going because of lack of a place to stay, maybe we can work something out for you. I don't want the ticket to go to waste and would rather give it to a Sligh fan than try to resale it. It is an excellent seat if you are wondering.
SIMB
Carmen

risalea said...

Oh, my gosh, Carmen, you are one generous lady. I would scarf that up in a second if I wasn't starting this new position. I got an email that had some good rates on Southwest (for these high gas days!) for travel in Sept. that have to be booked by Aug. 30th. For example, they have a $127 one way from LR to Dulles in DC. So if you take Carmen up on her offer, contact me and I'll forward you that email. Risa

Marleybone said...

Hey Carmen - on that note - if you or anyone can get to Philadelphia - September 7 - I have two tickets. FREE to a fan. Also good. They keep telling me that some of the front rows are blocked off, so tickets on the floor are actually closer than you think. I know you will probably be exhausted - but hey - it's for Sligh.

kooshes said...

Clarissa,

If you only knew how blessed I am. And grateful! And loving living my life.

Been divorced 21 years, so no advice about broaching any subject with a hubby here. LOL

Love,
kooshes
aka Sandy

PS: Carmen, man, I'd love to have that ticket. Show is on Sunday, plenty of time to get to work by noon on Monday. Alas, the cost of traveling from Ohio would be the only thing stopping me.
Just say NO, Sandy! Just say no! ;)

gdahimself said...

To Chris and All,
From GDA

Life changing Experience.

Don't underestimate it, I've seen people on talk shows, two were actors, one a magician, who spoke of see a live show at 4 or 5 and deciding that then and and there that was what they wanted to be when they grew up.
You never know.

How may 4 or 5 year olds are likely to go see the Police?

The Police are taken way too seriously and can be as entertaining as a Chekov play with some of the lyrics that Sing is inclined to write.
They aren't getting particularly good notices on the current tour either.

I guess it depends on your expectations.

GDA

BullysE said...

I like what you said Kooshes!ITA.
We can be supportive even if we are part of fanbases of other people, right? It doesn't stop appreciation, and goodwill, not a lick.

I was lucky just to get to the one show I did get to, but I feel tremendously grateful. I got to meet everyone, and was a thrill to see the Idols perform. Not only that, but it was a chance for us to be a part of surging goodwill, for Chris and for them all. That made me smile, long after the show was over.

To all of you still with shows ahead, enjoy it. We're cheering with you in spirit!

gdahimself said...

To BullysE
From GDA

What does ITA stand for?

gdahimself said...

To BullysE
From GDA

I finally found it in the Urban Dictionary.
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=ITA

and discovered it also stands for two other things, one not appropiate to post here.

GDA

risalea said...

I was just looking at the schedule thinking I would do a "Where in the World" and realized the Idols are off today and tomorrow. I'm thinking this is the first two day break on a weekend since the tour began.

Chris, I hope you are taking in the sights of NYC. Loved it when I got to visit 3 summers ago. And go see a Broadway play! There is a tdf ticket booth for great priced last minute seats in Times Square and at the South St. Seaport Booth. Here's a link with more info: http://www.tdf.org/TDF_ServicePage.aspx?id=56

Enjoy these last few weeks of your tour! Risa

p.s., OK, Rosalee, where are you with your concert report from Long Island?!

Cathy Storms said...

Carmen & Marleybone~You are so generous. Wish I could go, but I am also saving up my $ for the NashVegas party next summer.

To hear i go with all my thoughts~Are you a Kelly fan. Those are the words to one of my favorite songs of hers. Sober...

gdahimself said...

To Risalea,
From GDA,

Quite interested howGDA your "Where in the World" describes the Contintenial Arlines Arena" locale.

GDA

kooshes said...

"Thanks for taking the time to read this. I didn't see you come out in Columbus although I heard you did after the show, nor did I see you in Cleveland. I'm going to the Huntington, Charlottesville, and Hampton shows & sure hope to meet you at one of those shows."

PS, Chris: Just a fair warning, don't come up to me when the "other" Chris* is standing there! LOL

Love ya!!
kooshes
aka Sandy

risalea said...

