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Looking back on the year indicates yet another major
year of prominence for faith-based artists of all genres.
If there’s been any trend throughout 2010, more
groups than ever before have achieved crossover
success, while also reaching out to lend a helping hand
to charitable causes (from Haiti relief to Compassion
International). Here’s a highlight reel captured through
the lens of contributing editor Andy Argyrakis from
Music City to the Windy City, the Big Apple and more.
The headliner of Nashville
Publicity Group’s GMA week
showcase at Music City’s
Historic Berger Building was
country great Collin Raye.
in2010 Story and Photos By Andy Argyrakis
Karl Oluf Wennerberg, of Norway’s
Christian band Dreampilots, drums
for legendary new wave act A-Ha
(“Take On Me”) during its farewell
tour at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago.
To benefit Compassionate International, Amy
Grant staged the “Pieces of Our Lives” tour,
which touched down at Chicago’s River East Arts
Center for an evening of songs and storytelling.
Crossover favorites The Arcade
Fire co-headlined Chicago’s
Lollapalooza alongside Lady Gaga,
Green Day and The Strokes.
The year’s biggest reunion was hands
down BeBe and CeCe Winans, who
took time to chat with reporters
backstage at the Grand Ole Opry
during the Dove Awards in Nashville.
For just $20 in the pavilion and $10
on the lawn, the recently reunited
Creed (performing at First Midwest
Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park,
IL) cashed in during its aptly titled
One of the first artists to
respond to the Haiti tragedy
was gospel great Dionne
Warwick, who’s pictured at a
Unicef benefit concert at the
Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, IL.
Faith-based country star Faith Hill
scored the honor of singing ABBA’s
“The Winner Takes It All” at New
York’s The Waldorf-Astoria when the
group was inducted into the Rock
and Roll Hall of Fame.
Soul legend Irma Thomas paid
tribute to the late great Mahalia
Jackson during this year’s Jazz &
Heritage Festival in New Orleans.