Wednesday, September 14, 2016

KANE ALBUM - LYRICS

LYRICS FROM THE ALBUM "KANE"

GOD STOLE MY HEART

Verse 1:
Frozen,
I can’t move I’m paralyzed
‘Cause you have stolen
(mmmm)
Everything that was inside
All my obsessions
What I thought were prized possessions
You have taken away
(oh)
You left me with your love

Pre-Chorus:
Oh,
Hit me like a heart attack
(Oh my)
Saw my vision fade to black
(oh)
Never saw it coming in the silence of the night

Chorus:
Rain on us
Like never before
Melt my heart away
Capture us, with a ransom of love
God stole my heart from me
And I don’t ever want it back (x2)

dum-dum (repeated)

Verse 2:
I noticed,
All the walls around my heart
Have all been broken
(yeah yeah)
God filters in what should be out
Like aquafina (ahhhh)
There’s no need for competition
My heart’s taken
There’s no mistaken, no
(You should know)

Pre-Chorus:
Oh,
Hit me like a heart attack (hit me like a heart attack)
Saw my vision fade to black (fading, oh I’m fading)
Never saw it coming in the silence of the night

Chorus:
Rain on us
Like never before (like never before)
Melt my heart away (away)
Capture us (capture us), with a ransom of love (yeah)
God stole my heart from me
And I don’t ever want it back  (x2)
(yeah, oh)
dum-dum (repeated)
I don’t even want it back

Bridge:
I don’t even want it (I don’t)
I don’t even want it
God stole my heart
And I don’t want it back (I don’t even want it)

Chorus:
Rain on us (rain on us, yeah woah)
Like never before
Melt my heart away (away, melt my heart away)
Capture us with a ransom of love (ransom of love)

LOVE A LITTLE BIT

Whoop
Ha SK

VERSE 1
Rumpa bum bum on the bass drum
Bang it real loud till your face numb
Got saved by the real one
So I ain't gotta tell you where I came from
They gone hate from different regions
You just gotta what you believe in
Everything I do is for a reason
And I'm on a new level
(Achievement)

PRECHORUS
They thought I lost my mind
Cuz they know I'm a believer
Told em love is on the winning side
But nobody would believe us
Don't change your mind
Even if they don't believe ya
Ask me how I grind
I'll tell you a little secret
Love a little bit

CHORUS
Love A Little Bit (4x)

Love A Little Bit
Love A Love A Little bit (4x)

VERSE 2
Don't understand what I'm talking bout
You getting mad, you can walk it out
You know that love gets the hate out
(Hate out)
And you know we keep it real
(Whoop whoop)
Get the fake out
I ain't trying to make a scene now
We playing for the winning team now
Everything we do is for a reason
Yeah we on a new level
(Get on my level)

PRECHORUS
They thought I lost my mind
Cuz they know I'm a believer
(Oh)
Told em love is on the winning side
But nobody would believe us
(Don't believe us)
Don't change your mind
Even if they don't believe ya
(No no)
Ask me how I grind
I'll tell you a little secret
Love A Little Bit

CHORUS
Love A Little Bit (4x)

Love A Little Bit
Love A Love A Little Bit (4x)

BRIDGE
Shades on with a great song
(Great song)
Yeah we praise him all night till the lights on
(Lights on)
And you know this beats cold
Snow storm (snow storm)
And I'm covered real well
State Farm
I keep it real with the homies
From the beginning to end and
We taking multiple Polaroids
Just to fit in his image
I'm on Facebook
And they checking my status
I gotta new look
Now they copping my status
Like what

PRECHORUS
They thought I lost my mind (hey)
Cuz they know I'm a believer
(They know who I am)
Told em love is on the winning side
But nobody would believe us
(No no no)
Don't change your mind (don't you change your mind)
Even if they don't believe ya
Ask me how I grind (oh)
I'll tell you a little secret

DIAGRAM

Walk out
Take a step into something new
Fly now
Take it in and enjoy the view

No opposition
Here's my decision
I will no longer be tied
To these chains in this prison
A life with no vision
No I don't see it that way
Why it gotta be that way
Whenever I seek you
You show me
Ooo waa

