National Talent Search Winner Announced

“We Are Leo”  to play festivals nationwide in Summer ‘13

It was announced today that We Are Leo , as  the winner of the 2012 Christian Festival Association Talent Search, will play at major festivals across the country this summer .The Chicago based Christian rock quintet was chosen from among 20 finalists as one of the best young bands in the nation. “Thousands of entries were received last summer and a local winner chosen at each CFA Festival event;  those finalists were then judged by an industry panel with We Are Leo standing out as the overall winner”,  said CFA President Kevin Newton. “This young band really stood out to our judges for both their music and the message. We are proud to showcase this band at all our participating CFA festivals for Summer 2013 and expect this nationwide exposure to help them continue to grow a fan base.”

We Are Leo is on the fast track to success in Christian music. Their debut record, Hello, a varied and rich collection of culturally relevant pop and rock songs, was produced and co-written by Ben Kasica of Skillet. Hello is releasing under Kasica’s label, Skies Fall Records, and comes highly anticipated by their avid, young fan-base. Ben says, “I became a fan of We Are Leo from the first time I heard them.”

We Are Leo frontman, David Duffield, says, "What we are aspiring to do is write and sing songs that will express a real sense of God's love to young hearts and minds… songs that will become anthems of faith, hope and new life. I want to make music that grabs people’s attention; that is relevant to them musically and spiritually."  He goes on to say, “Our band name, We Are Leo, is about our desire to be bold and courageous like a lion (leo being the Greek word for lion), and also that we might shine like stars in the darkness, like the constellation Leo does.”

Newton commented that live Christian music events, as represented by the members of the Christian Festival Association, are part of a cutting edge movement. “Christian music reaches out to our culture with the message of Christ and His love in a relevant and engaging way. Our member festivals seek to be a true blessing to those who attend, to the communities where they do business and to the artists, like We Are Leo that they are able to promote”, Newton said. “Over  1.6 million people attended a CFA festival last summer and we are looking forward to another great season.”

A complete listing of CFA member festivals, along with links to each event’s website can be found at www.christianfestivals.com. We Are Leo will be playing at most of these events, alongside the biggest names in Christian music. Some of the headliners for 2013 include Casting Crowns, Hillsong LIVE, Skillet, tobyMac, Switchfoot, Lecrae, Mercy Me, Audio Adrenaline, Matthew West, Jeremy Camp , RED and many more.  All CFA festivals are multi day events and most feature dozens of artists on multiple stages, speakers, seminars, games and other special activities. “Our festivals are all about family centered entertainment”, Newton said. “The festival experience is truly unique and has become a focal point for youth groups, family vacations and church gatherings around the country each year”.

For more information,  photos or interview, pls. contact:

Kevin Newton/President-Christian Festival Association
kevin@unitychristianevents.com

Christian Festival Association

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