Monday, December 29, 2014

Video: "Steal My Girl" (One Direction) - Cover by Kurt Scobie

Posted by Kurt Scobie on December 29, 2014

I like (some) pop music. There, I said it.

There is a lot of good stuff out there these days. It isn't always easy to sort through and find it, but it is there.

Whether or not you hop on the pop music bandwagon with me, I hope you enjoy my take on "Steal My Girl" by One Direction on YouTube.


Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Posted by Kurt Scobie on December 24, 2014

"Then the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.'"

I hope you have a very special Christmas, filled with the joy and peace and love of Jesus! He has come and He will come again.

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 12, 2014

2014 Songwriter Shootout Finals

Posted by Kurt Scobie on December 12, 2014

I am not the biggest fan of music competitions. I don't usually do well in them. After three attempts at American Idol, an attempt at The Voice, and even an audition for America's Got Talent, I have figured out that I am not really cut out for TV. And I am OK with that. After the winner is announced on those shows, they're rarely remembered. In the end, the judges of those shows make out better than anyone. I am not really interested in pursuing that anymore.

However, I am growing to love the songwriter competitions that exist for those of us who want to share our songs and be a part of a community of artists and musicians. Every Thursday at The Camp House in Chattanooga is a space where songwriters at all levels can come and share what they have been creating. And, for added interest and excitement, they've made it a competition.

Now, the competition side of things still kinda sucks. I mean, I'm not against friendly competition, in general. But, the idea of putting song against song is a little weird to me. Comparing the artwork of one artist to that of another is a bit absurd. At the same time, I understand why the competition side of it exists.

Well, last night at The Camp House was everything that a friendly music competition should be. Sure there were tensions and nerves and disappointments, but there was a sense of camaraderie and community. That is what it truly is about in this world.

I won last night. Something I am very happy with. I'm proud of my songs and my performance of them. Most of all I am pleased with the way I connected with the audience. And that is the key. Connection.

Without connection the world is cold. 

So, while I am absolutely thrilled that I was named "Champion" last night in Chattanooga, I am even more thrilled to be a part of a special community where people gathered and connected and shared their art that helps us make sense of this world that we live in.

Here are a few photos from the event.

Anthony Quails (host), the judges, and all of the performers.

The Camp House has a great new venue

Soundcheck before the night began

Monday, December 1, 2014

O Come All Ye Faithful [VIDEO]

O Come All Ye Faithful [VIDEO]
December 1, 2014

I met up with Miriam Tyson and Jacob Harshman to talk about our upcoming Christmas show on December 5th. We recorded this little video right outside the Red Clay Music Foundry in beautiful (and cold) downtown Duluth, GA.

We hope you enjoy our rendition of "O Come All Ye Faithful" (feat. Swope).

And we hope you will join us on 12/5 for a fun evening of songs!


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Monday, October 13, 2014

Video: "Stay With Me" (Sam Smith) - Kurt Scobie [Cover]

Video: "Stay With Me" (Sam Smith) - Kurt Scobie [Cover]
October 13, 2014

Sam Smith has dominated the airwaves everywhere. Here's my rendition of "Stay With Me" recorded in one take from my living room. Enjoy!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Video: "Lay It Down" (Sanctus Real) - Cover by Kurt Scobie

Video: "Lay It Down" (Sanctus Real) - Cover by Kurt Scobie
October 9, 2014

I have a great amount of respect for the band Sanctus Real. They got their start in Toledo, OH which is just 30 minutes from where I grew up. In a way, they were "hometown heroes". I have followed their journey over the years, and they are doing it right!

Here is my cover of their new single "Lay It Down". I am excited for their new album which will be coming out in the next few weeks!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Spotify Playlist: Summer Is Over

Spotify Playlist: Summer Is Over 
October 6, 2014 

Many people ask me who my favorite artists are, and what I like to listen to. So, I have created some Spotify playlists to share, featuring some songs that I like.

