UpLift Vail lifts off Sunday. Fifth annual contemporary Christian music festival returns to Vail’s Ford Amphitheater | VailDaily.com

UpLift Vail lifts off Sunday. Fifth annual contemporary Christian music festival returns to Vail’s Ford Amphitheater

VAIL — Christian rocker Larry Norman once posed the musical question, "Why should the devil have all the good music?"

The devil does not.

UpLift Vail returns Sunday, Sept. 2, to Vail's Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater for the fifth year. It's a contemporary Christian music festival that features top national acts, and draws its crowd from all over the Rocky Mountain West. John David and Kirsten Webster with Calvary Chapel Vail Valley say it was God's idea, and it's a God-sized idea.

"We just try to stay out of God's way," John said.

God smiled on it, and so did everyone involved. Churches all over the region work together to pack the amphitheater. Christian music superstar Jeremy Camp topped the bill the first two years.

This year's headliner is Jordan Feliz, joined by Hollyn and pastor and bestselling author Levi Lusko.

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"Make it a day. Head into Vail for the farmer's market, duck race and end with the show," Kirsten suggested.

The music starts at 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

Feliz 'Future'

Feliz' latest album, "Future," is already No. 1 on the Billboard charts. The title is pretty clear about the album's theme.

"We ask for clear cut forecasts, desperately seeking security in precise, defined direction. We think if we could just glimpse the end of the book, we'd rest easy," Feliz said.

He says he didn't write "Future" because he had it all figured out. No one does, he said.

"The real answer is accepting that we do not hold the future in our own two hands. And thank goodness, because the One who does has already written better stories for us than we ever could," Feliz said.

Hope and 'high-octane living'

Lusko is the author of the bestselling books "Through the Eyes of a Lion" and "Swipe Right." He is also the lead pastor of Fresh Life Church, a multisite church located in Montana, Utah, Oregon and Wyoming that he and his wife Jennie pioneered in 2007. Levi travels around the world speaking about Jesus, and will be in Vail Sunday for UpLift.

He and Jennie have one son: Lennox, and four daughters: Alivia, Daisy, Clover and Lenya, "who is in heaven," they say. His newest book, "Through the Eyes of a Lion," is honest and hopeful about thriving through that sort of loss.

"This book isn't a manual for grieving, but a manifesto for high-octane living, and through it I want you to see that God made you for a purpose. There is a wild and wonderful calling on your life, a microphone in your hands. Jesus wants you to look at the adventure of your life through His eyes, the eyes of a Lion," Lusko said.

Hollyn the Idol star

Hollyn is one of Christian music's hottest young stars. The 21 year old was born Holly Marie Miller, and sings a mixture of pop, R&B and Christian music. She was a contestant on American Idol during season 12, where she made it to the Hollywood rounds. She released her EP, "Hollyn," in 2015, and the album "One-Way Conversations" in 2017, both with Gotee Records.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 and rwyrick@vaildaily.com.

If You Go …

What: UpLift Vail, the fifth annual contemporary Christian music festival.

When: 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2

Where: Vail’s Gerald Ford Amphitheater

Tickets: $40 reserved seating. $20 general admission. Group rates are $30 for pavilion seating and $15 for lawn seating.

Information: For information and advance tickets, go to http://www.upliftvail.com.