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Rob Roozeboom was initially diagnosed with Becker MD during early childhood. Today he travels and speaks about those challenges in his life and how gaining the right perspective has led him to overcome adversities.

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03/04/2015 - Ginny Owens Coming to RiseFest

RiseFest is pleased to announce, female artist Ginny Owens will join to 2015 lineup. 

 

Lately, the pop music landscape has been crowded with songs of escapism, songs that turn a deaf ear to daily reports of terrorist strikes, ethnic warfare and economic injustice affecting people in other parts of the world, as well as race-based violence closer to home. Ginny Owens wasn’t about to perpetuate that musical disconnect on her eighth studio album, I Know a Secret (Released November 10 on Chick Power Music / Word / Warner). Instead, she’s crafted a 14-song collection for this moment, every bit as engaged as it is introspective.

“Sure, it’s great to have moments when you can forget it all,” says the Nashville-based, three-time Dove Award-winner. “But what does it look like to live with hope in spite of what we see around us? What does it look like to be moved enough to make a difference?”

 

A decade and a half ago, Owens made her name as a deeply spiritual singer-songwriter with alternative pop smarts. It was a combination that captivated Lilith Fair Tour, Sundance Film Festival, club and church audiences alike, landed her songs on Christian radio and primetime television dramas like “Felicity” and earned her a New Artist of the Year award from the Gospel Music Association.

 

 

A three-time Dove Award winner, Ginny Owens became a household name when she was named Gospel Music Association’s New Artist of the Year in 2000. In a career that has spanned fifteen years, Ginny’s seven studio recordings have amassed nearly one million records in sales and spawned career-defining number ones like “If You Want Me To” and “Free.” Her songwriting prowess has earned her song cuts by artist peers like Rachael Lampa and Christian music legend Michael W. Smith, and awarded Ginny a mantle of ASCAP and BMG Music Publishing Awards.

Since completing her successful run with Rocketown Records in 2006, Ginny has released a Christmas collection, 2006’s Bring Us Peace, a hymns project, 2009’s Say Amen, and an R&B-pop influenced set list with 2011’s Get In, I’m Drivin’, appeasing her massively loyal fanbase and generating hundreds of solo tour dates nationwide, as well as placing her songs in various movies and network television shows.

Born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi, Owens discovered melodies on the piano before she could complete a sentence. As her vision began to leave her eyes–a degenerative eye condition left Ginny completely blind by age three–songs began to emerge from her fingertips, providing a window into the world for Owens. Despite her physical challenge, the illustrious songstress pursued a career in music. Her unique musical style and inspirational lyrics have transcended genre definition, endearing her to Christian and mainstream listeners alike to afford her audiences at the White House, the Sundance Film Festival, Lilith Fair and a rare performance at the 60th Annual National Day of Prayer in Washington, D.C.

In 2005, Owens launched The Fingerprint Initiative, a hands-on non-profit organization designed to “bring hope to the world, one project and one touch at a time,” a motto that echoes her desire as a singer-songwriter. “I’ve spent enough time listening to people’s stories to know that they’re desperately seeking hope,” Ginny explains. “Perhaps I can encourage with a song that says, ‘I know something about what you’re feeling. And I believe with all my heart that there is indeed hope.’” Ginny has been featured on NBC’s Today Show and CNN in recognition of her initiative’s relief contributions domestically.

When not on the road, Owens serves as an adjunct professor of songwriting at her alma mater, Belmont University, and is on staff as a worship leader at The People’s Church in Franklin, Tennessee. Her first book will release on Thomas Nelson in the first quarter of 2015.

 

RiseFest tickets are available now for individual and group rates. These tickets are good for both the Friday and Saturday of RiseFest. A new ticket edition, the Prime Package, is available as well that includes RiseFest ticket, festival t-shirt, autograph fast pass, and special hospitality tent. Only a limited number of these packages are available. Tickets can be purchased at here or at the RISE Ministries office.


03/03/2015 - Mark Schultz Returns to RiseFest

Singer/songwriter and Northwest Iowa fan-favorite Mark Schultz will make his third appearance at RiseFest.

 

“By adding Mark Schultz, we feel this is one of the biggest lineups we’ve been able to host at RiseFest.” Says President and Founder of RISE Ministries, Rob Roozeboom. “It means that better entertainment can start earlier on Saturday after an already packed Friday night. His storytelling and well known music are great for festival goers.” 

 

 

During the past decade, turning real life experiences into heartfelt anthems of hope and redemption has made Schultz one of the Christian community's most acclaimed singer/songwriters, earning the top spot on Billboard magazine's Christian Adult Contemporary Songwriter list. The Best of Mark Schultz features 17 songs that have defined the Dove Award winner's artistry, among them "He's My Son," "Letters from War" and "Walking Her Home," which were hits on mainstream adult contemporary radio as well as Christian stations. "Back in His Arms Again" was named BMI's Christian Song of the Year in 2003. "Letters from War" was the centerpiece of the Army's "Be Safe-Make It Home" campaign. The collection features music from Schultz's five previous studio albums and includes such poignant classics as "What It Means to Be Loved," "I Am" and "Remember Me." 

 

RiseFest tickets are available now for individual and group rates. These tickets are good for both the Friday and Saturday of RiseFest. A new ticket edition, the Prime Package, is available as well that includes RiseFest ticket, festival t-shirt, autograph fast pass, and special hospitality tent. Only a limited number of these packages are available. Tickets can be purchased here or at the RISE Ministries office. 


02/23/2015 - Des Moines to Chicago

Last week was a whirldwind for us here at RISE. Everyone was out of the office, even Ellie! Our adventure started Monday night, the 16th, as we made our way to Des Moines. Tuesday morning we took off for Boone and Rob had the opportunity to speak at the annual Fareway manager's meetings on behalf of MDA and challenge them to go "all in." This year he was joined by Halie, and this year's State Goodwill Ambassador, Quinn.

From Des Moines we took off for Chicago for meetings for ROTR Chicago and to attend the Wheaton Evangelism Conference. It was a great week of road tripping, a surprise adventure to bless the homeless, playing with the new Go-Pro and hearing great speakers from Will Graham to Jefferson Bethke. 

 

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