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Christian music concert features local Christa Rooks

Christian music concert features Christa Rooks

Christa Rooks will be one of the featured acts at the Night of Worship Christian music concert at Social Circle Theater on Feb. 28. (Special Photo)

Christa Rooks will be one of the featured acts at the Night of Worship Christian music concert at Social Circle Theater on Feb. 28. (Special Photo)

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Scott England will play with Christa Rooks and Crystal Padilla at the Night of Worship Christian music concert at Social Circle Theater on Feb. 28. (Special Photo)

Some of the region’s top names in Christian music will record a live concert at Social Circle Theater later this month. “Night of Worship” is set for Feb. 28, and will benefit Abiding Journey Inc., a ministry that works to see lives transformed by Jesus Christ.

The musical gathering will feature Scott England and Christa Rooks, with special guest Crystal Padilla. Those attending that evening will be part of the live video recording being filmed at the concert. General admission tickets are $10 and VIP seats are available for $20 and includes a general admission ticket, a gift bag with copies of England and Rooks’ EPs and a pre-event meet and greet with the singers.

“This is the first time we’ve had a concert like this,” Rooks said. “Scott and I are both worship leaders at Eastridge Community Church in Covington and he just released his EP and was wanting to do a local release of his song. We thought this would be a cool opportunity to get our community to have a night of worship.”

Seating is limited and tickets for $12 will be on sale at Social Circle Theater on the day of the concert until the event is sold out. Tickets may be purchased online at www.itickets.com . The doors open at 7 p.m. with the concert to follow at 8.

“Scott’s songwriting is amazing,” Rooks said. “Just to have a chance to work with him is a blessing…He’s just got a heart for worship and it is reflected in his songs.”

Atlanta-based recording artist England has been creating music and leading worship for more than 10 years. His ministry is primarily his music along with supporting mission work and serving as a mentor. He will soon make Social Circle his home as he and his wife and baby daughter move from the Atlanta area.

“The Bible urges us in Romans chapter 12 to take our everyday life — our sleeping, eating, going to work and walking around life and place it before God as an offering, putting his agenda before our own,” England said about his faith.

England recently released “Sanctuary,” an album he created to serve as a soundtrack for the private time worshipers spend with God. His other two works include the self-titled, “Scott England” EP in 2007 and, “LIV” in 2009. “LIV” mixes rhythm and blues with acoustic music, including two fan favorites “I Need You” and “Teach Me to Pray.”

“When putting together thoughts for the Night of Worship, I wanted to partner with someone who is as passionate off stage as they are on stage about loving the Lord and reaching the world,” England said.

“I know this to be true about Christa Rooks. I have had the privilege of knowing Christa for a few good years now. More recently, we have been leading worship and building leaders together at Eastridge Community church here in Covington.

“Another exciting goal for the Night of Worship is to utilize the proceeds to make an impact beyond our local communities. Chad Hambrick is a local Covington minister and founding director of The Abiding Journey. His ministry primarily focuses on leading missions that train and equip leaders to effectively minister to their local communities around the world.”

The evening will also be a celebration of the release of England’s newest EP, ”Redeemed And Brave,” as well as Rooks’ EP, “At His Feet.”

“Being an independent artist, I am grateful for the response of ‘Redeemed and Brave’ holding a top-charting spot on iTunes Christian and Gospel, featured section of ‘New and Noteworthy,’ and landing a spot in the November edition of CCM Magazine,” England said.

In 2008, England’s song, “Love Offering” was selected for “Top 20 Indie Worship,” an album featuring artists chosen by a panel of music industry experts based on song quality, artist exposure and web traffic.

The singer/songwriter stays busy touring and in 2012, he performed more than 150 dates.

His work is also popular outside of the U.S., and his EP “Good Intentions” stayed at number one for a month on the charts in Central America in 2008 and was in the top 10 six more months.

This all came about after England took his first mission trip to Guatemala. He said he was a “musicianary” in Central America and since that first trip, he has taken mission trips to several countries in Africa and other countries, including Mexico, Jamaica and Costa Rica.

Part of England’s ministry involves a “Worship Workshops,” which features a series of workshops led by England and his band as they consult and help strengthen the individual talents of each musician and singer in a church music program.

Atlanta native and Christian music Rooks has been singing as long as she can remember. She recalls being a little girl and pretending her hairbrush was a microphone as she sang into it.

In her teen years, she started writing songs and for the past 15 years, she has been involved in churches as a worship team/band member and leader. “At His Feet” is her latest recording and is available on ITunes.

For six years, Rooks was lead vocalist and co-leader of a worship band called Bearing Light, which traveled to churches throughout the community to sing and lead worship. In the late 1990s, Rooks was a guest singer on TBN’s “Praise the Lord” TV program in Atlanta several times.

A graduate of the University of Georgia, Rooks is a wife and mother to four young children. She works as a private vocal coach.

Joining Rooks and England for the “Night of Worship” will be Crystal Padilla, a worship leader and recording artist based out of Atlanta. She is presently serving as a student worship leader at The Summit Church in Loganville. She has been involved in leading worship and creating music for a number of years and spent most of her college career serving as the drummer for the Tim Johnson Band.

A 2011 graduate of Truett McConnell College, Padilla began a ministry that reaches out to the Latino community. Coming from a Hispanic background, Padilla speaks two languages and along with her band, recently released “La Roca Ep,” a bilingual worship album.

Social Circle Theater is located at 650 Ashley Drive in Social Circle.

Beth Slaughter Sexton is a freelance writer based in Gwinnett County. Contact her at bethslaughtersexton@gmail.com.