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Newsboys • Michael W. Smith • Matthew West • Lauren Daigle • Harlend
We are thrilled to announce the incredible line-up for FEST 2016! Mark your calendars to see these artists perform on August 7th…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.
One of the most popular bands in Christian music for the past two decades, Newsboys is a pop/rock group that has consistently delivered some of the industry’s most exciting live shows, not to mention a slew of radio hits. Their song, “We Believe” off their album Restart is a worshipful song with powerful lyrics about believing in Christ – our only true foundation in this world.
“We Believe” follows the hit, “Live With Abandon,” a song about truly letting go, and putting everything in the hands of God. “I love the title, I love the power in the lyric,” lead singer Michael Tait says of the song. “Living with abandon is letting go, dying to yourself, letting God take control. Giving it all over.”
“Sometimes you’ve just got to shake things up,” Michael W. Smith says with a smile. After selling more than 15 million albums, scoring 28 No. 1 hits, earning three GRAMMYs and more than 40 Dove Awards, no one would blame the Christian music icon if he decided to coast just a little bit, but that’s just not in his nature.
On Sovereign, Smith’s first worship album since 2008 and his first project since signing with Capitol Christian Music Group in 2013, he deliberately steps into a new creative chapter to craft a vibrant collection of vertically focused songs with a fresh sense of musical innovation.
“I feel like it’s a good season,” Smith says, leaning forward in a comfortable chair in the 1940s Tennessee farmhouse he’s converted into a studio. “I’m pretty passionate. I have lots of energy and I’m probably enjoying making music more than I ever have in my entire life. I’m having fun and I’m excited about this record and this next chapter.” Read more about Michael W. Smith…
Matthew West is a multiple-ASCAP Christian Music Songwriter/Artist of the Year winner, a four-time GRAMMY® nominee, and was awarded his first American Music Award (2013) and a Billboard Music Award (2014).
Matthew West’s discography includes acclaimed releases: Happy (2003), History (2005), Something to Say (2008), The Story of Your Life (2010) and GRAMMY-nominated Into The Light (2012). West was nominated for a Primetime Emmy® Award for Original Music & Lyrics for “The Heart of Christmas” from the film of the same name. His songwriting credits include cuts by Rascal Flatts, Billy Ray Cyrus, Diamond Rio and more. He spent much of late 2012 and early 2013 on a pre-headlining stint on WinterJam Tour Spectacular, the No. 1 tour in the world. He wrapped 2013 with his own headlining in the fall of 2013 and “The Story Tour” in December. During 2014, West toured with the “Hits Deep Tour” as well as his sell-out “Hello My Name Is…” acoustic tour. Read more about Matthew West…
Life experience often serves to sharpen a songwriter’s edge and provide them with a more colorful palette to draw from when creating images with their music. Though she’s young, Lauren Daigle has lived a lot of life and those experiences—some challenging and others exhilarating—enrich her perspective and create her heartfelt worship music.
Blessed with a voice that is both smoky and sweet, Daigle has forged a unique sound that combines the soulful, heart-in-throat vulnerability of Adele, with the passionate fire to serve God that Daigle admires in Brooke Fraser. Her Centricity Music debut, How Can It Be, is ripe with the kind of compelling lyrics and engaging melodies that invite listeners to draw closer to their creator, and that’s just what Daigle had in mind. Read more about Lauren…
In 2007 the band that would be known as Harlend formed out of Lima Ohio. Harlend released their first self-titled EP in 2008 and full length album in 2011 titled, “Keep You.” The band toured extensively during those years under the leadership of frontman Justin Mackey. Harlend is now located out of Cleveland Ohio where they continue with their blend of edgy, guitar-driven rock with melodic, and thought provoking purpose. Lyrically their music asks hard, open-ended questions about Love, Grace, and the general purpose of our existence. “I like music that talks about Revolution and Revival”, says Mackey. “I believe that is the basis of the human struggle in this life. So that is what I write about.” He concludes. Harlend’s third record, Bombs Away, is due out later this spring.