Faith Fest 2017

Sponsored by WoodForest National Bank and MHW Realestate

Faith Fest 2017

Building 429, Hawk Nelson, Josh Wilson, Chris August, Rex Robards and The Grateful, Chad Shrader, Bri Bagwell

Saturday · November 4, 2017

Doors: 12:00 pm / Show: 1:30 pm

Free

This event is all ages

Event date: November 04, 2017 FREE CONCERT EVENT
Event Location: Heritage Park in Downtown Conroe
Gates open at 12:00 PM (We have a large line up this year of speakers and artist so there is a chance we will start around 1:30pm and conclude around 10:00pm)
Faith Fest will boast vendors, Kid Zone with activities, concessions and non-profit booths

Faith Fest 2017
A small group of local community Christian leaders decided that it was time for the churches and leaders of Montgomery County to work together to make the community better. Their belief was that if we come together to celebrate and praise Jesus we will get to know each other in the process. By having fun together we can and will build relationships which will lead to us working together for the common good. We all worship the same Jesus and it is the devil that we let divide us. As Christians, it is time that we come together to stand up for what we believe and, at the same time, make a difference in the community that we live in.

“We do not convince others by telling them loudly how wrong they are and how right we are. We convince them by showing them a light so lovely they will want with all their hearts to know the source of the light.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle, 1918-2007, American Author
Building 429
Building 429
Quite often the gifts that God gives believers take on an added potency when simmered in the sauce of experience. Such is the case with Building 429, the talented pop/rock outfit that topped the charts in 2004 with “Glory Defined” and proceeded to build one of the Christian music community’s most impactful ministries.

Now after nearly a decade in the national spotlight, Building 429 has teamed with Provident Music Group for their fifth album, Listen To The Sound. “It really is the overflow of the life that we’ve lived over the last two or three years, especially this past year,” says lead vocalist Jason Roy. “I’m a worship pastor now and that has been a huge part of the lyrical content of this record. It’s about the lives that I’ve been involved with. This really does come from a much more honest place.”

Drummer Michael Anderson agrees. “Individually we’re all on a different spiritual level than we’ve ever been,” he says. “We have great home churches now that we’re happily involved in. Our family lives at home are better than they’ve ever been and our relationship as a band is light years above what it’s ever been. I think that really shows through with this new music.”

Blessed with one of the most distinctive voices in any genre of music, Jason overcame a turbulent childhood and found solace in the church and in music. He launched Building 429 determined to make a difference in the lives of others needing to hear the truth of the gospel. The band broke through with the powerful hit “Glory Defined,” which was named BMI’s Christian Song of the Year in 2005. That same year Building 429 was named New Artist of the Year at the Gospel Music Association’s Dove Awards and the band was also nominated in the Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year and Song of the Year categories.

In the past few years, Jason, Michael, guitarist Jesse Garcia and bassist Aaron Branch have toured heavily. They’ve hit the road with Casting Crowns, tobyMac and other acts as well as headlining several treks, including Food for the Hungry's SummerFest 2009 and 2010 and Food for the Hungry WinterBlast 2010 and 2011. But even as they were touring the country and pouring into the lives of others, Jason and his wife Cortni found themselves becoming increasingly involved in their home church in Clarksville, TN.

Jason was on tour in New Mexico when he got a call saying their worship pastor was leaving and they needed Jason to fill in. He confesses he’d always been hesitant to lead worship, but didn’t want to say no. “So I went in and I led the Christmas service and it was awesome,” he says. “I had a blast! I was surrounded by people who desired to grow musically and spiritually. I felt like God did something with me there that he hadn’t done with me on the road in a while. I called up the pastor and said, ‘I think God has called me to do this.’”

