|Brandon Heath and Leeland Wrap 43-City
30 November 2009
The popular co-headlined “Follow You Tour” featuring GRAMMY and AMA nominated, GMA Dove Award winning Male Vocalist of the Year, Brandon Heath and GRAMMY-nominated progressive rock act, Leeland wrapped following the final show on Sunday, Nov. 22, in front of an enthusiastic crowd at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala. Rounding out the impressive lineup with special guest Francesca Battistelli, three of the top artists in Christian music today pulled together one of the most successful Christian music events of the 2009 fall touring season, playing to 50,000 fans in 43 cities, and inspiring 1,051 children sponsorships through a partnership with Food for the Hungry.
Borrowing from the lyrics of Leeland’s climbing radio single “Follow You,” performed with Heath and currently at No.9 on Billboard’s AC Indicator chart, the tour aimed to engage attendees with a collective message to love and serve the poor and broken. Each night, Leeland and Heath shared personal experiences of traveling to Cambodia together, and working with Food for the Hungry in sponsored villages earlier this year.
Heath comments, “This has been my dream tour, working with some of my favorite artists, Leeland and Francesca Battistelli.” He adds, “We’ve seen many people encouraged and inspired to act and reach out in love. Plus, more than 1,000 children have been sponsored this Fall through Food for the Hungry. We know the lasting result of this tour will be lives that are changed.”
“Every night on the ‘Follow You Tour’ has been really special for us, especially, meeting new people and seeing God inspire our generation in worship and action,” says Leeland keyboardist, Jack Mooring. “We’ve seen our fans really step up to the plate and literally change the world by supporting Food for the Hungry. It was an honor to share the stage with Brandon and Francesca every night, and we’re so thankful for God’s blessing on the whole endeavor.”
Margorie Sondermann, promoter of the Zeeland, Mich., show on Nov. 17, notes, “Promoting the ‘Follow You Tour’ with these three breakout artists was a thrill. It was a hot ticket, a sell out in our community, and watching the show left me with an exhilarating sense that we were listening to the next generation of greatness in Christian music.”
Leeland, Brandon Heath and Francesca Battistelli hope to continue to inspire Christians to engage actively with the needs of others. “We see our calling as a band as two-fold: reaching out to the poor and reaching the ‘up-and outers.’ America’s a rich nation, but we’re spiritually poor,” explains lead singer Leeland Mooring. “We want to see God bring a personal revival in the hearts of Americans and transform our nation.”
The Follow You Tour featured new music from Leeland’s third album titled Love Is On The Move (8/25/09) and Heath’s award-winning sophomore album What If We (8/19/08), featuring his current Dove Award-winning Song of the Year “Give Me Your Eyes” and Christian AC radio’s recent No.1 song, “Wait And See.”
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