Welcome

You have landed on the website of John thomas Oaks. Welcome to my house!

What kind of music will you find here? A good friend described it like this:

Jt's tunes are infused with sharp, rural streetwise sensibility, capturing the hot pavement, cool creek sounds of crowded crosswalks and quiet forest trails. 

This is Big "Apple"-achian Citygrass.

Equal parts neon and firefly.

Jesus is Reaching Out to You 

We had a great run at Barter Theater in Abingdon, VA the past two weeks with Gary Richardson's show, "The Blind Man's Tale." I got a chance to record a short video of the quickest song I ever wrote, "Jesus is Reaching Out to You." Marc Imboden is playing guitar, and Rob Harris is singing backup. Both of these guys are a musical force to be reckoned with, and if you haven't checked out their music, please do yourself a favor and download some songs! Here are a couple of links to get you started:

Rob Harris: Winnebago

Marc Imboden: Wooden Spoon

I hope you like the video!
Jt

Standing on Shoulders 

Occasionally, I get to play with my friend Danny Hamilton from Pinellas Park, FL. He is one of the most talented songwriters/musicians/music directors I have ever met. He and Gary Richardson have written several wonderful shows like THE ROCK AND THE RABBI, THE WITNESSES and THE CHILD. Several years ago, I worked on a worship project with Danny called JESUS CAN. We wrote the title song together, and I still get requests for it, so I thought I'd put it up here on my site for you to hear. I hope you enjoy it!

JESUS CAN

Check out the musicals of Danny Hamilton and Gary Richardson right here:

DANNY AND GARY

JESUS CAN
Copyright © Danny Hamilton and John thomas Oaks, Caliora Music Publishing, ASCAP

Who can calm an angry storm
With a wave of His hand?
Jesus can!
Jesus can!
And who can cause the rain to fall
On the dry, thirsty land?
Jesus can!
Jesus can!

Whoa! Jesus can!

Who can soften up a heart
That's harder than stone?
Jesus can!
Jesus can!
And who can reach a broken life
That's drifting alone?
Jesus can!
Jesus can!

Whoa! Jesus can!

Nothin' in the universe that He can't do
He put the stars and planets in their place
Nothin' in the world can separate us from His love
And sorrow disappears with just one look at His face

Who can bring a man of pride
Right down to his knees?
Jesus can!
Jesus can!
And who can hear the shattered spirit's
Humble pleas?
Jesus can!
Jesus can!

Whoa! Jesus can!
 
 

Not Cute 

We recently attended a banquet in Nashville hosted by Compassion International. Once again, I was amazed at the work this organization is doing for Christ in the world to release children from poverty in Jesus' name. Last year, we were blown away by the news that over 37,000 kids were sponsored through the Advocacy Program that we are involved in, and through which many of you, our friends, have sponsored children. This year, almost 50,000 kids were sponsored through the same program! How wonderful!

The opening speaker reminded us that for every child that is sponsored, at least ten, and sometimes thirty, additional people's lives connected to that child are touched. What that means is that when you sponsor a child, you are theoretically sponsoring a whole community. That's a big deal.

The second speaker was a gentleman by the name of Dr. Scott Todd, author of "Hope Rising: How Christians Can End Extreme Poverty in This Generation." The comment he made that stuck with me the most was that a lot of people think it's cute to sponsor a child. Certainly, there are a lot of cute children who need sponsors, but it goes so much deeper than that. The decision to sponsor a child is a profound decision that has the potential to initiate world change.

To those of you, my friends, who have sponsored children, please remember that you have made a profoundly significant decision. I want to encourage you that you made the right decision, and that this decision is changing the world for the better, one child at a time.

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John thomas Oaks

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Old City, Jackson Avenue, Knoxville, TN

Lost Sheep Ministry/Knoxville Dream Center/Guardian Angels Hot Dog Ministry. Free hot dogs, drinks, desserts, and live music all night long by John thomas Oaks!

Age limit: 21+

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May20

Maxine Raines Road Dedication Ceremony

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Under the Bridge, McGhee and Blackstock, Knoxville, TN

ATTENTION LOST SHEEP FAMILY! We are celebrating and honoring founder Maxine Raines next Wednesday night under the Bridge. The City Council has honored Maxine with a resolution to add the name "Maxine Raines Road" to McGhee Ave at Blackstock Ave. This is a time to celebrate Maxine and the love she has shown to the homeless here in Knoxville. Start time is 6:30 pm, but we are asking you to arrive at 6:00 pm. Come celebrate!

Age limit: All ages

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Tommy and Jt Oaks Star Queen Weekend

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Agape Christian Church, 1601 I St., La Porte, IN

Saturday night and Sunday morning preaching and singing with Tommy and Jt, then on Sunday night at 6:00, come and see the 20th anniversary tour of "Star Queen!"

Age limit: All ages

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Vince Harris and I have formed a jazz duo, consisting of keyboards and drums, with the ability to hire other instrumentalists depending upon client/venue request. Our repertoire consists of jazz standards, be-bop, Latin, funk and pop jazz arrangements. We also sing! Our performance venues are as eclectic as our music interests. We play anything from a private party to a wedding reception to a small theater. Click "play" to hear a medley of just a few of the tunes in our vast repertoire.