Simply being obedient to God and serving his home church had a powerful impact on Jason and began shaping this new chapter in Building 429’s career. “I started doing life with people,” Jason says with a smile. “I’ve started plugging back into the church and I started getting fed again. When I became a leader of a worship group that’s 80 plus people, I started seeing that all the things that I learned on the road were actually able to elevate what we were doing at home in the church. What I did with the band fed what I did in church and now when we made this new record with Provident, what I did at the church---the life that I live there and the mentoring and the people that mentored me and the spiritual depth that has come from that---is now feeding the Building thing. I never saw that coming.”

Collectively the songs on Listen To The Sound acknowledge life’s struggles, but point to the hope, grace and love of God. “I think what this record does is it makes you take a look at your life and say ‘I’m connected to it because it’s the truth that I don’t tell anybody else about. This is where I am,’” Jason says, acknowledging that the record is encouraging families struggling in this tough economy, people dealing with depression and other challenges. “This record keeps coming back to the point that this is not what we were made for, that this is not our home. It is hitting people in the midst of a struggle, but it’s doing it in this pop kind of thing that makes you smile while you listen to it.”

Songs like the title track, “War Zone,” “Where I Belong” and “You Save Me” are resonating strongly with people in the midst of trials, including Jason’s own father, who calls daily to tell his son how this new music is ministering to him. “I finished the record and I sent the songs to dad and he literally asked me, ‘did you write these songs about me?’ The answer to that question was ‘no, not intentionally,’” Jason says. “But it also proves to me that all of us struggle in a lot of ways with the same stuff. We really do. It’s how you choose to handle the situation that you are in that defines who you are.”

Splitting production duties between co-producers Jason Ingram and Rusty Varenkamp, and Rob Hawkins, Building 429 has crafted a record that is sonically vibrant and lyrically substantive. Jason wrote or co-wrote nine of the ten tracks. “War Zone” is the only outside cut, but ended up being the song that would pull the album’s theme together. “When I heard ‘War Zone,’ I was like ‘I would say that,’” Jason proclaims. “It did something for me,” he says. “It empowered me to realize, ‘This is a war zone! My hands are tired. My faith is worn, but I run because I need you God.’ This album centers on the idea that nothing is as it seems. This life is not where we belong, or where we are going. So daily, we have to fight for our faith and our families, and ‘War Zone’ says it all.”

Michael Anderson cites “Made for You” as his favorite song on the album “just because of what it says. We were all created to be living in community with our Lord, our savior Jesus Christ. That’s what it’s all about and besides that, it’s just a really fun track to play live. It’s just really cool to get to share that with people.”

“Listen to the Sound” is instantly memorable. “It was different than anything we had before on any other record,” notes Michael. “From my perspective the whole groove of it is totally different than anything we’ve done. When Jason first played me that one, it was probably the one that most surprised me.

Jason enlisted his worship team to sing on the album’s opening track “Made for You” and “Where I Belong.” He also recruited a very special guest to sing the duet “I’ll Be With You.” “I’m a fan,” Jason says of Fireflight’s frontwoman Dawn Michele. “I wrote this song with a second verse designed for a female vocal. I’ve always loved Dawn’s voice, not to mention that she is a natural born rock star. It is a blessing to have her on the song.”

Recording the whole album was an enjoyable experience for the seasoned pop/rock outfit. “We’re just much more comfortable as a band, and it all starts with our spiritual walk,” says Michael. “We’re much more mature now. This was the most relaxed and the most fun we’ve had recording a record. We all played on it and we were all in the studio pretty much the whole time while everybody was recording. It was fun to be there and to be able to encourage each other. This is definitely a record that the band was most involved in every little part of it.”

Experienced, mature, and as dedicated as ever to sharing God’s truth, the members of Building 429 are excited about this new season in the band’s ministry. “This is where God has put me right now and I hate to quote my own song, but it really is about just ‘one foot in front of the other,’” Jason says with a smile, citing the uptempo anthem “One Foot.” “We just have to focus on this moment. It’s time for us to value every second that we have and use it all for the glory of God.”
Hawk Nelson
Hawk Nelson
What does a real relationship between real-world people and a real-world God look like?
This is what Hawk Nelson explores in their seventh studio album: Diamonds.

