Christian Contemporary concert benefits Dixie Care and Share

ST. GEORGE  Contemporary Christian music artists Adam Capp, Dove Award winner and Grammy nominee Jeremy Camp, and the group Kutless performed to a sold-out crowd Sunday night at Dixie State University’s Cox Auditorium. The concert kicked off the Jeremy Camp Come Alive Tour 2014, and all three music artists had a central theme throughout the night – the power and forgiveness found in the name of Jesus Christ.

Adam Cappa opened the Jeremy Camp Come Alive Tour at the Cox Auditorium, St. George, Utah, October 26, 2014 | Photo by Samantha Tommer, St. George News
Adam Cappa opens the Jeremy Camp Come Alive Tour at the Cox Auditorium, St. George, Utah, October 26, 2014 | Photo by Samantha Tommer, St. George News

Adam Cappa opened the night of musical worship. Cappa released his first album, The Rescue, in 2012. He was leading worship at local youth groups and churches in Indiana while attending college when he decided to take his music on the road, where he met Jeremy Camp.

After Cappa sang, the crowd stood to give a warm Utah welcome to the group Kutless. They have been playing together and spreading the message of Jesus Christ for the past 13 years. Kutless chose their name because of a verse found in Romans 6:23, that explains how Christ suffered on the cross for everyone, leaving all “Kutless.”

The crowd was on their feet all night long, with hands raised, and singing along with the music. When Jeremy Camp took the stage, the energy in the auditorium did not stop. Part way through the band’s first set of songs, Camp stopped and asked why they had never come to St. George before.

Dove Award winner and Grammy Nominee, Jeremy Camp sang at the Cox Auditorium Sunday night, St. George, Utah, October 26, 2014 | Photo by Samantha Tommer, St. George News
Dove Award winner and Grammy Nominee Jeremy Camp wows the crowd at the Cox Auditorium Sunday night, St. George, Utah, October 26, 2014 | Photo by Samantha Tommer, St. George News

Camp suffered from a vocal injury just last week and was struggling to get through the rest of the music. He stopped and asked that everyone would pray for his voice to stay strong, and that God would use the words of the songs to minister to and touch the audience. Prayers were answered throughout the night as he continued to sing.

“I’m enjoying seeing the hands up in the air and seeing people feel the words of the songs – it’s powerful,” concertgoer James Hetrick said. This was the first concert he said he had attended.

The concert was put on by Life Concerts, a local nonprofit organization made up of churches between Cedar City and Mesquite, with a mission of sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ and a message of hope to the community through music. The organization has sponsored five concerts, three of them at the Cox Auditorium – all of which have been sold out.

“I love Jesus and I love music,” 13-year-old attendee R.D. Nelson said.

Nelson sat by his friend Kaden Wasden during the concert and both agreed that having this type of concert in St. George makes life a lot easier and gives them something to relate to.

A sold-out crowd of 1200 people welcomed stood, clapped and sang along with the bands, St. George, Utah, October 27, 2014 | Photo by Samantha Tommer, St. George News
A sold-out crowd claps and sings along with the band, St. George, Utah, October 27, 2014 | Photo by Samantha Tommer, St. George News

“There’s a lot of behind the scenes work that goes into these concerts,” Hospitality Coordinator Kristi Thompson said. “There’s a number of meetings that take place and most importantly, a lot of prayer.”

All of the profits from Sunday night’s concert went to Dixie Care and Share.

“We like to pick at least one charity for every concert, and since we are nonprofit, we donate those profits to charity,” Thompson said.

Life Concerts plan on coordinating two Christian concerts a year.

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6 Comments

  • jen October 27, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    great article sam! The concert was absolutely amazing!

  • ladybugavenger October 27, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    You always here mormans call themselves christians. But, you’ll never here a christian call themselves morman.

  • Nameless Face October 27, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    In the words of Hank Rutherford Hill,”You’re not making Christianity better. You are just making Rock ‘n Roll worse.”

    • Saved Face October 29, 2014 at 9:03 am

      Ignorance from someone who was obviously not there.

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