First, let me answer a few questions we've been getting already:
1 - We don't know the name of the new album yet.
2 - We don't know the release date.
3 - We don't have any samples for you to hear...yet. (we're building anticipation)
Now that we have that out of the way, we can update you on the process so far. :)
As of right now, we have around 15-16 songs we're working through so we can pick the best of the best to record for the new one. That's already more than we've ever had before, which is nice because it's always just better to have more to choose from. This way, a week after the cd comes out, we won't be saying "man, i just really wish we had a song to replace that song." It's better for you guys too because you get the best of the best instead of what we managed to come up with so we'd have enough songs. haha.
I'm definitely really excited about the new songs. There are some things we're tackling in this one that we've not touched on yet. As it is with every writing year, we've had a lot going on, with the trailer theft, personal stuff and just life in general, so God's been giving us TONS of fuel and, more importantly, inspiration for the songs. As always, the inspiration is coming from each and every one of you as well. You guys and girls are the reason we are out on the road, and we can't say that enough because it's true. God called each member of this band to bring you a message of hope and love, and from your emails and words when we meet you face to face, He's definitely allowing us to do that effectively. We love each one of you, and that's just a fact.
With that said, it's time to get back to work. There are lots of guitars and stuff to record, so I will say goodbye for now. We're working on a video blog or two, so keep an eye out for that as well and we'll see you on the road.
Hey everyone! We have been working non stop for the last 3 month on writing a new record and it's been pretty challenging, but pretty awesome too. So far, we have written around 11 songs, and parts of other songs and are still working to make the ones that make it to the final record the best they can be. If you haven't heard already, we'll be going into the studio with Rob Graves (RED, Pillar, Kerrie Roberts, Brian "Head" Welch, Wavorly) and Jasen Rauch (RED, Brian "Head" Welch, 12 Stones, Pillar, Spoken, Wavorly) to record our fourth record tentatively titled...well, we don't have a title yet. Both are super talented songwriters and producers, and if you didn't recognize his name, Jasen used to play in the band RED. We're super excited to be working with both of them and are pumped to see what having two sets of eyes, ears, hands and feet will add to this record. Combine that with the energy and drumming that our newest member, Adam McMillion, is bringing to the process this time, it should be pretty sweet. We'll be starting in the studio the last week of July (THIS WEEK!!!) and will continue all the way up to the Music With A Mission Tour we're doing with Hawk Nelson, Superchick and more starting in September, so it's gonna be a really busy few months for us. After MWAM, we'll be heading out on Winter Jam's west coast run, so there's a TON going on with us right now. Somewhere in all that stuff I'm sure we'll find some time to relax a little, but not much. Just in case you don't know how to find out where all those tour dates are gonna be taking place, you should go tofireflightrock.comand you'll find all you need to know about EVERYWHERE we're going. If you want us to come to your city, tell our booking agent...not us :) They're the ones that can get us there. We hope to see all of you guys soon when we get done in the studio, so hold tight, and as soon as we get something we can play for you, we will let you know. Justin
Every year we all like to take time to reflect on what we are thankful for. We in Fireflight are no exception. This past Sunday night we had our band trailer stolen. Most of everything we owned professionally was is that trailer. Guitars, amps, drums, merchandise(t-shirts, posters, cd's, etc), even our custom stage set up. All in all, about $80,000 worth of gear, merch and trailer cost is gone. Like Dawn said on the "For Those Who Wait Tour", We live in a fallen world that is full of broken people that make bad choices. We don't know why someone would do this. The point is that they did. Now we, just like everyone else, have a choice how to respond. In this Holiday season, on this Thanksgiving day, We choose to be thankful for everything that we do have and everything that God has blessed us with. We all have wonderful families, great friends, and are blessed to be able to spread God's love through music. Our trailer was in fact insured. Sure, there were things in the trailer that are one of a kind and somewhat irreplaceable. But at the end of the day it was just "stuff". Will this set us back a little? Maybe. Will we allow it to make us bitter and cynical? No. God still has a great plan for this band, just as he has a great plan for your life. So we want to be an encouragement to you. When life looks bad and the cards are stacked against you, Look up! We all go through tough and disappointing times. Let's go through them together with God's help!
