Jennifer has found
great success with her new CD Kansas
. Before the concert,
we discussed her personal style of songwriting.
"The music and the writing that I do is largely a projection
of the quiet time that I spend with God and it's a reflection
of the things that I'm struggling with," says singer Jennifer
Knapp. "And while the topics at the time may not be specific or
definitely named, they deal with a lot of things that I wouldn't
maybe normally talk about."
"I tell you what, I need music all the time and -- to get in
the quietness and the stillness to hear God's voice," says Knapp.
"Those are such uplifting times that they're very pivotal in time
away from the stage."
The New Earth Coffee House played host to the concert. Once an
abandoned church building, New Earth is now a place where kids
can come to hear their favorite Christian bands.
Sheldon McAelvey, New Earth's founder, talks about the club's
atmosphere. "It has all the conspicuous features of a club, you
know, with some significant differences. There's no smoking, there's
no drinking, there's no carousing and there's definitely no non-Christian
music. We've created an atmosphere that's cool, so to speak, you
know? And I feel that that's pretty important. It doesn't sound
very spiritual, but it's pretty important for young people, because
if something isn't cool, you know, they just won't come to it,
Located in the bar district of Kansas City, New Earth is a safe
place for kids to have fun and hear the gospel.
"I think one of the main reasons that I like coming here is,
for one, I have a hard time bringing, like, unbelievers to a church
situation," says one patron. "But someplace like this, you can
totally just be like, `Yeah, let's come check out the band,' or
whatever. And they can come in here and it's kind of a middle
ground between church and, you know, the world, or whatever."
Moms and dads also love New Earth.
"It's not just some wild thing the kids have been -- put together,
and they bring artists in like Jennifer Knapp and she sings songs
that are to the point," says one dad. "They're pertinent. They're
on line with these kids. And they get a chance to hear it, 'cause
you got kids walking in here that are not saved, and you got kids
that need to hear this. And this is a safe environment for them
to hear it without being threatened from some other outside source.
New Earth is a place where Jennifer's music and mission come
together. Her music speaks to her own generation, those hurting
inside and outside the walls of the church.
"A lot of people are looking for intellectual answers, and they're
starting to realize the philosophy is letting them down and media
is letting them down," she says. "And it's like culture, as a
whole, is starting to become so diversified and letting people
down and they're having to go and look for a spiritual answer
to that. When Christ isn't the center focus of why I'm getting
up on stage, it lacks success. It lacks what God meant for it
to be in the first place, and that's truly a ministry to reach
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