-----SOULFEST-----
Music. Love. Action.

New England's Premier
Christian Music &
Social Justice Festival

August 7 - 9, 2014

Gunstock Mtn. Resort, Gilford, NH
thesoulfest.com

Artist Highlight: Thousand Foot Krutch

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For those who’ve been following the Ontario-bred players since their formation in 1998, it’s been a continuously escalating highlight reel that includes best-selling albums, four top 25 Active Rock hits (including the top 20 smash “Fire It Up”), plus a slew of soundtrack slots. In fact, the group has literally infiltrated every facet of pop culture, from ongoing ESPN appearnces, to various NASCAR, MLB, NHL and NFL airings (including the 2010 Super Bowl), along with the “GI Joe” movie trailer, WGN-TV’s “Smallville” and EA Sports’ “NHL 2010” video game.

See Thousand Foot Krutch play SoulFest 2014 on Saturday August 9th at 6 pm on the Revival Stage!

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Speaker Highlight: Scott Stapp

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It was 1997 when My Own Prison, the debut multi-platinum Creed album, kicked off Scott’s musical journey in spectacular style. As the lead vocalist and sole storyteller, Scott sculpted his own aesthetic. Awarded a Grammy in 2001 for his number-one hit, “With Arms Wide Open,” Scott was celebrated, in the words of one Rolling Stone writer, as “a singer with an enormous emotional range and a composer of startling originality.”
With the publication in 2012 of Sinner’s Creed, his autobiography, Scott detailed his struggles with drugs, alcohol and depression. “That book was incredibly cathartic,” he says, “and enabled me to release a lifetime of pent-up feelings about my past. Sinner’s Creed paved the way for Proof of Life, which, in musical terms, is another reaffirmation of my personal history. There were years when I thought it had all been a waste. I looked around at the damage I had done and thought—man, I’ve made a mess. But now I see that I’m able turn that mess into a message. That message takes the form of songs that comprise the spine of my story.”
 

Scott Stapp will be speaking at SoulFest 2014 on Friday August 8th at 5:30 pm on the Revival Stage, and speaking the same day at 2:15 pm on the Mercy Street Stage.

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Artist Highlight: Tedashii

Tedashii “Tdot” Anderson, known simply as Tedashii, is a Christian hip hop artist and member of the hip-hop troupe, 116 Clique. Tedashii has released three solo albums, Kingdom People, Identity Crisis, and Blacklight, on Reach Records. Tedashii’s delivery style is characterized by a deep voice that he can manipulate for rapping a wide range of flow schemes and patterns.
In 2008 Tedashii toured with the 116 Clique during the “Unashamed Tour”. The “Don’t Waste Your Life Tour” followed in 2009, after which he took a brief hiatus. In late 2010 he returned for the “Unashamed: The Movement Tour”.[citation needed] As soon as his album Blacklight was released in 2011 he went on a brief tour to promote it. He joined the “Man Up Tour” in 2011, taking a brief break in early 2012. In late 2012 116 Clique toured 30 cities with the “Unashamed Tour: Come Alive”. Then in December, Suzy Rock and KB joined him for the “No Boundaries Concert Series”. Tedashii appeared in Family Force 5’s song “Chainsaw” on the Reanimated remix album released in 2013.

Make sure to buy your SoulFest 2014 tickets here and don’t miss Tedashii play on Friday August 8th at 5:30 pm on the Inside Out Stage!

Artist Highlight: Oh, Sleeper

Oh, Sleeper is an American metal band from Fort Worth, Texas. Previously signed to Solid State Records they are currently operating independently. To date they have recorded three full-length albums and two EPs. Members include: Micah Kinard - Vocals, Shane Blay - Guitar/Vocals, Nathan Grady - Guitar, and Zac Mayfield - Drums.

Don’t miss Oh, Sleeper rock the Inside Out Stage on Friday August 8th at 9:30 pm by purchasing your SF14 tickets here!

Speaker Highlight: Jamie Tworkowski

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Jamie Tworkowski is the founder of To Write Love On Her Arms, a non-profit organization which aims to present hope and find help for young people struggling with depression, self-injury, addiction and suicide. TWLOHA began in March 2006 as a written story and Jamie’s attempt to meet the needs present in one life. TWLOHA is seeing an incredible response and surprising open doors with the social networking and music community. 

Hear Jamie Tworkowski speak at SoulFest on Friday 8/8 at 2:40 pm on the Revival Stage and 3:45 pm in the Justice Center on the same day. Jamie will also be participating in the Suicide Prevention Panel on Saturday 8/9 at 1:30 pm in the Justice Center!

Purchase your tickets for SoulFest here!

Speaker Highlight: Propaganda

Dynamic, soulful, experimental, and clever, all focused on the heart of a person. With an uncompromising message intertwined with hot rhythms and beats, Los Angeles based, Propaganda, lyrically puts together potent relevant music that reaches across the spectrum of youth and pop culture. Bringing with him years of classroom teaching and community service experience, he is eloquently bold in the message of each song and never shies away from a strong poetic element in his music. His Subject matter ranges from staying accountable God as well as standing up boldly for one’s faith both in word and in one’s life. Not to mention aggressive battle rap and political awareness.

Come see Propaganda speak at SoulFest on Saturday August 9th at 1:15 pm and perform the same day at 5:15 pm!

Don’t forget to purchase your SoulFest 2014 tickets here!

