I now know why artists take so long between albums (if they are worth their weight, that is). You pour so much of your heart, mind and body into the production that you have little time for anything else. Your attention is pulled into it's clutches, even in the moments you wish it would let go! This was especially hard for me as a senior graduating from college where in class all I could think about was the piano I just tracked, or the mix coming in from the studio. I will admit, I got desperate at times; wishing it would just vanish and I could go back to life without the CD. But now, at the end of the debut album, I can say that I wouldn't have it any other way. What is an end result without a little sweat and tears?...Okay, more than a little. Becoming a "recording artist" has been such an adventure, to say the least! Because of that, I wanted Rain to be an adventure for the listener, too. Everything is specifically done - from the album artwork to the order of the songs, there is intention seeping from the name itself. I would recommend listening through it fully, but of course there will be some favorites that will be repeatedly listened to. It's really a compilation of 4-5 years of my songs, spanning my style changes with the most current being I Sat Myself Down. Everyone asks me what my genre is and I am left stumbling over words. I guess I should have a quick response programmed for that question, but I just can't wrap my head around it. Sure, there are pop influences and the lyrics are from a Christ follower's heart, but when it comes to my genre I just don't know. I truly love many different styles of music. I can work out to hard rock, sip a cup of tea with soft mellow jazz surrounding me, ponder as the depths of folk music take me away, pour out my heart in worship, enjoy techno as it numbs my thoughts, cruise with a country song on the open road, let my heart soar with Mozart's creativity - you name it. Mind you, this album features more pop and jazz sounds, but I will write for many different styles in my life. My goal as a musician is to become international; touching lives from all different cultures. I want to write in multiple languages (though I only speak English at this time), write for orchestras and small ensembles, perform everywhere from little shops in a foreign nation, to leading thousands in worship. It is such a grand world and I'd like my music to reflect it's sublime nature and Creator. Above all, I do not try to accomplish anything on my own. Rain was a masterpiece crafted by His hands. I could not sing without His voice. I could not compose without His inspiration. My hope is that every listener will be stirred from within to seek the Love that is above all.