Episode 31 – Jack Parker (David Crowder Band, The Digital Age, Tomlin)

Jack Parker‘s resume speaks for itself!  He was the original guitar player for the David Crowder Band, he currently plays in The Digital Age, and he just got off tour with Chris Tomlin.  I personally grew up playing his music in church every week, so it was an honor to have him on The Tip Jar!  So much wisdom in this conversation.  I can’t wait for you guys and gals to hear it!

Episode 30 – Philip Ellis (Drummer/Ableton Live Master)

Philip Ellis has played drums at The Austin Stone for a LONG time!  He is not only an incredible drummer, but he is a videographer, and an Ableton Live Master!  If you are interested in efficiency when running backing tracks, click tracks, or cues, Philip is your guy!  Philip also has a Vlog called Watch Me Live My Life!  It is awesome so go check it out!  Thanks for tuning into Episode 30!  Its a good one!

Episode 29 – Michael Pope (Guitar Player/Bethel Music)

In the past 8 years or so, Bethel Music has become the leading voice in worship music in America.  One of the people behind the impact that they are making world wide is Michael PopeMichael has written some of the best guitar lead lines in worship music today.  His influence on the guitar world is undeniable. Not only is he one of the leading voices in guitar gear, tone, and effects, but his heart for the Lord is as genuine as it gets!  Such a fun conversation!  He answers some “Fan Questions”, we talk about guitar tone, plus he gives some tips on being an effective MD (Musical Director).

Episode 28 – Daniel Carson (Guitar Player/Chris Tomlin)

If you have ever played electric guitar in a church service, there is a 99.9% chance that you have played a Daniel Carson guitar riff!  Daniel started playing guitar for Chris Tomlin when he was in high school!  He has been with him for 17 years now.

In this episode Daniel shares his story about how he started playing music, we talk about gear, and he also shares some wisdom and his views on worship guitar.

Episode 27 – Jamie Ivey (Podcaster/Worship Pastor’s Wife)

Are you involved in some type of worship ministry?  Are you married or in a relationship? Have you ever wondered what your significant other thinks about it?  Ministry is something that (at times) can be taxing on a marriage or relationship.

In Episode 27, my friend Jamie Ivey gives us an interesting Point of view on worship ministry.  Jamie is the host of a Podcast called “The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey”.  Her podcast is currently ranked NUMBER 6 on iTunes in the Religion & Spirituality category!  She has also been married to a worship pastor for 16 years now.  I love her wisdom on the subject of relationships within worship ministry.  Such a GREAT conversation!

Episode 26 – Brady Bruton (Owner of Brady Cases)

If you are a musician and have ever tried to buy a touring case for any of your equipment, then you have probably heard of Brady Cases.  Brady Bruton is one of the best custom case builders there is!  If you can think of it, Brady can build it!  Brady has built cases for Katy Perry, Chicago, Switchfoot, and almost every touring worship musician out there!

Brady is also a worship musician!  Brady’s love for guitar and music is what caused him to start Brady Cases 10 years ago.  In this episode we discuss Buisiness, Gear, and worship culture!

Episode 25 – Clay Scroggins (Lead Pastor at North Point Community Church) “How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge”

Episode 25 was an extremely fun conversation for me!  I Love Leadership and I’m a huge Clay Scroggins fan!  Clay is the lead pastor at North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Georgia.  He serves under the leadership of Andy Stanley.  The North Point Campus runs over 12,000 people on the weekends.

Clay is also the author of the book “How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge: Leveraging Influence When You Lack Authority”. His book (which is awesome) just came out this week!

Leadership is a huge part of Worship Leadership!  Clay is one of the best leadership authorities out there!  So we talk about leading from a position of influence.  You can lead!  Even if you aren’t “The Boss”.

Episode 24 – Jaleesa McCreary (Worship Leader/Vocalist at The Austin Stone)

It took me 24 episodes to finally get some Female Power on the Tip Jar Podcast!  This episode is just flat out awesome!  Jaleesa McCreary works at The Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, TX.  Although her official title is Director of Events, she also helps in leading worship on a regular basis.  They put out a record this past year called This Glorious Grace.  Jaleesa sings the title track, plus other songs on that album!

In this Episode she shares her story about having vocal surgery, we talk about her being a female in a male dominated culture, she gives great tips on singing in the background, and much more!  Feel free to follow her on Instagram!  Hope you enjoy!

Episode 23 – Jimmie Ingram (Austin Stone/Touring Guitarist)

About 12 years ago I saw Jimmie Ingram play guitar for the first time.  My jaw hit the floor!  Jimmie is a worship guitarist w/ Jazz roots.  You don’t see many guys playing worship music that can play the intricacies of Jazz chords within the worship style.  Jimmie is also legally blind, although you wouldn’t know it if you were to see him play!  This is a fun conversation!  I get to catch up w/ my friend, but he also gives us some incredible advice on how we can improve as musicians!  Check it out!

