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Arts & Entertainment Christian music weekend at the Smoky Mountain Center

Jars of ClayFrancesca Battistelli, a contemporary Christian artist whose music resonates her interest in jazz, rock, gospel, and R&B music, will be in concert at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, July 12, at 7:30 p.m.

With multiple Dove Awards and a Grammy Award nomination to her credit, Battistelli’s music is both inspiring and passionate. She has reached the top of several music charts with hits such as, “Free to Be Me,” “I’m Letting Go,” and “This is the Stuff.” Her music has been featured on several TV shows, including CBS’s reality hit, “Big Brother,” and in the movie, “Soul Surfer.”

When Battistelli began her career as a contemporary Christian artist, she wanted to write music that even non-Christians were drawn to and then deliver a message everyone needed to hear. Her music appeals to people of all ages, backgrounds, and spiritual needs. Her ministry has allowed her to share the stage with great artists such as TobyMac, Hawk Nelson, Brandon Heath, and New- Song.

Battistelli draws inspiration from her family, her experiences, and most of all, her faith. Her lyrics are based on real-life situations and her music is upbeat and encouraging. Tickets are $20 each and may be purchased online or at the theatre’s box office. Combo tickets, which include a pass to the Jars of Clay concert on Saturday, July 13, may be purchased for $34, but are only available at the theater’s box office.

Francesca BattistelliAlso on tap for that weekend is Jars of Clay, a Christian rock band with a style that blends alternative rock, folk, acoustic, and R&B music. Jars of Clay will be in concert at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, July 13, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 each and may be purchased online or at the theater’s box office. Combo tickets, which include a pass to the Francesca Battistelli concert on Friday, July 12, may be purchased for $34, but are only available at the theater’s box office.

This award-winning band has received three Grammy Awards, nine GMA (Gospel Music Association) Dove Awards, and five BMI (Broadcast Music Incorporated) Awards. They have also been nominated for three American Music Awards. During their career, they have amassed more than six million album sales, with five albums certified Gold, two certified Platinum, and one certified Double Platinum. They have headlined thousands of sold-out shows and festivals, have had 17 number one radio hits, and have numerous film credits to their accord.

Jars of Clay has built an extraordinary career based on the uncompromising integrity of their music, as well as their humanitarianism. The group founded a non-profit organization, Blood: Water Mission, which empowers communities to work together against the HIV/AIDS and water crises in Africa. They work hard to spread the love of God and their commitment to mankind through both their music and their work.

Brooke Waggoner, a singer-songwriter and powerful pianist who blends the sounds of pop, Broadway, and classical music in her performances will open the evening. Her music is uplifting and her Christian faith illuminates on stage.

To purchase tickets for this weekend of song and worship, or to find out more information, visit www.GreatMountainMusic.com or call (866)273-4615.





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