GDA said, "Quite interested how your "Where in the World" describes the Contintenial Arlines Arena" locale."

Well, I haven't gotten that far in life today, GDA. I'm trying to get some housework done, as well as laundry before I head out of town for training for my new job next week. But, I promise to do it before I go. You've got my curiosity going now! Risa

slimpickens said...

Kooshes,
You made me laugh w/your P.S. about the "other" Chris.
What is it about liking multiple idols that makes us feel a bit Judas-like?
At my meet n greet I was telling Phil how he's IMO one of the best voices AI has EVER had and he got all sarcastic and said "yeah, I see that shirt you're wearing". Sligh's My Guy was emblazoned on it! ha ha
To tell you the truth 8 of this years top 10 blow me away! Then add in favorites of seasons past and you realize there's enough love to easily spread around and it's OK. :o)

AND just because you are 21 yrs divorced doesn't mean you're totally unqualified to give marriage advice. Sorta along the lines of "if I can't be a good example, let me be a terrible warning!"

~clarissaNaz
(hoping you take that in the friendly way it is meant) :o)

amandarhea86 said...

Kooshes, I know you. *waves*

Risa loved the top 10.

Marleybone- I got my gift and it was awesome. I was expecting the Chris Sligh cd. But the Chris Rich poster. HA, you made my week. I opened it up so much just to look into those green eyes...ok ill stop now.

Slimpickens- i totally agree, i argue with people all the time. I love Blake, Chris, Chris, and Gina this year. But I plan on buying all there cd's.

Chris- Im so happy for you. God always finds away to make sure his will is done. What brought me to you was not only your voice, but your walk with God. I truely admire you Chris.

Oh and guys i got my central line in and it hurts...but the pain pills are amazing. haha.

love yall.

kooshes said...

Clarissa,
I totally took that in the friendly way it was meant.
And I must say, it WAS weird meeting some of the other idols in the afternoon in Columbus and Cleveland wearing my Richness shirt. haha They obviously knew they weren't my absolute sold-out favorite, but I still loved giving them the love, ya know? 'Cause you're right. So many of them are so wonderful!
But, the reason I don't want Chris coming up to me when I'm talking to Chris* is because I'm likely not to even see him. HAHA

Love,
kooshes
aka Sandy

PS: I say sell your hubby on the fact that Tennesee is a beautiful state with so very much to offer...Pigeon Forge, Smokey Mountains, beautiful scenery, amazing history, and oh by the way, honey, NashVegas!! ;)

PPS: {{Amanda}} Hiya girl!!

risalea said...

Amanda, are you in Jonesboro or Memphis? I'm staying with my friend in Jonesboro while I'm there for my training M-W, but I can go up on Sun. You had mentioned being in Jonesboro on Sat and Sun. and if you are, wondered how late you are there, and then is it back to Memphis? Let me know, I do plan to come visit if it is convenient for you.

HstryQT said...

All this talk about the Fro Patro party next summer had me google-mapping the distance between Indy and Nahsville! I was hoping it'd be closer. 5 hours is a lot for the hubby to have to agree to, but oh well!

So, like Clarissa, I'm gonna have to start slowly working that into the hubby's mind throughout the year. Hey- I'll have the baby with me! It'll be like a celebrity to all of my "cyber family." Oh I can't wait!

Gesh, so much to look forward to! :)

Lori

amandarhea86 said...

Risa, hey im here in Jonesboro till tomorrow. Then its on to Mt. Home Sunday. Then back to Memphis M-W. I might be back in J-town in between. I still have your number so I will give you a call Monday or if you still have mine give me a call. But im pretty sure I will be in J-town Monday afternoon.

risalea said...

Lori, five hours isn't bad...that's about the distance from Little Rock. Of course, with a baby in tow, it can sometimes seem longer (much experience on that front! LOL) Of course, we haven't heard a peep from Chris about our Nashvegas plans. Does he know he's having houseguests! : ) Just kidding, Chris!

