We have always considered ourselves a "live band." The live setting is where we thrive and feel most comfortable in our skin. So in early 2015, when we began brainstorming what our next project would be, we knew we wanted it to be live. Normally, a "live" record means there is a crowd involved. But, as we processed and fleshed out what we wanted to create, the more we realized that we wanted to capture the chemistry of playing TOGETHER. So, the concept for the live sessions was born.Read More
We're just a few weeks away from our new 7-song release, Live Sessions Vol. 2. Following up last years vol. 1, this new collection of song will feature new content, as well as a few of our favorite songs currently being sung in churches around the world.
If you are unfamiliar with the Live Sessions, visit iTunes and YouTube to listen and see video content from Vol. 1. And, make sure you are following us on social media (FB, Insta, Twitter), as well as signed up for our newsletter, to get all the latest updates on Live Sessions Vol. 2.
We've been dropping hints and making quick mentions throughout social media the last couple weeks, but we wanted to take a moment and OFFICIALLY announce that next week we will record and film Vol. 2 of the Live Sessions! Last year, when we set out to create Vol. 1, we had no clue how much we would come to love this line of projects. As a "live band" we love the freedom to really track live, feeding off one another, while still having the "studio" feel as there is no crowd involved. This next project will have 7 songs, with an additional live audience bonus track that was created at a previous event. We can't wait to share these new songs and video content with you all in the coming months.
To stay up to date with the creation of Live Sessions Vol. 2, make sure you are following us on Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook. Monday (April 11), at 5:30p, we will be announcing the filming location and track listing for the EP, as well as answering a few questions you may have, all through Facebook Live. So, set an alarm for Monday an be part of the process with us! we will begin tracking Wednesday (April 13) and finish Saturday (April 16), so keep your phone close!
On January 26, we had the privilege of being interviewed on the Pure Worship Radio Program on KWAVE. We got to spend an hour talking about the history of our ministry, as well as the stories/meaning behind our songs. It aired three times in one weekend, but we know there were quite a few who did not hear it (either because of scheduling or being outside of the broadcast area). So, we decided to upload the interview! Its split into two segments. We hope you enjoy it!
.... followed by Part B ....
When this last year started, it was full of plans; plans on plans on plans for what we hoped would happen in our ministry. In fact, we even made a specific list of "goals and dreams" for the year. Well, we can confidently say that God completely fulfilled the dreams that seemed completely unattainable (ie. getting 100% of out debt, which seemed impossible!).Read More
Today, and EVERYDAY For All Seasons is thankful for....
- Our families and the way they continually support and love us day by day in this ministry.
- The generous people who have donated their time, talents, and money to keep this ministry going.
- The families who have cooked meals for us and let us stay comfortably in their homes while we are on the road. You are all a part of our extended family now.
So, what’s the point of re-arranging, or changing the existing songs? Well, when a song is anointed with power and told from a fresh perspective with lyrics that really move us, it doesn’t have to fade as quickly as the music it’s attached to.Read More
Mattie has been a friend of ours for quite some time and he brings such a freshness to our bands community. We wanted to take a few moments of your time and help you get to know him. We’re sure you’ll love him as much as we do :)Read More
This weekend, we're headed to Texas. And in the midst of the packing and preparing I began to think about everything that comes along with what we get to do for a living; the good and the bad. So, I decided to take a few moments to jot down some of the things we get to celebrate as a result of this band, as well as the difficult areas we have to carefully navigate. Lets kick things off on a high note:
1. Getting a more holistic picture of the church in America.
Throughout the last 5 years, we have been able to visit hundreds of churches with every age group, social status, nationality, and denomination. And, as we visit each one, the Holy Spirit uses each community to deepen our understanding of how He is moving across America. God also shows us deeper glimpses into His character, as we see the beauty of such diverse congregations all with the same heart to advance God’s Kingdom.
2. Meeting incredible people & visiting beautiful places.
With each city we visit, we make it a point to make ourselves open and available to honest conversation. And, as a result, we have been able to make lifelong friends all over the nation. Whether pastors, families that open there homes to us, or volunteers at an event, we love adding people to our ever growing catalog of the “FAS Family.” So that way, when being away from home becomes tiring, we know we still have people that will invest in us, as we mutually invest back into them. We’ve also been able to see some pretty beautiful places during our travels; places we would have probably never visited on our own. It’s amazing.
