Winter Jam 2014, 2015 Features 8 Word Artists; Skillet Returns as Headliner, Joins Francesca Battistelli, for KING & COUNTRY, Family Force 5, Everfound, Blanca, About a Mile and Veridia
Winter Jam Tour Spectacular 2015 kicked off its 20th anniversary year at a launch party earlier this week in Nashville, Tennessee. Of the ten artists slated for the East Coast run, which begins January 2 in Charleston, West Virginia, seven are from Word Entertainment. Skillet reprises their role as tour headliner, joining label mates for KING & COUNTRY, Family Force 5 and Blanca, as well as Francesca Battistelli, About A Mile, Everfound and Veridia who are also part of the West Coast run, launching November 6.
For the past seven years, Word Entertainment has been well-represented on Winter Jam, particularly on the Pre-Jam Party, which has served as a showcase for new bands. Over the years, artists like for KING & COUNTRY, Everfound, Love & The Outcome, Jason Castro, Sidewalk Prophets and many more have cut their teeth as part of the Winter Jam Pre-Jam Party. In 2015, that now 8-year partnership comes full-circle. “We are thankful for the eight years we have partnered with Winter Jam on the Pre-Jam Party,” says Rod Riley, President and CEO of Word Entertainment. “This year is a phenomenal example of that relationship with Francesca Battistelli and for KING & COUNTRY having started their Winter Jam relationship on the Pre-Jam Party and are now returning to join the tour.”
Founded in 1985 by Newsong, Winter Jam has been the #1 tour in the world (first quarter) for four consecutive years. The structure and success has remained largely unduplicated, making it an experience unto its own for both concert-goers and artists. “Winter Jam is such a unique and powerful platform for our artists as it is a tour that brings together 500,000 fans who are passionate about the power of Christian music and ten bands that get to bond with each other from coast to coast,” says Riley.
Francesca Battistelli echoed that sentiment, sharing that she was “excited to be a part of Winter Jam for the third time.” Pastor Tony Nolan, who is returning as the Winter Jam Pastor referred to the camaraderie on and off-stage as “a kind-of family.” New artist, Veridia, said they were, “overwhelmed and so excited to be a part of Winter Jam.” Russ Lee, founding member of Newsong and Winter Jam, stated that he’s blown away year after year by “the diversity of artists on this tour. There’s nothing else like it. It’s God’s tour.”
From Francesca to Skillet to Everfound and Veridia, the artists on this year’s tour offer a wide range of entertainment for every family member and every generation. “I am thrilled for everyone to experience this show,” concludes Riley. “From the first pre-Jam artist to the last explosive Skillet song, it will be a diverse and powerful night of music.”