When I need a map
You already made it
When I need a path
You already paved it
You're so good to me
I may be jaded
But when I need a plan
You draw it out for me

Chorus:
Diagram (repeat)

What now
So many lessons to be learned
We search now
No more waiting it's our turn

Were always connected
You give us perspective
Nothing I could do without your love
Out in this world it gets so rough
I couldn't do it any other way
You know I need you every single day
When I seek you
You show me
Ooo waa

Chorus:
Diagram (repeat)

Bridge:
I'm leaning on you for your wisdom
Im reaching out for your hand
Light up the path that you've given

Cuz I know it's all in your plan (2x)

YOU’LL BE ALRIGHT

Verse 1:
Reflections of a moment in your eyes
There’s a fire
A burning desire
And yesterday was hidden by the night
We’re starting all over, this time

Pre-Chorus:
‘Cause they ‘gon try to tell you
You can’t fly
They ‘gon tell you how to live your life
In this world we’re going to have to fight
But don’t you worry God is on your side
You’ll be alright

Chorus:
You’ll be alright (x2)

Verse 2:
Open water
Pulling down at your dreams
Don’t throw it away, you’ll be okay
There’s so much time to hold onto
There’s a winner inside you
You’re bigger than second place
And that’s never gonna change

Pre-Chorus:
‘Cause they ‘gon try to tell you
You can’t fly
They ‘gon tell you how to live your life
In this world we’re going to have to fight
But don’t you worry God is on your side
You’ll be alright

Chorus:
You’ll Be Alright (x2)

Look,
They say that you couldn’t
So lets show them you can fly
You got fire in
Your eyes are shining
Brighten up the sky
People they will never know
The pain the tears the lonely nights
What don’t kill you make you stronger
So I know that you gonna be alright
If it takes all night
Let just stand up and
When you fog it up and continue to fight
That’s right
Because you got the fortune and
Who got control
Whole lot of logging
Eagle soarin
Fight into seeing you
It’s true
And now I know you’ll be alright

NEW LEVEL

VERSE 1
I want the whole world to hear ya
Don't wanna keep it on the low
Lord you know I'm down for whatever
Want you to tell me where to go

A lot of us gone live life just living day to day
I'm stepping up and I'm sold out
No one can take your place
So wake up
This time we're going all the way
Yeah

PRECHORUS
Some people live for the moment
Struggling for something more
We going up we've been lifted
Hope your ready to soar

CHORUS
I'm on a new level
I'm on a new level
You can hear it the bass treble
Turn me up I'm on a new level
New level

Do do(2x)

VERSE 2
I'm living where the eagles fly (fly)
You pick me up to levels unseen
And when you speak into my life
Then I go up go up go up go up
To another height

A lot of us gone live life
Just living day to day
Well I'm stepping up
And I'm sold out
No one can take your place

So wake up
This time we're going all the way

PRECHORUS
Some people live for the moment
Struggling for something more
We going up we've been lifted
Hope your ready to soar

CHORUS
I'm on a new level
I'm on a new level (oh)
You can hear it in the bass treble (oh)
Turn me up I'm on a new level

Do do
(I'm on a new level)
Do do
(I got the whole singing)
Do do
(I-I-I'm on a new level)
Do do

BRIDGE
(I'm on a new) (Yeah)
Level that I've never never seen before
(No no no no)
(I'm on a new)
So many blessings that I have in store
(So many blessings)
(I'm on a new) (yeah)
And the devil can't take away what I got
(No no no no)
(I'm on a new)
Won't let the world tell me what I can't have

CHORUS
I'm on a new level
(Do do)
I'm on a new level
You can hear it in the bass treble

BREAKTHROUGH

Verse 1:
I couldn’t do this alone
This life was too much to own
That’s why I needed you (that’s why I needed you)
My mind was so filled with doubt
I couldn’t figure it out
I needed answers from you (answers from you)
Up and down again
I never seem to win
I never knew what to do (I never knew, I never knew)
I fell right off the path
It felt like I finished last
Now I’m not looking back

