Rest and Recharge
Inspire is over for 2011 and I’m so thankful for everything that happened. I got to see a whole army of worship leaders get refreshed and encouraged for the calling that God has placed on their lives. The absolute biggest thrill of my life. Check out the picture from the best two days of my year right here. Now it’s time for me to take a nap and get these dead batteries plugged into some fresh power! See you soon

Inspire Worship Conference is NOW!!!
Here we go people! Inspire Worship Conference is on for the next two days. Jonathan Lee Band, Stan Mitchell, Dr. Michael Easley, Ian Cron and so many other amazing people. I am so excited about what’s God is going to do. Beyond all that I can ask or imagine.

Inspire Worship Conference
Don’t forget to sign up for Inspire registration is filling up fast! www.inspireworshipconference.com

Happy New Year!

Benefit Concert for Zach Sisk
Get your tickets NOW for a concert on NOVEMBER 19, 2010. Featuring Carl, FFH and major motion picture director Patrick Doughtie. The concert is to benefit our good friend Zach Sisk who was injured in a fall, resulting serious brain damage. Zach is 18 and needs help with medical expenses. The concert is in Boiling Springs, NC. See the tour page for full details.

Check Out Some New “How To” Videos
I’ve been getting a ton of great response from a couple new songs while out on the road, so I thought I’d help you worship leaders out there. Check out these simple how to videos for the songs “Forgiven Forever” and “First Love“. I hope they help!

New EP coming soon!!
I’m excited to announce that I just started working on a new EP! We spent some time at the beautiful Dark Horse Studios this week and zeroed in on some great new worship tunes. Look for a sneak peek preview soon!

Inspire Worship Conference May 5-6, 2016
Mark your calendar and plan on joining us for next years Inspire.
Watch for updates at www.inspireworshipconference.com

Inspire Worship Conference
Early bird conference rate ends March 1st.
Don’t miss the opportunity to save the most on this year’s conference rate. It’s $169 for an individual and $159 for a group of 5 or more. After March 1st it will be $189 for an individual and $179 for a group of 5 or more.
Registration includes lunch both days and all conference materials.

Inspire Songwriting Contest
Back by popular demand, we are officially receiving submissions for our Songwriting Contest. This is such a great way to put your songs to the test and help make them the best they can be.
Each submission will receive a professional song critique and the top six writers get to play their song during our Inspire Café Thursday night. A winner will be chosen from those six registrants by a panel of professional songwriters and the winner will receive a professionally produced demo of their song.
Here are the Criteria:
• One (1) previously unpublished song
• One (1) submission per paid registration
• MP3 e-mail submission only to (info@carlcartee.com)
• Song must be submitted with a lyric sheet (.pdf or .doc file format only)
• We are looking for original, corporate & congregational worship songs
• Deadline for Submission: Midnight April 22, 2010

Twitter – Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/inspireworship

Abe Valiant Cartee is here and doing well. We’re so blessed to have our third son in our arms and our lives. He’s a great little guy who looks like a cross between Phil Collins and his oldest brother. Click below to see it all in color and pictures! Thanks for all the prayers and well wishes.

Summer is Going Great
I’m so happy to report that we are having one of our best summer camp seasons ever and it’s just getting started! I am rolling with a new band this summer and things are really going well for these guys in their rookie season. Craig McClellan, Ryan Mitchell and Brian Yakaboski are all doing a first class job. Heather, being what I call full on pregnant, is doing a stellar job as always. Thanks fellas and Lil’ Mama! The hard work is paying off.

Hitting the Road
The time has come for us to leave on our annual worship leading trip around the south east. Student Summer camps have been a part of our work for nearly 15 years. I was so blessed today to hear from a friend of mine who said that he works at a church with a great worship leader. He told me this guy was encouraged to lead worship at a camp I did when he was just 14. It makes me know that this work does have Kingdom value and lasts much longer than me. So here we go: pregnant wife, little kids and an aging worship leader but knowing that God has a plan for me and for those I get to lead. Please don’t forget to pray for us.
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Inspire 09 Wrap Up
We had the most incredible time during this years conference. Heather and I had the honor of hosting worship leaders from 18 different states and 2 foreign countries. It was also for us a beautiful demonstration of servant friendship, where just about everyone we know was there to help with and pray for the event. I was so incredibly blessed, I wish I had more words to say it and I am a thankful man. Check out the blog and flickr to see a little more detail.