And if this all comes to fruition, we'll definitely head on to the Smokeys, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, etc. as part of the trip. I'm thinking we'll head on east and go visit the Biltmore in Ashville, NC, a place I've always wanted to go. Might as well make a trip of it! Risa

risalea said...

Amanda, yes, I've got it, and it's in my phone. I have to be in my meeting at 1 on Mon. in Jonesboro. Give me a call if you do go back through there and I'll see where I am. The other option might be for me to go to Memphis on Wed. instead of heading straight home. We'll see if it works out. Anyway, have fun with your family. Risa

BullysE said...

GDA- as I'm just a square, PollyAnna kind of girl, ITA is just bb lingo for "I totally Agree"! ;-)

I'm liking the lively tone on this thread today! Excellent! It seems as if Kooshes is a great addition here! *waves*
(I have to say when I met ChrisR he was every bit as sweet as I'd heard he was, but meeting ChrisS was like meeting someone I already knew. I liked that alot.)

kooshes said...

Aww bullyse what a nice thing to say. *waves*

I totally understand how it must have felt for you to have met Chris. It's been so wonderful that he's been blogging all along, and I must say I sort of feel like I know him too, although not as well as y'all 'cause I haven't spoken up much. Also, I must admit to having been rather jealous because I always wished Chris* would talk to us in a blog, too. And, he really is a very sweet fella!

Hey Risa, be forewarned - the Biltmore is rather expensive to tour. I think it was around $35 - $40 when I was there about 1 1/2 yrs ago. ugh! Ya gotta be rich to even SEE how the other half lives.

Ronni said...

YES! I know I don't comment much, but I started listening to you way back before AI (i think I stumbled upon you on MyS*ace)... and just started praying for you... I had a feeling about your sound (and look up Dustin Burke Band) friends of mine... and a taste of what I get to partake in... and I sensed something big for you...

I'm excited you decided to stay in the CCM market... although hard (I got signed under a label in 1989, only to have the label fold when Idle Cure fell apart) so we never got to record other than indie... before indie was big... lol.

I'm positive you will do fantastic, and if you need a place to book a gig in Dayton Ohio, I know all the venues and contacts. You say the date and we will pack it out!

Your still in my prayers man. Young, full of wisdom, and anointed. God's got you... and I can't wait to see where he takes you!

Blessings brother!

Carmen said...

Marleybone,
Hey I would love to go the the Sept 7th show but unfortunately have already booked my flight to DC to come in on the 8th.
BTW- someone did take me up on the offer.
SIMB
Carmen

Carianne said...

On the subject of liking more than one Idol contestant, Let me tell you that I can completely relate! I truly voted for multiple contestants every week! I think out of the top 10 there are maybe two contestants that I didn't vote for at one time during the show. Literally that few. And I also voted for two people who never made it to the top 10 - Brandon Rogers and Rudy Cardenas (why Rudy, why??!! Why did you go out the first week??)and I am 90% sure that I will buy an album from everyone I voted for.. because I voted for them because I like their style and their voice.

I've often wondered if the Idols know or believe that several of these fans have more than one favorite (not all fans do, but a lot do). I mean, just because I wasn't wearing a Phil or Chris shirt, do they think I'm not thrilled to meet them? That I won't scream at the top of my lungs for them during the concert? That I won't run out to buy their albums when they come out?

I guess I'll end my ramblings... I'm sure your sick of reading them! :P

Happy Sunday! ^_^

amandarhea86 said...

I like your ramblings carianne. I have often wondered it too. I know our Chris doesnt care considering one of the first things he said to me in Little Rock was hey you Blaker Girl you. I like each idol for different reasons. Whether i admire them for their musical ability, or there walk with God, or how incredibly hot they are. I enjoy every single one of them. I scream for all of them, some a little more then others.

I voted for a few this year. Chris Sligh, Blake, Sanjaya and Sundance in the boys top 12. Gina, Jordin and Melinda in the girls top 12. Sanjaya in the top 12 till he got voted off then it was all Blake and Phil a little bit.

So now im rambling anyways very good questions Carianne.

risalea said...

