Guitar/Vocal/Drums/Bass Workshop

Hey Guys
If you’re looking for a tune up in your choir, praise team, or praise and worship band, Spence Peppard and I have begun doing workshops in association with our concerts.

Spence Peppard has played guitar for Female Artist of the year and Grammy Award winner, Miranda Lambert, Grammy nominated and GMA Dove Award winner Phil Keaggy, and has engineered for country music icons such as Willie Nelson and Kris Krisofferson. His credits span from multi-instrumentalist, to studio engineer and producer.

This seminar usually starts at 10:30 on Saturday with Spence doing a workshop for drums and percussion.   Spence will go over equipment, blending in with more traditional songs, correct ways to mic drums, Trap Sets vs. Electric Drums, the do’s and don’ts in church percussion, and also some great rudimentary skills any drummer can use.

Also at 10:30 I will be leading a vocal seminar for your praise and worship team, choirs, and any other person interested in further developing their gift of music through singing.  (See below for Adam Paul’s bio and workshop outline)

We break for lunch at 11:45 where we fellowship together for finger foods, sandwiches…etc. This is a time of fellowship and a time of growing deeper relationships with your church family.

At 1pm.  We resume with the guitar seminar led by Spence Peppard.

See Spence LIVE IN CONCERT

He’ll go over current trends in praise and worship, playing in the pocket, working together as a band, equipment, and ways to improve the skills God has given you. Anyone in the church who loves guitar, or bass, is encouraged to come. This is a great opportunity for not only your band members, but for your youth to come out and get involved in church music.

Also, at the 1pm slot we will begin rehearsal for the choir anthems that we’ll be performing the following Sunday, during our  concert.

This seminar is not only a great tune up for your music ministry, but it’s also a way that Spence and I can connect on a deeper level with your church family.  Spence and I spend every Sunday at different churches all over the world, and so we like to make each church feel like our home church.  Along with our concerts, this is great way to extend our ministries and hearts to your church and make us feel even more a part of your church family for the weekend.

Adam Paul has spent 8 years in the full time ministry. He was classically trained at Stephen F. Austin State University and has spanned the globe with his God given gift of music.  He’s worked with Contemporary artists such as Sonic Flood and 2013, 2014 Producer of the year, Ed Cash.  His music has been played on radio stations across the nation, including the #1 Christian radio station, KLTY.  He’s also sung with groups such as The Gaither Vocal Band and can be seen on a recent taping of InTouch Ministries at FBC Atlanta, GA with Dr. Charles Stanley.  From Traditional to Contemporary music, Adam Paul can guide and lead your prasie team and choirs through vocal warm ups, correct vocal technique for any style of music, vocal health tips, stage appearance, and blending techniques for choirs, bands, and praise teams.  Also, we’ll go over correctly setting the EQ for your church mics.  So, sound guys are encouraged to come.

