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Experience Italy 2017

It’s a wrap on The Experience Italy trip with great friends Dr. Mark Deakins, Brian Biondo, Chad Smith and their awesome choirs! An incredible time of powerful ministry, world-class sightseeing and very special fellowship among the choirs! Off to Ireland this weekend for the Discover Ireland trip with Gary and Ron Matthews, Randy Woods and their wonderful choirs! Can’t wait!!!

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Another awesome few days in Venice, Orvieto and Rome on The Experience Italy trip with Dr. Mark Deakins, Brian Biondo, Chad Smith and their outstanding choirs from Broadway Christian Church in Lexington Kentucky, Trinity Life Church in Lutherville Maryland and First Baptist Church of Norman Oklahoma!

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Another awesome 2 days on The Experience Italy trip, visiting Pisa, Lucca, Verona and doing another concert to a great crowd in the beautiful Courtyard/Townsquare of Montecatini. Tomorrow… VENICE and Singing for Mass at the famous St. Mark’s Cathedral!

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Day 3 of The Experience Italy trip with Dr. Mark Deakins, Chad Smith, Brian Biondi and their wonderful choirs, saw us touring the great city of Florence and ending this awesome day with a Concert to a full house at The Oratorio of San Felippo Neri!

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Day 2 on the Experience Italy Ministry Trip… Cinque Terre! One of my favorite places on the planet!

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Off and rolling on the Experience Italy trip with great friends Dr. Mark Deakins, Brian Biondo, Chad Smith and their awesome choirs from Lexington Kentucky, Lutherville Maryland, and Norman Oklahoma! Going to be a great 10 days! Proud of our extraordinary CCT staff for getting the trip on the road! Preston, Mac and Tracy are the best! See you Friday in Florence!

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First Baptist Church, Tulsa – Experience Ireland

Congrats on a Great Trip, Jeff! A pleasure to partner with you and your choir!!!

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Pictures look great, Jeff! Praying for you guys! Thanks for traveling with Celebration Concert Tours!

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So great to partner this week with wonderful friend Jeff Elkins and the awesome choir from First Baptist Church Tulsa on The Experience Ireland trip!

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Pictures from this week’s Experience Ireland trip with great friends Jeff and Jane Elkins and the awesome choir from First Baptist Church of Tulsa! Enjoy!

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The Best of Italy 2017 with Dr. Ron Upton, John Jones and Charles Billingsley

Well… It’s a wrap! The Best of Italy ministry trip with Dr. Ron Upton, John Jones and the great choirs from Idlewild Baptist Church and First Baptist Church, Fort Lauderdale is now history! Spent the last day touring The Vatican, Trevi Fountain and Pantheon among other great sights!
So great to have Pastor Ken and Ginny Whitten with us to teach us in each location!
TO GOD BE THE GLORY

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Wow, again!!! An unbelievable day of world-class sightseeing in Rome… The Colosseum, Circus Maximus, the Mammertine prison (where the apostle Paul was jailed and sentenced to death), and many other sights, concluding the day with an absolutely anointed concert to a great crowd at The Basilica of San Paolo Fuori Le Mura (the cathedral where St. Paul is buried. Off the The Vatican, Sistine Chapel etc. tomorrow!!!

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Wow! What a great day as we traveled to Orvieto and had the great privilege of singing in the cathedral there! Just arrived in Rome ready for two great days here! I love my job!

 

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Another awesome day in Italian paradise as we spent the day in one of my favorite cities on the planet – Venice! Completed the day by singing for mass at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Venice and a mini flash mob in the Square! Great guides, drivers, Ministers of Music… To God be the glory for all the great things HE is doing!

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Another awesome day on The Best of Italy ministry trip with Dr. Ron Upton, John Jones, Charles Billingsley and The American Festival Choir! Visit Florence and traveled to Venice. Great to have Pastor Ken and Ginny Whitten with us for our daily teaching times! A full day in Venice tomorrow ending with a concert at St. Mark’s Cathedral! Can’t wait!

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Another awesome, incredible, extraordinary day in Pisa and Lucca and Montecatini! Climbing to the top of the Tower of Pisa, enjoying Lucca, ending the day with an amazing concert in the town square of beautiful Montecatini! To God be the glory – great things He is doing!

 

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Another extraordinary day as we toured and performed a concert in the great city of Florence! Packed house tonight during the concert and an awesome time of ministry it was ! Great to have Pastor Ken and Ginny Whitten with us along with Charles Billingsley and his son Caleb! Pisa/ Lucca here we come manana!!!

