LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – 2010 Christian music Artist of the Year Casting Crowns and past Christian music “Artists of the Year” Third Day, mercyme and Chris Tomlin head a star-powered 16-act lineup set for Disney’s Night of Joy 2010 Sept. 10-11 when the long-running Christian music event makes its return to Magic Kingdom.
Also part of the two-night event (when specific acts play one evening each): David Crowder*Band, Family Force 5, Red, BarlowGirl, Group 1 Crew, Day of Fire, Smokie Norful, Lecrae, Tenth Avenue North, Sidewalk Prophets, Thousand Foot Krutch and Britt Nicole.
From 7:30 p.m. until 1 a.m. each night – after regular Magic Kingdom hours – the special-ticket event will feature live performances on several stages throughout the park. In addition, guests can experience some of the park’s most popular attractions during Night of Joy hours.
Musically, the acts add up to a lineup that runs the spectrum from Rock, Hip Hop and R&B … to Pop, Adult Contemporary and Gospel – continuing a tradition that has been a hallmark of Night of Joy since 1983 when the event began.
It’s also a lineup laden with accolades. Eleven of the artists have amassed a combined 90 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards and six The Recording Academy Grammy Awards. Notable honors in 2010 include: Casting Crowns (Artist of the Year Dove), Tenth Avenue North (Song of the Year Dove – “By Your Side”), Sidewalk Prophets (New Artist of the Year Dove), Third Day (Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album Grammy – “Live Revelations”), David Crowder*Band (Praise & Worship Album of the Year Dove – “Church Music”), Smokie Norful (Traditional Gospel Recorded Song of the Year Dove – “Justified”), Group 1 Crew (Rap/Hip Hop Recorded Song of the Year Dove – “Movin’”) and Red (Rock Album of the Year Dove – “Innocence and Instinct”).
Six artists are new to Night of Joy, bringing the event’s all-time talent list to 145 Christian music acts. The newbies: Tenth Avenue North, Group 1 Crew, Day of Fire, Sidewalk Prophets, Lecrae and Thousand Foot Krutch.
Night of Joy tickets and additional information about the event are available at http://www.nightofjoy.com/.