Festival of Faith and Music, Music Matters


Headlining Artists and Presenters

Michael Gungor

Thursday, March 26, 2015, Friday, March 27, 2015,

Founder of the musical collective Gungor, Michael Gungor has consistently produced thoughtful, faithful, innovative music, and challenged the boundaries of what “Christian” music can sound like.


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Barry Taylor

Thursday, March 26, 2015,

A brit who lives in Los Angeles, Taylor writes, thinks, and speaks at the intersections of life, faith and culture. He teaches theology and culture at Fuller Seminary, Advertising at Art Center College of Design, and is co-founder of the Secret Philosophical Society, a mobile art and philosophy community in Lose Angeles...but keep that quiet! A gifted sonwriter, teacher, and author, Barry address a wde variety of issues related to the intersections of theology and contemporary culture.

Will Butler

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Performing on the first night of the festival is Will Butler, a founding member of Arcade Fire. He joins the festival on his first solo tour, playing material from first solo album, Policy. In addition to his work as a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, Butler is also an academy award nominated composer, receiving a nod last year for his work with Owen Pallett on the score for the Spike Jonze film Her.

James Mumford

Friday, March 27, 2015,

James Mumford is a British writer, journalist and scholar. He currently lives in America in Charlottesville, Virginia where he works at UVA's Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture. He writes regularly for the British and American Press on a wide range of issues from food to faith, moral dilemmas to cultural oddities (articles posted at www.jamesmumford.co.uk. He is passionate about football (soccer), his wife Holly, his daughter Connie, cinema and music. Educated at Oxford and Yale, his first book, Ethics at the Beginning of Life, was published last year.

James tUnE-yArDs

Friday, March 27, 2015

The creation of Smith College graduate, Merrill Garbus, tUnE-yArDs creates highly danceable, world-influenced music that resists classification. Layering the ukulele over drum loops, with electric base help from Nate Brenner, they have gained a reputation as one of the most original and energizing live acts currently on tour. Additionally, Garbus contributes to a conversation about why music matters, using her life and music to pursue social change.

Gig Track and "Pre-Note" Performers

Phil Madeira

Thursday, March 26, 2015,

Musician, painter, author Phil Madeira has made a life for himself in the arts. His songs have been recorded by The Civil Wars , The Band Perry, Emmylou Harris, Mat Kearney, Alison Krauss, Keb’ Mo’, The Lone Bellow,  and the North Mississippi Allstars, among many artists.  His song “From This Valley” won a Grammy for the Civil Wars in 2014. Madeira debuted as an author with his spiritual memoir from Jericho Books, God On The Rocks: Distilling Religion, Savoring Faith, released June of 2013. He lives in Nashville and has two grown daughters.


Sarah Masen

Friday, March 27, 2015,

Since journeying to Nashville from Detroit in the late 20th century, Sarah Masen has won the devotion of a deeply discerning audience and a wide range of collaborators (Julie Lee, Ric Hordinski, Charlie Peacock, Ryan O'Neal, Bela Fleck, & Matthew Perryman Jones). With numerous albums already available (Carry Us Through, The Dreamlife of Angels, & The Trying Mark), she's currently contemplating the best platform for her latest batch of songs.

Dooga Fruit

Friday, March 27, 2015,

Dooga Fruit, a project formed by Michael Reynolds and friends, has never taken itself too seriously. After forming the group during their last year of school, they recorded  two EPs, played a few shows, and generally had a groovy time. After parting ways for several months, Dooga Fruit returned in a different form. Michael would arrive home from work and experiment late into the night with new song ideas. During the summer of 2014, he moved these ideas to the studio, and the songs took on new life as 10 different musicians provided their own fresh approach. The resulting LP, anchored by the haunting, steady voice of Meghan Stagl, features instruments ranging from synthesizers and layered percussion to bass clarinets, violins, and saxophones. The album, entitled Settle Down, was released in October of 2014.

The Mines

Saturday, March 28, 2015,

The band formed in 2004 as a four-piece until the line up settled as a trio – Todd Hoek (drums), Greg Lockwood (guitar, vocals) and Ethan Nickerson (bass, vocals) – Adding guitarist/ keyboardist/ vocalist Troy Hatfield in ’06 helped realize wider musical soundscapes in a live setting. With the release of their soon to be released fourth CD, The Mines have proven the band and the music are enough to make time for, in the midst of busy individual lives.


