published Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Christian acts ready for Winter Jam

NewSong, TobyMac lead star-studded musical parade at McKenzie

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IF YOU GO

What: Winter Jam

When: 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6

Where: McKenzie Arena

Admission: $10

Phone: 266-6627

For the 18th straight year, the Winter Jam Tour Spectacular will stop at McKenzie Arena.

This year RED, Matthew West, Jamie Grace, Sidewalk Prophets and Royal Tailor will join tour founders NewSong and headliner TobyMac. As in years past, admission is $10 for one of the most successful concert tours in recent years.

Founded and hosted by Grammy–nominated Christian music mainstay NewSong and presented by World Vision, the Winter Jam 2013 Tour Spectacular will be headlined by Grammy–winning, multi–platinum recording artist TobyMac.

The 44–city tour will also feature a message from national speaker Nick Hall. In addition, the Youth Music Vault Pre–Jam Party will include performances from Jason Castro, OBB and Capital Kings. The doors open Sunday at 5 p.m.

“As we prepare for Winter Jam’s 18th year, we are more passionate than ever about the ministry that drives the tour,” said Eddie Carswell, creator of Winter Jam and founding member of NewSong. “Led by TobyMac, this year’s line–up represents the diversity–and future–of Christian music. And we are thrilled that Nick Hall will be back with us to share the Gospel message, as that has always been the heart of Winter Jam.”

Youth Leader Reception is a free backstage event open to all youth pastors and leaders in attendance.

In 2012, Winter Jam shattered its own record to become the No. 1 tour in the world (first quarter) for the second consecutive year, according to Pollstar’s 2012 Worldwide First Quarter Ticket Sales Charts — Top 100 Tours. The 47–city tour saw 32 sold–out concerts and surpassed the previous year’s record attendance by more than 10,000, playing to a total of nearly 535,000 people.

Five–time Grammy Award winner and multi–platinum selling artist TobyMac is a five-time Grammy winner who is known as one of the industry’s “most innovative and visionary artists” (Billboard). With over 11 million units in career sales, his fifth and latest solo project, “Eye on It,” debuted on the Billboard Top 200 chart at No. 1, a first for a Christian act in 15 years, while also topping the overall iTunes Chart just hours after its release.

NewSong has recorded 17 albums, garnering 20 No. 1 Christian radio singles and a Grammy Award nomination, in addition to being inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. The band’s unparalleled 30–year ministry has been highlighted by such defining songs as “The Christmas Shoes” and “Arise, My Love.”

Their latest project, “One True God,” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Christian/Gospel Albums chart last year and features the hit single “The Same God.” The group’s highly–anticipated new recording, “Swallow The Ocean,” is slated to be out in February.

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