This is my brother Jonathan Shirley, he's almost always smiling, actually he may be truly the happiest person I know. I think the Down's Syndrome that he was born with has given us a window into a childlike purity that lives in each one of us... But that innocence gets veiled by things like reputation, people pleasing, self doubt, greed, and insecurities. Jonathan has graduated high school and taken college courses, worked many different jobs, speaks at special needs conferences to kids about achieving their goals, and even volunteers in a medical study that could help save other people's lives! He is an incredibly loyal brother, a helpful uncle, an encouraging friend...I wouldn't ever want him to be what some people call "normal". I want to be more like him. I see him as a hero.
Love and champion those around YOU with special needs and see your world change.
Standing in the middle of an intersection at one of the poorest areas on the planet- everything seems to come together.
Two days in Manila was certainly not enough time – and if we hadn't had the pressing needs and deadline of the new record upon us we probably would've stayed longer. But it was enough to begin a new era for me solidifying the purpose and meaning behind the songs on #album10 and why we sing. We sing because we're alive, we sing because we're looking for resolution, we sing because we're thirsty for more, we sing because hope deserves an anthem. - jon
We were meant to live for so much more, have we lost ourselves?
You are in our prayers Florida.
I want these songs to be like a knife that cuts through the darkness. #album10 Photo @Chrishershman
Why do we sing? We sing because hope deserves an anthem. Jon’s journal from Manila is up! #manila #album10 // Photo by Josh Phiffer