Ryan Stevenson, above, and Austin French will bring their gospel-filled music to the Chase County Fair. (Courtesy photos)
Ryan Stevenson, Austin French selected for fair’s Christian Show
The Newsboys. Mercy Me. Amy Grant. Josh Groben. TobyMac. Those are just some of the top performing Christian artists and groups this year’s Chase County Fair Christian Show performers have been associated with.
This year’s show will feature Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter Ryan Stevenson. Another rising songwriter and singer Austin French will open for Stevenson on Wednesday, Aug. 15.
Stevenson released his latest album, “No Matter What,” in April 2018.
The highly anticipated project comes on the heels of a slew of awards few artists achieve in their entire career, much less before their first release.
With two No. 1 singles—one as an artist and one as a co-writer—he has already distinguished himself as a rare talent whose unique perspective guides his honest lyrics and sonic sensibilities.
Here’s just a sampling of the success Stevenson has already enjoyed:
• Top 3 Billboard Christian Airplay song & 2017 Top 20 Billboard Christian Song of the Year with “The Gospel;”
• No. 1 on Billboard Christian charts for 16 weeks, 14 consecutive weeks at Billboard AC, in 2016 with “Eye of the Storm;”
• 2017 GMA Dove Award for Pop Contemporary Song of the Year for “Eye of the Storm;”
• 2017 Billboard Music Award nomination for “Eye of the Storm;”
• 2017 K-LOVE Fan Awards Song of the Year and Breakout Single of the Year nominations for “Eye of the Storm;”
• GRAMMY® nominated co-writer on the No. 1 Billboard Christian song “Speak Life” by TobyMac; and
• Tours with the 2018 TobyMac Hits Deep Tour, 2017 MercyMe Lifer Tour, 2017 TobyMac Hits Deep Tour, 2016 Newsboys Love Riot Tour and 2015 Newsboys We Believe God’s Not Dead Tour.
Stevenson’s career began as a paramedic.
“As soon as I started the paramedic phase of life the Lord began conditioning me, opening up my eyes to the reality and fragility of humanity,” Stevenson said.
“That job totally changed me. But about six years in, it started wearing on me. I knew I needed to figure out a way to make my living through music. I prayed for God to show me how or to help me let go of my clenching grip of these dreams,” he added.
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