Episode 22 – PODCAST TAKEOVER w/ Cody Keys (Interviewed by his friend Chad Brooks)

Episode 22 is a little different.  We are 22 Episodes into this podcast so we decided to flip the script.  Instead of me interviewing a friend of mine, I decided to get a Podcast friend of mine (from episode #15) to interview me!  We talk about life, owning girl’s jeans in college, and the reasons I decided to start Tip Jar Podcast.  It was fun answering questions this time around.  Enjoy!

Episode 21 – Rich Gilliland (Bass Player/Contract Musician w/ LifeChurch)

Finally!  We are talking BASS!  Its all about that Bass yall!  My friend Rich Gilliland is a KILLER musician.   He has some serious chops.  He can also play any and all genres of music.  He started on stand up bass, he has played R&B/Hip Hop w/ Christian artist KJ-52, He has played Rock w/ Christian Band Pillar.  He has worked for “Church on the Move” and currently works w/ LifeChurch!  If that isn’t a killer resume then I don’t know what is!

In this episode, Rich tells his story. We talk about Bass tone, On boarding musicians, the audition process within LifeChurch, and Captain Crunch Berries!

Episode 19 – Brandon Frazier (Life.Church Worship Pastor)

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So this past week I got the opportunity to hang out with some incredible musicians/people from Life.Church .  One of those people being Brandon.  Brandon is not only an amazingly talented vocalist/worship leader, but he is also a fun guy to sit around the fire, crack jokes, and tell stories with.  If I had to describe him in one word, I would probably use the word “Genuine”.  Brandon loves Jesus and that is evident to anyone who knows him, but he is also upfront about his mistakes and how God is redeemer in his life.

On Easter this past year (2017) Life.Church started a series called “Playlist”.  Using scripture, they took secular songs and pulled the Gospel out of them.  On Easter Sunday (Super Bowl Sunday for ministers), Brandon did a cover of Million Reasons by Lady Gaga that was used at all of the Life.Church campuses.  After that Sunday it went viral! You can watch it for yourself and understand why.

This is a great interview!  I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did!

Episode 18 – Josh Scott (Founder/CEO of JHS Pedals)

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This was an interview that I had been looking for a long time!  Josh is a guy that I respect on so many different levels.  He is in a different league when it comes to business and leadership!  We talk about his time in the church as a worship leader, his story of how he started JHS Pedals, and he gives some great insight into worship/music culture!

Episode 16 – Stephen Lynch: Drummer/Percussionist (For King & Country)

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Drummers! This one is for you!  My friend Stephen Lynch is as good as they come.  He has played for many groups through the years, but currently plays with For King and Country.  In this episode, Stephen just oozes w/ wisdom for the musicians out there.  He also talks about his personal journey w/ the Lord.  I love hearing how God is working through His people in the ways that He has wired them to be.  Enjoy!  I know I did!

Episode 15 – Chad Brooks (Sound Engineer, Guitar Player, Pastor, Podcaster, etc)

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The man, the myth, the legend… Chad Brooks.  Chad and I go WAY back!  Chad’s resume is crazy.  He has worked as a Sound Engineer, Worship Pastor, Pastor, Podcaster, and the list goes on!  Chad taught me a TON when I started The Tip Jar Podcast!  I’m thankful for his friendship and his wisdom.  Every conversation w/ Chad is fun and this episode is no different.

Episode 14 – Joe Morgan (Founder/CEO of Morgan Amps)

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Eight years ago, an amp company called Morgan Amps was started.  Joe Morgan was building amps with his own two hands and had an incredibly long waiting list of people wanting one.  Fast forward to today, and Morgan amps is one one the leading amp companies in Country music.  Guitarist for Eric Church, Kenny Chesney, Dierks Bentley, Hunter Hayes, The Police, and More!  Joe, not only makes KILLER amps, but he is a Christ Follower!

On episode 14, Joe talks about how he came to know Jesus, how he started an amp company, his views on church, and how being an authentic person can go a long way!  Give it a listen!  If you are a “Gear Head”, you’ll especially love it!

Episode 13 – Shane Longoria (Tells Story about his wife getting shot this year & how that has impacted him as a Worship Musician)

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In the years that I have been in ministry, one question that seems to continue to pop up is “Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?”  We could chase that question down the theological rabbit hole for days if we wanted to, but in this episode, my friend Shane Longoria shares a story about what happened in his first year of marriage.  His newly wedded wife (Kelly) was abducted, shot in the head, and left for dead.  However God had a different plan!

I love Shane’s take on his view of God as a Worshipper following this tragedy.  I hope that Shane’s story can help shape your view of God as a worship musician, worship leader, etc.

“God is faithful” – Shane Longoria

Episode 12 – James Duke

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When talking about guitarist in the worship world, there is one name that always comes up.  James Duke is at the top of most people’s lists for being one the the greatest worship guitarist of today.  He has played w/ John Mark McMillan, Matt Redman, Passion, Elevation Worship, and many more.

