Feed Your Faith Announces Summerfest ’09 Concert with Sanctus Real, DecembeRadio and Decyfer Down

(Originally posted May 12, 2009) – KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – East Tennessee will officially kick off summer this year with the Feed Your Faith Summerfest ’09 at Sevier Heights Baptist Church on June 18, 2009.  Feed Your Faith Summerfest ’09 will feature Sanctus Real, DecembeRadio and Decyfer Down.

Feed Your Faith was started three years ago to bring nationally known Christian speakers, authors and performing artists to East Tennessee while raising money for local charities.  Through its events, Feed Your Faith has raised tens of thousands of dollars for East Tennessee food-banks, women’s shelters and groups that help homeless families get back on their feet.

“Our concept is very simple,” said Feed Your Faith founder Mike Williams.  “We want to spiritually feed believers by bringing the best, brightest and most thought-provoking Christian events to this area while physically feeding and providing support to those in our community who are in need.”

The Feed Your Faith Summerfest ’09 at Sevier Heights Baptist Church features three of Christian music’s most talented and popular bands; Sanctus Real, DecembeRadio and Decyfer Down.  All three bands have earned national followings and best-selling recordings for their unique rock sounds and heartfelt lyrics.

Sanctus Real:  Success for Sanctus Real has typically been marked with massive radio singles, including six No. 1 songs and 11 Top 5 hits, albums that have marched up the Billboard sales charts, major tours with some of the biggest names in the business, or draped with various awards, including the Modern Rock Album of the Year Dove Award.

With their newest record, “We Need Each Other,” the Toledo, Ohio-based band members – Mark Graalman, Chris Rohman, Matt Hammitt, Dan Gartley and Pete Provost – feel they have created their most successful album to date because for them, it is just that.  After three records, the guys have finally crafted in their fourth effort the ever-elusive album – definitely not the norm in this era of hit singles. Not that the first single and title track wasn’t infectious enough to climb to No. 1 in record time, which it did, but the real surprise for the listener lies in the album as a whole.

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We Need Each Other represents a startling leap forward in its songwriting, musicianship and overall production, and for the band, a way to connect to its listeners with a theme worth talking about. Wholeness, family and unity are what Sanctus Real has always been about, but it has never been penned so effectively. Complete with gut-honest lyrics and feel-good melodies from the opening riff to the closing thought, a strong, unyielding sense of unity and community is woven through the very musical fiber of this much-anticipated new album.

Since the release of 2006’s critically acclaimed “The Face of Love,” which feature the No. 1 songs Don’t Give Up and I’m Not Alright, the band members themselves have grown into a unified whole.  Since 1996, Sanctus Real has been performing, touring, and recording with joint goals of entertaining and encouraging listeners.

DecembeRadio:  Ask anyone who has ever been to a DecembeRadio show to describe the experience and you’ll get an enthusiastic barrage of comments about the band’s blistering stage show and an adrenaline-fueled rock spectacle that leaves audiences nearly breathless. Yet intertwined among the searing guitars and anthemic choruses, the heart of the band shines through on every note.  It’s that unwavering commitment to spread the Gospel that defines the essence of DecembeRadio and reverberates throughout their sophomore set “Satisfied.”

“God has called us to do this and we know that,” says guitarist Eric Miker. “Every time we play a show we hear how our songs have impacted people. We’ve had people come up to us after the show and say, ‘This song is what made me realize that no matter what it was that I was going through, I could turn back to God.’ They just need to hear the words.”

Few bands more effectively fuse music and ministry than this Virginia-based foursome. Miker along with lead vocalist/bassist Josh Reedy, lead guitarist Brian Bunn and drummer Boone Daughdrill burst onto the national scene with their self-titled Slanted Records’ debut in 2006. The project was nominated for a GRAMMY for Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album and earned the group four Dove Award nominations, including nods in the Best New Artist category and Song of the Year for “Drifter.” That night the band claimed their first Dove Award when DecembeRadio was honored for Rock Album of the Year, an impressive feat for a new band.

Decyfer Down:  As much as “Crash,” Decyfer Down’s current album, is a metaphor for the band’s ability to rise above its most straining circumstances, it’s also a call to action for anyone downtrodden to bounce back from whatever hurdle may hang between where they are and what they hope to achieve. “It’s an impact of our ideals and beliefs in today’s culture and it’s why we have named our album Crash,” said drummer Josh Oliver. “Our life experiences have lead us to where we are right now and circumstances that once affected our lives can no longer control us. This is just a way of expressing and illustrating the scars and the breakthroughs in our lives.”

Not only does the disc overflow with ambition, confidence and overall creative excellence, but the aggressive endeavor also finds the players digging in an even more mature lyrical direction that simultaneously meets listeners of any association exactly where they are, while challenging them to make assertive strides towards increased personal fulfillment.

“As has been the band’s tradition, Crash is certainly capable of connecting with crowds, if only for the unflinching degree of honesty within the lyrics and the overall vibe of the album,” said front man TJ Harris. “As a band, our hope is that listeners will be inspired to explore themselves to an even deeper degrees and that’s an energy I continue to feel every time we deliver these songs on stage.”  In addition to Oliver and Harris, Brandon Mills (guitar) and Chris Clonts (guitar) make up Decyfer Down.

