This year’s global pandemic caused an unprecedented interruption to our routines. Concerts and events were canceled. Church services shifted from sanctuaries to live streams. Social interaction changed from hugs and handshakes to virtual high-fives.
For many individuals, there was a loss of community and fellowship. To help close this gap and provide individuals with a sense of hope during the pandemic, Soldiers For Faith (SFF) put together a brand-new, virtual concert series featuring Christian artists.
The origin of the series began with a simple conversation between Kelly McAndrew, CEO of AM Technical Solutions and SFF, and Chad Mattson, lead singer of the band Unspoken. They were discussing ways to deliver fellowship and “face to face” interaction between music fans and artists during the global quarantine. Together with other Christian artists, Danny Gokey and Darren Mulligan, they decided to take a step forward.
The new series launched at the height of the pandemic in mid-April and continued through the end of May. During each concert involving a variety of Christian artists, the artists created an uplifting forum for real conversation, authentic connection, and an amazing musical experience for thousands of attendees stretched across the United States and around the globe.
After just a few concerts, it became clear that the virtual experience was exactly what people needed during the pandemic and will continue to need during the transition and recovery periods.
This led to SFF launching an entirely new website and brand, “At Home Concert Experience,” to continue the series beyond the global pandemic to serve the “least of these.”
How AMTS Participated in the At Home Concert Experience
Members of the AMTS executive team were proud to be involved in the start of the virtual concert series and the launch of the At Home Concert Experience.
Kelly McAndrew and Tim Glasson, our Chief Development Officer, are key leaders of the Soldiers For Faith ministry and were instrumental in supporting the series.
Artists that participated in the series included Unspoken and Danny Gokey, plus Jordan Feliz, Danny Gokey, We Are Messengers, Tenth Avenue North, as well as Marlana Vanhoose and Christopher Duffley who focused on the Soldiers For Faith special needs ministry.
In total, SFF delivered 12 amazing concert experiences in this first installment of the series:
- April 11: Unspoken
- April 16: We Are Messengers
- April 18: Danny Gokey
- April 19: Marlana Vanhoose
- April 25: Tenth Avenue North
- May 2: Unspoken
- May 8: We Are Messengers
- May 9: Danny Gokey
- May 13: Christopher Duffley
- May 15: Jordan Feliz
- May 16: Tenth Avenue North
- May 31: Pandemic Finale with Unspoken, Danny Gokey, and We Are Messengers
“The series was unquestionably a success providing individuals with hope and encouragement to press on during the disruption,” says Tim Glasson. “We concluded this first installment of the series with an amazing collection of worship artists that provided so much faith-filled inspiration to people during this difficult time. I would like to personally thank each artist for taking the time to perform, share, and connect with people in a unique and uplifting setting.”
Global Impact of the At Home Concert Experience
Consider the impact of the new virtual concert series in April and May:
- 13,000+ total people reached
- 2,500+ households reached
- 38 U.S. states and 13 countries reached
- 65 new sign-ups for SFF call-in Bible studies
- 3 new baptisms!
– To find out more about the next installment of the At Home Concert Experience, we encourage you to sign up for event announcements.
Visit AtHomeConcertExperience.com to sign up for the email newsletter.
– Find out more about the Soldiers For Faith ministry — including signing up for a Call-In Bible study — through SoldiersForFaith.com. Come and See.