Taking a cue from two popular TV shows, America’s Got Talent and American Idol, Kingdom Bound Christian music festival will feature 25 performers in a live competition on August 1, 2010, at Darien Lake Theme Park in Darien Center, New York. The competition will take place at the festival’s popular Houghton College Park Stage, near the “Ride of Steel” coaster, from 4pm until approximately 8pm, and feature artists from all over the United States and Canada. The live talent search competition is something new to the long-running festival, now in its 24th year. The winner gets sent to Nashville to compete for a development deal with Word Label Group.

The 25 Kingdom Bound talent search contestants are: Ade Adu; All4wut?; Eric Arsenault; Ascribe; Brand New Endings; Brooke Surgener; Chloe Colantonio; Daniel Stone; Devan Golda; Days of Old; Glimpse of Glory; High Dive; Jeremiah Garcia; Maria B; Michael B. & The Sent Forth; One Voice; Ps100; Renewed Disiciples; Ronzoulla J; Shades of Gray; Soul Angel; Unchanging Grace; Unlikely Heroes; Vacancies End; and Wayne Stoddart. Expect to hear all styles of music, from country to hip-hop, folk to hard rock, adult contemporary to soul, and even some Calypso.

Kingdom Bound takes place August 1-4, 2010, at Darien Lake Theme Park Resort in Darien Center, New York, halfway between Buffalo and Rochester. The festival typically welcomes about 45,000 visitors from all over the United States and Canada, many of whom stay at the park’s campgrounds in tents or RVs, or at the park’s hotel, for the duration of the event.

Kingdom Bound believes in ministering the “Gospel through the arts,” and features a wide variety of Christian music to connect with people of all ages and backgrounds on three main stages. Artists including Paul Baloche, B. Reith, Michelle Bonilla, Matt Redman, Superchick, Nathan Salter, NewWorldSon, BarlowGirl, Fireflight, Disciple, Kutless, Blue Tree, DecembeRadio, Robin Mark and Kathryn Scott are scheduled to play this year’s festival. In addition, Kingdom Bound offers several seminars on relevant topics like finances, sex and relationships, peer pressure, the quest for beauty, and Christian living in a secular world. Seminar presenters will include Bob Lenz, Dr. Kevin Leman, and Jim & Jill Kelly.

Kingdom Bound 2010 event or day pass tickets are now on sale, and include admission to the majority of Darien Lake’s amusement park rides. Call 800-461-4485 or visit www.kingdombound.org today for more information, tickets, or reservations.

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Note: All artists and speakers are subject to change without notice.

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