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JFH Staff Blog | October 2011

Monday, October 31, 2011

Featured Fan - Jane Nduati

Jane Nduati

Favorite Band/Artist: Switchfoot
Featured Fan: Jane Nduati
Location: Kenya
When/Where Was The Above Photo Taken: At home
What About This Artist's Music Speaks To You:  Switchfoot's lyrics always speak to me, their songs leave all these questions in my mind and help me strive to be better or to be patient or to be impulsive and go for what i want. Switchfoot are able to speak to every aspect of my life.
Favorite Album by This Artist: Vice Verses
Favorite Song by This Artist: thats a hard one coz it changes every other day but currently it is "Thrive"
Number of Times Seen This Artist Live: Never
Favorite Live Show Experience:  Sadly, I have never been to a switchfoot concert since they have never been to Kenya but I'm going to save up until i have enough money to go see them live when they come to a country close to Kenya, maybe South Africa
Favorite Piece Of Merch/Item You Own From This Artist:  just virtual albums from iTunes. switchfoot is not big in my country

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

We Recommend - brave Saint Saturn, 'so far from home'

Part one of the trilogy about the USS Gloria, So Far From Home was the first album from astro-rock, Five Iron Frenzy side project, brave Saint Saturn.  More emotional than most Five Iron Frenzy songs, So Far From Home explored love ("Moon Burns Bright"), losing a loved one ("Two-Twenty-Nine"), as well as the personality and life of Jesus ("Under Bridges" and a cover of Michael W. Smith's "Rocketown").  The story of the USS Gloria didn't seem to begin until bS2's second album, but they successfully utilized the concept of the loneliness of outer space as a metaphor for how lonely life can be.  And the band made some great electronic-rooted acoustic pop rock to go with it.
- Scott Fryberger

brave Saint Saturn
so far from home (2000)

Click here for our review of the album.

Our synopsis: "The first of three albums from an outstanding side project." (Recommended by JFH's Scott Fryberger)
Perfect For: Worship, Humor, Love
Song Highlights: "Space Robot 5," "Shadow of Def," "Resistor," "Under Bridges," "Rocketown," "Gloria"

So, what are your thoughts on and experiences with the album so far from home? Do you recommend it? If so, why?

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Effectively Tackling a Prayer Burden: Praying With a Sense of Spiritual Weight

Have you ever witnessed sorrowful circumstances in someone’s life that brought you to your knees? Sometimes it’s not our own troubles that weigh most heavily on us, but rather the needs of loved ones that make us cry out to God and long to experience His comfort and direction.

When Nehemiah heard that his people lived in great distress and that the walls of Jerusalem lay in ruins, its gates burned and broken, he responded with prayer:

I sat down and wept and mourned for days; and I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven. I said, “I beseech You, O LORD God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who preserves the covenant and lovingkindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments, let Your ear now be attentive and Your eyes open to hear the prayer of Your servant which I am praying before You now, day and night.” (Neh. 1:4–6)

Nehemiah was experiencing a prayer burden.

A prayer burden can be defined as a strong motivation to pray for others and to carry the needs of others before God in prayer until He responds.

The Bible has a great deal to say about burdens. We are to bear one another’s burdens (Gal. 6:2). Likewise, we are to go the second mile in helping another person (Matt. 5:41). Much of our ability to overcome hardship is derived from developing our ability to carry spiritual burdens in prayer.

A sense of spiritual weight usually accompanies a prayer burden—a heaviness of heart, a spirit of mourning, or a feeling of restlessness. We can’t seem to shift ourselves away from a problem or need that has come to our attention.

This is what happened with Nehemiah. He prayed in faith that God would restore Jerusalem, and the Lord answered his prayer by sending him to the city to lead the effort of rebuilding the wall.

James 5:16 promises, “The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.” If you feel burdened to pray for another person, commit yourself to wholehearted intercession, filled with thanksgiving and praise that God will act on that person’s behalf (Phil. 4:6, 7). Then listen and obey because the Father may work through you to provide His answer.

And like Nehemiah, you will be greatly blessed when you see God doing mighty things in response to your prayers.

