Here are some of the most common questions and comments we get from The 4 Pillars of Your Christian Music Success Worksheet we give you when you sign up for our email list (see the right column of this website). And here are the answers we usually give:
Should I go ahead and start singing in churches or wait until I have my album done before starting?
You should always start. The quicker you can get started the closer you come to fulfilling some of your goals in music and ministry. You should contact local churches and begin setting up special music. Doing this has tons of benefits.
- You will begin to grow your fanbase.
- You will learn from each experience – each live performance, each rejection from churches, each interaction with church leadership, each interaction with a fan.
- You will begin to target to a greater degree who your audience is. (Teeanagers, 30 – 90 is all over the map :).
Does my website need to have music before I begin communicating with my fans?
No, you should begin interacting with your fans anyway. You should begin posting about your journey towards making the album. You should write posts about starting in ministry. You should make and post short videos. Talk about how you’re feeling. Talk about what your doing. Talk about your obstacles, your challenges, encouragement and inspiration.
People will want to feel like they are a part of your journey – your story. Your story is powerful. Begin to tell it now as it’s happening.
One of the greatest myths of Christiandom is that we have to have it all together before we start. NO!!! God uses broken people – which is all of us!! So, start documenting your music journey – even if you don’t have music yet.
I would suggest even posting your first song demos on there. Don’t wait one more day!! It won’t be perfect. It will feel awkward. But, things will begin to take shape, little by little for you.
How can I use social media to promote my music without annoying my friends and family?
Use Facebook as a funnel towards your website. Every day post new links to your website with updated blog posts, videos or music you have uploaded there. And, invite all of your friends and family to the page – asking them to like it and tell them you will be updating it daily and weekly with new information about your journey. You will be amazed at how much encouragement you will get. And, they will start telling their friends about it.
I have a friend who started a private FB Group (not a page) that now has over 4200 followers. He called it Pat’s First Kindle Book. And, he documents his journey on there. And, people derived such inspiration from it. We’re going to do the same for Krissy and her first Worship album. The followers in that group end up being your greatest CHAMPIONS. And, guess what, he became the #1 bestseller in several categories when his first Kindle book finally came out (LET GO).
Who should be in my support group?
You should meet regularly with a group of people that can eventually be your BOARD OF ADVISORS. These are people that care about you and that you care about. They can be a cross-section of mentors and friends and family. Meet with them quarterly to talk and get support. Talk to them individually for the same more often. Surround yourself with cheerleaders and supporters and people that will keep you honest and accountable as needed too.
How do I connect with other like-minded creative people?
Regarding creatively gifted people – it’s always inspiring to meet with a group of peers that are wanting to do the same thing as you – music ministry / Christian music writers. Try to find a group in your church. If there’s none, start one. My wife started a group called “Girls Write Out” – a group of girls (young ladies in their 20′s and 30′s) who are songwriters and singers in Nashville with a heart for God and a gifting for creativity. It’s been so enriching for her AND them! Maybe this inspires you.
How can I promote my music to radio?
Eventually, you do want radio promotion (and many other forms too). However, if you’re just starting out, I would suggest you don’t focus on that just yet. Focus on the creative process. Focus on what God is doing right now in your spiritually. Begin to talk to your audience right where you are. The time for promotion, marketing and distribution is coming. But first focus on those things I just mentioned and getting out there and beginning your ministry. It won’t be perfect at all. It will be awkward and scary at times. You may get lots of rejection. That’s okay – prepare for it. But, you’ve got to put yourself out there. You’ll be amazed at the great wins you will have along the way too! You will grow in confidence. You will grow in understanding as your ministry begins to take shape.
Don’t forget to write out your 30 Day Action Sheet. This is critical. If you write down attainable 30-day goals for yourself, you are much more likely to achieve them.
I hope this is helpful for you! If you have questions, leave a comment. BLESSINGS!