The BB&T Center will come alive with the sounds of some of Christian music’s top artists during the Xtreme Christian Music Conference on Friday, September 25th. will be a night of loud music, real faith, praise and worship songs, lifted hands and lifted hearts — all for the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Featuring artists such as Lecrae, Jeremy Camp, Mercy Me, Israel & New Breed and Josh Bramos, XTREME Christian Music Conference combines entertainment, enlightenment and life-changing messages to minister to not only those who walk with God but also those who are lost, hurting and seeking a relationship with His Son, Jesus Christ. The event will be hosted by DawnCheré Wilkerson, who leads with her husband Rich, The Rendezvous, a ministry for young adults of Trinity Church in Miami. Orator and Artist Eric Samuel Timm will share his unforgettable live art performance bringing key moments to reality in a profound yet simple multidimensional presentation of God’s word. And Dana Chanel, founder of the online ministry Sprinkle of Jesus, will inspire today’s generation to live the life God intended. A portion of all event proceeds and donations will go to Compassion International and local charities.
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Here is a little about each of the artists.
Grammy-award winner Lecrae Moore will energize the crowd with his rap-style music that is redefining mainstream popular culture. His seventh studio album, Anomaly, made history in September when it became the first in Billboard chart history to occupy the No. 1 album spot on both the Gospel Albums and Billboard Top 200 list. And Anomaly is his sixth No. 1 album.
The message of his music has attracted everyone from the kid in his basement making beats to the editors of some of the biggest publications in the world. Lecrae views it as an opportunity. But he doesn’t want his music to be limited to people of faith. He explains, “People want to feel what you believe and not just hear it. So let’s talk about fatherlessness, let’s talk about incarceration. Let’s celebrate a relationship or a marriage or a child being born. Let’s talk about social issues. Sure, I have a paradigm that I see the world through, but we all relate to those things and that’s where we connect.”
Read Lecrae’s full bio at www.lecrae.com
The world was exposed to MercyMe over a decade ago when their song “I Can Only Imagine” provided hope, healing and comfort in the wake of the September 11 attacks. Today they continue to create music that helps a world in pain. Their latest album Welcome To The New (2014), includes the songs “Flawless” and “Greater.” They are upbeat tunes that work to combat all the voices that try to put us down and cast doubt into our lives.
The band has continued to make albums that reflect whatever season of life they’re in. Its 8th album released in 2010, The Generous Mr. Lovewell, featured a wide array of both solemn and upbeat songs including “Move,” “All of Creation” and “Beautiful.” The band followed The Generous Mr. Lovewell with The Hurt & The Healer in 2012- featuring the song, “You Are I Am.”
Read more about Mercy Me at www.klove.com/music/artists/mercyme/
Over the last year and a half, Jeremy Camp, an ordained minister, has experienced a season of artistic growth and musical creativity, evident with his new album, I Will Follow. This eighth studio album, released with Capitol CMG, reveals a new level of versatility and depth.
Jeremy often finds God teaches him through song. There are a lot of people hurting, and they often turn to Jeremy because of his platform. The lyrical and biblical depth to Jeremy’s songs reflect years of studying God’s word, in which he gained a foundation from growing up in a pastor’s home and attending Bible college. Ministry for him is a lifestyle, one in which the whole family, who occasionally joins him on the road, participates.
Read more at www.jeremycamp.com.
Israel & New Breed
Israel Houghton has been nominated for two Dove Awards – Gospel Artist of the Year and Traditional Gospel Song of the Year for “How Awesome Is Our God” featured on his album Covered: Alive In Asia.
A worship leader, recording artist, songwriter and producer, Israel Houghton looks to overcome cultural and denominational barriers. He formed New Breed Ministries in 1995 with his wife, Meleasa, and a group of world-class musicians, touring extensively to bring the Ministries’ powerful and diverse sound to churches around the U.S. His releases “Whisper It Loud” and “Way of the World” kicked off his recording career.
Read more at www.allmusic.com/artist/israel-new-breed-mn0000108265/biography
As a worship leader in South Florida and a husband with two children, Josh has a heart that longs to help the church learn how to worship the Lord through Scripture. The album titled, “The Well”, is filled with God’s word throughout each song. “By Grace” is the invitation from an unbiased God welcoming everyone. “You Hold The Victory” is from Psalms. The title track, “The Well” is a joyous song that proves God’s “Well” overflows and welcomes all to drink and be satisfied. After releasing “The Well” in 2013, local churches in South Florida took a liking to the organic folk sound of the record and have begun playing these worship songs in their churches.
His newest release is the album titled “The Simple and The Fool”. We become Fools when we take what is Simple and dictate how it should evolve. “Simple” is the gospel.
Read more at joshbramos.com
A portion of the proceeds from the music conference will benefit Compassion International, a world-wide child-advocacy program that pairs compassionate people as sponsors with those suffering from poverty. For just $38 a month, Compassion International connects a child living in poverty with a loving, church-based program that includes medical checkups, nutritious food, health and hygiene training, educational assistance, access to services like surgeries and disaster relief, mentoring and encouragement to develop a relationship with God.
Sponsors receive a photo of their child, his or her personal story and a child sponsorship packet by mail. They can also exchange letters of encouragement and photos. Just knowing that someone across the globe cares means more than you can imagine to a child. To sponsor a child, visit www.compassion.com.
To purchase Xtreme Christian Music Conference tickets, visit www.xtremecmc.com. Prices vary from $49 – $79.