SoCal 2017 Media Kit

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2017 SoCal Harvest | Fast Facts

EVENT DATES

2017 SoCal Harvest, August 18 – 20
Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California
Begins at 7 p.m. nightly (gates open at 5 p.m.)

SPEAKER

Greg Laurie

MUSICIANS

Friday, August 18:  Crowder, Andy Mineo, Phil Wickham
Saturday, August 19: Lecrae, Jeremy Camp, Phil Wickham
Sunday, August 20: Jordin Sparks, Danny Gokey, Brennley Brown, Phil Wickham

COST

The 2017 SoCal Harvest is free & open to the public.
Angel Stadium charges $15 for car parking and $30 for bus parking.

WEBCAST

The 2017 SoCal Harvest will be broadcast live over the Internet & archived, & may be accessed at www.harvestcrusades.org.

SOCIAL MEDIA

“Behind the scenes” updates about the Harvest outreach will be posted on Facebook (www.facebook.com/harvestcrusades), Twitter (www.twitter.com/harvest_events), and Instagram (harvestcrusades or search #HarvestSoCal).

INTERPRETATION

Each night of the event will be interpreted in Spanish.  Signing for the deaf will be provided.

LOCAL SUPPORT

More than 300 Southern California churches of many denominations will be involved in the 2017 SoCal Harvest.  Since 1990, 3.8 million people have attended Harvest Crusade events held in Southern California.

VOLUNTEERS

Some 6,500 volunteers will serve in a variety of capacities during the 2017 SoCal Harvest, from stage set-up to ushers to follow-up workers.

HARVEST CRUSADES®

Founded in 1990 by Greg Laurie, pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship® in Riverside and Irvine, Calif., and Maui, Hawaii, the Harvest Crusade events have been attended by more than 7.8 million people worldwide, both in-person and via live Internet broadcasts. Harvest Crusades with Greg Laurie are not affiliated with any individual church or denomination.  Instead, they are supported financially by hundreds of churches of various denominations and by thousands of individuals around the country.

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Laura McGowan
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Phone: (847) 347-5206

2017 SoCal Harvest | Musician Bios

LEVI LUSKO, SOCAL HARVEST EMCEE:

Levi Lusko is the author of the bestselling book Through the Eyes of a Lion, pastor of Fresh Life Church (a multisite church in Montana and Utah that he and his wife pioneered in 2007), and the founder of Skull Church and the O2 Experience. Levi travels around the world speaking about Jesus. He takes pleasure in small things, such as black coffee, new shoes, fast Internet, and falling asleep in the sun. He and his wife, Jennie, have four daughters: Alivia, Daisy, Clover, and Lenya, who is in heaven—and are expecting their first boy this year. Levi’s new book, Swipe Right, released in February 2017.

DAVID CROWDER:

David Crowder began his music career by leading worship at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. After many successful years of producing and performing God-honoring music in a group setting, The David Crowder band finished their final tour and the release of their sixth album in 2012. Since then Crowder has continued to glorify God through music as a solo artist. His solo single “I Am” rose to No. 3 on the Christian Songs chart, and his song “Come as You Are” received a Grammy nomination in 2015. His second solo album, American Prodigal, was released last year and Crowder continues to please fans nationwide with his unique style.

LECRAE:

Lecrae, a Christian hip hop artist, songwriter, record producer and actor, began his music ministry performing at a juvenile detention center. It was there that he realized his desire to bring hope and encouragement through music. Since 2005, Lecrae has risen to become one of the top Christian music artists, receiving recognition on the Billboard 200 for his latest album Anomaly, which debuted at No. 1. He is the president, co-owner and co-founder of the independent record label Reach Records, and the co-founder and president of the non-profit organization ReachLife Ministries, which provides ministry leaders with resources to carry the message of the gospel to urban communities and the hip hop culture. Throughout his career, Lecrae has remained faithful to his calling to bring a message of hope and inspiration to all who hear his music.