Hey, Amanda...OK, I am headed to Jonesboro today around 5:30. I have to be on campus around noon tomorrow to get some new job business taken care of and then my training starts at 1. I will call you tomorrow morning to see if you will be in Jonesboro before I get tied up. If not, we'll look at Plan B, or C....etc. : ) Take care, Risa

DJ in AL said...

Chris-hope you had a restful 2 days off. Come back and tell us what you did.

Lori, 5 hours isn't that bad, I have about 4. You have to be there, it won't be the same without you!

GDA, did you get to go to the show in NY? Thinking that is your neck of the woods, no?

Amanda-hope you are feeling well this weekend.

Rosalee, thrilled that you did finally get to meet Chris and Sarah-good for you!

Risa-safe trip!

Love to all my other fro buddies-hope you had a great weekend!

amandarhea86 said...

Hey Risa if you dont have anything to do tonight I could meet up with you then. But your probably on your way here now. Darn it. Well tomorrow will work hopefully i get to come home. Guys check out my blog today, i kinda got a bit deep.
Love to you all.

HstryQT said...

Once again, thanks DJ! So far my husband's response is a sarcastic, "I won't allow it." lol. That's just going along with his usual eye rolling when I get to talking about the Fro Patro. That's ok - he'll warm up to it! :) He gets his motorcycle, I get my Chris Sligh. :)


Lori

Cathy Storms said...

Yes Lori you have to come. We will want to see your baby. I am coming all the way from Southern California with hopefully a 4 year old. (If my daughter lets me take her). Believe me it will be alot longer than 5 hours. My 4 year old grandaughter Deliah, loves Chris. She tells everyone he is her best friend. I had her over the weekend and he is the only thing she can talk about. She saw him in July...
So keep working on your husband. My husband also rolls is eyes, but he going to a few overnite fishing trips so he can't tell me no. He won't come with me, but thats okay also.

Cathy Storms said...

Amanda, I just read your blog & you are the braviest person I know. I pray for you everyday. Let us, your Fro-Partro family, know when you are in hospital for your stay & where we can send well wishes. You hang in there little one. I already feel like I know you so when you feel something tight around your chest, its just me sending you a really big hug.

rosalee said...

Thanks again, Chris.

I'm glad that I had a chance to meet you and Sarah. Sarah showed me a pic of Little Guy. He reminds me of the dachshunds that I grew up with.

It's a good thing to get to know your fans. In this core group, we are also your advocate and your friend.

cdld1234 said...

Hey Friend.....thank you Chris for keeping my heart on the Lord.


Your Kindred Spirit

xangelglitterx said...

DJ IN AL,
WAVIN HI TO YOU.. CAN'T SAY ANYTHING GOOD BOUT MY WEEKEND.. WENT TO LETCHWORTH STATE PARK HERE IN NY ON THE WAY DOWN GOT A TICKET FROM A BARNEY FIFE TYPE POLICE OFFICER...I TOLD HIM I NEVER WAS IN THIS TOWN AND DIDN'T SEE THE SPEED LIMIT.. THERE WAS A TREE COVERING UP THE SIGN...IT LIKE WENT FROM 55MPH TO 30 AND OF COURSE I WAS AT THE TOP OF THE HILL GOING DOWN FOOT ON THE BRAKES EVEN.. THEN AS I WAS ASKING MY HUSBAND WHAT THE LIMIT WAS IT WAS TOO LATE...GAVE ME A MOVING VIOLATION ONLY THANK GAWD BUT STILL HE WAS NOT IN A FORGIVING MOOD...NOT TO MENTION I CAN SEE THE EARTH CHANGES FROM THE GORGE HERE THE PLACE IS DRYING UP FROM WHEN I WAS THERE LAST...TALK ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING.IT'S SAD PEOPLE...NOT SURE WHAT THE FUTURE WILL BE LIKE FOR THE CHILDREN.ANYWAY GUESS I HAVE TO PLEAD GUILTY AND HAND OVER THEIR MONEY. I WAS GONNA OFFER TO BUY DONUTS BUT HE WASN'T A JOKER...SAD STATE OF AFFAIRS. A TRUE STORY NONE THE LESS.OK ALL TIME FOR BED HOPE YOU ALL ARE DOING WELL. HUGS TO THE GROUPIES.
PEACE & LOVE....
ONE LOVE...................

