Kutless's songs inspire hope

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Kutless and four other Christian rock bands will play in the Change a Life Tour stop Saturday at Atlantic Christian School in Egg Harbor Township./Submitted Kutless and four other Christian rock bands will play in the Change a Life Tour stop Saturday at Atlantic Christian School in Egg Harbor Township./Submitted Change a Life Tour coming to Egg Harbor Township

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – Whether it was fate, luck or good timing, one of the headlining acts in Saturday’s Spring Music Fest at Atlantic Christian School hopes to duplicate past success with its current song being played across the country.

When Christian recording artists Kutless takes the stage on Saturday, the group will play a set of songs taken mostly from its current CD, “Glory” released in February.

Kutless will join headliners Audio Adrenalin, plus Shine Bright Baby, Finding Favor and the Glenn Taylor Band as the Change a Life Tour makes it only local stop.

They will be joined the Glenn Taylor band, a local favorite.

Gates open at 2 p.m. with the first band going on stage at 5 p.m., rain or shine.

Atlantic Christian School is located at 391 Zion Road in Egg Harbor Township.

The Change a Life Tour will stop at the Atlantic Christian School on Saturday, May 10./Submitted The Change a Life Tour will stop at the Atlantic Christian School on Saturday, May 10./Submitted

Kutless hopes a late-in-the-game addition to “Glory” will have the same success that the group had with its 2009 megahit, “What Faith Can Do.”

“It has kind of become the anthem for people suffering from cancer,” said lead guitarist James Mead of “What Faith Can Do.”

“But the truth is I didn’t like it at first,” he admits now.

The song “What Faith Can Do” was written by Nashville songwriters Scott Davis and Scott Kripayne and released on Kutless’s “It is Well” album.

“There was just something about it,” said Mead, 31, who grew up playing in hard rock bands.

Ironically, the song was a late addition to the “It is Well” and became a signature piece for the Portland-based band.

“It has become the rally song for people who are going through cancer,” Mead said. “We have to remember that most people coming to the show… for them that song is really important and it has had a significant impact in their lives.”

Recently, a similar circumstance happened for Kutless, months after it had wrapped up recording “Glory” in the studio.

“It was the same kind of thing,” Mead said.

The band’s record label approached Kutless with “Never Too Late,” a song penned by Nashville-based songwriter Ian Eskelin.

“We were all done with the album, but the label felt really strong about the song,” Mead said. “So we started thinking about how it would work in our set. We felt it was really special.”

The song seemed like a natural for the Christian rock band whose songs inspire hope.

“Never Too Late” tells the promise of God’s love for creation and how, like the Bible story of a father’s everlasting love for his prodigal son, it’s never too late for us to welcome God into our lives.

The song is receiving extensive airplay on Christian music stations across the country.

Mead said the group plays music that will help some people discover God’s place in their lives while helping others continue their journey.

“A lot of nights we are reminded what it’s about,” he said. “Because at the end of the show, we can go out into the lobby and shake people’s hands. We are encouraged by the people who share incredible stories and it reminds us again why this is so important.”

“Much of the music in the CD “Glory” was inspired by the band members’ participation in a Bible study program on the book of Revelation at the Athey Creek Christian Fellowship, Mead said.

“They’ve always had our backs,” he said of the band’s home where it still plays as a worship band.

If You Go

Atlantic Christian School Spring Music Fest featuring Change a Life Tour artists Audio Adrenaline, Kutless, Finding Favor and Shine Bright Baby, and The Glenn Taylor Band.

Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 the day of the concert for adults and $8 and $10 for ages 5-12. Younger than 5 are free.

Tickets are available at www.soldiersforfaith.com and at the door.

Proceeds benefit Atlantic Christian School, 391 Zion Road, Egg Harbor Township.

Gates open at 2 p.m.; bands begin playing at 5 p.m.

There will be a family fun zone, bouncy house, rock wall, and games.

Guests may bring their own food.

No alcohol is permitted.


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