This Week at International Ministry Headquarters
We are putting all the finishing touches on our worship conference that comes up next week. If you are still waiting to sign up, stop it. There is nothing to loose except an amazing opportunity. Worship leaders, head over to Inspireworshipconference.com to get signed up. The deadline for submitting a song for our  writing contest has passed, and all the submissions are in. We’ll be judging them this week and letting the top six know who they are on Wednesday May the 6th. Keep your phone on.

Please pray for us as we have faced “trials of many kinds” over the past few days and I know it’s just God counting us worthy to be tested. Thank God that he sees value in refining us and making us better. I do need your prayers, so when you can, call out the name’s of the Cartee’s to God. Hope to see you at Inspire.

Inspire 09 is a month away
Inspire Worship Conference is only 4 WEEKS AWAY! I have been praying for a mighty work of healing, encouragement and calling to be done through this event. I know God’s power is at work to accomplish the things I can only dream about. If you are a worship leader seeking encouragement and refreshing go sign up now. if you know a worship leader who could use a few days away with other worship leaders, give them the gift of Inspire. Click HERE to register and get all the info you need.

Happy tax day too! I hope the check you send to your Uncle Sam is not too much of a burden. If you got a refund, rush out to your local LifeWay or other Christian music retailer and pick up a copy of my new record, “Everything You Do”. I hope it blesses you!

New Album hittin’ the streetz March 31st!!!
Hey there Spring. And Lent. I hope you guys are doing well. It’s the season for C-mail to be in full bloom and here she is. Thank goodness that C-mail is hypoallergenic, you might sneeze otherwise. I have a few high points to hit and I want to do it in as few words as possible so you can get outside and start enjoying this beautiful weather!

Update 1: Early Bird Registration for Inspire Ends April 1! That’s next week!! Inspire is the worship conference that Heather and I host each year to train and equip worship leaders for kingdom impact. The best price on registration lasts only until next week; so if you want in on a deal, act now. Due to brisk sign ups already, there will be no early bird extension and no bail outs:) REGISTER HERE www.inspireworshipconference.com

Update 2! : “Everything You Do” hits store shelves March 31 The new live worship record “Everything You Do” hits the shelves at your local Christian retailer Tuesday, March 31 (also next week). You can also get it online through itunes. I suggest you getting it online and then going to the store to buy a few for your friends who think, “computers is evil”. I am so fired up about the new record because it’s got some really good moments on it and it’s just a fresh reminder of God’s power at work in the lives of his people. You can listen to some of the new songs at myspace.com/carlcartee

Update 3: Heather is still preggers and doing great! We are in month five of Heather’s pregnancy (click here to watch our birth announcement on y! outube). We’ll find out boy or girl next week as well and I’ll let eve ryone know how that turns out. Three kids, three and under feels like a lot, but nothing compared to the joy that they give us. Oak and Ezra are doing great. We’re in the middle of potty training Oak and sometimes when he has an accident on his Lightening McQueen underwear, we tell him it makes Lightening very, very, sad. Hopefully he will make it through without permanent emotional damage. We need patience.

Update 4: A new website is on the way! Also on March 31, we will relaunch carlcartee.com with a completely new design and lots of new features, music, more chord charts than ever and lots of free stuff. It will bring courage to the hearts of websites everywhere. It will even have social networking. We can be friends on carlcartee.com!

Update 5: My grandfather Carl Edward Hamrick went to his reward at the end of February. He was my hero and along with my grandmother, the reason that I believe in Jesus, love the church and play Christian music. I will miss him so much and appreciate your prayers for our family. One of the best things about burying a good man is that there is so much to say to those who remain. There’s so much to encourage people that their own race can be run and run well, all the way to the final mile. I am so thankful that I got to watch my grandfather finish well.