with Tim Beitzel.
First of all, introduce yourself. Give us your name, and a short bio.
TB: Tim Beitzel from Duncannon,
PA which is a thriving metropolis of about 1400 people, 15 minutes north
of the capital city, Harrisburg in the
South-Central part of the
state. I have been singing for over 17 years, first
in groups and for the past
5 years as a soloist. My wife Melody and I have
been married for 14 years
and we have two children...Alex, our son is almost 11 and Sarah, his little
sister is 7.
Also, tell us about your relationship with Christ and how you came to know
TB: I am one of the fortunate
ones who grew up in the church and in a Christian home.
I realized, however, when I was 18 years old that I could not inherit
my parents salvation. It was
in my bed in my room one night that I surrendered my life to Christ.
Please give us an example of how Christ has used a
situation in your life to increase your faith
TB: Easy one...the decision
to commit to full time ministry in January of 2000. When
the date book isn't full and the bank account isn't either, there's no
where else to go for the help
than to the Lord Jesus! Isn't it just human
nature that we tend to lean
less on God in times of plenty?
How long have you been singing Southern Gospel music?
TB: I've been singing as
long as I can remember. My mom and dad always told me since
I was three. I've been singing on the road since 1983.
What do you like best about singing SG music?
TB: Seeing the power in
a song about Jesus in the lives of those who hear it.
Who are some of your favorite SG music artists and
TB: The Cathedrals were
always role models to me, not just in their musical ability but in their sincerity and class. I admire songwriters who can write and singers who can sing.
Male quartets are still my favorite...Gold City,
Legacy Five, Poet Voices
number among my favorites.
Which group or artist has had the most influence on
how you sing?
TB: Hard to pick one. When
I was very young, groups like the Blackwood Brothers and
The Blue Ridge Quartet were favorites. The Couriers greatly influenced
me as well, at first because
of their fresh musical arrangements and later, as
I got to know them, I appreciated their hearts for ministry.
Have you had the opportunity to meet or perform with
your favorite artists? If so, tell us about it.
TB: Yes, I guess I've shared
the platform with most of what you would call the "major
groups" and singers through the years, though they probably haven't
the foggiest idea who I am!
Give us a funny "road" story. Tell us about your most
or humorous moment while singing or traveling.
TB: It's always comical
to see and hear someone introduce me who isn't sure how to pronounce my
last name. (It's BITE sul, by the way). There have been lot's
of funny incidents...guess I just can't pinpoint any right now.
How many bookings do you do per year?
TB: As many as I can safely
cram into the date book! Ha! About 100...looking to do
a little more.
Are a lot of the bookings repeats from previous dates?
How many recording projects have you done?
What is the title of your most recent project?
Who produced your last project?
TB: Tim James and Tom Keel
Which studio did you use for your most recent project?
TB: Harvest Field Studio
and Pine Grove Studio
Do you write any of your songs?
How many songs were written by you?
What process do you go through to select the songs for
TB: Make a big list...start
trying to sing the songs...cross some out...repeat.
Do you use a booking agent? If not, have you ever
TB: I don't use one because
I haven't found one who's interested yet!
Unfortunately, about the
time someone wants to be your agent, you don't need him.
If you book yourself, how do you get your bookings?
TB: Word of mouth, internet
(web site, etc), phone calls, direct mail and lots of prayer.
Do you use a promo pack? If so, what do you put in it?
TB: I have sent out a lot
of different types of promo packs. Currently, I generally
send out a CD and a brochure. Most of the time, people prefer to just visit
the web site.
If you are a songwriter, what kind of advice or tips can
you give to other songwriters?
TB: Write something that
someone else hasn't already written. Consider topics that
are unique. Write Biblically correct songs.
As an artist, what advice can you give to others on how
to get started?
TB: Sing, sing, sing and
then sing some more. Work harder on your relationship to
Christ than you ever work on promoting your "ministry". First things
While you are not on the road, what home church do you
TB: Asbury UM Church, Duncannon,
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