Hello again, friends. It’s been a while!
In my last update, I wrote about our journey to Nashville and shared some of my musical goals with you as we were settling in to our new hometown. Well, today I’m writing this post from our new hometown: Atlanta, Georgia…Say whaaaaaa?
Yes, that’s right. After 6 months in Nashville, the wife, the pup, and I packed up the apartment, loaded the moving truck, and hit the road again toward another new adventure. I know I’ve been a little out of the loop recently, and some are more aware than others of the going-ons of the last few months, but I wanted to write a quick life update to bring everyone up to speed about our relocation to Atlanta and to share what’s next for us.
So let’s go back a bit:
Even before we moved to Nashville, we knew it would be temporary (we were originally thinking at least a year), but 6 months did come as a bit of a surprise to us. There were a few different factors that lead to our decision to move: personal, career, and musical.
On the personal side of things, I found myself traveling to Atlanta quite a bit for work (more often than we expected), and long story short: I didn’t want to see these two only through FaceTime.
Family is reason enough to make any big decision, but there were career factors that brought us to Atlanta as well. As many of you know, I’ve been working for Chick-fil-A, Inc. in Atlanta on a part-time basis for the last year (thus all the traveling), but I’m happy to say I now am at the Home Office full-time! Working for Chick-fil-A is something I’ve had in mind to do long-term alongside my music, and I am super excited that that is now a possibility. Having a job that energizes you and allows opportunity for you to pursue your passions is a dream, and I feel so blessed to be able to do that here.
Lastly, one of the things I discovered about living in Music City is that a city isn’t as important of a factor in an artist’s success as I once thought. Now, don’t get me wrong: Nashville has is perks, for sure. I got to bowl on Tuesdays with my favorite songwriter of all time, and even workshopped some of my songs with him (not while bowling). I had a music-strategy session over coffee with another one of my musical idols and got to play my first Nashville show with another.
But Nashville had its challenges for me musically too: a very saturated market that made booking shows especially difficult, a heavy concentration of similar sounds that made individuality even more of a challenge, and a work schedule (both in and out of town) that made making music a priority nearly impossible.
My wife and I prayed a lot as we made the decision, and of course we wrestled with a lot of self-doubt, but The Lord gave us little pieces of assurance along the way that Atlanta was the right move. Now, being here, we know it is.
I won’t have to be away from my family 8-10 days a month, which is AWESOME.
I am blessed with a job that gives life to me and frees up my weekends to travel and play music.
Lastly, moving to Atlanta will be great for me, musically. I really did transplant from one great music city to another. Atlanta has a great scene for my type of music, so I’ll be building my following starting locally. And it’s also a really short hop to some other great cities. I’m targeting Birmingham, Charlotte, Chatanooga, and even Nashville for upcoming shows. (See Shows for details about my 3/28 show in Nashville!)
It’s been a wild past 6 months, but we are very excited about this new step in our journey. And we’re happy to be in Atlanta!