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March 17, 2014

It’s time once again for Winter Jam

CORBIN — If you’re reading this, chances are I’m either in Lexington or on my way there.

The reason I’m making the trip is my wife, Carmen, my mother-in-law, Linda, our friend, Donnie, and I will be attending the annual Winter Jam Tour Spectacular at Rupp Arena.

This is a concert event we all actually attended last year, but unfortunately the only seats we could find were behind the stage.

So this year we hope to get there early enough to find some seats in front of the stage.

The Winter Jam event usually starts around 7 p.m. and features different Christian musicians and speakers taking the stage for a little more than three hours.

If you have never been before, I highly recommend going or even taking a church group. The cost is only $10 a person which you pay at the door, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Last year’s event featured artists like TobyMac, Red, Matthew West and American Idol’s Jason Castro. Even sitting behind all the action, it was a blast.

This year’s edition of Winter Jam looks like it will be just as exciting.

The lineup includes Newsboys, Lecrae, Tenth Avenue North, Plumb, Newsong, American Idol’s Colton Dixon, and my personal favorite, Thousand Foot Krutch.

The Newsboys are the headlining act. They’re a Christian group who have released such recent hits as “Live With Abandon,” “God’s Not Dead” and “Born Again.” Their lead singer is Michael Tait who used to be a member of the Christian group, DC Talk.

Lecrae is a Christian hip hop artist who really broke through with his album, “Church Clothes,” which was downloaded more than 100,000 times in less than 48 hours.

Tenth Avenue North is a contemporary Christian group who have had a lot of success with album sales as well. If you get the chance, you should check out the music video for their song, “You Are More.” It’s a great song, and the video is really powerful.

Plumb is a female artist who has never been known to sugarcoat the realities of life. She tells it like it is while always showing hope and light in her music.

NewSong definitely has the most experience of all the Winter Jam artists. They were founded in 1981, and have earned 20 No. 1 hits on Christian radio. They are also responsible for founding the Winter Jam  tour which started back in 1995.

And last, but certainly not least, is my favorite, Thousand Foot Krutch. This will actually be my first time getting to see them in concert so I am really excited. Carmen and I went to one of their shows last year but they had to cancel due to sickness.

I really enjoy their music, and have even found many other folks on Facebook and Twitter who enjoy “TFK” just as much as I do.

The coolest part of Winter Jam, though, is having that stadium full of folks getting to experience great Christian music and speakers.

It’s fun getting to watch the Kentucky Wildcats at Rupp Arena, but there’s just something about a crowd that size singing along in unison with praise music.

Psalms 100:2 says, “Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.”

I realize this column may not have given you much notice if you now find yourself interested in attending Winter Jam. But I wanted to at least spread the word about the tour, and the excellent artists who perform.

For more information about upcoming dates and the artists, you can visit www.jamtour.com.

Brad Hall is the nighttime editor for the Times-Tribune. He can be reached at bhall@thetimestribune.com. You can also visit his blog at hallthingsconsidered.blogspot.com

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