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Instrumental with Dave & JJ Heller

In every episode, we explore the instrumental moments that made each guest who they are today. I hope these conversations inspire you to embrace every beautiful second of this incredible and unpredictable life, because the truth is none of us knows which moment will be the one that changes everything.

Tracks

REPLAY - Ben Shive
If you listen to my music, there's a good chance the first song you heard was produced by Ben Shive. The music he creates is undeniably beautiful, but the WHY behind it is perhaps even more stunning. If you need to be reminded of the purpose behind what you do, this episode is for you. Ben had so many wise insights that Dave and I literally wanted to cheer at several different points in this interview. ⁣ ⁣ Get out a pen, because you’re probably gonna want to take some notes! 📝 www.benshive.com www.jjheller.com/podcast
65:09 12/10/21
REPLAY - Al Andrews
You know those people who just make you feel like everything is gonna be okay? Like a big ol’ hug for your soul? Our guest this week is one of those. ⁣ ⁣ Al Andrews is the kind of person who somehow validates who you are as a person while simultaneously challenging you to step into the potential of who you could be. He’s the founder of a counseling service for touring artists here in Nashville called Porter’s Call. His story is surprising, emotional, and powerful, and we think it’s going to be really difficult to not fall in love with Al Andrews after you hear what he has to share. ⁣ ⁣ If you need a reminder today of God’s miraculous ability to bring restoration and redemption, this episode is for you.⁣ www.porterscall.com www.jjheller.com/podcast
75:45 12/8/21
REPLAY - Sara Groves
One of our most popular episodes!  I’ve been listening to Sara’s music since 2004 and she’s been a HUGE influence on my own songwriting. She offers incredible insights about God and humanity in a way that’s disarming, beautiful and poignant. This is one of those episodes I want to listen to over and over again.     www.saragroves.com   www.jjheller.com/podcast
54:56 12/6/21
REPLAY - Brad Montague
Brad is the kind of person who makes you feel special just as you are while simultaneously making you want to be a better human. How does he do this?! 🤷🏻‍♀️ He is the genius behind Kid President, the writer of a delightful book called Becoming Better Grownups, and a source of inspiration and hope for millions. His comics are consistently featured in Magnolia magazine and he’s one of my absolute favorite instagram accounts to follow. Talking to Brad reminded me let go of cynicism and look for the good in the world. He’s on a mission to create stories that cultivate empathy and imagination in kids and former kids. If you’re looking for a Mr. Rogers-style breath of fresh air, this episode is for you. www.montagueworkshop.com www.jjheller.com/podcast
61:31 12/3/21
REPLAY - Andrew Peterson
Andrew Peterson has not only built an incredible career as a singer, songwriter and author, but he’s also cultivated an entire community of writers, artists and deep-thinkers through the Rabbit Room forum. Make sure to tell Siri or Alexa to play his album "Behold the Lamb of God" this month. www.andrew-peterson.com www.jjheller.com/podcast
68:03 12/1/21
053 • Ian Cron
Ian Morgan Cron is a champion of the Enneagram, awakener of people, and bestselling author of the popular Enneagram book, The Road Back to You. As a pioneer in the contemporary Enneagram movement, Ian is a highly sought-after speaker for large conferences and corporate boardrooms alike.  www.ianmorgancron.com www.jjheller.com/podcast
68:05 11/24/21
052 • Max Hsu
I met Max in 2016 when he took the photos for my Christmas album, Unto Us. He is one of the most intentional people I’ve ever met and he thinks deeply about the way he creates and invests his time. He helped create and produce the band Superchick before pivoting into a career as a photographer and filmmaker. www.jjheller.com/podcast
46:31 11/18/21
051 • Justin McRoberts
Justin is a gifted communicator, author, and songwriter. He’s one of my favorite accounts to follow on Instagram because of his insightful reflections and thought provoking questions. In addition to writing and speaking, he hosts The @Sea Podcast with special guests like yours truly!    www.justinmcroberts.com www.jjheller.com/podcast
52:24 11/11/21
050 • Jenny Marrs
Jenny is a designer, writer and passionate advocate for community transformation, family preservation and orphan care around the globe. She and her husband are also the hosts of an HGTV show called Fixer to Fabulous. We know you're going to love hearing her story! www.jennymarrs.com www.jjheller.com/podcast
47:39 11/4/21
049 • Jason Gray
Dave and I have known Jason Gray for over 15 years, and we're so grateful for his vulnerability as he shares his journey of faith. Known in the CCM community for his ability to craft thoughtful lyrics with rhythmic pop melodies, he has been providing listeners with inspiring and uplifting music throughout his award-winning career.  www.jasongraymusic.com www.jjheller.com/podcast
53:04 10/28/21
048 • Junlei Li