I hope you have been been enjoying my Spotify Playlists! It is fun to create these.

"Summer Is Over" features TWO of my favorite piano-playing singer/songwriters; Jon McLaughlin and Sara Bareilles. This playlist is mostly "goodbye" songs, including my song, "Last Call" which I wrote after I deciding to move from Nashville to Atlanta.

Please add songs that you think might fit with these. This is a Collaborative Playlist!


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Spotify Playlist: Breathe In Breathe Out

Spotify Playlist: Breathe In Breathe Out 
October 2, 2014 

Many people ask me who my favorite artists are, and what I like to listen to. So, I have created some Spotify playlists to share, featuring some songs that I like.

Mat Kearney is an artist I have been following for many years now. I love his songs. "Breathe In, Breathe Out" is a Mat Kearney song that I have chosen to kick off this playlist. Followed by tracks with similar themes and style. Including a couple of my own songs, of course.

This is a Collaborative Playlist! If you think of a song that might fit, feel free to add it!


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Focus On Your Art

Focus On Your Art
September 30, 2014

I recently read a post by a musician talking about generating buzz for your band.

I thought the advice given was good, except there was one BIG problem. There was no mention, whatsoever, about the importance of creating great music. Here's an excerpt:

"You need to commit to doing the daily grunt work of promoting, booking, selling, designing posters and merchandise and hopefully still have time for writing and recording your music. And then put this on repeat."

This is the problem with the music industry. People are so busy trying to get famous, the art is an afterthought. "And hopefully still have time for writing and recording your music"??? Are you kidding me?!

Don't get me wrong. Promoting and booking and selling is an important piece to a successful career in music. But, what about the product you are selling? Great marketing of a poor product only makes the product fail faster.

I think what we forget sometimes is that if the product (music) is good enough it will sell itself. If you really want to cut through the noise and get people to notice you, create something that demands attention. Put in the work to make your recordings amazing. Put in hours and hours (try 10,000 maybe?) crafting your songs. 

Do I promote myself? Absolutely. Is marketing a necessity? Yes. And marketing and promotion BEGINS with writing and recording something undeniably spectacular. 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Spotify Playlist: Don't

Spotify Playlist: Don't 
September 29, 2014 

Many people ask me who my favorite artists are, and what I like to listen to. So, I have created some Spotify playlists to share, featuring some songs that I like.

"Don't" by Ed Sheeran is at the top of this particular list. I love this song (and this entire album). As I have done for each of these lists, I have included a couple of my original songs that I think are similar. As well as other similar songs from artists I like.

If you think of a song that might fit, feel free to add it! This is a Collaborative Playlist!


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Spotify Playlist: My Favorite

Spotify Playlist: My Favorite
September 25, 2014

Many people ask me who my favorite artists are, and what I like to listen to. So, I have created some Spotify playlists to share, featuring some songs that I like.

"My Favorite" by Gabe Dixon kicks off this one. Followed by some other similar songs (including a couple of my own). Kinda like Pandora Radio, except there is a real person coming up with the playlist instead of a machine.

This is a Collaborative Playlist, so I hope you will add your favorite songs that are similar to the ones I selected.


Monday, September 22, 2014

Spotify Playlist: Sailboat

Spotify Playlist: Sailboat 
September 22, 2014 

Many people ask me who my favorite artists are, and what I like to listen to. So, I thought I would create some Spotify playlists and share them, and include some songs that I like.

This playlist begins with "Sailboat" by Ben Rector and is followed by songs that, in my opinion, are similar. And, of course, you'll find a couple of my original songs on there. Kinda like Pandora Radio, except there is a real person coming up with the playlist instead of a machine.

This is a Collaborative Playlist, so I hope you will add your favorite songs that are similar to the ones I selected.