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Great times with great friends! Love the CCT staff- my awesome wife Sheri, Preston and Sonny! And Ron and Miska Upton, Charles and Caleb Billingsley, John and Shari Jones!

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Wow – one of my most favorite places on the planet– Cinque Terre!!! Incredible, awesome day with The Best of Italy tour with Charles Billingsley, Dr. Ron Upton, John Jones and their awesome choirs! Tune in tomorrow for Florence!

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An extraordinary day in the land of Italy today as our awesome Celebration Concert Tours staff welcomed 90 great friends from Idlewild Baptist Church in Tampa Florida (Dr. Ron Upton, minister of music) and FBC Fort Lauderdale (John Jones, minister of music.) Great to have Pastor Ken and Ginny Whitten from Idlewild with us as our speaker and Charles Billingsley as our featured artist!Cinque Terre tomorrow!!!

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Worship in Washington 2017 – First Baptist Dallas

Another extraordinary experience with First Baptist Church, Dallas and our great friends Dr. Doran and Kristie Bugg on the Worship in Washington ministry trip! Grateful to God for the incredible times of ministry wherever we went! These folks are awesome!!!

The Capitol on the Fourth Concert and Fireworks on the Capitol lawn were great!
Looking forward to Italy on Monday with great friends, Dr. Ron Upton and the choir from Idlewild Baptist Church in Tampa and John Jones and the choir from FBC Fort Lauderdale and special guest artist, Charles Billingsley!

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WOW!!! An incredible couple of days in our nation’s capitol beginning with the Celebrate Freedom Concert last night at Kennedy Center with President Trump! Thousands in the room and millions watching by television, celebrating the greatest country on earth and honoring our veterans!

Great to partner with Dr. Doran Bugg and the FBC Dallas choir and orchestra!
Also a joy to partner with local ministers of music and their choirs as part of the celebration! Special thanks to Roger McGee, David Jones, Brian Biondo, Bob Laughlin, Jeff Nordin, Tony DiCanio for bringing their awesome choirs for this special event!
World-class sightseeing today topped off with an incredible dinner cruise tonight!
Also great to have wonderful friends Dr. Randy and Susan Lind with us on a site visit for their DC trip to Kennedy Center next Memorial day with The Singing Churchmen and ChurchWomen of Oklahoma! Over 410 already signed up!
Can’t wait till tomorrow – going to Philly by train!

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What a day in DC with great friend Dr. Doran Bugg and the incredible First Baptist Dallas Church Choir and Orchestra! Changing of the guard at the tomb of the unknown soldier, laying of the wreath by First Baptist Dallas, concert at the Lincoln Memorial, dinner at the Capitol Hill Club, worship service in the House of Representatives, prayer in the Senate and wonderful worship time in the rotunda! Doesn’t get any better than this!
Special thanks to wonderful friend Congressman Louis Gohmert for being our host today!!!

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So what does the AWESOME CCT STAFF do after a 12 hour day welcoming and hosting the FBC Dallas Choir and Orchestra??? Sleeeeeeep…zzz!!!

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Incredible, awesome day in our nation’s capital with great friends Dr. Doran and Kristie Bugg and the extraordinary choir and orchestra from First Baptist Church, Dallas! Our wonderful Celebration Concert Tours staff welcomed all 275 at the airports, checked all of them into the hotel, took them to their dynamic Patriotic Concert at the World War II Memorial and brought them all back for an “off the charts” welcome dinner at the hotel! Off to a great start! A real honor to have Congressman Louis Gohmert with us tonight! Can’t wait until tomorrow!

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So what does the extraordinary Celebration Concert Tours staff do after flying in to our Nation’s Capitol, meeting for three hours at Kennedy Center and two hours at the hotel? Meet some more! Can’t wait to welcome great friends, Dr. Doran and Kristie Bugg and 275 good looking, talented, wonderful folks from the choir and orchestra from First Baptist Church, Dallas!

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The Singing Women of Texas – Lone Star Tour 2017

The Lonestar Tour with Tom Tillman and The Singing Women of Texas is rounding the bend! What a great week with 135 wonderful women making a difference in the Lone Star State! Concerts and ministry in San Marcos, Lubbock, San Antonio, Plainview, and Abilene! The choir is alive and well in Texas!
On to Washington DC next week with the awesome choir and orchestra from FBC Dallas with Dr. Doran Bugg, Dr. Robert Jeffress and The Celebrate Freedom Concert honoring our veterans at Kennedy Center with President Donald J Trump!

