Three Powerhouse And Multi-Award-Winning Artists Are Set To Share This Stage This Fall
(DETROIT – April 6, 2023) – The Awakening Foundation, powered by Awakening Events, announces the not-to-be-missed tour coming this fall. For the first time in history, three of the most popular artists in Christian music – TobyMac, MercyMe and Zach Williams – are teaming up for an unforgettable concert experience. Running for twelve dates throughout November, this trio of award-winning musicians will hit key markets including a visit to Little Caesars Arena on Sunday, November 12 at 7 p.m. The tour is sponsored by World Vision and Altrua HealthShare.
Tickets go on sale Friday, April 14 at 12 p.m. at 313Presents.com, awakeningevents.com and Ticketmaster.com. Beginning today and running through Monday, April 10, fans can gain access to an exclusive pre-sale by texting the word PRIORITY to (615) 813-6017. The pre-sale begins Wednesday, April 12 at 10 a.m. local time and ends Thursday, April 13 at 11:59 p.m. local time. Fans who sign up in advance will receive an access code via text message on Tuesday, April 11.
With numerous chart-topping songs joined by a commitment to spreading God's love through music between them, MercyMe, TobyMac and Zach Williams will take the stage to share fan favorites as well as deliver an uplifting experience that will surely leave every concertgoer feeling inspired.
“The Awakening team couldn't be more thrilled to bring together the talents of TobyMac, MercyMe and Zach Williams for this incredible tour,” states Dan Fife, founder and President of Awakening Events. “Each artist brings their own unique sound and style to the stage, and we can't wait to see them unite to create an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience for fans.”
With more than 16 million units in career sales and a whopping seven Grammy® Awards, TobyMac’s career continues on the fast track. His 2015 RIAA Certified Gold studio album, This Is Not A Test, garnered a Grammy® Award and Billboard Music Award nomination on top of debuting at No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200. Each of his six studio solo projects has achieved Gold certification, a first for any artist in the history of his label, Capitol Christian Music Group. Among those is 2012’s Eye On It, which debuted atop the Billboard 200, only the third Christian album ever to do so. The Elements, his latest Grammy®-nominated, full collection of music, boasted “Everything,” “Scars,” “Edge of My Seat,” “See The Light,” and more alongside the chart-topper, RIAA Gold Certified “I just need U.” His most recent singles, “21 Years,” “Help Is On the Way (Maybe Midnight),” “Promised Land,” “The Goodness (feat. Blessing Offor),” “Everything About You (feat. Marlee),” and “Show Up Choose Love (feat. Jon Reddick),” are available wherever you stream music, along with his seventh studio project, the Grammy®-nominated Life After Death. Go to TobyMac.com for more.
It continues to be a landmark time for the multi-platinum selling, Grammy®-nominated, multiple American Music Award, Billboard Music Award, and Dove Award winners MercyMe. They were recently named Billboard’s Top Christian Artist of the 2010 decade, and in 2020 received their eighth American Music Award nomination. A major motion picture based on the life of frontman Bart Millard, who wrote the mega-hit song “I Can Only Imagine” after the loss of his father, opened at a remarkable No. 3 at the box office on Mar. 16, 2018 (Lionsgate, Roadside Attractions). In conjunction with the movie release, Millard penned a memoir and the band released a collection of hits titled I Can Only Imagine – The Very Best Of MercyMe. In 2018 MercyMe was named Top Christian Artist at the Billboard Music Awards, was the top winner at the fan-fueled K-LOVE Fan Awards including a win for Artist of the Year, and was the GMA Dove Award winner for Artist Of The Year.
Since their debut in 2001, the band has sold more than nine million units in CD, single, and DVD sales, garnered more than 48 No. 1 multi-format radio singles, and had four consecutive mainstream radio hits. MercyMe made history in 2014 as “I Can Only Imagine” surpassed two million digital downloads, making it the first song in Christian music to go platinum and double-platinum in the digital domain. The song has now gone 5x platinum. In 2009, Billboard named MercyMe’s “Word Of God Speak” the No. 1 Song of The Decade and the group the No. 1 Artist of the Decade in both the Christian Songs and Christian AC Songs categories, recognizing them as one of the industry’s most notable talents.
They have sold out venues throughout the US and Canada, including Radio City Music Hall, and Red Rocks Amphitheatre, and have appeared on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Good Morning America, GMA3, The Today Show, CBS This Morning, FOX New Channel’s FOX & Friends, CNN, ABC News, and in the pages of Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, USA Today and more. Their 11th album, Always Only Jesus, is available now. Visit MercyMe.org.
About Zach Williams
Zach Williams is a husband, father, recording artist, and songwriter, writing life-changing songs that come from a place of humility, honesty, and a direct reflection of God's redemption in his life.
With music reaching fans far and wide, in his career to date Williams has earned two Grammy® awards (Chain Breaker, 2018; “There Was Jesus,” 2021), and along with an additional five Grammy® nominations, Williams is a multi-GMA Dove Awards and K-LOVE Fan Awards winner and nominee, and made radio history with two consecutive radio No. 1 hits for 35 weeks with his debut singles “Chain Breaker” and “Old Church Choir.”
“Chain Breaker,” his debut and RIAA®-certified Platinum single from the Gold-selling album Chain Breaker (now RIAA-certified Gold), gave Williams his first Grammy® nomination for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song (2017). He received other Grammy® nods for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album, Survivor: Live from Harding Prison (2019), and in 2020 for “Rescue Story” (Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song). He has multiple Billboard Music Award nominations and American Music Award nominations, and his songs “Old Church Choir” and “Fear Is a Liar” are RIAA-certified Gold.
He performed the multi-week No. 1 single “There Was Jesus,” also certified Gold, live with Parton on the 53rd Annual CMA Awards in 2019, while the song made the Pandora Top Spins chart for twelve consecutive weeks and was named one of Pandora’s top 100 songs across all genres. Additionally, “There Was Jesus” was WAY-FM's top song of 2020.
To date, he has won six GMA Dove Awards (Artist of the Year; New Artist of the Year; Pop/ Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year, “Chain Breaker;” Pop/Contemporary Song, “Old Church Choir;” Songwriter of the Year/Artist; Recorded Music Packaging, Rescue Story). He was also named Billboard's 2017 Top Christian Male Vocalist and New Artist of the Year and CCM Fan Awards' Favorite New Artist Of The Year. Apple Music chose him as Artist of the Week (2016), while “Chain Breaker” was the top track of 2016 on iTunes' Christian Songs chart. Williams has also been awarded by BMI with four Citation of Achievement awards for his singles “Chain Breaker,” “Old Church Choir,” and “Fear Is a Liar,” recognizing the songs for their national popularity and reach.
Williams released his latest album, A Hundred Highways, in the fall of 2022, which features his hit song “Heart Of God” and “Jesus' Fault,” a duet with country superstar Walker Hayes. Williams will also be reuniting with Dolly Parton for a performance of “There Was Jesus” on her Christmas special, Mountain Magic Christmas, set to air on NBC this holiday season. For more information, visit ZachWilliamsMusic.com.