Moriah Mason, Staff Writer
The Christian band, Passion, has enriched and transformed the lives of many young people through their worship style and songs, and now they are coming to Samford.
Passion will be performing at the Wright Center on Monday, Sept. 30 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are free, but in order to receive them students must text BIRMINGHAM to 33864.
Louie and Shelley Giglio started the band in 1995, and it is currently led by Kristian Stanfill, Brett Younker and Melodie Malone. In the past, the band has also performed with Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, Crowder and Christy Nockels.
According to their website, the band is not just focused on their music or performances, but also on helping others to renew their intimacy with God.
“Rooted out of the Passion movement, we are committed to leading people towards renewed intimacy with God and fresh encounters of worship,” the band’s website states.
Passion performs songs such as, “Reckless Love,” ”One Thing Remains,” “Ever Almighty, and “Worthy Of Your Name.”
In their invitation video, Kristian Stanfill said she looked forward to their upcoming performance at Samford.
“It’s going to be an amazing night of worship and prayer,” she said.
University Minister Bobby Gatlin provided more information about Passion’s upcoming performance and how it would impact the spiritual lives of Samford students.
“This is a night of worship and prayer coming to college campuses all over the Southeast and other parts of the country,” Gatlin said. “The Passion Band is a very gifted group of worship leaders helping to connect a generation of students to God. With over 2,000 tickets already given out, this has the potential to be a special night. The Office of Spiritual Life and The Wright Center are excited to be able to host Passion at Samford this year.”
Gatlin went on to say the concert will provide a good opportunity for students to refocus on their spiritual life.
“Students will have the chance to encounter Christ in a real and powerful way as we take a break from studying and homework to focus our attention on the power of God’s grace and forgiveness,” he said. “This worship concert will give students the opportunity to express their praise and gratitude to God as we come together in a celebration of faith.”
Students on campus said they are also excited for Passion’s performance.
“I am expecting the presence of God to be in this place as always and to have a great night of worship with others,” sophomore psychology major Shanya Blocker said.
Even though Passion is not her favorite worship group, she said she still enjoys their songs and worship style.
“I like the way they sing and the melodies of their songs,” Blocker said.
Sophomore sociology major Mariah Spaid agreed with Blocker.
“I like their style and how they have many different singers attached, not every song sounds the same,” Spaid said,
Senior health science major Morgan Karow said the band’s unique sound is what attracts her.
“I like that they’re different from other Christian music groups, by the depth of their words, and how they embed scriptures in their lyrics, that are not commonly found in other Christian songs,” Karow said.
For more information about upcoming events like “Passion: Road to 2020 Pop-Up Worship,” visit https://www.samford.edu/wrightcenter/.