JEREMY CAMP:

With 32 number-one radio singles, four gold albums, five Dove awards, and multiple nominations ranging from Favorite Artist to Album of the Year, Jeremy Camp is no stranger to accolades. But more impressive than his achievements is his faithful commitment to glorifying God through his music and lyrics. Jeremy describes himself as “a minister who happens to play music as a way to minister.” Hope and healing despite personal tragedy is the theme of not only several of his songs, but of his autobiographical book, I Still Believe, and a film made in collaboration with Greg Laurie and Nick Vujicic, Hope for Hurting Hearts. His most recent album, I Will Follow, was composed from his commitment to follow God wholeheartedly.

JORDIN SPARKS:

Jordin Sparks’ rise to fame kicked off in 2007 at age 17, when she won the sixth season of American Idol, and became the youngest winner in the series’ history. Her self-titled debut studio album released later that year, was certified platinum, and has sold over two million copies worldwide. Sparks’ second studio album, Battlefield (2009), debuted at Number 7 on the Billboard 200 chart. Throughout her career, Sparks has won numerous awards, including an NAACP Image Award, a BET Award, an American Music Award, a People’s Choice Award, and two Teen Choice Awards. Her third studio album, Right Here Right Now, was released in August 2015. Though she remembers accepting Christ at an early age, Sparks admits that Jesus “was not the center, like He should have been . . . I wasn’t seeking Him like I should have been, I was only leaning on Him when times got tough . . . I was relying on my own strength.” But at an Easter service in 2016, she recommitted her life to Jesus, and now says, “Jesus does His best work when you’re broken, and He puts the pieces back together.”

ANDY MINEO:

He gave his life to Christ in junior high school, but it wasn’t until his freshman year in college that Andy Mineo got serious about his faith. Lending his voice and talents to projects by hip-hop artists such as Lecrae and Tedashii, Mineo started producing mixtapes at a young age, and in 2011, signed on with Reach Records. His two albums Heroes for Sale and Uncomfortable highlight his unique style, colorful storytelling, and cohesive lyrics. Uncomfortable became the Number 1 Independent record in the country and delivered a Number 3 and Number10 position on Billboard’s Hip-Hop and Top 200 album charts, respectively. He also created a three-season web series on YouTube called “Saturday Morning Car-Tunez” which garnered over one million views and gave fans a glimpse into his creative process and personal life.

DANNY GOKEY:

Once a truck driver from Milwaukee, Danny Gokey married his high school sweetheart, Sophia, only to lose her—a victim of surgery gone bad—just a month before auditioning for the hit talent show, American Idol. By the time Gokey finished season 8 of the show in third place, he had won America’s heart. His four albums have earned several Dove Award nominations, and a win for Christmas Album of the Year in 2016. Gokey’s music—including his well-known songs “Hope in Front of Me” and “Tell Your Heart to Beat Again”— is filled with reminders of hope, strength, and healing.

BRENNLEY BROWN:

At age 15, Brennley Brown has surprised America with her incredible voice and delightful personality as a contestant in The Voice Season 12, where her strong performance pleased the judges and she made it to the final eight. The sheer purity, power, and control of her voice, combined with her emotive performances leave a lasting impression on all who hear her. Brown sees her opportunities to sing publicly as a chance to let her light shine and share God’s love with others. Specializing in country music, Brown hails from Apple Valley, California.

PHIL WICKHAM:

Singer, songwriter, and worship leader Phil Wickham is no stranger to Harvest Crusades. Having grown up in Southern California, Phil attended this annual event held at Anaheim Stadium for many years. Phil began writing songs and leading worship when he was 12 years old. His song “This Is the Day” serves as the intro track for Greg Laurie’s radio broadcast, A New Beginning, as well as his television program, GregLaurie.tv. Phil’s single “This Is Amazing Grace” topped charts for weeks on end, took top honor of Song of the Year at the 2015 BMI Christian Music Awards, and continues to inspire spontaneous worship in hearts all over the globe.

