"I would die if I ever had to completely give this up 100 percent," said the singer-songwriter-producer-worship leader.
"It's just our final publicly promoted concert as the Tommee Profitt Band," he said of his Fri. Oct. 16 performance (details below).
The Michigan native's life has ramped up considerably over the past several years, and he is giving up his band role because of the growth of his studio and production work.
Profitt built a studio at his Grand Rapids area home and soon found it turning into a full time job. "Four months later I got signed by Capitol (a record label) as a producer and songwriter and now I'm working with some of the biggest names in Christian music."
HANDS-ON PRODUCTION WORK
Profitt has spent time in the studio with top-flight artists such as Britt Nicole, Thousand Foot Krutch and Colton Dixon. He produced a new version of Nicole's song "All This Time" on her recent remix CD.
"I travel down to Nashville for a week at a time every two months," said the multi-talented Profitt of his alternating time between his home studio and Nashville, where most of the artists are headquartered. His connections via Capitol have helped land his work in various places, including major networks such as FOX, VH1 and ESPN.
"While I love playing out in concerts and touring, it's just way too much to balance it all," he said of leaving his regular band gig. "It prepared me for what I'm doing now – but with a wife and two kids at home, being on the touring road 150 days a year is just not something I wanted to do anymore."
THE CHANGE IN SEASONS
Profitt graduated from Grace Bible College in 2007 with a degree in worship media and audio production. He already had a band during his student years and produced most of its half-dozen recordings. He worked at his alma mater in the worship arts program, overseeing various student worship ensembles and furthering their training.
Meanwhile, he was still touring with his band across the country and here in West Michigan, performing in churches as well as larger venues such as the Unity Christian Music Festival in Muskegon and Fifth Third Ball Park.
In 2012 he became part of the rotation of worship leaders at Cornerstone Church in Caledonia, although he no longer is on their regular schedule.
"I'll still perform and lead worship here or there when it works out in my schedule. I might do it solo or just pull from the pool of musicians I know who are available," said Profitt, 30.
Profitt also has a knack for video work. His parody/music video of several years ago, "Pregnant and I Know It," featured his very pregnant wife Angela doing some dancing/singing to revised lyrics of a familiar pop song melody. The humorous video gained national attention and wound up on several network TV shows. It's now had more than 2.2 million views. Their daughter McKenlee Joy is now 3 year old.
Watch his most recent video is "We Turn Our Eyes" with guest artist Brooke Griffith.
"By the way, we're also premiering a couple of new videos at the (Oct. 16) concert that we're pretty excited about," Profitt added. "In fact, there will be lots of fun and cool surprises and be a fun night!
"This final concert is a way of hanging up a season of my life for something even better that God has been showing me. And I couldn't be happier. I'm ready."
Tommee Profitt Band – The Final Concert:
7 p.m. Fri. Oct 16 (doors open at 6:30)
at Cornerstone Church, 1674 84th St SE Caledonia.
No tickets necessary, no admission charge.
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