Winter Jam packs a combination of chart-topping and rising talent in Christian pop music. Here's a glimpse of the lineup for this year's fest, hitting Rupp Arena Saturday night.
Skillet: If ever a Christian rock band was built for arena touring, it is Skillet with its anthemic, cathartic rock songs and a pyrotechnics show to match.
Jeremy Camp: Over the last decade, Camp has been one of Christian music's most prolific singer-songwriters, leaning heavily on ballads and pop hooks. His latest album, I Will Follow, came out in February.
Francesca Battistelli: The New York native — something of a rarity in Christian pop — burst onto the scene in the last decade and has settled in as one of the genre's most reliable songwriters and performers. Battistelli comes to Winter Jam off of a pair of Grammy Award nominations.
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Building 429: Since signing to Essential Records in 2011, the North Carolina outfit has become a regular on the Winter Jam tour. Its latest album is 2013's We Won't Be Shaken.
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NewSong: The founders and hosts of the Winter Jam tour, NewSong has been a going concern since 1981. Their hit Arise, My Love is always a highlight of the evening at Winter Jam.
Family Force 5: Rumbling up from the dirty, dirty south, the Marietta, Ga.-based group brought its brand of hip hop-influenced rock to Christian music with hits like Love Addict and Kountry Gentleman.
Blanca: The trio of Group 1 Crew slowly pared down until it was one, Blanca, who brings her individual, soulful voice to the stage as a solo act.
About A Mile: Continuing the For King and Country theme of brotherhood, the Klute brothers — Adam, Levi and Luke — released their self-titled debut last summer.
Veridia: The Nashville-based power-pop quartet made a big splash last year with its debut single We Are the Brave.
Rich Copley, email@example.com