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MEDIA CONTACT

Laura McGowan
laura@lauramcgowan.com
Phone: (847) 347-5206

2017 SoCal Harvest | Greg Laurie Profile

AGE

64

DATE/PLACE OF BIRTH

December 10, 1952
Long Beach, Calif

PASTOR/FOUNDER

Harvest Christian Fellowship®, Riverside, Calif., 1972

EVANGELIST/FOUNDER

Harvest Crusades®, 1990
Since 1990, Laurie’s Harvest Crusade events have been attended by more than 7.8 million people worldwide, both in-person in stadiums & arenas across the U.S., Canada, Australia & New Zealand, and via live Internet broadcasts (www.harvest.org).

INNOVATOR

For the first time in 2012, Harvest simulcast its Anaheim Crusade to thousands of locations for a coast-to-coast evangelistic outreach called Harvest America.  The 2017 Harvest America event, held at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona, was live streamed to more than 3,700 remote host locations around the world and drew a combined audience of nearly one million participants.

BROADCASTER

The A New Beginning radio program is broadcast on more than 900 radio outlets around the world, and is one of the most popular Christian podcast downloads on Apple’s iTunes store.  Laurie is also featured in a weekly television program called GregLaurie.tv (www.GregLaurie.tv), which is available on-demand online and airs weekly on more than 20 television outlets, including the Trinity Broadcasting Network and American Forces Network TV.

BOOKS & FILM

Greg Laurie has authored more than 70 books, including the recently released best-seller, Steve McQueen: Salvation of an American Icon.  The accompanying film, which is a partnership with Erwin Brothers Entertainment—producers of Woodlawn, Mom’s Night Out and October Baby—will be shown in hundreds of theaters across the country on September 28, 2017 as a Fathom event.

BOARD MEMBER

Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

FAMILY

Wife Cathe; sons Christopher (deceased) and Jonathan; five grandchildren

RESIDENCE

Southern California

SOCIAL MEDIA

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/harvestcrusades
Instagram:  harvestcrusades or search #HarvestSoCal
Twitter: @Harvest_Events

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MEDIA CONTACT

Laura McGowan
laura@lauramcgowan.com
Phone: (847) 347-5206

Harvest Crusades | The Story of Harvest

A “LOST BOY” FINDS HIS WAY

Levi Lusko is the author of the bestselling book Through the Eyes of a Lion, pastor of Fresh Life Church (a multisite church in Montana and Utah that he and his wife pioneered in 2007), and the founder of Skull Church and the O2 Experience. Levi travels around the world speaking about Jesus. He takes pleasure in small things, such as black coffee, new shoes, fast Internet, and falling asleep in the sun. He and his wife, Jennie, have four daughters: Alivia, Daisy, Clover, and Lenya, who is in heaven—and are expecting their first boy this year. Levi’s new book, Swipe Right, released in February 2017.

“JESUS PEOPLE” AND BEYOND

David Crowder began his music career by leading worship at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. After many successful years of producing and performing God-honoring music in a group setting, The David Crowder band finished their final tour and the release of their sixth album in 2012. Since then Crowder has continued to glorify God through music as a solo artist. His solo single “I Am” rose to No. 3 on the Christian Songs chart, and his song “Come as You Are” received a Grammy nomination in 2015. His second solo album, American Prodigal, was released last year and Crowder continues to please fans nationwide with his unique style.

REACHING A NEW GENERATION

Lecrae, a Christian hip hop artist, songwriter, record producer and actor, began his music ministry performing at a juvenile detention center. It was there that he realized his desire to bring hope and encouragement through music. Since 2005, Lecrae has risen to become one of the top Christian music artists, receiving recognition on the Billboard 200 for his latest album Anomaly, which debuted at No. 1. He is the president, co-owner and co-founder of the independent record label Reach Records, and the co-founder and president of the non-profit organization ReachLife Ministries, which provides ministry leaders with resources to carry the message of the gospel to urban communities and the hip hop culture. Throughout his career, Lecrae has remained faithful to his calling to bring a message of hope and inspiration to all who hear his music.

