In a few weeks, we’ll be rockin’ the Smokies for the fifth summer in a row. This Christian music festival has become a Dollywood guest favorite as some of the genre’s top artists take the stage for incredible jam sessions. Here’s everything you need to know to be ready to rock with us.
WHAT IS ROCK THE SMOKIES?
Some of Christian music’s hottest artists converge on Dollywood for a day of thrills and praise on Saturday, Aug. 24. As you hop from attraction to attraction, stop in one of the Rock the Smokies venues to enjoy some music that will get your blood pumping. It’s Dollywood elevated through worship and praise.
WHICH ROCK THE SMOKIES SHOWS ARE INCLUDED WITH DOLLYWOOD ADMISSION?
Admission to Dollywood on Saturday, Aug. 24 includes all the great elements that make our theme park one of the best in the industry—PLUS, performances by Tauren Wells, Jordan Feliz, Micah Tyler, Mr. Talkbox, and Egypt Speaks.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE ROCK THE SMOKIES TICKET?
With your Rock the Smokies ticket, you will receive a wristband to get into the headlining acts: two-time Grammy Award winner for KING & COUNTRY and rising star Zach Williams. These exclusive performances are in addition to your admission to Dollywood and performances by Tauren Wells, Jordan Feliz, Micah Tyler, Mr. Talkbox, and Egypt Speaks.
HOW DO I GET A ROCK THE SMOKIES TICKET?
You must purchase a Rock the Smokies ticket in advance. The 1 p.m. show is already sold out. There are fewer than 50 seats left for the 7 p.m. show. The 4 p.m. performance was just added. To ensure you have a seat, purchase your ticket soon! Follow the button below to find pricing information.
WHO ARE THE ARTISTS?
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Soaring melodies, driving rhythms, theatrical instrumentation and personal themes are the heartbeat of two-time Grammy Award winners for KING & COUNTRY. They’ve celebrated a RIAA Certified Gold album, their most recent Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong. and two Gold singles – their crossover hit “Fix My Eyes,” and “The Proof Of Your Love,” from the band’s debut album Crave. The Australian brother duo raised expectations with their first release, winning Billboard’s New Artists to Watch for 2012. Since then, they’ve sold over 650,000 albums and had nearly 200,000,000 streams of their music. Their sophomore effort Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong. garnered unanimous critical praise with a #1 debut on iTunes, a headlining tour that included 28 sold-out shows and a 60-date arena tour. They’ve performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live! The Today Show, The Tonight Show, FOX and Friends and have songs featured on the Emmys, The Super Bowl, Sunday Night Football, U.S. Open, 7UP and more.
Never in his wildest dreams did Zach Williams think that he would be in this place of writing and recording music in the Christian music industry, especially from years of hard living on the road while in a rock & roll band. He thought his life was fulfilling and he was doing what he had always wanted to do, but that left him empty, lonely, and further away from God and his family than ever before. For years he sought meaning and fulfillment in the unhealthy, and sometimes dangerous, lifestyle he was living. He eventually found refuge in a fellow band mate, thanks to their countless late nights on the road talking about God, faith and what their lives could actually be like beyond the band. “Even though I grew up going to church every Sunday as a kid, even though I knew right from wrong and said I was a Christian, there was absolutely nothing about the way I was living that reflected these things,” Williams shares. “It took a trip to Europe in 2012 to stop me dead in my tracks and show me just how lost I really was.” That year, with his wife by his side, his faith became real to him and he found renewal by dedicating his life to Christ. He hasn’t looked back since.
