SIOUX CENTER, Iowa – This Thursday at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Award-winning artists Natalie Grant and Danny Gokey will ring in the holiday season together again this year on the Celebrate Christmas Tour, presented by Medi-Share, a national healthcare-sharing organization. Following a successful run of Christmas dates in 2016 where they performed for multiple sell-out crowds, Natalie and Danny will co-bill their popular Christmas tour again this season, sharing the stage each night in a fully integrated set.
Launching Nov. 30, the Celebrate Christmas Tour is scheduled to hit 12 cities across the U.S., including stops in Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Louisiana, Texas, Ohio, Indiana and Missouri before concluding Dec. 17. Ticket information for the Celebrate Christmas Tour is available at www.CelebrateChristmasTour.com
A six-time Grammy nominee and five-time Dove Award-winning Female Vocalist of the Year, Natalie Grant and eight-time Dove nominee and two-time K-LOVE Male Artist of the Year (2016 and 2017) Danny Gokey are a quintessential vocal pairing, setting the stage for an unforgettable Christmas experience. Under the musical direction of Grammy-winning songwriter/producer Bernie Herms (Josh Groban, Barbra Streisand, Casting Crowns, Natalie Grant, Danny Gokey) the Celebrate Christmas Tour will allow Grant and Gokey to craft a collaborative set as they perform a combination of Christmas classics along with original selections from Grant’s critically-acclaimed, soulful-tinged Christmas project Believe, and Gokey’s Dove Award-winning album Christmas Is Here. Selections will include favorites like “O Holy Night,” “Joy To The World,” “Mary, Did You Know?” and more.
“I’m so excited to be doing the Celebrate Christmas Tour with Danny again this year,” says Natalie. “I especially love it because the entire evening is collaborative, which makes it very unique not only for us as performers, but for the audience as well. And Christmas music is my favorite, so I can’t wait!”
“I’m really looking forward to this tour,” Danny adds. “It’s actually my favorite of the year! (Can I say that? Ha-ha!) I love singing with Natalie and I think we’ve created such a fun, interactive night that really celebrates all aspects of the season. Christmastime captures the wonder of God’s gift to us and also the kindness of the human spirit. I think that is all reflected in the music we’re going to be doing each night!”
ABOUT NATALIE GRANT
Six-time Grammy nominated Natalie Grant is known for her powerful and soaring vocals, heart-gripping lyrics and passionate performances, and has remained one of the top-selling Christian & Gospel artists since her 2005 breakout RIAA Gold certified album, Awaken. She has since gone on to have nearly 4 million in career sales. The Gospel Music Association has named her Female Vocalist of the Year five times and she has had multiple #1s on the Billboard chart. Beyond her music career, Natalie has been an outspoken advocate for victims of human trafficking since 2005. She co-founded Hope for Justice International, which identifies and rescues victims of trafficking and then provides them with complete restorative care. The organization now has eight offices spanning four countries and three continents. Though she is a Seattle native, Natalie makes her home in Nashville with her husband, producer/songwriter Bernie Herms, and their three children: twins Grace and Bella, and their youngest, Sadie.
ABOUT DANNY GOKEY
Dove Award Winner and two time KLOVE Male Artist of the Year, Danny Gokey became a favorite of millions of fans as a Top 3 finalist on Season Eight of American Idol. Following Idol, Gokey released his debut album, My Best Days, which debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart. Since that time, Danny has celebrated a series of #1s including his follow-up album release Hope In Front of Me, his latest full album release Rise, and his first Award-winning holiday album, Christmas Is Here. Spawning singles like “Hope In Front of Me,” “Tell Your Heart to Beat Again,” “Rise” and his single “The Comeback,” Danny has cemented his place on the radio charts with multi-week, multi-chart #1 runs both in the United States and in Canada. Gokey’s hit single “Rise” and his newest single “The Comeback” have recently been released in Europe.
Danny is the founder of Sophia’s Heart, an organization established in 2008 in honor of his late wife, who passed away from a heart condition just prior to his time on American Idol. Gokey is a native of Milwaukee and currently lives in Nashville with his wife, Leyicet and their two children. The couple is currently expecting their third child in Fall of 2017.
ABOUT CHRISTIAN CARE MINISTRY
Florida-based Christian Care Ministry operates the Medi-Share health care sharing program through which members voluntarily and directly share each other’s medical bills. Since the program’s inception in 1993, Medi-Share members have shared more than $1.2 billion in medical bills. And, because of access to an extensive network of more than 700,000 health care providers, members have saved an additional $690 million in medical costs during that time. Medi-Share has more than 300,000 members in all 50 states.
More than just health care, Christian Care Ministry is a community of people who share their lives, faith, talents, and resources and pray for and encourage one another. For more information, visit MyChristianCare.org/Medi-Share
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