GraceFest on the Green 2021
Free Concert on May 8
bmonthly presents Rhett Walker, Cochren & Co., and NewKings performing in a FREE concert at Tower Center at Unity Square on May 8, from 5 pm - 8 pm! Rhett and Cochren & Co. will perform together during an extended 90-minute set. They will perform all of your favorites like "Gospel Song" and "For My Good." Caleb Gordon will be speaking and several food trucks will be onsite. Plus, The House FM will be on-hand and broadcasting live! This will be a fun evening of worship you won't want to miss! The concert will benefit The Journey Home. Sponsored by Diversified Systems Resources-DSR, Patriot Auto Group, Regent Bank, Sutterfield Financial Group, INC, Comforting Hands Hospice, and Bartlesville Health & Rehab Community.
Rhett Walker is not your typical Christian artist. The preacher’s son who was raised in the South has come full circle with his faith after a period of rebelling against it.
“We moved away from my hometown when I was 16, and I didn’t like that. I just went nuts, doing whatever I wanted to do in the moment,” he said. “I mixed with the rough crowd, got into fights and drugs. It wasn’t long before I was expelled from school—just always in trouble. So they sent me to this Christian school, the only one that would take me, and I met this girl. It wasn’t long after that we found out she was pregnant. That was the stop in the path for me.”
Being faced with being a father at 17, Rhett knew it was time to make a choice - he could continue going down the destructive path he was on, or he could change. “It was like, Man, what am I doing?” he recalls. “My girlfriend’s having a baby, and I have no job. I finally sat down with April, who is now my wife, and said: We’ve done everything wrong that we possibly can. Let’s do everything right from here on out.”
Rhett and April went on to get married and rededicated his life to Christ. From there, the Lord began opening doors for Rhett to lead worship and pursue music. “I always knew I wanted to do music, but I couldn’t sing as a kid; I was just terrible at it,” he said. “So I was a drummer at church growing up until one day they called me out front to sing ‘Grace Like Rain’ by Todd Agnew, and I never went back to the drums. The more I sang the more things started opening up.”
“There’s just nothing we can do without grace; we’re all dirty, messed up people, but Christ still loves us,” said Rhett. “So there are two things we must do. One: rejoice, because now we have a purpose on this earth—to share that grace with others. Two: take up the calling. You can’t just take that love and not tell the story that goes with it.”
Cochren & Co.
Michael Cochren is a singer/songwriter and worship leader from southern Indiana. His music tells stories of hope, grace, and second chances. A large variety of artists such as Billy Joel, Needtobreathe, and Ray Charles have impacted his American piano-driven pop-soul sound.
In the summer of 2011, Michael began writing and touring both solo and with a band of his musician friends. With the release of his first EP and the help of some regional radio play in southern Indiana, Michael found himself performing across the Midwest; further developing his sound. In 2014, Michael Cochren began touring with his band under the name Cochren & Company (stylized Cochren & Co.). opening for artists such as Newsboys, Crowder, Jeremy Camp, NF, We Are Messengers, and many more.
Cochren & Co. signed to TobyMac's Gotee Records in 2018, releasing two singles "Church (Take Me Back)" and "Grave" in November.
NewKings is a folk-rock band from Oklahoma. Formed in 2013, the band consists of Aaron Vaughan, Jeff Wann, Josh "Pugzly" Adams, & Caleb "Jack" Adams. Encompassing the sounds of folk, rock, gospel, blues & soul, the band's unique sound is driven by gritty vocals over American roots music.
NewKings' origins are found in an old country church in Oklahoma. What began as an impromptu music session led to the realization that the group had something special to offer with their uniquely rich & earthy sound. Soon after, NewKings was officially formed and the group began their journey, where they found the opportunity to share the stage with acts such as X Ambassadors and Plain White T's, along with the President of the United States at the 2017 National Boy Scout Jamboree, and major Christian recording artists, Shane & Shane, NewSong, and Chris August. A journey that in 2019 led the group to historic Sound Kitchen Studio to work with GRAMMY-nominated & GMA Dove Award-winning producer, Robert Venable.