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We are thrilled to announce the incredible line-up for FEST 2017! Mark your calendars to see these artists perform on Sunday, August 6th…the FEST is free and open to all! Check back often for updates and news on the latest performers!
The Main Stage Performances will have American Sign Language interpreters for the hard of hearing and deaf.
Soaring 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.
I 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 can
Maher 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.
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.