I played guitar for JACI V at 12:53pm Wednesday which was way cool, because she's a talented legend (who I met when I was in college and she was 14) But I therefore missed my rehearsal with Jeremy Camp at the Doves at 11:30am. We announced for New Artist of the Year. (Brandon Heath!)
Here are some of my encounters with my heroes:
TOBYMAC: When I packed and left home 6 weeks ago, I wasn't thinking about what to wear at the Doves. So when it came time to drive to the Grand Old Opry, I realized I had nothing to wear. Sarah brought up a jean blazer that I bought last year cause it fit so well, but never matched with anything, and all I had with me was my 'stage jeans' that I wore Every night this whole tour. Denim on Denim and not Quite the same color! A black button down shirt and black shoes. Feeling VERY self conscious and about to be on National TV, Toby walks up to me and after a couple sentences of "what's up" he steps closer, lightly grabs my jacket by the buttons and says, "you Gotta tell me where you got your suit!" He was serious, he loved it and I was no longer self conscious. By the end of the night 5 people told me they loved my suit!
I was able to tell CINDY MORGAN, the ever gorgeous Songwriter of the Year, that I was her driver for the day when she played at Toccoa Falls back in 1998. I sat next to one of her friends at the Doves and she asked me, "Were you really Cindy's bus driver?" Oh how yarns get spun...
I went to see THIRD DAY play at the Wild Horse Saloon on Tuesday night after an event I had to be at, and got all the way down there (7 blocks) and didn't have my ID or my Conference Badge...so I got bounced from the show. On sprint back to the hotel I called MAC POWELL to tell him that I tried, I left a message, he called me back to see if he could get me in, but I had already retrieved my items and made it back (out of breath) just in time for the first song. Great new music!
I was walking to lunch with Dan Hannon on Tuesday and JEREMY CAMP drove by and yelled out the window to me and pointed, but was pointing a little behind me; and since he was wearing shades I could tell he was looking at me...So i didn't readily enter the conversation (forgetting that Dan didn't know him) He said "Hey man! We're presenting together tomorrow!" That's when I realized he Was talking to me. I told him that story Wednesday night, and he was like, "Yeah man, I was like, whatever?" As if I was too cool to say hey. When in actuality, I think Jeremy's too cool. And cool he is.
Finally for today, BRANDON HEATH looked like he thought Jeremy and I pulled a prank on him when we called his name for New Artist. He texted me today, "Did you see how surprised I was? I was like, 'Surely he's not playing a trick on me in front of America.' My hand was shaking!"
GMA week: 5 days where I get to hang out with all my heroes