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Michael W. Smith, Sixpence None the Richer to Headline Habitat Mega-Concert

Smith, Sixpence None The Richer to Headline “Habitat House Party”
Knapp, Third Day, Trinitee 5:7 also set in support of Habitat for Humanity at Mega-concert

POSTPONED
This concert has been postponed until Sept. 16. More details will be posted as they become available.

Nashville, Tenn. - February 29, 2000 - A Nashville family in need of safe, affordable shelter will be presented the keys to their new home this Easter Weekend at a star-studded benefit concert.

The “Habitat House Party” concert will be held Sept. 16 at Nashville’s AmSouth Amphitheater at Starwood, and will bring together some of Christian Music’s elite to support the work of Habitat For Humanity International, the world’s leading volunteer homebuilding ministry.

Michael W. Smith, Sixpence None The Richer, Third Day, Jennifer Knapp, Trinitee 5:7 and others will perform as part of this Easter Weekend mega-concert, which will be hosted dcTalk’s Toby McKeen. The guests of honor at the concert, however, will be Jacqueline Bryant and her two children, Nashville’s first Habitat homeowner of the new millennium.

The Habitat House Party was announced today at the groundbreaking for Ms. Bryant’s new house. This home will be sponsored entirely by the proceeds from the House Party concert, and will be built throughout the Lenten season, completed the week before Easter, and dedicated the day before Easter Sunday.

The Habitat House Party concerts represent an emerging and dynamic partnership between the international house building ministry and Christian music.

“We envisioned the House Party as a way to move Christian music and its consumers toward action and service, rather than just preaching and cheerleading,” said John Huie of Creative Artist Agency. “Our hope is to hold up Habitat for Humanity as an example of effective and faithful Christian service.”

Members of Grammy-nominated band Sixpence None The Richer were among those who helped turn sod. Matt Slocum of Sixpence, and a longtime volunteer with Habitat said: “Because we believe our music is a gift, we believe the best response to our success is to serve. I can’t think of a better way to serve than to work with Habitat for Humanity.”

“Easter is about re-birth, renewal, and resurrection,” said headliner Michael W. Smith, “and this Habitat for Humanity house is a small example of the transformation that Christ brings. This Easter Sunday morning the Bryant family will begin a new life away from unsafe, overcrowded and overpriced rental housing in a new, simple, decent and safe home of their own.”

Tickets for the concert go on sale this Friday, March 3 at the Am-South box office and at all Nashville area Ticketmaster locations. Group rates are available exclusively at the Am-South Amphitheater box office.

Dedicated to eliminating poverty housing, Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry founded by Millard Fuller along with his wife, Linda. HFHI and its 1,916 affiliates in 64 nations have built and sold more than 90,000 homes to partner families at no profit with zero-interest mortgages. Greater Nashville Habitat for Humanity has built homes for 119 families in Music City.