Do you ever want to know a little more about the folks leading worship at Buckhead Church on Sundays?
We thought so.
That is why, from time to time, we are going to be tossing up a quick Q&A with one of our worship leaders or musicians. This week, we’re pleased to introduce you to …
Hometown: Cumming, Georgia
What exactly do you do on Sundays at BC?
I’m usually up at 5:00 a.m. to get ready and warm up the voice, and then I arrive at BC at 6:30 a.m. The band hugs it out, catches up on the weekend, and then gets going with a run-through. Although it’s an early morning and a long day, I genuinely look forward to that alarm going off on Sundays!
How long have you been leading worship at BC and for North Point Ministries?
I started with North Point Ministries in the InsideOut student world about three years ago. I loved it so much and seemed to be adapting well onstage, so six months to a year later, I started leading on the main stages at all of the campuses. The dynamic of leading both groups is incredibly fulfilling. It’s pretty cool to get lost in worship in the a.m. and then go to InsideOut and open up with a current hip hop song that draws the high school students in. I love adapting to every environment.
What are some of your favorite things that go on ”behind the scenes” at Buckhead Church that the average attendee would not see?
Honestly, the fellowship, or “hang” as we musicians call it, is the best part. We all eat, pray, laugh, and play together so much that our families get close too. Between the 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. services, most people think we all go our separate ways and take naps, when most of the time, a lot of us go out to eat together and do life together. It’s like our very own small group; it really is an extended family.
What is your favorite moment or event that you have been a part of here?
I’ve been fortunate enough to be onstage at BC for the past two Christmas services. Obviously, for most of us, there is something to be said about the special feeling we all get around Christmas. This past year we did an acoustic, stripped-down set that really focused on the true meaning of the songs just as they were written. It was incredibly refreshing for me to sing the songs I’ve been singing my entire life, but hear them as if it was the first time. On top of that, to look out in the congregation and see our church family diving in with us was something special.
As far as my favorite event, it has to be Jeff Foxworthy’s Backyard Bash. I’m definitely not a country singer, but it was fun to play the role that evening and get lost in “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” Ha! It was so much fun and such a great cause!
What’s your earliest memory of performing or playing onstage?
I’ve been onstage most of my life. I was very active in theater as a kid long before I ever touched a guitar. Playing the role of Danny in “Grease” stands out as a highlight. I know, I know, laugh it up! My first paid gig was in the smallest Starbucks in the world with my high school acoustic trio. We thought we were the next Dave Matthews Band, so we compiled a massive list of songs, rehearsed for months, and rocked out for a few people for a few bucks a piece in Starbucks. We were on our way to the big time.
Tell us about your family.
I’m married to the most beautiful and amazing woman in the world, Sandra Cauley, who also is a singer. Between our separate travel schedules, it’s tough to remember which state we’re in most of the time. It’s difficult, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. We don’t have any kids, but we do have a ragdoll cat named Pocono that demands the attention that a small infant would, so we’ll be prepared when the time comes.
What do you do when you’re not at BC?
I’m always playing shows! Whether it be solo on the road at colleges, singing in global productions overseas, touring in a Tyler Perry stage play, or most recently being on Team Adam on The Voice on NBC, you’ll find me singing somewhere. Here’s a picture of me getting advice from Adam Levine and Robin Thicke on the show. I’m also a MASSIVE sports fan, so if I’m not singing, you can find me at a game or screaming at the TV!
How would you describe yourself in three words?
Silly. Active. Genuine.
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postedapr 11, 2012