April 19, 2019

CSMI-E NEWS-Our Purpose is to promote the Gospel of Christ Through Music.

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Karitos Registration 2019






The Daily Truth-Michael Boldea


Please keep Courtney Hay in your prayers.








BicentenniaSl Capitol Mall State Pa






We wish every CSMI artist a blessed and safe Easter. May God strengthen you and encourgae you!






Michael and I would like to thank all the artists who attended Connect 2019. May God continue to use you in His harvest field and supply all your needs and opne doors no man can shut!




Please consider attending Create Songwriters Retreat hosted by Erskin Anivitarte and Lydia Walker.

Here is the link to tickets for the CREATE Songwriting Retreat in Nashville, April 26-28. 


Make Music Day Nashville 2019 


                       This is an event that takes place on the 21st of June. It is Make Music Day.


Last year there were about 38 locations of live music all across the city. If one wants to participate, you can register as a performer. Currently, most of the venues that are currently registered are only setup for acoustic sets.Something you may want to pass on to the CSMI group.

Blessings! Robert Nakamoto



This is my entry into Listen Local Huntsville and MidCity Huntsville’s #musicfromthemoon songwriting contest. Please LIKE this video to help me advance to the finals! And let me know what you think in the comments!

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Connect 2019-Notes-Reminders-Thoughts

Special thanks to, and blessings for, New River Fellowship church for graciously hosting this year’s Connect 2019 event in Franklin, Tennessee and for the really awesome worship service and music on Sunday morning! A very special thank you to Geno & Ann Schmidt, Sarah Wilcox, and Erskine Anivitarte for coordinating the conference. 


Artists who performed included Jeremiah Skuya, Tara Danae, Lara Landon, Katie Peltier, Kezia Alford, Root Road, Morgann McClanahan David, Soul Choir, Tiffany and Theresa Thomas, Erskine Anivitarte, Lydia Walker, Doug Ott, Nancy Honeytree, and Leah Faith. 


Speakers included Joe Beck, Geno Schmidt, Erskine Anivitarte, Stephen Liweke, James Burkhardt, Ted Brunns, and Leah Faith.


Some quick summary notes:

Do what you can when you can.

God wants faithfulness.

It’s the hidden things that have value with God.

Use the gifts that Almighty God has given you.

Galatians 6:9  - Let us not grow weary of doing good.

Joe Beck is planning to hold a songwriting university. He reviewed numerous tips for songwriters. He shared his personal story and tips that have helped him to succeed and also critical things to avoid.

Thoughts shared after Joe:

We need to grow. Being faithful is infinitely more important than being famous.

We need to grow. The Body of Christ is moving forward.

Stephen Liweke – A Nashville Produced reviewed developing as an artist. Have solid goals. Have a plan. Be ready for changes from seasons to seasons. Work with others. Get help form others. Consider having a coach. Find people that believe in you. Play live. Play anyplace that will let you play. Play where there is a need.


Ted Brunns, of Extreme Tours, shared his personal testimony of isolation and loneliness to a near death experience, and miraculous survival, after falling 70 feet off a cliff onto the rocks below.  As a lonely child he had found solace in Christian music.  He shared on to not be distracted into commercialism. Don’t lose focus of the mission of Christian music. Don’t forget to witness. Have altar calls. You have a sacred calling. Our objective needs to be 100% the Kingdom of God. Seek first the Kingdom of God! Christian music is meant to come from God, use it as an offering to him.

James Burkhardt – Hard to get on the radio. Demographics of how people are listening to music is changing and has changed significantly versus what it was ten years ago.  Look at having a website for sales, bookings, etc.

The show Christian Music today is open to all CSMI members. Contact Jim for scheduling. Look into things like CDBaby, and Tune Core for marketing your music.  Global Awareness Marketing can also help.

Other thoughts shared at the end:

Share what you have whenever you can share.

God uses someone at the right time. Don’t turn down God’s call on your life!

Leah Faith closed the meeting with songs and a brief message. She shared a message on Creation, Jesus Christ being the light and the light in Genesis Chapter 1.  We also had a communion service during one of the songs.

A similar message, to the one Sister Leah shared, was delivered the next morning by the Pastor at New River Fellowship.


CSMI Facebook Page Director-Sarah Wilcox

If you have a facebook article or event you want posted on our national facebook page  please send it to Sarah Wilcox



CSMI Today's Christian Music Director-James Burkhardt

If you have want to be on the Today's Christian Music Program please your request to send


Here is a link to the new Rustic Songbird Podcast a new podcast with Lydia Walker. The first two interviews are available now, including interviews with Erskin Anavitarte and Julie Keltonic.


