Christian artist Michael Card coming to area

April 22, 1998|By TERI JOHNSON

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Contemporary Christian performer Michael Card is giving his concerts a more personal touch.

Card, who toured with The Covenant Singers gospel choir last year, has decided to tour alone in 1998.

"I needed to get back to having an audience all to myself," Card said.

For Saturday's performance at Chambersburg Area Senior High School, Card will play guitar during the first half and piano in the final part.

"It'll be simple and very focused," he said.

The concert will include music from his current album, "Unveiled Hope," which is based on the book of Revelation and features a variety of musical styles.


"Worthy" is performed in traditional gospel style with full choir; the ballad "Holy, Holy, Holy" features guest soloist Steve Green and "City of Doom" includes electric guitars and drums.

Card's love of Irish music also shines through. During the past 15 years, he's gone to Ireland twice a year to record and perform.

His next project will be an album of Celtic hymns, which he hopes to start working on in May.

Card wrote or co-wrote all the songs on "Unveiled Hope," which followed a year of intense study of Revelation.

He said the music is just a vehicle for him.

"I've always thought the lyrics should dictate the music," he said.

For the past 16 years, his recordings have focused on various sections of the Bible. Hebrews is the only book he hasn't completed, and he said he's worked on the project for three years and hasn't written a song yet.

"I have outlines, and I know stylistically what it will be like," he said.

Card, 41, has won five Gospel Music Association Dove Awards and has recorded 19 albums, beginning with "First Light" in 1981.

He also is planning to do an album for the deaf. He said he gets many letters from deaf communities and churches. He has had interpretation for the deaf at his concerts, but he's never tried a project like this before.

There are several ways the deaf community uses music, including turning it up and putting the speakers on the floor, Card said. He noted that the deaf population in the United States is equal to the entire population of Canada.

He said he's excited about the project, although he isn't sure when it will be released.

Card, who has a master's degree in biblical studies, said his calling is to teach.

He and Dr. William Lane - the man who discipled Card and united him and his wife, Susan, in marriage 16 years ago - have started the Discipleship Study Center in Franklin, Tenn., which has a biblical research library.

Card also is an author, and his books include "Sleep Sound in Jesus," "Come to the Cradle" and "Joy in the Journey."

"I always have a bunch of things idling along," he said.

Books he's working on include a "Tell Me Why" book; "Christ in the Creative Process," a look at the life of Jesus and what can be learned from it; a commentary on Luke; and a theology of wonder based on astronomy that looks at biblical passages of the stars.

He said he couldn't do what he does without his family. The Cards live in Franklin and have four children: Katie, 11; Will, 9; Nate, 5; and Maggie, 3. All are home schooled.

"It's not a matter of balancing, it's a matter of flow," he said.

During 20 years of making music, Card has developed a loyal following.

Every audience has a different personality, and many have a serious approach to Scripture, he said.

"Who I am isn't what it's about. People tend to come for the Bible," he said.

How to see Michael Card

When: Saturday, April 25, 7 p.m.

Where: Chambersburg Area Senior High School, 511 S. Sixth St., Chambersburg, Pa.

Tickets: $10 in advance; $12 at the door

For information: Call Cedar Ridge Ministries at 301-582-0282.

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