In this Podcast we talk about a picture that he put on his Instagram from Passion this year that went viral, we talk about gear, and he shares some great wisdom w/ me about being authentic.  This was an incredible interview and I hope you get as much out of it as I did!

PS.  He also does Guitar Consulting! So if that is something you are interested in, he can hook you up!

Episode 11 – Daniel Martin (Sound Engineer for Mercy Me)

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When thinking about “worship teams”, the person that usually gets forgotten is the Sound guy.  Yet the sound guy is one of the MOST important people on the team!  A sound guy can make or break you!  In episode 11, my buddy Daniel Martin gives us his 2 cents.  Daniel has worked in mega churches, and has also worked for Mercy Me for years!  Even though he is a crazy humble guy, and wouldn’t brag on himself, Daniel is the real deal!  He can make a band sound CRAZY GOOD!

Episode 10 – Aaron Ivey (Austin Stone Worship)

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I love the relationships that God has allowed me to have over the years.  Some people are just acquaintances, but others actually influenced my life.  Aaron Ivey is the Pastor of Worship at the Austin Stone Community Church. If you aren’t familiar with Austin Stone Worship, you need to start following what they do!  The creativity that flows out of that place is rooted in the Word of God and is rich in doctrine and theology. I have known Aaron for right at 15 years now.  As a “young buck”, my time spent working with Aaron helped shape me as a follower of Christ and as a musician.  Aaron has always been a developer of others and every time I talk to him I am challenged in that area.  I hope episode 10 pushes you first to the Word of God, then challenges you to start developing the next generation.

Episode 9 – Charles Dew (Drummer/Graphic Designer)

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On this episode of the Tip Jar Podcast I get to sit across the table from my good friend, drummer, and graphic designer, Charles Dew!  Charles is an incredible creative soul w/ an incredible work ethic.  If I had to describe Charles in one word it would be “kind”.  This guy loves people well.  He is also a Killer drummer!  We talk about drums, worship philosophy, and a little Star Wars.  Give it a listen!

Episode 8 – Kyle Lent (Austin Stone Worship)

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Let me start off by saying that I am a HUGE Austin Stone Worship fan.  I love the creativity that oozes out of that place.  I also love the heart behind the leadership there.  My guest today is a large piece of the puzzle behind what they do.  He is not only the creative genius that comes up with stellar guitar hooks, but he is the audio engineer behind the records that come out of Austin Stone.  Kyle Lent is a Husband, father, and humble Beast at what he does!  This is a killer 30 min that you won’t wanna miss.

Episode 7 – Clay Caissie (Guitar tech for Chris Tomlin, Ringo Starr, Bruce Springsteen, and more)

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Do you have those people in your life that are just good for the soul?  On Episode 7,  I get to hang out with my long time friend Clay Caissie.  Clay grew up in the Monroe/West Monroe area.  His life could be a New York Times best seller if he would write a book.  He has Tech’d for Michael W Smith, David Crowder, Chris Tomlin, Ringo Starr (and the All Star Band), and is currently working for “The Boss” Bruce Springsteen!  We talk about the road, gear, and Clay tells some funny stories about times spent w/ Crowder and others.  This is a Fun Conversation!

Episode 5 – Mike Scheuchzer (Mercy Me)

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Have you ever talked to someone for the first time and thought that they might just be your twin and you were separated at birth?  In Episode 5, Mike Scheuchzer and I become brothers.  Its crazy how easy the conversation flows!  Things we have in common: Favorite Movie, Favorite Baseball Team, His wife is from Monroe (where i live), etc.

Mike is founding member and guitar player for a band that may possibly have written the most well know Christian song of all time!  I can hear that piano into like it was yesterday… “I can only…”

Mercy me is still at it!  They are still kicking butt and taking names! We talk about Gear (He is a big Tyler Amps fan), That Thing You Do, and The Journey that is Mercy Me.  It was a blast!

Episode 4 – Jeremy Lowe

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If you have never been to “The Boot” (Louisiana), then you need to make a trip down to the bayou state one day.  We have some of the best food, best scenery, and some of the coolest people on the planet!  On Episode 3, we get to hear from my good friend Jeremy Lowe. He is on staff at a church in West Monroe, LA called Christ Church. I’m sure you know people who say they love Jesus, and I’m sure you know people that ooze Jesus out of their pores at all times.  Jeremy is a guy that is always excited about Jesus.  If you see him out and about, he always has a smile on is face!  He lives out that scripture that says “The joy of the Lord is my strength.”

Jeremy is a talented singer song writer.  In this episode we talk about 90’s bands, Old rock/cover bands we were in, and Jeremy his some great practical advice on how to be a better worship musician.  This was a fun interview!

Episode 1 – Stu G

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In episode 1, I get a chance to talk to one of the greatest worship guitarist of all time!  Stu G has played guitar for many people, but he is best known for his Career in the band “Delirious?”.  We talk about his career, his Gear, and get advice in the world of Worship Guitar.  #TheTipJar #StuG #Legend