By Anne Marie Amacher
The Catholic Messenger
BETTENDORF — Christian music artist Jason Gray will perform live March 25 at 7 p.m. at Bettendorf Christian Church. Proceeds from his performance will benefit Project 15:12 Love One Another, a Quad-Cities nonprofit organization that is hosting the event. This is the organization’s fourth event in its “No Greater Love” series.
Tickets, on sale for $15 and $20, may be purchased through the website of Project 15:12, www.project1512.com or at the door. Space limitations will be honored and attendees are asked to wear facial coverings.
Gray combines the sounds of folk and pop music and adds his own spiritual flare to create Christian contemporary music, said Project 15:12 co-director Monica Burchett. He came onto the music scene in the 2000s and is a two-time ASCAP Performance Award winner and has had two top 10 Christian chart hits with “Good to be Alive” off of his “A Way to See in the Dark” album (2011) and “With Every Act of Love” from his “Love Will Have the Final Word” album (2014). His fifth album, “Where the Light Gets In” (2016) hit number five on Billboard’s Christian Albums Chart. Gray’s latest release, “Order, Disorder, Reorder” was released in the spring of 2020. His latest music shares stories of his experiences and what he has learned.
“We are excited to welcome Jason to our community and have the opportunity to share in his music and message in person,” said Burchett. “We were unable to host this event last year due to COVID, and we are taking safety precautions this year to ensure an enjoyable and safe evening for all who come out.”
“This is a great chance for our community to get out and come together for a night of live music and hear songs with wonderful messages about the hope in the cross,” said Karly Driscoll, Project 15:12 co-director. “That’s something our world needs to be reminded of so desperately right now.” Driscoll and Burchett are members of St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Davenport.
Project 15:12, which takes its name from the Scripture verse John 15:12, strives to fill a void of services in the Quad-City area. The people receiving help through Project 15:12 are in a “middle place” — they are not receiving state or federal income-based assistance such as food stamps or Medicaid, but are experiencing some sort of life transition. These life transitions can be, but aren’t limited to, divorce, sickness or death in the immediate family, loss of job or natural disaster.
The goal of Project 15:12 is to help people through a rough patch so they don’t fall on harder times. Since January 2016, Project 15:12 has helped more than 325 individuals or families including nearly 500 children in the Quad Cities by assisting them with more than $188,000 in aid.