We discovered Junlei Li when we watched the Mr Rogers documentary, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor.” The clips featuring him were so insightful and encouraging that we just knew we had to hear his story. Junlei serves the co-chair of the Human Development and Education Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. His research and practice focuses on understanding and supporting the work of helpers —  those who serve children and families on the frontlines of education and social services. https://www.simpleinteractions.org/ www.jjheller.com/podcast
70:09 10/21/21
047 • Amy Grant
Amy Grant was highly influential in our lives as we fell in love with music. She became the first artist in Christian music to have a platinum record, and she’s earned six Grammy Awards, in addition to achieving 10 Top 40 pop singles over the course of her career. We’re so grateful that she took the time to share some stories with us! www.amygrant.com www.jjheller.com/podcast
52:11 10/14/21
046 • Philip Yancey
With over 15 million books in print, it's safe to say Philip Yancey is a widely read Christian author. Best known for books like What's So Amazing About Grace, and The Jesus I Never Knew, Yancey's books often address the complex feelings we face when approaching the Christianity.  www.philipyancey.com www.jjheller.com/podcast
70:44 10/7/21
045 • Kate Bowler
Kate Bowler, PhD is a New York Times bestselling author, podcast host, and a professor at Duke University. I stumbled across her Instagram feed several months ago, and I found so much comfort in the words she shares about suffering. At age 35, she was unexpectedly diagnosed with Stage IV cancer, causing her to think in different terms about the research and beliefs she had been studying. I hope her perspective will bless you as much as it's blessed me. www.katebowler.com www.jjheller.com/podcast
59:17 9/30/21
044 • Ellie Holcomb
Ellie recorded and toured full-time with her husband’s band, Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors, for eight years before stepping off the road when her first child was born. She has released three full length albums, and two children’s books. She’s consistently writing, touring and performing while raising three kids with Drew in her hometown of Nashville, Tennessee.  www.ellieholcomb.com www.jjheller.com/podcast  
69:49 9/23/21
043 • Steve Taylor
Steve Taylor is a filmmaker, writer, producer and recording artist who earned his “Renaissance Man” stripes (Prism Magazine) from a body of work that’s garnered him multiple Grammy, Billboard, Telly, Addy and Dove awards and nominations.  He's a masterful storyteller, and I know you'll love this episode! www.jjheller.com/podcast
71:45 9/16/21
042 • Holly Christine Hayes
Holly Christine Hayes was rescued out of a life of trafficking, violence and addiction more than twenty years ago and knows the path to recovery can be long and rocky. She is now an author, speaker, and the founder of Sanctuary Project. Holly’s mission is to bring healing and restoration and to help women everywhere to become the beautiful, inspiring individuals they were each created to be. www.jjheller.com/podcast  
56:41 9/9/21
041 • Brad Montague
Brad is the kind of person who makes you feel special just as you are while simultaneously making you want to be a better human. How does he do this?! 🤷🏻‍♀️ He is the genius behind Kid President, the writer of a delightful book called Becoming Better Grownups, and a source of inspiration and hope for millions. His comics are consistently featured in Magnolia magazine and he’s one of my absolute favorite instagram accounts to follow. Talking to Brad reminded me let go of cynicism and look for the good in the world. He’s on a mission to create stories that cultivate empathy and imagination in kids and former kids. If you’re looking for a Mr. Rogers-style breath of fresh air, this episode is for you. www.montagueworkshop.com www.jjheller.com/podcast
62:18 3/24/21
040 • Kelli Kelley
Kelli Kelley is the founder of Hand To Hold. A non-profit in Austin, TX working with hospitals to provide premie parents with education, resources and perhaps most importantly, support and empathy.    Being a premie mama herself, Kelli has a huge heart for parents who are facing the unique challenges and heartaches of caring for a baby in the NICU. Hear how she was able to use her own experience to give other parents the resources she wished she had during those difficult weeks and months in the hospital, and the months after that.    If you had a premie baby or know someone who has, this episode is for you!   www.handtohold.org www.jjheller.com/podcast
67:15 3/17/21
039 • Ginny Owens
Ginny Owens was a very influential voice in my life as I was just beginning to fall in love with singing and songwriting back in college. I even learned to sing and play her song "Own Me" for my senior recital.⁣ ⁣ When Dave and I got the chance to write a song with her a few years ago, I was thrilled! Not only is she a brilliant singer/songwriter, but she has a disarming sense of humor and is one of the kindest hearts I know. ⁣ ⁣ Listen to this episode and be inspired by Ginny’s relentless faith, perseverance and positivity. I know I was! www.ginnyowens.com www.jjheller.com/podcast
