Skillet lets their music speak the loudest. That’s how the quartet has cemented its place as one of the 21st century’s most successful rock bands. Selling over 11 million units worldwide, the Wisconsin quartet— John Cooper [lead vocals/bass], Korey Cooper [guitar/keys], Jen Ledger [drums/vocals], and Seth Morrison [lead guitars]—have received two GRAMMY® Award nominations and won a Billboard Music Award for the platinum-certified Awake. Their double-platinum single “Monster” is “the eighth most-streamed rock song of 2015” with a total of 57 million plays (and counting) on Spotify and would earn the distinction of becoming “the best selling digital single in the history of Christian Music.” 2013’s Rise bowed at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 upon release and received resounding and eclectic acclaim from the likes of USA Today, New York Times, Revolver, Loudwire, and more. The group’s ninth full-length album, UNLEASHED [Atlantic Records], sees them turn everything up louder, amplifying all aspects of their signature hypnotic sound. Channeling an intense muse, John immediately commenced writing just months after Rise hit shelves. “By the time Rise came out, I could take a little bit of a breather and experience it,” he explains. “I remember thinking, ‘this feels important to me, but I need something a little more urgent.’ I didn’t want whatever we did next to be so emotionally heavy. I wanted to make a record that made people feel the music – an album that
would connect people to the music as well as to each other. An album, like some of my favorites, that’d be like a party to listen to – where people could sing along – together. “At the same time,” he says, “It is also about not being fearful of who you are and breaking free from stereotypes and expectations; knowing there may be a cost to this freedom, and willing to face the consequences, because not being honest with ourselves, or honest with the world, is a steeper price to pay.” That idea solidified as Skillet toured Europe in 2013 with Nickelback. Night after night, John watched the non-English speaking audience sing every word back to him. It left an indelible mark on his writing process.
Most recently he can add recording artist to the list. Zach is no novice to the music industry. He had spent a majority of his life traveling with various bands. It was while on the road that the Lord grabbed a hold of him and he decided to leave the rock star life behind. After that, Zach transitioned in to a position at the Refuge Campus of Central Baptist Church in Jonesboro, AR in which he still serves. It came as a shock when the opportunity to sign with Provident Label Group as a new Christian artist arose. Never in his wildest dreams did Zach Williams think that he would be in this place of writing and recoding music in the Christian music industry, especially form years of hard living on the road while in a rock & roll band. His personal testimony of receiving freedom in the Lord is so beautifully reflected in his debut single “Chain Breaker.” The song came from a place of wanting to reach people who had been struggling and it undoubtedly has. Over the course of it’s release in the summer of 2016, an influx of stories have been shared on his various social media pages by people who have experienced the life changing power of broken chains.
With over 1 billion video views, comedian and viral sensation John Crist is the next big thing in standup comedy. Whether you know him from viral videos like “Millennial International,” “Road Rage in the Church Parking Lot,” or “Every Parent at Disney,” Crist has solidified his comedic prowess with sold out shows from coast to coast. His most recent tour—The Human Being Tour—completely sold out in the Fall of 2018. Crist performed in front of 100,000 people across 55 cities throughout the tour.
Nine years in, Crist has shared the stage with some of the best in the business, including Dave Chappelle, Jeff Foxworthy, Seth Meyers, Larry the Cable Guy, Trevor Noah, Dana Carvey, Adam Carolla, Chris D’Elia, Anjelah Johnson, Tim Hawkins, and Louie Anderson. Anderson, named one of Comedy Central’s Top 100 Comedians of All Time, says of Crist, “It’s only a matter of time until John Crist is a household name. He is so likable and his stand-up is top notch.” Tim Hawkins, who Crist has performed with over 100 times says, “This guy ain’t no opener. John Crist is the real deal.”
“My favorite part of touring is meeting people from different areas of the country and hearing how my comedy has impacted them or their favorite part of my act,” says Crist.
Named as one of the “Top Five Comics to Watch,” Crist is no stranger to accolades. He was a finalist in Comedy Central’s “Up Next Comedy Competition,” a finalist in the Comedy Works “New Faces Contest,” and named to the Burbank Comedy Festival’s “Best of the Fest.”
Crist has created and starred in several videos for BuzzFeed and has made several appearances on the Bob and Tom Show. He has been featured on ESPN, Sports Illustrated, US Weekly, USA Today, Buzzfeed, Laughs on Fox, The Today Show, Huffington Post, The Bleacher Report, 9Gag, HLN, Men’s Humor, Relevant Magazine, The Adam Carolla Show, WGN, Cloyd Rivers, Old Row, Cracked, The Catalyst Conference, The Nerdist Network, TBN, and The Daily Wire. He was even once a voice actor on the popular children’s radio show Adventures in Odyssey.
Crist’s tour schedule keeps him busy, typically performing in churches, comedy clubs and theaters. “It wasn’t always like that,” Crist says. “One time when I was first starting out, I did an open mic at a Chili’s. It was traumatizing.” To date, one of the most unique shows Crist has ever performed was a comedy tour for the troops in Middle East. “It was surreal. It was just me and a tent full of soldiers at this military base on the border of Kuwait and Iraq. No mic, no stage, no nothing. I was standing on a wooden crate. It was probably 120 degrees in there. It was comedy in its purest form.”
When asked where he finds the inspiration to write jokes, Crist says, “Shoot, I grew up in the deep south, my dad is a pastor, and I was the third of eight homeschooled children. My first job was at Chick-fil-A. Coming from a background like that, how do you NOT write jokes?!”