Copyright 2011 In Touch Ministries, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Featured Fan - Susie Finney

Susie and Peter Furler

Favorite Band/Artist: Peter Furler
Featured Fan: Susie Finney
Location: Tyler, TX
When/Where Was The Above Photo Taken: Allen, TX
What About This Artist's Music Speaks To You:   I've loved Peter's music for years with Newsboys, and his solo stuff is great too.  Several of his songs are on my "personal soundtrack" playlist of songs that have really encouraged me.  It was a real treat getting to spend time with him and Summer.  :)
Favorite Album by This Artist: On Fire
Favorite Song by This Artist: "Hold On", "All In Your Head", "Faster and Louder"
Number of Times Seen This Artist Live: Twice solo, twice with Newsboys
Favorite Live Show Experience:  Peter was playing a show with Jeremy Camp.  I had backstage passes and got to hang out with him and Summer before the show.
Favorite Piece Of Merch/Item You Own From This Artist:  On Fire CD

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Featured Fan - Starla Barnhill

Starla and Aaron Shust

Favorite Band/Artist: Aaron Shust
Featured Fan: Starla Barnhill
Location: Idaho
When/Where Was The Above Photo Taken: Lake Stevens, Washington at The House of Worship
What About This Artist's Music Speaks To You:  I grew up in an abusive home and lived through a 30 year abusive marriage. My self esteem was at the bottom of the lake. When I started listening to Aaron's music a year ago, it made my heart feel good inside. I am spending more time with God, and slowly healing the hurt that's inside. Aaron's unfailing belief in God is what has made me stop and think about my own life and how I could make it better. I believe that God is speaking through Aaron, to help people like me. Meeting him in person was the highlight of my life, and I hope to see him again in concert.The quilt that I made him was to thank him for what he has given me in terms of pep talks through his music. I listen to his music exclusively at night, because it helps me to sleep and stop worrying about what tomorrow will bring.You can see my photos in facebook under Aaron Shust concert, and I really don't have a favorite, I love them all.
Favorite Album by This Artist: Whispered and Shouted
Favorite Song by This Artist: "Create Again"
Number of Times Seen This Artist Live: 1
Favorite Live Show Experience: Lake Stevens, Washington Times
Favorite Piece Of Merch/Item You Own From This Artist:  My poster he signed

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Monday, October 10, 2011

It's So Scary When You're On Your Own

“It’s so scary when you’re on your own...” a particularly appropriate lyric from our new song “Tell It”, featured on our upcoming new album “Frequency” (shameless, shameless new record plug...)... Admittedly the lyric was a looot less appropriate to our current situation when our former band mate, and still music collaborator Brandon Owens penned that line. Even so, here we are today,...doing this band thing largely on our own. No more record label, no money to fall back on, this baby is now riding on our own determination and desire to make it succeed. It’s a scary proposition for a band that has only ever existed within the context of having a big record label contract. I think sobering would be an appropriate word here. Sobering. Yes, that’s it. Nothing so extreme that it would cause the world to cave in on itself and turn into instant ash. But sobering...something that would cause you to sit back, take a thorough assessment of things at hand, and then decide what to do... Let’s visit this process, and where it has brought us...


First, let me be clear, we firmly believe God does things for a reason. Just as He blessed us with an initial recording contract that jump-started the career arc of this band, he has also blessed us with the opportunity to do a record without any strings attached. We understand the reasons for us not being on our former label, so I want to make it clear that we aren’t bitter...but it did put us in a markedly different position.


I’ll tell you about the day we found out that we were losing our record contract. I distinctly remember it. We were riding in our van on the way to one of the many concerts we played last year, when Geoff (our singer) received a call telling him that our label was not going to continue our contract beyond Dec. 2010. I’m going to admit, it felt like a punch to the sports they refer to it as a “gut check”. Without trying to be cheesy, or cliché, that’s what it felt like. We’d contemplated many times what it might be like to work on the outskirts of the recording industry, and carve our own path. I just don’t think we were quite expecting to be thrust into that position so soon. I’ll tell you, it wasn’t a good day, but since my time in this band, it was probably the most important day of this band’s life. We knew two things for sure that day...1. We still firmly believed that God was still calling us all to this ministry. As long as we believed that this is where God would have us, then we were going to forge ahead. 2. The next record was going to be ours. Nobody was going to steer us away from the vision we had for the next record. We were going to make a Satellites & Sirens record without any strings attached...this was our Jerry Maguire moment, where we could take the band business into our own hands. And so the new adventure began...


With the new year, we started working on what would become our new record. There was really a theme from the beginning of working on the new songs. We wanted it to be “more”. We had visions of it being more rock, more electronic, more of a statement of our faith, as well as it was going to be more personal. We truly believed in our last record, but we believed that the new one, with input from all of our band members and

their varied influences, would ultimately equal a better record from start-to-finish.

