The big news was set to be announced at "The Coffee House" in Monroe, LA. This was a place the band was playing about once a month to capacity crowds. The buzz about a big announcement drew a crowd with standing room only ... outside the building. The night made it official. This band was now Tinman Jones.
Tinman Jones continued to expand their region, playing many shows and forging lasting friendships. In January of 1999 they attended a Gospel Music Association 3 day seminar in Dallas, TX. Here they learned about a lot of things about the "business" of music and the Christian music industry as a whole. But the biggest reward for attending this convention was meeting Tom Jackson. Tom Jackson is one of the most sought after performance coaches in music. He works with everybody that is somebody. After a couple of sessions, Tinman Jones purchased a video series to dive deeper into the wisdom Tom had to share. After completing the video series the band re-designed their show after Tom's model, still using their own personality and showmanship in the crafting of this show. The new show was met with exponential enthusiasm.
Besides getting great show tips, their meeting with Tom was fatefull in another way. Tom is also a associate with World Vision. He helped us get involved in what would be a relationship that would last the rest of the bands career. This became a big focus for the band as another way to use their gifts in ministry. The World Vision presentations resulted in hundreds of child sponsorships over the next 5 years.
In December of 1999 Tinman Jones traveled to Nashville to record two songs with Reid Waltz of Gotee Music Publishing. In a whirlwind session riddled with late nights and "bounce-r-roo" and Foos Ball, the land breaking "Superhero" and audience favorite "Etch-a-Sketch" were laid down. This two song "single" became the foundation for what would become a great full length album. 500 copies of Superhero were sent to radio stations around the country and was soon a radio favorite at many. Although the song never charted nationally, it did reach number one on several stations and top ten on many.
Traveling was challenging when going in multiple vehicles, or piled in the back of a camper covered pick up. It was time to get a real tour vehicle. When playing with bands Between Thieves and, on another occasion, The Waiting, they saw that those bands traveled in a box truck that had been converted to a camper. So they started praying for God to make a way to get something like this. God answered prayer. A church in Grove, OK, where they had played a couple of times heard they were looking for something and GAVE Tinman Jones a truck that had been used in a carpet business. The truck had a walk through to the cab and they quickly converted the box to contain two couches, a dresser and four bunks.
On the heels of this release of Superhero, the band took off on its first official tour. The Nine States in Nine Days tour. A show was played in nine different states in nine consecutive days. This even expanded their region further.
Later in 2000, it was time to record some more songs. This time enlisting the talents of Nashville producer/guitarist Barry Blair (who was also the original guitarist for Audio Adrenaline). The session was held in Greenville, Illinois and yielded Like You (later titled "To See You), "Evidence", and the nationally chart topping "I Will".
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