Saturday, September 20, 2014

Video: Photograph (Ed Sheeran) Cover by Kurt Scobie

Video: Photograph (Ed Sheeran) Cover by Kurt Scobie 
September 20, 2014 

I have had the new Ed Sheeran album on repeat for the last few days. It is fantastic! I highly recommend it!

Here is my stripped-down piano and vocal version of his song "Photograph". Enjoy!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Spotify Playlist: Brave

Spotify Playlist: Brave 
September 18, 2014 

Many people ask me who my favorite artists are, and what I like to listen to. So, I thought I'd begin to create some Spotify playlists and share them, and include some songs that I like.

This playlist begins with "Brave" by Sara Bareilles and is followed by songs that, in my opinion, are similar. And, of course, you'll find a couple of my original songs on there. Kinda like Pandora Radio, except there is a real person coming up with the playlist instead of a machine.

This is a Collaborative Playlist, so I hope you will add your favorite songs that are similar to the ones I selected.


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Crash is Back

Crash is Back
September 17, 2014

Most of you probably didn't notice it missing, because you already have it. But, my first studio EP "Crash" had been taken down from iTunes and most other online digital music stores (still waiting on a few of 'em). I switched distribution companies so there was a little bit of a lapse in availability.

Thankfully, it went back up without a hitch! And I thought this was the perfect opportunity to do a little shameless plugging for this project which I released almost four years ago. It is hard to believe it has been that long.

If you haven't yet heard this little EP, I hope you'll take a few minutes and check it out. Here are a few places where you can find it:


I am still proud of this project and the work that went into it by my producer, Jake Rye, and the studio musicians. Not to mention the awesome photos by Andy Brophy and design work by Zach May. I hope you like it.

P.S. If you would be so kind as to leave a review of "Crash" on iTunes or wherever you purchase it, I would be thrilled! Unfortunately, all of the reviews that were there before are now gone.

Monday, September 8, 2014

The Lullaby - 3

The Lullaby - 3 
September 8, 2014 

It has been three years since my wife and I said a painful goodbye to our daughter, Bella Grace. She was born still on September 8th, 2011 and we will never forget her. She made such an impact on us then and she continues to impact us today!

I almost didn't release this song, because I wrote it for Bella, anticipating her arrival. But, I'm glad I did. I look forward to the day when I can sing this over my baby girl in heaven.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Worship Album: "Covered" with Montell Jordan

Worship Album: "Covered" with Montell Jordan
September 2, 2014 

If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you may have seen some posts about a special side project I have been a part of. Well, today is the day!

Montell Jordan and Victory World Music have put together a collection of worship songs, recorded LIVE! That album, "Covered", is available today! I love my church, Victory World Church, and these cover songs come from the depths of our hearts.

I had the honor of singing "Holy Wedding Day" on this album. So, be sure to listen to that one first! :) Seriously, though, every song we are very proud of. We hope you like it.

The "Covered" album is available here:


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Georgia Festivals & Such

Georgia Festivals & Such
August 21, 2014

'Tis the season for festivals!

My Fall schedule is beginning to shape up with some performances at local festivals and special events. This Summer has been quiet on the live show front as I have been focusing on writing and thinking about what is next. But, I am itching to get back on stage and meet some new folks at shows.

SO, I hope you'll take a look at the calendar and check out the upcoming events! I'll be performing in Marietta, Decatur, Duluth, Norcross, Roswell, Alpharetta, and other Atlanta 'burbs.

One particular performance I want to draw your attention to is on August 30th in Marietta. I have the privilege of sharing the stage with Montell Jordan and Victory World Music at Celebrate Freedom Atlanta. We'll be bringing a set of praise and worship music to Jim R. Miller park and it is going to be a GREAT night. I hope you'll join us!

P.S. Montell and VWM are releasing an album on September 2nd and yours truly has a feature on it. It is a bit different from my usual, but I think you're going to like it! More about that later...