Dr. Bob said...

Chris,
It sounds like, after much thought and prayer, you ended up just where you believe that you should be. What a great thing to have happen.

In regard to the CCM universe, I am guessing that there will be quite a bit of cross-over into the mainstream market. Partly because people will be curious about you because of AI, but mostly because there is a compelling quality to your music, and people are really hungry for truth -- whether they know it or not.

I think that is what strikes me most about your CD, is that you sing a lot about love, but in a very honest way. Not sentimental or sappy as is often found in mainstream music, but love as strong, deep, healing, hard. And that we are all desperately in need of it. That message crosses boundaries.

It will be interesting to see what comes out the rather ... um ... innnnteresting intersection between AI and CCM.

I can't wait to see, myself.

BullysE said...

I like what you said, dr bob. The word "compelling" is a very good one, I think. :-) Right on.

There are lots of people in the world who have love and feeling in their heart, but not the ability to talk about it or let it out. I think Chris is lucky to have his music, that he can share it with all of us. I think in it's way, music can be a gift, like that. It touches alot of people, in different ways.

One never knows when they can have crossover appeal. If it's real, it might!

susan4455 said...

I read your Nashvegas blog and felt your joy and excitement on making a decision; then read how you were going with the CCM route and I felt a momentary twinge of dissapointment. I consider myself a christian but don't listen to contemporary christian music. I started to hope that you would be a crossover artist; bringing christian music to mainstream. After reading Don Chapmans blog I realized you will do both- crossover to mainstream and pull us lagging christians over to CCM. I think Don called it being a light in the darkness. So thank you and may your light shine bright!

slimpickens said...

Amanda,
Just came from reading your last couple of blog entries and want to say I am moved. I admire you SO much and desire to DO something to help you through. I know I can pray (which is big) and speak words of encouragement to you but beyond that, I am frustrated.
I hope someday I can meet you in "real" life. Until then, remember the Lord loves you more than you can fathom, even and most especially in the hardest of times.
He will see you through this.

~clarissaNaz

gdahimself said...

The Nassau Coliseum Uniondale, NY Is out on the Island (Long Island) near Rosalee, on the other side of The City (New York City) which is way too far considering that the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, NJ is only fifty minutes away in off peak traffic hours.
The Continental Airline Arena show on August 29th is the one I have a ticket for.

Meeting Chris has low potential as having pushed vacation plans back two days to make this show, hang about after the show too long isn’t in the best wisdom with an early start the next day.

GDA

Kara said...

WOW!! That is such a great testimony to living your life for Christ. I am so thrilled that you will be going with a Christian label and making CCM. That is my favorite genre and I am excited to add you to my list of 'favs'.

You are an amazing person who has managed to stay grounded and focused through a LOT of chaos and excitement. I am sure God is smiling down at you :)

Rhonda said...

Good for you Chris! Congratulations! After moving South, I have fallen into CCM - never listened to it up North. We have a great radio station here and it is truly uplifting to hear on the radio, whether on the way to school, soccer, baseball, whatever. I am very happy for you and for Phil too - can't wait to hear you played in our area.

amandarhea86 said...

Thanks Slimpickens and Cathy. I really apreciate it. My line is hurting me more today then it was the day i got it in. Everytime i move i feel it move in my chest, its a really odd feeling. Anyways, i talked to Risa earlier i think me and her are meeting up tonight.

CHRIS, MAJOR FAVOR. I asked Kristi, but just in case i want to ask 2 people, could you get me yours, Chris, and Blake's t-shirt sizes. PLEASE...you can email me if you dont want to post it. amandarhea86@yahoo.com

bmorebamma said...

hey gda that would be cool if you got to meet mr. sligh.;)

GirlyGirl45 said...

