La Zona Rosa

•October 5, 2007 • 29 Comments

Last night we played at La Zona Rosa in Austin, Texas.
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As an empty room it’s not much to look at. Asphalt floors, bare walls, a few large stacks of speakers, and a sour smell hanging in the air from the years of sweat and rock that has taken place on it’s wooden stage. But things changed once the show began. The entire place was packed. “Sold Out” as they say in the “biz”. And despite the kinks and bumps that always rear their ugly heads at the beginning of any tour, the show was great.
The Myriad opens the show with their epic sounds. If you don’t know about their music then you should go check it out. It’s rad. The David Crowder Band Headlines. I think that they’re the best at what they do. And I’m smashed there in the middle.
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Today we arrived in Dallas. We’re playing at the house of blues here tonight and it is amazing. Can’t wait to show you guys some pictures of it tomorrow.

So there are two buses on this tour. One holds the David Crowder Band and their peeps. The other holds myself, Brody, the Myriad guys and some of the crew. There are twelve bunks and there are twelve of us. It’s cozy. Good thing everyone is cool.

Until next time
-phil

Join the Mob

•October 4, 2007 • 31 Comments

Hey friends,
First of all, thanks so much to all of you who have been spreading the word about “Cannons”. Your support is much appreciated.
Hopefully all of you who have pre-ordered the record have received your copy in the mail, and I also hope that if you never pre-ordered it then you picked up the CD somewhere, whether it be in physical or digital form.

I wanted to let you guys know about this thing I’m starting up called a “Mobile Mob”. It’s just another way to be able to stay connected with all of you. It’s easy to sign up too, and you get a free “True Love” ringtone after you sign up.

To Join the Mobile Mob: Text PHIL to 66937, get a free ringtone, tell your friends!

Thanks again everyone for all the support. Tonight the tour is in Austin, Texas at “La Zona Rosa”. Hope all of you Austinians can make it out to the show.
-phil

At the HOB with the DCB

•October 3, 2007 • 39 Comments

Hey Everyone,
A lot has happened in the last 24 hours. My new record was released, and I’ve started up my tour with the wholesome and talented David Crowder Band, otherwise known as the “DCB”. Not to mention doing a CD release show in the studio at KSBJ, a rocking radio station in Houston, TX. Now I find myself in New Orleans, a town with a lot of good food and even more character and history to back it up. It even holds some personal history for me. A good portion of my ancestry once called this bayou their home, and some still do. Yes, it’s a good feeling to rejoin with ones roots. “It’s good to meet you New Orleans. My forefathers have trodden your soil and now I shall do the same.”

The venue is the House of Blues. I am sitting backstage as we speak. The walls are a collision of blues, reds, greens, and yellows spiraling into a collage of what some might call “vibey”. A fan hums overhead. Lighted mirrors hang on the wall. Just outside the door there is a stage upon which the final preparations are taking place. Outside the window there are hundreds waiting in a line on the street below. Yes, it is the first day of the tour and I am excited.
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I made some last minute changes to my set in the green room.
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Can’t wait to see you guys at one of the shows.
-phil

A Little Friendly Competition

•September 27, 2007 • 87 Comments

The date is September 27th, 2007. The time is 4:19 PM. I am in San Diego. The sun is shining. A breeze is blowing. The birds are singing. To my right hand lies an iced Americano. To my left sits my celly. It has had a busy day. Final preparations, last minute decisions, ordering this, picking up that. There has been much to do, yes, much to do, for the time draws nigh. We are within the final week of waiting. Come this Tuesday, twelve songs will be officially released under the umbrella of a single word: “Cannons”. Even now they sit in their cardboard prisons, waiting in the musty dark for one such as yourself to free them from their current state and give them the listen that they so desire. For that is why they were created. Hewn from experience and emotion, fashioned in love, they simply ask you to lend an ear (as well as a small fee of anything from $9.99 to $20.00, depending upon the retailer). I am writing today, on behalf of these songs, to seek your aid. The circumstance is woebegone, but all is not lost. Their story must be told. The message proclaimed from whatever edifice you can climb. Here, on this site, we have provided one such edifice. Bookending this post you will find a link, a gateway if you will. Should you choose to help, then you need only click the link above or below (didn’t want ya to miss it) and further directions will guide your way. Oh, and you’ll be entered into a contest to win some fun stuff including an ipod. Who wouldn’t want a free ipod right?

I’ve also been reading this book by Tolkien called “The Children of Hurin”. The whole “world stacked against a hero” theme seems to have rubbed off on me.

Oh, and one more thing. If you don’t have a myspace then forget I mentioned anything about a contest. It has to do with your myspace profiles, so if you don’t have one then think nothing of it.

TEN DAYS TILL CANNONS!

•September 22, 2007 • 77 Comments

As I was posting the previous blog I realized that October 2nd is only ten days away, which means “Cannons” is only ten days away, which means I am getting very excited. Seriously, I’m really excited right now… it’s literally going to kill me… this excitement. What am I excited about? I’m excited for you guys to hear it. I’m excited to see and hear what the Lord is going to do with these twelve new songs.
And just to let you all know, a little extra help on your guys part would be muchly appreciated. “How can I help my buddy Phil?” you ask. Well, if you’re excited like me, then tell someone about it.
If you need some ideas then here is an example convo:

“Hey (insert name #1), you pumping some sweet iron?”
“Yeah (insert name #2), I’m trying to get my guns up to ‘cannon’ status in the next ten days.”
“What’s the occasion?” asked (insert name #1).
“Well (insert name #2), Phil Wickham’s new CD, “Cannons”, is coming out in ten days and I just wanted to be ready for it.”
“Yeah, that makes sense, and I’m glad you reminded me about it.”
“Me too (insert name #2), me too.”

Pretty easy right? Even the most mundane everyday activities can be used to spread the word! Let me know of your “Cannons” word spreading exploits. Anything from posting a link to shooting yourself out of a Cannon would suffice.

Y’all have a terrific day.
-phil

Hungarian Always Forever

•September 22, 2007 • 17 Comments

This blesses my heart.

A friend of mine sent this to me after she visited a church in Budapest , Hungary.
It put such a big smile on my face.

The Desert Chronicles

•September 19, 2007 • 52 Comments

Who knew that the road between Albuquerque and Phoenix could be so fun! I’ve been spending most of this month going from radio station to radio station talking about the upcoming release. The interviews have been fun, but the hours on the road can get a bit arduous.
So Kai-the-Radio-Guy and I started having some fun with the camera. What you see is the result.

Oh, and this is a Jackalope. It’s pretty much my new favorite animal.
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-phil