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Thank you! My 10 Year Anniversary As A Recording Artist

I’m thankful for all of you who believe in me. Whether you came to see me perform, got a CD, download, voted for me, gave me an encouraging word, shared my music, told someone about me, or even just liked my page on facebook or followed me on twitter. What God thinks about us matters most, but experiencing love from people allows God to show it through you, and that means a lot to me. I appreciate you for allowing God to use you in this great way, whether you knew it or not, now you do HAHA! But for real though, TDGI recorded my first solo album 10 years ago. On this journey I’ve created three albums with multiple singles and international collaborative projects, been an independent artist, been signed, been independent again, struggled and thrived. Along the way I’ve wondered at times if this is what I should really be doing. I’ve had a couple people tell me I shouldn’t, but thousands have told me to never stop. Writing lyrics, producing instrumentals, audio engineering, recording vocals, mixing, mastering, arranging, getting CDs printed, copyrighting songs, creating graphics, promoting, touring, and driving many hours from venue to venue with little rest can quickly get overwhelming, especially if you do most of it by yourself. But, when those of you who have expressed how the music I made helped you in some way, it helps me keep going. And I truly love y’all for that. Have a blessed day everyone! – TDG

International Communication

InterComSmiley-D and I teamed up again, this time with SnegMan of  Troyanski Virus all the way from Russia! SnegMan raps his verse in Russian and he produced the beat. Once I heard it the words came to me. It’s basically about how we met online and made the collaboration happen. Here’s my verse. “From Russia to USA, from USA to Russia / got a track, wrote a rap, sent it back, to anotha / brotha from anotha motha / who made a suggestion we should collab and make a song togetha / I’m like cool! So here it is / you’re listening to some American dudes with some Russian dudes / It’s crazy! Who would’a knew? God knew / they’d watch my video on youtube  / with Smiley-D rapping bout how The Choice Is Yours dude / divine appointment over twitter / International Communication now here’s a winner / a gold medal, nah, make it bigger, a gold record / when you cooperate with God It Will Be Better / No Matter how much chedda,  or things you possess / add it all up it will still be less / than what you take with you when you leave this earth / that’s why you gotta put God first / International Communication…”

Did you notice how many of my song titles I mentioned in the lyrics?

If you live in Russia you can download it here https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/intercom-feat.-tdg-smiley/id601467838

Beatbox Voice Guitar #1

Hey, I hope the beginning of 2013 is going well for you. January went by fast didn’t it? Some great things have been happening here lately. I’m experimenting with a new way of creating music. Beatbox voice guitar. As a producer, when I produce instrumentals, I tend to beatbox how it sounds in my mind and later play it on drums, piano, guitar, or what ever instruments or sythnesizers the sound requires. So, I figured I should let you see how I create music organically on video. Here is the first of many to come http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCKwDeNLWHS5MPfINnd4WRoCV3yBV1FKY

If you like it please share it on facebook. If you can think of a popular song that you would like me to cover, tell me in the comments on the video. Thanks and have a blessed day!

