Joseph James
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Shaft Of Light
Sentenced To Death,
Destined For Life

Follow Your Dreams

As a child, I wanted to be a singer and to have my own band. I loved music and would sing every chance I got. My voice, however, was not good at all and many let me know about it. My uncle, Roy, was the lead singer in a country western band called the Echos back in the 70’s. I was privileged to get to see them perform on some occasions. One time he invited me to be on the stage in the back and see how it looked from there. To be in the midst of the music being generated was wild. I could actually feel it because it was so loud. This was what I wanted. I saw what it was like from their perspective. Rudy was on the drums and he had a set of those brand new roto-toms. Carlos was on the bass and my uncle was singing and playing rhythm on his guitar. They had a keyboard player, a lead guitar player and I think Jim was on the steel guitar. It was exciting. FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS!

When I was young, Roy let me use one of his Fender guitars and showed me a few chords to practice. I think it was a Telecaster, but it might have been a Stratocaster. I practiced for a season, but things got tough and for some reason it stopped. I don’t remember now. Those were difficult times for me in the family. I took band in junior high school and started off with the trumpet in the sixth grade. The next two years I opted for shop because we couldn’t do both. In my freshman year, I switched over to the drums. My band director, John Fling, believed in me. He saw something others couldn’t see and it greatly encouraged me. I practiced and practiced and took classes on music theory, but at that point, music was more mathematical to me than art. I wasn’t getting it although I was good at it. By the time I graduated, I had played every percussion instrument we had. I even bought a seven piece Tama, platinum colored drum set. I practiced and practiced and I’m sure the neighbors had wished I hadn’t. It seemed like I couldn’t get a break though. Music wasn’t the thing to get into at the time in this small town and I still remembered those difficult times in my youth. I ended up selling the drumset at one point to buy a car and I thought it was over.

Six years later after I had gone through a divorce, I bought a twelve string guitar and a small sound system so that I could play some praise and worship music for our small prayer group. Almost immediately, I started writing songs. I could just see the words, so I would write them down. Sometimes I could write a whole song in about fifteen minutes. My voice wasn’t very good, but I could sing some songs. My songs were different and unique or so it was said, yet they touched many hearts. I bought a binder and placed each song I wrote in it.

Then I moved to San Antonio and went to a church there. They needed a sound engineer, so I ran the sound for a while. Being that I was the only one at the sound booth, it was hard to be included in the worship team and they didn’t seem to care. They had an upright piano there though, and a friend, Marty, in Colorado taught me a few guitar chords on it. I came into that auditorium as often as I could to practice and practice. I had a friend there, Robert, who used to come in to reset the chairs and he enjoyed what I was playing. The music was in me and I wasn’t sure what was going on. I wanted to develop my songs, but it seemed that no one had time.

I started writing songs on the piano, at least every chance I had to play one over the next few years. Meanwhile, song after song was being added to my binder. I was able to share some of them with a few people and one season we did a few small concerts, very small. Life happens and we have to go on or perhaps I was just missing it. I don’t know, but I kept going.

On May 5, 2000, I wrote a song called The Gift. Mars Music in San Antonio was holding a songwriting contest on the stage in their store that summer. They let me practice every day for the two weeks before the contest on their new Yahama Motif 8. This became my dream workstation keyboard. Fourteen years later, we were able to purchase the touring model of the latest version of it, the Yahama MOX8 through the gift of a very special person. In this last year, we’ve been able to put a small recording studio together and I am now putting a lot of these 200+ songs together to release. Plus, my voice has changed over the years. It’s not like some of the greatest singers, but it’s mine and still unique. I’ve been told by two people that my music is like Bob Dylan. I don’t know, but that encourages me. A prophet told me four years ago that I have a similar gifting to that of Keith Green. I don’t know, but that is encouraging also. I will take encouragement wherever I can get it, because there is plenty of discouragement around. Music is now an art for me and not just mathematical. I can feel it.

I still don’t have a band, but from the keyboard, I can add the drums, the bass, different keyboard sounds, the sax, a trumpet, as well as the piano. I have my Ovation guitar and we have a set of digital drums as well. This summer I will be performing at the AMTC SHINE Summer 2016 in Orlando, Florida in front of a bunch of agents. How well will I do? I don’t know, but I’m going for it. I’m not that young kid anymore, but I have stories to share.

My music is not about me. It is a gift from the Lord. The music is about people out there who need to be encouraged. I’ve been in a lot of difficult places and seasons in my life. I’ve written from these places and about how to make it through. I’ve been there and if I can help someone else get through their difficult place, then that’s what it’s all about.

If you have a dream, go for it. Ask the Lord to show you His plans for your life and then follow His lead. Was I supposed to start this music career at a younger age? I don’t know. Perhaps! That’s not really the issue here though anymore. I am here today and am still going for it. Perhaps, now is the generation for this music. Timing is everything. Go for your dreams. If you have to do some things you don’t like to do, as in some kinds of work to sustain yourself, do it anyway, but keep the dream before you. It might not come the way you expect. You might even have to do it all yourself. Whatever it takes, keep going. Keep dreaming. FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS!

We will be starting our “Follow Your Dreams!” tour this summer with our cast and crew. The name of our production company is GameChangers Universal. We are currently working on the new website, but this website, Destiny Path Of Life, has more information about the production. Keep checking back or write to us if you are interested in being a part. Together with our gifts and talents, we can change our generation for the good.

Here is the song I wrote in 2000 and shared it at Mar’s Music, The Gift, 15 years ago… I hope it blesses you.


Joseph James

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Janiece and I travel and minister to individuals and groups as doors open for us to go. We are starting a new thing this year. We will be going to communities, as the Lord leads, and booking hotel meeting rooms to do concerts. We will invite those from the hotel as well as the community. We will connect to other churches and organizations in those communities to help those who desperately need help, and who, perhaps won't come into a church building. We share His love to those who haven’t heard of their Father’s love for them and also minister in song. We’ve both been through a lot and have been healed and restored and that we have to pass on to others. We can speak through truth and experience because we’ve been there. If you would like to book us for a concert, event, speaking and/or ministry meeting, please use our CONTACT page. We hope we have helped to encourage you to go on and find the wonderful destiny God has planned for you. Psalm 139. Fly higher…

Books, Art & Music by Joseph James & Our Websites:
Joseph James Professional Website

Joseph James' Pro Website

Shaft Of Light

Shaft Of Light

Sentenced To Death, Destined For Life: The Janiece Turner-Hartmann Story - Joseph James (Hartmann)

SDDL Website

I am presently converting “Sentenced To Death, Destined For Life” into a movie and have just finished publishing the 3rd book in the sequel to “Islands In The Sea”, titled “Illegitimate?” It is now available in the trilogy on this site through Amazon. We finished filming and producing the JOURNEY TO HOPE! 7 DVD Series with Janiece Turner-Hartmann and they are on YouTube for those who need help and encouragement. We are planning to take some time out to record some more music and then start touring early this year, 2017. Hope to see you on the road.

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