Chorus:
I’m not looking where I used to, used to
‘Cause now I see more, more of you
I know you’re the real truth, real truth
And I know you're my breakthrough
You’re my breakthrough, breakthrough
Your love can’t be beat
With you I feel complete
God you’re all I see
I know you’re my breakthrough, breakthrough
I know you’re my breakthrough
You’re my breakthrough, breakthrough


Verse 2:
I need something to hold
You wanted my life to mold
That’s why I gave it to you (that’s why I gave it to you)
Broken in trust and in faith
But you showed me a new way
Now I’m following you (I’m following you)
All those times I walked away
You guided me back to you (you guided me)
Now I know at the end of the day (end of the day)
I belong to you

Chorus:
I’m not looking where I used to, used to (oh)
‘Cause now I see more, more of you (more of you)
I know you’re the real truth, real truth (real truth)
And I know you're my breakthrough
You’re my breakthrough, breakthrough (breakthrough)
Your love can’t be beat
With you I feel complete
God you’re all I see (all I see, yeah)
I know you’re my breakthrough, breakthrough
I know you’re my breakthrough
You’re my breakthrough, breakthrough

Bridge:
(oh’s)
You’re my breakthrough, breakthrough (x2)
(Gang Vocal)

Chorus:
I’m not looking where I used to, used to (I’m not looking where I used to)
‘Cause now I see more (more of you), more of you (more of you)
I know you’re the real truth, real truth
And I know you're my breakthrough (breakthrough)
You’re my breakthrough, breakthrough (oooo)
Your love can’t be beat
With you I feel complete (I feel complete)
God you’re all I see (you’re all I see, yeah)
I know you’re my breakthrough, breakthrough (breakthrough)
I know you’re my breakthrough (breakthrough)
You’re my breakthrough, breakthrough

WE WIN

Verse 1:
Hey
He could never win the race
But he never walked away
And though he always felt the pain
He never showed it on his face
They said he will never grow
His mother said you will never know
Thought he’d never win the case
If it wasn’t for amazing grace

Pre-Chorus (x2):
If God is for us,
Who could be against us
We win,
We win

Chorus:
We Win (repeat)

Verse 2:
From the parties in the hallways
To the tailgates in the backyards
Revivals in the four walls
Waiting for the great day
Many will be too late
So many will anticipate
But can not forfeit
Something that is worth it

Pre-Chorus (x2):
If God is for us,
Who could be against us
We win,
We win

Chorus:
We Win (repeat)

Bridge:
How great is our God
He reigns forever, forever (x2)
He reigns forever, forever (x4)

Chorus:
We Win (repeat)

GHOST

I take a step in a new way
I don’t know where I’m going but I can’t be late
Every leap brings new faith
When I’m running with you each and every day
I can’t see the end, but you know it
I gotta maintain, don’t blow it
Temptations all around,
But I can’t let Him down
Not even for a moment

But how do I follow something I can’t see
I need to know that you’re there, I need to know that you’re there
You tell me faith is why I walk, it’s not what I see
So now I know that you’re there, now I know that you’re there

There ain’t a time that you aren’t by my side
Coast to coast, when I need you the most
And I won’t rewind, my life has been defined
Say goodbye, adios, my old life is a ghost
My old life is a ghost, old life is a ghost (repeat)

I love the way you hold me down
You got a real grip
And I can feel you all around
And I like it
Oh-oh-oh-oh, progressive, I’m down with the Flo
Oh-oh-oh-oh, foot on the pedal, let’s go

But how do I follow something I can’t see
I need to know that you’re there, Show me that you’re there
You tell me faith is why I walk, it’s not what I see
So now I know that you’re there, now I know that you’re there

There ain’t a time that you aren’t by my side
Coast to coast, when I need you the most
And I won’t rewind, my life has been defined
Say goodbye, adios, my old life is a ghost
My old life is a ghost, old life is a ghost (repeat)

Tell me what the real
Why the kid won't blow no pill?
Why he always keep it trill?
Why he still ain't copped no deal?

What You need cop a mill fo
When the ville on?
Got the bill fold in da will though
Like I'm Hillsbro, got the heels on like I'm Bilbo,
Coop Deville low, is you healed though?

