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NMJC to Kick off Superchick Reinvention Tour

NMJC to Kick off Superchick Reinvention Tour photo 9/10/2010 12:24:06 a.m. - Hobbs, NM. Think nothing special ever happens in Hobbs?  Think again.

As part of this year’s Saw You at the Pole event, New Mexico Junior College will host the Grammy-nominated Christian rock band Superchick in concert on Wednesday, September 22, at 6:30 p.m. in the NMJC Caster Activity Center—free of charge.

Sponsored by the NMJC chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) in conjunction with Common Ground Student Ministries, the concert kicks off the band’s 20+ city Reinvention Tour, which highlights their sixth and newest album, Reinvention.  Superchick will be joined by guest artists Manafest and Bread of Stone.

Described as a band whose albums “inspire, empower, and entertain with a call to rise above society’s unhealthy trappings,” Superchick can be heard in over 70 popular media sources, including the soundtracks of such movies as Legally Blonde, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, Zoom, Nancy Drew, Ice Princess, Holiday in the Sun, Cadet Kelly, The Glass House, and Bring It On: In It to Win It.

Television credits include music on MTV’s “Real World,” “Making the Band,” “The Hills,” and “The City”; ABC’s “Brothers & Sisters,” “True Beauty,” “Alias,” and “The Practice”; ABC Family’s “Make It or Break It”; the Cartoon Network’s movie Re-animated; MyStyle’s “Running in Heels”; CBS’s “Joan of Arcadia”; and E! TV’s reality show “Denise Richards: It’s Complicated.”  One song, “Hero,” even served as NBC’s theme song in 2009.  Several of Superchick’s songs were also used in the PlayStation2 video game S.L.A.I.

With music incorporating such styles as pop, punk, rap, and R&B, Superchick has been compared to a number of mainstream artists such as No Doubt and Avril Lavigne.  Superchick has had a number of #1 hits and in 2008 was nominated for their first Grammy Award, in the “Best Rock or Rock Gospel Album” category.

Superchick is comprised of Max Hsu (DJ & keys), Tricia Brock (lead vocals), Dave Ghazarian (guitar & keys, Melissa Brock (guitar & vocals), and Matt Dally (bass & vocals).

Canadian Christian rapper Manafest will also help kick off the Reinvention Tour.  Having just released his fourth album, The Chase, which has been described as his “most aggressive and sonically evolved record to date,” Manafest was nominated as the 2009 GMAC Artist of the Year.  He has earned multiple album, video, and song of the year awards in the last few years in various categories, and has garnered numerous TV and movie placements with his unique Christian hip hop, hard rock, rapcore, and rap metal sound.

Rounding out the concert is Bread of Stone, a rising Christian rock band who just released their third album, Saturate.  Comprised of Ben Kristijanto on vocals, Bill Kristijanto on guitar, Tim Barnes on bass, and Wesley Holt on drums, Bread of Stone has toured with some of the top names in Christian music, including the Newsboys, Stellar Kart, Petra, and many others.

According to Kim Latimer, co-sponsor of the college’s FCA group, the concert will be the perfect conclusion to the annual See You at the Pole event that FCA hosts on campus the fourth Wednesday in September “This year’s theme for the event is ‘Reveal’, which comes from Matthew 6: 9-13: Our Father in heaven, reveal who You are.  We meet at the flagpoles on the inside of the circle, on the back side of the John Shepherd Administration Building at 7:30 a.m., and everyone is welcome to attend.”

In the evening, Latimer explained, the local youth pastors coordinate a Saw You at the Pole celebration.  “We’re so excited to be able to participate by holding the event on the NMJC campus.  This is a huge celebration this year, with Superchick, Manafest, and Bread of Stone,” said Latimer.  “It’s always an incredible day getting to pray for our campus and community, but this year we can hardly wait to see how God will reveal Himself when we all come together.”

Begun in 1990 in Burleson, Texas, with just a handful of Christian students, See You At the Pole has grown by word of mouth, through announcements at youth rallies and churches, and via the Internet.  Last year it was estimated that over three million students in the U.S. participated, as well as students in Germany, Japan, Scotland, Norway, Ecuador, Ghana, Guam, Hong Kong, Japan, Kenya, South Korea, Malaysia, Nigeria, Peru, Portugal, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and South Africa.

The Superchick Reinvention Tour kickoff concert is free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact FCA co-sponsor Kim Latimer at 575.492.2780 or klatimer@nmjc.edu or Kevin Richardson at 575.441.2662 or revkev@fumchobbs.org.

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