"Whether i admire them for their musical ability, or their walk with God, or how incredibly hot they are. I enjoy every single one of them."
Amanda, you crack me up, girl! hope your docs can adjust things for you and make you more comfortable. I am picturing you rolling and unrolling your ChrisR poster in between ;-)

julie said...

Hey Chris- my daughter and I are looking forward to the Meadowlands concert tonight. I've been enjoying all the fan videos, but nothing compares with a live show.

I thought it what you said to TV Guide made perfect sense. You were talking about the show, not about your Idol experience, and a lot of the critics seem to be reviewing something the show has never claimed to be. I've been to life-changing performances- classical, U2, Springsteen- but you guys aren't sharing your own unique music on this particular tour, or trying to communicate a profound message. You're playing covers, entertaining, and having fun. And I can't wait!

Finally, congratulations on your decision. So glad you've chosen a path that satisfies you. I'm a practicing Catholic, but have never listened to CCM. However, I'll be following your work.

See you (and the rest of the gang) later!

xangelglitterx said...

HI CHRIS,
I'VE BEEN THINKING...COULD IT BE POSSIBLE TO DO ANOTHER TOUR AFTER YOU ALL ARE OVER THIS ONE FOR AI.. AND WELL RESTED MIGHT I ADD..BUT TO DO YOUR OWN MUSIC... USING WHAT YOU LEARNED FROM THIS EXPERIENCE...AND APPLYING TO A FUTURE SHOW...YOU KNOW GETTING SPONSORS..SETTING UP A TOUR?
THAT WOULD BE THE ULTIMATE!!!!! I FOR ONE WOULD BE THE FIRST TO BUY TICKETS AND THIS WOULD ALLOW
THE PUBLIC TO VIEW ALL THE DIFFERENCES YOU CHOOSE IN SONG WRITING. MAYBE EVEN OPEN FURTHER DOORS INTO MUSIC NOT LISTENED TO BEFORE...I KNOW THE AI GROUP HAS OTHER COMMITMENTS BUT IF THIS WAS POSSIBLE I THINK WE COULD ENJOY ANOTHER TOUR. MIGHT EVEN SELL A FEW EXTRA CD'S...
PEACE & LOVE....
ONE LOVE..............

gdahimself said...

To Risalea & All,
From GDA,

Where in the world is Chris Sligh and the AI 6 Tour on August 28th and 29th?

The State of New Jersey: “In 1664, Charles II of England granted his brother, James, Duke of York, the land between the Hudson and Delaware Rivers. James presented the land to two favorites: John, Lord Berkeley and Sir George Carteret. He named the new land Nova Caesarea. Today the boundaries of Nova Caesarea (New Jersey) are exactly as set about in the original Duke of York's deed.”*
Caesarea is the original Latin name of “The Island of Jersey” given by The Romans, which had remained loyal the king during his period of exile.

In the Borough of East Rutherford: Prior to May 23, 1893, Boiling Spring Township**.
At The Continental Airlines Arena in the Meadowlands Sports Complex.
The Continental Airlines Area opened in 1981 as the Brendan Byrne Arena. There was a popular effort made to have it renamed as the Bruce Springsteen Arena which failed.
At about the same time there was also an effort made to make “Born to Run” the state anthem but some people had problems with the line “strap your hands on my engines”.

Also part of “the Meadowlands” is Giant Stadium where some people believe the missing Jimmy Hoffa may be buried.
The Rodney Dangerfield moment: The NY Giants move from New York to New Jersey and remain the NY Giants, lovely.

The New Jersey Meadowlands are not an expanse of rolling green fields but a wetland area ***, which is about 10 to 15 minutes west of the Lincoln Tunnel on Route 3.
The Lincoln Tunnel is the Hudson River crossing to midtown Manhattan of New York City.

As a New Jerseyan when someone says their going into the City, they mean New York City.
When people think of New York City, which has several boroughs, it is Manhattan that has all the famous attractions. If they are going to someplace other, they will refer to the borough by name, I.e. The Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, etc.

