2014 Grandstand Line-up
Tickets for all Grandstand concerts and events are on sale now through all Ticketmaster outlets, online at ticketmaster.com or by phone at 800.745.3000.
Thursday, August 7, at 8:00 p.m.
with special guest Matthew West
Since the Newsboys’ first album release in 1988, the contemporary Christian artists have recorded 31 number-one hits, earned five Dove awards and received several Grammy nominations. In nearly three decades, they have sold over six million records filled with inspirational songs like “Entertaining Angels,” “Million Pieces,” “It Is You” and “God Is Not Dead.”
Originally from Australia, the band found success in American in 1994 with their first gold-certified album, Going Public, which featured four number-one hits including their breakthrough single, “Shine.” The band followed up their initial success with the release of another five number-one hits on their 1996 album, Take Me to Your Leader, including “Reality” and the album’s title track. More hits followed with the release of an additional six albums over the next decade including the 2003 release of “He Reigns,” which peaked at number-one for an impressive ten consecutive weeks.
The band continues to enjoy success with the release of their last three, number-one albums including Born Again, God Is Not Dead and Restart. Most recently, the group collaborated with Pure Flix Entertainment to produce a film version of God Is Not Dead, released earlier this year.
Singer/songwriter Matthew West catapulted onto the Christian music scene in 2003 with his debut single, “More,” the most played Christian Adult Contemporary song of 2004. Subsequent hits like “Only Grace,” “History” and “Next Thing You Know” have made him a two-time Grammy nominee and American Music’s Best Contemporary Inspirational Artist of 2013.
Originally from Downers Grove, Ill., West has a gift for sharing poignant stories through brilliant, life-affirming lyrics and engaging melodies that underscore the emotion in the words. In just over a decade, he has produced several top-ten hit singles including “Strong Enough” and “Something to Say” as well as chart-toppers like “You Are Everything” and “The Motions.”
West is currently celebrating the success of his 2013 album, Into the Light, which he wrote in 2011 during a 43-city tour with Casting Crowns. The album features songs inspired by his fans and includes the hit single, “Hello, My Name Is,” which spent a record-breaking 17 consecutive weeks at number-one. The album’s follow-up single, “Forgiveness,” continues to climb the charts.
Grandstand Ticket Information
Tickets for all Grandstand concerts and events are on sale now through all Ticketmaster outlets, online at ticketmaster.com or by phone at 800.745.3000. All concert seats are reserved, all track events are general admission. Convenience charges apply to all tickets. The Iowa State Fair Ticket Office will open July 7 for walk-up orders only (assuming tickets remain). Grandstand tickets do not include admission to the Fair. Fair admission must be purchased separately.