This updated edition of Wannabee Rock Star Who Finally Found the Rock tells the story of how a spiritually bankrupt musician, frustrated by near success, numbed by the effects of drugs and alcohol, and alienated from his family, finds love and redemption after many years of running in the shadows of the Dallas-Fort Worth hard rock music scene, beginning in the early 80s and continuing into the new millennium. Readers will get a behind-the-scenes peek into the life of an aspiring rock star, as McLester plays in such bands as Dirty Blonde, The Crossing and Solinger (sharing the stage with current Skid Row lead vocalist Johnny Solinger). Read as McLester’s bands open on some of the area’s biggest stages for such rock legends as Alice Cooper, Tesla, Cinderella, Vince Neil, Pantera and Scorpions. But a hard-rock lifestyle takes McLester on a wild journey that leaves him disillusioned and nearly dead. Wannabee Rock Star Who Finally Found the Rock penetrates the heart, as readers follow this talented young drummer with a calling on his life—a life catapulted into a quest for restoration of health, music, family and faith by what can only be understood as God’s just-in-time, supernatural intervention, saving McLester from a tragic end. Believers and nonbelievers alike will be inspired by the manifestation of hope that sustains McLester during his near-death experience and beyond, as he fights back against his disease, buoyed by God’s promise. The book relates how this same hope continues to propel McLester forward toward a cure and a newfound success with SuperNova Remnant, including 2012 tour dates with mega-platinum Christian rock band Stryper at House of Blues and the forthcoming release of the band’s new album, Rockets Red Glare. Most important, readers will discover the grace, available for all, which transforms this rising rock star from a talented but troubled musician into a wise man of solid faith and an appreciation for life, sanity and health. This updated 2015 edition provides more than 80 inspirational pages of new written content and 130 colorful photographs, continuing the tale of McLester's long but miraculous journey of faith toward healing and restoration.
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James Michael McLester is the drummer for SuperNova Remnant, creator of Hearts on Fire, co-founder of Living Out Loud and a member of the Christian Drummers Hall of Fame. James has a passion for reaching the lost and sharing his testimony. James’ love for music has grown into a powerful outreach and witness. Described as a “powerful force” by DJ Drue Mitchell (JCTV/Manafest) and as having ”reached the pinnacle of his dream to be a rock star” by pastor Bill Bishop, James McLester is the embodiment of what can happen when persistence, hope and faith combine to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Former fellow Solinger band member Johnny Solinger, now lead vocalist for Skid Row, said of James, “Jamie is a superb drummer, but he also wrote meaningful lyrics and contributed greatly with melodies and structure to many of Solinger's tunes." Dawn Henderson, 89.7 PowerFM program director, writes that “James McLester is one of the most passionate people I know in the music industry. He is definitely a force to be reckoned with. His mind is clearly focused and his heart is God-centered."
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