posted January 27, 2003

Michael Card to Perform Friday, Feb. 14

Dove award-winning Christian artist and author Michael Card will perform in Dimnent Memorial Chapel on Friday, Feb. 14, at 8 p.m. as part of the Hope College Christian Music Series.

The veteran musician has released 20 albums, including his most recent, "Scribbling in the Sand," which is also the name of his most recent book.

Card has had 19 number-one songs, five Dove Music awards and seven Dove Music nominations, and has written 13 books.

A five-time ECPA gold medallion book nominee, he also penned the only Christian song included in the RIAA list of 365 songs for the 20th century with "El Shaddai." In his 20-year career, Card has sold over four million records and 400,000 books.

"Scribbling in the Sand" is a live greatest hits release featuring visits from many of Card's musical friends, including Steve Green, Sara Groves, Phil Keaggy and Kirk Whalum.

While focusing on his past hits, the release also includes two new songs, including the title track. Card's recent work focuses on creativity, using the story of Jesus scribbling in the sand while pondering a response as the inspiration.

"Creativity does not truly come from the popularized image of the tormented artist, struggling with the muse," Card says. "True creativity is born in community as men and women of God listen to each other and to Him."

Card will also be leading the college's chapel service on Friday, Feb. 14, from 10:30 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. The chapel service is open to the public, and there is no charge.

Originally scheduled for the Knickerbocker Theater, the evening concert has been moved to Dimnent Memorial Chapel to accommodate a larger audience.

Tickets for the 8 p.m. performance are $10 for the general public, and $7 for children 18 and under. Tickets for the general seating concert will be available at the box office in the theatre lobby of the DeWitt Center Box Office on Thursday-Friday, Feb. 6-7, and Wednesday-Friday, 12-14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The box office can be called at (616) 395-7890.

Dimnent Memorial Chapel is located on College Avenue at 12th Street.