All About The Journey Podcast #2: Melody Noel of Influence Music

Melody Noel

On this episode, we interview Melody Noel, co-founder of Influence Music. She shares her journey of becoming a Christian as an adult, pursuing a career in mainstream pop, and now running a worship record label.

Orange County native, Melody Noel Hernandez, grew up listening and performing Mariachi music with her father, Jose Hernandez, a three time Grammy-nominated Mariachi composer. Considered the "black sheep" of the family, Melody was the first Hernandez in 125 year lineage to pursue a genre outside of Mariachi.  Her love for pop music led her to study at the Clive Davis School of Recorded Music at NYU with an emphasis on songwriting and business.  A student project created her sophomore year led to a publishing deal with Imagem Music, and the official start to her career in the music industry in 2012.

Since then Melody as a songwriter has had an iTunes #1 single with Jennifer Lopez and Lin Manuel Miranda, and collectively has over 10 million plays as a featured EDM artist on Spotify with placements in shows such as American Idol, Dancing with the Stars and the 2016 Olympics. In 2017 Melody moved to Orange County, CA to co-found worship label & artist collective "Influence Music". Their debut album "Touching Heaven" went Billboard #2 and has had over 698,000 hours of streaming in 2018 alone.  Melody made her debut as an artist with her single "Mistakes" which made it in the top 30 of the Christian Radio airplay chart.

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All About The Journey Podcast #1: Andrea Olson of Overflow Worship

Andrea Olson Overflow Worship

On this episode, Andrea Olson shares her journey of becoming a worship leader and launching a ministry for worship leaders. She also talks about why she started a conference for worship leaders of smaller churches.

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Visit to check out the Overflow Worship Conference. (Listen till the end for a special discount code just for our listeners.)

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Life is full of changes

As I reflect back on this past 12 months, it’s hard to believe all the different changes I’ve experienced in my own life. From relationships to business, it’s been a season of some significant changes.

As much I tend to actually enjoy change, especially the positive kind, change can still be hard. It takes a toll on you. This past year I’ve probably experienced more relationship changes than any other season in my life.

I’ve also experienced a ton of growth as an entrepreneur and leader. Growth is so great but sometimes can be so painful.

I feel like I am experiencing growing pains in so many ways.

If you’re experiencing change in your life, whether it’s relationships or in your career, be encouraged. Be open to change and allow God to use this season to grow you, draw you closer to Him, and to filter out things in your life that may be preventing you from a relationship with Him that He so longs to have with you.

The True Test of Your Spiritual Maturity

It’s easy to get hyped and be a “spiritual” person in high points of life. But it’s the mundane moments that truly reveal your spiritual maturity.

“The true test of a person’s spiritual life and character is not what he does in the extraordinary moments of life, but what he does during the ordinary times when there is nothing tremendous or exciting happening. A person’s worth is revealed in his attitude toward the ordinary things of life when he is not under the spotlight”.
-Oswald Chambers

Sharing Marketing Insights on Full Circle Music Show

As I mentioned in a previous blog post, the Full Circle Music Show by Seth Mosley and X O'Connor is one of my favorite podcasts.

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I was recently invited to be a guest on the podcast. It was a lot of fun getting a tour of their studio and then sitting down with them to talk about my journey of starting worship resources and self-learning marketing and owning a company. We also went live on Instagram, impromptu, during the interview and I got to answer questions about marketing from the live viewers. 

Take a listen to the interview here:

(view the show notes on the Full Circle website)

If you have comments/feedback, I would love to hear from you! Leave a comment below or shoot me an email.

How to Make a YouTube Custom Thumbnail

On this blog, I've mainly been sharing my thoughts related to life in general, but going forward I'll be sharing some marketing and podcasting tips as well. I hope you find them helpful! Here's one for those of you who have a YouTube channel:

If you're just starting out with YouTube, this is a great video that shows you how to easily create a nice thumbnail for your video. I cannot emphasize enough how important your thumbnail is. You need to make sure it's eye-catching.

If you have any other suggestions or hacks, feel free to share in the comments below this blog post!

Be A Lifelong Learner

Always be a learner, even if your job doesn’t require it or encourage it. Learn new skills. Learn new concepts and perspectives. It will keep you relevant and valued in your market.

Two of the main ways I continue to learn are podcasts and audiobooks. For some of my favorite podcasts check out this post and this post.

Here are two audiobooks that I'm currently listening to in an effort to grow as a leader and a marketer: (click on the title to preview on Amazon)

Taking People with You: The Only Way to Make Big Things Happen by David Novak

The Conversion Code: Capture Internet Leads, Create Quality Appointments, Close More Sales by Chris Smith


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Turn Off Your Smartphone Notifications

4:05am - notification for new mail for work
6:31am - notification for new comment on Facebook
8:27am - notification for new like on Instagram

Sound familiar?

I’ve found over the recent years that notifications on my iPhone are one of the biggest distractions in my life. If I had notifications turned on for every app on my phone, I would literally be distracted by new notifications multiple times per minute.

So, a while back I decided to turn off notifications for most things…because my life cannot revolve around notifications for new emails, new comments, new videos, etc. 


There are only a handful of apps I have notifications turned on for: 
-phone calls (obviously)
-text messages (obviously)
-FaceTime (obviously)
-Reminders (because I ask Siri to remind me of stuff)
-Google Calendar (so I don’t miss meetings/events)
-Verizon (in case our data is running low, I’d like to be notified)

The first three are the only apps that I have sound alerts enabled.

There are numerous studies out there about the negative effects of notifications and social media. Here are just two of them I found. You can find many more just by Googling “how phone notifications affect our brain”.

-Why We're All Addicted to Texts, Twitter and Google
-How the brain hard-wires us to love Google, Twitter, and texting. And why that's dangerous.

One other crazy thing I did the other day is delete both Facebook and Twitter apps from my phone. If you know me well and you’re reading this, you’re probably shocked.

More and more, I’m realizing how much of a distraction social media can be (as well as any other app on your phone).

As I enter 2018, I want to be focused, not distracted. Purposeful, not aimless. I want to pursue the things of God more than ever before. I want to make each day count.