Film Tie-In “Millennial Tour” to Appear at Unity Festival

Written by Terry DeBoer on . Posted in Local

Love Collide235Love Collide (Brooke and Lauren DeLeary)Thousands of area Christian music fans are familiar with the annual Unity Christian Music Festival where early each August, you can see top artists such as Matthew West, Third Day and David Crowder. Those three and many more will be performing this year during the festival’s Aug. 5-8 schedule (see for more information).

     But there’s a unique artist spot this year on Unity’s lesser known A (Alternative) Stage, located under the big tent out near the point at Muskegon’s Heritage Landing.
   The Millennial Tour, which is stopping at several Christian music festivals this summer, has a group of youth-oriented artists on the road with a presentation that’s connected to two Christian films.

     Troy Duhon, producer of last year’s successful feature movie “God’s Not Dead,” conceived the tour with a goal similar to the film – helping Christians in the millennial generation articulate their faith.

     “We watch our kids being raised in church, and in their teen years many lose interest or aren’t able to really defend what they believe when confronted by atheists or agnostics,” said Duhon.

     The “God’s Not Dead” film portrayed a young Christian college student who does intellectual battle with an atheist professor.

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    The local tour stop features Billboard-charting pop/R&B singer and actor Spencer Kane, and the pop/rock sister duo Love Collide. The performance is set for 6:15 p.m. Thurs. Aug. 6 on the A-Stage. The artists return at 9 p.m. for a Millennial Tour dance party including tunes spun by DJ Napp.

     “We hope to help teens and young adults learn that they both have the same fundamental right – to know the truth about their origins and what truth is,” added Duhon of the tour’s goal.

     The tour features various groups of artists at differing dates in the summer schedule. A video presentation by Dr. Rice Broocks, author of the book “God’s Not Dead,” is being featured at some of the tour stops.

     The millennial tour helps set the stage for the follow-up to the original film - “God’s Not Dead 2.” The new film – expected to be released next year - focuses on a group of high school students and centers on a debate about Jesus’ existence in human form on earth. The artists on the millennial tour have roles in the film. Kane and the Love Collide duo of Lauren and Brooke DeLeary portray high school students. Veteran TV actress Melissa Joan Hart and actress Hayley Orrantia (currently in the TV series “The Goldbergs”) are two of the film’s stars.

     Duhon said the millennial tour features Christian artists who share how they are defending their faith in daily life. “Millennials aren’t looking for formulas for faith – they’re looking for authenticity,” he said. “It’s not about tradition for them, or for anyone, it’s about knowing the truth. We believe this is through a saviour called Jesus Christ.” (For more information visit

     This year marks the 15th year of the Unity Music Festival, coordinated by Alive On The Lakeshore, an area faith-based non-profit group. The festival expects to welcome its one millionth spectator through the gates sometime during this year’s schedule.

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Terry DeBoer
Terry is journalist who writes for newspapers, magazines, newsletters and websites. His most frequented “beat” is arts and entertainment. He is married with two children and lives in Grand Rapids.

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