Feed Your Faith Summerfest ’09 tickets are available at www.FeedYourFaith.org, at all three Cedar Springs Christian Bookstores and through  iTickets by calling 800-965-9324.  Tickets are $13 each in advance, $15 at the door and group tickets (ten or more ordered at the same time) will be $11 each.  Sevier Heights Baptist Church is located at 3232 Alcoa Highway in Knoxville.  Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the Feed Your Faith Summerfest ’09 begins at 7 p.m.

Feed Your Faith Summerfest ’09 is generously sponsored by Cedar Springs Christian Stores and Love 89 Radio.  For more information, visit www.FeedYourFaith.org.

Feed Your Faith was started three years ago to bring nationally known Christian speakers, authors and performing artists to East Tennessee while raising money for local charities.

Feed Your Faith Welcomes Sanctus Real, needtobreathe and This Beautiful Republic

(Originally posted May 2007) —  On Friday night, May 4, we are pleased to present SANCTUS REAL in a one-night only performance brought to you by Feed Your Faith.  The concert will begin at 7 p.m. (doors will open at 6:30 p.m.) and a limited number of tickets are available.  The concert will be at High Praises Church at 1601 East Broadway Avenue in Maryville – just minutes from the new Pellissippi Parkway exit.  Tickets are $14 in advance, $16 the day of the concert.  Groups of 10 or more will pay just $12 per ticket and groups of 25 or more will pay just $10 per ticket.  This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see these Dove Award-winning artists perform in an intimate setting.  All seating is general admission, so plan to arrive early.  Don’t miss out, get your tickets today at www.FeedYourFaith.org.  All proceeds from this event go directly to The School of Hope.


Sanctus Real

LAST YEAR, MEMBERS OF THE DOVE AWARD-WINNING SANCTUS REAL discovered their greatest joy making and playing music together as the best of friends. Today, with the release of their third national record, The Face of Love, Sanctus Real comes of age, pressing forward to carry a compelling image of hope to an eager world. With this album, the four-member, Toledo, Ohio-based rock band is poised for 2006 to be its breakout year.

The Face of Love contains hard-hitting songs portraying universal themes of love, brokenness and the sometime elusive sense of God’s presence. Inspired by real-life heartache and rediscovered joy, the emotions behind each track are vulnerable and undisguised, making this album the bands most accessible project. Further, Sanctus Real members Matt Hammitt (lead vocals), Mark Graalman (drums), Chris Rohman (guitars) welcome newest addition Dan Gartley (bass), a protoge of producer Mark Townsend. Gartley replaces former bassist Steve Goodrum.

Enter producer Chris Stevens (tobyMac, Shawn McDonald), who helped the band channel its complex emotions into songwriting, their grief-stricken passion into powerful, emotive studio performances. The album’s opening confessional, I’m Not Alright, locates the singer in desperate human brokenness, requiring him to move closer to God for strength. Inspired by Brennan Mannings The Signature of Jesus, the albums title track, The Face of Love, became an unabashed anthem of unconditional love.

With The Face of Love, Modern Rock Album of the Year Winners Sanctus Real recognizes change throughout life is hard, even gut-wrenching. Yet it can finally usher empowering expectations. More to the point, death does not get the final word. Love does, and it happens every day, in a child’s birth, in deciding to press on searching for another chance – even in making music with your best friends. This is the hope to start again, and in them are images of love.


Feed Your Faith is a ministry started by Maryville resident Mike Williams.  The non-profit group brings well-known speakers, authors and performing artists to East Tennessee to help Christians grow in their faith while raising money to help local charities.  Past Feed Your Faith Events have raised thousands of dollars for organizations including the Second Harvest Food Bank, Knox Area Rescue Ministries and the Compassion Coalition. Last year, Rick Laney joined Mike Williams as a partner to promote and market the Feed Your Faith events.  Most recently, Feed Your Faith brought best-selling author Lee Strobel to Knoxville.  Feed Your Faith now partners with Cedar Springs Christian Bookstores, Love 89, Joy 62 and many local churches to extend the reach of this exciting ministry.


The mission of School of Hope is to share God’s love by equipping teenage parents, parents to be, and their children to meet the challenges of life through spiritual, parental, academic, and life skills education in a nurturing, nonjudgmental, loving environment. Students at the School of Hope meet for four hours a day, five days a week, and have to abide by an attendance policy. But the school provides much more than preparation for getting a GED. The School of Hope, a mission of Green Meadow United Methodist Church, helps teenagers develop life skills such as cooking, shopping, banking and parenting as well as eyeing the possibility of furthering their education after earning their GED. The underlying theme of the program is to educate the parents, academically and spiritually, so their children can have a better life. Teen pregnancies are a big factor in having a life of poverty, and The School of Hope is helping teen parents and their new children beat the odds.

For more information, visit www.FeedYourFaith.org

Sanctus Real and Decemberabio in Concert – June 18th, 2009

We’re excited to announce that Feed Your Faith will be hosting a concert on June 18th, 2009 featuring Sanctus Real and Decemberadio with special guest Decyfer Down. Sponsored by Love89.1FM, Cedar Springs Christian Bookstore, and Sevier Heights Baptist Church. Details for this event: Continue reading Sanctus Real and Decemberabio in Concert – June 18th, 2009