Got my real on
Billy graham In the trunk
Really playing with the funk
Really can't band with grams in the trunk
Really can't with the front
I'm the man in the cut

Why ya man trying to stunt?
Why you messing with my head like a toupe?
I'm the man bump what you say
Rollin with new wave
Whipping in the foreign it's a new day
A New me! Whipping with sauce, Lou Rawls, finna dip off!

HEART LIKE YOU REMIX

So many people all around me, so many chances I could take
So many times that I just let them pass on by
And I know that I could make a difference, I know you’re calling me for
more. I know that I could step out and stop wasting time.

And you alone are all I need to change a life

Chorus:
Give me a heart like you.
Give me a love so true.
To light up the world for you.
I give you all of me in all I do,
cause all I want is a heart like you.

You are the flame that keeps on burning,
you are alive inside of me
You are the one who makes the broken beautiful.
And I want to find the ones forgotten,
I want to feel you leading me
I want to play the part that you have made me for

And you alone are all I need to change a life

Chorus:
Give me a heart like you,
give me a love so true,
to light up the world for you.
I give you all of me in all I do,
cause all I want is a heart like you.

Bridge:
Set a fire, set a fire inside of me,
take control, take control come alive in me (repeat)

Chorus:
Give me a heart like you,
give me a love so true,
to light up the world for you.
I give you all of me in all I do,
cause all I want is a heart like you.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Third Studio Project "KANE" Releasing July 22, 2016


After ten months of planning and writing in the studio, recording, and a whirlwind joining of Anthem Lights in between, I'm finally ready to release my new full album project titled KANE.

I've shared samples of the songs the past six months on social media and my live video chats with all of you but have only released 3 of the songs from the project publicly. Any of you who have come to the Millennial Tour  this past spring 2016 will have heard many of the new songs on this album. Some of you have purchased the 7 song EP from the new project from my online store but finally you'll get to hear the entire project when it releases on July 22, 2016.

I will be performing that night at SONSHINE FESTIVAL in Somerset Wisconsin just outside Minneapolis, MN. My hope is to have the new full CD available for the merch at that show and every personal concert from then on.

Here's the final playlist from the new CD:
  1. God Stole My Heart
  2. Love A Lil Bit
  3. Diagram
  4. You'll Be Alright ft. Adrion Butler
  5. New Level
  6. Breakthrough
  7. This Is Living ft. Alexis Slifer
  8. Betrayed
  9. We Win
  10. BONUS TRACK: Ghost ft. Izze
  11. BONUS TRACK: Heart Like You -  (Stereodraft EDM Remix)

A quick summary of each song I wrote:

GOD STOLE MY HEART
I wrote this one with a lot of inspiration from Michael Jackson and Chris Brown vocals and music. The lyrics really discuss the importance of knowing that when your heart is full of junk and ugly sins, God wants to take that all away from you and replace the void with His love.

LOVE A LIL BIT
Probably the most fun track on my new project, this song gets pretty fun to sing along to because the hook is so easy to remember... the song title. Yes, I do actually rap in this song toward the end, so get ready. The lyrics talk a lot about how the world knows we are Christians by how we show love to one another. People get confused when we choose to love on people instead of judge them or hate them or try to put our religious rules on them. This song is about just LOVING people the way God asks us to.

DIAGRAM
The last song written for this album but one of my favorites because it has a really laid back and R&B vibe. The lyrics just talk about how sometimes we need God to draw it out for us and reveal His plan in our life.

YOU'LL BE ALRIGHT
This is a TURN UP song and is fun in concert. I hope you feel the flow when you listen cause it's like an anthem about stop worrying. God really wants us to know when you trust Him and focus on Him, it will truly be alright.

NEW LEVEL
Most of you have already heard this one and it's probably my favorite vocal track on the project cause it's just so smooth and reminds me of a song you'd play with the top down on your car and just cruisin. When I give in to God and set my will aside, I find that He lifts me up to a new level and puts me in a new setting to represent Him to the world. This song is about being ready to be taken to new levels in Christ.

