Author: Joel Spears / Managing Editor Source: The Rogersville Review
ROGERSVILLE — The stage is set for Independence Day 2013 in Rogersville as the 4th of July Celebration Committee announced today there will be two headline performers at this year’s event, on Sat., July 6. Up-and-coming country artist Jana Kramer and award-winning contemporary Christian artists the Newsboys are scheduled to perform in free concerts at Rogersville City Park. Kramer, who is known for her Billboard hit “Why Ya Wanna,” and the single “Whiskey,” can also been seen on the small screen in shows such as “One Tree Hill,” where she plays the role of “Alex Dupre” and “90210.” “I love acting, but my heart and soul is in singing,” Kramer said. “I’ve been terrified to pursue this dream because it’s so personal to me. If someone tells me they don’t like my voice, it’s a lot harder of a hit to take. This is what I’ve always wanted to do.” Though a Michigan native, Jana is no stranger to the rich history of country music, crediting one of her favorite memories to baking cookies with her grandmother while listening to Patsy Cline. Those moments are one of the many reasons why she said she hopes to share her music with others. To date, she has sold more than 150,000 digital singles in the first six months. Just nominated for ACM New Female Vocalist of the Year, Kramer will be coming off of a national tour with Blake Shelton this summer to entertain the crowd at the 2013 Rogersville 4th of July Celebration as her latest single continues to climb the charts. “Country music is in my blood. I love country music because it tells a story and I have a lot of stories to tell,” she added. Co-headlining this year’s lineup, the Grammy- and Dove-nominated Newsboys will also bring their rock-driven Christian music to the stage as part of their “God’s Not Dead” tour, also the title of their latest album. Soulful front man Michael Tait and his steadfast band mates Jeff Frankenstein (keys), Duncan Phillips (drums), and Jody Davis (guitars) work to enliven today’s most embraced modern worship anthems, putting their signature touch on songs that have recently topped the Church Copyright Licensing International (CCLI) chart. Throughout the band’s award-winning history, expressions of worship are evident in Newsboys’ track listings. Sometimes they’ve even dominated an entire gold-selling album as with “Adoration” nearly a decade ago. When Tait joined the group in 2009, he and the other three ‘boys—the true heart of the quartet,having played together since 1994—wanted fans to know that worship emphasis would never change. In fact, plans for the “God’s Not Dead” album and the current tour began before “Born Again” was released. Dr. Blaine Jones, chairman of the 4th of July Celebration, said the decision to move the concerts to Saturday, July 6, was a decision made on for economic, as well as scheduling reasons, and to provide a better opportunity for those who might not be able to attend on Thurs., July 4, the opportunity to do so. “It is getting harder and harder to negotiate with the artists for weekday, holiday events,” Jones said. “The committee looked at this and also other economic factors in making the decision to move the celebration. Most of us are traditionalists and we would love to keep it on the 4th, but feasibly it is getting harder and harder to do so. By moving the event to a Saturday it also allows people easier travel to visit our town and our event and this will probably mean larger crowds. It also allows us to have a downtown Rogersville event on Friday night which will help out even more on our local economy.” The Rogersville 4th of July Celebration is organized annually by an all-volunteer committee through the 501c3 organization Four Square, Inc. The event is free to the public and relies entirely on the financial support of individuals and businesses throughout the region. To support the celebration by making a donation, you may send it to the following address: Rogersville 4th of July Celebration, c/o Four Square, Inc., P.O. Box 35, Rogersville, TN 37857. To become a major sponsor or for more information regarding sponsorship, call Jones at (423) 272-3150.
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