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29 minutes | Mar 14, 2016
CMB 072 : The Final Episode Of The CMB Podcast
A bittersweet episode, but a good one to end on…. Nate explains a big transition for his family, and why it’s time to wrap up CMB. View the blog post for this episode here.
43 minutes | Dec 21, 2015
CMB 071 : Meet The Great Promise
Merry Christmas! Check out the show notes here.
30 minutes | Oct 24, 2015
CMB 070 : Stephen Miller And The Liberating King
In episode 70 of the CMB Podcast, Stephen and I talked about his latest record Liberating King, his new book that goes with it, and an exciting new worship community called Rooted Network. Check out the show notes here.
36 minutes | Oct 16, 2015
CMB 069 : Matt Tinsley Talks Songwriting, His New EP The Hardest Part, And Oysters
Matt Tinsley’s new EP “The Hardest Part” is FANTASTIC…. View the show notes here.
32 minutes | Oct 9, 2015
CMB 068 : Ginny Owens And Andrew Greer Are Back!
Win a copy of their new book! Visit http://natefancher.com/ for more.
26 minutes | Oct 1, 2015
CMB 067 : Meet Meredith Kinleigh
In episode 67 of the CMB Podcast I spoke with emerging artist Meredith Kinleigh. Get the show notes here.
23 minutes | Sep 18, 2015
CMB 066 : The Neverclaim
Jeremiah Carlson and Nate Fancher sit down to chat about Jeremiah’s band The Neverclaim, and their latest release The Joy.
37 minutes | Dec 22, 2014
CMB 065 : A Special Christmas Episode
44 minutes | Oct 30, 2014
CMB 064 : The Music and Story of Loud Harp
View the show notes here.
31 minutes | Oct 17, 2014
CMB 063 : Lauren Daigle
In episode 63 of the CMB Podcast I was stoked to sit down with an awesome new artist Lauren Daigle. Unsure if it was her true calling, she almost pushed music to the back burner until a devastating illness brought her young life into sharper focus. Now Lauren is living up to the high expectations for her new single, “How Can It Be.” We talked about her story of faith and music, her new EP, life on the road, future projects, and a lot more… See the full notes here at http://natefancher.com/
59 minutes | Sep 11, 2014
CMB 062 : Joanna Beasley
In episode 62 of the CMB Podcast, I was honored to talk with singer/songwriter Joanna Beasley. Her latest album Loud Love, is her third full length album since she started back in 2005 as a nineteen year old, with no record label. Her musical journey started as a semi-finalist for American Idol’s third season in 2003, opening up several doors and opportunities for her music career. We talked about her story growing up in a Christian home, but later discovering the gospel in a fresh way. We also talked about her journey as an indie artist, the importance of building the right team around you, her songwriting process, and more. Win A Copy of Loud Love! Leave a comment in the comment section below, sharing your thoughts about the interview, and you’ll be included in a drawing to win Joanna’s latest record Loud Love. I’ll send you a personal note in the mail with it too! Some More Highlights Her encounter with grace and the gospel Her experience as an American Idol semi-finalist Building the right team that understands your vision Finding people who you trust to speak into your life Don’t allow perfectionism to stop you Why you need to advance on all fronts Mentoring other young artists Does age matter? Her latest album “Loud Love” When God said to lead worship Singing truth instead of cliches a revelation of God’s love changing everything Gearing up for what’s next Songwriting while worshiping God in the living room Being yourself and who God created you to be Web Links Joanna’s official website Loud Love on iTunes Joanna on Instagram Joanna on Facebook Joanna on Twitter Joanna on YouTube YouTube Video of Rooftops Other Things Mentioned The new http://natefancher.com site coming soon Big changes coming to CMB…. Join the mailing list here to find out more.
