Artist Spotlight

Christian band Newsboys will be performing a free concert with special guest Matthew West at the Kentucky State Fair on Monday, August 18th.

The Newsboys, from Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia, are an award-winning Christian pop rock band. Of their 16 studio albums, six of them are gold. The band boasts numerous nominations and awards, having received honors such as the 1999 Best CCM Video at the Billboard Music Video Awards, the 2001 Dove Awards Special Event Album of the Year, and four Grammy nominations. Their song “God’s Not Dead” is currently the No. 1 downloaded Christian song in America and the movie itself is the number one inspirational movie.

Matthew West is a contemporary Christian musician and actor hailing from Nashville, Tennessee. He has released five studio albums and is best known for his songs “More,” “You Are Everything,” and “The Motions.” West has an impressive career, having been nominated for five Dove Awards in 2005, winning the 2013 American Music Award for Best Contemporary Inspirational Artist, and having a record-breaking 17 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Christian songs chart for his single “Hello, My Name Is.” West has also worked as a songwriter for artists such as Rascal Flatts, Billy Ray Cyrus, and Vince Gill.

Christian rock band MercyMe will be performing a free concert at the Kentucky State Fair on Sunday, August 24th.

MercyMe was founded in Greenville, Texas in 1994 and continues to release albums today. Their hit crossover single “I Can Only Imagine” helped propel the album “Almost There” to double platinum status. Since then, the band released six more albums, four of which that went gold, and a greatest hits album. They also had 13 consecutive Top 5 singles on the Billboard Christians song chart, with 7 of those reaching the No. 1 spot! MercyMe has also won 8 Dove Awards from the Gospel Music Association and has had numerous Grammy nominations.

All 2014 Turf Series Concerts are FREE with paid gate admission into the Kentucky State Fair. Newsboys with special guest Matthew West will play at 8 p.m., and MercyMe will play at 4 p.m.

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