NASHVILLE, Tenn.— Christian music’s largest annual tour, the record-breaking Winter Jam Tour Spectacular, is set to return bigger than ever in 2011, it was announced yesterday. Produced by Premier Productions and presented by Holt International, the tour will feature the most artists and dates in its 16-year history.
Hosted by GRAMMY®-nominated NewSong, the Winter Jam 2011 Tour Spectacular will also feature Newsboys; David Crowder Band; Kutless; Francesca Battistelli; RED; KJ-52, and guest speaker Tony Nolan. In addition, the show includes a Pre-Jam Party presented by the American Bible Society with Sidewalk Prophets, Chris August and Chris Sligh.
“It’s amazing and humbling to see how God has continued to bless the Winter Jam Tour over all these years," says NewSong's Eddie Carswell. "We specifically created and designed this tour to impact the lives of others for the sake of the Gospel. Our prayer is that God will continue to use Winter Jam for His glory and honor.”
"This year's tour will be unlike any other Winter Jam in history," says Roy Morgan, owner, Premier Productions, producer of Winter Jam. "Winter Jam 2011 will have tons of surprises that no one is expecting. You will not want to miss this. Also, if someone has never experienced a Winter Jam event before, then this is the year to come."
Kicking-off January 7 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the tour will stop in Dallas; Atlanta; Cincinnati; Oklahoma City; Nashville, Tennessee; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Des Moines, Iowa; Kansas City, Missouri; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, among other cities, before concluding April 3 in Peoria, Illinois.
Presented by Holt International, The Winter Jam 2011 Tour Spectacular is sponsored by the American Bible Society, www.HearItFirst.com, Camp Electric, Premier Christian Cruises, Wayne E. Bailey Produce and Xtreme Conferences.
This year’s Winter Jam was the #1 tour in America in the first quarter and landed at #2 on Pollstar’s 2010 Worldwide First Quarter Ticket Sales “Top 100 Tours” chart, with attendance in excess of 400,000 people. Winter Jam 2010 also saw an estimated 74,000 people make decisions for Christ, and facilitated more than 10,000 sponsorship commitments to adoption and child welfare organization Holt International to help meet the needs of orphaned children around the world.
Created by NewSong in 1995, the group hosts the multi-artist tour each year. The Gospel Music Association presented its prestigious Impact Award to the Winter Jam Tour Spectacular in 2009, in recognition of the tour’s continued success.
NewSong’s 28 years in ministry have yielded 17 albums; 20 #1 singles; a Dove Award; and a GRAMMY® Award nomination, among numerous other achievements. The band’s latest recording, Give Yourself Away, released last fall.
For a complete tour itinerary and further information, visit www.jamtour.com. Artist line-up may vary in select cities.
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