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I place my hope in the Giver...

I place my hope in the giver, not in the gifts that I have been given. 

This line has been a driving force in my life throughout these last three years. As I continue to grow as an artist and build a career, I am more and more convinced that if I tried to do this on my own I would fail. If I leaned solely on my song writing ability, or just on my guitar playing, or just on my ability to entertain, they would all fail me. There is a purpose in everything I do, and that purpose is to point hearts back to the Giver. If I take Him out of it, than all of this is for nothing. 

And this goes beyond just my music career; my marriage, my friendships, my ministry; if you take out the Giver, you take out the purpose, and you are left with nothing to lean on, nothing to motivate you, you are left with no hope. 

So let us place all of our hope in the Giver, and not in the gifts we've been given. May our joy be found in Him and Him alone. 

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GUAM

This coming April I will be going to Guam. Guam?! Yes, Guam. I am just as surprised as you are! I am not going on vacation or to going to see family, rather I have been asked to come speak and perform at their Diocesan Youth Rally and Young Adult Ministry.  Guam is no small trip, it takes roughly twenty four hours to get there, with a layover in both Chicago and Tokyo. I may have time to write a whole new album on the plane ride alone :).  

I truly believe it is not coincidence that I was asked to be a part of this event in Guam, I trust the Lord is going to do some incredible things on this trip. I want to bring your prayer requests with me. If there is anything in your life that you would like me to pray for, please, click over to my contact page and drop me an email. Every day I am in Guam I will set aside time to pray specifically for you and your intentions. There is no request to great or to small! 

I am going to do my best to document this trip so as to be able to share it all with you when I return. Please pray for me, for my travels, and for my family while I am away.

Cheers!

CF

If you don't know where Guam is, click here, and then zoom out! 

 

 

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"Mountains" peaks at #11 on iTunes!

In a world where streaming music is becoming the primary way people listen to music, I was shocked to wake up the morning of my album release a few weeks ago and find "MOUNTAINS" sitting at #11 on the iTunes charts. 

Of course I was hoping for the album to break into the charts, especially after "Close To You" peaked at #9 back in 2014. But people don't buy music like they use to, so I had to temper my excitement and expectations in the weeks leading up to this release. I had to remind myself why I do this, why I write, and what I hope to accomplish with this album. 

I write music to inspire the listener to live a more faithful life. I write music to open the eyes of a listener to a God they may never have before experienced. I write music to bring hope and joy into people's lives. I write music to challenge people to live with purpose. I write music because I feel like I have a story to share, and I want to invite others into that story. 

So the iTunes charts, well, it is a very clear sign that what I am doing is having an impact and people are being moved by the songs that I am writing, but I could go on without it, because charts change, and eventually, fade away. But real LIFE with our Creator; true joy, passion, purpose; these things never change. If my music can in some small way bring even just one person in touch with who they were created to be, then I've had a successful career. 

I am humbled by your support. Let's continue on this journey together. I am very excited for what 2017 has in store. 

Cheers!

CF

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MOUNTAINS - Album Cover Reveal

This project has been over three years in the making. "Mountains" is a collection of songs that explores what it looks like to walk through life with the Lord; the ups, the downs, the high's and lows. I pray this body of music may inspire you to live generously, to love well, and to grow in faith.

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