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A famous Kansas native will be playing at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, at the Great Plains Theatre.
Mitch McVicker has been through Abilene before. He is a Christian songwriter and winner of a Dove Award, the Christian music Grammy.
McVicker has been giving concerts and recording albums for 15 years. His 1,300 concerts and nine albums have taken him to 49 states and 12 countries.
Now he is at it again with his latest album Underneath (Out of the Box Records), which explores the earthy, practical truths and the mysterious beauty of the Kingdom of God.
Inspired by Jesus’ teachings that the Kingdom of God does not lie on the surface, Underneath is the most connected group of songs McVicker has released to date. McVicker’s self-produced Underneath is the deep lyric folk-rock his loyal listeners have come to expect.
However, there are come sonic surprises.
Underneath travels down some roads McVicker has not ventured down before. There is the ethereal and bare-boned “Savior, Savior;” the rollicking Irish-sounding party-prayer, “Come Back to Your Heart;” the title track’s ‘70s funk; and the quirky “The Way Up Is the Way Down.”
After growing up in Kansas, McVicker began working with the late, great Rich Mullins. The two of them performed concerts, wrote songs, and were roommates in New Mexico.
He was the songwriting partner of Rich Mullins. They were involved in a car accident in 1998 in which Rich died.
Shortly after Mullins’ death and while McVicker was still deep in recovery (a process that lasted years), the two of them won the GMA’s Dove Award for song of the year for their writing of “My Deliverer.”
McVicker continues to travel the country and perform concerts and will do so for as long as the Lord sees fit. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia and loves spending time with his wife, Paula, and their two children, Brooklyn and Payson.
When he is not on the road doing concerts, McVicker wears all the hats needed to make an underneath-style music career go. He handles booking, creative management, recording, tour management, publicity, merchandise management, promotional efforts, etc.
The concert is free and open to all. It is sponsored by The First United Methodist Church, KJIL, and a generous gift and memorials for Marilyn Riat, Ruth Missmer and Betty Haugh.