From YouTube Parody to CenturyLink Field

When we put together the SOAR video 8 months ago, little did we know that it would go semi-viral (as of this writing, it has 167,000 views on YouTube).  It landed us a live performance at the Seattle Seahawks party at the Plaza of Nations on July 4.

And just last week, Marie landed her biggest gig to date:  singing the national anthems at CenturyLink Field in Seattle before the Super Bowl rematch between the champion Seahawks and the visiting Denver Broncos on September 21!

September 21 will mark the Seahawks’ annual “Canada Day” game where they honour their Canadian fans for their support – hence the 2 anthems.  And it’s fitting that Marie will be singing before the Super Bowl rematch…as we made our song specifically for the 2014 Super Bowl.

Needless to say, I’m super proud of Marie and extremely excited for her.  She’s worked really hard over the years honing her craft, and she deserves all the good things coming to her.  And given Ariana Grande’s spectacular performance earlier tonight before the Seahawks’ win over Green Bay, Marie has some big shoes (and vocal pipes) to fill.  But I know she will be just fine.  In fact, I predict that she’ll SOAR!

Read a Vancouver Sun article about Marie.

#Roadto40 Roast Highlights: Clay’s 40th Birthday

Here’s a highlight video of my #Roadto40 Roast held at the Hog Shack Cook House in Richmond on Saturday, June 28, 2014. I’ve condensed 2 hours of roasts down to 30 minutes.

I’ve never had so much fun having my self-esteem completely shredded. And I can’t really complain about the birthday serenade by Marie and Arielle (right at the start of the video). And thanks to Nicole for the awesome cake!

The speakers touch on all aspects of my life, from growing up to youth ministry to social media to the Canucks to YouTube videos to my friendship with Matt Maher haha. The complete list of speakers (in order of appearance in the video is):

-Gerard Garcia and Rich Chen
-Krissy Chua Litam
-Derek Hume
-Joyce Santos
-Craig Boyd
-Joseph San Jose
-Christina Estrada
-Oggy Luistro
-Arielle Tuliao
-Jason and Mike McBurney
-Jason Imoo

You can see photos from the event here.

Big thanks to Allan and John of the Hog Shack for hosting us!