It’s not quite correct to call Sunday’s concert the “Shane & Shane Christmas Tour with Phil Wickham.”
That’s because all three artists will take the stage together, said Shane Everett, one half of the acoustic worship duo Shane & Shane.
Wickham, Everett said, “will be singing on our songs. We’ll be singing on his songs. We’re sharing the same band. It’s going to be really unique. It’s the only time you’ll get to hear these arrangements.”
The tour stops in 16 cities over 19 days, including the Banks Mills Campus of Cedar Creek Church in Aiken on Sunday.
Last month, Wickham flew to the band’s home base in Texas for rehearsals. They arranged popular selections from each other’s albums, and a number of Christmas songs and hymns.
This isn’t the first time the musicians have toured together. They met about six years ago and have toured together at least seven times, Everett said. This time, it made sense to travel light for such a short tour.
“We’re such great friends. We were just talking and said, ‘Why don’t we just share a band?’ ” Everett said. “It’s something unique and different and special for a few weeks of the year.”
Each night of the tour, Everett said, he looks forward to performing O Holy Night, his favorite Christmas song, and listening to Wickham’s arrangement of the Little Drummer Boy.
The tour kicked off Nov. 30 and wraps Dec. 18, giving the musicians plenty of time to get home for Christmas.
“This year, we’re all hanging around the house and hopefully not doing much,” Everett said. “It’s been a crazy season for us. We’ve really been having a lot of fun.”
The duo released a new studio album, The One You Need, in October, and have been touring since.
“We’ve kind of been road dogs from the beginning,” he said. “We’re a touring band and have been for 12 years.”
Everett said he likes live performances because they give him a chance to let his passion for the music shine.
“It’s a little more impassioned live,” he said. “People are always surprised, but we’re really into it.”
It’s the message, however, that makes the music worth singing, Everett said.
“We feel called to encourage people that the Lord loves them,” he said. “I feel like that’s what we were put here to do. Music seems to have been a good avenue for that.’’