58:45 3/10/21
038 • Aaron Becker
Aaron has crafted some of the most jaw-droppingly beautiful wordless children's books I've ever come across. Our conversation with him explores how he landed a job working on animated films and how he eventually found his voice as a children's book author. I loved leafing through the pages of Aaron's books before my girls could read because they could still tell me what was going on in the story. If you haven't seen his work, definitely check it out and start with his first book, Journey. www.storybreathing.com www.jjheller.com/podcast
74:56 3/3/21
037 • Derri Smith
Dave and I met Derri Smith 12 years ago in our church small group in Nashville. We had no idea then how one woman would make our state, our country and potentially the whole world a safer place for women. Hear how her own tragic story eventually led her to become the founder of End Slavery TN, the organization responsible for making Tennessee one of the toughest states in prosecuting human trafficking violations. God’s hand of redemption and favor is ALL over Derri’s story and I promise you will come away feeling inspired. www.endslaverytn.org www.jjheller.com/podcast
56:07 2/24/21
036 • Jamie Ivey
Because she’s the host of the incredibly successful podcast “The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey,” Jamie is used to being the one asking the questions. It was such a treat to flip the narrative a bit and hear pieces of her story. Listen to find out which instrumental moments led her to become the thoughtful, empathetic listener she is today. www.jamieivey.com www.jjheller.com/podcast
60:25 2/17/21
035 • Joy Prouty
If you've never seen Joy Prouty's photos or read her writing, go follow her on social media RIGHT NOW. I’m not kidding. Your soul will thank you. Her words and images bring so much hope and beauty into the world. Interviewing Joy for this episode of Instrumental was a true delight. Hear her funny story involving an eye-patch and find out the unexpected place where her love of photography was born. Don’t miss this one! www.wildflowersphotos.come www.jjheller.com/podcast 
70:35 2/10/21
034 • Dave Barnes
If you are not familiar with Dave Barnes, he is an absolute delight. He’s a songwriter, artist and comedian and had us in stitches basically the whole time. He tells us the incredible and unlikely story of how Blake Shelton came to record his song, “God Gave Me You.” Our conversation was such a great reminder to me of what success REALLY is and how to find joy in the work set before us. If you could use some laughter in your life right now (and don’t we all?), you must find some time to listen to this episode. www.davebarnes.com www.jjheller.com/podcast
64:45 2/3/21
033 • Leigh Nash
Leigh Nash began her music career as the lead singer for Sixpence None The Richer when she was a teenager in the early 90's. Our conversation with her explores the moments and people in her life who helped her find her own voice as a songwriter apart from the band. www.leighnash.net www.jjheller.com/podcast
46:03 1/27/21
032 • Katy Hutson
After an alarming cancer diagnosis in 2017, Katy turned for solace to her first language... poetry. This episode is an honest exploration of her journey fighting and processing cancer, while making room for her family and art.  https://www.katyhutson.com/ https://rainforroots.com/ https://www.jjheller.com/podcast
69:17 1/20/21
031 • Megan Metheney
Dave met Megan in the late 90s when they were both seniors in high school. Even then, she had developed a passion for the harp and dedicated years of her life to the mastery of the instrument. Little did she know how significantly her relationship with the harp would shape her life and family.  www.greenharp.com www.jjheller.com/podcast
65:31 1/13/21
030 • Lyndee Johnson
Season 3 of Instrumental starts today! Dave and I interviewed so many wonderful people last year whose narratives didn’t really fit into our backward-story-telling format. It would have been a tragedy to let these stories go untold, so we’re changing things up for season 3 and we’ve decided to tell the story forward (like normal people).   Our first guest is a nurse practitioner, mother, wife and a very dear friend of mine. I met Lyndee Johnson around 10 years ago when I lived in Phoenix, Arizona and I was dumbfounded when I heard her story for the first time.    You will NOT believe how many plot twists happen in her life! In fact, you’ll probably lose count of how many times you gasp in surprise. If you need to be reminded of God’s unrelenting faithfulness and redemption, this episode is for you.    www.jjheller.com/podcast
66:49 1/6/21
029 • Al Andrews
Al Andrews is the kind of person who somehow validates who you are as a person while simultaneously challenging you to step into the potential of who you could be. Al is the founder of a counseling service called Porter’s Call, a counseling service that exclusively helps traveling artists in Nashville. For nearly 20 years, Al, and his friends at Porters Call, have been that safe place for thousands of artists (myself included). www.porterscall.com www.jjheller.com/podcast 
74:38 11/9/20

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