35 minutes | Aug 29, 2014
CMB 061 : Meet Worship Leader and Songwriter Corey Voss
Today on the CMB Podcast, we get to hear from talented new worship leader and songwriter, Corey Voss. Back in episode 57 we had music publisher Steve Rice on the podcast to discuss the launch of the new worship label CentricWorship. This time around, it’s an honor to have their first artist on the podcast to talk about his story so far as a songwriter and worship leader. Corey’s heart for Jesus, his church, and writing songs that help people encounter truth, is genuine and refreshing. His song “Nothing But The Blood”, a primary song from the EP All The Saints – Live From The CentricWorship Retreat – #1, speaks of the beauty of the timeless gospel in a relevant and engaging way. We talked about his story of faith and music making as a teenager, songwriting, and his recent signing to CentricWorship. Some Highlights Being exposed to Christian music as a teenager Studying Church Ministries at Southeastern in Lakeland, FL Discovering the call to worship ministry and music Developing on staff at Life Church Moving from Florida to the Nashville area Open doors in Music City Signing to CentricWorship Co-writing at the CentricWorship retreat Strengths and weaknesses as a young artist Charlie Peacock’s insights for young artists Balancing local church ministry with travel and artist life Trying worship songs at his church Discipling other worship leaders in your church Seeing new songwriters grow in your church Loving and serving your local church first Links for Corey Corey’s official website Corey Voss on Facebook Corey Voss on Twitter CentricWorship’s official site NoiseTrade Sampler Corey at the CentricWorship Retreat
44 minutes | Aug 7, 2014
CMB 060 : Josh and Angela Walker on Hymns For Selena
On today’s podcast, I was honored to sit down with Josh and Angela Walker, a couple with an awesome story and a purpose to get behind…. The following story is taken from http://hymnsforselena.com Hymns For Selena is a story that started in the heart of Josh and Angela Walker five years ago while on a mission trip. It was then that they met Selena, a Guatemalan orphan living in an orphanage. While returning home they both felt that God wanted them to pursue Selena’s good. Believing that adoption was what they were to pursue, Josh and Angela started researching their options, but sadly discovered that Guatemala had recently closed the doors to international adoption. Heartbroken, but determined to follow in God’s leading, they decided to continue moving forward, doing whatever possible for the good of this one particular child they now so dearly loved. They took many other trips to visit Selena, and through a set of God ordained events, they were able to move Selena out of the orphanage and into the Echeverrias home, where they are now her legal guardians. This family, Nufito, Mimi and their son Junior, is a local Guatemalan Christian family, who were friends with their missionary contacts there. Hymns For Selena was created in an attempt to do something unique and special for the Echeverrias family and Selena. Over the last few years, Josh reworked and rewrote 10 hymns that were special for them on this journey. The project brings on many friends of the Walkers to guest feature on each hymn. From vocals, to musical production, and even website design, friends of Josh and Angela have freely given their time and talents to make this project happen. The Hymns for Selena album is a free download on http://noisetrade.com with the option of leaving a tip. Any resources that are ever brought in from this album, or these songs, will be sent directly to Selena and the Echeverria family. Highlights From The Conversation Josh and Angela’s story about Selena Praying together as a family How the album “Hymns For Selena” was born Getting people from The Village Church involved Music and Movement Links Official Site Noisetrade link Facebook Twitter YouTube Videos Music and Movement (blogpost at Gospel Coalition) Article at Orphan Care Network If this story inspired you, would you consider sharing it? Simply click here for Twitter or here for Facebook.
