OFF-AIR with Carmen

By Carmen Brown

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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.

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Episode 14: Pete & Carmen's Story

Today is mine & Pete’s 30th Anniversary. If there’s anything I’ve learned in thirty years, it is this: Marriage does not “fix” you. Marriage does not heal you. Nope, marriage does not fix your problems. It reveals them. Whenever two broken people join together to become one, you simply double the brokenness. When I tell you that our marriage is a miracle, I mean OUR MARRIAGE IS A MIRACLE. The fact that we’re still standing – happier than we’ve ever been – THIRTY years later, is simply the result of the grace, mercy & kindness of God. The last thing I would say is “There is always, always, always HOPE!”  



Beth Moore Blog – My man and me

Casting Crowns – Broken Together



Instagram: @carmenbrown


May 27, 2020
Episode 13: Mike Grayson

On this week’s episode, you’ll hear from one of my great guy friends, who can totally hang with the girls. He’s probably going to kill me for saying that! I met Mike years ago when he was in a band. We did several mission trips together, and he’s truly one of my dearest friends. He’s married to Molly (think Sunday Bakes that you’ve heard on The Morning Cruise). They have two daughters and one on the way. Mike is a Worship Pastor in Nashville, and has been leading his congregation through this online church season. Like many of us, he’s leaning in and listening to what the Lord is wanting to teach/show him during this time.



Message: “Don’t Waste the Wilderness”  by Kevin Queen, Crosspoint Church

Grailey’s 5th Birthday - Watch the highlight “Graileys 5” on Molly’s Instagram 

Book: The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry by John Mark Comer



Follow Mike @mikegrayson

Follow Crosspoint Music @crosspoint.tvmusic

Follow Carmen @carmenbrown

May 19, 2020
Episode 12: Ford Taylor

On this week’s episode of OFF-AIR with Carmen, you’re going to meet Ford Taylor. Ford has been coaching me the last year and a half through some professional transitions. He has taught me so much about leadership, navigating change, conflict resolution, and how to sincerely apologize. {Yes, there is a healthy and meaningful to ask forgiveness.}


Ford is the founder of Transformational Leadership and author of Relactional Leadership. He’s married to Sandra, and they have three daughters. This particular episode is very meaty! You’re going to want to take notes. We’ve helped you, though, by providing the outline below! You’re going to learn lots from Ford today!


NOTES from the show today: 

For the Transformational Leadership Dynamics of Change, Six-Step Apology, Approaches in Conflict and VPMOSA, download the PDF