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Meet Our New Child

Sorry it’s been a while since I’ve posted!  Things have been a little crazy around here.  Hopefully you’ve been able to keep up with my short status updates through my facebook! On 2-22-12 Kellie and I brought into the world, Micah Paul Williams.   Well, Kellie brought him in….but I helped cheer her on! She did such an amazing job.  She had told me it was her goal to only push once to have the baby.  I laughed and thought she was kind of kidding.  She wasn’t.  Although she didn’t do it in one push, she did it in 3!! You go girl…I mean…,way to go wife (in a more manly voice).  We didn’t expect Micah to be born until around March 2nd.  But, upon arriving for Kellie’s routine check up, we learned her blood pressure had gone up (like it had with Micah’s birth)  She was at the bottom of the high risk factor… 141/91.  I was excited!!  Let me explain.  Of course I wanted Kellie and the baby to be safe, but we were both ready to have Micah and knew that this probably was going to end up how it did with Luke….an early delivery.  If the doctor had not of felt comfortable about the baby and Kellie’s health, we FOR SURE wanted to wait as long as we needed to before having the baby.  But, I had to sing that weekend and Kellie had let me know, before we left, that if she didn’t go into labor on the way or wasn’t induced by the next morning, that I wouldn’t be leaving her that weekend.  So, I think the doctor was surprised when I let out a, “YES!!” when she said her blood pressure was high.   ANYWAY, she sent us down to labor and delivery to have Kellie monitored.   After several hours of monitoring Kellie’s blood pressure, it had returned to super human levels of 105/70.  We knew the doctor probably wouldn’t induce with those numbers and were both a little disappointed.   Again, we were super glad her BP had dropped…but once you get into that hospital room…you are kind of geared up for delivery. We were both ready to get that baby out of Kellie’s belly (hey…that rhymed)  As expected, the doctor told us that she couldn’t induce Kellie with those numbers and that we’d probably be going home in a couple of hours.  Since it was Luke’s bedtime, my mom met me at our home so I could put Luke to sleep.  After he was down, I headed back to the hospital to get Kellie.  Kellie called and told me that the nurse was unhappy with the decision since Kellie’s head had been hurting very badly for the past few days.  So, the doctor came back in and said she didn’t feel comfortable sending Kellie home with such a bad headache and didn’t want to cause a stroke or something since it could have been related to the blood pressure.  SO, operation delivery was back on.  I had to turn around and go home and get our over night bag (which, for the record, I had already suggested we bring in the first place.  But, that’s neither here nor there)
Kellie was induced at 7am the next morning and had Micah at 3:02pm.   He was 6 pounds and 14 ounces.  At his 2 week appointment, he weighed 8 pounds 1 oz.  The doctor asked what we were feeding him!!  Looks like we may have another big boy on our hands.   Kellie had always wanted a little snuggly baby, so I’m glad she got to experience that for a couple of weeks before he started training for football season.  We knew Luke would be big from  his big birth weight.  That was confirmed at his 18 month check up when the doctor told us to expect Luke to be over 6 foot 4 inches. So, I’m having to start lifting weights again to make sure I can always take him down if I need to.  Actually, I’m not lifting weights.  But, I practice throwing Luke in the air.  3 sets of 10.
Luke SEEMS to have adjusted pretty well to having a new baby in the home.  He had a weird look the first couple of days when he would come down in the morning and see Micah. Almost a look that was saying. “Oh…….soooo you’re still here?  Do you need me to call you a cab or something?”  But, now, every morning Luke wakes up saying “Baby Baby,” and is excited to get to see Micah first thing every morning.  He’s still a little jealous sometimes and wants Mommy to hold him, but he does great for the most part.  We really think he loves Micah, which is so cute.
Anyway, I took some pictures of Micah and Luke for their newborn and 18 month photos.  I wanted to share them with you guys! You can see more pics at my new photography page: www.facebook.com/kalmphotography  Hope you enjoy!

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Top 12 things to get for 2012!

I’ve compiled a small list of some items that I’ve loved this year.  Yes, it may be too late to get these by your 12 days of Christmas list, but try some of them out for your 2012 year!  I’ve linked all these items for you so you can have easy access to them!!

1.  Larabars-  Ok, these things are delicioso.  They have several different flavors, but save yourself some time and get the best one, apple pie! Kellie and I are trying, as much as we can, to eat vegan things. Don’t let that word, vegan, fool you though.  We were eating these long before we were trying to do some vegan dishes.  Now knowing these bars are vegan, makes it that much better.  On a side note, I still enjoy a nice juicy hamburger.  Just trying to eat a little more healthy when I can.

2. Cliff Bars- “Ok Ok, enough with the food bars Adam!”  Sorry, one more!  Cliff Bars, although not vegan, are simply irresistible and amazingly healthy.  We’ve been snacking on these little guys for a long time.  Definitely one of my top, “Go-to” snacks.  Try them, you won’t be sorry.

3. Otterbox Case for iPhone-  If you read one of my last blogs, you know that Kellie dropped her iPhone in the toilet exactly 1 day before our water resistant otterbox came in the mail.  Of course.  Although this case isn’t water proof, it definitely helps out a ton.  Luke throws our phones all over the place, and this case is such a good protector.  If you have the 4s, always make sure the camera hole is one big circle on the case.  That’s how you know if the case is for the 4s.  If the camera hole is shaped like a weird rain drop, that is for the iPhone 4.

4. Reusable K-cup lids-  For all you Keurig coffee people out there.  These lids are awesome.  You can re-use your k-cups several times by simply removing the foil off your old cup and emptying out the coffee grains.  Just rinse out the cup and add one large scoop of your favorite coffee to the same cup.  Then, put on this cap. We always let our filter dry out a little bit, first, though.   The best way to do this, is order 10 of these lids and fill all of your used k-cups with coffee at once.  That way, you have 10 cups of coffee ready to go and you don’t have to hassle with it every morning.  We like these WAYYYY better than the device that comes with the keurig.  These lids plus the used cup make a stronger cup of coffee and you don’t get coffee grounds in your coffee when you drink it.

5. Vitamix-  Ok, so yes, spending this much on a blender seems ridiculous.  BUT, if you really really use it, you will make your money back.  I have never seen a blender do what this thing can.  Kellie used this all through out Luke’s baby years to make his organic fresh baby food.  She’ll also use it, of course, for our next baby.  You can actually makes soup in this thing too.  The blade spins so fast it will make your soup very very hot.  On the flip side, we put tons of veggies in this thing and top it off with an assortment of frozen fruits for an AMAZING healthy fruit smoothie.  It makes them just like you would buy at any smoothie store.  A little tip, though, if you’d like a shot of flavor….add a tablespoon or two of your favorite non-fat sugar free pudding mix.  mmmm mmmm mmmm.  This thing does it all and we couldn’t live with out it.  Once you taste homemade peanut butter, coconut butter, and fresh basil pesto….you’ll never go back.

6.  Ipad 2.   Ok, so I don’t have one of these.  But, I’d love one.  I’ve played with my brother’s iPad and that will be next on my list for next year.  These things are so cool.  With a toddler who loves watching barney and other cartoons, these things are great tools for quick entertainment for a baby squirming away from a diaper change.

7.  Canon T2i DSLR Camera.-   I have the T3i camera, only because I won it in an auction.  The T2i, is basically the same exact camera but almost $150 cheaper.  The only difference is a few small things to do with the video.  Nothing too major to notice, at all!!  So, I’d suggest getting this amazing camera for you and your family.  It’s the perfect camera for someone wanting great pictures, but who doesn’t want to worry about the one million different buttons that come on the $5,000 cameras.  It actually takes just as good of a picture, in my opinion.  Get the body only, though.  Read below for some great lenses to get.  Yes, this may be an expensive camera…but for us, it can save a bundle of money over getting professional photographers to come and take pics each time another child is born (and throughout their childhood).  So, in the end, you’ll save money.

8. 50mm F/1.8 Lens for your Canon DSLR Camera- This is such a great lens, especially for the price.  This takes amazing close up photos that gives your subject the clarity you want, with that awesome blurry background.  The body of this lens has some plastic parts on it, which makes at not as sturdy as my next lens, but such a good lens for the price.  It definitely blows the kit lens away (that’s the Lens that comes with your camera if you bought it as a package)

9. 50mm F/1.4 Lens for your Canon DSLR Camera- This lens is only a couple hundred bucks more…but such a great sturdy lens, with an even better picture than the 1.8.  This lens will last you a good while for sure.  Again, like the last lens, this is a prime lens.  That means you can’t zoom in and out. If you want the option of zooming out, the kit lens will go out to 15mm for a decent picture.  This lens is fixed at the 50mm depth though.  But, any good photographer will tell you that to get the clearest picture….walk closer towards your subject…rather than just simply zooming in on them (unless your taking a picture of a Lion. In that case, zoom in and don’t put the camera up next to it’s nose).  The next step up from this lens, is the F1.2 (which takes amazing pics), but it’s like $1000 more than the F1.4.  So, you can see what kind of a deal you are getting by simply bumping up to the 1.4 from the 1.8.

10. Light Room-  This is a must for any photographer, I think.   This is way different than photo shop (and much cheaper).  Photoshop is the world’s leading pixel manipulator. It is amazing for what it does. If you need to crop out that boyfriend/girlfriend in your family picture, that you know won’t be there next year.  Photoshop is the way to go. Lightroom users learn to create “templates” and “presets” within this program to automate repetitive tasks, making it easy to organize, enhance, and share an image with the world in seconds. Mastering Lightroom means capitalizing on every possible time-saving feature. Lightroom is fun, efficient, powerful, and creative. This program is a huge help for thousands of serious digital photographers.  You can change colors, smooth textures, and make a decent looking picture look amazing.

11. Battery Grip- This is just a cool device for your camera.  It holds two batteries instead of one.  It also gives you more to grasp, making the camera more sturdy. When you turn the camera sideways, you still have all the buttons on the grip for easy access to taking the pic.  I love it!

12. Baby Bjorn Bib-  Oh My Oh My.  This probably could be my top 2 picks.  This bib is amazing. It is made of a harder plastic that allows you to simply run it under water to clean.  Not to mention, it has a little tray to catch all of your babies mishaps.  It’s incredible.  We once made a 30 minute detour to buy another one of these bibs when we left it at home before our vacation.  It’s that good.