BREAKTHROUGH
This song is exciting for me because I wrote 100% of the lyrics and had the great experience to work with Doug from We Are Leo to produce it in Chicago. This song is very Maroon 5 inspired and the lyrics just talk about how we can overcome our past and experience a breakthrough when God is involved in your life. We sometimes have habits and things we cling to instead of God but when we focus on Him, we can experience a breakthrough.

THIS IS LIVING
I loved recording this cover of Hillsong Young and Free but having it rearranged like a worship song. The lyrics are truly amazing and it was such a great end result with Alexis singing on the track.

BETRAYED
This song was actually written by request of a film maker who considered it for a soundtrack. Unfortunately it wasn't chosen in the end, but I still like the song anyway. It's a bit out of my comfort zone as far as style, but it's a very simple ballad-like worship song that explains the amazing grace of our Lord when we mess up.

WE WIN
This song is probably my favorite LIVE song to perform now because it's just so unique. It's both a Turn Up and Praise and Worship track all in one. The Bible tells us that Jesus causes us to Triumph (win) and sometimes when we are slammed with a trial or major setback in our natural life, we can get discouraged. But the truth is that we should never forget WHO'S team we are on and that in the end... WE WIN.

GHOST
This song was released a few months back as a free download for the first 100 people to get it. I wrote this song pretty quickly and it just flowed well. The lyrics are metaphorical because once we become forgiven in Christ, we are no longer the person we use to be. That old life is a ghost that no longer lives.

HEART LIKE YOU (remix)
This is a great dance remix of the song from my last album. Nothing changed lyrically, but DJ's will probably like to play this in the clubs.

So that's it. I can't wait for you all to hear the NEW me. KANE is a complete project that represents my current creative flow and how I want to be in the Christian music industry. Most of you don't realize my last album RUNWAY was mostly written and recorded 4 years ago but it took a while to release everything. So many of those songs were when I was 15 years old and a LOT has changed since then in my vocals and music style.

I love you all and thank you for your extreme patience while we worked on this project in between my new passion of being involved with Anthem Lights. God is so good!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

2015 YEAR REVIEW

Ok, so this has been a crazy year! It's been both emotionally and physically draining. But it's also been amazing. Here's my recap.


  • My song RUNWAY earned #2 Billboard Magazine Emerging Artist Chart rank in January.
  • In February I won the NEXT BIG THING in Christian Music award (here's a vlog about it)
  • Got to perform at my very first PLAYLIST LIVE in Orlando in February.
  • My song RUNWAY had radio play throughout the country (a first for me for radio)
  • Graduated High School in June (thank you Lord)
  • I performed nearly 50 concerts in 2015 including being part of opening for artists like FOR KING AND COUNTRY and NATALIE GRANT.
  • I got to play basketball with my lifelong music idol TOBYMAC. (dream come true)
  • I was cast in my first 2 movies. GOD'S NOT DEAD 2 (April 2016) and CAMP COOL KIDS (Summer 2016).
  • Made my first trip to L.A. for a week and met some amazing industry folks that I'll never forget.
  • Wrote and recorded 11 new original songs which will be released in 2016.
I could probably list a lot more details of stuff that happened during the year, but it would take too long. I'm so thankful to God for my family, friends and amazing #KANEIACS who have shown me so much support. I know 2016 will be incredible and I'm looking forward to sharing some details about new things you all can expect. There are some HUGE projects and announcements that I think you all will be as excited about as I am.

Peace.

Friday, April 17, 2015

WHAT DOES IT TAKE?

So Billy grew up going to McDonalds with his family. He absolutely loved the Kid's Meals and playing in the indoor playground when he visited the dining room. His family would make a trip through the drive-thru a few times each week and Billy's appetite for McDonald's french fries grew into a passion.

As Billy became a teen, he began experimenting in the kitchen with his own cooking of burgers and fries. His parents were intrigued one day when they smelled the aroma that spread through the house. His dad popped in and asked Billy what he was up to while seeing a basket of home cooked fries laying out on the counter. He sampled one. "Wow. These taste pretty good son. You made these yourself?" Billy nodded. His dad mentioned an upcoming county fair food contest that he should consider entering his food recipe because it was pretty good for a young teen just learning how to cook in the kitchen with no training or classes.