“Diamonds talks about how God can use pressure, struggle, trials and stress in our life and make it into something stronger and more beautiful,” lead singer Jon Steingard said. “Just in the same way that diamonds are made. It’s a big comfort to me when I’m in those times to remember that hardships have a purpose and aren’t without meaning. A diamond is strong. It reflects light. It doesn’t have any light of its own, but it reflects the light that it receives.”

This group of four guys has won the hearts of thousands since its debut release in 2004. Originating from Ontario, Canada, they've been awarded two Canadian GMA awards, multiple GMA Dove Award nominations as well as a JUNO nomination. The band was also once voted CCM Magazine fans voted them as their "Favorite New Artist" in their Reader's Choice Awards.

But the band went through some trials of its own in recent years. With band personnel changes and a move to a new record label after 10 years, it led to moments of “trying to figure it out all over again” and feeling pressured to make the right decision about how to move forward. “That’s not something that’s unique to us as a band,” Steingard said. “Each of us individually goes through seasons like that where we feel like the pressure is on, feeling like, ‘We’ve got to get this right.’”

And get it right, they did. Made, their sixth album, debuted at No. 2 on the iTunes Christian & Gospel chart as well as in the Top 100 overall albums. Their radio single “Words” went No. 1 at Billboard’s Christian Hot AC/CHR and remained in the Top 10 for 22 weeks.

Their audience is expanding thanks to their music’s exposure on NBC, MTV, WB, WGN, KTLA, Nickelodeon and the NFL Network. Their songs have also been used with special promotions for American Idol, the NFL, Nike, JCPenny's, Olympics, NHL and Michelle Obama's "Big Day Out" 2011 campaign.

“Diamonds really delivers in a big, new way,” Daniel Biro said. “It’s almost like energy is injected into the whole mix. It’s a whole new thing.”

The band wanted to visually capture this new big sound in a big way, so they took the idea of The Color Run™ and applied it to a photo shoot with photographer David Molnar. “It was just a cool image to us,” Steingard said. “We wanted lots of bright color, lots of energy. One of the things we were talking about on the record is the joy that comes in living a life of gratefulness, living a life of freedom.”

Just as the band feels like they’re just getting started, one of the songs of the album explores that sentiment. “American Idol” picked up “Just Getting Started” and used it in promotion for their show during the 2014 World Series.

Another song, “Thank God for Something,” has been the focus of a social media campaign and tour. “We actually had a big piece of parchment paper in the lobby every night,” Steingard said. “We invited people to write down things that they were grateful for, and there’s something powerful that happens when you write down the things that you’re grateful for in your life.” One of those nights as he wrote, he realized there was no shortage of ideas. “As you get yourself in that mindset of being grateful, it’s amazing how much joy that brings no matter the circumstances,” he said.

The debut single from Diamonds, “Drops In The Ocean,” came from the experience of being raised in the church as a pastor’s kid and wrestling between the concepts of God’s grace and His unconditional love. “I felt like there was a lot of talk about the dos and don’ts of being a good Christian,” he said. “What would life be like if we really understood the vastness of God’s grace and love and forgiveness for us? ‘Drops In The Ocean’ kind of came out from that idea.”

This question draws a line to another track on the album, “‘Live Like You’re Loved’ is a response to that,” he said. “What if all this striving and all this work and all this stuff that you try to do because you feel like we have to – what if that’s not where we begin? We are loved unconditionally by the creator of the universe, and that’s amazing.”

Steingard said when he was growing up, his parents made it known that he was allowed to call them and get a ride home if he ever needed it. “Their rule was, if you ever get yourself into something and you want to come home, you want to get yourself out of it, you will never be in trouble for calling us and asking for that help. That was just a really cool picture of my parent’s unconditional love for me. And that’s the way God treats us. Like God is saying, ‘Hey, you will never get into trouble when you run to me. There’s freedom in what I’ve already done for you.’”