Know You By Name-Olivia Conn

The past few Sundays, I was asked to lead worship in our Middle School and then High School group at my church.   I lead fairly often in one of the two rooms, and have grown to really love worshipping with these precious teens and preteens.   I remember how forming those years were for me in regards to my relationship with the Lord and my desire to, and understanding of worship.
 Watching them grow in their faith, and encouraging them in their walk with the Lord has been a joy.     Every Sunday I pray for the Lord to download something into my heart that will reach these kids.    Life and culture are different then they were when I was their age, but that doesn't change our Father or how He works.      And every Sunday I pray that the things that are said, prayed, or shared will sink beyond the momentary participation and stick in the hearts and minds of he hearer.     The past 2 Sundays the Lord put the same thing on my heart.    Something that in some ways I think He downloaded more for me then for them.   But it is still resonating with me now as I type this.     About 6 or 7 years ago, my brother, who I have always been close to, who grew up in the same household, going to the same church, having many of the same friends, confessed to me, that he no longer believed in God.   My brother has always had strong opinions and has always been a bit stubborn, but even with him majoring in philosophy and theology in college, I didn't see this coming.
My heart was broken and continues to break for him as I pray daily that the Lord would draw him back, like the prodigal son.  That his heart would be softened to the truth and that he would realize the lies he has been believing are nothing but the enemy.
But as I thought about this, on this Sunday morning preparing for church, I heard the Lord say "What he (My brother) chooses not to believe, does not change the who I am.  It does not change the Truth".      And I was reminded in that moment, that the magnitude of the majesty of our creator and King, is neither affected by or altered by what we choose to believe or not believe about Him.  That our opinions don't change His power.  He is the same yesterday, today, and forever more.    And our thoughts about Him do not change who He is....they change who we are.     We have the choice to encounter Him, and learn more about Him, not because He owes us an explanation, or is affected by our opinions of Him, but because He wants us to know Him, He wants us to experience His love, His goodness, His kindness, His fullness of life.   
I was reminded this past week of the story of Moses from Exodus 33.   The Bible tells us that Moses would meet with God in a tent and the Lord would speak to him, face to face as to a friend.   And while in the tent of meeting, Moses would plead on behalf of the Israelites.   Asking the Lord not to leave them or send them away without His presence.    The Lord responds in verse 17 saying "I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name".    They had an intimate, relationship.   The Lord honored Moses's request for an entire people because of their relationship.   Because of Moses's faithfulness and heart to serve and honor Him.     And then the Lord showed him His glory.   
Here is the thing.....we no longer have to rely on someone to plead for us, to meet with the Lord on our behalf.   To communicate with the Lord and then tell us what to do or how to obey.   We no longer have to encounter the Lord vicariously through someone else.   The veil has been torn.  Jesus has come and made a way for us to be with our Father.   We have direct access to His presence and to have an encounter with Him just like Moses did.    We can seek His face, we can know His heart, we can meet with Him at any place and time.      A huge part of the act of worship is taking the time to do just that.   To spend time in His presence, experiencing an encounter with the Living God, to see His glory, and hear His voice.    And lift up His name.   And I believe that the heavens move when we spend that kind of time with our King.   Intentional, "Tent of Meeting" kind of time.  And maybe what our country needs right now more than anything, is for the children of God, to spend more time encountering Him.  More time in His presence, getting to know Him more intimately and seeking His glory above all else.    That He would say of us, "I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name".


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                                                         Surrounded 2018


Not In Our Town-Song And Album To Bring Awareness To The Scourge Of Human Sex Trafficking Releasing.



 Gene Schmidt commissioned Grammy nominee Gordon Mote, to recently sing the song "Not In Our Town" as an anthem to bring awareness to the scourge of Human Sex Trafficking. ost top ten albums.
Gordon is honored and humbled by the artists and producers who place their trust in him, “I always try to bring my creativity and do the very best I can.”
The goal of the song is to raise awareness and stir people to be aware of what’s happening locally in their town. Never did we think it would hit in our small community, but apparently small town USA are the communities that these sadistic procurers’ are targeting.
The proceeds from this song is twofold, 50% will benefit the Christian Co-alition who is fighting to shut down these establishments under the 501 C3 umbrella of Adoration Abode, P.O. Box 780, Watertown, WI. 53094 and the other half will be forwarded to 5 Stones ministry who works tirelessly to educate youth and adults regarding trafficking.
Help us spread the word and make a statement to the pimps, falcons, hitmen, lieutenants, and drug lords exploiting our children; to say that we will stand at the gate of our communities and say, “Not In OUR Town”.

Song Download Here:


Album release coming in March 2019.



To Register For Impact 2019 Click Here



We want to welcome Bob Perry, Jennifer PIsarcik,Dennis Maddox, Nathan Brown,Lisa Awad

Kent Palir,Anthony Leslie, Nate Jollay, John Risner, and Apryl Pinzur

as the newest members of CSMI.

CSMI Month Of April 2018 Schedule:

This is the link for the February CSMI events. Please check them out.

The Edge Podcast with Scott Logan

Check out this weekly podcast from CSMI artist Scott Logan who lives in Portland Maine.


CSMI Blog Olivia Conn



Jerry Bryant  Interview On

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Carolyn Rose Wilson Interview TCM

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Impact 2019 To Be In WI Dells WI

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Submit Your Video To Talent Watch

Just a gentle reminder to upload your Music Video and Personal Video, so you could appear on our site.In order to qualify as a Music Video, you may do any of the following:

  1. Simple raw footage of you performing
  2. Video footage that goes well with your music
  3. A series of pictures that go along with your music

In regards to the Personal Video, please watch our tutorial video, which is in the 'My Videos' section of your TalentWatch Account. Rachel explains the importance of the Personal Video and gives you great tips. You can also read our blog http://www.talentwatch.com/blog/?p=23 to get up to speed.

If you have any questions, please email us at info@talentwatch.com.

Praise In The Park Events 2019 TBA

Praise In The Park Michigan 2019

June 8th 2019

Praise In The Park Wisconsin

August 25th 2019

Praise In The Park Ocean Grove NJ August 2019

Praise In The Park Indiana July 6th 2019 

Praise In The Park Tennessee 2019 TBA

Praise In The Park Illinois 2019 TBA

Praise In The Park Iowa 2019 June 15th 2019

Check Out the new songs from Worship Together and New Song Cafe:


CCLI- Please research all that CCLI offers worship writers and artists.


We welcome Crystal Hott and family to CSMI. They will be our state leaders in Ohio and we welcome John Malala from Kenya.


 Submit Your Song To Worship Leader Here

In Memory Of Chance James

Stan Hedges

Courtney Hay

Todd MacDonald

Anita Zuraski

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