Tim Malchak's music career has gone from the bright lights of Los Angeles and Nashville to the sanctus stage of church.
And through the latter, the Bluffton resident found a life he deems worth living.
Malchak, along with Nashville native Eric Horner and Fayetteville, N.C., native Amy Bill, will hold the Xalted worship concert at 7 p.m. June 22 at Resurrection Christian Community Church on Hilton Head Island.
By the mid-1980s, Malchak's dreams of having a music career were coming true.
As a singer in Nashville, he and Dwight Rucker made up "Malchak & Rucker," the first black/white duo in country music history.
Malchak launched his solo career in 1886, and had his first of four Top 40 singles, "Colorado Moon," in 1987.
But Malchak's life was slowly spinning out of control. Twenty-six years of abusing alcohol and drugs was taking its toll, and he was making poor business decisions through clouded judgment.
"They say you have to hit rock bottom sometimes before you finally surrender," Malchak said.
Rock bottom for Malchak was in a hotel room with a gun to his head.
"I was sick of feeling the way I had for 26 years and just realizing that nothing was ever going to change," Malchak said.
He didn't pull the trigger, but he knew something had to change --and that something was him.
In 1995, Malchak decided to get clean. His three kids were getting older, and he knew they deserved a sober father.
"I didn't want my kids growing up to say their old man was a drug addict," Malchak said.
He didn't enroll in any programs, was "sick as a dog" for the next eight months, but emerged from this detox with a new outlook on life.
"When I came out on the other side of that, it's like everything -- the whole world -- became clearer to me," Malchak said. "That's when God started putting people in my life to witness to me and share the gospel."
He came to his faith four years later, driving home from a business conference in Kentucky when the song "The Anchor Holds," by Ray Boltz, came on the radio.
The song tells of a ship wandering at sea, the chorus singing, "The anchor holds, though the ship is battered. The anchor holds, though the sails are torn. I have fallen on my knees as I faced the raging seas. The anchor holds in spite of the storm."
"I felt like God was speaking to me through the words of the song," Malchak said. "I felt like I was a battered ship at sea."
He pulled over to a rest area and prayed to God, saying "I can't do this on my own anymore.'"
"It began a different chapter in my life," Malchak said.
He became the worship leader at Church of the Cross in Bluffton in 2000. He released his first Christian album, "Pathway to Glory," in 2001 and Tim Malchak Ministries began later that year. He joined Resurrection Christian Community Church as the worship leader last September.
Malchak celebrates 18 years of sobriety, and 14 years of being a Christian this year. He has a good relationship with his children, his daughter is still in school while his sons are grown. He's excited about being a grandfather.
"Before, I was living for the moment, for instant pleasure and my own ambitions," Malchak said. "And now the focus is on seeking to find what God's will is in my life. And it's a new journey every day."
Malchak chooses one word to describe the upcoming concert at Resurrection Church: joy.
"We really want to use this as an outreach to people who don't always go to church," Malchak said. "It's an opportunity to share the gospel with people who haven't heard the gospel or haven't heard it in a long time."