Singer/songwriter and Dove Award-nominated Awaken Records/Fair Trade Services artist Austin French and renowned, Macon, GA-based Radiate Music singer/songwriter JJ Weeks join forces for the Wake Up Sleeper Drive-In Tour. Presented by Holt International and produced by Ignite Outreach, Inc., the tour will feature a full band production with a hydraulic stage setup that will travel to drive-in theaters, church parking lots, an outdoor downtown center and more.
Named in part after French's current hit single "Wake Up Sleeper," the tour launches Aug. 23 at a ticketed Wabash, IN-based drive-in theater and continues across several states, including free, radio listener appreciation concerts along the way with one indoor event as well at the Delta Lake Conference Center in Rome, NY.
"I can't wait to head out on the Wake Up Sleeper Drive-In Tour with JJ Weeks!" exclaims French. "In a season where it feels hope is scarce and truth is hard to find, I pray these nights are more than just music but a moment for revival to start in our communities! Let's bring back hope, let's bring back joy, and let's share the good news that wakes sleepers from their slumber! See ya there!"
"During this time of uncertainty in our country, we are certain that we have a God who holds all of the answers," adds Weeks. "I am so excited to be able to declare the hope and provision of God during this incredible drive-in tour with Austin French!"
With as many as 12 events currently being planned, the tour announces the first six cities confirmed for the Wake Up Sleeper Drive-In Tour as follows:
8-23 Wabash, IN Drive-In Theater,
8-29 Rhine, GA Downtown Rhine FREE
8-30 Pineville, LA 104.3 The Bridge Radio show FREE
9-06 Ambrose, GA DeBarry Baptist Church FREE
9-11 Rome, NY Delta Lake Conference Center
9-12 Jaffrey, NH Hope Fellowship Church
"Virtually any church can hold a drive-in event in their parking lot, and if other churches want to get in on this tour with JJ Weeks and Austin French, they should contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org," says tour producer Dr. Chris Leader, President & CEO, Ignite Outreach, Inc.
Along with playing their hits and fan favorites, Weeks and French will give audiences the opportunity to offer one-time gifts via a "text to give number" with funds designated for feeding children through Holt International.
"My heart broke for the children of Mongolia that I was able to visit last year with Holt International," says Weeks. "It's an incredible privilege to be able to speak on behalf of these amazing kids, as well as the other children Holt International serves around the globe!"
"The Coronavirus is being felt around the world, particularly for children and most vulnerable families, now at even greater risk than before. Around the world our life saving programs that serve these children are threatened as the social and economic impact continues to grow," said Eric Mason, Chief Marketing and Development Officer at Holt International. "JJ's been to Mongolia with Holt and knows first-hand the struggles of kids in need, and the impact a small gift can make on the life of a child. We're blessed to be partnering with JJ and Austin on this tour and know it's going to bless not just those who tune in for their music, but kids in Mongolia and around the world too."