Concluding its 18thÂ season March 30 with a record-setting 42 sellouts since launching in January, the 44-city mega tour hit some of the countryâ€™s largest arenas. With a combined total audience of nearly 554,000 people, this year’s tour was the biggest in Winter Jam history.
Founded and hosted by GRAMMYÂ®-nominated NewSong, the Winter Jam 2013 Tour Spectacular was headlined by GRAMMYÂ®-winning, multi-platinum recording artist TobyMac.Â Presented by World Vision and promoted by Premier Productions, the tour also featured RED, Matthew West, Jamie Grace, Sidewalk Prophets and Royal Tailor, with a message from national speaker Nick Hall. Additionally, the Youth Music Vault Pre-Jam Party included performances from Jason Castro, OBB and Capital Kings.
Highlights of this yearâ€™s unprecedented tour included sellouts at such top venues as Chicagoâ€™s Sears Centre; Atlantaâ€™s Philips Arena; The Sprint Center in Kansas City; Oklahoma Cityâ€™s Chesapeake Energy Arena; and Clevelandâ€™s Wolstein Center, among numerous others. Winter Jamâ€™s capacity â€œhometownâ€ stop at Nashvilleâ€™s Bridgestone Arena February 9 featured a string of special guest appearances, including Newsboysâ€™ Michael Tait, Francesca Battistelli, Mandisa and for KING & COUNTRY. The tour concluded March 30 at San Antonioâ€™s AT&T Center, with an opportunity for fans around the world to view the show live online.
“Without fail, God uses Winter Jam to touch lives for His Kingdom in ways that exceed our greatest expectations every year,” said NewSong’s Eddie Carswell, founder of Winter Jam. “Record sellouts have allowed more people than ever to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ during the tour, while providing opportunities to help the least of these around the world. Behind the scenes, Winter Jam is a special family. Lifelong friendships are made among the tour’s amazing artists and crew.”
Created by NewSong in 1995, Winter Jam has consistently featured the genreâ€™s biggest names, introducing Christian music to new audiences across the country while providing a powerful platform for the Gospel message.
Middle:Â REDÂ (credit: Kurt Heinecke)
Lower:Â NewSong’s Russ Lee (l) and Matt ButlerÂ (credit: David Kelly