10:00 am: Gates Open
12:30 pm: Kate Baumer
1:30 pm: Fresh Pict
2:30 pm: Melanie Rea
3:30 pm: Modern Day Cure
4:30 pm: Jason Gray
5:30 pm: Matt Maher
6:30-7:30 pm: Dinner Break
7:30 pm: Mass with Bishop Boyea, with worship music
performed by Matt Maher
9:00 pm: Matt Maher, second set/
Special "Glow in the Dark" performance by Jason Gray
Artist Matt Maher headlines a full slate of Christian contemporary music at the first-ever music and faith festival on the grounds of St. Francis Retreat Center in Dewitt, MI. A native of Canada making his home in Tempe, AZ, Matt is a devout Catholic known for his powerful lyrics and extraordinary musicianship. Since his 2008 major label debut, Maher has become a staple in the artistic and songwriting community. A seven time-GRAMMY® nominee, he has garnered multiple radio successes writing and recording songs like “Lord, I Need You,” “Hold Us Together,” “Christ Is Risen,” “All The People Said Amen” and “Your Grace Is Enough.” Matt has penned songs recorded by Chris Tomlin, Crowder, Third Day, Matt Redman, Hillsong, Passion and Meredith Andrews, among others. Matt continues to perform and speak as a part of global high-profile events, including the World Meeting of Families in September, 2015, and in 2013 on stage with Pope Francis in front of more than 3 million people at World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro. Matt also will perform at World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow, Poland. Find Matt Maher at mattmahermusic.com.
"Singer-songwriter Jason Gray is known as an artist of extraordinary depth, with a noteworthy ability to convey deep theological truths in engaging three-and-a-half minute songs. The Minnesota native is steadily drawing legions of fans who recognize his ability to connect with listeners on an emotional level, offering not escape or distraction, but healing and hope. His 2012 release, “A Way To See In The Dark”, was named Album of the Year by critics and garnered three top-five radio singles, including "Nothing is Wasted," which hit #1 for nine weeks. The title of Jason’s newest Centricity Music release is “Love Will Have the Final Word.” Find Jason Gray at jasongraymusic.com.
Modern Day Cure
Modern Day Cure is worship band from Saginaw, Mich. founded by Aaron Chipp, Tamar Chipp, and Tifani Autry. The heart of Modern Day Cure is to exalt Jesus, share His truth, and see people changed by His power. Their name is inspired by Hebrews 13:8, which states “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” To the band, this truth makes Him the modern day cure. They believe Jesus is the answer the world needs today. Since the release of their first EP in 2012, Modern Day Cure has experienced opportunities bigger than themselves. In 2013, they were winners at the Big Ticket Festival’s Indie Band Competition in Gaylord, Mich. and have since shared the stage with Newsboys, Sanctus Real, Disciple, Francesca Battistelli, Kutless, J.J. Weeks Band, All Things New, and Lecrae. In 2014, they were named winners of Smile FM’s Michigan Made Music Contest and also released their first full length album Victorious. Their journey eventually led them to Nashville, Tenn. in the spring of 2015 to record their new EP "Promises." The four song record is produced by Tyrus Morgan and Jay Speight of Lift Music Co. in Nashville. Find Modern Day Cure at moderndaycure.com.
The Diocese of Lansing's own Melanie Rea, along with her praise and worship band, is a frequent presence at retreats, women's conferences, diocesan events and liturgies. Melanie recently released her third album, "It Is Well," a collection of hymns, performed in her moving and memorable style. Find Melanie Rea at melaniereamusic.com.
Lansing native Kate Baumer and her band will perform at FaithFest16. A theology student at Sienna Heights University, Kate loves to share her faith with others, especially through Christian contemporary music. Find Kate Baumer online at katebaumer.com.