Billy took the chance and entered his best dish along with over 100 other teens in the county. The judges each sampled the entrants food and eventually selected Billy's as the runner up to an older teen who had been cooking for years and had formal training in culinary arts. The 2nd place finish earned him a $100 gift card. Billy was encouraged.

His friends and family were equally impressed and suggested he take his recipe and enter a national cooking contest in the big city next to his small home town. Billy did it. Out of over 120 other cooks Billy was the youngest and, like before, ended up 2nd place out of all of them, with a 27 year old taking first place. The judges praised his ability and skill in culinary arts at such a young age.

Billy was encouraged.

With the help of his parents, Billy asked if he could offer some free samples of his recipe to people from all around to see if the public, too, would appreciate his food. So the family set aside enough money to buy the ingredients and began to help him make up sample size meals that could be reheated and taste like it was fresh from the kitchen. They advertised on social media that he had the free samples available and to his amazement, thousands of people came and tried it out. Many came back throughout the week for more samples because they really liked it.

The family was a bit shocked. What was a casual experiment was looking like a promising future for Billy if he wanted to keep working at it. So, the family decided to focus more on Billy's skills in the kitchen and began to reach out to places beyond their county and state to see how his recipe would fair with other public members. Like before, they loved it. Except this time, the time, investment and people needed to keep up with the demand became quite expensive and the family needed to find several volunteers to aide in the process of simply making the recipe and many more volunteers to help deliver it to the distant locations.

Billy's parents couldn't continue to support providing the samples without having some way to get some sort of return on the investment. So Billy set up a website and offered for the public to buy his recipe for $1 per portion. Some people loved the recipe enough to buy 1, 3, 5 and even 10 portions at a time. But once the free samples were gone and he started charging for it, the demand dropped. Orders were very few.

Billy talked to his dad.

"I don't understand. When we were giving samples away, so many people came and got them and kept coming back. They all told me how much they loved my recipe. We even had a few calls from major restaurant chains in the country asking if I would be interested in coming to work for them as a chef. But now it looks like nobody is buying anymore and I'm not getting those calls," he told his dad.

Billy's dad decided to talk to a few restaurant and food company executives about how Billy could take his recipe and make a career from it. They, like the ones early on, all felt his recipe was unique and they could see how it would be accepted by the mass public. This excited Billy and his family. But when it came down to possibly hiring Billy, none of them offered. A few asked if he'd be willing to give them his recipe for free since they could handle the man power and money it would take to handle the demand that would happen once they announced to the public that Billy's recipe would be available in every city in the country. But Billy's parents refused to let his recipe be taken for free.

One day, Billy was in the local grocery store and saw shelves and shelves of premade food that looked similar and was made from very similar ingredients. It was then that he realized maybe he needed to change his formula a little since it seemed that he had competition that he didn't know about before. Billy tweaked his formula and sent it out as a free sample again.

And again, like the beginning, the public loved it and the demand skyrocketed for free samples. The family felt surely that this time they could keep up. The dad left his job and focused full time helping his son keep up with producing his new and improved recipe. They borrowed money to buy the ingredients and had to hire a few part time employees to help keep up with the deliveries since the volunteers they had from before were burnt out and not able to help again.

The newspaper and several culinary magazines did a few articles about Billy's recipe and his popularity spread around the country and even overseas. The internet and social media helped him find new potential customers for his recipe. However, the followers and friends on social media also loved the recipes of a few other young chefs like Billy and because those others were also just starting out and giving away their recipes for free, Billy was unable to convince most of them to buy his recipe when there were so many others willing to give theirs for free.

Billy was frustrated.

One day the phone rang and The Food Channel was calling and asking if Billy would be willing to feature on their weekly TV show "YOUNG CHEFS". Billy was shocked but humbled they would even consider him. His parents researched it and saw it as a great opportunity to show the whole country why his recipe was good. Surely, then, the viewers of the show would become customers for Billy's recipe.