Saturday, March 28, 2015,

Mooner plays power pop for the 21st century. Their relentless double guitar attack and deceptively simple songwriting bear aloft the joys and pains of love, television, politics, and other detritus of modern Midwestern life. This spring, Mooner will be releasing their debut album Masterpiece and will be touring the Midwest to support it. Featuring the double lead guitarists in frontman Lee Ketch and guitarist John Gargiulo, the band's focus on classic songwriting is given a punk edge while colorful piano and synthesizers by Steve Slagg give the arrangements a thoughtful, technicolor depth. Former shoegaze rhythm section Adam Bonich and Taylor Briggs bring a heaviness that make Mooner an undeniable live act and favorite in their hometown of Chicago.

The Muteflutes

Saturday, March 28, 2015,

The Muteflutes are a fun and lyrically driven Americana-hued folk rock band from Grand Rapids, MI. Their unique sound is created by a combination of guitars, piano, drums, banjo, bass, bells, vibraphone, and accordion woven together with seamless vocal harmonies. Sharing life together on and off the stage, their music is filled with stories of life, community and social relationships, and an unending search for truth. Live, the band crafts dynamic musical experiences that range from intimate folk to soaring post-rock compositions. They all live and work in their beloved hometown of Grand Rapids, MI.


Saturday, March 28, 2015,

Northeast Ohio native, TaRee took a leap of faith and relocated to Nashville, Tennessee where her debut solo project, Crazy Love the EP, would be recorded. Using each song as an expression of a moment and an opportunity to share the word of God, TaRee was given the opportunity to share her message internationally after being invited on a Music Mission to Paris & Nancy, France. In June of 2014, TaRee traveled with a group of “musicianaries” to provide music and faith workshops to writers, intercessors, worship leaders, composers, musicians, singers and artists. After some time on the road, TaRee is now living in Nashville, honing her writing skills, collaborating live with local artists and digging into a new album. Her music is quiet, soulful, and rhythmic, a sound that calls to artists such as India.Arie.

Traditional Track

Meaghan Ritchey

Friday, March 27, 2015,

Meaghan is the Publisher of The Curator. After serving International Arts Movement in NYC for many years, she started Maker Projects, a freelancing practice which comes alongside a variety of organizations—most recently the Laity Lodge and the New York City Rescue Mission—in Arts Programming, Communications and Development. She lives in Mott Haven, the South Bronx.

Adam Joyce

Friday, March 27, 2015,

Adam Joyce is editor-in-chief of The Curator. After attending Duke Divinity School, he worked at The Washington Institute for Faith, Vocation, and Culture. He currently lives near Chicago and works as a freelance editor and researcher.

David Dark

Friday, March 27, 2015,

David Dark teaches at Belmont University and Riverbend Maximum Security Institution. He's also the author of Everyday Apocalypse, The Sacredness of Questioning Everything, and Life's Too Short To Pretend You're Not Religious.

Mary McCampbell

Friday, March 27, 2015,

Mary McCampbell is an associate professor of humanities at Lee University. A native Memphian, she completed a doctorate at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (UK) where her dissertation focused on the relationship between blank fiction (authors Douglas Coupland, Bret Easton Ellis, Chuck Palahniuk), late capitalist culture, and the religious impulse. She has multiple academic publications on these topics, and is currently working on a book titled Postmodern Prophetic: The Religious Impulse in Contemporary Fiction. McCampbell has also written various pieces on film and popular music for Christ and Pop Culture, The Curator, Relief Journal and Identity Theory. She was the Summer 2014 “Writer in Residence” at L’Abri Fellowship in Greatham, England.

Richard Clark

Friday, March 27, 2015,

Richard Clark is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Christ and Pop Culture. He is also the managing editor of Gamechurch and a freelance writer for Unwinnable, Paste, and other outlets. He lives with his wife in Louisville, KY and has a MA in Theology and the Arts from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Alan Noble

Friday, March 27, 2015,

Alan Noble, Ph.D., is the Co-Founder and Managing Editor of Christ and Pop Culture andan Assistant Professor of English at Oklahoma Baptist University. He received his Ph.D. from Baylor in 2013. He and his family attend City Presbyterian in OKC.

Nick Rynerson

Friday, March 27, 2015,

Nick Rynerson is a the host of the Burn After Listening podcast and a staff writer for Christ and Pop Culture. He lives in the Chicago suburbs with his wife Jenna. He received his B.A. from Illinois State University and works for Crossway in the marketing department.

