RezFest concert to feature MercyMe, Brandon Heath, Natalie Grant
By by jennifer preyss
April 12, 2011 at 12:04 p.m.
Updated April 12, 2011 at 11:13 p.m.
Powered by Victoria's own Man to Man Ministries, three major players in the Christian pop music scene will soon visit the Crossroads.
The first-ever RezFest, an Easter celebration concert set for the Brackenridge Main Event Center on Thursday, April 21, will feature the Grammy-nominated MercyMe and Brandon Heath, and GMA vocalist of the year, Natalie Grant.
"Man, it's going to be an incredible deal. We're real excited this is almost here," RezFest producer and Man to Man Ministries organizer, Glen Dry said. "It will be the largest Christian concert in history this area has ever seen."
The Dove Award and American Music Award-winning MercyMe is best known for hit songs, "I Can Only Imagine," "Here With Me," and "So Long Self."
Since they debuted in 2001, they've sold nearly 6 million CDs and DVDs.
Similarly, Brandon Heath, who toured Victoria with Jars of Clay last November, is a Nashville-based singer/songwriter who was twice-nominated for a Grammy Award. He holds multiple GMA Dove Awards and won an Emmy Award for his hit song, "Give Me Your Eyes," for Rescue Mission's Hunger to Hope 2009 PSA Campaign.
Four-time GMA Vocalist of the Year, Natalie Grant, is also slated to perform at RezFest. The singer/songwriter has garnered much acclaim for hits, "In Better Hands," "Human" and "Held."
Dry, who was responsible for inviting MercyMe's national Lovewell Live Tour to RezFest, said he wanted his first big concert effort to provide an entertaining concert experience for a range of attendees, especially families.
"People are always asking for good events, positive events. So, I decided to do something about it," Dry said. "This creates a great atmosphere where Christians can come to celebrate their faith."
But Dry admitted he also wanted to organize an annual event that would celebrate the Christian Easter season.
"I created RezFest to celebrate the resurrection of Christ," he said.
Camping is available near Brackenridge Main Event Center for concert-goers traveling to Edna from neighboring cities.
Tickets are general admission, and range in price from $10-$50.