Aiken welcomes big-name Christian music acts

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Casting Crowns
Casting Crowns

WHO: tobyMac, the former frontman for Christian trio DC Talk, has taken off with a career as a solo recording artist, music producer and author. His live album, Alive and Transported, won the Grammy Award for Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album in 2009.

ON TOUR: He is known for flashy performances and diverse musical influences, including hip-hop and Jamaican sounds. On the Unplugged tour, however, Mac presents a storyteller-style collection of new and old songs.

NEW ALBUM: Christmas in Diverse City was released in October. Guest artists include Leigh Nash, Owl City and Jamie-Grace.



WHO: The 19-year-old musician got her start on the Women of Faith’s Revolve Tour and was signed by Gotee Records, the record label founded by tobyMac. She is studying children’s ministry at Point University in East Point, Ga.

ON STAGE: The Lithonia, Ga., native was diagnosed with Tourette syndrome at age 11 and shares her story in concerts.

NEW ALBUM: One Song At A Time, featuring the single Hold Me, was released in September.



WHO: The Atlanta-based group features seven performers who produce Contemporary Christian rock and pop music.

NEW ALBUM: Come To the Well, the group’s fifth studio album, was released Friday. It includes the song Courageous, co-written by Hall and Matthew West for the Sherwood Pictures film by the same name.

ON TOUR: Casting Crowns partners with World Vision, the Christian humanitarian relief agency. To date, the band has helped generate more than 50,000 child sponsorships through World Vision.



WHO: The five-man group from Toledo, Ohio, plays alternative Christian music. It released three independent albums then signed with Sparrow Records.

LATEST ALBUM: In 2010, Sanctus Real released Pieces of a Real Heart and Pieces of Our Past, an anthology. The studio album earned a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary/Pop Gospel Album.



WHO: Christian rock band The Afters was formed by Joshua Havens and Matt Fuqua, then employees at a Dallas-area Starbucks who played together before deciding to start a band.

LATEST ALBUM: In 2010, The Afters released Light Up The Sky. The title track hit No. 1 on the Billboard Christian Contemporary Hit Radio charts.



WHO: The Chicago native studied linguistics at the Moody Bible Institute before signing with Reunion Records.

NEW ALBUM: If It Leads Me Back, an EP released in September, is a preview for a full-length studio album due out in January. Both feature the single Say My Name.




tobyMac Unplugged: A Night of Stories and Songs features tobyMac and Jamie-Grace in an acoustic concert. The event starts at 7 p.m. at Millbrook Baptist Church, 223 South Aiken Blvd. SE, Aiken. Tickets are $10-$50. Call (866) 440-7880 or see


Sanctus Real, The Afters and Lindsay McCaul join Casting Crowns for the Come to the Well tour at the USC Aiken Convocation Center, 375 Robert M. Bell Parkway, Aiken. Tickets are $23-$75; call (866) 440-7880 or see

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