“Just realizing the freedom that comes with the grace and love of Jesus, it’s huge,” he said. “The core of our relationship with God only requires us turning and asking Him to be a part of our lives. That’s where everything starts.”

When that happens, the message of “Sold Out” makes sense. The song follows the theme of what it means to follow a real-world savior in the real world: “In a world full of followers I'll be a leader / In a world full of doubters I'll be a believer / I'm stepping out without a hesitation / Because I know the battle's already won / I’m sold out / I'm no longer living just for myself / Running after Jesus with my whole heart / And now I'm ready to shout / I AM SOLD OUT.”

Just like diamonds are the hardest natural substance on earth, living in the grace of Jesus while enduring the pressure of life’s trials causes resolve. Nothing will be able to separate us from the love of Christ.

While Steingard co-wrote many of the tracks on the album, “Sold Out” was one he penned on his own. He wrote it while on an airplane in response to feeling stress and frustration. “I was just really, really aggravated because I felt like I was spending so much time and energy on stuff that didn’t feel eternally significant,” he said. “‘Sold Out’ was basically my song to say the only thing that matters is running after Jesus. You can sense some angst in the song, and that’s where that came from for me. I was frustrated with living life any other way.”

Working through the frustration and into surrender is where the album ends with “Only You.”

Biro counts it as a favorite on the album. “Jon actually wrote that with Micah, our new guitarist, who also produced it,” he said.

“At the very end, there’s a prayer for Jesus to come close and be an intimate part of our lives,” Steingard said. “We’ve never really summed up a record that way before.

“It’s more of a worshipful moment, where it points back to God and gives Him all the credit,” Biro said. “I feel like that’s an appropriate way to finish and round up the album.”

Steingard added, “It’s kind of like polishing a diamond, so it has maximum shine and ability to reflect light. “There are so many aspects to the idea of a diamond that are so indicative of the way God shapes us.”
Josh Wilson
Josh Wilson
Was born in Arkansas, raised in Texas, and now I'm living in Tennessee. I'm a pastor's kid with a passion for songwriting and guitar playing, and I'm constantly trying to figure out how to best use the gifts God has given me to serve Him and others.
Chris August
Chris August
Singer and songwriter.
Bri Bagwell
Bri Bagwell
Bri Bagwell is real country music, and what country music should strive to be. She is an independent artist without a record deal, and without management. Her popularity is derived 100% by word of mouth and her raw talent. This grass roots effort is rare these days; it speaks to her infectious music and appeal.

She fell in love with music at an early age, and started playing in a band with her older brothers while just a teenager growing up in New Mexico. A couple of weeks after turning 18, she moved to Austin, TX to study at UT and begin her music career in the live music capital of the world. Late nights, rowdy Texas crowds, and being alone on stage with just a guitar shaped her onstage charismatic charm. She learned to gain a crowd’s attention with her beautiful voice, singing songs she wrote herself.

Her first CD, “Banned from Santa Fe”, released June 2011, sold through several printings, and gained traction very quickly among music fans. Bri Bagwell was the only female artist on the Texas Music Chart for a few weeks with her single, also titled “Banned from Santa Fe" and her song "Whiskey" became her 1st top 15 hit and has passed 70,000 YouTube views on the single's video.

In 2013, Bri released her self-titled EP, which featured two brand new radio singles, “Hound Dog” and “Crazy”. Her latest radio release, “Crazy,” has been praised for its witty and relatable lyrics, and it continues to climb the Texas charts. When she’s not on tour, you can find Bri in Nashville, Tennessee, writing songs for Sony/ATV Publishing on Music Row.

In the internet age with music coming at you from every type of media, it is harder and harder for artists to get attention. Bri Bagwell is not only gaining attention, but she is also drumming up excitement; and, she does it all without a million-dollar budget.
Venue Information:
Heritage Place Park Pavilion
500 Collins St.
Conroe, TX, 77301
http://www.cityofconroe.org/departments/parks-recreation/parks/heritage-place