How does the music industry influence lives?
The American Prodigal Tour came to Redding October 12; as a result, citizens began asking themselves the same question.
Prior to the concert, individuals assumed an evening with familiar songs and an auditorium filled with strangers, disregarding the celebrities on stage. Few, however, anticipated the revival of a generation, both young and old. People who walked into the auditorium as strangers left the evening as friends, united because of the way the aforementioned music had changed their lives. Young adults and teenagers suddenly realized the musicians were on the stage for a reason other than fame and fortune.
The evening began with the soulful voices of The New Respects, a young pop/rock and roll band from Nashville. Rap artist Tedashi followed after, leaving the audience in awe from his speech about his role in the music world.
“There is a reason why I do this,” he said. “I have had a lot of grief in my life…I lost my step-mom, my brother, my son…I don’t do this just to stand on a stage and sing. I do it to show people there is someone we can turn to during these times of grief.”
The show’s main event was contemporary artist Crowder. During the performance, members of the audience ran to the foot of the stage while others fell on their knees.
“This music has changed who I was,” guest Kate McGill, 46, said. “During a time in my life when I was bitter and living my life divided, these songs brought me back.”
While some guests found healing in the music, others discovered a need to “do something” because of the influence music has on people’s lives.
Teens Marissa Lowe, 16, and Elizabeth Stewart, 17, describe the concert as both “motivating” and “challenging”.
“It has definitely motivated me to do something different with my life and use it to help others,” Lowe said.
“It is challenging for me because I know what I need to change,” Stewart said. “And it’s scary…people are going to look at you and wonder why you’re sacrificing your whole life to project something you strongly believe in.”
Crowder ended the evening in describing the purpose of the tour.
“Growing up I’d always heard the story of the prodigal son,” he said. “But recently I discovered it’s not just about being forgiven—it’s about an inheritance.”
The American Prodigal tour is set to visit several more cities and will finish in Williamsport, Maryland in November.
This article was written by McKenna Vietti, a writer for dusk magazine.