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    • One (1) previously unpublished song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 (
    • 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

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    Inspire Worship Conference

    We have officially launched our 2010 Inspire Worship Conference, May 6-7 held at Fellowship Bible Church in Brentwood, TN.  We have an amazing line up of worship leaders and presenters that will help us reconnect to worshipping Jesus purely and authentically. Returning to your roots.....your 'First Love'.  Check out all the details and take advantage of the early bird registration!!!!

    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.

    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 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

    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

    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 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!

    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.