TDG

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“FOCUS” Album Re-released

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Happy new year!!! This is the official 2013 online re-release of my sophomore album FOCUS. For those who have seen me perform songs such as “The BIBLE Song”, “Are You Ready”, “Leaning”, and wondered where to get them, here it is! The FOCUS album covers feature artwork by  yours truly, TDG, a self portrait and a portrait of Jesus with a reflection of the cross made from scratch with only a computer and mouse (see both images here http://official.fm/playlists/ujT0). The album artwork displays how the more we focus on Christ, the more we look like Christ. Why Christ? Because God is love, and love is all everyone needs and searches for in life. Christ described Himself as “one with the Father” (John 10:30) and as “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). If we choose to abide in Christ, we abide in God. Ok I’m preachin’ now lol, here’s more about the music. Orignally released on Amazon in 2008, this album has a fun and lively kind of vibe. It’s music you can dance to. Also it’s music that helps you learn about what God deems as important, what we should focus on in life. “The Best Book” aka BIBLE Song lyric video went viral on YouTube and people around the world are still learning how to recite the books of the Bible through the song. “Wake Up” and “The Power of Music” are featured on the controversial 8-part viral video series “Hip Hop Is A Religion” on YouTube which expresses the purpose and truth about music with a focus on the 5th element of HipHop culture and it’s deterimental status. In the series popular artists explain how rappers are preachers and how the concerts and clubs are just like church. It’s really interesting, youtube it. “Leaning” a crowd favorite has youth ready to get up, dance and snap-wit-it. Check out the video http://youtu.be/zzCp_ZdJhIo . The album concludes with the mild, mid tempo r&b/pop style track “Waiting For You.” All songs on FOCUS were produced by me and provide an incredible value that is priceless. But you can get it for just 5 bucks. If you enjoy FOCUS, please share it with your friends and family. God bless ya!

My “Out Of Body” Experience

On my YouTube channel (http://youtube.com/TDGofficial) I have a playlist called Is Christ Real?” which features videos of people who have died and come back to life and have seen Christ, angels, or fallen angels. Some people who are subscribed to me are probably wondering why I keep adding videos like these to my playlist. This blog will explain why. I’ve personally met people who have died and come back to life, have a NDE (Near Death Experience), or an out of body experience. Those whom I know, like the people in the videos, have either been to Heaven, Hell, or both places, experienced the presence of Jesus, angels, or fallen angels also known as demons. One of my friends went to Hell twice and Jesus showed him different levels of it. Yeah, it sounds crazy, but not really after recognizing so many different people have a similar experience of either feeling overwelming love and peace or an agonizing pain greater than one can feel on earth. I’ve had an out of body experience before.  Give me a few minutes and I will share it with you.

I was lying in bed one morning and had just woken up from a dream. In the dream some people were killed by a man with guns and I began to pray for their families. As soon as I began to pray I suddenly woke up from the dream. I thought to myself, “oh, that was just a dream so I don’t have to pray about that.” But I decided to pray anyway in case something like that happened somewhere in the world that I didn’t know about, for people die everyday. So as I began to pray I felt a very warm sensation spread over the core of my body where my hands rested over my torso. It lingered there for about five seconds and quickly spread down over my legs and up over my head simultaneously. My body remained still like I was paralyzed. It was weird but I was at peace, not scared at all. Just wondering, “What is this?” It took me a minute to realize that this feeling wasn’t only physical. What I felt was my spirit departing from my body. I was still somehow connected to by body through my soul, my conscience mind. I knew I was lying in bed with my eyes and mouth closed. However, I could see as if my eyes were open. Spiritually they were, and I could see my physical body lying under the sheets and the room around me. I could see my wife lying next to me turned the other direction asleep. Something drew my attention toward the opposite direction of the room on my side of the bed so I looked to see if anything was there. After staring for about a minute I didn’t see anything but I felt a presence that I was unsure of. It would not or could not reveal itself to me and I decided I did not want to find out what or who it was. I began trying to move and I couldn’t lift a finger. I tried to talk and couldn’t make a sound. As I lay there still watching the room I began to yell. I could hear myself loud and clear, but my body, still no sound. I yelled louder and louder. My closed physical mouth finally made a “Mmm, mmmm..” sound like it was being covered. That gave me hope to try to move again so I started trying to rock side to side. My fingers twitched. Since that wasn’t enough, I started running. I could feel my spiritual arms and legs sprinting like I was running in a race in at a track! My feet on my physical body began to move and cause the bed to shake. More sound began to come from my mouth. I was thinking, if I could cause enough commotion my wife will wake up and help me. Still running and yelling, my spirit began to gain more control of my body, but I still could not get full control. My wife finally woke up! Startled and confused, she began shaking me telling me to wake up. She kept shaking me for about ten seconds until I finally gained control of my body. I opened my eyes. The presence that was beside me must have left the room because I didn’t feel it anymore.

