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  • ch-ch-ch-changes

    Hey friends! I know it’s been a long time since you’ve heard from us/me. So, here’s a quick update:

    After twenty years in local church ministry, I’ve decided to step away from my full-time position at Mission Hills Church (where I’ve served since 2011) and explore some new possibilities. I’m really excited to let you know that I’m now working with Torn Curtain Arts, a non-profit company started by my friend Paul Romig-Leavitt several years ago. 

    Our mission will be to create events and cultivate content for the spiritually homeless—those who have walked away from or feel excluded by the Church but still feel a deep spiritual connection. We hope to engage these folks through social media, blogs, video content, podcasts, and worship events with the goal of drawing them back in to an authentic Spiritual practice that moves them closer to the heart of Jesus. We put on our first event last week, a contemplative de-centering practice based on the Stations of the Cross called “Darkness,” which was graciously hosted by New Denver Church and Belong Church. Please follow @torncurtainarts on Instagram and “Like” our page on Facebook to find out more about what’s next for TCA—and don’t forget to tell your friends!

    Of course, I’ll still continue my work with the briandavisband. In fact, we’ve got some new music coming out in the next two weeks that we’re really excited about, and we’re planning to release a new full-length album this year. Also, my partnership with Torn Curtain will be a partnership with the bdb as our desire to create authentic worship environments dovetails nicely with TCA’s mission to draw people in to authentic Spiritual practice. Keep an eye on all our socials (facebook, insta, twitter) for the latest from the briandavisband.

    Lastly, I still love the local church, and have taken a part-time position with New Denver Church. I’ve been involved with this community since 2010, and was thrilled when the opportunity came along for me to join their staff as Worship Arts Director. I’ll be leading worship there 2-3 times a month and helping to develop their artistic and worship culture.

    So, there are all the changes in a nutshell! Of course, the band and I would covet your prayers, as well as your prayers for Paul and TCA. But beyond that, if you can offer any financial support, we would be extremely grateful. My position at New Denver is part time, and the bulk of my income will come through support fundraising through Torn Curtain. I would love if you would consider partnering with me financially! To do so, just visit www.torncurtainarts.org/donate to give a one-time gift or pledge on-going support through Patreon. Questions? Feel free to send me a message through the contact form here on briandavisband.com/contact. 

    Thanks for keeping up with the bdb and me! We’ll be in touch soon!

  • did you miss us?

    Hey friends. Once again, so sorry we’ve been out of touch for so long. Sometimes life is just…well, it’s just difficult. I know you understand, but let me ‘splain…

    Back in July, we announced that we were beginning work on a new EP of worship tunes for your ears, but we decided to take on the entire recording process on our own. While it has proved to be a lot of fun, it has also been really time consuming for 4 humans who already have jobs and families and lives outside of music. Needless to say, we’ve been working hard and should have everything ready to give to you later this month!

    But our schedules weren’t the only things that put a little hiccup in our plans. Not long after we started recording, it was discovered that Sean, our drummer, had a cancerous tumor in his shoulder that would need to be removed and would require several courses of treatment with radiation and chemotherapy. Obviously, this has had a bigger impact on us as a band than just our latest recording endeavor. We’ve all been stumbling along, trying to figure out how to support our friend and brother through this, as well as his wife and daughter.

    Around the same time, we learned that my older brother, who had battled a brain tumor about 5 years ago, had been diagnosed with another (and much worse) kind of brain tumor. As my family learns how to walk with a family member who has been given a terminal diagnosis, we have been surrounded by lots of prayer and support. Needless to say, the biggest lesson we have learned as a band in this season is that cancer sucks but God is still good and reigning and mysterious and loving. But mostly, cancer sucks.

    But July wasn’t all bad—we were super excited to welcome Chuck’s (our violin player) shiny new daughter into the world, Charlie. Chuck and his wife have been adjusting well to life with a new baby, and as a band we’ll be learning some lessons in volume restraint when we rehearse in his basement!

    In between jobs and babies and cancer treatments, we’ve still been able to get out and lead worship, which always has been a great outlet for us to process all our stuff, the good and the bad, in the presence of God and in community with other followers. We’ve been humbled and honored to lead worship at some great churches, reconnecting with some old friends, played at HeavenFest, and were honored to be invited back to my old stomping grounds, Flatirons Community Church, for Merge (their young adult ministry) and Shift (their INCREDIBLE recovery ministry).

    So, there’s a little update for you. I’m going to try to get better at sending these things out, and you can count on seeing another update with news about the NEW ALBUM in about a week or so. Other things coming down the trail: A redesign of the website, a possible night of Christmas worship, an online store, and hopefully some dates for 2016. If you’d like to get in touch with the band, fire us an email at updates@briandavisband.com, or send us a message through the contact page on our website. In the meantime, here are some ways you can be praying for us:

     - Pray for Sean as he will be undergoing 3 more rounds of chemotherapy between now and the first of the year; pray for strength, joy, patience, and grace for him and his family.

     - Pray for Brian’s brother Greg as he continues battling a brain tumor, and for the Davis family as they strive to love Greg and his family well through this difficult time.

     - Pray for Chuck and his wife as they adjust to life with a new baby!

     - Pray that the new album will be a great resource for people who are trying to integrate worship into every aspect of their lives and that it would be an encouragement to everyone who hears it.

