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Phillips, Craig & Dean still 'Fearless'

October 7th, 2011 4:12 am by staff report

Phillips, Craig & Dean still 'Fearless'

Phillips, Craig & Dean will perform a benefit concert for Takoma Regional Hospital on Oct. 13 at Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Greeneville.

   A crumbling economy, wars without end, health risks, security threats. Americans have plenty of reasons to be afraid. But what if God’s people shined a light of eternal hope right into the face of this world’s temporary circumstances?

   That’s the idea behind “Fearless,” the 11th studio album from Christian vocal group Phillips, Craig & Dean. Uniquely positioned in their dual roles as musicians and full-time senior pastors in three different U.S. cities, Randy Phillips, Shawn Craig and Dan Dean know well the current struggles people face and are boldly taking the opportunity to respond to them in life and song.

   “We were talking about how afraid our church members are today,” Phillips recalls. “A look at your finances right now might mean kids who wanted to go to college can’t, and so on. The fear that brings can be so paralyzing; it puts you in a cage. But then we asked ourselves, Shouldn’t believers who have the heart of eternity in them be different? That’s when we found our theme: fear less, hope more. We’ve written or chosen songs that say, Break out. Live large. This is an opportunity to show our power is in God alone.”

   Phillips, Craig & Dean will showcase material from “Fearless” along with some of their other hitmakers during a benefit concert for Takoma Regional Hospital on Oct. 13 at Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Greeneville. Show time is 7 p.m.

   Reserved seating tickets are $35 per person. VIP tickets are $100 and include preferred seating, a CD and entry to a VIP reception at 5 p.m., during which ticket holders can have their photograph taken with the performers. Group sales of 10 or more tickets receive a $10 per ticket discount.

   Phillips, Craig & Dean say they’re still surprised that what they began in 1991 continues to this day — nearly three million records sold and 20 No. 1 singles later.

   “We were just working in our churches, doing what we do, not even really looking for this,” Dead said. “Then God said, Buckle your seat belt. Have I got plans for you.”

   And what a ride it’s been. Since teaming up, Phillips, Craig & Dean have released 12 albums (including last fall’s five-song Christmas EP titled “Hope for All the World”), which have produced 20 No. 1 radio hits, two GMA Dove Award wins and 10 GMA Dove Award nominations.

   “Fearless” is the trio’s statement against the current tide of anxiety that’s being sold by the loudest voices in our culture, Craig said.

   Asked separately about their favorite worship cover on “Fearless,” each member immediately mentions the band’s first single —“ Revelation Song” — a tune born out of Gateway Church in Dallas. “Revelation Song” is a rising anthem in churches across the country that the trio has wanted to record for some time. Here, the cut gets a slow-burning arrangement that moves from flickering U2-like guitars into a Passion-reminiscent eruption of praise.

   “This song captures the moment of looking up into Heaven, peeling back the curtain of eternity so we can peek in,” Phillips said. “If you keep your eyes on the Dow Jones or nuclear weapons in North Korea, you’ll always be nervous. Look to the awesomeness of God instead.”

   For tickets or more information, call (423) 638-1679 or visit www.greenevillenpac.com  .
Courtesy of Michael Gomez

 


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