Friday, August 2nd – Gates Open at 2pm
3pm – DEREK CHARLES JOHNSON
Derek Charles Johnson is a Christ-follower, worship leader, blogger, and songwriter residing in Spring Hill, Tennessee. His musical style blends acoustic-driven and synth-laden melodies alongside warm, rich vocals. His newest single "Pray" will be available for streaming and download January 2019.
Derek’s entry into music and ministry was not typical. Born and raised in Duluth, Minnesota, he first attended school to become a pharmacist. After several years working in healthcare, he realized God had been placing a burden on his heart for ministry. In 2009, he went back to school to focus on a worship minister degree. Upon graduating, Derek spent 7 years on staff as a worship pastor in South Dakota. During that time, he recorded his first full-length album “Carry On” with producer Tommee Profitt (Capitol CMG). The album has led to several opportunities to lead worship and perform in live settings including music festivals and various churches across the country.
5pm – ADELAIDE
Adelaide is a National Touring Contemporary Rock Band whose primary focus is sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ through profound yet relatable lyrics and music. Adelaide is quickly gaining international attention through airplay and live performances. They released the first album “The Bigger Picture” in the summer of 2015, which began as a solo project when lead singer, Laura [aka Adelaide], decided to record the songs she had been inspired to write over the previous ten years. It was in that process of recording that Laura met lead guitarist and project manager, Jake Bond, of Walker Bros. Studio in Bernie, MO, and his band. Since the release of The Bigger Picture, the band has collaborated in writing new music and is set to release their new, full-length album in the Fall of 2018. Adelaide is a driven ministry, with a band composed of worship and youth leaders who all share a deep passion for missions both home and abroad.
7pm – ZACH WILLIAMS
Zach williams wears many hats from husband and father to church staff and worship leader.
Most recently he can add recording artist to the list. Zach is no novice to the music industry. He had spent a majority of his life traveling with various bands. It was while on the road that the lord grabbed a hold of him and he decided to leave the rock star life behind.
After that, Zach transitioned into a position at the refuge campus of Central Baptist Church in Jonesboro, Arkansas in which he still serves. It came as a shock when the opportunity to sign with provident label group as a new Christian artist Arose. Never in his wildest dreams did Zach Williams think that he would be in this place of writing and recording music in the Christian music industry, especially from years of hard living on the road while in a rock & roll band.
His personal testimony of receiving freedom in the lord is so beautifully reflected in his debut single “Chain Breaker”. The song came from a place of wanting to reach people who had been struggling and it undoubtedly has. Over the course of its release in the summer of 2016, an influx of stories have been shared on his various social media pages by people who have experienced the life changing power of broken chains.
9pm – SKILLET
Skillet recently made headlines when their last album, Awake, became one of just three rock albums to be certified platinum in 2012, forming an improbable triumvirate with the Black Keys’ El Camino and Mumford & Sons’ Babel. The news that Skillet had sold more than a million albums in the U.S. came as a shock to all but the band’s wildly diverse horde of fans, male and female, young and old—known as Panheads—whose still-swelling ranks now officially number in the seven-digit range. This remarkable achievement was announced just as Skillet was putting the finishing touches on their eagerly awaited follow-up album, Rise (Atlantic/Word).
Unwilling to stand pat or rest on their laurels, the band—lead vocalist/bassist John Cooper, guitarist/keyboardist Korey Cooper (John’s wife), drummer/duet partner Jen Ledger and lead guitarist Seth Morrison, making his first appearance on record with Skillet—continue to explore new terrain on Rise, expertly produced by Howard Benson, who previously helmed the mega-successful Awake. Eager for new challenges, Cooper threw himself into collaborative songwriting to a far greater degree than ever before, co-writing the uplifting title song and the lacerating first single “Sick of it” with Scott Stevens, founder/leader of the L.A.-based Exies, while teaming with Nashville songsmiths Tom Douglas and Zac Maloy on the timely and anthemic “American Noise,” which Cooper considers to be the strongest song Skillet has yet recorded. On “American Noise” and the joyous “Good to Be Alive,” the band explores new stylistic territory, bringing an element of heartland rock into their aggressive, theatrical approach. The band expanded their musical palette, integrating natural, acoustic instruments like accordion, mandolin, dulcimer, harp, tympani and bells to their trademark slashing electric guitars, strings, churning synths and pummeling drums.
