‘Just Give Me Jesus’ tour in Marshall Sunday

MARSHALL — When looking for a performance, Southwest Minnesota Fellowship of Christian Athletes director Robin Knudson said FCA looks for an artist who is going to relate best to the students.

“(One where) kids will want to come and be excited to come and that they’ll invite their friends,” Knudson said.

The “Just Give Me Jesus” tour with Unspoken, North Point InsideOut and Caitie Hurst is coming to the Marshall High School gym Sunday. Doors open at 6:15 p.m., with the concert starting at 7 p.m.

Chad Mattson, the lead singer of Unspoken, said his story includes some struggles. In his 20s, he said he was a drug addict.

“My life was ruined for a couple of years,” he said.

The first step toward his recovery, Mattson said, was he went on a mission trip by himself to the Dominican Republic.

“There’s where I got sober,” he said. He said he spent two months in the Dominican Republic. “I got saved, and I met our original guitar player there.”

Both Mattson and the guitarist, Mike Gomez, had a passion for music and sharing their story through their music. Gomez moved to Mitchell’s hometown in Maine and the two started traveling together to rehab centers, nursing homes, the New York City subway system, wherever they could share their passion.

“It just kind of built from that,” Mattson said.

Mattson said the band members all come from different backgrounds, stories and cultures.

“We’ve been able to reach a lot of people because of the diversity,” he said.

A couple of the members write songs for the band, Mattson said. Sometimes a good idea will come about, or a lot of times the songs are about things they are going through themselves, he said.

The band’s first album “Unspoken,” features the hit singles “Start A Fire,” “Lift My Life Up” and “Who You Are.”

“A lot of the songs are about getting back to the basics,” Mattson said in the group’s biography. “The basics of just hanging out with God. The more success you get, or the more wealth, or whatever it is, it never seems to satisfy like you want. God has set it up so we realize that he is the biggest blessing. Just to know him, to love him.”

What Mattson likes about performing for audiences is hearing other peoples’ stories.

“How the Lord used our music to reach them or (when they) needed help,” he said. Mattson describes Unspoken’s music as “soulful” and “worshipful.”

Some of the feedback Unspoken gets from fans, Mattson said, is they “really felt close to God.”

“It’s kind of a cross-generational thing as well,” he said, adding that concert-goers range from ages 6 to 60.

“It’s a lot of fun to be part of something that’s wide-reaching.”

It’s been more than two years since the Southwest FCA last hosted a concert, so when the booking agent told Knudson and the group about the “Just Give Me Jesus” tour, they reached out.

“They”e got fun songs on the radio,” Knudson said about the bands.

North Point and InsideOut are from Atlanta and lead worship for 3,000 youth at a church on a weekly basis, Knudson said.

“Obviously they can engage with high school students and college students,” she said.

Hurst is an up-and-coming young singer who leads worship at a church in Nashville, Knudson said.

Mattson said the tour with North Point InsideOut and Hurst has been wonderful and they’ve been from New Jersey to New Mexico.

“It’s been a lot of fun,” he said.

Sunday’s concert will be a special night, Mattson said.

“Hopefully people are going to cry and laugh,” he said. He said the show is fun with energy.

Unspoken has a new album coming out in June. Mattson said the band is excited about its upcoming release and will perform a bunch of new songs at the concert.

“Hopefully it feels like a concert in a big sense and also like hanging out with you in your living room,” Mattson said.

At the concert, Knudson said FCA members help with unloading and set-up.

“We are so thankful for our volunteers,” she said, adding that it take a lot of manpower to put a concert together.

“We are also super thankful for our donors.”

“If we can offer positive events like this, we’re going to keep doing this,” Knudson added.

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