Long Post Ahead:
This week has been a tremendous one filled with support and encouragement. If you have been following my new music page Brandon Baumgarten Music you know what I’m talking about. Thank you to all those who have reached out, liked the page, purchased a copy of my new album or even told a friend about it. (Formal Project Thank You will be released soon). With the release of my new album this weekend, a lifelong dream was fulfilled. For as long as I can remember I have had a passion for music. Even though there have been multiple challenges, and at times my dream of recording an album seemed unrealistic and unreachable, throughout the years, I’ve made it my mission to never stop singing.
My musical journey began when I was very little. When my parents and I lived in Michigan, we attended Port Huron First Church of the Nazarene. I can recall singing in the kid’s music program and watching my parents sing every Wednesday night at Choir Practice. I never knew all the lyrics, but I could feel the passion in every song. This music exposure led me to be creative and to start pouring my heart into songwriting on my own. I held on to these songs for a long time and placed them in a bright yellow folder. My impossible dream was for an opportunity to utilize them one day in an album project.
When our family moved to Oklahoma, I continued to sing in church and was blessed to learn from many talented worship leaders and music teachers on how to improve my vocal ability. One day in high school, my Ag teacher told me of an opportunity called the State FFA Chorus. I didn’t know anything about it except that you had to audition. My interest in it grew and my Ag Teacher helped get my audition turned in. Months later, I learned I had been accepted into the State FFA Chorus! Little did I know that this musical experience would teach me so many incredible things about how to sing with power and as part of a group.
Several years later, I had taken the skills I had learned in the State Chorus and applied it to my solo, worship, and other music genres. I felt more confident in my ability and worked hard on hitting those high tenor notes. I practiced and practiced, and soon heard of an opportunity to participate in The Gospel Station Seminole Singing Competition. The grand prize for winning the competition was to have a full album recorded with songs of your choice. The people I have met and the doors that have opened through this one opportunity have been remarkable. Fast forwarding to the future, I found myself pulling out that bright yellow folder and finally recording some of the songs I once wrote when I was a kid. Then this weekend I held that long awaited album in my hands. Praise God! The Dream had come true!
Reflecting on this musical journey, I am thankful for that music program in Michigan. I am thankful for my parents for obeying God’s call and moving to Oklahoma. I am thankful for all the music teachers, worship leaders, and for an Ag Teacher who never stopped believing in me. I’m thankful for the amazing musical instruction received in the State FFA Chorus and the opportunities to perform and sing to audiences of all ages. Most of all, I’m thankful for what God has done for me and I am encouraged to know He wants to do so much in you.
My dream of an album came true, because I put my dream in the hands of Jesus. I am nothing, but Jesus has become my everything. He gets all the glory for the finished product of my dream.
I write this post to encourage you. If you have a dream, never stop chasing it, never stop believing in it, and never stop envisioning it. When challenges arise and your dream seems unrealistic or unreachable, I challenge you to never lose hope, never lose your passion, and most of all, never stop singing! #KeepOnSinging #RoomInMe #NewMusic #NewAlbum