A massive “Celebration” is the best way to describe Winter Jam rolling into Norfolk, Virginia’s Chartway Arena at Old Dominion University March 18th. With the pandemic finally easing in Southeast Virginia, there was a lot of hugging going on between Christian music fans for the first time in nearly two years. A sense of excitement, anticipation and relief filled the venue.
Winter Jam Tour kicked off January 7th and landed in Norfolk the weekend before wrapping up its 40 shows. Headliners Skillet and Tauren Wells with supporting artists KB, Colton Dixon, I Am They, Newsong, and Kevin Quinn brought concert-starved fans some of the top Christian music and incredible live performances that encourage and inspire.
With Skillet’s signature explosions, pyrotechnics, cryogenics, stage energy and lights galore, these veteran Christian rockers were still going strong on show #33. One of the best-selling rock bands of the 21st century and a member of Pandora’s Billionaires Club, they performed “Dominion,” and “Surviving the Game,” from their 11th studio album Dominion which was released January 14th. See the full setlist below.
Tauren Wells, channeling his inner MJ vibe, brought the fire with new hit “Fake It” featuring Aaron Cole. This infectious upbeat song and others like it are exactly what is needed in Christian music today. As was obvious by the audience reaction, we have so much to celebrate with the country getting back to some normalcy after nearly two years of isolation. Tauren’s incredible vocals and rich song lyrics flowed effortlessly as he floated across the stage.
The talented and popular pre-Jam artist from nearby Virginia Beach, Abby Robertson, naturally had a large contingency of fans supporting her in the audience. Her encouraging music, impressive voice and sweet spirit brought hope and joy throughout the night as she sang not only her set, but with performed with Newsong and others throughout the night.
Check out the action in the slideshow below by staff photographer Annette Holloway. The last three photos are courtesy of photographer Robert Sessom (used with permission).
Links to the artists’ websites: https://2022.jamtour.com/lineup
- Feel Invincible
- Surviving the Game
- Awake and Alive
- The Resistance
Tauren Wells Setlist
- Citizen of Heaven
- Fake It
- Hills and Valleys
- Famous For
- Undefeated (with KB)
Winter Jam is presented by NewSong Ministries with Premier Productions and is sponsored by Compassion International.