Four-time GRAMMY Award winning Third Day & GRAMMY Award nominated Skillet hit The Chicago Theatre stage as co-headliners on Saturday, March 8th, 2014, at 7:00pm, and are joined by special guests GRAMMY Award winner Mandisa, GRAMMY Award nominated Brandon Heath, GRAMMY Award nominated Peter Furler and We As Human.
There’s no denying the power of music to impact lives. During nearly two decades in the spotlight, the members of Third Day have seen that truth become evident over and over again and they testify to that power on their latest album Miracle. Faith, passion and rock ‘n roll swagger coalesce on the band’s 12th album, a simmering brew of potent rock anthems infused with the substantive, life-affirming lyrics that have always been the bedrock of the band’s music.
Produced by rock legend Brendan O’Brien, well known for his work with Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Train and the Killers, Miracle finds the band exploring new sonic territory. “To have something new to say and to say it in a different way is really exciting,” says lead vocalist Mac Powell. “It’s reinvigorated us as a band.”
Miracle becomes the latest collection in a long, impressive body of work that has earned Third Day four GRAMMY Awards (11 total nominations), 24 GMA Dove Awards (42 total nominations), one RIAA Platinum album, seven RIAA Gold albums, two RIAA Gold Longform videos and one RIAA Platinum Longform video. Over the years, the Georgia-based band’s music has provided a vibrant soundtrack in the lives of this generation of believers. “Show Me Your Glory,” “I Believe,” “Cry Out to Jesus,” “Mountain of God,” “Call My Name,” “Born Again” and “Trust in Jesus” are just a handful of the Third Day hits that inspired and uplifted audiences around the world. [from Third Day biography]
SKILLET: Two-time GRAMMY Award nominated Skillet's intensely explosive live show consistently ranks within Pollstar's Concert Pulse “Top 50 Tours,” and the band has toured extensively with mainstream rock bands including Breaking Benjamin, Shinedown, Creed, Flyleaf, Three Days Grace, Theory of a Dead Man, Stone Sour and more. Alongside Mumford & Sons and The Black Keys, Skillet was the only active rock band to go platinum in 2012. The news that Skillet had sold more than a million albums in the U.S. came as a shock to all but the band’s wildly diverse horde of fans, male and female, young and old—known as Panheads—whose still-swelling ranks now officially number in the seven-digit range. This remarkable achievement was announced just as Skillet was putting the finishing touches on their eagerly awaited follow-up album, Rise (Atlantic/Word).
Unwilling to stand pat or rest on their laurels, the band—lead vocalist/bassist John Cooper, guitarist/keyboardist Korey Cooper (John’s wife), drummer/duet partner Jen Ledger and lead guitarist Seth Morrison, making his first appearance on record with Skillet—continue to explore new terrain on Rise, expertly produced by Howard Benson, who previously helmed the mega-successful Awake.
On Rise, the message is both spiritual and social, as Skillet reaches out anew to its ever-growing, ever-changing following. “I think music should be bringing people together and bringing them hope,” says Cooper. “That’s what music does for me.” [from Skillet biography]
MANDISA: GRAMMY Award winner and Season 5 American Idol finalist Mandisa is a voice of encouragement and truth to people facing life’s challenges all around the world. Her career discography includes: True Beauty, It’s Christmas: Christmas Angel Edition, Freedom, What If We Were Real, her remix EP, Get Movin’ and Christmas Joy EP, as well as a published author with the release of “Idoleyes: My New Perspective on Faith, Fat & Fame.” In less than a year, Mandisa has performed her hit singles Good Morning and Stronger on the highest rated morning show, ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Her performance of Stronger welcomed the emotional return of beloved morning host Robin Roberts to the show. With over 800,000 albums sold, Mandisa’s music and message continues to connect with fans. Her album, What If We Were Real, is her fastest selling album ever, tracking 80% ahead of her previous album and has sold over 275,000 units to date. The album features the breakout radio hits Good Morning, Waiting For Tomorrow, and the No. 1 AC single, Stronger. Mandisa boasts a widespread list of media coverage, which include: The Today Show, LIVE! With Regis and Kelly, The Doctors, E! News, Extra, Entertainment Tonight, US Magazine, People Magazine and CNN. The release of her fourth studio album on August 27th, 2014, on Sparrow Records, includes her infectious lead single and No. 1 title track, Overcomer. [from Mandisa biography]
