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Jump 5 plays to crowd

November 27, 2004|by WANDA T. WILLIAMS

wandaw@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN - Teenage contemporary Christian singing group Jump 5 kicked off its 14-city Christmas tour Friday night at The Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown.

Under the flicker of bright colorful lights, Jump 5's hip-hop moves brought the audience to its feet.

The foursome performed a variety of songs, including new ones from the group's newest CD, "Dreaming in Color." Group members Brittany Hargest, 16, and Chris Fuden, 18, said the CD has a more mature sound than previous releases.

"When we were younger, we were told what to do and what to sing. Now, we're creating our own stuff," Hargest said.

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"We wanted to go a little more rock instead of singing the bubblegum/pop sound. It (the CD) has a lot more live instruments," Fuden said.

"Dreaming in Color" is the sixth CD released by Jump 5, which was formed in 1997. According to Jump 5's Web site, the group has toured with such artists as Aaron Carter, who performed at The Maryland Theatre in September.

Jump 5 performed in front of an audience of about 700 youths. Some as young as 7 years old turned out for the three-hour concert featuring two groups.

"I think it's amazing; the turnout here is great. It's great to know that there are so many people here for Christ," said Jessica Mullenix, who brought her two daughters to the concert.

"The music makes you feel closer to Christ," Jessica Fuentes, 13, said.

Following Friday's performance, Jump 5's tour was to continue to West Virginia, Florida, Tennessee and Georgia. Jump 5 is under contract with Sparrow Records, a Nashville-based contemporary Christian record label, according to the group's Web site.

The sister trio Everlife, another contemporary Christian group, was the opening act. The Ross sisters performed songs from their first, self-titled CD.

"We grew up listening to '50s and '60s rock 'n' roll," Amber Ross, 20, said.

The sisters from Pittsburgh, Pa., have been performing together for the past seven years. This is the group's first full tour, Sarah Ross, 18, said.

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