All that we ask at this time is your prayers and maybe your watchful eyes. If you see anything that you believe could be Firefight gear or merch, please contact us and let us know. If not, that's ok too. We will be happy if you kept our band and ministry in your prayers as we begin to rebuild and keep a positive eye on the future. Have a Happy Thanksgiving and a Blessed Holiday Season!
Well, since the last blog, we had something awesome happen that's never happened in the history of Fireflight. We had our first sell out show. It was pretty surreal. We played in Greeley, CO 3 nights ago and all 900+ tickets got sold. They even had to get a few of our comp (tickets we get to give to friends and family) tickets back that we weren't using so more people could come. I have to say, it was pretty weird seeing a line stretching through the entire parking lot full of people like an hour or two before the doors opened.
Even cooler, is that the night before in Wichita, we played to around 900 people as well, and before that around 500, and then like 500 last night and the night before as well. I know that's not much considering the amount of people that go to say, a skillet show, but for us, it's pretty awesome. Despite the fact we say we're from Orlando, we're actually from a small town outside of Orlando called Eustis. That's pronounced YOO-STISS. The neighboring cities called us Useless when there were football games and stuff in high school. Just a random fact for you there. Anyways, the fact that all those people came to see us was extremely humbling and awesome. It still IS extremely humbling and awesome. You guys and girls reading this are the people that make our shows what they are. You give us energy when we're really tired. Like today. Today is our 6th show in a row, so, needless to say, we're pretty tired. :)
We're currently setting up here in Paris, TX for a show tonight. We have a day off tomorrow and then we go back at it again, so tomorrow will definitely be a day of rest. If you guys are anywhere near the tour, please come out and see us. For those of you who get the VIP/Meet & Greet tickets, those are USUALLY not just a big awkward "let's sit in the same room together and look at each other until someone gets the nerve to ask a question or say 'hi'" type situation. We've been doing a Heart of the Artist type thing where we do a couple of acoustic songs in addition to hanging out for a bit. So don't feel like you're wasting your money, you're pretty much getting something no one else is getting, which is Fireflight unplugged.
Alright folks. I'm gonna go do something involving guitars now.
Hey everyone! We're a week and a half in to the For Those Who Wait tour and are currently enjoying some nice downtime in beautiful Olathe, KS. What is there to do in Olathe? Well, there is a Panera with free internet that is currently allowing me to type this blog, so that's good. There's also a Red Robin, and some other stuff, but as of right now, Panera is the highlight.
So far, this tour is shaping up to be one of the more intense, or possibly the most intense, headlining tour we've ever done. We've played 9 shows in the last week and a half and still have 25 more to go. That's 25 shows in the next 5 weeks. To put it in perspective, Winter Jam this year did 44 shows in 3 months. We will have played 34 shows in 6 and a half weeks by the end of this tour. Needless to say, the next 3 days off we have will be much utilized to sleep, be on the interweb, and possibly go see a movie or two. We might (which means we will probably) come back to Panera to be online more, and also just to get out of the bus into a much more open space.
On this tour, Group1Crew is riding on our bus, so, without counting the driver, we have 13 people on our bus. Our bus has 12 bunks, so that means someone's sleeping on a couch. Now, I know the bus looks big (if you've seen it) but if you put 13 people in there all at the same time, you're definitely praying that someone will go lay down in their bunk so there's just a little bit more room. ha. Thankfully, everyone gets along (which is important) and so far it's been really cool to get to know the G1C's.
Manic Drive is the other band on the tour and they are driving themselves along with the sound equipment in their van and trailer. If you see them, they've probably not slept much, but somehow they all still have great attitudes and are a great hang. Mike (guitar) and I have this ongoing joke about being involved in some sort of, or a series of Gladiator battles. If you get a chance to talk to him, ask him how many legions he's defeated in the last week. He may or may not get it. Either way, it'll be a fun conversation starter.
