Revivus 2013 Featured Artists
Formed in Portland, Oregon as a Campus Worship band named Call Box, they performed during the 1999-2000 school year at Warner Pacific. The Band changed their name to “Kutless” in October 2001 before releasing their first three track EP, followed up by their full-length album in 2002 on BEC Recordings. Kutless chose their name because of a specific Bible verse – Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Because of this, the band says, “He took our cuts for us… leaving us ‘Kutless’. They released their seventh album “Believer” on February 28, 2012. It topped the iTunes Christian albums sales chart and debuted at No. 36 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart plus debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Christian Albums chart for the week of March 17, 2012.
With two million records sold across its first five efforts, Oregon rock band Kutless had already made a strong name for itself. But the late 2009 release of “It Is Well,” the quintet’s second worship set, continues to be a complete game changer. On one hand, the edgy act’s first No. 1 adult contemporary single, “What Faith Can Do,” is remarkable, as are the rave reviews…
Beyond the band’s brightening internal artistic merits, it’s inspiring to hear the Kutless members talk about what they are learning outside of their own instincts — the lessons that transcend any given genre to improve both creative and ministry impact. They’ve watched gospel-based acts like Israel Houghton and aspired to bring similar passion and dedicated musicianship to their own rock concerts. They’ve spoken with recent tour mates Casting Crowns, adopting its practice of walking through the empty performance halls ahead of show time, touching the seats and praying for those who will be in attendance. And there were plenty of insights gained from working with veteran producer Brown Bannister (Amy Grant, MercyMe) on It Is Well’s standout hit, “What Faith Can Do,” written by outside friends Scott Davis and Scott Krippayne.
Los Angeles based singer, songwriter John Stratton, known to his fan base as Johnny Strat, is an exciting up and coming alternative rock and acoustic artist. Best known for his abilities as a guitarist and lyricist, John has developed a large fan base, with over 11,000 “Likes” on Facebook and Youtube videos with over 200,000 plays. His songs are cutting edge musically and thought provoking lyrically, bringing a positive message to the people that listen to them. He and his band have been very successful in local concert venues, such as The House of Blues Sunset Blvd, The Roxy, Hotel Cafe, Room 5, the Santa Clarita Relay for life, as well as many other venues and college campuses. His songs have also been featured on various radio stations. Recently, his latest single, Stand Strong, was featured on the Dr. Phil Show.
John is extremely passionate about his music, but more so the people who listen to it. His hope is that the music he writes would be an encouragement to those who need it and a catalyst for positive change. His intention as an artist is to use music as a vehicle to bring a message of hope and love to all who listen. His passion is to see real connection and change happen in the communities in which his music is played. His new album, “The Light Will Shine,” (to be released in Spring of 2013) features songs that bring a message of hope and love all while featuring creative writing, powerhouse guitars, and John’s unique ability to combine varying styles of music into music which appeals to people of all ages.
Born and raised in the Conejo Valley of Southern California, Evan Craft has been around music and the church his whole life. At the early age of 12 Craft began to play the guitar, and by the time high school had passed by he had become highly proficient in singing, writing music, and had even completed his first album, Spotlight. Local success of his first album, combined with having a hit song on YouTube, led him to a deal with Dream Records. Now with support of a label, Craft is able to explore his music career to a wider audience. His debut, Giants, became an immediate hit and opened the doors to producing Yo Soy Segundo with friends Bob Curtin and Sean Cook (bass player of Billboard Chart Toppers, Press Play). Craft has had the amazing opportunity to travel the country playing from east to west coast opening for critically appraised bands Third Eye Blind, Carolina Liar, Eric Hutcheson and Tyrone Wells. Evan most recently has been traveling to churches, schools and even orphanages, evangelically reaching out to those in need of God.
With the release of Yo Soy Segundo (I Am Second), Craft intends to leap the hurdles of language and reach out to the Spanish speakers of America and Latin America with a more in-depth worship of God. Whereas Giants was more pop/rock, Yo Soy Segundo features more soulful music that is worship based and melody driven, making it easy for the audience to sing along and relate to.
With a greater goal in mind, Craft explains that there is more at work than the eye sees. “My goal for this album is to be more than a singer and a songwriter. My job is to lift God’s name on high for the people and let Him take care of the rest. I am just a tool for God, a resounding trumpet, a lighter for Him the Almighty.”
You can order Yo Soy Segundo and Giants at the Dream Records Store.
Visit Evan Craft’s official website at www.evancraftmusic.com
Become a fan of Evan Craft on Facebook at www.facebook.com/evancraftmusic
Visit Evan Craft’s official YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/EvanCraftMusic
The Paul Joung Band was founded by Paul Joung and Sean Cook. Together Paul and Sean have a passion to stop world suffering in any way God has called us as believers to do. The up and coming EP “Redeemed” is a stepping stone in the direction that God has called both Paul and Sean to. All proceeds will be directed to helping stop world hunger and provide clean water resources. Paul and Sean are simply men with a power invested in them called the Holy Spirit, called to a calling bigger then life itself.
Listen to Paul’s music from the CD “By His Stripes” on iTunes:
Become a fan of Paul Joung on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NewCovenantMusic
Broken is an up-and-coming youth worship and rock band. They have served in many area churches and are currently working on their first recording project which includes original songs penned by the group. Two of the members, Kyler Gentry and Josh Meyers, are sought after worship leaders at several area churches. Drummer Jeremy Palacio is an often sought after area drummer and was recently accepted with a scholarship to SAE Insitute, one of the nations finest audio engineering schools.
Become a fan of Broken on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NewCovenantMusic
The son of Irish immigrants in NYC, Barry has learned the rich accents and amusing quirks of many cultures, and has added to his linguistic arsenal as he has moved from Florida, Southern California and the heart of Texas. Growing up Catholic, Protestant, and sane, Barry felt the “Call of the Lord” for many years while he was out “building a testimony”. As a Christian, he is proud to declare his faith in Jesus Christ and is eager to share his recovery and healing by the hand of God.
“Barry has been laughing, singing, and acting out for a long time.” –Pure joy, Reverend Michael Maloney
“Barry is one of the most creative and hilarious performers I have ever worked with.” –Debbie Nicastro, Actress
“An outstanding performance! Barry is the FUN in funny. –Daily News
“He makes my face hurt from laughing so much.” –Pastor Mark Johnson
“It’s rare to find someone so versatile and talented as Barry. –Pastor Joe Brown
“On a serious note, his testimony is riveting and powerful. Praise God!” –Allen Sargent, Christian Songwriter
Approximate Schedule of Entertainment:
1:00PM Paul Joung
2:35PM Teen Challenge
3:05PM Barry McKenna
3:50PM Evan Craft
4:30PM Pastor Joe Schimmel
5:05PM Johnny Strat
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