Billy was still in school and doing his best to balance being a student and trying to work on becoming the best young chef in the country knowing the TV would give him the exposure. He worked it out with his school to finish his classes online so he could focus full time on making his recipe and traveling to the TV show. He left his friends and family and had to learn how to focus on his cooking more than what normal teens would be doing. The family supported him but they had since lost so much money they weren't sure how to keep his dream alive. The cost of travel and the ingredients and being on the TV show weren't possible to cover from his mom's job alone and the TV show wasn't offering him a paid role, but just all the exposure. It was their way of justifying not paying him or covering his expenses.

Before long, Billy's popularity became even more than ever before. Billy's Recipe became well known.

One evening, Billy's dad sat him down to explain that in order for Billy to continue trying to be a chef, he would need to find a way for his ingredients and travel to the TV show to be paid. Billy was doing all he could to finish his classes, be in the kitchen and still send out free samples to keep people interested in his recipe. He had already tried many times to ask the public to buy his recipe, but each time, they refused.

So Billy had to make a decision.

He would either pray his dream of becoming a chef which could support the costs for ingredients and the staff it would take to make the recipe would miraculously happen, or he would have to go get a job that would not allow him the time to make his recipe anymore.

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This is what it's like to be an artist in the music industry.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

NEW ALBUM BACKSTORY - PART 4

So this new album has 5 songs never released until this album and 5 songs that had previously been released as an EP before.

Two songs, SONG FOR LOVE and RUNWAY, were the most Pop R&B sounding that I released. However, there are two other songs I've not really talked about except at concerts.

SPEAK LOVE

This song is actually a cover song that was originally released in 2010 and written by the great producer Chuck Butler (who also recomposed the song for me and recorded with me at Sony in Nashville). The lyrics seem to be obvious if you listen, but they were impacting to me because I know a lot of people use words to hurt one another or to get back at each other in arguments. Especially on the internet, I find a lot of times when people comment or post words, they can be misunderstood or misinterpreted. I think it's sad that we don't choose to find words of encouragement and try to use our ability to speak LOVE instead of hate. Martin Luther King Jr. has been quoted a lot recently with his official holiday and also the movie SELMA that came out the past month. He used words to encourage, challenge and bring light to injustice. But sometimes people use words to bring about harsh judgment, hatred, insults and things that are not from a place of LOVE. I like this song for a few reasons. It's music arrangement is pretty good to dance to and the lyrics actually are important to me to share with other teens and young adults. Our words can either be fruit or poison, we can always choose what we say. Nobody but us is in control of our words.

HEART LIKE YOU

This song is the first one I wrote that was intended to be more of a worship style and has lyrics that talk about how easy it is to get so caught up in your own life that you forget there are people around you that may be going through something equally or worse than you think you are. Having a heart which is focused on others and their well being is something we should all be focused to do. Our choices should be to care and love on others versus being self focused. The bridge of the song lyrics is my personal prayer about having a fire inside of me that takes over and oozes LOVE toward others. That's where I want to make sure I don't get so self-focused that I overlook the hurting ones around me. I like this music arrangement because it is still pop R&B but more laid back.

This album has been helpful to build my confidence and skill as an artist and song writer, but I always want to make sure that the reason why I choose to include certain songs or lyrics in my music can be something I share outside the paper sleeve in the CD case which has them printed out.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Spencer Kane Street Team

(THIS WAS ORIGINALLY POSTED IN JAN 2015, BUT IS STILL CURRENT INFORMATION)

So my marketing team is asking me to help find dedicated #kaneiacs to become members of my official street team.

What does that mean? Here is their explanation...