3. Getting to do what we love for a living.
Considering that a lot of the world couldn’t put themselves in this category, we can only be grateful for this specific joy. Thank you Jesus that You allow us to make music, share it with people, AND be able to pay the bills in the process. Every day, as we encounter many people who are unhappy or unsettled in their current vocation, we can only give glory to God.
4. Watching God do miracles in the midst of our lacking.
This ministry requires a lot to keep the wheels turning. And with each year that passes, we are reminded that God is the one that has the final say on when this ministry ends. Because, in the situations that seem hopeless, in the times where it seems like things may self implode: He comes through. On the days where we are worn out by our own anxiety, when we are unsure about how the bills are going to be paid: He comes through. AND, even in the moments where we are completely unaware of our needs, He comes through and shows us that He has an ultimate plan for where this ministry will go. We have been able to learn so much about what it means to truly trust God, and we’ll hold those lessons close for they rest of our lives.
5. Seeing people encounter Jesus in a personal and powerful way.
This one takes the cake. There is nothing like watching people be transformed by the Holy Spirit and grow in their understanding of who Jesus is and why He loves them. Whether through an email, or conversation after a show, God is constantly blowing us away with stories of how He chooses to use our ministry to draw more people to himself.
1. Inconsistency in community and friendships.
We’ve really had to learn how to manage our friendships. Because we are away from home 75% of the year, we have learned the art of “the planner.” Coffee dates must be prearranged weeks in advance and it can be hard to keep up on daily communication with friends when we see each other so sparingly. Thank God, He blessed us with friends who still “see” us and want to invest in us. But, its easy to quickly compare our inconsistent situation with those who are a part of each other daily lives when at a big social gathering.
2. We miss home.
This doesn’t take much explaining. Plain and simple, we miss home from time to time. The comforts of our own bed, the ability to cook a home meal, being familiar with your surroundings; we miss all those things and more from time to time.
3. Being involved in a local church.
This is one of the most frequent questions we are asked: What church are you all a part of? The truth is, other than attending a church near our homes 5-6 times are year, we technically are not. I mean, we are always AT churches. In fact, we are probably IN a church building 2-4 times a week. But there is something about being involved in our own local community that we miss. However, we know that God has called us to this specific season of life, AND that is confirmed as He brings people into our paths who love, encourage, and challenge us just as members of your local church would. Things just look a little different for us right now, but in the process we are learning that the true heartbeat of a local church is community; seeking God TOGETHER and pushing one another towards living a life of holiness through prayer and studying God’s word. That is something we find in one another, as well as through the amazing people we meet in our travels.
4. Missing the big life events (birthdays, weddings, etc) of close friends and family.
The last 5 years have FLOWN by, and with every chunk of time we’re gone, we are faced with the reality that life continues to move without us. Mothers Day comes and goes, birthdays are celebrated, friends get married, babies are born… and we miss most of it. Now, lets first say that we have some of the greatest friends and family around, so they never make us feel guilty about not being there. They believe in our ministry and understand the sacrifice we are making. But, as a group that wants to be considered loyal and supportive of our friends, it can be so hard to miss those big life events.
5. Feeling pressured to live up to peoples’ standard of success
We had to face this difficulty head on right at the start of our ministry. Being self-employed and playing music, while also making a living seemed unattainable to a lot of the people around us. It even took some of our closest friends and family a little time to come around initially. This culture has painted pictures of what it means to be successful, and by those standards what we were doing didn't exactly line up. But, just like a pastor or missionary, we knew that the “success” God was calling us to had to be kingdom focused. Yes, our music could spread nationally, and we could get payed money to come and lead people in worship, but if our success was not based on the call God put in our hearts to see people come to Him, it would all be worthless. And now, with each move we take forward, we still have to deal with these questions and insecurities bouncing around in our heads. The industry can pressure us to attain something “tangible” and the California culture can make us feel uncomfortable for not working the regular “9 to 5.” But, we must stand firm in the goal God has placed on our hearts and minds: Reach people for Me.
