the FESTChristian Bands Performing LIVE for FREE concert at The FEST!

The FEST welcomes our freshest lineup yet!

for King & Country • Crowder • Matt Maher • Laura Story • Vessel Worship • Daniel AMP

Mark your calendars to see these artists perform on Sunday, August 6th…the FEST is free and open to all!

The Main Stage Performances will have American Sign Language interpreters for the hard of hearing and deaf.

for King & Country

King-Country-Dreamers-VideoSoaring melodies, driving rhythms, theatrical instrumentation and personal themes are the heartbeat of for KING & COUNTRY. The Australian duo, comprised of brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone, raised expectations with the release of 2012’s Crave, winning Billboard’s New Artists to Watch for 2012. Their sophomore effort RUN WILD. LIVE FREE. LOVE STRONG. debuted at #1 on the iTunes Chart and garnered two Grammy Award wins for the band. They received yet another Grammy nomination in 2017 for their song “Priceless,” the title track from their #1 indie film of the same name.

This past Spring (2016), for KING & COUNTRY headlined a major 60-city arena tour, and finished the year with their first, headlining Christmas tour, selling out several arenas across the country, including the Honda Center in Los Angeles. With over 150 shows in 2016, the band played for 1 million fans and achieved new career milestones of 600,000 records sold and 150,000,000 overall streams of their music. They have performed on numerous network television shows including The View, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Today Show, The Tonight Show, FOX and Friends and have songs featured on the Emmys, The Super Bowl,Sunday Night Football, U.S. Open, 7UP and more.


Crowder

CrowderI come from a town divided. Texarkana, Texas, USA. I barely made it into our fine Republic. The town is positioned, geographically, in the northeastern corner of the state, with half of the city proper hanging over into Texas and the other half juttin’ over into Arkansas. “Texarkana is Twice as Nice!” is what the water tower says. Stateline Avenue splits the municipality right down the middle and if you follow it all the way downtown you’ll run smack into the city post office that sits right atop the bi-state dissection. There’s a sign there to prove it. It’s a scarecrow post type situation with two metal objects hanging out to either side of it, one in the shape of Texas and one in the shape of Arkansas. At the foot of the sign there is a white line painted on the concrete. It’s presumed to be a photographic opportunity. You can stand there with one foot on one side of the line and one foot on the other and be in two states at the same time. I’ve stood right there, with my feet on either side of the divide, and you know what? I couldn’t feel a thing.

I moved from Texas to Georgia a few years ago. Atlanta, GA, to be exact. When I first got there, I landed in a pretty rough part of town called, Atlanta. That’s a joke you canREAD THE FULL STORY


Matt Maher

Matt MaherMaher has found that while we all come from different backgrounds, amass a range of experiences and even harbor conflicting opinions, the one thing that always binds us together is our humanity. “It’s the sinful side of me that helps me identify with other broken people and not see myself as better. Christianity doesn’t make me better than anybody else,” he contends. “The process of being transformed is sometimes a really messy process. When you can remember how far off you were when God found you, your own conversion stands as a testimony to God and mercy, but it also gives you a way to relate to other people.” After all, we were created by a loving God who designed us for a greater purpose. We are each on the pilgrimage of searching out that purpose, being transformed, saints and sinners.


Laura Story

FEST Laura Story

There’s no denying some of the blessings in Laura Story’s life. She wrote the No. 1 worship hit “Indescribable” recorded in 2004 by Chris Tomlin, married a handsome athlete named Martin Elvington the next year, and began working in music and women’s ministry at the 4,000-member Perimeter Church in Atlanta. After signing an artist deal with the INO Records, her 2008 national debut won a Dove Award for Inspirational Album and earned Laura two consecutive nominations for Female Vocalist of the Year—all blessings, indeed.

But amidst that success a brain tumor hospitalized her husband in 2006. The faith Story sang about was put through the unexpected fires of fear and loneliness; most young newlyweds don’t imagine being kept alive at one point by breathing machines or having to find their way through significant post-operative vision and memory loss. Could grace notes resound from such a life-altering struggle? Laura’s incisive new album, Blessings, suggests they do.


Vessel Worship

VesselBandVessel Worship is a collaboration of many worship artists working together to create a new sound under the vision and direction of Cory Ryan from Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas.

Vessel Worship offers prayer in the form of original, high-energy music. Vessel Worship blends deep emotions with acoustic-driven folk-rock melodies that capture the adventure of a life in Christ.

Their songs are being used in churches throughout the world. Their newest youth release Vessel Worship Bloom rocked the iTunes top 20 and features “You Are Here”, and “Pour Out”.

“We are Vessel Worship, empty vessels filled by the Holy Spirit. Our music, our worship, is a response to what is happening daily through discipleship and prayer.”


Daniel AMP

danielAMPMesmerizing metaphors and powerful punchlines combined with a meaningful message attracts audiences, captivates critics, and conveys candor to a culture crying for truth. Drawing comparisons to artists such as J. Cole, Lecrae, Kendrick Lamar, Lupe Fiasco, and Drake, it’s easy to understand why a buzz is being created about his music. Songs like Hello Ohio, Light It Up, and Be Me takes listeners on a journey from hopelessness to hopefulness in mere minutes, but what’s the story behind the sound?

New York native, Daniel AMP is no stranger to hip-hop and the influence it can have on the culture. Coming up in an era where artists like Rakim, Biggie, Tupac, and Big Pun, were viewed as pioneers to most and the voice of reason to many, Daniel experienced first hand the impact music can have on a misguided youth… READ THE FULL STORY