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More highlights from The Lone Star Tour with the SWOT! The Alamo, Riverwalk, Cafe Ole, and a concert tonight at FBC San Antonio! Great ministry outreaches at 2 rest homes, Life Restored Church and the San Antonio Food Bank! Go, Ladies!

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Day 2 of The Lonestar Tour with Tom Tillman and The Singing Women of Texas…Awesome buffet breakfast, rehearsal, fellowship, world-class shopping, and a wonderful concert tonight at FBC San Marcos!

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Great kick off day for the Lone Star Tour with wonderful friend Tom Tillman and the Singing Women of Texas! Great rehearsals topped off by lunch at the Embassy Suites and dinner at the famous Kent Blacks Bar BQ in San Marcos! Gonna be an awesome trip!

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So what does the awesome Celebration Concert Tours staff do in San Marcos, Texas the night before welcoming 140 wonderful ladies from The Singing Women of Texas for the Lone Star Tour? Of course… Go to IN & OUT!!! Looking forward to partnering this week with great friend Tom Tillman, Karen Witcher and the SWOT!!!

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Rocky Top in the Big Apple 2017

Wow! What a day in the Big Apple! Free day followed by a dinner cruise followed by a flash mob in Times Square! Jesus is alive and well in NYC!

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Incredible weekend on the Rocky Top in the Big Apple Ministry Trip to New York! Absolutely great night of worship at Carnegie Hall last night to a very engaging audience, with Michael Tait, Alicia Williamson-Garcia, Jeff Lawrence, Jason Breland and the awesome worship choirs from Concord Baptist and Grace Baptist in Knoxville Tennessee! We had some Church at Carnegie!!! Great to see Roger and Linda Breland as well! Topped off by going to Brooklyn Tabernacle this morning and having a free day in the Big Apple! The choir is alive and well in New York City!

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What a day in the Big Apple! Our extraordinary Celebration Concert Tours staff welcomed 175 wonderful, good looking, highly intelligent folks from Knoxville as they flew in for Rocky Top in the Big Apple. So great to partner with wonderful friends Jason and Amy Breland, Jeff and Lisa Lawrence and their awesome Worship Choirs from Grace Baptist and Concord Baptist in Knoxville! Can’t wait for tomorrow’s concert at Carnegie with Michael Tate, Alicia Williamson – Garcia and both of these outstanding choirs! The choir is alive and well in NYC!

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So – what does the awesome Celebration Concert Tours staff do the night before they welcome 175 wonderful singers from Knoxville for Rocky Top in the Big Apple with Jason Breland and Jeff Lawrence? Of course… Go to Amarone for Italian food! Can’t wait til manana!

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Worship in New York 2017 with Phillips, Craig and Dean, Travis Cottrell, Marcia Wilder and the 250 voice American Festival Choir!

Another stellar day on the Worship in New York trip! Worshiped at Brooklyn Tab and delivered part of the group to La Guardia airport and Penn Station to return home. The lucky ones got to stay for a one day extension and leave tomorrow!

What a great trip! Thanks to all who made it such an incredible time of ministry, outreach and world-class sightseeing! NYC will never be the same!

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What a night of worship at Carnegie Hall! The First Annual Worship in New York! Hope you can join us next year with Bradley Knight, Avalon and The Voices of Lee with The American Festival Choir!

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Great free day today in the Big Apple! Awesome time tonight at Fogo de Ciao with some awesome friends in Music Ministry who are all part of the First Annual Worship in New York!… Dale and Erin Wilbur, Rick and Rosemary Stone, Ken and Angela Atkinson, Ron and Angela Norton, Darrell Bledsoe, with special guests Dan and Stephanie Odle (coming next year for the New York Worship Project)! Along with our awesome staff Celebration Concert Tours Staff! Oh yeah… just happened to squeeze in School of Rock tonight on Broadway!

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An extraordinary day at Carnegie Hall for The First Annual Worship in New York with guest artists Phillips, Craig and Dean, Travis Cottrell, Marcia Wilder and the 250 voice American Festival Choir! God showed up in a big way – a little taste of heaven on earth! Today… a free day in New York before going to Brooklyn Tab tomorrow!

Special thanks to these awesome friends and Ministers of Music…Dale Wilbur, Rick Stone, Ron Norton, Ken Atkinson, Darrell Bledsoe and Michael Garzilli for bringing their wonderful choirs to this God honoring event! May God be praised!