This occurred few months ago on the same morning a friend of mine from church passed. I didn’t get word of his passing until after this happened. To this day I wonder if someone was trying to tell me something or take me somewhere to show me something. I wonder what would have happened if I told whatever or whoever it was to reveal itself to me.

Question: If you died today, where would you go?

If you have questions about any of this or have had an expereince like this before that you would like to share, let me know. Leave a comment or facebook me at http://facebook.com/TDGofficial

 

12-12-12 Sound Check (3 songs for $1)

Yo, yo, yo, what up?! Lol. I ran across a cool new platform called official.fm where I can share my music and sell it for whatever price I choose. So you that means I got to hook y’all up with somethin’. But what? How about two, nah, THREE of my songs for the price of ONE. I call it the “12-12-12 Soundcheck release”. Since today is 12-12-12 ya know. I like it! If you do too, share it with your peeps. Hmmm… Does anybody say “peeps” anymore? Don’t take any cool points from me. Subscribe to my blog if this is your first time seeing it. I’ll be adding some more new music you won’t want to miss out on. Holla at cha’ later!

This year has gone by sooooo fast!

It seems like 2012 just started and now Christmas time is almost here again. You’ve probably been wondering “where is TDG and when is he coming out with some new music.” Well, I’ve got some good news and bad news. Music is expensive to make, promote and tour on your own, but no complaints here. All I’m saying is it takes a lot, and I mean a lot of patience to create quality music especially with all the stuff I do such as visual art, graphics, production for other artists, videography, helping family, church and… you get the picture. However, (get ready for the good news) I’ve been busy working on some new music, experimenting on new ideas and sounds. Also, I’ve been getting my “acting on” a lil bit more, working on some new television shows for networks like Lifetime and TNT. Add that to my list of a gazillion things. I even drew a few pictures during downtime on set which you can see on instagram, add me at TDGofficial. So yeah, it’s a lot going on behind the scenes of the life of TDG. I’ve even been thinking about a name change, not that Diddy had influence on that lol, but for real. Half of the people I come in contact with have trouble saying “TDG”. Is it like that for you? Gimme some feedback on this in the comments folks. Until next time, keep living for Christ who died and rose to give us life and LIVE IT TO THE FULLEST!
-TDG

The Best Book (BIBLE Song)


I re-posted this video in place of the original post which had went viral on YouTube a couple of years ago with nearly 200,000 views. Unfortunately for some wierd reason YouTube decided to suspend it along with the channel it was on but later gave it back. People all over the world are learning how the recite the books of the Bible through this song, now with both videos. There’s an acoustic version I did with SaulPaul playing the guitar so check that one out too. Share it if you find it helpful. Later!

THE CHOICE IS YOURS | Lyrics

FREE SONG DOWNLOAD — http://facebook.com/TDGofficial
NEW VIDEO — http://youtu.be/pjHpx5mFdIM
Check it out and please hit the Share button afterward. Somebody might need this. Thanks and God bless!
-TDG

THE CHOICE IS YOURS | Lyrics
Written by TDG & Smiley-D

Smiley-D
It ain’t no love greater than that coming from the maker
I realize I’m not my own cause my life is what He paid for
Used to think it’s bout the paper think it’s bout the fame
Think it’s bout the women I was caught up in the game
I feel your pain homie I was once in your shoes
But was bringing bout my own destruction making stupid moves
So you should make the choice while it’s still available
Tomorrow ain’t promised TDG got something to say to you

TDG
You’ve been looking for love in all the wrong places
Hustling on the grind wasting time with the wrong faces
You think it’s about time that you make a change
But how you gonna change if you keep doing the same thing
There’s gotta be a better way that’s what I hear you say
Well there is better way, and it can start today
Ask Christ to be the change that you wanna be
Ask Christ to come into your heart and you will see
He can make it right when everything has gone wrong
Wipe away the dirt of your past and give you a new song
He can give you everything that you need
All you have to do is trust and believe
Then walk it out, and He will walk with you
If you fall off and leave He will never leave you
So run back every time you fall
He’ll be waiting on you with open arms

