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.
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! 📝
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.
REPLAY - Sara Groves
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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.
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.
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.
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.
A Gem of a Broadcast
I have never written a review for a podcast, though I listen to several. I even host my own. “Instrumental” is a rare gem of awe and wonder with a unique twist. They view their special guest’s lives in reverse. And along the way the listener discovers key pivot moments in every one’s story where a life trajectory is recalibrated - and as Rich Mullins used to sing - “God shook them forward and shook them free.” But that is just half the reason “Instrumental” is a treasure. J.J. Heller and Dave Heller are the best podcast hosts I have ever heard. Their humorous, aurhentic banter and comfortableness with their guests is pure authenticity. This is good stuff!!!
I look forward to every one of these podcast episodes! JJ and Dave have a beautiful way of guiding the conversations they have with their guests. No matter the person’s story, I always come away encouraged! I’ll definitely be sad when I finish listening to all the available episodes! Please continue making them, JJ and Dave!
Top tier content!!!
JJ & Dave have been making some incredible music! And now an absolutely incredible podcast as well! These stories are so uplifting thank you so much for all the content you guys are making!!!