GDA

* http://www.aclink.org/HISTORY/
** http://www.eastrutherfordnj.net/BoroughHome/BoroughHistory/tabid/56/Default.aspx
*** http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Jersey_Meadowlands


To Risalea,

I trust you and Amanda had a pleasant time during your visit.

GDA

Carmen said...

To all my fellow Fro Patroers,

As many of you are aware, I had previously posted a quandry that I found myself in and I had asked all of you for some advice on what I should do. For those who missed my posting, I suggest you read the postings under the Nasvegas heading.

Anyway, I have decided not to get the custom paint job for my bike. My hubby pointed out that even though I am a big Chris Sligh fan and would enjoy seeing his portrayal fulling rocking out on my bike, the chance of someone else enjoying it, should I ever decide to sell the bike, ( I was aghast that he even mentioned this) would be very slim and might make it harder to sell the bike.
I still wanted to do something that would alert my fellow bikers that I am a Chris Sligh fan as I was cruising the streets listening to TACOSB. Anyway, I think I found the perfect solution to my dilemma. I think most of you will enjoy what I came up with. Please take a look at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmrSBqo27TM

You can also see a different angle at:

http://www.myspace.com/carmenmetcalfe

I would love to hear feedback from all of you and that includes you too Chris! BTW, I think I will take you up on those meet and greets!
SIMB
Carmen

rosalee said...

Hey Carmen!

Now that's classy! It's tasteful, and it makes a statement. Can you detach it and hold it up in the dark at the concert?

Marleybone said...

Carmen - that is really great. And the song fits perfectly! Can't wait to hear the comments you undoubtedly will get.

risalea said...

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risalea said...

I'm on my BB and having issues after I typed a long post, hence the test. Sorry GDA, I'm falling behind on the job...too much going on. Anyway, Amanda and I had a great visit at Books a Million. Please keep her in your prayers. She is facing her upcoming transplant with such grace, dignity, and faith, with maturity beyond her years. I have no doubt she will come through on the other side with flying colors.What a privilege to get to know her. Chris, your blog has done more than just be an outlet for your thoughts. It's a place where friendships have formed and a network of believers have been able to find and support one another. OK, enough of that--I canKt type with my thumbs anymore tonight! Risa

steve-o-meter said...

Very very cool Carmen!

DJ in AL said...

Hey Risalea-hope you are enjoying your trip, so jealous you got to meet Amanda. Of course continuing to pray for "our" girl. You are so right about what this blog had done for so many, wonder if he ever imagined it?

GDA-what's up dude? Are you pumped for your concert? Have a great time and report back!


Carmen, very cool. And it's about time you accepted the meet and greets you were making me nuts!

Love to all my fro buddies!

Cathy Storms said...

Hey Risa, so glad you got to meet up with Amanda. She is in my prayers everyday. I thank Chris everyday for bringing such a great group of people together.

GDA~enjoy your concert. Let us know how it goes.

Carmen~all I can say is YOU ROCK!!!

Carianne said...

Carmen that is AWESOME!! I think that is the perfect way to let everyone know you are a Sligh fan! I'm sure it will get a lot of attention :P

I second Rosalee's question: is it detachable so you can hold it up at the concert?

Tawny said...

Carmen, I'll check that out when I get home from class. I'm in the computer lab :P

It's a girl! We found out on monday that my sister is having a girl. It's amazing how detailed they get when you go for the ultrasounds, they show you everything.

rosalee said...

GDA -

I'm glad that Greg Morago didn't do the Hartford Courant concert review the other day!!

GOOD LUCK AT YOUR CONCERT TONIGHT!!!

(and if you get the chance, mention Mark Volman to him (LOL))

Carmen said...

Rosalee & Carianne,
It is not detachable as it is powered by the motorcycle battery. However, I did find a small travel size scrolling sign that I have purchased for the upcoming concert in DC. It can be attached to your clothing with a magnet.
Chris please be sure to look for it when I am out in the audience with HstryQt and GirlyGirl.
One of the benefits of having the sign (Besides letting the world know I am a Chris Sligh fan) is that it actually makes my bike more visable on the road which is a major safety issue when you ride. It also provides an additional brake light.

