Harvest America Musician/Emcee Bios
LEVI LUSKO, HARVEST AMERICA 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.
NEEDTOBREATHE and their “anthemic Southern rock” sound has received national attention both in and out of the Christian music scene. Their album, The Outsiders, was featured in numerous blockbuster films and prime-time television shows. Winner of multiple GMA Dove Awards, NEEDTOBREATHE has a reputation as a must-see live act. The band’s album, The Reckoning, debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 chart. NEEDTOBREATHE is passionate about carefully composing songs with a deeper meaning, addressing serious themes relevant to the brokenhearted and downtrodden.
Formed in 1994, MercyMe found its way into the spotlight with its subsequent release of “I Can Only Imagine,” which gained popularity in both Christian and mainstream markets. Since then, MercyMe has continued to produce top-quality albums as a Multi-Platinum band and has enjoyed several Grammy nominations and multiple Dove awards. In 2009, Billboard named MercyMe’s “Word of God Speak” the No. 1 Christian Song of the Decade. Their eighth studio album, released in 2012, The Hurt & The Healer, debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 chart and was written as a reminder to people that they are redeemed and sanctified in Jesus Christ. Their spectacular collection has only been enhanced by the addition of their newest album, Lifer (March 2017).
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.”
Trip Lee is an acclaimed rapper, author, pastor, and Brag Ministry founder who delivers a clarion call to listeners everywhere to rise from the dead and actually live. This theme is captured in his fifth and newest album, Rise. While many rappers are known for bragging about themselves and their own accomplishments, Lee asks, “What if when I brag, I’m not talking about me, but I use everything in my life to point to God and honor him? That [is] the idea.” Over the past decade, Lee has released four other full-length albums, selling more than 250,000 copies collectively. The culmination of these albums was his 2012 release, The Good Life, which spawned a book by the same name and received two 2013 Dove Award nominations. Lee was recently featured on the cover of Christianity Today for their “33 under 33″ edition.
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.
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.