BRANDON HEATH: Since Brandon Heath’s debut on Reunion Records with Don’t Get Comfortable, he has become one of Christian music’s most beloved and respected artists and songwriters. Heath has twice been honored as GMA Male Vocalist of the Year (2009 and 2010), additionally garnering an Emmy Award, five GRAMMY Award nominations, an American Music Award nomination and multiple GMA Dove Awards and songwriting honors. His award-winning songs and signature vocals reflect a soaring radio career that includes four No. 1 hits: I’m Not Who I Was, Wait and See, the 2009 GMA Dove Award-winning Song of the Year, Give Me Your Eyes and the eight-week chart topper, Your Love. Heath, a Nashville native, first began writing at age 13. His artistry and ability to connect with audiences have compelled countless media outlets across the nation to platform his story and music. Highlights include Billboard magazine, “CBS Evening News with Katie Couric,” Relevant magazine, a 2011 feature by the Wall Street Journal and selection as a presenter during the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards. Other key spotlights include Discovery Channel’s “On The Case With Paula Zahn,” which highlighted “Give Me Your Eyes” (What If We), and a feature by The New York Times Sunday edition, touting Heath as a GRAMMY Award nominated newcomer “that shouldn’t be allowed to slip through the cracks.” Heath’s latest studio album Blue Mountain was released October 9th, 2012. [from Brandon Heath biography]
PETER FURLER: After 22 years as the main creative force behind Newsboys, followed by his 2011 solo success On Fire, GRAMMY Award nominated Peter Furler could be excused if he'd decided to mellow out a bit or rest on his laurels. Instead, the writer behind 27 #1 radio singles has come back with one of the strongest albums of his career, Sun and Shield. Reteaming with longtime producer/lyricist Steve Taylor for the first time since Newsboys Gold-certified Adoration album, Sun and Shield finds Peter Furler Band -- featuring Dave Ghazarian (formerly of Superchick and Audio Adrenaline) on bass and Jeff Irizarry on drums -- combining an ambitious collection of new songs with a more muscular, band-driven sound that harkens back to the glory days of Take Me To Your Leader. Timed for release during this spring's tour with Third Day and Skillet, Sun and Shield is the sound of an artist at the peak of his creative powers. [from Peter Furler biography]
WE AS HUMAN: AC/DC said it first and said it best: "It's a long way to the top if you wanna rock and roll." But not even Angus Young in his hardest rocking dreams could conjure the wild trials that forged We As Human into a band playing for keeps. Lead singer Justin Cordle can regale you with true tales of band members Jake Jones, Justin Forshaw, Adam Osborne and Dave Draggoo quitting jobs and hitting the road, without a single paying gig ahead of them. He can talk about how far a place like Sandpoint, Idaho seems from the bright lights of rock’s most celebrated stages.
Now with its self-titled debut album coming through Atlantic Records via Hear It Loud, a partnership helmed by Cooper, Kelm and attorney Todd Rubenstein, We As Human arrives at a familiar place: a high-stakes future that’s both exciting and exacting. But if this collection of songs offers any indication, Cordle and his bandmates have delivered one of the most bracing song collections in recent memory. Renowned rock producer Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, Skillet) gives laser focus to We As Human’s massive, juggernaut sound, which recalls the likes of Linkin Park and Avenged Sevenfold.
The new album awaits its road test before countless concert fans. To say Cordle and company know something about the trials of the road is putting it mildly. "We feel we've had a long road behind us, and it's made us the men we are," he says. "But it feels like even with the team we have, we're just now arriving at the starting line." [from We As Humans biography]
Saturday, March 8th, 2014
THIRD DAY & SKILLET TOUR 2014
WE AS HUMAN
The Chicago Theatre
175 North State Street
Chicago, IL 60601