Next month, a special concert featuring three of the nation’s top contemporary Christian musicians will raise money for the McDowell Titan Athletics Booster Club.

On Saturday, May 11, a concert featuring 7eventh Time Down, Jason Gray and special guest Cloverton will be held in the McDowell High gym starting at 7 p.m. with the doors opening at 5:30 p.m.

These nationally known contemporary Christians artists will perform in Marion as a stop in 7eventh Time Down’s Brand New Day national tour.

Originally from Mount Vernon, Kentucky, 7eventh Time Down has released three full-length albums and two Christmas extended play albums. The band’s biggest radio single is “God Is on the Move” which stayed at No. 1 on the charts for five weeks, according to the band’s Wikipedia entry.

7eventh Time Down is described as a Christian band that plays songs in classic rock style. The band’s sound uses influences from Led Zeppelin, The Who, The Doors and even Johnny Cash. The Band supports CURE International, a non-profit organization that assists kids who have physical disabilities, according to Wikipedia.

The members are Austin Miller (drums and percussion), Cliff Williams (bass), Eric Vanzant (lead guitar) and Mikey Howard (lead vocals and rhythm guitar).

Singer and songwriter Jason Gray will also share the stage with 7eventh Time Down.

A native of southwestern Minnesota, Gray released four independent records before signing with Centricity Music in 2006. Centricity released his first major label record, “All the Lovely Losers” in 2007. ChristianityToday.com calls Gray one of “Christian music’s best kept secrets,” according to his Wikipedia entry.

Gray has won two ASCAP Performance Awards for “More Like Falling In Love” (2011) and “Good to Be Alive” (2012). He has shared the stage with many major artists such as Michael W. Smith, Steven Curtis Chapman and Sanctus Real. In May 2013, he was honored at ASCAP’s 35th Annual Christian Music Awards with the Most Performed Song Award for his song “Good to Be Alive” co-written with Brandon Heath and Jason Ingram. The song was a Top 5 single on Christian radio and was released on Gray's album “A Way to See in the Dark.” In March 2014, Gray released the album “Love Will Have the Final Word” and the lead single, “With Every Act of Love” was a hit too. He released “Where the Light Gets In” in June 2016 on Centricity Music, according to Wikipedia.

The contemporary Christian music and worship band Cloverton will be a special guest at the May 11 concert at McDowell High.

Based in Manhattan, Kansas, Cloverton started with members Lance Stafford (piano and vocals), his twin brother Layne Stafford (bass), Kirby LeMoine (drums and percussion) and Matt Brown (guitars). This would change in 2015 with LeMoine’s and Brown’s departure from the band, and the addition of Rains Wall on drums and Conner Giles on guitar. Cloverton released a successful single in 2011, “Take Me Into the Beautiful.” This charted on various Christian music songs charts published by Billboard. The band’s debut album, “Patterns,” came out in 2013. The first Christmas extended play album, “We Sing Joy,” charted on three Billboard charts. Their most recent work is “Bloom,” released September 2017. Adding to their lineup in the summer/fall of 2017, Jon Moment and Thaddeus Johnson joined on bass and guitar. At the start of 2018, Cloverton signed with Red Letter Management, according to Wikipedia.

Ticket prices are $20 for general admission, $25 on the floor and $30 for VIP tickets (a limit of 50 tickets which includes premium seating and a meet-and-greet with the artists).

All proceeds from this concert will go to help the McDowell Titan Athletics Booster Club. Tickets are available at TitanBoosters.com. The event is sponsored by the Booster Club, 106.9 The Light FM and Grace Community Church, according to organizers.

For more information, visit the Facebook page: McDowell Titan Athletic Booster Club. You can also check out the Facebook pages and websites for the artists.

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