Relactional Leadership book 

Transformational Leadership 

Six-Step Apology Video 

May 12, 2020
Episode 11: Tammi Weed
Welcome back to OFF-AIR with Carmen! I think it’s time we get back to it. To re-start the pod, I reached out to my girlfriend, Tammi. You know her best from being our lifestyle contributor on The Morning Cruise. We always call her to find out what she’s cooking, and we post all of her recipes on and   When I was growing up, my mom told me that if I had a handful of true blue girlfriends in life, I would be incredibly blessed. She was absolutely right! Proverbs 27:9 says, “A sweet friendship refreshes the soul.”   Tammi for sure refreshes my soul. You’re going to hear us talk about friendship, food, and faith. And THEN at the end you’ll hear some bonus content. I’m talking pee-in-your pants funny!!   Links from this episode: Follow Tammi Weed on Instagram: @tammiweed   Tammi’s Recipes:   Fajitas Recipe:   David Study by Beth Moore Workbook:   David Study by Beth Moore Leader Kit:  
May 05, 2020
Episode 10: Fighting Fear & Anxiety
Hey Y’all, we shuffled some things around and decided to do a Special Edition of the podcast! Given what everyone is walking though in dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic, so many people are asking us for a real conversation about fear and anxiety from a faith perspective. And I just want you to know - we hear you, and we are with you! It’s a lot to handle right now, and even those of us that don’t typically struggle with fear can feel a little anxious in this season.    In this episode, I grabbed Dave, Bill, Jayar and my youngest, Abbey. They each came to the table with a little different experience and how they are finding solid ground. I really hope this conversation encourages you as much as it did me!    More than anything, I want you to know that we are praying for you, and as we'll learn in this episode, we can do hard things because the Lord is WITH us.   Here are some verses we mentioned today: Psalm 23 Matthew 6:25-34 2 Timothy 1:7 Isaiah 41:10   Dave mentioned the CDC self-checker:   Bill’s SNAP response, adapted from Ian Morgan Cron: S - Stop and pause N - Notice how you are feeling A - Access God’s presence through scripture P - Pray and Praise 
Mar 25, 2020
Episode 9: Jason Greitzer
This week, I'm talking to a really special guy that I've gotten to know over the last couple of weeks. His name is Jason Greitzer.  Jason's story is my dad's story. With one big difference. Jason survived addiction. My dad did not.  I'm really eager for you to hear this conversation with Jason. If you are struggling with addiction, I hope it encourages you. If you love someone who is struggling with addiction, keep praying for them.  LINKS:  Jason's Testimony Teen Challenge (Faith Based Recovery Program) The JOY FM Prayer & Crisis Referral Line Southern Hospitality Lawn and Landscaping (St. Petersburg, Florida)  
Mar 11, 2020
Episode 8: Tauren Wells
Today’s guest on OFF-AIR with Carmen is Tauren Wells. We recently took at trip to Houston and sat down with Tauren at his kitchen table. I think we can all agree that Tauren is at the top of his game right now! He’s got hit, after hit, after hit. You know him best for Hills & Valleys, but also songs like Known, When We Pray and most recently Like You Love Me. His new CD, Citizen of Heaven is out!    In this episode we hit it all…   Identity & Calling. Our Assignments. Marriage & Touring. Kanye & Kobe.   The thing about Tauren is that he drops these platinum nuggets that make you wanna grab a pen & paper and start taking notes. He is a preacher, and he is one our favorites!   You can get his new CD here! 
Mar 03, 2020
Episode 7: Mohair (Carmen's Mom)
This week’s episode is really special to me. I get to introduce you to my mom, who I affectionately call Mohair. You’ll hear how she got that name. Not unlike a lot of folks, I grew up with a single mom, in low-income housing. I remember my mom working two jobs just to keep mac n cheese on the table. We may not have had a lot, but I wouldn’t trade the way I was raised for anything. My mom taught me about perseverance, how to be resourceful, and how to laugh through any circumstance. She’s never taken herself too seriously, and that is a gift she - for sure -  has passed on to me. My mom is southern through and through. She’s also hysterical. She keeps us laughing all the time, and she’s known for saying the “quiet parts” out loud!  In our sit-down, you’ll hear about the time I got in the most trouble in high school, her MS diagnosis, and when I told her I was pregnant. We share some really personal moments. I love my mom so much. And I’m really eager to share her with you.
Feb 26, 2020
Episode 6: Team Freedom
Welcome to another episode of OFF-AIR with Carmen!  This week’s episode is a little bit different. For starters, it’s all about something very near to my heart – TEAM FREEDOM, and our fight against Human Trafficking. You are going to hear how it all came about almost ten years ago.   This weekend, thousands of runners will lace up to run the Gasparilla Distance Classic along the shoreline of Tampa Bay. Several hundred of those runners will be wearing a Team Freedom jersey and running for those not free to run… YET!   In this special episode, I am once again joined by my morning show partner Bill as well as Jacqueline Pastika and David Lord. Jacqueline has been with Team Freedom since Day 1. She is an OG member! David manages the US office of Hope For Justice, the organization that we partner with in this fight.   Human Trafficking is a tough subject. You will hear some hard stuff in this episode. But William Wilberforce’s words always echo in my head, He said, “having heard all of this you may choose to look the other way but you can never again say you did not know.   To learn more about the work of Hope For Justice, visit Registration for Team Freedom is closed, but you can still donate to Team Freedom at To learn more about our Worship Rally on Saturday, February 22nd, with Natalie Grant, visit
Feb 18, 2020
Episode 5: Bill Martin
