Popular Christian artists Bebo Norman, Sara Groves and Andrew Peterson will perform at Union College on Oct. 18 at 7:00 p.m. as part of Compassion International’s In the Round tour.
Each year Compassion International promotes the cause of under-privileged children around the world through the music of popular singer/songwriters who share the stage to raise awareness for Compassion International, their own music and their love for God. The artists featured in this year’s tour have unique backgrounds, but a common goal to create unity. Their desire to portray their struggles is demonstrated through each one’s powerfully raw lyrics.
The winner of two Dove Awards, Bebo Norman released his first of 12 albums in 1996 including hits “I Will Lift My Eyes” and “The Broken.” Norman refers to himself as an “accidental” musician in blogs and interviews alike, and after 16 years writing and recording albums he has announced his retirement from recording and touring.
“The truth is, my heart just hasn’t been in it for quite a while now, and what was left of it I feel like I squeezed out and emptied into writing and recording this latest project . . . one that I couldn’t be more proud to finish my career with,” he said in his blog. Lights of Distant Cities, his final full-length album, was released in October 2012, and his final radio single “Sing of Your Glory” was released in April 2013. In the Round will be the last tour for the father of three.
Sara Groves has garnered recognition as a lyrical poet in the music world. Her songs flow and reflect her extreme mission for God—to advocate for those in need or silenced by oppression. “I want the Kingdom of God to intersect my life in such a real life way that my faith is my life,” she said of her work with many organizations including Compassion in an interview with FaithTalks.com.
Groves, a three-time Dove Award winner, has also been named CCM Magazine’s Artist of the Year and a “woman to watch” by Christianity Today. Her latest album, The Collection, is a compilation of music for her 10 studio albums recorded over the past 15 years.
Rounding out the group is Andrew Peterson. Born a preacher’s kid, his young life followed the path of a stereotypical troublemaker until he discovered the music of Rich Mullins a year after his high school graduation. “I remember telling the Lord back when I was nineteen that if I could ever make someone feel the way Rich’s music made me feel, then that’s what I wanted to use my music for,” he said in a 2012 interview with Tabletalk magazine.
Peterson has released 15 albums including hits songs “Carry the Fire” and “You’ll Find Your Way.” He is also working on his fourth book in the Wingfeather Saga, a fantasy-adventure series for kids.
The College View Seventh-day Adventist Church is located at the corner of 48th and Prescott on the Union College campus. The concert will be free and open to the public.