An inspired Tesh, inspiring others

Former TV personality follows music and ministry

Former TV personality follows music and ministry

October 06, 2005|by KRISTIN WILSON

FREDERICK, Md. - John Tesh is on a mission to inspire and encourage people to live their lives fully and with a larger purpose in mind.

Tesh will be sharing that message Saturday, Oct. 8, when he appears at the Weinberg Center for the Arts in Frederick.

"The No. 1 thing I try to do in a concert is encourage people to live a life that matters," Tesh says. "There are so many frustrated creative people out there."


Not too long ago, he was one of them.

Moving toward his 10th year hosting the celebrity news show "Entertainment Tonight," Tesh says he knew he was in the wrong place. He didn't feel fulfilled by what he was doing with his life.

Despite very public criticism from the entertainment world, Tesh shifted gears, becoming a full-time musician. The former TV personality now has released multiple CDs that focus mainly on classical and devotional Christian music.

Tesh recently launched the nationally aired "The John Tesh Radio Show," which is promoted as "music and intelligence for your life."

"Our radio show is all about using information to craft a life that matters," he says. "I love being in a position to encourage people to change what they are doing and (discover) what God meant them to do."

Just as he has challenged himself to seek meaning apart from fame and fortune, Tesh enjoys asking others tough questions.

"What if we all, everybody, had a ministry?" he asks. "Our time is so precious to us. It's a perishable commodity. When you start living outside of yourself, it changes your life."

One of Tesh's points of inspiration is that having a "ministry" doesn't have to mean traveling great distances in order to bring religion, education or comfort to foreign people. He tells stories that reveal a "ministry" can be as simple as caring for a neighbor, taking time to tutor a child, or listening when called upon by friends and family.

Tesh is especially fond of a quotation from Martin Luther King Jr. that reminds great journeys often start small: "Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase," he recites.

Of all the tips Tesh has shared with listeners and those who come to watch his performances, perhaps one of the best directives he's ever received is, "Don't ever make a decision based solely on money."

Instead, focus on passion, Tesh says. Along those lines, he tries to live by these words by Harold Whitman: "Don't ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come fully alive."

Tesh will be opening the 2005-06 entertainment season at the Weinberg Center for the Arts in Frederick.

"It's just a thrill because he's internationally known and his radio following is huge," says Michael Stup, Weinberg theater manager. Tesh's show is part of the center's Live! Series that includes appearances and performances from James Carville, Mary Matalin, Kathy Mattea and pianist Jim Brickman.

The concert will feature John Tesh on piano, with a solo violinist and two background female vocalists. Tesh also will be singing and sharing humorous stories about his family, his career and life decisions. The concert will focus mainly on instrumental, worship and inspirational music.

If you go ...

WHAT: John Tesh

WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8

WHERE: Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St.

COST: $35 to $45

DIRECTIONS: Take Interstate 70 east toward Frederick. Take exit 54 for Market Street and turn right onto Md. 355 north. Follow about one mile. Turn left onto West Patrick Street, and the Weinberg Center is on the left.

MORE: Tickets can be purchased at the Weinberg box office at 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick, or by calling 1-301-228-2828 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. The box office also is open one hour prior to all shows. Tickets can be purchased online at

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