HOOK
The choice is yours
Choose the Lord right now because this time might be your last
The choice is yours
All He has is love for you. Why don’t you love Him back?
The choice is yours
Ain’t no love greater, He can love you better then you love yourself
The choice is yours
Ain’t no love greater, He can love you better then you love yourself

Smiley-D
It ain’t a gun to your head, crime is what you choose to do
A hard head makes a soft tail and it’s foolish too
Lord abusing you is something I refuse to do
Rather be saved and alone than hang with the loser crew
Ain’t got time to waste and head down the wrong direction
Copyrighted by Jesus kinda like some song protection
Try to help em they say worry about your own confession
But I know sex, money, and drugs is a known obsession
In this world today they wonder what this world can pay
Ain’t nothing worth your soul homie but they still serving yay
For the love of money quick to catch a murder case
Pull a gun on another for something they heard em say
Losing your dome for not using your chrome
In a funeral home off of moving them stones
It’s a way out homie, just quit acting ignorant
Accept Jesus Christ in your heart and ask Him to forgive

HOOK
Choose the Lord right now because this time might be your last
The choice is yours
All He has is love for you. Why don’t you love Him back?
The choice is yours
Ain’t no love greater, He can love you better then you love yourself
The choice is yours
Ain’t no love greater, He can love you better then you love yourself

The Choice Is Yours – official video


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Hey, this is TDG, the one wearing the white cap on the video above. Wanna know how “The Choice Is Yours” by TDG & Smiley-D was created? I’ll tell ya, keep reading. Smiley-D and I met on the internet and after recognizing the common goals we have it was quickly agreed that we should collab. With Smiley-D in Oklahoma, and me in Texas, I knew we had to make the most of today’s technology. So I grabbed my acoustic guitar, dropped a beat, produced this track and we wrote some lyrics to it. Not lyrics just sayin’ anything, but something that would help someone change their ways for the better. Why did “Man In The Mirror” just pop in my head? Eeeeeee Heeeee, lol! But on the real, we sent files back and forward and once we had a complete song we knew people needed to hear this. So we planned the video shoot. I made my way up to OKC and shot the first half of the video shoot with Smiley-D. We had a few adventures too. Day one, there was an earthquake! While eating dinner at the table all of a sudden everything started rumbling and shaking. I busted out praying right there! Some of the people in the room thought for a second about hiding under the table, but it was made of glass. Forget that idea! So we all sat there and waited it out, while I was still praying out loud. The earthquake stopped and we laughed about our funny reactions to it afterward. Nothing was damaged where we were. A part of a highway about an hour away was damaged though. Another adventure on day two of the shoot was we were standing near the edge of a building with no railings to get the Oklahoma City skyline in the background. One slip and that would have been it! See what we go through for you, lol? We made it though and got the shots done so I headed back to Austin to finish the second half of video shoot with The Mack Boyz (the dude that got jumped and the other dude that got stabbed in the video, they’re actually brothers that rap together). I edited the video, graphicson Amazon. As I continued to communicate with Smiley-D, we decided to give this track to the public for free because we know the message in the song is needed. There is also an acoustic version available on amazon. We’re cool with either choice you make, at the least please share the song or video on facebook, tweet it, or share anywhere so it will help someone. “The Choice Is Yours.”

A lot of people have been asking if we are a group but both of us are solo artists. If you would like to know a little more about us, here are our bio’s, TDG & Smiley-D. More of my music like my album Live It To The Fullest and the The Best Book (BIBLE Song) can be found below. God bless.

-TDG

 

 

Here is my music that is currently on itunes, amazon, other online stores.

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