Cray Allred

Friday, March 27, 2015,

Cray Allred is the co-founder and co-host of Sunday Oldskool, a podcast dedicated to helping Christians better understand and engage the realm of hip hop. He is also Christ and Pop Culture's podcast producer.

Stephen Deusner

Friday, March 27, 2015,

A Tennessee native who was raised Southern Baptist but became obsessed with pop music as a teenager, Stephen M. Deusner grew up to be a freelance music critic and part-time record store clerk in Bloomington, Indiana. A long-time staff writer for Pitchfork Media, he has also contributed to Salon, American Songwriter, CMT/CMT Edge, the Village Voice, the Memphis Flyer, and Wondering Sound, among other print and online publications. His work has appeared in two books: an essay on Okkervil River and unreliable narrators in The Poetics of American Song Lyrics (University Press of Mississippi, 2011) and The Pitchfork 500 (Touchstone, 2008).

Billy Mark

Saturday, March 28, 2015,

Billy Mark is a Poet, Musician, and Performance artist living in Detroit. He studied music at Calarts and is a 2015 Kresge award winner for experimental poetry. His current work is exploring the links between the spiritual practices of monasticism and contemporary art.

Jewly Hight

Saturday, March 28, 2015,

Nashville-based music critic and journalist Jewly Hight has written about country, roots, pop and R&B for The New York Times, NPR, Vulture.com, MTV.com, Billboard, The Oxford American and a slew of other outlets. She was the inaugural recipient of the Rolling Stone Chet Flippo Award for Excellence in Country Music Journalism in 2015, published her first book, Right By Her Roots: Americana Women and Their Songs, in 2011 and completed her masters at Vanderbilt University Divinity School, where she focused on religion, gender, sexuality and southern music. In her other life, she co-produces a country drag show.

Justin McRoberts

Saturday, March 28, 2015,

Since 1999 Justin McRoberts has been a constant and noteworthy presence in independent music. As a songwriter, author, storyteller and advocate, he is one of those rare artists who seamlessly blends artistry, honesty and humor. In 2013, Justin released his first book, entitled “CMYK: The Process of Life Together.” CMYK is a collection of letters, song lyrics and essays focusing on the essential nature of community. His newest book is a collection of essays focused on his creative process, entitled “Title Pending: Things I Think About When I Make Stuff.” He lives in the East SF Bay with his wife and son.

Ken Heffner

Saturday, March 28, 2015,

Ken Heffner is the director of student activities at Calvin College and the director of the Festival of Faith and Music. As director of student activities he, along with student leaders, curates a season of 24 concerts plus films and lectures.

Kenyon Adams

Saturday, March 28, 2015,

Kenyon Adams (little ray) is a collaborative artist and arts advocate originally from Orlando, FL. He has been the recipient a National Young Arts Foundation Award, and was named a White House Presidential Scholar in the Arts. Kenyon received his BFA in Theater from Southern Methodist University, Meadows School of the Arts, and is currently an M.A.R. Candidate at Yale Divinity School and Yale Institute of Sacred Music studying Religion & the Arts. He has contributed art and dialogue to the National Arts Policy Roundtable, Center for Faith & Work, Festival of Faith & Music, Laity Lodge and the Jubilee Conference. His artistic collaborations include performances with Bill T. Jones, Charlie Peacock, Cindertalk and a film project with Brooklyn-based innovators Mason Jar Music.

Travis Harris

Saturday, March 28, 2015,

Travis Harris is a graduate student in William and Mary’s American Studies program. He has a vast array of research interest including African American Religion, African American Studies, Black Popular Culture, Performance Theory and Redemptive Suffering. His scholarship focuses on the intersection of Hip Hop and Christianity. Travis received a B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia and a M.Div. from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology of Virginia Union University. During seminary, Travis also worked as the Education Coordinator for the Department of Emergency at the University of Virginia. Additionally, Travis was ordained as a minister of the gospel at First Baptist Church in Charlottesville, VA.

Academic Track

David Fuentes

Friday, March 27, 2015,

David Fuentes is Professor of Composition and Theory at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he composes concert and liturgical music for chamber ensembles, solo instruments, orchestra, and chorus. He also writes music for theater, film, television, dance, and integrative collaborations with visual artists, here and abroad. Fuentes lectures on contemporary composers, film music, music vocation, and the place of music in human flourishing. He is currently working on Ears To Hear, a book which explores ways to make everyday music listening more devotional—inviting the Spirit to challenge and encourage us through the songs we Love most.

