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Jim VanNewKirk / Blog

My First Blog

Welcome to my first Blog!

I have wanted to start a blog for a while, so I guess this is where it starts. So far, 2013 has started out great for me. I performed during the entire 2013 Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA for Guitar Hands Handcare Lotion, and have been working on a few new songs. I wrote and recorded my song "Christina's Smile" and have been competing in the Play Crossroads Guitar Festival Contest where I am currently in 109th place out of over 2350 Bands. I need to be in the top 100 to go on the judges round on March 8th. The judges will choose one of the top 100 to perform live on the main stage at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival in April. I’ve been in and out of the top 100. I can use all of the help I can get to get back in! My wife and I are currently working on plans to turn my songwriting, performing and merchandising into a small business. This will also include public speaking “as a couple” in churches and marriage retreats, by telling the story of our 26 year marriage and the struggles “physical, financial and emotional” we have faced, and the success we have had through those struggles. We will also highlighting how God has worked through us “and through my music” to give us a new purpose in life and for our marriage. We may be starting a Kickstarter or Indigogo fundraising campaigned to get this off the ground in the near future. With the funds raised, I would like to work on recording better acoustic versions of my songs with better equipment, and will produce up to 3 CDs as a completely independent artist. I would also like to do a mini tour. My wife, daughter and I are also looking forward to leaving Southern California “where I was born and raised” to move to Columbus, Ohio sometime this summer. This will put us closer to Nashville and some of the other areas I would like to play.That’s about it for now!

Take care and God Bless, Jim :-) ♫♪♫♪

Teena  (over 1 year ago)

Great blog, Jim! All the best to you and your family! God Bless!