Creators I Support on Patreon

In early 2017, I learned about Patreon. I can’t afford to give more than a few $$$ a month (per published product, capped at 1x per month) to any of the following seven creators, but I’m quite passionate about supporting them in at least that small way. If you’d like to check them out on either Patreon or YouTube, here are links for some of my favorite creators, in alphabetical order.


7th Ave Band…

Website
Facebook
Patreon
YouTube

This group was started by Chris Rupp (see below). I became a patron in early 2019. I really enjoy the large variety of musical styles they explore and display. Their arrangements and harmonies are wonderful. The often sing a cappella, but also with instrumental backgrounds, and they also dance. Everything they publish is super quality. I hope you’ll check them out.

This video is one of my 7th Ave Band favorites…

This was for Christmas 2019…


Chris Rupp…

Wikipedia
Website
Patreon
YouTube

Chris (along with his brother Adam Rupp) is the man who began the group Home Free, while still in college (majoring in music), back in 2000.

On March 18, 2016, Chris (and Home Free) announced that he would be leaving the group to become a solo artist. He has since released five albums: A Little Bit of Christmas, A Little More Christmas, Rise, Shine, and A New Day.

He also formed 7th Ave Band (see above), which currently features his (and Adam’s) sister Tristin and Adam Bastien, plus a new female member was added in 2019.

I love all of Chris’ solo work–either a cappella or instrumentalized (he plays piano and guitar).

Here is one of my favorite of Chris’ covers, that he released in 2019:

“Old Church Choir”


David Wesley…

Patreon Page
YouTube

I actually had found David Wesley on Spotify, several years ago, when looking for some good worship music to listen to, mainly at bedtime. Sometimes I just need to get my brain out of gear, so to speak, and allow my mind to get away from the problems of the world, or even just the busy-ness of the day. The album that I found on Spotify, is called “Basement Praise,” and it’s excellent. You can search for it by that album name, or by his own name, if you’d like to hear it.

Then, in 2018, I saw a suggestion for an interesting video on YouTube…

After watching this video and several others, I went to his Patreon page (see the link above), and signed up. It wasn’t until several months later, when he began his recruitment for the following video, that I suddenly realized that David was the singer and producer of the “Basement Praise” album!

I tried to participate in this virtual choir, but my voice is still (slowly but surely) coming back after 15 years without being able to sing at all, due to being bent over very far forward due to rheumatoid arthritis. In 2017, both my hips were replaced, and since then I have been re-learning to use my diaphragm and sing once again–something very precious to me. I also had hoped to join into another small virtual project he did in 2019, but that didn’t work out, either. Now, in June 2019, I’m trying to get ready for his newest virtual choir project.


Peter Hollens…

Wikipedia
Website
Patreon Page
YouTube

I first saw Peter Hollens when someone posted a Christmas video on Facebook:

I shared it, and an old friend saw it, told me more about Peter, and pointed me at his YouTube channel (thank you very much, Chris McCullough). I started listening to one after another of his videos, but I didn’t become a patron until quite some time after I had become a patron for Home Free.

I do enjoy much of Peter’s music, but mostly the ones that he does with Tim Foust (of Home Free)…these four:

https://youtu.be/HO30mNUHKFw

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3iE4IStfRs


Scott & Ryceejo…

Website
Patreon
YouTube

In July 2018, Scott & Ryceejo (pronounced RICE-ee-joe) posted the following video. By the time it was published, I had become a patron, because I had gotten to see early versions and the behind-the-scenes presentations for it, from The Hound + The Fox. I absolutely had fallen in love with them, and I have totally enjoyed being a patron ever since. They are a lovely couple, and so friendly and wonderful to their patrons. Oh, and you’ll see their little girl Hosanna at the end of this video, which reminds me that McKenzie and Reilly have a little boy who’s about the same age as Scott and Ryceejo’s little girl.

Here’s one of their recent Disney mashups (the voice of their little girl was actually her grandma’s voice I believe)…

This is one of their most recent videos, showing off their instrumental skills, which they haven’t done before (I set it to start at the actual intro to the song)…

This last one is a “home video” of their first live performance, in July 2018 (they will be doing more of them, in the future–beginning with a couple from their upcoming Christmas album, in December.


The Hound + The Fox (aka FIFGEN FILMS)…

Website (Testimonials Page) for FIFGEN FILMS
Patreon
YouTube

The first time I was really aware of The Hound + The Fox (the + sign is pronounced “and”), was when someone pointed out that the couple acting out the mashup of two songs in the following Home Free video also were the couple who make up FIFGEN FILMS. They also produce their own wonderful music videos! That’s them (McKenzie and Reilly Zamber) in the cover photo for the video.

I didn’t become a patron right away, though I did subscribe to their YouTube channel, and began following their work. Early in 2018, I was finding that I liked their work more and more, so I became a patron. I have found that they are very personable, and that they interact with their patrons very closely–even the “smaller” ones like I am. It’s so much fun to see early previews of the work that will be published soon! I really hope you’ll check them out.

Here’s one of my favorites, of their recent videos. Watch the background carefully. This was filmed in the summer of 2018, when the wildfires in the Pacific NW were keeping the sky very smoky. They had to get the filming done on the day they did this, but almost weren’t able to, due to the smoke. It ended up, though, giving a quality to the finished product, that is just superb! BTW…when they talk at the end and show a list of their patrons, I’m not there, because (like most patreons) they only show their $50/video patrons and up.


The MobCave…

Patreon
YouTube

I play three monthly Minecraft challenges on YouTube. One is the Minecraft Hardcore Challenge designed by Michael Deering (see my video playlists here). There used to be another one, but Base Race by Edd Case, of The MobCave (see my individual Base Race video playlists here) is no longer running.

When Edd began his Patreon account in 2016, I joined. At first I made a $2/month (Tier 1) pledge, but his job with our monthly special Minecraft maps has been made harder than ever with the advent of Minecraft 1.13, 1.14, and now 1.15. So in 2018, I changed to his Tier 2 level, and now give $5/month. He also has a Tier 3 level available.

I now participate in his Mage Rage and RUH challenges monthly. Here are my playlists for his announcements for them…

You can find my own Mage Rage Playlists here.

You can find my own RUH Playlists here.


There you have it! These are my favorite people to listen to, and my favorite Minecraft map-maker. I hope maybe I’ve inspired you to become a patron for someone you really enjoy on YouTube (very many of those people have Patreon accounts), or for other creators you may know of who could use your support. 🙂