40 minutes | Jul 24, 2014
CMB 059 : Andrew Peterson
Not many songwriters understand the power of storytelling the way Andrew Peterson does. He truly has a gift to connect with people through his art, which has obviously come through in his more than 12 studio releases, and his knack for writing great fiction. In fact, earlier this week, his fourth and final installment of “The Wingfeather Saga” hit retail. The Warden And The Wolf King is the epic ending of this truly engaging story. Christians who know and love the fantasy novels of Lewis and Tolkien, will feel right at home with Peterson’s ability to envelop you in his world of “toothy cows” and “sea dragons”. Andrew is also a successful songwriter and musician. He’s worked with all kinds of artists like Matthew Perryman Jones, Brandon Heath, David Wilcox, Allison Kraus, Bebo Norman, Phil Keaggy, Derek Webb, and many more. We talked about his story as a young guy that loved being creative, the difference between songwriting and book writing, his super successful 6 figure Kickstarter campaign for his latest book The Warden And The Wolf King and a lot more. The Highlights Andrew’s story of creativity Taste and ten-thousand hours The power of story telling There’s not a secular molecule in the universe The difference between songwriting and book writing How The Wingfeather Saga was born The only way to learn how to write Let the song and the story be what it wants to be How The Warden And The Wolf King became book four Pembrick’s Creaturepedia The $118,000 Kickstarter The Rabbit Room community Songs in today’s podcast are “The Cornerstone” and “Carry The Fire” from Andrew’s album Light For The Lost Boy Andrew’s Links The Warden And The Wolf King (Link to Rabbit Room) Official site Andrew on Twitter Andrew on Facebook Ira Glass On Storytelling
46 minutes | Jul 10, 2014
CMB 058 : Stephen Altrogge On How To Truly Be Creative
Stephen Altrogge’s book Create: Stop Making Excuses and Start Making Stuff, is a must read. I’ve followed Stephen for some time at his blog The Blazing Center and was eager to get this self-published book. It’s a wonderfully refreshing book on what it means to be creative in light of the gospel. When it was released, I immediately got it and read it in one day. In today’s podcast, I asked Stephen to give us his insights regarding the life of a habitual creative. When it comes to writing great songs, producing great art, or anything creative, there are no shortcuts or quick-fixes to creating quality stuff. There is no such thing as overnight success. We simply do the work. We get our butt’s in the chair and discipline ourselves to start. Stephen does an excellent job addressing the heart first. He often talks about identity and the freedom that we have in Christ, as we grow in both confidence and humility in making art consistently. Here are the highlights from our conversation Stephen’s story growing up in a creative family The reason the book was written Why creativity is needed everywhere Being okay with being okay The freedom for creatives from the gospel Understanding the season of life you’re in, and how that affects your creativity Receiving criticism How the local church is vital for Christian creatives Top books for creative people Read until your brain creaks Overcoming fear Stephen’s Links The book – Create: Stop Making Excuses and Start Making Stuff Other books by Stephen The Blazing Center blog Stephen on Twitter In A Little While (Album with Mark and Stephen Altrogge) Other Items Mentioned On Writing (Stephen King) Bird By Bird (Anne Lamott) On Writing Well (William Zinsser) Wordsmithy (Douglas Wilson) A must watch for artists I also mentioned the Ira Glass quote, which Stephen also references in his book. Here’s an awesome video taking the audio of his quote and giving it an engaging video backdrop…. Enjoy!
48 minutes | Jun 26, 2014
CMB 057 : Steve Rice And Centric Worship
Today on the podcast, I was privileged to speak with music industry executive, Steve Rice. Steve has served as music publisher for some of the most recognized Christian songwriters, producers and artists throughout the world. He is currently VP of publishing at Centricity Publishing, and founder of the newly launched CentricWorship label, with their new release All The Saints – Live From The Centric Worship Retreat. Songwriters: You should definitely get out that legal pad, or Evernote, and pay close attention to Steve’s wisdom. We talked about Steve’s story getting started in the music business, the launch of the new label CentricWorship, songwriting, an more. Here Are Just A Few Highlights Steve’s story Steve’s involvement in the early days of the “modern worship” movement The Centric Worship retreat The craft of songwriting What aspiring songwriters need to know if they’re pursuing songwriting as a career New artists Corey Voss and Jonathan Lee The future of the music business, and worship Centric Worship Links Centric Worship (Official Site) All The Saints (EP at iTunes) Corey Voss Jonathan Lee Centric Worship on Twitter Centric Worship on Facebook Steve Rice on Twitter Other Links Mentioned Steve’s songwriting blog Songsphere The Best Books on Songwriting (blog post)
54 minutes | Jun 12, 2014
CMB 056 : Ginny Owens
