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Business Meeting Gives Music Exec New Lease on Life

Jason found his calling early on, and quickly climbed his way to the top of the music business and had all he could ever want. But without the love he craved, he was seconds away from suicide when he received a phone call. Read Transcript


At 12 years old, my parents took me to a concert.

It was in a big arena.

And I was this boy that was not validated.

I did not feel accepted.

I did not feel noticed.

And here was this guy onstage in front of 20,000 people,

in a sense being worshiped and loved.

ANNOUNCER (VOICEOVER): Jason Davis

started writing songs and performing them

with his friend Chris.

By high school, Jason knew where he was headed.

I sold probably 1,000 or 1,500 cassette tapes just

in my school over a couple of year period.

And I realized in high school, I was like, this is what I want.

This is what I love.

This is what I want to do.

ANNOUNCER (VOICEOVER): After high school,

Jason got a day job and continued writing and selling

his songs.

Then, at 23, he wrote his first big hit, "Captured."

It shot up the charts, became a really big Christian hit

song.

I made enough money off the song where I was able to quit my job

and really spend a solid year just focusing on music

and trying to go after it.

But I didn't know God at all.

ANNOUNCER (VOICEOVER): Jason used

that one hit as his calling card in the music business.

Within eight years, he had climbed his way to the top.

I was taking meetings with Dr. Dre's people, Eminem's people,

worked with the band Sugar Ray, Snoop Dogg.

Used to have tons of meetings with Jay-Z. And I

was developing artists that were getting

multimillion-dollar record deals.

Had all the money that I could ever ask for,

had everything that I dreamed of-- everything.

And it was the most empty and miserable

I had ever been in my entire life,

because I realized that I had gotten everything

that I wanted, and I still did not feel loved.

I still did not feel like I had love in my life.

And when there was nothing left to buy

and nothing left to distract me, I got to the point

where I said, if this is it, if this

is what years and years and years of killing myself

produces, if this is what making it looks like, I

don't want to be here anymore.

And the next day, I went out and I bought three bottles

of sleeping pills.

I checked myself into the Ritz-Carlton,

and I was committed that I was not going to check out.

[PHONE RINGING]

ANNOUNCER (VOICEOVER): As Jason started to take the pills,

his cellphone rang.

His business partner asked if he was

available to meet with a client the next day.

And I hung up the phone.

I said, now what am I gonna do?

I just told somebody to book their flight.

So I said, you know what I'm gonna do?

I'm gonna check out, I'll take this meeting tomorrow,

and then I'll just check back in and I'll finish it.

And the next day at that meeting, this guy

asked me if I know Jesus Christ.

And no one in my life--

I was 33 years old--

no one in my life had ever asked me that before.

ANNOUNCER (VOICEOVER): They talked for hours,

and Jason learned about Jesus Christ for the first time.

The next morning, he went to the beach near his house.

JASON DAVIS: I was looking at the dark, deep body of water

on the ocean, and I was noticing, you know,

how wide and vast the darkness and that water was.

And I was tracing this narrow path of light back,

and it hit me that the light source was called the sun.

I closed my eyes in that moment, and I

saw the brightest white light.

I saw the face of Jesus in bright, white light,

and I knew for the first time in my life that Jesus was God,

and this was real.

[MUSIC PLAYING]

It was the most impactful moment I've ever had in my life.

It was the most beautiful moment I've ever had in my life.

ANNOUNCER (VOICEOVER): Jason asked Jesus Christ

into his heart.

I started reading what Jesus said in the Bible,

how he said to live your life.

I hurt a lot of people in my childhood, a lot of people

my teenage years, a lot of people in my 20s.

And to know that I was actually loved and forgiven

despite all that drew me to God in a way that He had my heart.

And that's when I noticed my life changing--

180-degree change.

My thoughts started changing.

My heart started changing.

My view of people started changing.

ANNOUNCER (VOICEOVER): Jason doesn't write much these days,

but still works in the music industry.

Now married, he and his wife, Heather,

manage several musicians and performing artists.

I love Christian music personally,

but I also love helping people with a dream

that God planted in them.

My work is no longer about me getting gratification

or getting satisfaction.

It's about me pouring into others,

loving others, caring and fighting for others.

And that is a radical change from where I was.

And the only thing that changed was Jesus.

[MUSIC PLAYING]

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