Whether its Church Hunters, Celebrity Pastor Fantasy Draft or his most recent work, Virtual Reality Church, Crist’s humor sometimes focuses on the nuance of the local church. Of the church, Crist says, “Man, I love the local church. Growing up serving at my dad’s church, I know the effect that a healthy, vibrant local church can have on the community. If I ever come across as critical, it’s because I love the church and I wish for so much more from it. I think the local church is our only hope for change in America, that said… we do some weird stuff :)”
From working the valet parking booth to performing before thousands of fans, the last few years of Jordan Feliz’s life have been unpredictable, to say the least. After moving from the West Coast to Nashville in 2012, Feliz eventually earned a record deal with Centricity Music in 2014. Since the debut of his single “The River” in 2015, Feliz has established himself as one of the Contemporary Christian Music genre’s most dynamic and engaging performers. “The River” went on to spend 10 weeks at #1 on Billboard’s NCA Chart, along with winning the ASCAP Christian Music Song of the Year Award and becoming RIAA certified Gold (500,000 units sold). After his first album debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard Christian Albums Chart, Feliz went on to win New Artist of the Year at the 2016 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. His sophomore album hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Christian Albums chart and produced Top 5 radio hit “Witness.”
In addition to headlining, Feliz has taken part in high profile tours such as Winterjam, for KING & COUNTRY, Michael W. Smith, TobyMac, and Matthew West. In 2017 Feliz was given the prestigious opportunity to record at Capitol Studios in Hollywood, as part of its 1 Mic 1 Take series. With a soulful pop vibe and magnetic presence, Feliz’s unique talents and genuine heart are both quickly evident in the songs he crafts and the ways in which he shares them.
Music is a powerful vehicle that can change lives, and few wield that power with more passion and skill than Jen Ledger. After a decade as the drummer for multi-platinum rockers Skillet, the talented Brit has toured the world and is now ready to unleash her own musical vision with her debut EP, LEDGER.
“The thing that makes me most passionate about doing music is to be someone who is actually singing about hope,” she says with a toss of her sapphire tresses. “There are things about life that matter so much more than what social media portrays. I want to be a voice of hope and life – to bring people up with my music rather than be a voice that tears them down.” (more…)
Egypt Speaks is a Spoken Word Artist from Cleveland, Ohio. After releasing her first full-length album Stories independently in 2014, Egypt has toured the country and beyond sharing her stories through the art of poetry. At age 16 Egypt received the rank of 1st in the State of Ohio and 2nd in the nation in the category of spoken word according the National Fine Arts Association. Later in the same year she placed 3rd in a worldwide competitions for poets and performers of all ages. At 17 , she released her first book of essays and poetry called Stories that received overwhelmingly positive reviews and was featured on JesusWired.com’s “What You Should Be Reading” in 2016.
In 2017 she embarked on her fourth cross-country, headlining tour spanning 25 states. She rounded off the year on a high note after being named Teen Christian Radio’s Female Artist of the Year. In 2018 she was requested to join in on Van’s Warped Tour’s final stop in her hometown of Cleveland. In 2018 she released her latest album “Cathedrals” featuring artists such as ToddeFunk from TobyMac and DiverseCity and many more. The success of the project also propelled Egypt into NewReleaseToday’s Top 20 CCM Artist chart.
Egypt is a dynamic poet, emcee, speaker, and author who has also had the honor of sharing the stage with artists such as Phil Keaggy, Salvador, Social Club Misfits, Andy Mineo, 7eventh Time Down, Gawvii, Tedashii, Switchfoot, and Kari Jobe.
2018 Four Time Grammy Award Winner (Record of the Year – “24K Magic”, Album of the Year – “24K Magic”, Best R&B – “24K Magic” & Best Rap/Sung Performance – “Loyalty”) Featured on Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic” song Featured on Avery Sunshine’s Twenty Sixty Four Record song “Right Here” (April 2017 release) Featured on Grammy Award Winners Morgan Heritage’ song “Want Some More” (May 2017
release) Featured Artist on Erica Campbell’s “More Than A Lover” from Help 2.0 Grammy Nomination for Best Contemporary Song/Performance of the Year for Feature on TobyMac’s song “Feel It”\ Co-wrote/Performed on Toby Mac’s gold selling Grammy nominated “Diverse City” Guest Appearance/Writer on Toby Mac’s Gold Selling “Portable Sounds” and “Tonight” Guest Appearance on Toby Mac’s Grammy, Billboard, Dove Award winning “Eye On It”
2010 Dove Award Winner Writer/Arranger for Group 1 Crew’s #4 Billboard charting & Dove winning song “Movin” Writer/Arranger/Guest Appearance on Martha Munizzi’s Grammy nominated “No Limits”5 #1 singles on iTunes Japan Arranger for Top 3 American Idol finalist Danny Gokey Toured as keyboardist for NSYNC, also played keys for Britney Spears, Jordan Knight, Gloria Estefan, Mighty Clouds of Joy Dove Award Nominee for Christmas Album of the Year (Christmas in Diverse City) Featured on Isaac Caree’s Smash Hit “In The Middle” which spent 8 weeks at #1 on the Gospel Billboard Charts Featured on legendary bassist Nathan East’ “Daft Funk” which climbed to #1 on Billboard Smooth Jazz Charts