2018 Band News
February 26, 2018Welcome to the first blog by me, Jessica Tubbs, the female vocalist of Copper Coins! Wow, just reflecting on that makes me THANKFUL in so many ways. Here, let me explain why I feel THANKFUL...
First, I'd like to start with a little background about me... When I was younger, I did not have an easy life and went through a lot of hardships and struggles as many do. I also did not grow up in a highly spiritual family. By that I mean that I was raised in a Catholic Church and by that I mean we went to church on Easter and for midnight mass. Also, we didn’t have many conversations about Christ outside of the church. I finally excepted Jesus Christ as my Savior about 3 years ago and I'm so THANKFUL that Jesus died on the cross so I can be forgiven and born again through Him.
In July of 2017 God had a plan and put it in motion. It started with me just scrolling through my Facebook. Now before I go further I'd like to state that I'd never heard about Copper Coins nor did I have any Facebook friends in common with the members at this time. As I continued to scroll through my news feed in absolute boredom I saw a random suggestive friend/page pop up. Uhm, Copper Coins... I wonder what that is... Click... As I opened the page first thing I saw was that they were looking for a new female vocalist! After communicating with the band back and forth a couple times, and having a live audition, they came to the conclusion that they'd talk it over as a band and I'd hear from them soon. A couple days passed and finally... Ring, Ring! I looked down and saw an unknown number... Could it be?! I answered and it was! With Dale and Claudine on the other end of the call, they asked, "How would you like to be a Coin?" My heart was filled with joy and I wanted to dance and scream as I responded "YES!" I was beyond THANKFUL! THANKFUL that God presented this opportunity to do the thing that I love the most (sing and make music) with amazing people who truly love the Lord!
So there it is... a little back story on me, and the reason why I am THANKFUL to be the female vocalist of Copper Coins. With so many other things to be THANKFUL for, both the big blessings to even the smallest, being in Copper Coins is one of the greatest I've been gifted with in my life. Music for me was a way to heal, feel protected, feel safe during some of the worst moments, and a way for me to show love, joy, happiness in the best moments of my life. Now, THANKS to my Lord and Savior and His will, I get to use the gift He gave me to praise and worship Him, and most of all THANK Him!
I hope I get a chance to meet you all at one of our upcoming shows so we can praise and give Him THANKS together through the powerful gift of music. Because, as Chris Tomlin said it best, He is a Good Good father. We definitely have so much to be THANKFUL for! Hope to see you all soon!
- Love Jess ♥
February 25, 2018Well, we've reached the year 2018 and each day that passes on our calendars brings us closer and closer to the 10 year anniversary of Copper Coins as a band. Where have the years gone? Last year when Steve stepped down as our lead guitar player I tallied up the number of miles we've traveled as a band to and from events over the course of just the 7 years he was with us... and would you believe it came to roughly 3250 miles?! That's a lot of distance covered and a lot of people met along the way as we went out sharing the music God has given us to glorify His name and worship His Son, our Savior Jesus Christ! We've been so blessed and consider it an incredible privilege and experience... but we're not done yet... The 2018 calendar year is already looking exciting! We kicked off the year by making our first stop back at Samson's Coffee House in Endwell, NY. It was the first "official" event we've played with our new lead guitarist, Allen Nichols (not counting the Christmas music we played for Waverly First Baptist's special event in December). Unfortunately, Jess Tubbs (our new female lead vocalist) was unable to join us, having recently just had a new baby, but God is always in the business of making plans far better than we could ourselves. It was, of course, to our great surprise and great joy that we discovered that Carla Padilla, our previous female lead vocalist who moved to California last May, was going to be back in town visiting during the time that our concert was scheduled... and Endwell is her old stomping grounds. Now you know we just couldn't pass up the chance to have her come and sing at least a few songs with us, specifically some that needed a female lead vocal on them and that she used to sing. Carla eagerly accepted the opportunity and, like we all knew she would, jumped right in and sang the whole two sets with us! It was a ton of fun having her back with us for the evening and worshiping Jesus together again, despite the snowy weather outside. Thanks so much, Carla, for helping us out! It was also nice making a return visit to the Broadway Diner before the event too!
Next up on our calendar, we will be back at the Waverly Christian & Missionary Alliance Church in Waverly, NY on March 24th at 6 PM. We haven't been there in a few years and this time we are making the evening a fund raising event for a ministry we've chosen to support called Second Wind Cottages. If you don't know what they're about and what they're doing to reach out and bring hope to the homeless community of Ithaca, NY, please check out their website, make a donation online, or make plans to come join us on March 24th and make a donation there. We'll look forward to seeing you!