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Camp, Battistelli to be featured at free Christian concert

FRANCESCA BATTISTELLI

FRANCESCA BATTISTELLI

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Jeremy Camp

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Adam Cappa

TIFTON, Ga. — Jason Womack may have taken the “Road Less Traveled” on the pathway to his unique Christian ministry, but during the past few years there are a lot more Christians on that road.

Womack and other like-minded men and women of faith from all denominations started Road Less Traveled in Tifton as part of an effort to unify their community. One of the nonprofit’s signature events is a free Christian concert at which the organization collects canned goods to help feed the hungry.

The third Road Less Traveled concert will be held April 21 at Brodie Field on Eighth Street, featuring Grammy-nominated Jeremy Camp, reigning Gospel Music Association Artist and Female Vocalist of the Year Francesca Battistelli and rising young artist Adam Cappa.

“This orgainzation started with one guy’s prayer,” ministry assistant and RLT event planner Natalie Underwood said. “The whole idea behind Road Less Traveled is to unify our community in worship of our Lord. The amazing thing, though, is the way our community has grown.

“We’re hearing from Christians in Atlanta, in Jacksonville, Fla., in Orlando, from throughout this region. Our goal is to simply collect canned goods and disperse them to local food banks to help feed the hungry. Ameris Bank said it will match whatever amount of canned goods we collect, and a restaurant in Adel told us to have a forklift on hand because they were going to donate a palette of soup.”

Womack said helping in the fight to alleviate hunger in the region serves a dual purpose.

“We feel that if we are able to feed the hungry with food,” he said, “we can also feed them with the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

Camp’s “We Cry Out” tour takes its name from his acclaimed worship album “We Cry Out: The Worship Project,” which generated three No. 1 gospel radio hits: “The Way,” “Jesus Saves” and “Overcome.” Other familiar favorites by Camp, named recently Billboard magazine’s No. 3 Christian artist of the decade, include chart-toppers like “I Still Believe,” “Take You Back,” “Walk by Faith” and “There Will Be a Day.”

Those songs are among 25 No. 1 radio hits Camp has recorded, along with four Record Industry Association of America-certified gold albums, and a multi-platinum long-form video, that earned him four ASCAP Songwriter of the Year awards and five Dove awards.

Battistelli, meanwhile, received Artist of the Year and Female Vocalist honors after the release of her sophomore album, “Hundred More Years,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Christian Album chart and at No. 16 on Billboard’s Top 200.

Among her big hits, which have helped her collect five Dove awards and a Grammy nomination, are “Free to Be Me,” “It’s Your Life,” “I’m Letting Go” and “Beautiful, Beautiful.”

Cappa released his major-label debut album, “The Rescue,” on March 13.

“These concerts are a product of divine intervention,” Underwood said. “Jason literally woke up in the middle of the night and said, ‘I’ve got to have a free Christian concert in Tifton.’ The first concert, featuring NewSong, drew 5,000 people, and last year’s concert featuring Michael W. Smith had a crowd of 12,000.

“Road Less Traveled is just an amazing organization. God sent us 14 board members who are dedicated to unifying our community through Christ. We don’t make a move unless all 14 board members are in unanimous agreement. There’s a lot of prayer that goes on at our board meetings.”

Gates at Brodie Field open at 6 p.m. on the night of the concert.

The show begins at 7:30 p.m.

Additional information is available by calling (229) 238-3137 or online at www.roadlesstraveledministries.com.