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Umbrella Show Photos

Umbrella Show Photos
July 8, 2014

On May 16th, 2014 I had the honor of performing "The Wake" for a special art show in Atlanta. Matt Armstrong (a local artist) has created a series of works which he calls "Umbrella" that shines a light on the issue of human trafficking. I am very excited to share a few photos from that night, taken by photographer BobbiJo Brooks.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Competitions & Motivation

Competitions & Motivation
June 10, 2014

A big part of me is anti-competitions when it comes to creative works. The idea of putting art up against art to determine a "winner" seems absolutely asinine. I hate it.

At the same time I think there is a place for these competitions.

I recently participated in a single-elimination songwriter competition and it was an absolute blast! The competition part of it was fine, but the fun part was meeting other musicians from across the U.S. perform their original songs, and making new friends. The pros certainly outweighed the cons.

And one thing more. I found myself more motivated to get back out there and perform. Being an independent artist can get lonely. And if you don't participate in competitions, or open mics, or tours, or ANYTHING with other human beings, you will burn out. By spending time in a community of like-minded people, you fuel your passion and drive to keep doing what you do.

This is not an introvert vs. extrovert thing either. I am Captain Introvert. I am energized by my alone time. I like my space. Yet, I still need people. I need my support system. I believe we were designed to operate in community.

The best part about this competition that I was in is that I went into it not focused on the competition, but on networking and making friends (and reconnecting with old friends). That made all the difference. When it is only about competing and winning is when it becomes pointless. Because if you win and you have no one to share in your victory, you're not really better off. And if (when) you lose and you have no one there to build you back up, that really sucks. We weren't made to do this thing alone.

So, I'm going to keep participating in stuff like this, because I always see a spike in my motivation, inspiration, and creativity. And I always learn a lot.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

What Kind of Story Am I?

What Kind of Story Am I?
May 28, 2014

It is interesting to me how songs can evolve over time. Not just as I am writing them, but even years after writing, recording, and releasing them. They seem to take on new layers of meaning for me as time goes by. There are a few songs of mine that have taken on different meanings over the years. Sometimes, when performing an "older" original song, I think back to the time when I wrote the song and I can see a drastic difference in who I was before versus who I am today.

"Blank Page" is an older song (from the "Crash" EP) that talks about Truth. And while I have firm convictions about the Truth, I still have my moments of doubt, confusion, and questioning. This song talks about that.

I can look back on my 30 years on this earth and see the seasons of emptiness or trial or challenge and it actually gives me confidence. Because once you've made it to the other side of a rough patch your perspective changes.  It isn't easy, but now when I face life's tough circumstances, I can have hope and peace because I can see how God has been faithful to me.

I suppose that is the biggest difference I can see in my life. That life is just better when I take my focus off of myself and my problems and my desires, and walk with arms and heart wide open.

So, I might still have some questions. Some doubts. Confusion. And it is all valid. But, taking the focus off of my problems and looking to God for comfort and steadfastness has made an incredible difference in the way I live my life.

I am more at peace. I have a lasting and deep joy. I am learning what it means to really love. It is a process. And finding enjoyment in the journey is a million times better than chasing moments of passing happiness.

I still haven't got it all figured out. But I am becoming more ok with that.

What kind of story am I? I'm not completely sure. But, I am putting some things together. With the guidance of trusted friends and a loving God who is infinitely patient I am learning what it is I am supposed to do with this blank page sitting in front of me.

FREE Download of this performance:

Sunday, May 4, 2014

The Artisan Soul

The Artisan Soul
May 4, 2014

I just finished The Artisan Soul by Erwin McManus and I have never felt so inspired and intimidated in my life.

I'm inspired because this teacher and artist whom I deeply respect and admire has basically written a manifesto that validates my work as an artist. He boldly states that every human being is an artist and that our lives are works of art. And that what we do and who we are in life is our masterpiece. I love this. And not just because my "job" title is "artist" but, at a deeper level, I believe that my music is part of the bigger picture of my life-work, my life as a masterpiece. I am inspired to keep creating. To keep growing. To keep making my life into something that helps and encourages others.

