NEEDTOBREATHE and their “anthemic Southern rock” sound has received national attention both in and out of the Christian music scene. Their album The Outsiders was featured in numerous blockbuster films and prime-time television shows. Winner of multiple GMA Dove Awards, NEEDTOBREATHE has a reputation as a must-see live act. The band’s album The Reckoning debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 chart. NEEDTOBREATHE is passionate about carefully composing songs with a deeper meaning, addressing serious themes relevant to the brokenhearted and downtrodden.
Trip Lee is an acclaimed rapper, author, pastor, and Brag Ministry founder who delivers a clarion call to listeners everywhere to rise from the dead and actually live. This theme is captured in his fifth and newest album, Rise. While many rappers are known for bragging about themselves and their own accomplishments, Lee asks, “What if when I brag, I’m not talking about me, but I use everything in my life to point to God and honor Him? That [is] the idea.” Over the past decade, Lee has released four other full-length albums, selling more than 250,000 copies collectively. The culmination of these albums was his 2012 release, The Good Life. It spawned a book of the same name and received two 2013 Dove Award nominations. Lee was even recently featured on the cover of Christianity Today’s “33 Under 33.”
Singer, songwriter, and worship leader Phil Wickham is no stranger to Harvest Crusades. Having grown up in Southern California, Phil attended this annual event held at Anaheim Stadium for many years. Phil began writing songs and leading worship when he was 12 years old. His song “This Is the Day” serves as the intro track for Greg Laurie’s radio broadcast, A New Beginning, as well as his television program, GregLaurie.tv. Phil’s single “This Is Amazing Grace” topped charts for weeks on end, took top honor of Song of the Year at the 2015 BMI Christian Music Awards, and continues to inspire spontaneous worship in hearts all over the globe.
Levi Lusko is the author of the bestselling book Through the Eyes of a Lion, pastor of Fresh Life Church (a multisite church in Montana and Utah that he and his wife pioneered in 2007), and the founder of Skull Church and the O2 Experience. Levi travels around the world speaking about Jesus. He takes pleasure in small things, such as black coffee, new shoes, fast Internet, and falling asleep in the sun. He and his wife, Jennie, have four daughters: Alivia, Daisy, Clover, and Lenya, who is in heaven—and are expecting their first boy this year. Levi’s new book, Swipe Right, released in February 2017.
CITIZENS & SAINTS
Citizens & Saints is an alternative gospel band from Seattle formed in 2011. Their huge sound and high-energy style enable listeners to worship the Lord in a fresh new way. Their catchy hit single Made Alive, from the 2013 album Citizens (which peaked at No. 6 on the US Top Heatseekers Chart on Billboard) reminds listeners to glorify God because our sins have been erased, and we are saved because of His amazing grace. With a distinctive upbeat sound, solid lyrics full of truth, original songs and a modern take on traditional hymns, this band reaches across generational lines, unifying fans young and old and showing us through their unique music how great God’s love is for us.