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 creators (and my list of people I support has changed several times since 2017), 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.
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 was 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. As of October 2020, I still haven’t been able to join in one of the choirs, because David has changed the requirements for submissions, in order to make less work during editing (I totally understand).
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 five:
TheShawFam (Mat & Savanna Shaw)…
Mat & Savanna Shaw are a “Daddy & Daughter” duo who began recording duets and uploading them to YouTube in March 2020, with the following video.
On August 6, 2020, they began their own Patreon account, and I joined as soon as I watched their announcement video.
Here’s one of my favorite videos they’ve done.
PLUS…!!! On December 20, 2020, Mat and Savanna joined Peter Hollens with his Christmas original, “Let the Light In.”
Then, on January 15, 2021, they joined Peter in a beautifully-rendered collaboration of “Hallelujah.”
There you have it! These are some my favorite songsters to listen to (I have other favorites as well, but none of them use Patreon). I hope maybe I’ve inspired you to become a patron for someone you really enjoy watching and listening to on YouTube or other platforms, whom you may know of who could use your support. 🙂