Paul Baloche & Friends concert to be held July 30

LUDINGTON — Music fans can enjoy a free concert featuring internationally-renowned Christian music singer/songwriter Paul Baloche at the Paul Baloche & Friends in Concert at 6 p.m. on July 30 at Waterfront Park, 200 S. William St., Ludington.

Baloche will be accompanied by Belfast native Jonny Wright who won for best song at the May 5 Christian Songwriters’ Invitational and Concert in Ludington.

Wright will open the concert, performing his award-winning song “To Live is Christ” as well as other original compositions. Wright was one of nine songwriter teams selected to compete at the songwriters’ invitational out of 390 song submittals, with applicants from 42 states and nine countries. In addition to playing at this concert, Wright receives a publishing contract with Nashville-based Integrity Music.

“I’m so grateful to Waterfront Worship for making this all possible,” said Wright. “Being part of the songwriting event with Paul was such a privilege, and to get to play outdoors on the same stage is an incredible honor. My wife and I can’t wait to be back in Ludington and to experience this amazing event with the community.”

Baloche will play the rest of the concert, which is expected to run until approximately 8 p.m. A three-time Dove Award winner, Baloche is best known for penning contemporary Christian hymns like “Above All,” “A New Hallelujah,” “Open the Eyes of My Heart,” “Hosanna” and “Your Name.”

The July 30 concert is sponsored by Waterfront Worship, a group of Ludington community professionals interested in bringing people together to celebrate Christian music and songwriting.

“We wanted to create a Christian music concert that focuses on great songs and songwriting,” said Emma Martin, event coordinator for Waterfront Worship. “It is thrilling to bring such top-caliber Christian music to the region for the community to enjoy, right near the shores of Lake Michigan.”

The concert is free to the public, but donations will be received for HELP Ministry, a Ludington non-profit that provides assistance to local families in need.

About Paul Baloche

Baloche is a singer, songwriter and author in addition to serving as pastor at Community Christian Fellowship in Lindale, Texas, for the past 20-plus years. His songs have been recorded by numerous artists, including Michael W. Smith, Casting Crowns and Matt Redman and are featured on 14 of his albums including Your Mercy, The Same Love, A Greater Song and Our God Saves. In addition to writing, recording and facilitating LeadWorship workshops around the world, Baloche has created a variety of teaching videos with free resources designed for worship leaders and musicians. He has also written the books “The Same Love: A Devotion” and “God Songs–How to Write and Select Songs for Worship.”

About Jonny Wright

Twenty-seven-year-old Wright grew up in a Christian home in Belfast, Northern Ireland, first picking up a guitar at 11 years old. He was involved in the worship ministry at his church from an early age, introduced to it by his brother who was a drummer there. At age 17, he led worship and sang for the first time. Since then, he has been on a journey learning how to lead the church in song worship and write songs that help people connect with God.

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