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Creation Festival: rock’n'roll but no sex and drugs
Creation is different. One of the biggest Christian music festivals in the United States, it has a dress code (no bare bellies for girls, shirts to be worn at all times by both sexes) and alcohol and drugs are strictly off limits.
Amy Grant , a pioneer in Christian music who made a surprise appearance at Creation last month, said most of the 70,000 people attending the festival listen to secular as well as Christian music. She attended the Bonnaroo festival as a fan herself.
“I loved it and I thought I can’t believe there’s nobody here singing about Jesus,” she said.
“Creation is unique in that it’s all bands and people who sing about faith so you’re having this unbelievabably earthy experience out in the middle of nature and connecting with the Creator,” she said.
She stepped back into the limelight at Creation, making a surprise appearance with Hawk Nelson, a band whose members are around half her age.
Her appearance raised eyebrows among some in the crowd who said there were mixed feelings towards an artist seen as having abandoned Christian music for a time.
But Grant, 47, said she didn’t feel like it was a “return to the fold,” and the only reason she felt nervous before going on stage was that she hadn’t been touring for a while.
“I didn’t really feel out of the fold,” she told Reuters in an interview. “I don’t think there’s a 15-year-old out there that had that impression and I didn’t have that impression.”
PICTURE: Reuters/Mike Segar