A lineup of award-winning Christian music artists that includes For King and Country and Jason Crabb has been announced for the third annual FaithFest on Aug. 31 at Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro.
The lineup also includes Zach Williams, Natalie Grant, Selah, Rhett Walker Band, Iron Bell Music and Leanna Crawford.
Tickets are now on sale.
Presented by North Wilkesboro-based Craig Church Ministries, FaithFest is a one-day worship experience based in structure on a MerleFest model.
Church said that through music, life-changing testimonies, worship and times of prayer and experiencing God’s Word, “FaithFest seeks to unite the community, save the lost and spark a revival that will transform lives far beyond Wilkesboro.”
It’s an outdoor, family-friendly music festival with the FaithFest mall, food vendors, ministry vendors, children’s activities, artist merchandise and autograph tents and air-conditioned restrooms.
For King and Country, composed of Australian brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone, was named “Group or Duo of the Year” and also won “Song of the Year” at the annual K-Love Fan Awards at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville on June 2. Their “Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong” debuted at #1 on the iTunes Chart and won two Grammy Awards. The duo was nominated for a Grammy in 2017 for “Priceless,” title track from their #1 indie film of the same name. After the release of “Crave” in 2012, Billboard magazine named them a “New Artist to Watch” that year.
Kentucky native Jason Crabb has won 21 Dove Awards, including for “Artist of the Year,” “Male Vocalist of the Year” and “Song of the Year.” He has two Grammys to his credit—for “Roots Gospel Album” with “Unexpected” in 2019, and for “Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album” with a self-titled album in 2010. He was nominated for a Grammy for “Best Contemporary Christian Music Album” with “Whatever the Road” in 2016. Crabb performed at Carnegie Hall, the Grand Ole Opry, the Brooklyn Tabernacle and Billy Graham’s final crusade in New York City.
Zach Williams is a Christian rock artist from Jonesboro, Ark. In 2016, he won a Grammy for “Best Contemporary Christian Music Album” with “Chain Breaker” and was nominated for a Grammy in the same category with “Survivor: Live From Harding Prison.” Williams won the Gospel Music Association’s Dove Awards for “Pop/ Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year” with “Old Church Choir” and for “Artist of the Year” in 2018.
Selah consists of Todd Smith, Allan Hall and Amy Perry. The trio has won six Dove Awards, two consecutive Dove Award nominations for Group of the Year and another 18 Dove Award nominations. It has two #1 hits and five Top 10 singles to its credit, as well as repeat appearances TV programs such as “The 700 Club” and the “Hour of Power.” The three performed at Carnegie Hall.
Natalie Grant is an actress, songwriter and singer born in Seattle, Wash. She received GMA Dove Awards for “Female Vocalist of the Year” in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2012. She was nominated for Grammy Awards in 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018.
The Rhett Walker Band is a Christian rock group with a Southern rock sound based in Nashville, Tenn. Walker, a preacher’s kid from Aiken, S.C., was nominated for a Grammy in the category, “Best Contemporary Christian Music Song,” with “When Mercy Found Me” in 2012. The band was formed in 2011 and also consists of Kenny Davis on drums, Joe Kane on guitar and bassist Kevin Whitsett.
Based in Louisville, Ky., Iron Bell Music is part of an equipping ministry called Iron Bell Ministries. The band members are Stephen McWhirter, Joel Gerdis and Josh Glauber.
After receiving a music business degree from Northwest University in Kirkland, Wash., a couple of years ago, Leanna Crawford moved to Nashville, Tenn., to pursue her calling as a Christian artist fulltime. She is busy touring.
Hours of FaithFest are 2 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Aug. 31. Gates open at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale at www.faithfestnc.com.
Between now and Aug. 4, individual tickets are $30 apiece and group tickets (groups of 12 or more) are $25 each. All tickets purchased after Aug. 4 are $35 apiece. Children 12 and under are admitted free.