Well here's the volunteer role of a street team member: *minimal requirement 
  • Have a creative mind for helping develop new and exciting ways to promote Spencer Kane.
  • Be anywhere in the world, but prefer that you speak English fluently. 
  • *Have access to social media and the internet through wifi or mobile access 24/7.
  • *Have a skype account with a functional video camera to be involved in team meetings.
  • Have a TWITTER, FACEBOOK, VINE and INSTAGRAM account. 
  • *Dedicate at least 30 minutes a day to working on social media or projects for Spencer's promotion
  • Sharing and posting about stuff happening with Spencer (concerts, new music, contests, public appearances, etc.)
  • Finding new #kaneiacs by introducing them to his music.
  • Earn free Spencer Kane merchandise as well as exclusive private video chats with him and the other street team members
  • Be willing to volunteer at any Spencer Kane event in your area (within 2 hours) to help at his merch table or to do other things to support him when he is nearby.
  • Be able to keep secrets of future events and plan with the marketing team director on how they will be communicated to the public
  • Be willing to participate in publicity videos or promotions on camera as may be needed.
  • Be willing to positively represent Spencer's brand by having respectful public social media conduct. This simply means you are not posting inappropriate content or communicating negatively to others. Bullying or any other form of rude behavior while being a member of the street team will not be tolerated. Spencer works hard to be a positive teen in what he does and his street team must also be positive.
  • Own all current Spencer Kane music as a sign of true #kaneiac status. 
  •  Have full parental permission to stay involved in the street team (if under 18).
We will be asking the street team (THE KANE TRAIN) to work on projects for Spencer's career. We are accepting applications to join the KANE TRAIN. 
After carefully considering the member requirements, please send an email with a subject title of "KANE TRAIN MEMBER" to info@spencerkanemusic.com. Please include your city and state, age and links to your social media accounts AND SKYPE NAME. Someone will respond to you asap.
Well I hope you will join in. I'm excited to have you be a part of it and look forward to meeting each of you.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Teen Artist, Spencer Kane, Nominated for Next Big Thing Award

Kendallville, IN – December 5, 2014

18 year old singer and actor, Spencer Kane, has been nominated in the Next Big Thing
category for the 2015 We Love Christian Music Awards (www.WeLoveAwards.com).

This is the third overall award nomination for Spencer since 2012 and 2013 when he
was competing for Best Pop Artist at the All Indie Music Awards in Los Angeles. As a
first time nominee at the We Love Christian Music Awards, he will be competing against
four other emerging artists, but is unique in that most are adult groups.

“Being a teen artist in the Christian music industry is pretty uncommon, so to be
nominated means that my music must be making some noise out there,” stated
Spencer. “I’ve been working hard creating music and touring the past two years and
this is kind of a stamp of approval to be noticed this way. I’m honored,” he added.

Essential Records and iShine founder, Robert Beeson, commented, "It is rare to come
across an artist that fills such a huge, huge hole in our industry. It is rarer still to find
one who has all the elements needed to fill that hole and more importantly also has a
sincere heart for the younger generation that obviously are resonating with his music.
Spencer deserves the attention that is coming his way and this nomination is testimony
to thousands of fans he is reaching."

Spencer released his second studio project titled “Runway” in September 2014 with
tracks produced by Grammy winner Tyshane (“Gravity” by Lecrae in 2013) and
multi-platinum and Dove Award winners, Jeff Savage and Chuck Butler. It was his first
full length album and features the title track “Runway”, which is gaining national
attention on Hot AC format Christian radio as well as many online stations. His music
and live show resonate with youth who love Pop R&B combined with choreographed
dance while maintaining a lyrical message based on his Christian faith. Having spent
2014 touring around the U.S. and performing over 40 concerts while maintaining his
high school class work, he will add more dates to his calendar in 2015 with two
different tours and several festivals.

The We Love Christian Music Awards are given to the artist with the most fan support in
each category through a voting portal at the awards website. Winners are announced
during the February tour of The Rock and Worship Roadshow in 2015.
www.theroadshowtour.com

Indiana based, Spencer Kane (www.spencerkanemusic.com), has been writing and
performing music publicly since 2010. His debut single “Best Friends” was released in
May 2011. In June 2012, he joined the cast of the TV sitcom iShine Knect on the TBN
Network as a regular character as well as the iShine Live music tour each Spring and
Fall. He is currently working on new music and filming music videos to support his
newly released album, “Runway”. He has been asked to join The Millennial Tour
(www.TheMillennialTour.com) in 2015 as well as continue his role on the iShine sitcom
and tour.

VOTE HERE (toward the end of the voting ballot):

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