Micah van Dijk

Friday, March 27, 2015,

Micah van Dijk recently completed a Masters of Popular Music Studies (2014) at the University of Glasgow with a Music Industries Focus.  His dissertation explored the motivations musicians have towards performing live.  He is currently working at Redeemer University College in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada planning events for students including the odd concert, dance, or music discussion.

Zachary Settle

Friday, March 27, 2015,

Zachary Thomas Settle is the theology editor for The Other Journal. He earned his MA in the philosophy of religion at the University of Denver, and he currently lives in Nashville, TN. He was written for the Journal of Cultural and Religious Theory, Christ & Pop Culture, and he regularly contributes to The Other Journal.

Joe Kickasola

Friday, March 27, 2015,

Joe Kickasola is Associate Professor of Film and Digital Media, Baylor University, Director of the Baylor Communication in New York program, and has twice served as Visiting Professor of Theology and Film at Princeton Theological Seminary.   He is a filmmaker and author, writing for venues like The Curator, Comment, Film Quarterly, The Routledge Companion to Philosophy and Film, and The Quarterly Review of Film and Video. His book The Films of Krzyzstof Kieslowski: The Liminal Image won the 2006 Spiritus Award, issued annually for the best book on theology and film.  He lives in New York City.

Julie Hamilton

Friday, March 27, 2015,

Julie Hamilton received her BA in Great Texts and Religion at Baylor University, with an undergraduate thesis on the French painter Georges Rouault. Her graduate education at Duke Divinity (MTS in Theology and the Arts) specialized in Catholic modernism and contemporary art history. Post graduation, she was a classical school instructor, assistant at Dillon Gallery, and a research scholar for Makoto Fujimura at the Fujimura Institute. A writer, critic and stylist, she is specifically interested in questions concerning phenomenology and critical theory in religion and contemporary visual culture. She currently teaches and writes for the Curator Magazine.

Janna Webbon

Saturday, March 28, 2015,

Janna Webbon is a 24-year-old Texan who has recently moved to Seattle, Washington with her husband, Daniel. A graduate of the interdisciplinary program, University Scholars at Baylor University, she studied violin performance and medicine. Janna currently pursues her musical passions playing the violin in contemporary improvisation and folk styles, and hopes to eventually further her studies in musicology, music administration, or public health.

Gavin Hurley

Saturday, March 28, 2015,

Gavin F. Hurley is an instructor at University of Rhode Island where he teaches first-year, intermediate, and advanced writing courses, all of which pivot upon the uses of rhetoric and argumentation. Dr. Hurley has several forthcoming articles will appear in essay collections, including two essays on the rhetoric of horror film, the uses of religious experience within composition and literature pedagogy, and an essay on Catholic motif in European Heavy Metal. Besides being a spiritual person, Gavin also has been an active concert-attendee and listener of heavy metal since the 1990s.

Matthew Linder

Saturday, March 28, 2015,

Matthew Linder earned both his Bachelor of Arts in saxophone performance and his Master of Music History and Literature from Sacramento State University. Currently, he is an Adjunct Music Professor at National University teaching courses on Western, American, and World music. His work on the intersection of popular culture, music, and faith has appeared at various outlets including Christ and Pop Culture, Mockingbird, Pop Culture Renegades, and as a guest on the Sunday Oldskool podcast.

Charles Carman

Saturday, March 28, 2015,

Charles Carman is a staff writer for The Curator. His writing has appeared in Books & Culture, Fare Forward, Front Porch Republic, and Solidarity Hall. He and his wife write from Phoenix, where they teach at a classical charter school.

James Cosby

Saturday, March 28, 2015,

Jim is an attorney and music writer in Philadelphia. Jim’s first book, The Dawn of Rock: the True Story of Devil’s Music, Holy Rollers, Hillbillies and American Spirit, will be published around the end of the year by McFarland and Company, Inc. Jim is also a published legal scholar, as well as a regular contributor to the pop culture website, PopMatters.com. Jim is constantly exploring society through our popular culture, writing about everything from the potential mental health benefits of thrash metal, to the racial lessons implications of Django Unchained and 12 Years a Slave.

S.D. Kelly

Saturday, March 28, 2015,

S.D. Kelly grew up as one of six kids singing with her family in churches throughout the Midwest. After recovering from this experience, she’s spent the last several years working on projects and initiatives involving art, music and food, co-founding a nonprofit in the process. She writes about culture, low and high, from her home in Rockport, Massachusetts and still performs with her family back in Ohio anytime she gets the chance.


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