Today on the Podcast, singer/songwriter Ginny Owens shares her very inspiring story. Born with poor eyesight that lead to blindness at the age of two, Ginny found a home at the piano, and a love for crafting songs. We talked about how she started her music career, her songwriting process, her upcoming album set to release later this year, and more. Ginny has released 13 projects, won three dove awards (one being new artist of the year in 2000), and even started a non-profit organization called The Fingerprint Initiative. Though she has quite an impressive resume for her career, it’s her heart for God, and her story expressed through her songs, that shines the brightest. Here are just a few of the highlights from our conversation…. Ginny’s story of faith, music and getting started How she got signed to Rocketown records Her thoughts on winning awards Co-writing relationships Her season in New York Her song “I Love The Way” and how it inspired the start of her non-profit organization The upcoming record Ginny’s best advice for songwriters Her own songwriting process How simplicity is harder Ginny on being an indie artist Surrounding yourself with the right people to help you make decisions Next year’s trip to Israel Ginny Online Official website Ginny Owens music on iTunes Twitter Facebook YouTube The Israel trip Other Items Mentioned Why Your First Song Is Just The Beginning The Evernote Songwriting Method
52 minutes | Jun 6, 2014
CMB 055 : Meet Zach Sprowls
Today on the podcast I share with you my chat with singer, songwriter, and worship leader Zach Sprowls. Zach reached out through our CMB Spotlight submission form, and after I checked out his EP and heard his story, I strongly felt like it should be a podcast interview. If you’re a subscriber and have great music to share with the readers, check out the CMB Spotlight page here. We talked about the story behind his debut EP Everlasting Arms, how it ties to adoption, and how he produced the entire project for nearly no money at all. It’s pretty inspiring. Here Are The Highlights Story of Everlasting Arms Psalm 63 and “All I Need” Songwriting in trials The heart of adoption Hymn rewrite of “For The Beauty of The Earth” How a snow storm helped the recording process Producing the EP for (almost) free Post-release tensions and struggles Release concert and making the money needed for the adoption home study Time management while balancing different tasks and roles Zach’s Links Everlasting Arms (Bandcamp link) Zach on Twitter Zach on Facebook Other Things Mentioned Together For Adoption Good To Great What’s Best Next No More Dreaded Mondays
40 minutes | May 22, 2014
CMB 054 : Meet Sow And Tether
Today we get to hear from a few of the members of a band called Sow and Tether. We talked about their new EP entitled “Stripes Speak Out”, their heart for their local church, and more. If you’re looking to do a band model for your local church worship ministry, I think you’ll get a lot out of this episode. Before the interview, I share a little from my heart about a recent conference I attended called “Lift”. It had a big impact on me. Moving forward with things here, you’ll soon see some changes take place here at the site. More on this later. For now, I wrote a post about the conference in more detail here at my blog. Enough on that though; let’s get into the highlights from my chat with Sow and Tether…. Here are some highlights from today’s episode The meaning of the name “Sow and Tether” How the band got started The band’s songwriting process About their debut EP Stripes Speak Out Working with their pastors The production process Financing the EP Getting the music heard The song Holy Exchange Discipleship in local church worship ministry The mission of the band Advice for local church musicians starting a band Links Official Website for Sow and Tether Stripes Speak Out EP on Bandcamp (I talked about why you should purchase this EP here) Sow and Tether merchandise Sow and Tether on Twitter Sow and Tether on Facebook Sow and Tether on YouTube Sow and Tether – Nothing But The Blood
46 minutes | May 9, 2014
CMB 053 : Gate City Worship
Should local church worship bands release albums? Today on the podcast, I had worship pastor and songwriter, Tim Hooker, join me in the studio to talk about the upcoming release of his church’s new album Banner Over Me, releasing on May the 16th. We talked about the process he and his worship team went through to record and release this record. It’s an inspiring topic. So the answer to that first question is most definitely yes. Churches that are gifted with songwriters and musicians, should serve their churches with original content. God has something he wants to express and say through his musical heralds in specific contexts, for specific local churches. If you lead a worship ministry, especially one in a smaller church, what Tim and the people of Gate City Vineyard have done, will inspire you. Here’s what we discussed Tim’s story as a songwriter Tim at Gate City Vineyard The difference between recording a hired band and recording your worship team Raising the bar to serve the church Local songwriting potentially having more impact How much is an album worth? The writing and production process of Banner Over Me Selecting the songs The song “He Holds The Keys” Working through difficulty and conflict First one to the cross The song “All Our Fountains” Why it’s free Encouraging the creative process in your local church Links Gate City Worship (Official Site) Gate City on Facebook Gate City on Twitter Tim on Twitter Other items mentioned Tim’s EP “Second Place Angels” at CD Baby Tim’s EP “Second Place Angels” at iTunes Urban Sophisticates (Tim played guitar in this band)
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