In a very short time, we were able to compile roughly 25 songs that we thought were very strong. In the grand scheme of things, that’s not a ton of songs, but we felt very good about all of them...that they all met the “more” mentality both lyrically and musically. We ultimately narrowed it down to about 15 of them that we wanted to track for the record, and from those 15, we would choose 10 for the final record.


Knowing that we had very little money, and a budget that really was bigger than we could afford, we set out to raise the extra money through fundraising. You might ask, how would a band go about that? Funny you should ask...we did it through a website called Kickstarter. If you aren’t already familiar with that website, you should learn more about it. It’s incredible. It allows you to do a fundraiser through the internet, so people from all over the world can donate to your cause. Pretty ingenious. Oh...and yes (yay!!!), we were able to raise enough money to do our record. That being said...


Even with the fundraising we didn’t have a big budget, yet we wanted to make a record that exceeded the recording quality of our first record. We understood that this would really be a challenge, considering that most producers, mix engineers, and mastering engineers of the quality that we desired, are typically very expensive. We decided that our best bet was to pass around a few demos we had made of our new songs and see what a couple producers might think, and whether they could work within our budget. had to be an act of God that two such producers were excited enough about our new songs that they agreed to help work within the budget we were able to scrap together. Even still, we couldn’t quite afford to have either of them do the whole record, so we decided that since our demos came out so well, that we would have our very own Geoff Hunker produce part of the record as well...


Our intention was to have a 10 song record, but to tell the truth, we really, really loved 12 we would up with a 12 song record that we believe has met our original vision of being “more”. It’s been a crazy, crazy process, and to tell the whole story might require a short I might just have to tell more of the story another time. I can definitively say that God’s hand was in the whole process. It really would require a loooong story to tell of all the people who have helped us along the way with this record. If any of you that were involved in this record, from producing, to even donating money to help pay for the record to be done, we owe you a great deal of gratitude. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts. We couldn’t have done it without you!


The new album is titled “Frequency” and it’s due out in early November. If you give it a listen, I think you’ll enjoy it. We currently have two songs available from the record. Our first single, “Ready to Save” is already on iTunes, and we have another song called “Tell It” available as a free download on


Thanks for reading...and be on the look-out for more blogging from us. We’ll be writing about the road life, about our journeys with God, and our “random stories of domestic life” while we are at home in Nashville. You’ll soon be reading about our recent adventures with spiders. Believe me, you don’t want to miss that one... Additionally, we have started a Tumblr blog that will include pics and videos, etc, etc. You can find it here...


We love you all!!!



Satellites & Sirens

Featured Fan - Autumn Hartman

Bryan Olesen, Autumn Hartman, Justin Wantz, Stefan Carlson, John Wooten

Favorite Band/Artist: VOTA
Featured Fan: Autumn Hartman
Location: DeForest, WI
When/Where Was The Above Photo Taken: DeForest, WI on 6/19/2011
What About This Artist's Music Speaks To You:  VOTA is an amazing group of guys. Their music has really helped me through difficult times, especially after loosing a close friend to cancer. Upon listening to their music I felt like I wasn't alone in this world and that brighter days are just around the corner. Their music is genuine and upbeat. All in all, whenever I listen to their music, the day always gets brighter.
Favorite Album by This Artist: VOTA
Favorite Song by This Artist: I don't have a favorite, because I like all of their songs. The song "Honestly" has very special meaning to me though.
Number of Times Seen This Artist Live: 1
Favorite Live Show Experience: When they came to my house to perform an acoustic show
Favorite Piece Of Merch/Item You Own From This Artist:  6 times and hopefully more to come in the future.
Website: N/A

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Monday, October 3, 2011

Featured Fan - Canaan Hess

Canaan Hess with Tim and Jon Neufeld of Starfield

Favorite Band/Artist: Starfield
Featured Fan: Canaan Hess
Location: Nanty Glo, Pennsylvania
When/Where Was The Above Photo Taken: Nazarene Youth Conference 2011
What About This Artist's Music Speaks To You: These guys truly have a heart for God. Their songs are just incredible and their lyrics are just so true! It speaks to me because in some of their songs, I can relate to the words they sing.
Favorite Album by This Artist: Tumbling After, Starfield, I Will Go, Beauty in The Broken, The Saving One
Favorite Song by This Artist: Every single one. Flat out.
Number of Times Seen This Artist Live: 1
Favorite Live Show Experience: At Nazarene Youth Conference 2011, they were the worship band for that week. Incredible!
Favorite Piece Of Merch/Item You Own From This Artist:  The shirt with the clouds and lightning bolts (Not sold anymore)

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