Mark Schultz Booked For RiseFest In Sheldon June 16

Date posted - March 15, 2012

A big star in the Contemporary Christian music scene has been added to the lineup of artists appearing at this year’s RiseFest, being held for the first time in Sheldon.

RISE Ministries has announced that singer/songwriter Mark Schultz has been added to this summer’s RiseFest lineup.

Rob Roozeboom, Rise Ministries founder and president says they’re excited that Schultz is coming to RiseFest this year.

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Roozeboom says it’s not as easy as you might think to get artists to appear at a Christian music festival

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Mark Schultz joins a lineup that already includes Tenth Avenue North, Natalie Grant, Matt Maher, Rapture Ruckus, Remedy Drive, and more. Roozeboom says if you’ve never heard Mark Schultz live, you’ll want to come to RiseFest this summer.

We’ll talk more with Rob Roozeboom about RiseFest in the coming days and weeks as the festival approaches, here on KIWA.


Perseverance, creativity and a strong will are qualities that have served Schultz well throughout his career. A native of Colby, Kansas, Schultz moved to Nashville to pursue his musical ambitions and found inspiration and encouragement while working as a youth pastor. With the support of the congregation, he booked a show at Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium. The show was a sell out, an unheard of feat for a fledgling artist that earned him a deal with Word Records.

Since then the Dove Award winning artist has become one of Christian music’s most acclaimed singer/songwriters. Schultz, now a resident of North Carolina, has also tasted success on the mainstream adult contemporary charts with such hits as “He’s My Son,” “Letters from War” and “Walking Her Home.” “Back in His Arms Again” was named BMI’s Christian Song of the Year in 2003, “Letters from War” was the centerpiece of the Army’s “Be Safe-Make It Home” campaign and Schultz has flooded radio with nine No. 1 songs, such as “Remember Me” and “I Am the Way.” He’s also earned the top spot on Billboard magazine’s Christian Adult Contemporary Songwriter list and has been featured on the national TV programs, 48 Hours, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, CNN and more. His 2005 release, Mark Schultz Live…A Night of Stories & Songs, sold RIAA certified Platinum and garnered Schultz his first GMA Dove Award.

Mark Schultz invites all to “Come Alive” with his latest collection of songs that explore life’s greatest joys and toughest challenges while celebrating God’s presence in every moment. In crafting songs for the new record, Schultz co-wrote with some very accomplished friends, among them Matthew West, Mercy Me’s Bart Millard and Barry Graul, Joy Williams and Bernie Herms, who is one of the producers on the album. “I’ve always done a record with one, maybe two producers and this one has four on it,” says Schultz, who worked with Herms, Shaun Shankel, Paul Mills and Brown Bannister. “It’s my 10th year to have done this and it feels like I’ve just started. I thought ‘what a great way to say it’s been a great 10 years.’ Let’s open it up to a few different producers who I’ve worked with and a few new ones, just to create a very diverse record.”

In it’s seventh installment, RiseFest, the one day Christian music festival, is scheduled June 16th, 2012 at the Sheldon Crossing on the Highway 60 bypass. The festival kicks off with a revamped Rise Run, will have food and merchandise vendors, a Kids Zone, seminars and other activities. Children 10 and under are free! Fans can take advantage of $15 tickets and the Early Bird Special package by purchasing 8 tickets and getting 2 free. The special lasts until April 30.

For more information or to order tickets, visit www.riseministries.com or call 712-324-9763

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