2016 Harvest Georgia Musician Bios
Raised by a single mother in a home of abuse and neglect, Lecrae took to the streets, living a lifestyle filled with drugs, crime, and rap music. At the age of 19, Lecrae became a Christian and a desire stirred in him to offer hope and encouragement through music. His album Rebel released in 2008, and became the first Christian Rap album to ever sit in the No. 1 position on Billboard's Top Gospel Charts. Today, Lecrae is a very popular Grammy, Dove, BET, and Stellar Award winning Christian hip-hop artist. In 2013, his album Gravity won a Grammy for Best Gospel Album of the Year, and with more than 70,000 sales in its first week, it became the No. 1 Rap Album, the No. 1 Independent Album, and No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart. In 2015, his album Anomaly won a Grammy for Rap, Hip Hop Gospel CD of the Year. Lecrae continues to be popular among young people and stays grounded remembering who God made him to be and where he stands, as “an extra in the grand scheme of eternity."
THIRD DAY is a multi-platinum-selling Christian rock band that has produced 28 No. 1 hits and has won multiple Grammy and Dove awards, as well as the American Music Award in 2008. With 12 studio albums and more than three decades of experience playing to fans in sold-out arenas around the world, THIRD DAY is at home at events like the Harvest Crusades. Their 2015 release of Lead Us Back: Songs of Worship debuted at No. 1 on US Christian Albums Chart and peaked at No. 20 on the Billboard chart. Despite the band's large-scale success–being inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2009, receiving multiple awards, and reaching album sales of over 7 million—THIRD DAY remains focused on the truth of the gospel message.
Named Billboard's year-end Top Male Christian Artist of 2015 and third overall, Chris Tomlin is one of today's leading and most-sung artists in contemporary Christian music. Chris is a singer and songwriter who inspires his listeners with worship music that points people to God. Winning 21 Dove Awards, including several for Male Vocalist of the Year and Artist of the Year, Chris has also won a Grammy Award for his album And If Our God Is for Us in 2012. In 2014, the release of Tomlin's tenth studio album, Love Ran Red, featured the hit singles "Waterfall" and "Jesus Loves Me" earning him a 2016 Grammy nomination for Christian Album of the Year. His song "Good, Good Father" has scaled Billboard's Christian charts and debuted on Christian Digital Songs at No. 1 with 8,000 first-week downloads sold, according to Nielsen Music. Chris' desire is to write songs that are special to the church and that convey worship and love for God.
Singer, songwriter, and worship leader Phil Wickham is no stranger to Harvest Crusades. Having grown up in Southern California, Phil attended this annual event held at Anaheim Stadium for many years. Phil began writing songs and leading worship when he was 12 years old. His song "This Is the Day" serves as the intro track for Greg Laurie's radio broadcast, A New Beginning, as well as his television program, GregLaurie.tv. Phil's single "This Is Amazing Grace" topped charts for weeks on end and continues to inspire spontaneous worship in hearts all over the globe.