GLOBAL IMPACT

With 32 number-one radio singles, four gold albums, five Dove awards, and multiple nominations ranging from Favorite Artist to Album of the Year, Jeremy Camp is no stranger to accolades. But more impressive than his achievements is his faithful commitment to glorifying God through his music and lyrics. Jeremy describes himself as “a minister who happens to play music as a way to minister.” Hope and healing despite personal tragedy is the theme of not only several of his songs, but of his autobiographical book, I Still Believe, and a film made in collaboration with Greg Laurie and Nick Vujicic, Hope for Hurting Hearts. His most recent album, I Will Follow, was composed from his commitment to follow God wholeheartedly.

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MEDIA CONTACT

Laura McGowan
laura@lauramcgowan.com
Phone: (847) 347-5206

Harvest: Where Hearts and Communities Flourish

Harvest Crusades—also known as Harvest with Greg Laurie events—are faith-building, soul-stirring gatherings that not only change lives, but unite entire communities. Hosted by hundreds of local churches in cities around the world, the Harvest Crusades bring diverse communities of faith together to share the love of God with those around them. Like any large event, Harvest takes significant planning, collaboration and cooperation, as well as good old-fashioned hard work. But when the work is done, lives flourish spiritually.

Jesus told us there is great joy in Heaven when a person trusts in Him. So there certainly should be joy in having a role in introducing that person to Christ,” says Greg Laurie, founder of Harvest Crusades.

SOME PREPAREMonths in advance, hundreds of local churches from various denominations unite to form a hosting committee to invite Harvest Crusades to their city and organize local outreach.

SOME SEEDOne million invitations to the 2017 SoCal Harvest will be distributed, many of them hand-delivered by local students from Greg Laurie’s church in Southern California, Harvest Christian Fellowship.

SOME CULTIVATE6,500 people will volunteer at the 2017 SoCal Harvest. Whether they are setting up the stage, handing out programs, or serving as follow-up workers, each and every volunteer is invested in the effort. After the outreach, local churches follow up with attendees who made the decision to commit their lives to Christ and invite them into community.

ALL SHARE THE HARVEST: In one weekend, thousands of hearts and lives can be transformed in a community, as well as around the globe.

AROUND THE GLOBE: Harvest events are live streamed, giving local communities one more way to invite people to participate.  To date, nearly 1.9 million people have viewed a live Harvest outreach virtually.

ACROSS AMERICA: Hundreds of thousands of people across the country have participated in Harvest’s evangelism campaign called Harvest America, where the message of the Gospel presented at Harvest Crusades events is taken to multiple sites across the U.S. and around the world via satellite and a live streaming webcast.  The 2017 Harvest America event, held at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona, was live streamed to more than 3,700 remote host locations around the world and drew a combined audience of more than 945,000 participants.

Since 1990, Harvest Crusade events have been attended by more than 7.8 million people worldwide, both in-person in stadiums & arenas and via live Internet broadcasts.  Some 496,573 people have committed their lives to Christ as a result of the message of hope presented by Greg Laurie.

EDITOR’S NOTE: 2017 SoCal Harvest staff and volunteers are available for interviews. Please contact Laura McGowan at (847) 347-5206 or at laura@lauramcgowan.com for more information.

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Laura McGowan
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Phone: (847) 347-5206

Thinking Locally, Going Globally

Since its inception in 1990, Harvest Crusades with Greg Laurie has drawn more than 5.8 million people to local stadiums and arenas in communities around the world to hear a life-changing message of hope in Christ, but it has also shared that same message with millions more through virtually every form of media.  While tens of thousands flock to Angel Stadium of Anaheim for the 2017 SoCal Harvest, Aug. 18 – 20, audiences around the world will participate in the outreach via live radio broadcasts, live television programs, live and archived Internet broadcasts, video simulcasts, digital media, podcasts and live blog updates.  Since 1997, nearly 2 million people have participated in live Harvest Crusade events via the Internet alone.

EDITOR’S NOTE: 2017 SoCal Harvest staff and volunteers are available for interviews. Please contact Laura McGowan at (847) 347-5206 or at laura@lauramcgowan.com for more information.

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MEDIA CONTACT

Laura McGowan
laura@lauramcgowan.com
Phone: (847) 347-5206