Our hope in sharing this post with you all, is that you would be able to see a little more clearly who we are. And, that you would be able to understand a little more that being “in a band” isn’t always “fun.” It can be difficult, BUT it’s so worth it. Every moment that we are faced with a difficulty, we remind ourselves of the ever-growing list of joys we find through it all. We also have to remind ourselves that this band isn’t about us; it isn’t about OUR happiness and OUR success. It is about Jesus. No matter what he calls us to, difficult or exciting, the cost could never compare to the eternal and kingdom-minded work we get to be a part of: seeing the lost be found.
To all those who have been patiently waiting and asking, we're excited to let you know that the chord charts for our self-titled record are now up on the site! Head over the the "MUSIC" tab above to find all 11 songs, as well as a few from our live record. Grab some charts and start practicing!
-For All Seasons
Hey all! We wanted to share with you the winners of our 2015 Cover Contest. We had some GREAT submissions, which made it really difficult to choose the winners. But after lots of YouTube watching and adding together all of our scores, we arrived at the winners! Below are the top 3 videos, and therefore the winners of our contest. If you are interested in seeing all of the submissions, make sure you check out the Youtube playlist we created on our channel.
This cover feature DJ & Chris, two very talented guitarists and vocalists, taking on their own rendition of "High Above it All." We especially loved the creative liberties they took on the instrumentals! The lighting does go out towards the end, but based off the look on their faces, we're assuming that wasn't supposed to happen. :)
This beautiful video features Worthy Venture doing a mash up of "King Forever" AND "Only You." We especially loved the guitar work and their sweet harmonies. Their vocal blend sounds awesome! The intro of them prepping for the video was an added bonus.
This video is quality! Taylor Lanning, Joe DiGerolamo & Jake Rice are featured here doing an acoustic version of "High Above It All." Taylor's vocals are spot on, hitting every low note in the verses, and all the highs in the choruses and bridge. And, instead of the 3 guitars crowding each other, they compliment perfectly. We also loved the added effort of great sound/video quality.
We want to make sure we say a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone that took the time to enter the contest & congrats to our winners! You are all such talented individuals and we loved getting the opportunity to see your talents at play! Whether or not you entered, make sure you take the time to see all the entries and encourage them through comments while you're at it.
Today I was reading in Proverbs and I came across this verse: "Honest balances and scales are the Lord's, all the weights in the bags are His concern." [Prov 16:11]
After reading it, I could't help but stop and read it over again. And over again. And over again. I could just picture that image of a balance scale, each side containing something, the measurements constantly changing as things are given and taken from the bags. And then I imagined that my life is on one side of that scale. I'm made up of so many things; so many bags: my talents, my possessions, my relationships, my opportunities, my goals, my struggles, my temptations. As my side of the scale is being weighed down, I imagine it representing my value. But, then again, it could be representing the heaviness and defeat I feel at times. And then I quickly realize that that how far I sink or how high I am raised is dependent on the other side of the scale, which in this scenario represents another person, full of talent, passion, struggle, etc. This is where the word "COMPARISON" started ringing loud and clear. "Emily, when you feel your levels falling or raising on the scale, its all because you are COMPARING yourself. You are trying to see everything that makes up the other side of the scale/ the other person, and as you do that you either inflate yourself with pride OR sink into despair as you begin to believe that you have the short end of the stick."
I'm sure you've heard that phrase "Comparison is the thief of joy." I couldn't agree more, and as I dive deeper into ministry I have to remind myself of that truth more often. As someone who is consistently in front of people, receiving any amount of recognition, it is so easy for me to believe I am better than something else. And, on the flip side, as I work hard to improve my talents and create music for the sake of encouraging others, how easy is it for me to see others who are MORE "successful" or gaining more recognition and then become discouraged! When I choose to peer over to the other side of the scale, instead of just locking my eyes on the one above who loves me and gives/takes away with my best interest in mind, I lose sight of peace, joy, love, and contentment. Instead of recognizing the underserved blessings I have received, I become the selfish child who points across the playground and says "Daddy, why can't I have that?! You must not love me as much." This is where the last part of that Proverbs verse put my heart at ease: "...all the weights in the bags are HIS concern." Its none of my business what lies in the bags of others! I am not God, and I do not have the ultimate understanding of the Eternal Kingdom and how each person's story weaves together to bring God the most glory. Instead, we are all just humble children who are privileged enough to be loved and used to advance the eventual full redemption of the world though Jesus. Its not my job to say who should have what, or who deserves what, its just my job to remain grateful for all the the talents, opportunities, and blessing I have received.
