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Big-Name Musicians Return to NGU for Special Event

Four celebrated musicians who attended North Greenville University will come back to campus this Thursday to share their perspective on integrating music and ministry — an occasion sure to draw a crowd full of students and aspiring musicians.

This special Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM) event, the first in a series titled CrossExamined, will feature a panel discussion with several successful artists from across multiple genres.

“The intention is to ask questions to people who have faith in Jesus Christ and are doing whatever we’re examining, which in this case is music,” says Joshua Gilmore (’05), director of BCM at NGU.

Gilmore actually attended NGU with all four of the now full-time musicians set to participate in this week’s panel discussion: Mikey Carvajal, lead vocalist with alternative metal band Islander; Seth Condrey, a Dove Award-winning Christian artist; Charlee Buitrago (’05) of NewSpring Worship; and Jacob Johnson, independent guitarist and singer-songwriter.

They all have plenty of experience to draw from in answering the question “How do you integrate your music and your faith?”

Carvajal signed to his record label Victory Records with Islander in 2013. With two EPs and two studio albums under its belt, the band has shared stages with similar rock groups, such as Papa Roach and Linkin Park.

Condrey recorded his first album, “My All,” in 2004. He’s since released four more, earning a Gospel Music Association (GMA) Dove Award for Spanish Language Album of the Year in 2008 for “De Corazon a Corazon.”

As his co-writer for the album, Buitrago shared in the success of Condrey’s Dove Award for “De Corazon a Corazon.” He is now an artist with NewSpring Worship, continuing to write worship songs in Spanish. He released his latest album, “Poderoso,” earlier this year.

After a handful of albums and EPs and years on the road playing with the likes of Tommy Emmanuel, Phil Keaggy, and Grammy winner Victor Wooten, Johnson continues to share his original music across the Southeast. He also currently teaches guitar lessons at NGU.

Carvajal, Condrey, Buitrago, and Johnson will share more about their journeys as musicians at the first CrossExamined. The event is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. in Turner Chapel at NGU’s Tigerville Campus, located at 7801 N. Tigerville Rd.

Future CrossExamined events will feature experienced evangelists and pastors, says Gilmore.

Learn more about BCM at NGU at ngu.edu/ministries.

(Image credits: Jacob Johnson photo provided on artist website and credited to Joseph Bradford; Islander photo provided on artist’s official Facebook page) 


 

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