2006 was once again a booming year for TMG Productions.
Fresh off the Timothy Michael CD release of Everything and Nothing all at Once, the year kicked off to a good start with a warm online welcoming of Tims John Denver tribute song/video The Water is Singing. Tim produced a record 7 music videos for the Everything album, including This World from the Gilleand Brothers forthcoming movie Extraordinary. Early on in 2006, Timothy Michael compiled all his new music videos with all his past videos and released Everything and Nothing the complete music video collection on DVD containing all 25 clips.
Work on Extraordinary, the long-awaited original action/drama full-length movie from the GBs, continued on into its second year of work into the post-production phase. Throughout the year, the brothers worked on finalizing special effects, final editing, voice-over work, and sound effects. The project is by-far the biggest project to date for the brothers as displayed in the exciting DVD Trailer and completed First 7 Minutes of the movie released online this year. The movie is expected to be completed Spring, 2007. The brothers also released three new short films this year parts 2 & 3 of The Continuing Story of Stewart A. Pehd and an improve comedy sketch Questions Only.
2006 was also the year of YouTube! By the end of the year, TMG Productions has uploaded over 80 original videos – amassing hours of free content ranging from Timothy Michael music videos, to Gilleand Brother short films and promos, and much more – with a year end total of over 72,000 views for our videos. Some of the most viewed were TMG original fan videos to Superchicks We Live (13,021), a Dawsons Creek comedy montage (6,9888), a Michael Jackson unreleased fan video (6,351), and much more. The most viewed original TMG Productions artist video was to Timothy Michaels rendition of I Can Only Imagine (3,960).
This year also saw some changes in the More Than Song band line-up. Heading into their third year, Tims Christian band lost bassist Nathan Smith to the Army. They spent half the year re-working their line-up and by summer had landed Jeff Kamp on guitar and Brent Kattau on drums. Tim moved to bass. The band performed at about a dozen performances throughout the summer and fall including Mishawaka Summerfest, Freedom in Christ, Rhythms of Grace, Sonlight Fellowship, and more. The changes in lineup encouraged a change in their style and sound. The band moved from a softer worship sound to a more upbeat performance style with powerful covers like Chris Tomlins Not to Us and David Crowders Revolutionary Love. After the bands final performance of the year Tims wife Marcy also announced that she was leaving the band to focus more on her own music. The band is currently looking to fill that spot. The band also suffered a blow when they too quickly lost friend, founder, and co-lyricist Ken Henderson to cancer. Ken wrote the words to the bands Freedom in Christ song and also organized the yearly music festival with the same name. He will be missed, and the band will continue to honor his life and ministry through his music.
Tim continued his own ministry at Sonlight Fellowship Wesleyan Church as their weekly worship leader this year. He also used his affiliation with the church to host a unique worship program called The Experience. The Experience was an under-wraps project Tim felt led to organize that put an emphasis on the community and corporate worship aspects of the church. The program featured live worship music from More Than Song, a hilarious skit with Tim & Dave, a moving open testimonies time, and a special Q&A session with the pastor. Tim and the church are currently discussing a second Experience for sometime in 2007.
For Tim, 2006 also saw him and his wife Marcy turn 27 (another notch closer to 30!!) does that mean we have to start acting like adults some time soon?? Michael turned 3 to an exciting Cars B-day party! And Tim left his Night School teachers assistant position of 5 years, to become a substitute for the South Bend Library system. 2006 also saw the spread of MySpace.com to the entire family: Tim, Marcy, Andy, David and special sites dedicated to More Than Song, the GBs, and Timothy Michaels solo music (featuring the first ever digital download pay service for Tims music). This year, we also re-vamped TMGproductions.net into a blog-style news layout.
Overall, 2006 was an exciting and developing year – and with the long-awaited upcoming release of Extraordinary, a second Experience, a demo recording from More Than Song, and new music from Marcy 2007 promises to be even more exciting. Happy New Year everyone, and as always stay tuned!