I got my first set of drums when I was six, followed by my first guitar at the age of 16. Before I knew it I went solo playing classic-rock cover songs, while working on turning my poems into songs. Open-mic nights turned into paying gigs. I went into a professional recording studio at the age of 17, and from that time on I made several demos and two radio-ready albums.
The intervening years sped by like a hurricane leaving a field of debris and broken relationships, stained by drugs and alcohol. Although I strived to do better, I was getting nowhere in my own strength, until one day the Lord intervened and I ended up in the ER. It was a terrifying experience that led me to solidify my trust in the Lord, and with His help I began making positive changes in my life. I quit drugs and alcohol and my focus shifted from writing songs about girls to writing about the Lord. I wanted to thank God with all of my heart and tell others about how he redeemed me and turned my life around.
As I have sought the Lord; Jesus made himself very real and known to me. I finally began to open the door that He had been knocking on. My life has been so much better ever since; now I try to live in His strength NOT my own. Although no life is pain-free, walking with God through Jesus gives my life meaning and purpose. What a difference and a blessing!
-- Joe Antonelli (2016)
The Beatles, The Rollling Stones, Elvis, Allman Brothers, Van Morrison, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash, Buddy Holly, Ray Charles, Jim Croce, Bob Dylan, Sugarland