If it felt like the heart of Texas was beating a little harder than usual, that was because renowned Christian band Third Day rocked the foundations of the Bell County Expo Center after making an appearance at Hughes Hall.
Their visit April 7 closed out music department Chair, Dr. Mark Aaron Humphrey’s, 2013 C3 series. The purpose of which he said is to “talk about the arts and faith and how those things collide.”
Scheduling conflicts and a calendar full of nationwide bookings for the group were no match for Humphrey’s dogged persistence, which is to thank for the last-minute arrangement. Considering the event coincided with The Cru men’s basketball team’s biggest game ever, he was pleased with the turnout.
“The fact that Third Day was on campus … even the fact that it happened at the same time as the national championship was cool because it was kind of like, ‘hey, UMHB … there’s things happening,’” Humphrey said.
Even though the band was working under a time crunch, Humphrey thinks he was able to have an insightful dialogue with its members despite not spending time with them prior to the interview.
Humphrey said, “In general, the more famous the band, the harder it is to create a meaningful conversation … but I think we got in some good time.”
Third Day’s newest album and tour are called Miracle after the title track. The goal of this collection of inspirational music is to uplift and encourage listeners and let them know that good things can still take place in their lives.
Frontman Mac Powell said, “The thing that we have to remember is that miracles still do happen, and God, I believe, is still in the business of miracles…. He wants us to be miracles in somebody else’s life.”
The concert that followed later in the evening was opened by fellow Christian recording artists Josh Wilson and Colton Dixon. They both gave inspiring performances and had large fan bases present. However, when Third Day took the stage, the crowd erupted with a contagious energy that hung thick in the air for the remainder of the night.
Third Day fans responded enthusiastically to the new music from Miracle, but they came unglued when the band began to play a few of its older, recognizable classics like “Cry Out to Jesus,” “I Believe” and “Born Again.”
At the end of the concert, the audience began to shout and applaud wildly for several minutes in anticipation of an encore until the group came back out and played several more songs to conclude the night.