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Winter Jam features big acts for small price

  • Jan 12 2009
    Winter Jam features big acts for small price

    Friday, January 09, 2009
    Huntsville Times

    The annual Winter Jam show seems to be one concert that promises the best of Christian music without damaging our cash flow.

    The tour has been going strong since 1995 and continues to offer the highest caliber of artists. With tonight's concert in Chattanooga, the Christmas spirit just keeps on flowing.

    With increasing costs everywhere, it seems that if any bands tour at all, they are booking smaller, more intimate venues to keep their risk and ticket prices low. The Winter Jam tour manages to offer big names for a small price.

    The group Newsong, known for hits like "The Christmas Shoes" and "You Can't Keep a Good Man Down," leads the Winter Jam, sharing the stage with stars that include Steven Curtis Chapman, Jeremy Camp, Skillet and a returning fave, tobyMac.

    Even though the tour doesn't make a stop in Huntsville, there are three chances to catch the show this year not too far away. The show hits Chattanooga this weekend and will swing back through Nashville and Birmingham before heading to the Midwest.

    Along with Newsong, one of the tour's pioneers, and Toby's return, the Disney-like pop of Pure NRG is coming back.

    As always there are new artists to check out each year. One of the up-and-comers is Stephanie Smith. Smith follows in the footsteps of Avril Lavigne and Krystal Meyers with a blend of pop and rock jams. Songs like "Superstar" and "Renew Me" will be among the fun stage anthems she'll perform.

    On the smooth, soulful side is new artist Francesca Battistelli. Battistelli's hit from 2008, "I'm Letting Go" has a great pop piano vibe. She's been compared to Sara Bareilles but will own the stage as she performs more tunes from her debut CD, "My Paper Heart." Battistelli is a woman of many talents, and the tour offers the opportunity to hear her as she belts out perfect pitch ranging from jazz and gospel to rock and R&B.

    Winter Jam will be in Chattanooga tonight at the UTC McKenzie Center. The show starts at 7 p.m., and it's just 10 bucks to get in, with no advance ticket sales. You can find out more online at http://www.hearitfirst.com/jamtour.

    Ace McKay, morning show co-host at STAR 88.3, Fort Wayne, Ind., can be reached at: acemckay@gmail.com. The ministry he shares with his wife is at http://TheMarriagePlaybook.com.

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on January 12, 2009 - 10:58am

Friday, January 09, 2009
Huntsville Times

The annual Winter Jam show seems to be one concert that promises the best of Christian music without damaging our cash flow.

The tour has been going strong since 1995 and continues to offer the highest caliber of artists. With tonight's concert in Chattanooga, the Christmas spirit just keeps on flowing.

With increasing costs everywhere, it seems that if any bands tour at all, they are booking smaller, more intimate venues to keep their risk and ticket prices low. The Winter Jam tour manages to offer big names for a small price.

The group Newsong, known for hits like "The Christmas Shoes" and "You Can't Keep a Good Man Down," leads the Winter Jam, sharing the stage with stars that include Steven Curtis Chapman, Jeremy Camp, Skillet and a returning fave, tobyMac.

Even though the tour doesn't make a stop in Huntsville, there are three chances to catch the show this year not too far away. The show hits Chattanooga this weekend and will swing back through Nashville and Birmingham before heading to the Midwest.

Along with Newsong, one of the tour's pioneers, and Toby's return, the Disney-like pop of Pure NRG is coming back.

As always there are new artists to check out each year. One of the up-and-comers is Stephanie Smith. Smith follows in the footsteps of Avril Lavigne and Krystal Meyers with a blend of pop and rock jams. Songs like "Superstar" and "Renew Me" will be among the fun stage anthems she'll perform.

On the smooth, soulful side is new artist Francesca Battistelli. Battistelli's hit from 2008, "I'm Letting Go" has a great pop piano vibe. She's been compared to Sara Bareilles but will own the stage as she performs more tunes from her debut CD, "My Paper Heart." Battistelli is a woman of many talents, and the tour offers the opportunity to hear her as she belts out perfect pitch ranging from jazz and gospel to rock and R&B.

Winter Jam will be in Chattanooga tonight at the UTC McKenzie Center. The show starts at 7 p.m., and it's just 10 bucks to get in, with no advance ticket sales. You can find out more online at http://www.hearitfirst.com/jamtour.

Ace McKay, morning show co-host at STAR 88.3, Fort Wayne, Ind., can be reached at: acemckay@gmail.com. The ministry he shares with his wife is at http://TheMarriagePlaybook.com.