GRAMMY-award-winning musician Laura Story will headline a five-band act at the Faith, Family and Freedom concert at zMAX Dragway on Saturday, June 23.

Story is an American Contemporary Christian music singer-songwriter from Spartanburg, SC. Her single off the album "Blessings" became her first to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Christian Songs chart, making her one of the few female Christian artists to ever reach the top of the singles chart. The song won the 2012 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Christian Music Song. 

Story is a graduate of Columbia International University, which owns New Life 91.9, the title sponsor of the Faith, Family and Freedom event.

The event will also feature special activities for kids, including the Charlotte Motor Speedway Fan Van. The City of Concord will have several emergency vehicles on site for fans to see up close and learn about, including fire trucks, an ambulance and a SWAT tank. The night will conclude with a dazzling fireworks display.

In addition to enjoying hours of live entertainment presented by Charlotte Dentistry and The Billy Graham Library, fans can support A Child’s Place, a Charlotte-based nonprofit, during the event by bringing white or navy blue collared polo shirts, khaki shorts, pants or skirts or sneakers to donate to homeless children in the Charlotte region.

A Child’s Place, which aims to erase the impact of homelessness on children and their educational successes, reported that there were 4,711 homeless children enrolled in Charlotte-Mecklenburg  Schools in 2011. Donations made during the Faith, Family and Freedom concert will be passed along to many of those children.

Four additional musical acts will also part in the Faith, Family and Freedom event.

Building 429 is a Christian rock band signed to Essential Records. The band members originated from Snyder Memorial Baptist Church in Fayetteville, NC and various areas in North Carolina and Texas.

Mark Schultz is a contemporary Christian artist. He has been nominated for numerous GMA Dove Awards, winning his first in 2006 when his CD “Mark Schultz Live: A Night of Stories & Songs” was named Long Form Music Video of the Year.

Sidewalk Prophets is a contemporary Christian music band from Nashville, Tenn. Their album “These Simple Truths” contained the single "The Words I Would Say," which is featured on “WOW Hits 2010” and “WOW Hits 2011.” The group won the 2010 GMA Dove Award for New Artist of the Year.

Big Daddy Weave is a contemporary Christian band composed of Mike Weaver, Jay Weaver, Jeremy Redmon, Jeff Jones and Joe Shirk. Their popular songs include "Every Time I Breathe," "Audience of One," "In Christ," "Fields of Grace" and "What Life Would Be Like."

Tickets to the event are $5 for reserved seats and can be purchased from the Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket office or online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com. Gates open at 4 p.m. and performers are scheduled to take the stage beginning at 6 p.m.

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