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Winter Jam Is More Popular Than Justin Bieber

According to Pollstar, Winter Jam is currently the most popular tour of 2011.  With a loaded Christian Contemporary bill and cheap ticket prices the tour has put 524,239 people in seats across the country.  That number tops tours by Justin Bieber, Bon Jovi, Lady Gaga, U2, and Brad Paiseley. That’s right, the Littler Winter Jammers outnumber the Little Monsters!

The main bill features obvious Christian superstar groups like the Newsboys, Red, and David Crowder Band.  The line-up on the whole is more youthful than in past years, and that has certainly aided turnout.  What is interesting though is the pre-game concert, I mean Pre-Jam party.  The event features former American Idol hopefuls Jason Castro and Chris Sligh.  It seems both guys have found a home in Christian music, and I imagine that their parts of the concert have been well attended.  The “youth movement” in Christian music is seemingly saving the industry now, and American Idol has become an undeniable part of that.  I am going to guess that isn’t what the producers of the show had in mind when they started out, but hey, it is what it is!  Since Kris Allen wasn’t hugely successful in secular music, I imagine his Christian album will be coming soon.


Congratulations to Winter Jam on a successful tour, and to Jason and Chris for finding their niche!

Related – Former Idol Jason Castro to Join Winter Jam

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The Deacon of Discs

posted April 21, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Chris Sligh has also been touring with Big Daddy Weave. Both him and Castro have released online devotionals and like material that has been featured on such programing as Up Music Television.

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The Prophet

posted April 21, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Interesting! Could you provide the links to that material O’ Deacon of Discs?

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posted April 21, 2011 at 3:47 pm

I clicked on this post just to see that photo. 😉

Several of our youth group kids went to WinterJam in Greenville, and they were really REALLY excited about it. I wonder if the craving for “shared worship experiences” also a big part of this. Our church has, what? 400 people? And our worship band can’t play like that. So I can see the draw, though I’m not a super-huge fan of “Christian music” for the most part.

Props to the WinterJam peeps. They did a good job getting out the word, and keeping the show absolutely affordable.

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posted April 22, 2011 at 9:08 am

I might prefer that to some Disney TV/recording artist concert, when my kid starts begging to go. Either way, there’s a lot of hype and crowd frenzy, but compared to the premature sexuality promoted on “tween” TV and in their related music, I think I might find something like this oddly innocuous.

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