Americus, Ga. - November 1, 2002 - Two-time reigning Gospel Music Association Group of the Year, Third Day, recently completed the final leg of its highly touted, best-selling "Come Together Tour," which traveled to 76 cities nationwide. Ticket sales from the "Come Together Tour" raised more than $228,000 for Habitat for Humanity International. Third Day members participated in several home builds for the organization while out on the road, including one with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter in South Africa.
The blockbuster tour broke attendance records across the country and became the biggest tour in Third Day's history, placing the band in front of more than 300,000 fans throughout the spring and fall of 2002 and ranking it among the most successful tours in Christian music history.
"Habitat for Humanity continues to enjoy a tremendous partnership with Third Day," says Kevin Campbell, director of Headquarters Programs for Habitat for Humanity International. "During the fall 'Come Together Tour,' we were able to reach out directly to youth pastors at all the shows, sharing what Habitat for Humanity is about in their own communities. Third Day was very gracious with their time, appearing and speaking at these youth pastor events during intermission and spending some time in the communities helping to build. Third Day's desire to see their fans come together in Christian service is inspiring. We are proud that they see Habitat for Humanity as a way to make that happen."
Third Day will continue to work closely with Habitat for Humanity through the spring of next year and has committed to complete a total of eight Habitat homes worldwide. "Our partnership with Habitat for Humanity has been so important and encouraging for all of us," says Third Day's Tai Anderson. "We could never have raised the money we did without the audiences who came out to see these shows and to support this cause. It's really these fans who have built these homes, and we are so appreciative of them. They have played an important role in changing the lives of the families around the world."
"Working with Habitat for Humanity has been a wonderful experience," says Cara Kessels, a Habitat for Humanity volunteer in Portland, Maine. "Getting the opportunity to work side by side with Third Day really added to the excitement. It was inspiring to see such a talented, beautiful, down-to-earth group of guys donate time to such a great organization."
As the band's momentum continues to build, Third Day heads back out on the road this weekend to kick off the highly anticipated, 16-city 'Come Together and Worship Tour,' a series of concerts with Grammy-winning, multi-platinum artist Michael W. Smith and featuring special guest Max Lucado. The tour, sponsored by Chevrolet, is being billed as one of the top tours of the fall season and is generating unprecedented attention nationwide, already beginning to sell out venues across the country.
Nashville-based Essential Records was founded in 1992 to provide relevant music from a God-centered perspective. Essential Records, and its affiliated label, Watershed Records, is distributed through Provident Music Distribution and through partnerships with parent company Zomba Music.
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Founded by Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliates in more than 3,000 communities in 83 nations have built and sold more than 125,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages.