In 2017 I retired, quit, walked away from a successful career to pursue a successful life.
I have been on the international stage since I was a teenager. It was all I ever dreamed of, and I have seen my dreams come true. My music has been heard by millions of people around the world through radio, album sells, streams and downloads. I have stood on the greatest stages in this country and performed in front of millions of people live. I have helped raise tens of millions of dollars to help people in need all around the world with this platform. I’m proud to have been a part of all of this, but something was missing.
At 37 years old, as opportunity and money were at an all time high, I quit it all. I walked off the stage, took my wife’s hand, and together with our children we walked out of an arena, pass the tour bus, got in a car and drove home.
Uncertain of what was next, I knew I couldn’t keep saying yes to the next tour, the next gig, the next big opportunity. I was selling my soul, losing my identity, just a replaceable part in a machine that was slowly being worn out. I could see clearly that when the machine finally spit me out I was going to have missed the best years of my life. I would be out building a career and wealth while my wife and kids built memories and a life without me. With my wife’s full support I walked away from the promise of material success, to pursue something priceless with her, a life.
The result; I have lost friends, identity, wealth and realized they were all counterfeit as I replaced them with truer versions of what they pretended to be.
That’s behind me now. I’m not 100% sure what’s next. I believe you don’t have to know where you’re going to know you can’t stay where you are.
This site may be a place where I share how we got here and where we are headed. Or I may decide it’s taking to much of my time away from my family and I’ll not open my computer again for 10 or 15 years until my kids are grown up building family’s of their own. Then I can tell you how this experiment went. Bottom line, I’m more interested in being an intentional husband and father and a good man rather than just playing one on stage or social media.