A Grammy award winning Christian rock band is shepherding its Kings & Queens tour to Watertown.
Audio Adrenaline re-formed in September 2012 and began touring this past spring. The band will hit 30 cities on its fall tour, including Watertown on Oct. 4, where it will perform at New Life Christian Church, 1222 Arsenal St.
Sponsored by Food for the Hungry, the tour and the Watertown concert also will feature Disciple, Stellar Kart and Ryan Stevenson.
Audio Adrenaline is also conveying the message for its nonprofit ministry, Hands & Feet Project, which is dedicated to providing long-term, family-style care for orphaned and abandoned Haiti children in need of a home and family.
Food for the Hungry is a Christian organization that has served the poor around the world since 1971.
Concertgoers will be able to hear the bands latest singles, Kings & Queens and Believer, as well as previous Audio Adrenaline hits.
More than 40 stations are playing the bands latest hit, Believer, which has been featured on K-LOVE (90.1 in Watertown and 101.7 in Pulaski) and Sirius XM.
Originally known as A-180, Audio Adrenaline, which has sold more than 3 million albums, formed in 1986 at Kentucky Christian University. Its single Big House became one of the most popular songs in Christian rock music history.
The band received Grammy Awards for best rock gospel album in 2006 and 2004 for Until My Heart Caves In and Worldwide, respectively. Audio Adrenaline also has received several Dove Awards, presented by the Gospel Music Association.
Bass player Will McGinniss is the only founding member still in the group, but former frontman and co-founder Mark Stuart contributed to many of the songs on Kings & Queens.
Rounding out Audio Adrenaline is lead singer Kevin Max, formerly of dcTalk, along with lead guitarist Dave Ghazarian, drummer Jared Byers and Jason Walker on keyboard.
In 2003, Mr. Stuart and Mr. McGinniss founded the Hands & Feet Project, a ministry in earthquake-devastated Haiti. By 2012, Mr. Stuart and his wife had adopted three Haitian children, and with the help of his parents, the Hands & Feet Project had begun providing care and housing for more than 100 orphaned and abandoned children in Jacmel and Grand Goave and employment for 80 Haitian adults, according to the bands website and a news release.
I was 100 percent focused on Hands & Feet, Mr. Stuart said in a press release. So the idea of relaunching Audio Adrenaline wasnt even on my radar.
Band associate and current manager Wes Campbell suggested that the band could play an integral role in the Hands & Feet mission and the wheels began to turn to bring Audio Adrenaline back with a key goal to benefit orphaned children in Haiti.
Mr. Max, who was adopted as a child, jumped at the opportunity to be part of something bigger than the music.
Ive known these guys from the beginning of my career, and what I loved about this idea was that whatever came out of it would be greater than the sum of its parts, he said.