I put up a new short video blog/fun fact Friday the other day and will try and do several on this tour, but i'm not promising anything, so make sure you keep an eye on our facebook/myspace/twitter updates to see when we do. By the way, why are there so many social networking sites?
Take care, and make sure you go check out the tour dates to see if we're coming near you!
We traveled to Holland for the first time. Holland afforded many good times: we got lost in the industrial section of Apeldoorn, saw some of the biggest cows ever, played at 2 am in a tent and people actually came, discovered the best ice cream treats on earth,"Magnum" (think Dove bar meets chocolate and ice cream from heaven), and also discovered that the Dutch language is totally different than German and that the Dutch and Germans don't dig each other.
Then we rode with one of our favorite people on earth, Matonia, to one of our favorite places on earth, Germany. He took us first to a German "Castle" where we played on a stage in the front courtyard. Sadly, the morning of this show, I woke up sans voice. This has never happened to us before and was a little stressful. I was able to make it through most of the show, though we had to shorten it a bit. But the pastor running things was practically in tears afterwards. He said he was so thankful we came because that area is sort of a spiritual black hole in Germany. Only three active churches in the whole region. So, that made me feel not so bad about things, and reaffirmed my knowledge that God can always work, even if you sound croaky.
So with one more show to go, and sounding worse than the day before, we were all a little tense about the last show. But we all prayed hard and Justin and Phee laid on hands and, praise God, I made it through the whole show minus one song and even did the encore! The German crowd showed up in true form and went nuts as usual, so it was beyond amazing. God is Good!
Speaking of the goodness of God, I am writing this upon returning to Florida (a.k.a Hurricane Alley) from Michigan, where I was in attendance of our Guitarist Justin Cox's marriage to the most lovely Jessica Kellog. The night before we all went laser tagging where I tag teamed with Jessica's little hyperintense nephew, Hayden. We made a pretty good pair, considering I was terrible and he kept ranking higher then half of the other players when he was a fourth of the age of the rest of those playing! The ceremony was splendid, and the Reception was Jamming! I danced the night away with little Hayden who is quite the little breakdancer.
Sooooo, I've been a little intimidated about starting this up. I guess at first I felt like I had better have something groundbreaking to say every time, otherwise they'd kick me off for sure. But, looking around I found a friend of mine on here and he seems to be getting by just fine with day to day stuff plus the occasional epiphany, and that’s just my style so I'm gonna give this my best try.
Wendy, and I just rejoined the guys from a short radio tour. We were hanging out with radio peeps all over the country and got a chance to get to know our radio rep Steve a lot better. Its funny how some of the best people seem to hide in the woodwork until bam, your like "Wow, this is one of the funniest guys ever, and I almost never knew!" Anyhow, we are currently driving down from Oregon to Hollywood, CA in our awesome RV, AKA Larry Paradise.
I have to say the Pacific Northwest is by far my favorite part of this beautiful country of ours. I just really love being here. Who couldn't love a place where there are forests made up almost entirely of huge Christmas trees? We have been crossing the country for several weeks now and we have had the opportunity to meet countless new people, and hang out with some of our best friends as well. Festival season may be a sweaty and dusty time, but the people make it well worth it.
All of this ride time has given me license to read like a fiend and I have been loving it. I started a new series, and also discovered an amazing book, which turned out to be on the best sellers list and apparently everyone and their brother knows all about it. Its called The Shack, and it looks and sounds like its kind of creepy, but inside its one of the coolest books I have ever read. Its been waking up my spirit in a way. Sometimes I feel like inside of me there is all this energy or something like magic, but when I look around its like magic doesn’t happen here on earth so I feel lonely. But this book is helping me see that that energy is the Love of God, and He's going to bring that power back to earth through me and all of His children.