13.  A Mighty Fortress CD-  You’re right, my list was for 12 things.  But, I’m making this a baker’s dozen list. I can’t end this list without a shameless plug for my new CD!…ha. It was so amazing getting to work with some very talented musicians and producers on this album.  I was/am very happy with this CD and it is my favorite one to date!! I hope you enjoy it!

Have a Merry Christmas!  And remember, “things” will never replace the joy you can find in Jesus Christ!  He is the reason we celebrate EVERY season!

 

 

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Elf is the greatest,Christmas season, movie ever

Maybe I’m too young to be enthralled by the classic Christmas movies like: It’s a Wonderful Life, Charlie Brown Christmas, or Christmas Vacation.  Although they are good movies, I don’t feel like pulling out my electric Christmas sweater after watching them.  For me, nothing makes it feel more like the Christmas season than watching the movie Elf.  Not black Friday, not the neighbor who puts up their Christmas lights on July 4th, and not even the amazing flavors of egg nog that Kroger comes up with every year (by the way, Kroger’s Pumpkin Egg Nog is now the 2nd reason for the season, after the birth of our Lord and Savior).  Every year Kellie and I watch the movie Elf, together.   It is such a fun movie that makes you feel like a kid again.  Good clean fun!  It seems, though, every year we’ve had to spread the viewing of this movie over more days, than the year before.   I’m probably sure that next year we’ll have to start this movie on Halloween to finish it by Christmas.  I can’t wait to let Luke and our newest baby join in on this fun tradition.   What is your family, or personal traditions, that officially make it the Christmas season for you?  Merry Christmas to you and your family.  And Remember, “Congratulations everyone, you did it!  Best cup of coffee in the world!”- Buddy the Elf

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Wife dropped iPhone in Toilet. Tips on how I got her a free one!!!

From the title of this post, you may be thinking that my account was spammed.  But, If you saw my post the other day, you saw where my wife had dropped her iPhone 4s in the toilet.  We quickly took it out (by we, I mean her!…ewww) and put it in a zip lock bag of rice.  I’ve always heard that works, so we thought we’d give it a try.  After three days in the rice, the phone still wouldn’t turn on and the flash would stay on if it was plugged in.  Anyway, I just figured I would take it to the Apple store to see how much money and pain a repair would be.  I was thinking it might be better if they just through the phone at my face, which would probably be less painful than what a repair cost would be.    To my delight, they took the phone in the back and came back with some good news.  The worker said that only 1 of the 3 wet sensors had been tripped, therefore they would replace it for free since we hadn’t had it longer than a year.  She said that if more than 1 of the 3 sensors were tripped, it would be $199 to replace (which is still better than the $550 we thought it would have been….which we would not have paid!!) If the phone is over 1 year old, then it would still be $199 to replace no matter how many sensors are tripped.  SO, I thought I’d pass along that little bit of info to you guys in case your wife enjoys reading blogs on the toilet too.  I doubt putting the phone in rice reversed any of the wet sensors, so I wish we would have taken it up there right away….but lesson learned.

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New Blog Site!

Until we can figure out how to pipe my blog into my website, I’ll be posting from here!  Check it out

adampaulwilliams.wordpress.com

 

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Download my new App!!!

If you’ve been following me on facebook, you probably know that we have just released an application for your iPhone or iPad!  How cool is that?  Now, through this app, you can keep up with my ministry, buy music, chat, interact with facebook, all from your iphone and iPad.  To download, simply click here: http://road.ie/adam-paul

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New Album Finished!

My new album entitled, A Mighty Fortress, is finally done!  I’m so excited about this project.  It has so many great songs on it.  I will keep you guys posted on when it will be available.  I’m hoping to have it in iTunes, in my website store, and at my concerts by November 20th!

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New Project update and Baby news

I’m excited to be in the final stages of my brand new CD. I’m in Nasvhille this week and recording my last song today! It is my hope that the CD will be available around November. I’m so excited about this project. It is a praise and worship driven album, which is something I’ve wanted to do for the longest time. I’ve still sprinkled in some goodies too, like Midnight Cry and Blessings, from Laura Story. I have had the oppurtunity to work with some of the greatest producers on this project, including, Ed Cash, the guys from Sonic Flood, and Jeff Nelson. Jeff produced my very first album, so it has been a lot of fun coming full circle and getting to work with him again. Subscribe to the blog so I can keep you updated on the release of this project.

