David Dunn to play July 6 Giant Cross Project fundraiser
Christian Life Church Band to open show at Foley’s Liberty Church
Christian music superstar David Dunn will play a benefit concert for Baldwin County’s Giant Cross Project on July 6 at 7 p.m. at Foley’s Liberty Church, located at 110 Riviera Dr. The Christian Life Church Band, lead by worship pastor Matthew Long, will open for Dunn. General admission tickets are $16.50, limited special seating tickets are $18, and VIP tickets, which include a meet-n-greet with Dunn, are $36. Tickets can be purchased online at giantcrossproject.com.
The Gulf Coast Cross Project is the non-profit brainchild of Gulf Shores based business owner Jon Butler, who wants to construct a 230-foot-tall white cross in Summerdale on land donated by the Engel family off County Road 73. Estimated cost for the cross is $600,000. Butler’s entire project, estimated to cost around $1,000,000, would include a giant steel white cross and a welcome center with picnic tables and an outdoor covered stage that could be used as a gathering place for churches and Christian groups. The cross will be visible from the Foley Beach Express and Hwy. 59.
Dunn’s 2015 full-length debut, Crystal Clear, was well received and spawned a Top 20 radio hit with “Today Is Beautiful.” Dunn, who began performing his own songs while at Texas Tech, where he graduated with a degree in engineering, spent a transformative 13 months in Africa doing mission work and returned to the States to pursue music full-time. Now based in Nashville, he writes with some of the Christian community’s finest songwriters, many of whom he collaborated with on his second album, Yellow Balloons, a synth-soaked pop album boasting heavy beats and honest, heartfelt lyrics.
The sudden death of his two year old niece was the inspiration behind his sophomore album. “She had really started knowing and loving her people, just started talking, and she knew she loved me,” he said. “So it’s hard to put any kind of good spin on it, or even when it comes to God, it’s really difficult to do anything but get mad at Him.”