LAUNCH DAY 1: COMING HOME
The beautiful and talented April Meservy, who sings "Coming Home," and whose cover of "Do You Have Room" has been heard the world over. Thanks, April, for making my songs sound better than they really are.
Well, it's finally here -- the first day of our social media launch. And "Coming Home" is the free download of the day. In case you didn't understand how to get today's free download, (we'll offer a new one every day for 6 days), here are the details below:
1. Friend request me on Facebook (Shawna Belt Edwards), then tag 2 friends in the comments for the mp3 download, or tag 4 friends for the mp3 and the sheet music.
2. OR Follow me on Instagram (@ShawnaEdwardsMusic), then tag 2 friends in the comments there for the mp3 download, or 4 friends for the mp3 and the sheet music.
Please allow 24 hours to receive your download code, then
3. Come back tomorrow for another free download. That's it!
At Shawna Edwards Music, we hope you'll help us share these songs of Faith in Jesus Christ with 1,000 more people this week. Thanks for your support in this effort!
And now I'm going to take this opportunity to answer a few FAQs about myself and my music.
1. How long have you been writing music?
Well, Do You Have Room? was one of the first songs I ever wrote, and that was about 10 years ago. I don't do it as often as I want to, but I'm still plugging away, slowly.
2. Do you have any new songs coming out?
Yes actually, I've begun a series of new children's songs. The first two will be out before Thanksgiving. And speaking of my new children's songs -- I'd love to have you weigh in on this. What topics would you like to see my write about? What ideas or doctrines are we just missing? I'm doing 12 songs this year, and only have 3 started, so the door is wide open for suggestions.
3. Why do we have to pay to get your music? Other 'church music' is free.
Well, that's a fair question, actually, and I wish I could give it away for free. But it costs a lot of money to have the music professionally arranged (I don't do that part), and professionally recorded. (I don't do that either.) Not to mention what it costs to keep up and run a website, payment gateway, non-advertising YouTube channel, etc. And then there's the costs associated with making a video so I can get the song out there. Don't even get me started on that one!
In the end, I've only ever made any money on 2 songs (I shouldn't tell you that). And if I hadn't done that, this whole thing would be a very expensive and unsustainable habit.
4. Why do you write music?
That's a really good question, because honestly, I only really love it a small fraction of the time. Because most of the time, it's just work. And sometimes, like all work, it gets extremely frustrating. But I hang in there, because there's nothing like finishing, and then hearing my music suddenly transformed into a message that can fly out there on the wind and be heard by lots of people.
And then I cry.
And then I know why I do it. Because there's a message there, and it's the truest, most authentic, uplifting and glorious message of all time, and I get to be involved in sharing and spreading it.
And then I smile.
5. How did you start writing music?
That's a fun one to answer, and an interesting story. I sometimes refer to myself as the "accidental songwriter." Because I certainly never planned to become a songwriter. But there was a long string of events and feelings that led me here. I wish I could tell you that story now, but I keep falling asleep while I write this post, so I'm going to have to finish it in tomorrow's post.
Blessings to all of you, and thanks for helping us get our music out there.