Sunday, March 24, 2013


Greetings Everybody,

So many things have been taking place! Your Friendly Neighborhood Christian has been the good kind of busy for sure. I wanted to take a quick minute out just to mention something that’s coming up.

On April 20th, I’ll be performing in an event in Atlanta called RAW: Atlanta Presents MARVEL. It’s a showcase that features a number of working artists in the worlds of fashion, music, the performing arts, etc. I’m really excited about hitting the stage. As it turns out, the show will be at a venue called Terminal West that I’ve now been to about three times to see some INCREDIBLE performances. The last time I was there, I just got lost in the thought of how it will feel to perform on the same stage that some of my heroes and inspirations have.

I would absolutely love to bring some Chattanooga people with me for the experience. I’m responsible for moving 20 tickets, so if you can’t make it to the show and would just like to help support me, I would sincerely appreciate the assistance. Tickets are $15 in advance and can be purchased online here:

If you would like additional information on the show, feel free to contact me.


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Getting There (Wherever That Is)

Greetings Folks,

So many things have been going on in Your Friendly Neighborhood Christian Country. Pretty much as soon as I announced that I’d be taking a hiatus from MANIFEST to focus on completing my record, my dance card started filling up with a number of performances and other opportunities. I’m not complaining in the least, it’s just been really interesting.

I had the honor and privilege of being a special guest for Gabriel Newell’s performance during The Road to Nightfall competition. That was tremendous fun, the energy was incredible, and it was a really humbling experience. I’m really glad to have known Gabriel over the years and to witness the quality of the band he has. Those brothers kick out the jams.


This past Friday night, Ms. Amber Fults and her band WON the whole shebangabang. They’ll be headlining a Nightfall date this year. I’m also so proud to see how much effort they’ve put in, and, at the end of the day, to call them friends. Be on the lookout for when they take the stage at Miller Plaza!

Over the course of this past weekend, I performed in Act II: Mudita and at Jerry Allen’s Poetry & Punchlines show. Both were immensely fun. Act II took place at Barking Legs, and I got to share the stage with multi-instrumentalist Robin Burk, dancer Eliza Luminara, and comedian/actor/storyteller Andy Pyburn. Each of us brought something distinctly different to the stage, and it was really interesting to witness.

At Poetry & Punchlines, it was great to see how the show shaped up. Things kicked off with some improve comedy before I got into my set. This was my first time at Mocha (I know that I’m extremely late), but I really enjoy what they’ve done with the space since it was Melanie’s about ten or so years ago. My set went well, and it was cool to see Tommy Bottoms and Odell perform as well as grab a bit of face time with the both of them after the show.

Switching gears, I’m so excited about hitting the Terminal West stage in Atlanta on April 20th! I would absolutely love to see some Chattanooga faces out there as well as some of my ATLiens in the crowd. I’ve got a few special tricks up my sleeve for the occasion, too. Tickets can be purchased here:

Well, that’s all I’ve got time for right now. Be good, stay healthy, and I hope to see you in ATL if not before.


Saturday, March 2, 2013


Welcome to March! The year’s flying by.

As I’m sure some of you know, I’ve been working on an EP for the past few months that will consist of my original poetry as well as my original music and production. It truly is a CJC offering, and I’m extremely excited to bring it to fruition.

Also, I’m working on some programming that I’m really eager about getting off the table. If things bode well, I can break news in the near future about it all.


As a result of these projects and the attention and energy they need to complete them, I’m going to be taking a little hiatus from the MANIFEST shows. Rest assured that the MANIFEST brand isn’t going anywhere.

In fact, you can see me perform on March 15th at Barking Legs Theater for Mr. Marcus Ellsworth’s Act 2: Mudita show. I’ll be sharing the stage with dancer Eliza Luminara, comedian and storyteller Andy Pyburn, and multi-instrumentalist Robin Burke. Tickets are $10 at the door. Doors open at 7:30 PM and the performance starts at 8:00 PM.

On March 16th, I’ll be performing at Jerry Allen’s Poetry & Punchlines show at Mocha on Brainerd Rd. The show features spoken word artists and comedians from across the
country including talent from Russell Simmons' DEF COMEDY and DEF POETRY, Robert Townsend's SPOKEN, BET's Comic View, etc. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door on the night of the show. You can get tickets at Giorgio Menswear Downtown and online at Doors will open at 7:30 and we’ll get rolling at 8.

Well, that’s all I’ve got for now. Until we speak again, be good, stay warm, and I hope to see you soon.