North Alabama's largest free outdoor Christian music festival returns to Decatur the third weekend in May for two days of uplifting contemporary Christian music and testimonials. With a theme of "God in Control", SoulStock 2014 features a two-time Grammy award nominated Christian rocker, a Dove Award recipient, a couple of rap artists, and a alternative rock singer along with a handful of other Christian bands. The 16th annual event is set for May 16-17, 2014 at Point Mallard Park in Decatur.
On Friday, gates open at 6 p.m. and include performances by contemporary Gospel artist Lindsay Huggins (www.lindsayhuggins.com), rapper J. Forgiven (www.jforgiven.com), and alternative rock singer Noah Cleveland (www.noahcleveland.com). Gates open at 2 p.m. on Saturday and the line-up features singer/songwriter Coley (www.njcoley.com), praise and worship band My Savior Story (www.mysaviorstory.org), Birmingham-based rock group Nine Lashes (www.ninelashes.com), rapper LP (www.iamlikepaul.com), contemporary-pop rock husband and wife duo Love and the Outcome (www.loveandtheoutcome.com), and another performance by Noah Cleveland. Also slated to perform on Saturday are Building 429 (www.building429.com) who won a Dove Award for New Artist in 2005, and Sanctus Real (www.sanctusreal.com) who earned Grammy nominations for Best Rock Gospel Album, "We Need Each Other," and Best Contemporary/Pop Gospel Album, "Pieces of a Real Heart." The group won a Modern Rock Album of the Year Dove Award for their record "Fight the Tide."
This year's featured speaker on Saturday is Rev. Chette Williams. A licensed and ordained minister, Williams joined the Auburn University's staff in 1999 as the Auburn team chaplain. He is also the Auburn campus director for Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the State Director for Urban Ministries for FCA, a three-year letterman on the Auburn football team from 1982-84, and the author of Hard Fighting Soldier, Williams' personal account of how God changed his life and continues to touch the lives of players and coaches.
SoulStock has grown to be North Alabama's largest free outdoor Christian music festival attracting over 20,000 children and adults to the Spirit of America Field located in Point Mallard Park for two days of uplifting contemporary Christian music and testimonials. Festivalgoers are encouraged to bring picnic blankets and lawn chairs, and a variety of food vendors will be available to suit any taste bud. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.soulstock.com