Four-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated Tauren Wells debuted his solo music in 2017 with the dance-able pop hit. “Love Is Action’; which held the No. l spot at CHR radio for eight weeks. the hard-hitting “Undefeated” featuring rapper KB. “Hills and Valleys’; the piano and cello-driven thought-provoking track that quickly climbed the radio and sales charts, jumping to the Top l Oat the National Airplay radio chart, and “When We Pray” which made it into the Top l Oat the National Airplay radio chart and #1 on the Media base CHR Chart. Tauren’s music has since garnered Four GMA Dove Awards. Tauren Wells is a father. songwriter. Worship Leader. ordained minister and performer. his desire to draw people closer to their identity in the Lord is apparent in all he pursues. Tauren Wells toured with Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey on the All The Hits Tour and appeared on the Air1 Positive Hits Tour in the fall of 2017, as well as Chris Tomlin’s Worship Night in America Tour. He will Join Chris Tomlin again this coming Spring on the Holy Roar Tour. Despite all of the accolades. Tauren Wells isn’t making music to gain notoriety -“I feel called to call greatness out of people.”Wells shares. His focus of speaking the love of God to others through his many talents is apparent most in Hills and Valleys. which released on June 23. 2017
Micah Tyler is a singer, songwriter and worship leader from Buna, Tex. signed to Fair Trade Services. Playing 200+ dates a year, Tyler has toured with MercyMe, Big Daddy Weave, Hawk Nelson, Phil Wickham, We Are Messengers and more. Tyler’s most recent release, Different (2017) included the hit singles “Never Been A Moment” and “Even Then” which topped multiple radio charts. After having served as a youth pastor for over a decade, Tyler has a true love and respect for the local church. Tyler will be on tour with MercyMe in 2019.
What artist launched his career as a hard-touring heavy metal singer, then switched gears to become a church worship leader, before finally signing a Nashville record deal and making his mark as a songwriter and soulful R&B-groove-pop artist? Well, if the question comes up some day, you’ll already know the answer: Jordan Feliz.
You have probably heard of Orlando-born two-time Dove Award winner and Grammy nominee Byron “Mr. Talkbox” Chambers through his recent Masterful “Talkbox” work with artists such as TobyMac, Group 1 Crew, Nathan East, Marvin Sapp and Erica Campbell (Of Mary Mary). As a cowriter and featured artist on TobyMac’s “DiverseCity” Byron quickly became well known as “Mr. Talkbox” to Christian music fans around the world!
Egypt Speaks is a Spoken Word Artist from Cleveland, Ohio. After releasing her first full-length album Stories independently in 2014, Egypt has toured the country and beyond sharing her stories through the art of poetry. At age 16 Egypt received the rank of 1st in the State of Ohio and 2nd in the nation in the category of spoken word according the National Fine Arts Association. Later in the same year she placed 3rd in a worldwide competitions for poets and performers of all ages. At 17 , she released her first book of essays and poetry called Stories that received overwhelmingly positive reviews and was featured on JesusWired.com’s “What You Should Be Reading” in 2016.
HOW DOES SEATING WORK?
You don’t need a wristband to see Tauren Wells, Jordan Feliz and Micah Tyler. Seats are first come, first served. Doors open an hour before the show.
If you have a Rock the Smokies ticket to see for KING & COUNTRY and Zach Williams, seating is first come, first served. Be sure to pick up your wristband at the front gate. The theater doors open an hour before the show.
WHAT IS THE SCHEDULE?
The concerts run throughout the day. With some pre-planning, you can enjoy all the shows. See the schedule below.
Micah Tyler (Back Porch Theater)
11:30 a.m. with Mr. Talkbox and Egypt Speaks as emcee
2 p.m. with Egypt Speaks as emcee
4:30 p.m. with Egypt Speaks as emcee
Jordan Feliz (Pines Theater)
Noon with Mr. Talkbox and Egypt Speaks as emcee
3:30 p.m. with Mr. Talkbox and Egypt Speaks as emcee
6 p.m. with Mr. Talkbox and Egypt Speaks as emcee
Tauren Wells (Showstreet Palace Theater)
2 p.m. with Mr. Talkbox as emcee
4:30 p.m. with Mr. Talkbox as emcee
7:15 p.m. with Egypt Speaks as emcee
*Note- park operating hours are 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., but you are invited to stay and enjoy Tauren Wells for a special 7:15 p.m. showing.
for KING & COUNTRY and Zach Williams (DP’s Celebrity Theater)
*MUST HAVE A WRISTBAND
1 p.m. with Mr. Talkbox and Egypt Speaks as emcee
4 p.m. with Mr. Talkbox and Egypt Speaks as emcee
7 p.m. with Mr. Talkbox and Egypt Speaks as emcee
*Note- park operating hours are 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., but if you have a ticket for the 7 p.m. show, you are invited to enjoy the after-hours show.
CAN’T GET ENOUGH MUSIC?
Dollywood’s Splash Country also is getting in the Christian rock spirit with Land of Color who will be performing at Splash Bash LIVE on Saturday, Aug. 24.