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SonFest features worship songs of Passion

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — Passion will headline SonFest 2019, Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s annual outdoor Christian music festival, on Saturday, Sept. 21.

Passion — currently featuring Kristian Stanfill, Melodie Malone and Brett Younker — is a musical outreach of the Passion Movement created by Louie and Shelley Giglio in 1995, to engage 18-25 years old in praise and worship.

SonFest organizers believe Passion’s popularity reaches beyond the college-age demographic as more and more churches are rotating songs like “Reckless Love,” “One Thing Remains,” “10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)” and “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” into their worship services.

“Passion’s music has begun to reach a wide variety of ages,” said Cheryl Sharpes, assistant director of admissions for MVNU. “We strive to reach a diverse audience and create an experience for a wide variety of demographics.”

Joining Passion in the main stage lineup will be Tedashii, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Social Club Misfits and a fifth artist to be announced later this summer. A second stage will feature Lamar Riddick, SafeKept and more.

During the day-long festival, family-friendly activities will include a BMX Bike Show, inflatable games, gaga ball and sand volleyball tournament, with additional experiences yet to be confirmed. Exhibitor booths provide opportunities for festival guests to speak directly with organizations and merchants while food trucks will provide dining options to please the whole family.

Each year, SonFest promotes a special cause in an effort to draw attention and support. Out of Darkness, a chapter of the ministry of the Atlanta Dream Center, will have representatives available to discuss its anti-human trafficking initiative with an emphasis on providing housing to adult victims.

SonFest is held rain or shine. Acts are subject to change without notice.

Individual tickets are available for $25 or just $20 each for groups of 10 or more. At the gate, tickets cost $30. To purchase tickets online, visit

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students, and working adults. With a 327-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and several convenient Graduate and Professional Studies locations throughout the state, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth, and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education to more than 2,200 students from 31 states and 22 countries/U.S. territories.