Saturday, August 3rd – Gates Open at Noon
1pm – ALY ALEIGHA
Folk-americana artist Aly Aleigha and her band released their first full-length album in September 2016, a year after Aly's debut EP "Jealous Love." Starting as a ragtag group of musical friends playing local gigs, they have since been swept up in a whirlwind of recording "The Labyrinth" and traveling around the USA performing their music. Inspirations for their sound include groups like The Head and The Heart, The Oh Hello's, Josh Garrels, and The Lumineers. Shortly after their Album Release Show in September 2016, the band traveled to Paoli, PA to play at a music festival for over 3,000 people, where they received the "Emerging Artist Award" sponsored by Relevant Radio. In August 2017 the band played at City on the Hill Music Festival among artists such as the Newsboys, Mercy Me, and Britt Nicole for a crowd of over 3500. On January 24, 2018, Aly Aleigha signed with a record label - Rekindle Records located in Chicago, IL. She is excited to continue to share her music and looks forward to working with Rekindle Records.
3pm – SIDEWALK PROPHETS
Sidewalk Prophets is more than just music, and more than just entertainment we are family. The band has a strong desire to make everyone feel loved and valued and the goal of this new on-line store is to make sure each person feels special. We're thankful for your support of this ministry.
"We love performing," Dave Frey says simply and you get the impression that is the simple truth. "But we also love the people we perform for," he adds, injecting a layer of complexity to the equation.
"One of the first things we ever did as a band was to lead worship at chapel in college," Dave's music colleague, Ben McDonald interjects. "That was the connect point for us.
Integrating worship with real life - that is one of the simple truths Sidewalk Prophets has learned to live by.
The two friends had no idea what was in store for them when their paths crossed at Anderson University eight years ago, but one listen to their hugely anticipated major label debut, These Simple Truths, confirms the band's undeniable talent. The fact that they have been on the road for 150+ dates per year for the past half-decade and show no signs of slowing down attests to their tenacious work ethic. But while there are tons of bands with talent and tenacity who never progress beyond the garage, Sidewalk Prophets insist it is the ever-present hand of the Lord that has lifted them to the next level of their career.
5pm – BIG DADDY WEAVE
Big Daddy Weave is one of Christian music’s most loved and respected artists. A mainstay at radio, the band achieved their most recent hit single with “The Lion and The Lamb.” This follows five consecutive No. 1 singles, including “Love Come To Life,” “Redeemed,” “The Only Name (Yours Will Be),” “Overwhelmed” and “My Story.” “Redeemed” became an anthem of unprecedented impact when it spent 11 weeks at No. 1, was dubbed “Song of the Year” at the first annual K-LOVE Fan Awards, earned Dove Award and Billboard Music Award nominations and was certified Gold by the RIAA. Since forming in 2002, Big Daddy Weave members Mike Weaver (lead vocals, guitar), Jay Weaver (bass, vocals), Jeremy Redmon (guitar, vocals), Joe Shirk (saxophone, keys, vocals) and Brian Beihl (drums) have released seven full-length projects, amassed more than one million units in album sales and have received numerous honors, including ASCAP and BMI Awards and the prestigious Rich Mullins Artist Impact Award, among others.
7pm – DANNY GOKEY
America watched closely as Danny Gokey battled tragedy and won millions of hearts on his way to the finals of American Idol Season 8. His story was no secret: a onetime truck driver from Milwaukee, he’d married his high school sweetheart Sophia only to lose her, a victim of surgery gone bad, just a month before auditioning for the smash hit talent show.
That was enough to transfix viewers week after week. Add to that his singing — expressive, soulful, driven but yet in command of emotions that would have overpowered practically anyone else. The result was a performance that moved audiences to tears and inspired many to face adversity with greater courage.
Today Danny Gokey stands at a different place, wiser, stronger. He’s married and has become a father. Once paled by clouds, his world now bathes in a brighter light — the same light that illuminates his extraordinary new album.
9pm – BETHEL MUSIC
Bethel Music is a community of worshipers pursuing the presence of God. We exist to gather, inspire, and encourage the global church toward deeper intimacy with the Father. Together, we express who God is and who we are in Him, capturing fresh expressions of worship in every season.