Ellie Holcomb guest at ‘Behold the Lamb of God’ concert
Now in its 14th year, contemporary Christian singer Andrew Peterson’s “Behold the Lamb of God” tour has become a Christmas tradition. It’s returning to Church of the Good Shepherd in Durham for a concert Saturday, and with each tour comes new musical guests. This tour will feature singer/songwriter Ellie Holcomb. Previous guests on the tour have included Alison Krauss, Derek Webb, Sandra McCracken, Buddy Miller, Sixpence None the Richer, David Wilcox, Mindy Smith and Brandon Heath.
Holcomb spoke with The Herald-Sun by phone Thursday from her home in Nashville, Tenn., the day after her first concert with the tour, in Nebraska.
“I wanted to start dancing every time I went backstage last night, jumping up and down,” she said, because of being part of sharing the story of Jesus. “We brush over it in a season we’re supposed to remember it,” Holcomb said, and she’s glad to be a part of remembering it in a creative way.
Holcomb, who also tours with her husband’s band, Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors, just released her own first full-length record, “As Sure As the Sun,” which was produced by her dad, Brown Bannister. It was produced in the same building where Peterson also has an office for Rabbit Room, his publishing press, blog and store. Holcomb based one of her songs on a character from Peterson’s novel series, “Wingfeather Saga.”
Holcomb said it was an honor to be invited on Peterson’s “Behold the Lamb of God” Christmas tour. The first half of the show features singer/songwriters in the round, and Holcomb will sing two of her songs, then during the “Behold the Lamb of God” concert portion, she’ll sing background on two songs and then sing “Deliver Us.” Usually this time of year she and Drew Holcomb are on their own Christmas tour, so they weren’t able to go see the “Behold the Lamb of God” tour when it culminates at The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. But last year they were home with their new baby, daughter Emmylou, and went to the show.
“I fell in love with the whole evening, and wanted to make it our family tradition,” she said. Holcomb loved the talented artists, she said, and the historic Ryman was almost transformed back into a church.
“It moved some things around in my spirit,” she said, and it settled her during Advent. Now she’s on stage with it, and will perform at the Ryman herself with the tour. To keep from getting lost in the season, she’ll read the book of “Behold the Lamb of God” while traveling. In keeping with Advent, she’ll remember and think on what the story is about, Holcomb said.
She hopes audiences take away the sense of Emmanuel, “God with us,” and the mystery of the beauty of the story they’re invited into.
“It’s the gladdest of tidings,” Holcomb said.
WHO: Andrew Peterson “Behold the Lamb of God” tour, with guest Ellie Holcomb
WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Church of the Good Shepherd
3741 Garrett Road, Durham
TICKETS: $18 advance; $25 at the door. Buy online at www.cgsonline.org