Kellie and I are now in our 18th week of pregnancy. Well, Kellie is….but we are One in Christ…..so I can word it like that :) We will be finding out if the baby is a boy/girl on Oct. 11th. We are very excited and will let you guys know as soon as we know. We haven’t decided how we are going to find out yet, so if you have good ideas….let me know in the comment section of this post! We have thought about having a party and bringing friends and family over and revealing it there, or just Kellie and I going out of a date and opening up a letter, that the doctor has written on, letting us know what the baby is. So, I look forward to some creative fun ways of finding out from you guys!

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Are you a Christian….or just being religious?

I love being able to write about different things.  I think that’s one thing my blog has been consistent with so far.  Basically, not being consistent…is my consistency.  Maybe that’s not a good philosophy when writing a blog, but it’s the stance I’m taking at the moment…ha.  I enjoy writing about life situations, funny thoughts, but also I want to let you guys in on what is going on in my life on a more personal and spiritual level.  I want to take you along with me on the journey in my walk.  Currently in my quiet times, I’m working through the book Gospel in Life by Timothy Keller.  This week we really focused on Gospel vs. Religion.  Wow, who knew there was a difference.  I’ll take you through some of my thoughts and findings about this. Instead of referencing Keller every few seconds, just know that most of these views come from his book.  Basically, Religion is when someone says, “I obey; therefore, I’m accepted.”  Living the Gospel is saying, “I’m accepted; therefore, I obey.”   Religion is motivation that is based upon fear and pride.  Living the Gospel is motivation that is based upon grateful joy.  Do you find yourself sometimes doing things, not because it simply gives joy to the Lord, but because you are scared of the consequences you may face if you don’t do them (like volunteering at your church, feeding the homeless…etc)? Or, to even bend your mind more, do you find yourself NOT indulging in a sin because of the consequences you may face? Do you say NO to ungodliness because of it’ll make you look bad, because you’ll be excluded from your social circles, because you’ll hate yourself in the morning, because God won’t bless you?  If you answered yes to those questions, then you are living a Religion…not the Gospel.  Your deepest joys and hopes rest in those things, not God.  You you are merely turning from that sin for selfish reasons, which is fear and pride (the very things that lead you into sin). You should turn from your sin, merely because it hurts the Lord.  You shouldn’t feel guilty because of how that sin will make you look or appear to others.  You should feel sorry for the sin itself, and how that sin will affect your relationship with God.  Also, don’t suffer and anguish over your sin to convince to God and yourself that you are truly sorry and deserve to be forgiven. Jesus already suffered for your sin.  Simply receive the forgiveness earned by Christ. People get burnt out in their faith, works, and church because of living religious. They think they have to prove their acceptance to Christ (and their selves) by obeying and doing good things.  Christ has already accepted you.  Helping at AWANAS or feeding the homeless is great, but if you are simply doing it because it proves to yourself that you are “good,” then Christ gains nothing from that. You are simply doing those things for you and you alone.  Or, you are doing good things simply so God will bless you.  This is why so many apparently “moral” people can fall into great sins.  Underneath the SEEMING unselfishness is GREAT self-centeredness. Isaiah 64:6 tells us that even our most righteous acts are like filthy rags before the Lord.  Nothing YOU can do, none of YOUR works, will ever make you acceptable before the Lord.  The fact that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins is what makes you acceptable to Him.

This kind of heart isn’t something that you can have instantly.  I wish it were that easy.  I wish that I can say “Yesterday I fed the homeless because of how good it makes me feel inside, but tomorrow….I’m changing and doing it simply to give Joy to the Lord.  This kind of SELFLESS motivation can only grow in someone deeply touched by God’s grace.  If you really want to change, you have to let the GOSPEL teach you, train you, discipline you, and coach you over a period of time.  The gospel has to argue with you.  You must let the gospel sink down deeply into your heart, until it changes your motivation, views, and attitude.”  So, how can you start living this life?  Repent!   Admit you are flawed.  Ask God to forgive you not only of the wrong things you’ve done, but for the selfish reasons you did the good things. Knowing you are already accepted in Christ makes it easier to admit that you are flawed.  You can be assured that you will not be cast off if you confess the true depths of your sinfulness.  Our hope is in Christ’s righteousness, not our own.

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