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Four Christian powerhouse acts take Washington State Fair stage on Sept. 17

Jeremy Camp has released seven albums, four of them RIAA-certified as gold, and two are live albums, with 17 No. 1 hit songs. His original music is a mixture of ballads and rock. - Courtesy photo
Jeremy Camp has released seven albums, four of them RIAA-certified as gold, and two are live albums, with 17 No. 1 hit songs. His original music is a mixture of ballads and rock.
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A Christian powerhouse takes the stage at the Washington State Fair on Sept. 17, featuring Jeremy Camp, Kutless, and Jars of Clay.

The four Christian acts will perform at 7 p.m. at the fair's concert series presented by Columbia Bank.

Tickets are $40, $30, $20, with reserved seating, and include fair gate admission, unless noted.

Tickets are available starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 9 on the Fair website,, or by phone, 888-559-FAIR (3247) daily, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Tickets also can be purchased in person at the fair box office, 9th Avenue Southwest and Meridian Street on Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Jeremy Camp

While Jeremy Camp is an ordained minister, he has dedicated his life to sharing the news of God through his music. GMA has recognized him as New Artist of the Year in 2004, Male Vocalist of the Year 2004-5, and Rock Recorded Song of the Year for "Stay" in 2005.

In less than a decade Jeremy Camp has seen 17 of his songs reach Billboard's No. 1 status, including "Understand," "Right Here," "Walk By Faith," all from his first album, Stay. He has released eight albums, four which are RIAA-certified as gold, and two are live.

Camp just released his latest album, Reckless on Feb. 12. He holds five Dove Awards, three ASCAP Songwriter of the Year and one Songwriter/Artist of the Year awards, and an American Music Award nomination.

Tenth Avenue North

Tenth Avenue North has become one of the Christian music industry's most successful acts since they released its debut album, Over and Underneath, in 2008. They won New Artist of the Year in 2009, at the 40th Annual GMA Dove Awards and in 2010, "By Your Side" was named Song of the Year.

Their songs have saturated Christian radio airwaves with such memorable songs as "Love is Here," "Hold My Heart," and "By Your Side," which was a number one single that was Billboard magazine's No. 3 overall Christian song for the decade. Last August Tenth Avenue North released their third album, The Struggle with "Losing" as the lead single. The album debuted at No 1 on Billboard's Christian and Rock album charts.


Kutless got its start as a band in Portland, in 1999. Since its formation, the banks has released a live album and seven studio albums, including their latest, Believer. It topped the iTunes Christian albums sales chart. Kutless has sold 2 million records and played worldwide to millions of believers since 2002.

On March 28, 2006, an episode of NBC's "Scrubs" incorporated a significant portion of the song "All the Words" from their second album, Sea of Faces during the final scene. Their fifth album, To Know That You're Alive, peaked at No. 64 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart and reached No. 1 on the Billboard Christian Albums chart.

Jars of Clay

Jars of Clay got their start in the early 1990s at Greenville College in Illinois. By 1994 the band threw their name into a larger spotlight by submitting a demo to a Gospel Music Association talent competition. They were selected as the winners, which lead to offers from record labels.

At this point, they left school and moved to Nashville, and shortly after released their self-titled album in 1995. One of their original songs, "Flood" climbed the charts on mainstream radio stations, becoming one of the biggest mainstream hits ever by a band on a Christian label. The album became multi-Platinum, reaching No. 12 on the Billboard Modern Rock chart.

Jars of Clay's second album, Much Afraid, earned a Grammy Award for "Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album," and was certified Platinum by RIAA. Two music videos also accompanied the album.

More acts will be announced in the coming months for the State Fair Columbia Bank Concert Series. Visit the Fair website, for updates, or sign up at to receive email or text announcements prior to the concert on-sale dates.


Concerts and rodeo to date include:

Date, performance, time, tickets

Sept. 6 – Pro rodeo, Justin Boots Playoffs, 1 p.m., $5*, $18

Sept. 6 – Craig Morgan following pro rodeo, playoffs (country), 6:30 p.m., $50, $40, $30, $40 – general admission standing in the dirt for concert (no rodeo)

Sept. 7 – Pro rodeo, Justin Boots Playoffs, 1 p.m., $30, $20, $16

Sept. 7 – Trace Adkins following pro rodeo, playoffs. Plus Dancin' in the Dirt Party after rodeo (country), 6:30 p.m., $60, $40, $35. $40 – general admission standing in the dirt for concert (no rodeo)

Sept. 8 – Pro rodeo Puyallup finals, playoffs, 1 p.m., $35, $25, $20

Sept. 9 – Little Big Town (country), 7:30 p.m., $60, $50, $30, $20

Sept. 17 – Jeremy Camp, Tenth Avenue North, Kutless, Jars of Clay (Christian), 7 p.m. $40, $30, $20

Sept. 19 – Larry the Cable Guy, 7:30 p.m., $65, $50, $40, $20

* 1 p.m. Friday rodeo does not include fair gate admission. Gates are open free from 10 a.m.-noon.

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