Eugene Cho

inviting artists and musicians to help change the world


I’m a wanna be musician. I live in Seattle so I have to pretend that I’m in a band. I have a guitar sitting in the corner of my room and I also have drumsticks on my desk…and I don’t even play drums.

Because there’s something unique about artists and musicians. Yes, there’s vanity and narcissism but then again, who amongst us aren’t vain and narcissistic?

Hear this: No one gets a free pass so we’ll be sharing ways that everyone can join the movement of One Day’s Wages! But one of our strategies we’re sharing today is to partner with artists and musicians from all around the world that are interested in using their voices and platform to partner with ODW and our movement towards ending extreme global poverty.

We’ve just started this initiative and we’re pleased to announce our first partners including Seattle’s very own Rocky Votolato. If you’re an artist/musician, click on the image below to learn more about what the partnerships can look like. And PLEASE forward this to bands, friends, artists, your favs…for their consideration.

But here’s my question and your help is important:

The ethos of ODW isn’t to attract billionaires or the U2s of the world  because we simply don’t roll with the bigshots – although I won’t say no if Bill Gates or Bono calls me. But we’re trying to resonate with local (and some “national”) musicians that take their art and craft seriously and are also growing, emerging, and connected to their fan base – and want to leverage their voices and platform for a greater cause of justice and compassion.

So, can you recommend some of your favorite emerging musicians in your respective cities or countries that I need to pass on to ODW’s Artists and Musicians intern? List their names, urls, and MySpace – if they have one.

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18 Responses

  1. Dan says:

    How about David Bazan or Rosie Thomas?

  2. Rachel says:

    Derek Webb would be an awesome partner!

  3. Amaryah says:

    What about Priscilla Ahn? Big Phony? Susie Suh?

  4. Franklin says:

    What if one is an aspiring musician who has the talent but lacks resources to produce?

  5. Kacie says:

    They aren’t new, but what about Over the Rhine? Or your own favorite, Josh Garrells?

  6. Chris says:

    A great San Fran indie- folk duo that has a good local following is a band called Ivow Owl. They rock.
    http://www.myspace.com/ivoryowlmusic

  7. Bill B says:

    Justin McRoberts

  8. I just RT’d the link to a ton of musicians. I doubt Katy Perry will help, but maybe someone else! I can recommend Ben Kilgore here in Tulsa: http://www.myspace.com/benkilgoremusic

    I echo the Derek Webb, Over the Rhine, David Bazan & Rosie Thomas!!

    Maybe Staci Frenes: http://www.stacifrenes.com/

    Waterdeep: http://www.waterdeep.com/

    Olivette (from Houston… The husband is now the worship leader at my former church, Access – an ECC plant): http://olivettemusic.com/

    Orange Peels… Wonderful people. Friends of mine from the SF Bay Area. Allen’s an indie legend.: http://www.theorangepeels.com/

    And my buddy David Greco, worship leader/singer/songwriter from SF: http://www.myspace.com/davidgreco and http://david-greco.com/home.html

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  10. Jimmy says:

    I like all the suggestions. Webb and Bazan would be great. My suggestions would be Tyler Burkum (www.tylerburkum.net/home.html, http://www.myspace.com/tylerburkum), Katie Herzig (http://www.katieherzig.com/, http://www.myspace.com/katieherzig), mewithoutyou (www.mewithoutyou.com/, http://www.myspace.com/mewithoutyou), Sandra McCracken (who is married to Webb so I doubt you need separate info for her), and my favorite local Reno band Arbor (http://myspace.com/ARBORMUSIC).

  11. jmylander says:

    How about Window View? (http://www.myspace.com/windowview)
    They are a great group out of Seattle (now in L.A.) who just released their first full-length album. It’s great!

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Today, Minhee and I dropped off our eldest child at her college. We have been thinking and praying about this day for many years. On some days, we hoped it would never come. On other days, we couldn't wait for it to come. On some days, we prayed for time to stop and other days, we prayed with anticipation. 
After an entire summer of laughing it off, it hit us...hard...this week. Seeing all of her stuff laid out on the basement floor was the catalyst to a load of emotions.

After unloading the car and taking her stuff to her new home for this year and mindful that she might never live with us again; helping sort out her stuff, saying hello to her roommates...I wasn't sure what to do or say.

A flood of thoughts rushed my mind.

Is she ready?
Have we done enough?
Have we taught her enough? 
What if this? What if that?

And so we shared what we have shared with her the moment she began to understand words: "Remember who you are. Remember WHO you belong to. Remember what you're about. God loves you so much. Please hold God's Word and His promises close and dear to your heart. We love you so much and we are so proud of you." And with that, we said goodbye. Even if she may not be thousands of miles away, this is a new chapter for her and even for us. I kept it composed. Her roommate was staring at me. I didn't want to be that father. I have street cred to uphold. Another final hug. 
And I came home.
And I wept.
Forget my street cred.
I miss her. I love her.
She will always be my little baby.

I'm no parenting guru. I just laughed as I wrote that line. No, I'm stumbling and bumbling along but I'd love to share an ephiphany I learned not that long ago. Coming to this realization was incredibly painful but simultaneously, liberating. To be honest, it was the ultimate game-changer in my understanding as a parent seeking after the heart of God.

While there are many methods, tools, philosophies, and biblical principles to parenting, there is – in my opinion – only one purpose or destination.

Our purpose as parents is to eventually…release them. Send forth. For His glory. Met a friend and fellow pastor who I haven't seen in over 20 years. In him, I saw a glimpse of my future. While only 10 years older, his kids are married and he's now a grandfather of 3. His love for his wife and family were so evident and his passion for the Gospel has not wavered. It was so good to see someone a bit older still passionately serving the Lord with such joy and faithfulness. Lord, help me to keep running the race for your Glory. Happy wife.
Happy life. - Eugenius 3:16

I still remember that time, many years ago, when Minhee was pregnant with our first child. She had left her family and friends in Korea just two years before. Her morning sickness was horrible and when she finally had an appetite, she craved her favorite Korean food from certain restaurants in her neighborhood in Seoul, Korea. I had no way of getting that food from those restaurants so I actually said, "How about a Whopper? Big Mac?" Sorry honey. Eat away. You deserve it. I don't care if it sounds mushy but sunsets are one of my love languages. Seoul, Korea was amazing but WOW...what a breathtaking welcome back sunset by Seattle. Not ready to let go of summer. Seattle. 7:00pm. Desperately holding on to summer. #goldengardenpark #nofilter Happy Birthday, Minhee! I'm so grateful for you. You radiate faith, hope, and love.  No...you don't complete me. That would be silly and simply humanly impossible but you keep pointing me and our family to Christ who informs and transforms our lives, marriage, family, and ministry. Thanks for being so faithful. I love you so much. (* And what a gift to be in Korea together.)

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