Risa,
I am glad that you got to see Amanda.I pray for her daily that she will make a complete and full recovery.
Cathy, I agree with you. Chris's blog has brought together the most awesome group of people. I hope he realizes the positive difference that he has made in the world.

SIMB
Carmen

GirlyGirl45 said...

Carmen, You ROCK!!! Great idea.

So glad that Risa and Amanda have met!

Carrie said...

I'm SO jealous of all of you who get to go to more than one show. I've been trying to get my money together to go to Syracuse this Sunday, but I only have $40 to my name and the tickets are $55 so it doesn't look like it's going to be happening. My sister owes me money from the last concert, but I don't know. I'm sad.

risalea said...

Carmen, your scrolling sign is way too cool and to find one to wear at the concert...that's neat! Surely Chris will be able to see it if you are up close at all.

GDA, can't wait to hear your concert review. With the time difference, I bet you are already at the venue. So, since you won't see this until afterward, I guess the appropriate comment will be: "Hope you had fun!"

To a couple who didn't know...this was actually the second time I got to visit with Amanda. The first was when Chris was in NLR in July. She turned out to be my guideperson on how to meet the Idols! : )

And I can't tell you how wonderful it is to get back and type on a regular keyboard! LOL

I've got to go rest from my trip! Risa

susan4455 said...

Here is the link for St. Judes for anyone who wants to make a donation in Amanda's name. Its called the Caring Bridge; its a free web service for patients at St. Judes. She is too modest to mention it but it is a great way for everyone to show her some love & support while she is going thru her transplant.
http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/amandajones

rosalee said...

Hey Chris -

Go over to MJ's (mjsbigblog.com). I left a very nice Nassau Coliseum Idol Tour review over there...

Carianne said...

carmen
That is awesome that you also have a smaller version for the concert! where did you find those? They are amazing!

risalea
Amanda is cool, isn't she? She and I have posted on the same board for a while now, and she is just so nice. And so friendly! There aren't many kids in their 20's like her... And she definitely knows how to meet the Idols! Glad you got to visit her! ^_^

Cathy Storms said...

To Susan4455, Thanks for the link for Amanda. Will send it out to others here where I work & to my family.
Thanks again

rosalee said...

To Susan4455 -

I have copied your post over to a new forum thread on the fansite, Chris-Sligh.Info

HstryQT said...

Carmen I love the new bike accessory! Turned out just how I pictured it would! Think I could convince Danny to put one on his bike?? (Maybe when pigs fly lol).

Less than two weeks!!!

Lori

Kerry said...

I have been a fan since your first televised audition on American Idol. I have been reading your blog for the past several months. This is the first time that I have ever left a comment, but I wanted to let you know that I have so much respect for you today as an artist and as a person. I wish you all the best.

julie said...

The show was great fun. There's some amazing talent on that stage and I can't wait to hear all of you do your own music. Chris, you were great! I especially liked how you and Gina sounded together. And the guy band was one of the high points.

We were there when you and Phil came out afterwards. You gave my daughter a hug and she was thrilled. I waved- there was another mom talking my ear off! You, Phil, Chris Rich, Haley and Blake all signed my daughter's program, so she's walking on air. Thanks to all of you for taking the time to come out- I know you must have been tired, and some of the screaming was a little scary....

Carol said...

Hey Chris -
I have been a fan since I saw you try out for the show - I love your voice and after reading your blog through the months, I feel like I know you a bit -- I love your current album and can't wait to see what you are up to after the tour. You have such a gift in making a song about something uplifting be so current at the same time. There are so many of us behind the scenes that are pulling for you --- keep up the good work! We need to all be better Christians so each of us can be in the best light we can be in this world that can be a bit dark at times -- thanks!
A friend in Arizona

Carmen said...

Carianne,
Here is a link to where you can purchase the scrolling badges.

http://www.streettags.com/Digital_LED_Name_Badge_products_s/2.htm

I will be wearing mine to the DC concert with HstryQt. I can't wait! Just a little over a week!
SIMB
Carmen