After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in finance from St. Mary’s University in 1982, Kauffman launched a business career in banking and real estate. He was good at it. Very good. But he felt that something was missing – and that something was his music.
In 1987, he followed his heart and plunged headfirst into a Christian music career. He wrote songs. He performed at churches. He led youth rallies. He gave sold-out concerts. He appeared on Catholic TV programs. He even landed a national recording contract, got substantial radio airplay in many American markets, and went on tour, crisscrossing the country and performing overseas.
But again, something seemed to be missing. Chasing after an elusive dream of “stardom” within the Christian popular music industry, he came to realize that he didn’t fit the industry’s pre-conceived notion of what it meant to be a “star.” In other words, he didn’t fit the mold. He became frustrated, disappointed and even disillusioned. It became clear that he had to choose a different path for his ministry but he wasn’t sure what that should be.
Finally, he took time off from touring to start a family with his wife Missy and to ponder what his life’s purpose should and could be. And he prayed for guidance.
All the while, he never stopped writing music and performing in his own backyard of San Antonio. But the songs and performances had a new purity of purpose: to both minister to others and to seek, define and follow a new direction that would more fully realize Kauffman’s calling.
Through hard work and determination, the business has become highly successful, producing multiple CDs by Kauffman, Gokelman and other Christian artists, music books, choral octavos, sheet music and a full-blown musical, “Moses and The Burning Within,” which has been staged throughout the U.S. and Canada and is currently being shopped among producers in New York, Los Angeles and other major theater communities.
The latest offering, “Mass of Renewal” – soon to include a Spanish version – has potential to become Good For The Soul’s most widely recognized work as it makes its way into the hearts of Catholic congregations everywhere.