Artist Highlight: Natalie Grant

The ʺif it ain’t broke, don’t fix itʺ adage virtually guarantees repeat success in the music industry once a hit formula is found, yet from time to time, an artist steps out of their comfort zone and breaks the mold, discontent to pursue the predictable. Enter Natalie Grant. A powerhouse vocalist, heart-gripping songwriter and charismatic performer, she’s eager to push boundaries ”sonically, lyrically and otherwise ”and she more than proves her intentions with Relentless, her seventh album and first studio recording in nearly three years. It would’ve been easy for Natalie, GMA’s reigning Female Vocalist of the Year for four consecutive years, to rest on her laurels and make another Awaken. Her 2005 breakthrough recording, Awaken helped Natalie become Christian music’s top selling Adult Contemporary female solo artist in 2005, 2006 and 2008, gave her a formidable foothold at mainstream radio and media, and made her a household name in Christian music. But this time around, she was determined to keep people guessing. Like Awaken, Relentless showcases a deep dimension of lyrical honesty and vulnerability, a hallmark of Natalie’s music these days, yet sonically, she embraces her more progressive rock/pop side, replete with live horns, grittier guitar licks and the distinct R&B flair of her voice that’s often been toned down in the past. Artistic fervor resonates from a variety of sources, but Natalie’s comes from a deep desire to live a life that matters ”one that has eternal significanceʺ. Motivation has manifested itself in a variety of ways in her life, but in no way more clearly than through Natalie’s commitment to combat international human trafficking. As one of the first artists to open the eyes of the Church to the atrocities of children around the world forced into the sex trade, Natalie created The Home Foundation in 2005 to raise both awareness and financial support for this important fight.

Natalie Grant will be speaking and performing at SoulFest. She will be speaking on the Mercy Street Stage on Saturday August 9th at 12:00 pm; and she will be performing on the Revival Stage on the same day at 7:30 pm.

To see Natalie Grant speak and perform, purchase your SoulFest tickets here!

Speaker Highlight: Steve Taylor

Filmmaker/writer/producer/recording artist Steve Taylor earned his “Renaissance Man” stripes (Prism magazine) from a body of work that’s garnered him multiple Grammy, Billboard, Telly, Addy and Dove awards and nominations. As a filmmaker, he is the director/co-writer/producer of Blue Like Jazz, based on Donald Miller’s New York Times bestselling memoir. As a speaker, Steve has delivered keynote addresses to the National Youth Workers Convention and shared his story and wit at festivals, chapel services and master classes around the globe.Additionally, Steve was recently named filmmaker-in-residence at Lipscomb University’s new Film and Creative Media Master’s Program. 

See Steve Taylor’s workshop at SoulFest on Saturday August 9th at 2:30 pm at the Mercy Street Stage and hear him play with his band Steve Taylor & The Perfect Foil at 8:30 pm on the Inside Out Stage on the same day!

You can purchase your SoulFest passes here!

Artist Highlight: Mandisa

The anticipation for new music from this celebrated vocalist is great. Aside from last year’s critically-acclaimed holiday project It’s Christmas (2008), Freedom is a follow-up to Mandisa’s 2007 debut, True Beauty, an album that created history by becoming the highest chart entry and the best-selling debut artist in the life of her label, Sparrow Records. It also became the only female debut to hit No. 1 in the 27-year history of Billboard’s Christian Retail Chart. True Beauty received a GRAMMY® nomination for “Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album, the single “Only the World” became a Top 5 hit at Christian radio, and Mandisa was lauded one of the “Best New Artists of 2007” by multiple media outlets. The jubilant first single, “My Deliverer,” is a perfect example of the empowering message that builds the foundation of the entire album. With its buoyant pop/funk track backing her up, Mandisa sings with a carefree confidence about feeling more alive than ever.

Hear Mandisa play SoulFest on Thursday August 7th at 6:00 pm and purchase festival tickets here!

True Love Essay: Third Day

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Love. It’s all you need, right? But the idea - even the very word ‘love’ - has gotten lost through abuse and overuse. We love God, and we have some vague notion that we should love other people. We love our parents, our spouses, our children. But we also love Breaking Bad and the McRib. We know that there’s something more out there, a love that’s real. And so many of us get burned out on love that we just want to keep it to ourselves.  Instead of love, we’ll just settle for ‘liking’ things that we see online. 

So what does unconditional love look like? Because it is the pure essence of God’s personality, we usually see it the way Moses saw God. “Show me your glory,” Moses said. God knew that Moses would die if he looked him in the face, so he did the next best thing. He let Moses catch a glimpse as He walked by. In the same way, we don’t look at unconditional love in the face; instead, we catch backwards glimpses of it as it goes by. We can’t really describe it, but we know it when we see it. But when we’ve experienced it, we recognize it as none other than a reflection of God. 

I recently had the chance to catch a glimpse of unconditional love. when my daughter’s favorite schoolteacher passed away suddenly. The school held a celebration of Mrs. Gross’s life, and the stories were just priceless. Time and time again, fellow teachers talked about how what a great friend she was, selflessly giving of her time to lift others up. Her daughter spoke of the sacrifices her mother had made to give her all the things Mrs. Gross couldn’t have for herself. And every one of her students, every last one, were made to feel that they were the most special person in the classroom. There were no favorites with Mrs. Gross - they were all her favorite. And she made sure they knew it every day, through hugs and songs, smiles and laughter.

Seeing unconditional love in others, we want it for ourselves. Christ was all about unconditional love, so we should try to be more loving, right? But just as we only see real love from that oblique angle, we get it that way too. Instead of trying to be like Christ, we should spend more time with Christ. In doing so, we can’t help but become more like Him. So spend some time with God today. Take a walk and reflect on His creation. Meditate on God’s Word. Over time, your heart will become like His, and unconditional love will overflow. And just like Mrs. Gross, you never know who will see it.
Third Day will be headlining SoulFest Saturday 8/9 at 9:20 pm! Buy your tickets at www.thesoulstore.com