At the same time I am intimidated. The Artisan Soul is loaded with stories of people, including the author, who are creating incredible works of art, incredible futures, and I am challenged to bring my best. The call to create is encouraging, yet requires great courage. This is scary.

In a good way.

I highly recommend this book. Whether you consider yourself a creative person or not, this book will speak to you.

I am in an especially "creativity focused" season right now. So, The Artisan Soul fits right in with where I am today. Yet, I also believe that this message that we are all artists is for anyone in any season.

There is much more I could say, but I'm going to leave it at that. Just read it. It will likely change your life.


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

New Stickers! FREE!

New Stickers! FREE!
February 25, 2014

I love stickers. When I was a kid, I would collect any and all stickers I could. Even if they were the
"Hello! My name is ______" name tags used for those awkward networking events. Not that I ever went to awkward networking events when I was a kid. But, you know what I mean. I LOVE stickers. I love them so much, I ordered a thousand of them!

Well, they have arrived. And I am giving them away for free.

There are two ways you can get one.

1. Order something, anything, from my online merch store and I'll drop a few stickers in with your order.

2. Come on out to a show! I have some exciting show announcements coming soon, and I always stock my trusty merch suitcase with stickers. No purchase necessary. Just show up and grab a sticker.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Farewell, Hair!

Farewell, Hair!
February 4, 2014


So, uhh... I kinda got a little haircut.

My wife and I have been growing out our hair for the past two years so that we could donate it. We wanted to do something unique to honor our daughter, Bella, who was born still on September 8, 2011. So, we thought we would donate our hair in her memory.

Well, the time has come. I had about 10 inches of my lovely locks chopped off and we're sending it to Pantene's "Beautiful Lengths" program, which provides free wigs for women with cancer.

I'm definitely enjoying having short hair again. Low maintenance! And I think my wife, my mother, and my mother-in-law are all happy with this change, too. ;) But, the long hair was fun while it lasted.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

One Word for 2014: Serve

"One Word for 2014: Serve"
January 21, 2014

On January 1st of last year I shared that my "One Resolution for 2013" was, simply, "DO!" I was introduced to this concept of boiling your goals down to a single word that you can focus on for an entire year. It certainly helped me focus on the things I wanted to accomplish. So, I am at it again this year.

My one word?


I wanted to keep the momentum from 2013 going, but this time I wanted to focus on ways I can "do" for others. I have been incredibly blessed lately. So many people have poured themselves into my career and family and my personal life, I want to "give back" this year and learn to to be a more generous and giving person.

When I think about the people I look up to and consider wise and successful, they are always serving. They are generous. They give, and love to give. I want to be like that.

So, here's to 2014! Time to serve.


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

"The Wake" LIVE at the EOP Songwriter Shootout [VIDEO]

"The Wake" LIVE at the EOP Songwriter Shootout
January 14, 2014

Back in November of 2013 I had the honor and privilege of participating in the Eddie Owen Presents Songwriter Shootout #3 at Red Clay Theatre. Eddie Owen (founder of the legendary Eddie's Attic) has become a friend of mine over the last few years and he is doing something very special in the northeast Atlanta (Gwinnett) area. The Red Clay Theatre in Duluth, GA has welcomed many nationally touring singer songwriters to their beautiful stage since Eddie took over. And, just as he was the driving force behind the songwriter's open mic at the Attic, he has brought his passion for the song to Red Clay.

Many people have rallied behind Eddie and his vision, including the folks at the Open Mic Project ( So, on the night of the shootout, they were there shooting video of each of us performers, 25 in all, so that we could share our performances with you.

So, here it is! Check out my performance of "The Wake" and feel free to leave a comment below. I think Open Mic Project did a great job with these videos, so I hope you'll check out some more of the performances by the other artists who shared their songs that night. Thanks for watching!


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