Would we choose to really TRUST what God is doing and how He is working, instead of comparing ourselves and robbing ourselves of the fulness of life and beautiful joy we have been given through Christ.
As we look back at all that has happened in 2014, we first must stop and say thank you. Thank you to each person that has supported our ministry. Thank you to each person that has listened to our music and shared it with the community around you. Thank you to each church and ministry that has allowed us to partner with you. Thank you to Jesus for always providing and giving us inspiration and creativity. And now, as 2015 approaches, we couldn't be more excited for all that is ahead of us. As a team, this year has forced us to dig deeper into what it means to follow Jesus and use our gifts for him. We've been forced to ask ourselves on numerous occasions "Why do we do this?" "Are we using our gifts to the best of our ability in order to spread the message we have specifically been given?" And, as we have spent time individually and as a group answering those questions, we are approaching the most united and inspiring time of our ministry to date.
This year we will be focusing on spreading our music to as many people as possible, not just digitally, but in a live setting. We really believe that God has given us a message of sincerity and honesty in worship, and the most fulfilling and successful way to spread that is by visiting communities and sharing our gifts live. So, expect a very full calendar from For All Seasons this year. And, better yet, we would love to add your community to the list! There are a couple ways to do that:
The first would be through Bandsintown. This app allows you to not only follow our schedule, but send in a request for us to play in or near your city. Signing up is quick and easy. (click the photo for more info)
Another more detailed way (if you happen to be a youth pastor, or event organizer) would be to send in a booking request through our website. Again, we've tried to make this process as quick and easy as possible for you. (click the photo for more info)
On top of the, hopefully many, times to see us live that this year will bring, it is also our goal to bring you LOTS of new music. We have been hard at work writing new material, and will continue to be as this new year progresses. The best way to stay up to date with new music is by signing up for our newsletter, as well as following us on our social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).
We again, want to say thank you to each and every person that has supported us up to this point. Know that you are essential in this ministry progressing. As we walk into 2015, we are excited to see where God will continue to take us!
-For All Seasons
In the days leading up to this year's Thanksgiving, we've had some time to think about the many things in our lives that we are thankful for. As the "Giver of all good things, " we know that God deserves every ounce of praise for this list below. We want to take a quick moment and share those things with you, in hopes that you will take some time to deeply think through what you're grateful for as well. In fact, share some of those things with us in a comment below!
- We're so grateful for God's provision over the last 4 years. The fact that we are still playing AND paying our bills is nothing short of a miracle.
- We're incredibly thankful for God's daily grace that is extended to us. In those moment when we screw up, argue with one another, give into our pride, and loose sight of our purpose, his grace is enough.
- We're grateful for the people who support us in prayer and give of their time and resources to keep us in ministry. We're thankful that these people are listening to the voice of God and give with a cheerful heart.
- We're thankful for great music (ie. The new T-Swift record...)
- We're SO thankful that our families are all so supportive of our calling and do anything they can to help us along the way.
- We're thankful for all the physical things we have that allow us to pursue this ministry with excellence (ie. instruments, van & trailer, sound equipment).
- We're grateful to live in a country where we're free to travel the country and worship the Lord together, as loud as we want!
- We're thankful for Taylor Luckey. She's the greatest "band wife" around and is always willing to drop everything to be a part of this ministry with us.
- We're thankful for the countless people that have welcomed us into their homes and made a part of their families while we've been on tour.
- We're grateful for the community of Hume Lake and the fact that for the past 4 years they have welcomed us in as family and invested into our individual lives AND into our ministry.
- We're thankful for all the churches who treat us so well with their hospitality and see it as their ministry to us. These churches are a breath of fresh air amidst our crazy travel schedule.
