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Award-winning Christian pop rock group Newsboys coming to Utah

Published: Sunday, Feb. 19 2012 5:00 a.m. MST

Award-winning Christian Pop Rock group Newsboys will perform at the Christian Life Center Church.

Overture Media, Overture Media

With their hit single "God's Not Dead" still riding high on the Billboard CHR charts after hitting No. 1 earlier this month, Christian pop rock band Newsboys will be stopping in Utah as part of their national tour.

The group is scheduled to perform on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. at Christian Life Center Church in Layton along with The City Harmonic, Abandon and Anthem Lights. Tickets are available at the Christian Life Center gift and bookstore, online at smithtix.com or by calling 1-800-888-TIXX.

Special VIP tickets are available as well, providing the opportunity to attend a pre-show meet and greet where a portion of the proceeds will go to Compassion International, a Christian child advocacy ministry. The band looks to promote the ministry's child trafficking initiatives as well as fulfill an evangelical mission that leads to immediate discipleship of those who attend the show.

Layton is one of the 60-plus destinations of the Newsboys' biggest tour in its history. The group, started in 1985 in Mooloolaba, Australia, has released 15 studio albums, six of which have been certified gold. Although the group has experienced a lot of turnover in its history, it has managed to stay together and be successful. The group has been nominated for four Grammy Awards since 1992, and their hit single "Shine" was in the top ten of CCM Magazine's 100 Greatest Songs in Christian Music.

"God's Not Dead" is currently at No. 18 on the chart. On the same album, "I am Second" was inspired by the "I am Second" campaign, which co-sponsors the current Newsboys tour. The campaign features prominent figures talking about how their relationship with Christ has helped them in their challenges, and includes testimonials from people like Texas Rangers' Josh Hamilton, who discusses his drug and alcohol addictions, and Bailee Madison, who shares her experience being a young believer in the Hollywood scene.

Newsboys have also received recognition for their music video, "Miracles," which recently won an mtvU video contest.

EMAIL: jbolding@desnews.com

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