Ten years ago, I hung out my shingle as a solo artist (after several great years with my indie band “the nobodys”). 2002 was a big year for me; I released my first solo CD, my son Josiah was born … and I moved my family 2,000 miles from Nashville to Idaho.
But secretly … I feared my music might never be heard by much of anyone, and that moving to a place like Idaho would be the death knell for my career. I didn’t want to acknowledge it, but there was a nagging voice in my mind saying “it’s all over – you’d better have a Plan B.”
But then a funny thing happened: my tour calendar started filling up, and by 2003 I had my first bona fide radio hit when “I Love You Lord” hit #1 (and stayed on the Billboard radio charts for over 9 months!). Soon I had more songs on the radio and had toured all over the U.S. I began a partnership with The JESUS Film Project and started hosting their daily radio feature. I was traveling overseas to places like Africa and China, and started working with the child sponsorship organization Mission of Mercy. My own ministry was deepening in new and unexpected ways.
I believe God honored my decision to put my family first by moving home. And throughout the last ten years, He’s been faithful – even through some serious rough patches.
What really strikes me now, ten years later, is that the THEME of “All I Know” is trusting in the faithfulness of God. A decade after its release I’m still learning some of the same lessons.
Here’s what I wrote at the end of the “thank you” section of the liner notes:
“Finally, to the God Who is big enough to handle all of our questions, wise enough to give us only the answers we can bear, and loving enough to have suffered on our behalf: we remember. May our praise be “a sweet, sweet sound in Your ear.”