The Morning Cruise’s Carmen Brown from The JOY FM spends her mornings ON-Air, but in these one-on-one OFF-Air conversations, she grabs a cup of coffee and sits down with some of her favorite people. In these casual discussions nothing is off-limits! The chats are rawer, deeper, and even more surprising! Carmen also shares all of her favorite things. As an Enneagram 7, if she’s loving it, you will for sure hear about it, and everything is filtered through the lens of her faith.
Episode 29: Vow Renewal
Today’s mine & Pete’s anniversary! Last year, we sat down at our kitchen table and told our story. It was out of that podcast (Episode 14) that birthed the idea of us renewing our vows. With the help of one of my best friends, Kellie, we planned a 50th birthday party (for me) with a surprise Vow Renewal! In this episode, you’ll here’s how it all came together...
OFF-AIR with Carmen - Pete & Carmen’s StorySouthern Grace WeddingsContact Kellie: KellieLHughes@gmail.com
Venue: Southern Grace @southern_grace_weddingsoutherngraceweddings.com
Floral: Mary Nell Chadsey Floral Design @marynellchadsey_floraldesignmarynellchadsey.com
Dinnerware: Kate Ryan Event Rentals@kateryaneventrentals kateryanevents.com
Furniture: Style House Rentals @stylehousefloridastylehouserentals.com
Linens: Over The Top @overthetoprentallinensoverthetopinc.com
Linens & Decor: Nuage Designs @nuagedesignsincnuagedesigns.com
Photographer: Jenn Soos@jennsoosphotojennifersoosphoto.com
Cinematographer: Voila Cinematic @voilacinematic voilacinematic.com
Caterer: Chef Doug funwithfoodcatering.com
Invitations: Dogwood Hill@dogwood.hillDogwood-hill.com
Episode 28: Laura Whitaker
Laura Whitaker is the Executive Director of Extra Special People (ESP). ESP helps people see the abilities in people with disabilities. My first interaction with ESP was in Athens a few years ago with Java Joy, their coffee service program. Java Joy is completely run by people with disabilities and special needs. They call themselves JOYristas! Every cup of coffee is served with joy AND with a hug!
In our conversation, Laura tells us about ESP and the programs that help assist, encourage and EMPLOY these wonderful friends. And oh my goodness…wait till you hear about the “White Apron” Ceremony!
Extra Special People
Young Life Capernaum
Laura’s Ted Talk - The Dandelion Shift: Seeing the Ability in Disability
Episode 27: Chris Tomlin
My guest this week is Chris Tomlin! Chris is the most sung worship artist of all-time! And because of this, he is often viewed through a “ super spiritual” lens. But here what you may not know… Chris is one of the funniest guys I know! And, boy can he tell a story! In this episode of OFF-AIR with Carmen, you'll hear THIS side of Chris as he shares some of our all time favorite Chris Tomlin stories. My morning show partner, Bill, and co-worker Jayar were on this catch-up Zoom call with me. Chris is unscripted as he catches us up on the birth of his new baby girl, working with some of the biggest names in Country music, and a whole bunch more! You’re going to enjoy this episode!
Who You Are To Me - Chris Tomlin ft. Lady A | Grand Ole Opry
Thank You Lord - Chris Tomlin ft. Thomas Rhett & Florida Georgia Line
God Who Listens - Chris Tomlin ft. Thomas Rhett
Episode 26: Easter 2021
Happy Easter, y’all! On this episode of OFF-AIR, I sat down with three of my favorites…Bill, Lindsay & Haley. We’ve been doing an online bible study together led by Paige Brown called “Bible History Overview.” That title sounds dry, but we were riveted! She connected to Old and New Testaments together for us and changed our perspective so much that we started a text thread with a few others called “5 Broads + Bill” to talk about each week’s lesson.
So, that’s the starting place for our conversation. We ask two questions: “Why Jesus?” and “Why Jesus for us?” In today’s culture, Jesus often shows up as our pal who rubber stamps our feelings, and our “truth” who affirms everything we feel. While that’s a very sentimental way to view the Lord, it’s not biblical. As we celebrate Easter this weekend, we share our love for the Jesus of Scripture, the Divine Son of God and Savior of the world!
Paige Brown Wednesday Bible Study - subscribe for future studies
TMC Talks about Paige Brown Bible Studies
When God Weeps by Joni Eareckson Tada & Steve Estes
The Final Days Of Jesus by Andreas Kostenberger and Justin Taylor
1 John 4:15
1 Timothy 1:9
2 Timothy 1:13
1 Timothy 6:20
Episode 25: Summer Gordon
Repp & Summer Gordon experienced every parent's worst nightmare. They lost their sweet five year old son, Sawyer, in a horrific accident when he pedaled his bike onto a busy road. In this vulnerable conversation, Summer shares their journey through unspeakable grief and inexplicable forgiveness, held together by an unwavering faith. Of all the episodes of OFF-AIR with Carmen, THIS one will inspire you the most, especially if you have experienced personal loss. Repp and Summer’s belief in the goodness of God, despite this tragedy, will help you realize when all seems lost, HOPE REMAINS.
JOY Story Video with Summer, Rep and Casey
Hope Remains by Reppard and Summer Gordon
Episode 24: Taylor & Madison Cain
My guests this week are sisters Taylor and Madison from the band, Cain. I met Taylor and Madison along with their brother Logan about a year ago. It’s been fun to watch their debut single, Rise Up, shoot to #1 on the charts and stay there for several weeks! We'll talk about the dynamics between siblings being in a band together, what they all learned in their first year of marriage, and what it was like for us all (me included!) to grow up in Alabama!
Rise Up (Lazarus) Music Video
Love for Carmen
I have listened to Carmen and her co-hosts on the Joy FM for a year now. I love hearing this more intimate conversations with this sweetie. You are a blessing Carmen.
Binge off air with Carmen fan here!
Honestly I’ve never been a podcast lover, but a while back after joining and running with team freedom literally during one of the hardest trials in my life, I heard and subscribed to your podcast one morning while listening to the joy fm. Still I didn’t actually listen to the first episode until several weeks ago on my ride to work I turned it on and oh my have been hooked ever since I am a nurse and today on a rather rainy chill kind of day here in the NICU I put in one earbud and have binge listened to 8 episodes so far today. I have laughed out loud, cried and found a lot of truth and knowledge in what has been said this far, but my most favorite so far has been the episode with your mom, that tickled me all the way to my core, I’ve obviously never met your mom but instantly love her and Carmen your laugh is contagious and makes me smile. Thank you for the episodes I have listened to so far and please keep up the great work each story has potential to touch someone heart and maybe either bring them to Jesus or closer with Jesus, your podcast brings my a smile to my face and joy to my heart so thank you!
Listen to Jules
This touched me in a way that I cont describe. I have an invisible limp also. I suffer from dyslexia also. All my life I thought I was dumb. I never liked reading I never like math not even cooking because I always got everything backwards and trying to understand what I am reading was an extremely hard uphill battle . Every single thing that she spoke of all I go through it as well. Although I don’t have anyone to help me. I didn’t have any parents to help either.My mother never cared . Dad had another family. I work really really hard for others not to notice. It’s a Constant never ending battle with my mind that I have to have every single day and I am a single mom so it’s even harder. I just wanted to let you know that the Lord works in mysterious ways and sometimes we can’t see what he’s using us for just have to keep the faith that all will work out in the end. I love love love your morning show and podcast and thank you for all that you do