PAUL'S JOURNAL AND RANDOM THOUGHTS
The last few months or so has been a whirlwind and I have not had time to journal. Why?
I finished '05 with a mini tour with the Newsboys and Barlow Girl and then my 9th tour of the year to Europe. These handful of gigs were truly awesome. I felt God’s blessing and presence in a way I have never felt it before. But it was it was the end of an era. Why?
Then we headed off to Australia for a 3-week holiday. Holiday my foot!! We had to completely pack up our house in Melbourne, sell, store and throw away our ‘stuff’. I also spent a lot of time rehearsing. Why?
I started writing and singing my own music when I was 11. That was 27 years ago this year. I have recorded about 13 albums, done thousands of solo shows, had the Paul Colman Trio etc. You can read it all on this site. But now it is the beginning of a new era. Why? You know what to do.
I have been begging the God of this Universe, who is alive and well by the way despite the ‘clever’ claims of secular post modernists, to begin a season in my life where I truly have my foundations in Him and His love for me. I have felt exhausted for a long time. I have needed fresh vision and direction and yet hey! I’m Paul Colman and I earn my living traveling the globe performing. I am pretty outspoken and forthright but under the surface I have some hurts, loneliness and fear that it hard to take time to deal with when it takes just about all your time to just keep going. So thus my prayer to God asking Him to help me find the space to deal with some foundational issues in my life and yet keep doing what I love: traveling and performing music.
And so here comes the big curve ball out of LEFT field.
Peter Furler of the Newsboys asked me to join him in the band.
WHAT!!!!!! I know, I know………WHAT!!!!!! I said……”to do what exactly?”.
He asked me to be the new guitarist, backing vocalist and songwriter in the band. I was actually speechless. (I know some of you are finding that a bit hard to imagine) Anyway, after about a week Rebecca and I decided that this was exactly what we felt God encouraging us to do. So I am in the Newsboys. I have rehearsed with them and tonight (Jan 13) is my first show. I know, I know, its crazy hey? But I have to tell you I am SO excited about this.
Do I have plans for a new PC record? Not currently.
Am I going to be doing and PC solo/band gigs? Not many.
Am I cool with this? Absolutely!
Do I feel weird not being the lead singer? Absolutely not!
Am I worried about my own music never happening again? Not at all!
God is the best manager, producer, co-writer and agent you can ever have. One of my greatest faults in my life is that I have not given Him the room to lead. Well, I have truly lived my last album title haven’t I? LET IT GO!!!! Jesus said that if you try to save your life you will lose it but if you lose your life for His sake you will truly find it. He is SO SO SO right! As usual.
We tour Australia in April and all over the USA and Europe this year. See www.newsboys.com
So thanks for all your continued support and love and I look forward to seeing you at a Newsboys gig. Maybe you should all go to www.newsboys.com and join the ‘breakfast club’ and come and see me backstage. Or maybe have a sign at one of the shows so I can recognize you. I will be on Peter’s left as you look at the stage.
I will most likely release a few PC products on this site this year so keep posted. I will also maybe have a few select PC gigs here and there, so once again stay posted.
Love you all.