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Four-time GRAMMY® Award-winning band Third Day will be joined by an all-star lineup of musicians and Alabama radio/TV personalities for the “Make Your Move Alabama Tornado Relief Benefit,” which will take place on Sunday, May 15, at Birmingham’s BJCC Arena, beginning at 6 pm CT (doors open at 5 pm). Spearheaded by Third Day, the concert will also feature performances by Tenth Avenue North, Trevor Morgan and Rush of Fools, along with appearances by special guest radio personalities Rick & Bubba, Alabama’s ABC-TV 33/40 meteorologist James Spann and author/speaker David Nasser. Additional performers will be announced in the coming days.

The “Make Your Move Alabama Tornado Relief Benefit” concert will aid Alabama victims of the devastating band of tornadoes that tore through the South on April 27. Proceeds will be distributed statewide through the Come Together Fund to several chosen relief agencies, including: The Birmingham Dream Center, Alabama Baptist Tornado Relief, Samaritan’s Purse and World Vision. All of these agencies are already on the ground working to meet the immediate needs of Alabama tornado victims.

“When we heard about the devastation caused by the storms and tornadoes in Alabama and our home state of Georgia, we, just like everyone else, wanted to do something to help,” said Third Day’s Mac Powell, an Alabama native. “We are so excited that so many of our friends agreed to stand beside us as we attempt to have a night that will not only raise money and supplies for many people that so desperately need it, but raise hope and build faith through this great night of music and encouragement.”

“As a local pastor in Alabama, I have seen first-hand the devastation caused by these tornadoes,” said Nasser, whose Christ City Church and David Nasser Outreach ministry are both based in Birmingham. “This benefit will usher in great aid to those who need it most. This is more than a concert, this is ministry. Pure, raw, real ministry.”

General admission tickets will be $10 at the door. A limited number of $100 VIP packages are available, which include a premium concert seat, a Q&A session with all artists, an exclusive autographed VIP event poster, and an autographed copy of David Nasser’s book, Glory Revealed. VIP packages may be purchased via the event’s website: www.makeyourmovebenefit.com.

Third Day is in the midst of headlining the 35-city “Make Your Move” Tour across the U.S. with fellow tour mates Tenth Avenue North and Trevor Morgan. The tour’s spring leg, which wraps up May 21, in West Palm Beach, Fla., follows the successful release of multi-platinum Third Day’s 11th studio album, Move, which debuted inside the Top 10 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart and at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Current Contemporary Christian chart.

About Third Day:

Over the past decade, the Atlanta-based, multi-Platinum rock band Third Day (made up of members Mac Powell, Tai Anderson, David Carr and Mark Lee) has racked up 27 No. 1 radio singles and sold more than 7 million albums which reflect an impressive 2 RIAA Platinum and 8 Gold Certifications.

A Georgia Music Hall of Fame inductee (2009), Third Day has garnered 27 career GMA Dove Awards from 47 nominations, 4 GRAMMY Awards (with 11 career nominations), an American Music Award (with 3 American Music Award nominations) and multiple ASCAP honors for songwriting including the coveted Vanguard Award. As a credit to its songwriting, Third Day’s memorable “Call My Name,” off its Revelation (07/29/2008) project, was selected by country star Keith Urban as a bonus track on his Defying Gravity project.

As one of the highest-ranked touring bands in any market, according to Pollstar magazine, Third Day earned its reputation by performing before audiences into the millions. Third Day’s recent mega-tours include the 2010 Make A Difference Tour, one of that year’s highest selling Christian concert tours, co-headlining with fellow artists Michael W. Smith, TobyMac and author Max Lucado followed by its own 40-city “Make Your Move” tour which kicked off Feb. 18, 2011 in Mercedes, Texas and has seen nearly 75 percent of its dates sold out.

Due to its mass appeal on the road, on radio and at retail, Third Day has garnered coverage by media outlets including “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” (NBC), “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (CBS), “60 Minutes” (CBS), ABC’s “Nightline,” USA Today, The New York Times and even graced the cover of Billboard magazine, which called Third Day “one of the best rock bands.” For additional information about Third Day please visit www.ThirdDay.com.

About World Vision:

World Vision is an international Christian humanitarian organization that operates distribution centers in eight cities throughout the U.S., providing donated, high-quality goods to people in need through local partners like churches and community organizations.

The World Vision domestic relief team is currently deployed to Alabama and nearby states hit hardest by the deadly storms and tornadoes in the Southeast. The team is working with local partners to distribute first-aid kits, hygiene supplies, clothing and shoes, rebuilding materials, and other essential products that will allow the most vulnerable children and their families to recover. For more on World Vision, go to www.worldvision.org.

About Samaritan’s Purse:

Samaritan’s Purse, under the direction of President/CEO Franklin Graham, is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ. For more information, visit www.samaritanspurse.org.

About the Birmingham Dream Center:

The Dream Center serves as the outreach ministry center of Church of the Highlands in Birmingham, Alabama. The mission of the Dream Center is to provide social services and outreach programs designed to meet both physical and spiritual needs. From its Woodlawn Fire Station outpost, which serves as the “nerve center” of its outreach department, the Dream Center often partners with surrounding neighborhood entities. The center’s campus is also home to a 16,600 sq. ft. medical clinic with the potential to serve more than 30,000 patients annually. For more information, visit www.churchofthehighlands.com/dream-center.

About Alabama Baptist Tornado Relief:

With the sudden hit of multiple tornadoes across the state on Wednesday, Alabama Baptist and other Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Volunteers were among the first responders and will remain at work in the affected areas until the job is finished. Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief began on Thursday morning with the setup of a command center in Montgomery that has deployed over 2,500 volunteers. Chainsaw teams, shower units, cleanup/recovery teams and feeding units are saturating north Alabama. Food began to arrive at the feeding units on Monday. Child care units were deployed on Monday. Teams are still arriving from other states. For more information, visit http://www.alsbom.org/tornadorelief.

For more information about the “Make Your Move Alabama Tornado Benefit” please visit www.makeyourmovebenefit.com.

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