Looking Back on 2009

Its December 24th — Christmas Eve — and I’m sitting at home watching my son River destroy the house. I’m also reflecting on 2009 for VOTA and all the things the Lord has brought us through, used us in, and shown us. In 2009 we toured with our friends Newsboys (who had a few changes of their own), December Radio, Bread of Stone, Barlow Girl, and Superchik. We said goodbye to long-time member and drummer Scott Rutz as he moved on to an advertising career, as well as guitarist Riley Friesen and sound engineer Andrew Stoner. We said hello to our two newest members Jeff Goff on drums and Cody Bender on guitar and keys. We said goodbye to Casting Pearls and hello to VOTA, put out our first record under that name with INO Records in February, released some singles to radio (H2B, I’ll Go, Honestly), made a music video for Hard 2 Believe that is up for a Dove Award, built a new web site, put a new engine in our bus, and saw the country from coast-to-coast TWICE! Phew. Without a doubt the most important thing we saw the Lord do with our little band is help raise over $200,000 to a people in need in Kenya through our partnership with Food For The Hungry (www.VOTAband.com/kenya). That, to me, sticks out the most. I feel like the contributions that YOU made in buying our record and sponsoring Kenyan children is going to be the most eternally significant of all the accolades and accomplishments of 2009. So, thank you!

We look forward to seeing you in the Spring of 2010 as we tour again with Barlow Girl and new bus-mates Stellar Kart.

Cheers!

Case and VOTA