Welcome to my 5th episode of OFF-AIR with Carmen!  This week’s guest is my brother, Bill Martin! Of course, if you listen to The Morning Cruise, you hear Bill & I along with our third, Dave, every weekday morning. Bill & I have worked together for almost 17 years. And I can honestly say, I’ve learned as much about the Bible from Bill as I have anyone!     In this episode, Bill and I are going to talk about one of Bill's favorite subjects (and mine too!) … Scripture. What happens when you set the Bible aside in the name of looking more like Jesus? And are there "red flags" to look for when someone has done that? Bill gets pretty heady in this conversation...just like SO many conversations we've had OFF AIR, but I guarantee if you listen all the way through, you'll learn important stuff you can use in your own life as you grow in your understanding of the Bible
Feb 11, 2020
Episode 4: Joyce Kelly
Welcome to my 4th episode of OFF-AIR with Carmen!  This week’s guest is Joyce Kelly. Joyce is one of my favorite people ever. I actually met Joyce through the station. OF COURSE, I feel like everyone in our listening family is my bestie, but goodness, when I get to meet some of you, and become real life friends…well, it’s one of the biggest gifts ever! Joyce is one of these people for me. I have so much respect for her, and she has become a dear friend.    There’s not a soul who will hear this that has not been affected by cancer. Joyce is no exception. You’re going to hear how she and her family have navigated – and are still navigating - this road that no one wants to walk down. But she will be an inspiration for you. If you have walked or are currently walking this road, you will feel less alone.  And you might want to grab a pen and take notes towards the end when she shares how to sit with someone in their grief.    One last note: when I thought about launching this podcast and the space I wanted to create, my time with Joyce is EXACTLY what I had envisioned. This is what I want OFF-AIR with Carmen to be. Thanks for listening! And if you like this podcast, please rate it and share with your friends. To see photos of Joyce, with her husband, Ronn, and their children, Grant & Sydney, visit:   
Feb 04, 2020
Episode 3: Amanda Tress of FASTer Way To Fat Loss
Welcome to my 3rd episode of OFF-Air with Carmen!  This week’s guest is Amanda Tress, CEO & Creator of FASTer Way to Fat Loss.   Today’s episode is going to be a little more niche. This conversation is for those of us who battle with their weight. I have had a life long battle with the scale. Even as middle schooler, I was the tallest and the chunkiest. I’ve always been super self-conscious about my weight. I will say that in recent years, I’ve transitioned to worrying less about the number, and focusing more about how I feel. This has been a huge win for me. BUT still… I battle,  y’all.   This is where Amanda comes in. I was introduced to her program last year, and this is what I’m committing to for 2020. I think she has the key to unlock all my failed attempts. I believe she can coach me to the victory line by combining lots of what I’ve learned over the last 4 years with her strategies of whole food nutrition, carb cycling, proper exercise, and many other things. To be sure, this is NOT a product sales pitch. She created a program focusing on wholistic health personalized to each person. While other programs have given me short-term success, they were not lifestyle sustaining for me! I believe the FASTer Way will be!   If any of what I have said resonates with you, maybe this could be your answer too! We announce something at the end that I’d love for my JOY FM family to do with me! It’s beginning on Monday, February 10th.   And for those of you that want to join us, you’ll want THIS promo code: JOYFM LINKS:  To Join The JOY FM Round: To learn more about Amanda and FASTer Way: To follow Amanda on Instagram:
Jan 28, 2020
Episode 2: Brooke Ligertwood
Hi! I’m Carmen, one-third of The Morning Cruise. Chances are if you’re listening to this podcast, you are a listener to The Morning Cruise on The JOY FM.  Welcome to my 2nd episode of Off-Air with Carmen.  This week’s guest is Brooke Ligertwood of Hillsong Worship. You’ve heard her sing songs like What A Beautiful Name, Who You Say I Am, and a whole catalogue of others!  As a matter of fact, the music bed you'll hear in the beginning is "King of Kings", from Hillsong’s current album, Awake. It’s also my current favorite!   Pulling back the curtain just a bit, I was super nervous about recording this podcast. I’d never met Brooke before the day we recorded it. She’d been on our morning show earlier that day, and then we came into my office. We’d talked all through Hillsong’s music, so I wanted to start with a personal story and something we’d not yet talked about.  One tip for the future I now know is not to do a morning show with a guest and then have them on my podcast. It’s hard for me to have the same conversation twice. And I feel like they’re thinking, “wait, you just asked me that 10 minutes ago!”   But like I say…that’s pretty much how I do life. I jump in, and then figure it out as I go.   Still, you’re going to hear another side to Brooke. Towards the end she talks about one of her favorite books. It’s “Anonymous: Jesus’ hidden years… and yours" by Alicia Britt Chole. Of course I ordered it, and Brooke is right, it really is a must read for everyone.  I love the premise that our unseen years does not equal unimportant years.
Jan 21, 2020
Episode 1: Becca Wilson
Hi! I’m Carmen, one-third of The Morning Cruise. Chances are if you’re listening to this podcast, you are a listener to The Morning Cruise on The JOY FM.  Welcome to my 1st episode of Off-Air with Carmen. There’s nothing I love more than making a cup of coffee, curling up on my couch, and having a great conversation with a friend.  That’s life-giving to me! I’d been kicking around starting a podcast for a few years, and last Fall, I decided just to do it! My girlfriend, Becca, was on her way for a visit, and I literally texted her when she was an hour out, and said, “You’re gonna be my 1st guest on my new podcast.”  Y’all that’s pretty much how I do life. I jump in, and then figure it out as I go…. Thankfully, Becca said yes, and my first episode was recorded! Many of you will know this already, but Becca is married to Josh Wilson, who is one our favorite artists that we play on The JOY FM. They have one son, Asher who is just a delight! Alright, welcome to 2020 and welcome to the first episode of Off-Air with Carmen!  Warning: Becca & I do tell a story towards the end that never made it to the air. Let’s just say this incident took our friendship to the next level!! AND, that's not all! Becca shares her most embarrassing moment! Sweet Becca...who you'd never see this happening to. It's one of the best stories I'ver ever heard!!
Jan 14, 2020