November 10, 2010


Today is a national holiday -- "Groves Day".

No, not General Leslie Richard Groves who served as military director of the atomic bomb project in the 1930's -- as so many of you were thinking. Not so fast...

Sara Groves & Shaun Groves.
They're not related.
They're not working on a record together.
They don't live in the same state.
I haven't the slightest idea if they even know each other.

But they seem to share much in common.

Neither seems to care much for fame or recognition.
Neither seems to care about making music for the sake of industry or career.
Both seem to value songwriting and honest expression in their art & songs.
Both place faith, family & mission above all in their life - even if it means sacrificing money & accolades.

I have great respect for both of them as friends & artists.

here's the scoop:
Shaun is preparing to record a new album and is inviting you & I to join him. read more -->
Sara has recorded a live Christmas record in a prison. Yes, a prison - and its beautiful and moving - and a prison sing along is about as 'Jesus' as it gets. Oh..and its free!!!

So, join me in helping make some music with Shaun & receiving some free music from Sara.
Happy GROVES DAY everybody!


October 2, 2010

I remember walking by the table. The table with Compassion packets in the lobby, one that has been there for most of my concerts over the last few years. The packets of children were there for others to sponsor. I would speak on their behalf, invite friends and fans to be a part of an amazing child sponsorship program in 27 of the poorest countries in the world and then i'd move on to the next town.

But this day was different.

I walked by, stopped and saw J.Love.

Now, don't confuse this with J.Lo - the lovely, yet moderately talented singer/actress.

No, this little guy was Jhyvelove, a 6 yr old boy living in northwest Haiti.

And though we already had several kids we were sponsoring through Compassion, I just knew J.Love would be among them.

8 months later, all hell broke loose in Haiti.

On my latest visit to Haiti, I talked with dozens of people describing the quake. The instant reaction for many was that the world was ending. Can you imagine being in a place with such noise, destruction & chaos that your first thought is the Apocalypse? It didn't seem possible. Yet neither did the destruction that remained at every turn. In Haiti, the country hailed as the poorest and most corrupt in the Western Hemisphere, worst case scenarios had become then norm. My heart, as i'm sure yours is after seeing even the news stories, was heavy.

Before I left, the 6 yr old boy with the funny name made a 4 hour trek to Port-Au-Prince to meet me. He wore a new dress shirt his mother had purchased for our meeting. I asked him if we could call him J.Love. He shrugged and then smiled. I took that as a yes.

His eyes were filled with the same wonder that i see in my own 6 yr old first grader back home. His new pressed shirt as white as his skin was dark. He was soft spoken as this was his first visit to the "big city".

We laughed. We played tag. We drank Coca Cola. We took turns on photo booth - the program on my computer that distorts your face. His little mind was blown!

J.Love was accompanied by his Compassion director who detailed the weeks immediately after the quake. Though not in the hardest hit part of the country, their community still had damage, injuries & fear of aftershocks was widespread. He explained that Compassion immediately assessed needs for every family with children in their program. Clean water, food, medical attention & housing aid was distributed accordingly and done so quickly - thanks mostly to the Compassion emergency relief fund. This fund is an additional $7 a month that allows Compassion to respond immediately to disasters in Haiti, Sri Lanka, Indonesia or wherever the next disaster occurs.

Before leaving, I handed him a soccer ball. He handed me a bottle of lotion. He said it was for the lady in the picture, a family picture that included my lovely wife. What a little ladies man, that J.Love.

We said our goodbyes and I was overwhelmed with what hope this now 7 yr old has because of what God is doing in his life & community thanks to Compassion.

Since the quake, new sponsorships in Haiti have been put on hold. If you visit their site today, Compassion is not accepting new sponsorships because of the detailed work in caring for current children and families - over 50k across Haiti. However, after some begging and pleading, I received 150 packets of Haiti children who need a sponsor today.

I'm currently on the west coast for 10 days. My prayer and hope is that in the next 10 days, we find sponsors for all 150 kids. Kids like Kerlandie, whose packet caught my eye as i walked by the table again today. I'm calling it the HAITI 150. That sounds like a bike ride across Haiti..but its not - even better!

Will you consider joining us? Sponsor a child in Haiti and then help me tell the story - inviting friends and family to join as well.

***email my asst lindsey -

Let her know you want to sponsor a child in Haiti, and give her your preference (boy or girl - age, etc..keep in mind that older kids have a harder time finding a sponsor). She will get your info, fill out the form and mail you the info to get started.

Thanks for reading.



April 8, 2010

First Band Names...

A few weeks back, I asked the fine folks of rsb twitter world to submit the names of their first bands -- assuming we had some musicians out there with some horrific names.

You did not disappoint.

Like a papa at jr's first National Pig Hollerin' contest, I was glowing with pride!
So, without any more nonsense or hullabaloo, here is the list we compiled:

John Doe and the Nobodies

Universal Guilt


Domestic Geoffrey

Point South

Fraction of a Penny




The MUF Band

Purple Rose Conductor

Evaporated Pets

Fireproof Pants


Eyes Up



Crawdad Fettucini


Fifth Onyx

Celestial Navigators


Letters From April



Radio Star

TBM - Toxic Basement Meat


Zero Hour



Daughters of the Son

Master Peace

Mara's prison


Faux Pas

Mangled Baby Ducks

Abimelech and The Half Sister Wives

Jupiter Jones

Greatest Common Factor

Beacons Ablaze

The Faith Walkers

Worship Hearts

Rebel Son

Critical Aim

Shock-Proof Orange

After Birth

Covered in Dust

Seven Fold Spirit




Fishers of Men

99 Sheep

Upward Call

Black Medallion

Sudden Silence

Core 4:12

March 21, 2010



If you RSVP’d to our exclusive RSB Listening Party – READ BELOW FOR INFO!

Monday, March 22nd (TOMORROW!)


101 Crawford St.
Houston, TX 77002

-- It is the ‘Wagon Works building’, brick loft/warehouse

--Here are directions from Ecclesia:
Starting from 2115 Taft St
Houston, TX 77006
Head north on Taft St toward Welch St 0.5 mi
Turn right at W Dallas St 0.9 mi
Continue onto Bagby St 0.1 mi
Turn right at McKinney St 0.8 mi
Turn left at Crawford St
Destination will be on the right 0.5mi
Ending at 101 Crawford St.

-- There is plenty of parking on the street

We will have amazing coffee available, so be sure to eat/snack before you come!