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Extraordinary day on the Worship in New York trip as we worshiped and rehearsed all day and topped it off with a dinner cruise around New York Harbor and the Statute of Liberty tonight. Love these folks! Can’t wait till Carnegie tomorrow with Phillips, Craig and Dean, Travis Cottrell, Marcia Wilder and the 250 voice American Festival Choir!

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So… What does the awesome Celebration Concert Tours staff do after greeting and checking in 250 folks who arrive by plane and train from six different states in the Big Apple for WORSHIP IN NEW YORK? Of course… Eat! Can’t wait for rehearsal tomorrow!

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So what does the Celebration Concert Tours extraordinary staff do the night before welcoming 250 wonderful folks from all across America for Worship in New York? Of course… Go to Juniors for dinner! Can’t wait til tomorrow!

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Recording with Dr. Randy Lind and the Oklahoma Singing Churchmen and ChurchWomen, and also the Oklahoma Baptist Children’s Chorus!

It’s a wrap! Just finished recording 11 anthems, arranged by Bradley Knight, to be released by LifeWay this fall with Dr. Randy Lind and The Oklahoma Singing Churchmen and ChurchWomen!
Choir on Thursday, solos Friday and Oklahoma Baptist Children’s Chorus this morning! Great folks, great music, great ministry!

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Recording at FBC Moore with Singing Churchmen and Singing ChurchWomen of Oklahoma!

Incredible day today with my awesome friend Dr. Randy Lind and the fabulous Singing Churchmen and Singing ChurchWomen of Oklahoma! Love these folks!!
Recorded all 11 songs at FBC Moore for a series of LifeWay anthems to be released this fall, all arranged by the man himself, Mr. Bradley Knight! Some great songs coming your way

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Studio Day with Bradley Knight, The Nashville String Machine and Daewoo Kim!

Wow! What an awesome day in the studio today with the great Bradley Knight and the incredible Nashville String Machine! The best players on the planet! Engineered by the legendary Daewoo Kim!
Great to have my wonderful friend Dr. Randy Lind and Keith Heygood with us all day!
Recorded 11 new anthems to be released by LifeWay Worship this fall! Great job to all! Love these guys!
Looking forward to recording all of these songs with the Singing Churchmen and Singing ChurchWomen of Oklahoma next week!

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FBC Dallas Orientation – Worship Over Washington!

Great time today with awesome friends Dr. Doran and Kristie Bugg and the extraordinary choir and orchestra at FBC Dallas! Attended worship and did the orientation for Worship in Washington over the 4th of July weekend, including a Patriotic Concert and tribute to the veterans at Kennedy Center! Can’t wait!

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Shadow Mountain Community Church – NYC Worship Project 2017

 

So….What do you do after an awesome day in New York City with your extraordinary staff? What else? Go to a Yankees game!

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An extraordinary night last night at Carnegie Hall with Tobin and Lynette Davis, Dr. David Jeremiah. The Collingsworth Family and the Shadow Mountain Choir and Orchestra! Great to have Bradley Knight and Holly Knight and Michael and Linda Adler with us for this incredible evening of worship at Carnegie!!!

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Day 3 of the New York Worship Project with Tobin Davis, Dr. David Jeremiah and the Shadow Mountain Choir and Orchestra was an extraordinary experience as all 260 folks enjoyed a free day topped off with an elegant dinner cruise around New York Harbor and The Statue of Liberty and doing a flash mob in Times Square tonight! What an awesome day!

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Another great day with Tobin and Lynette Davis and the awesome Shadow Mountain Choir and Orchestra worshiping at the great Brooklyn Tabernacle with Dr. David Jeremiah preaching and hanging with our incredible friends and CCT team members, Mac and Tracy McDonald, topping it off with the new Broadway Show “Bandstand”! Love my job!!

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A day in the life of the Celebration Concert Tours staff… Up at 1:30am for our early morning call to go to the airport to pick up Tobin Davis and 260 good looking, highly intelligent, wonderful people from Shadow Mountain Community Church in San Diego, Mac doing his handstands, Tracy making funny faces, ending the day enjoying a wonderful, well-deserved dinner at Fogo de Ciao with great friend Michael Adler! Great job to our entire team! Love you guys! Brooklyn Tab tomorrow! Let’s do this thing!

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Part of our awesome Celebration Concert Tours staff roaring to go to welcome Dr. David Jeremiah, Tobin and Lynette Davis and 260 of our best friends from Shadow Mountain Community Church in San Diego who are all taking the redeye flight arriving here at 5:30 tomorrow morning! Can’t wait! Gonna be great! Carnegie Hall – here we come!

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