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Thousands of people gathered at the Christian concert, Winter Jam 2014, Nov. 11. This nighttime concert series, hosted on Veterans Day by the popular Christian band, Newsong, provided a powerful night of worship for many Fresno-area Christian music lovers.

The admission price to Winter Jam, held at the Save Mart Center, was kept at the low price of $10, to give everyone an opportunity to worship and hear the gospel.

This year Winter Jam featured Christian artist’s Hillsong United, Jeremy Camp, Francesca Battistelli, Colton Dixon, Disciple, NewSong, Trip Lee, Everfound, About A Mile and Veridia. Visual artist Jared Emerson and speaker Tony Nolan also participated.

Winter Jam ’14, was a concert like none other. The interest was so high the tickets sold out leaving people having to stand wherever they could find room. Hundreds were turned away at the door. However, various bands put on an acoustic show outside for those who were denied entry.

Senior Elise Winegarden enjoyed listening to Hillsong United, because of the overall worship experience.

“My favorite band was definitely Hillsong,” Winegarden said. “I really liked how they can express their hearts. They really got to bring people into worship. They got to show what worship is really about and how it’s just between you and God. You can enter in to that worship and just let God reign down on you.”

Another fan favorite was Jeremy Camp. He shared an inspirational story about how he recovered after his wife died. Winegarden’s brother Collin ’15, also attended the concert and was really moved by Camp’s testimony, which inspired some of the songs that he performed.

“My favorite was Jeremy Camp,” Collin said. “He?s really inspirational with his story behind his music. I like how his songs are not just empty words, but stories with deep meaning behind them”

Not only did the artists bring intimate worship with God, but performers such as Trip lee, Disciple, and Colton Dixon got the crowd’s adrenaline pumping. Senior Mikayla Miller was happy to see that Colton Dixon and Trip Lee got the crowded involved in their performances.

“Colton Dixon was really great,” Miller said. “He got everyone pumped up and jumping around. He was very exciting to watch preform. Trip Lee got the audience more involved by having everyone move their arms back and forth to the beat of his song.”

Aside from the worship, Winter Jam also brought a message that encouraged the audience to go all in for Christ. This message was given by speaker Tony Nolan.

Junior Kylie Bell thought it was cool how Nolan was able to preach the gospel, but relate social media into his message. He used the illustration that God can see behind the selfies we post. These posts will not save us from death and destruction.

“He shared that no matter how connected you are on social media, it will not earn you a ticket into Heaven,” Bell said. “The minute things that we believe are fulfilling in life, are not important to God. We have to recognize what is truly significant in God’s eyes.”

Newsong also incorporated this message when they performed a song entitled “Arise, My Love”. During this song Emerson finger painted a picture of Christ. The breathtaking impact of this performance showed the audience just how powerful God is.

Overall, the concert was not only encouraging to the people who went, but also a great presentation of modern christian music.

Olivia Quebe, ’16, who had never been to Winter Jam, loved it. She liked the variety of artists that performed, as well as the community it brought with the other hundreds of people in the stadium.

“This was my first time going to Winter Jam and I’m so happy I did,” Quebe said. “The amount of fellowship and genuine love for the Lord in that building was outstanding! It was nice to hear artists like Veridia and About A Mile, but it was also awesome to hear artists that you always hear on the radio perform live. Artists like Trip Lee and Disciple got the crowd pumped up, but I would have to say my favorites were Jeremy Camp and Hillsong. They both brought the entire building to their feet in worship. It was nothing I had ever seen before. It was such an amazing night and I can’t wait for next year.”

This community of worship was not only inspiring to the audience members, but also to the photographers at the concert. Bell, who was also one of the photographers for Winter Jam, thought it was an amazing experience to capture people worshiping with their hands raised and voices singing along.

“I loved that the bands sang some of their most popular songs so that everyone would sing along,” Bell said. “It was an incredible experience to photograph with everyone’s hands raised and singing.”

Winter Jam continues to encourage and bring an empowering atmosphere wherever they go. This concert is an amazing opportunity to worship as a community. Please check the Winter Jam 2015 website for upcoming concerts or follow them on Twitter: @winterjamtour and/or on Winter Jam Facebook page.

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