- We're grateful for ice cream. More specifically Cookies & Cream (Johnny), Phish Food (Emily), Vanilla (Randy), and Mudslide (Jeff).
- We're thankful for other artists out there who have stayed true to their convictions, proving that you don't have to change who you are to have a career in music. You inspire us.
- We're thankful to the people who encourage us by reaching out and telling us how our songs or worship sets have impacted their lives. It means so much to hear those words!
So now, we want to know, what you are thankful for?
For the next 6 months, the band will be using each Friday to announce/release something substantial. Whether its a new video, online sale, new music, or a last minute upcoming event, every Friday you will find something worth tuning in for. Make sure you stay up to date with all of FAS's social media (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook) as they will be using this outlets for #FASFRIDAYS.
1 Fall Season full of yellow trees, jumping 5-8 graders, new friendships, and a cheetah named Tango.
3 Winters full of snow (or the lack thereof), cardboard box sleds, deep relationships, and red snow jackets.
4 summers full of shouting recreation teams, late nights under the stars, milkshakes, and incredible life transformation.
This is the fastest way to summarize 4 of the most inspirational years of our lives. God gave us the gift of being a part of the ministry at Hume Lake and allowed us to see, front row, the way that He changes young people’s lives forever. We could tell story after story full of the laughter, passion, tears, and God’s undeserved grace that we experienced here.
So, many of you are asking, why leave? Whats next that could be better than this? We wanted to take a moment to explain to you the heart behind “leaving” Hume.
First, its important for you to know that For All Seasons will still be a band that is passionate about people worshipping their Creator and Savior. As we walk away from Hume this summer, we are diving head first into incredible opportunities to minister to people around the nation. By God’s grace, our ministry will continue to grow and flourish as we keep Christ at the center.
Now we must answer the question, “Why leave?” Since the start of this band, our goal has been to follow the Holy Spirit wherever He leads. When the opportunity was presented to us to be a part of Hume in 2010, we first began to understand the importance and value of following Him into the unknown. Taking the position at Hume forced us to trust Him. We didn't know what would come from that first seasons at Hume, and we were unsure if we were fully ready to be leading in that capacity. All we were sure of was that Hume was where God wanted us. He had opened the door, so we were going to be faithful to walk through it. By choosing to view every ministry decision this way, we have remained dependent on God. Its no longer about what we think will make us most successful or benefit us the most. Its purely about what God want us to do, and whether or not we will be faithful in whatever that is. As we are now finishing our 4th summer here, we are sensing His leading again. Instead of relying on the comforts and consistency that Hume now provides us, we are wanting to be pushed back into the unknown where our only option is to trust the Spirit to provide and lead us.
As we look forward from here into that deep unknown, all we can ask from you is that you would continue to support and pray for us. We are realizing now, more than ever, the huge For All Season’s family we are now apart of. So many of you have watched us grow over the years, and have been relentless in your constant support and encouragement. As we branch out, we will continue to covet that support. Continue to check in with our schedule, because we want to see you! There is such an incredible joy and comfort in seeing old friends in new places :) If you feel led, share our music with the people around you. Join us and help us spread the message of the gospel through music. We love you all so much and are so grateful for the ways you have poured out love and encouragement. Hope to see you soon!!!
We're so excited to announce that our new album showed up on the Billboard charts in more ways than one! Thanks to everyone who has purchased the album and been sharing it with friends! Let's keep it going! #33 on the Christian and Gospel chart
#28 on the Christian chart
#15 on the HeatSeeker* chart (all genres)
#1 on the HeatSeeker* pacific region chart (all genres)
*The "HeatSeeker" chart represents all bands who are making their first appearance on the Billboard Charts
Our new album is finally here! Thank you to all who pre-ordered and have been showing support. The album is available for $9.99 on iTunes (find the link on our music tab) as well as through hard copy on our online store. We hope that the music continues to bless God's people as well as reach those who are yet to know Him.
We are so excited to share with you the first single, "Great God" from our upcoming record. The song is now available on iTunes as well as the ability to pre-order the entire album. The official release date for the album has been set for July 29th, and over the next few weeks leading up to the release we will be sharing stories from the album as well as more new music.