The Music Room's US Tour
Dear Friends, Family, and Music Room Aficionados,
Never in our most ambitious longings did we think it possible to join a 3-month, 52-city tour across the United States at such a young age in the life of our band. However, thanks to God’s grace and the aligning of innumerable factors outside of our control we have been given this opportunity. Beginning March 7th in Sacramento, CA the official launch of the “Sounds and Lights Tour” will take place and thus will commence our musical journey through our beautiful country.
When Aimee and I formed The Music Room over a year and a half ago we had very small goals, and barely the thought of stumbling upon folk rock glory. We were content to put together songs that had been impressed into our musical consciousness and possibly, if the stars aligned, play these songs for a small and familiar audience (mostly comprised of family and friends). We named ourselves The Music Room because we had a room at our old house with a junky, out-of-tune piano in it in which we’d rehearse. The name is not clever, original, or even that marketable, but it stuck with us, and I just can’t think of any good reason for changing it now. We’ve since moved out of that house and now rehearse in a garage, so the sensible thing to do would be to change our name to The Music Garage, but it doesn’t evoke the same warmth as our current name, are you with me? So The Music Room we remain and under this name we march forth onto a tour that will expose our music, mission and hearts to people and places that we never thought we’d see.
We wish to create and write music that speaks for itself. When words couple themselves with a melody that can break down bias, prejudice, bitterness, and despair I believe that healing of the soul can take place. We don’t want to be preachers, or speakers, or even a trendy band; we want to be musicianaries. What is a musicianary? I thought you might ask that, so I’ve prepared an answer for you.
A musicianary seeks to use his/her giftedness in music to shed light where there is darkness, to bring hope to those who are lost, and uplift the human spirit with a love that flows from the very heart of God. So you see that a musicianary cannot simply be a musician that is Christian, or a musician that is a humanitarian. Oh no, a musicianary is one that has surrendered his/her life to the service of people by way of music for the glory of God and His eternal purposes. Do you hear me? The Music Room is a band that wants to serve. We don’t want to glorify ourselves. Our songs are not geared towards self-glorification, but perhaps instead they ask the listener to self-examine. We want to write songs that force people to look truthfully and soberly at the life they are living. We don’t want to shame people, or discourage people; we want to see people be set free. If our music can lead people to know and recognize a God that sets people free from shame and slavery then we’ve succeeded. You see we’ve gone from not expecting much of ourselves to expecting that God will do much with us if we make ourselves available to His plans.
We did not seek out a tour this spring. We did not think it was possible. But we find ourselves on the verge of leaving for three months, and to be honest, The Music Room family is a bit worried about the logistical nuances of leaving home for three months. We have a mortgage, and other payments here and there. But between the three and a half of us (Dane, Aimee, Nick and Ezzy) our monthly expenses reach about $1,500. Yeah we live cheaply and with limited expenses so that we can do things like this tour. But we still are accountable to that $1,500 every month for the three months that we are gone. So I am going to humbly ask you if you would help send us musicianaries out to the field this spring. If you believe in our mission and want to be a part of its completion then please join us by supporting us with your financial donation. Any amount will go directly to The Music Room and be used for the purpose of basic living expenses while on tour. This tour will involve the partnering of over 100 ministries nationwide and will share the love of God with youth and adults alike all over the United States.
A typical night’s concert event will consist of The Music Room opening up the show for hip hop artist Lyrycyst, who will share his personal testimony and be followed by a worship service led by worship artist Adam Cappa. The events are held at churches, youth rallies, and public venues and are being marketed by ministries located in the areas of these events. The tour will take us all the way to New York City down to Florida over to Colorado and everywhere in between.
Our complete tour schedule can be seen at The Music Room's myspace. We will be keeping everyone posted with blogs, video, and emails while we are gone. Please join TMR's mailing list (on myspace site) if you wish to stay up to speed with our tour.
We pray that God will bless you and keep you,
The Music Room
(Dane Johnson, Aimee Bellanca, Jesse Wright, Nick Bellanca, Ezekiel Bellanca)