    Thanks for all your love and support! Know that we love you, too! I’ll be in touch soon…

    peace,

    brian (+ the band)

  • rebooting a band

    we are all being recreated. every day. one year from now, just physiologically, you and i will have an entirely new set of cells from the ones we have right now. and, on top of that, our creator is renewing our hearts, our souls, and our minds.

    for the last 18 months or so, i have been on a personal journey of re-creation. not all of it has been pleasant. personally, i have struggled with what it means to maintain healthy friendships and how to create boundaries. i got married in june, which has brought immense joy to my life. i am seeing my two daughters grow - physically, emotionally, spiritually.

    every day, i am forced to dismantle any idea of what “normal” is and adapt to the newly created environment by which i am surrounded. i have to make a conscious effort to accept new love, new mercy, and new grace from God, to keep my soul from rejecting the new heart that is transplanted in me daily. these are parts of my journey that i hope to share with you throughout the year.

    as a band, we have experienced a re-creation, as well. at the beginning of 2014 we needed to take a step back and reevaluate our priorities, ask God for a fresh vision and take a deep, restful, and much-needed breath of fresh air. we saw some dear friends step away from our community. we had to learn, or rather re-learn, what God had put us together to do. we also saw God’s faithfulness, as we had an opportunity to lead worship for group publishing’s kidmin conference for the fourth year in a row, and produced an ep of christmas songs which we released digitally at the end of november. and, we have a new, permanent rehearsal space that we are able to utilize as often as we need, along with the technology and equipment to record our rehearsals or whatever else happens to come to mind.

    along with this rebooting process has come a fresh vision for who we are and what we feel called to do as a band. we took a long look at what we love and what we don’t love as much, what we feel we’re good at and what we should either work harder at or set aside entirely. we came to two conclusions...

    first of all, we are a worship band. we’re not a coffee shop band. we’re not a folk-rock band. we are a worship band, and we feel that we are called to lead worship, to create environments and experiences where people can connect their heart to God’s heart, to motivate, inspire, empower, and equip people from all walks of life and stages of belief to live a life of worship.

    second, we want to connect with people. when we lead worship somewhere, we don’t just want to be “the band.” we want to talk to you. we want to hear your stories, your struggles, your joys. we want to know how we can pray for you. we want to create a sense of community that goes beyond the one or two times a year we may see you at an event or worship service. none of us can do this life alone. so we want to make every effort, whether in person or from a distance, to make an honest, lasting, and impactful connection with you.

    in short, we’re about two things: connecting people to God (worship) and connecting people to each other (community).

    so, what is this going to look like in 2015? first of all, we know that we need to provide more resources to encourage all of us in our worship. for us that looks like putting new music in your hands this year. we’ve been so encouraged by the responses we continue to receive about begins again, but 3 years is quite long enough for you all to wait for some new music. we’ll be working hard to get plenty of new worship music out this year.

    second, we’re going to be actively (perhaps even aggressively) pursuing opportunities to get out and lead worship more in 2015. our goal is to be playing somewhere besides our “usual haunts” at least once a month this year. to find out where we’ll be worshiping, you can look at the dates section of this website. also, if you’d like us to play at your church or to lead worship for an event you have scheduled, please, please, PLEASE contact us. we would LOVE to partner with you in worship this year. just don’t be afraid to reach out, especially if you’re worried about paying us a certain amount of money. we’re about worship and community not money and fame, so we’re more than happy to work within your budget if it means being able to worship and connect with a new group of people.

    third, we’re going to do more to reach out and connect with you using all the technology we have at our disposal, especially this website. if you don’t already, please follow us on twitter and instagram, “like” our facebook page, and sign up for our email list. we’ll be sending out little nuggets of encouragement, inspiration, humor, and whatever else we think will keep us all running after the heartbeat of God as often as we are able. we’ll try our best not to be annoying! oh, and if you think anyone else would be encouraged by our music, message, or vision please tell them about us. word of mouth is a huge help for little ol’ independent artists like the brian davis band.

    i’m sure we’ll all be writing more about this in the weeks to come, but i wanted to give you all an overview of where the bdb is headed this year. be sure to check the website often, and do not hesitate to reach out at any time. know that we love you, we appreciate you, and we’re looking forward to worshiping our God together in 2015.

    -brian (and the bdb)

  • kidmin 2014

    we just want to say a quick "thank you" to all the amazing Kid's Ministry workers who were a part of Group Publishing's KidMin 2014 conference in columbus, oh this past weekend. our prayer was, is, and will continue to be that everyone in attendance was able to walk away refreshed, renewed, and excited about leading their ministries back home. 

    we got a lot of questions out at our merch table about what songs we played for the sessions, so here you go! Listed by session, title, and artist...

    Saturday Morning:
    All Because Of Jesus (Fee)
    God Is Able (Hillsong)
    Always (Kristian Stanfill)
    Whom Shall I Fear (Angel Armies) (Chris Tomlin)

    Saturday Night:
    Cornerstone (Hillsong)
    In Christ Alone (there are a million versions of this song; ours was Matt Papa's arrangement)
    I Lift My Hands (Chris Tomlin)

    Sunday Morning:
    Sweetly Broken (Jeremy Riddle)
    One Thing Remains (Jeremy Riddle wrote it, but we did Kristian Stanfill's version)
    Everlasting God (Brenton Brown)

    Sunday Night:
    10,000 Reasons (Matt Redman)
    Your Love (Brian Davis Band)
    Revelation Song (again, a million versions; this was our own arrangement)
    I Am Free (Jon Egan/Desperation Band)
    Not To Us/Here Is Our King Medley (Chris Tomlin & David Crowder Band, respectively)
    Your Love Never Fails (Jesus Culture)
    God's Great Dance Floor (Martin Smith & Chris Tomlin)

    Monday Morning:
    Glory To God Forever (Fee)
    God Is Able (Hillsong)
    Our God (Chris Tomlin)

    enjoy! looking forward to seeing you all in chicago for KidMin15!

    yours,
    the bdb