ALTO PASS – The Bald Knob Cross of Peace at Alto Pass will host UNITE at the Cross Christian Music Festival July 16-17. The event is produced by Great Big Family Productions in partnership with Midwest Music Supply and sponsored by ChildFund. Tickets are on sale at uniteatthecross.com.
“It has always been the mission of the Bald Knob Cross of Peace to provide a place where people can come together to experience the presence of God,” said Jeffrey Isbell, executive director of Bald Knob Cross. “We are thrilled to host UNITE at the Cross, a two-day music festival featuring some of the biggest names in contemporary Christian music and southern gospel music.”
On July 16, doors open at 2 p.m. with music starting at 5 p.m. The day will feature Katy Nichole, Apollo LTD, Coby James, Torey D’Shaun from St Louis and Lee Marie from Herrin. The headliner of the lineup is We are Messengers.
On July 17, doors open at 1 p.m. with music starting at 3 p.m. The lineup will include Kelly Crabb and the Bowling Sisters, Adam Crabb of the Gaither Vocal Band, the Down East Boys and The Chandlers. The lineup’s headliner is Grammy Award-winning Jason Crabb.
“A Christian music festival of this magnitude has never been held in southern Illinois, and we are thrilled to welcome it to one of the greatest crossovers in the world,” said Isbell. “The response from the successful Sidewalk Prophets concert in 2021 has been overwhelming, and we know the region will once again unite at the Cross for this special two-day festival.”
Famous Irish American band, We Are Messengers, are a motley group of friends consisting of Darren Mulligan (vocals), Kyle Williams (guitar), Drew Kerxton (drums) and Raul Aguilar (bass), who captivated the audience with songs that reach the marginalized of society.
The Dove-nominated and K-LOVE Fan Award-winning group has six Top 10 Billboard Christian Airplay hits and three Top 5 singles.
Over the course of his career, Kentucky native Jason Crabb has won a Grammy and 21 Dove Awards, and was named Gospel Music Association Dove Artist and Male Singer of the Year with Song of the Year. Since his first solo outing in 2009, he has performed on many of the world’s most prestigious stages. He is the youngest member inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame.
In the space of 12 weeks, singer-songwriter Katy Nichole hit No. 1 for the first time with “In Jesus’ Name (God of Possible)” on Billboard’s Christian Airplay and AC Indicator charts at the start. of this year.
It was the fastest run to No. 1 for the first entry by a female artist in the 19-year history of Billboard’s Christian Airplay chart. The 21-year-old created the song from words from her prayer journal which were written in the midst of a global health crisis and in response to her own story of suffering, hope and healing. She suffered for years from scoliosis, which made her bedridden, before a new doctor removed the metal rods that had been placed in her back and her spine miraculously straightened, no longer making her wrong.
“We are thrilled to welcome Katy Nichole to UNITE at the Cross on July 16 for an incredible evening of Christian music,” said Isbell. “It’s a big score to be able to bring someone of such notoriety to our region for a family event.
General admission tickets for the festival are $25 per day with group pricing available. An exclusive VIP experience is available for $99 per day and will include a meet-and-greet and autograph session with the artists.
Food trucks and vendors will be on site at 3630 Bald Knob Road in Alto Pass.