Charlottesville, Virginia (February 16, 2018) – Kicking off the first night of their 23-city tour, Bethel Music, Zach Williams, Natalie Grant, Matthew West, Social Club Misfits and For King & Country gave Charlottesville a memorable night of worship.
The Rock & Worship Roadshow is Christian music’s most uplifting and entertaining concert series for the whole family. The Roadshow brings families together for an affordable and powerful concert experience with some of the biggest artists in Christian music today.
This tour would not be possible without the support of Compassion International.
Brian & Jenn Johnson are co-founders of Bethel Music, WorshipU, and have been integral in the production of over fifteen albums that have influenced the culture of worship across the global church. They are committed to raising a healthy family, cultivating community, and fostering unity among worship leaders from around the world. Brian & Jenn’s newest solo album, “After All These Years” will release in late January 2017.
Brian facilitates an atmosphere of faith in worship and has written anthems such as “Have it All”, “We Will Not Be Shaken” and “One Thing Remains,” which was awarded #1 song for ASCAP Christian Music and #1 Radio Single in 2013. Known for her powerful vocals and unique prophetic sound, Jenn has authored songs such as, “In Over My Head”, “Come To Me”, “God I Look to You” and “O Taste and See”.
Together they are passionate about raising up worshippers who take hold of their true identity and pursue intimacy with God above all else. There are advocates of living a lifestyle built on vulnerability, faithfulness, and connection to the community. Brian and Jenn reside in Redding, California, with their four wonderful children, Haley, Téa, Braden, and Ryder Moses. They continue to speak and lead worship at home and around the world.
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 has been shared on his various social media pages by people who have experienced the life-changing power of broken chains.
Six-time Grammy-nominated Natalie Grant is known for her powerful and soaring vocals, heart-gripping lyrics and passionate performances, and has remained one of the top-selling Christian & Gospel artists since her 2005 breakout RIAA Gold-certified album, “Awaken.” She has since gone on to have nearly 4 million in career sales. The Gospel Music Association has named her Female Vocalist of the Year 5 times and she has had multiple number 1’s on the Billboard singles and albums charts, including her most recent record titled, “Be One.”
More than just music and awards, Grant has built a relationship with her fan base on a personal level that goes well beyond the music. Regarded as real, authentic and transparent, that connection with people puts Grant at the top of the industry with fan engagement across all social media platforms.
Beyond her music career, Natalie is the author of several books, including a tween book series titled “Glimmer Girls.” Her fashion and jewelry line, NG by Natalie Grant, has seen great success, and most importantly she has used her platform to be an outspoken advocate for victims of human trafficking since 2005. She co-founded Hope for Justice, which identifies and rescues victims of trafficking and then provides them with complete restorative care. The organization now has 8 offices spanning 4 countries and 3 continents.
Though she is a Seattle native, Natalie makes her home in Nashville, TN with her husband, producer/songwriter Bernie Herms and their three children: twins Grace and Bella, and their youngest, Sadie.
Matthew West is a four-time Grammy® nominee, a multiple-ASCAP Christian Music Songwriter/Artist of the Year winner and Dove Award recipient, and was awarded an American Music Award (2013), a Billboard Music Award (Top Christian Artist, 2014), a K-LOVE Fan Award (2016), and named Billboard’s Hot Christian Songwriter of the Year (2016). West also received a Primetime Emmy® Award nomination for Original Music & Lyrics for “The Heart of Christmas” from the film of the same name. In addition to his own recording career, he has co-hosted the K-LOVE Fan Awards three times and has more than 130 songwriting credits to his name, including cuts by Rascal Flatts, Scotty McCreery, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, and Mandisa, among others, and number one cuts by Casting Crowns and Danny Gokey. Selling more than 1.6 million albums to date (TEA), West’s discography includes acclaimed releases: Live Forever (2015), GRAMMY-nominated Into The Light (2012), The Story of Your Life (2010), Something to Say (2008), History (2005) and Happy (2003).
Well known for communicating stories through song, Matthew West has received thousands of stories from around the world. His latest studio album, Live Forever, continues that storytelling theme and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Christian Sales Chart. He has obtained numerous No. 1 singles, most recently with “Grace Wins,” while achieving a record-setting No. 1 for 17 straight weeks at radio with “Hello, My Name Is” and “The Motions” for 15 weeks.
Adding author to his list of accolades, West has written five books to date: Give This Christmas Away, The Story Of Your Life, Forgiveness, Today Is Day One, and his newest release, Hello My Name Is. He is also passionate about providing hope and healing through the power of prayer and story, so along with his father Pastor Joe West he founded pop we, a non-profit ministry helping others to craft, share and live a more meaningful life.
Social Club Misfits
People often talk about the future of hip-hop music like it isn’t right now. As if the future were some far off paint splotch occupying our collective imagination. On the contrary, the future is now, and some aren’t afraid to take it where it’s going. Enter Social Club Misfits, the Miami duo who’s built a cult following on the strength of their provocative oeuvre and singular, quick-witted approach. Comprised of Marty and Fern, Social Club is the after-effect of two distinctive personalities meshing to create an invigorating sound. The self-monikered “Misfits” are disruptors in every sense, challenging norms and bringing other misfits along for the ride. With a host of projects and EPs under their proverbial belt (including the Billboard-charting full-lengths The Misadventures of Fern & Marty, Misfits 2, and US), Social Club Misfits has made a sport of pushing boundaries and redefining the possibilities of what faith-based music can accomplish. From headlining sold out tours across the country to spawning imitators the world over, it’s clear the duo has struck a chord with listeners from all walks of life. They have bypassed perceived gatekeepers in favor of carving their own lane and fueling their purpose. While some are content with moving wherever the current leads, Social Club Misfits has embraced their calling as leaders of a more intentional school of thought. The misfits are now. Their latest project, The Misadventures of Fern & Marty, released in early 2017. The duo’s yet-to-be-titled new full-length album hits February 2018.
For King & Country
Soaring melodies, driving rhythms, theatrical instrumentation and personal themes are the heartbeat of two-time Grammy Award winners for King & Country. They’ve celebrated an RIAA Certified Gold album, their most recent Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong. and two Gold singles – their crossover hit “Fix My Eyes,” and “The Proof Of Your Love,” from the band’s debut album Crave. The Australian brother duo raised expectations with their first release, winning Billboard’s New Artists to Watch for 2012. Since then, they’ve sold over 650,000 albums and had nearly 200,000,000 streams of their music. Their sophomore effort Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong. garnered unanimous critical praise with a #1 debut on iTunes, a headlining tour that included 28 sold-out shows and a 60-date arena tour. They’ve performed on 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.
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