Originally Published: October 13, 2016 8:27 p.m.
Described as one of Christian music’s “most dynamic and versatile performers,” Lincoln Brewster is headed to the Yavapai College this weekend.
The singer/guitar player takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, 1100 E. Sheldon St., Prescott.
A news release from Yavapai College notes that Brewster is a favorite of Christian radio, “known for his inspiring anthems of praise, including hits like ‘Today is the Day,’ ‘Everlasting God,’ and ‘The Power of Your Name.’”
His YCPAC performance will feature a number of songs from his highly-praised 2014 “Oxygen” album, the news release added.
“He’s a pretty interesting fellow,” Michael Grady, marketing and communications specialist at Yavapai College, said of Brewster. “He was a guitar prodigy out of Alaska, and he was playing with Steve Perry (formerly of ‘Journey’) as a teenager.”
Born in Fairbanks, Alaska, Brewster first showed his musical talent as a child of two, “keeping remarkably good time with a pair of broken drumsticks during his mother Cheryl’s band practice,” stated his website. Later, when his family moved to the coastal town of Homer, Alaska, Brewster reportedly picked up the mandolin at age 5.
After moving to Modesto, California, Brewster continued to perfect his craft, and, as a 19-year-old, received a call from Perry, the former lead vocalist for Journey.
“One day, he was a clerk behind a counter, the next he was in rehearsals with a legend,” the website states. “Within months, he was co-writing and recording Perry’s solo project ‘For the Love of Strange Medicine’ and leaving to go on a nationwide tour with one of the biggest names in rock/pop history.”
After the tour left him “unfulfilled and empty,” Brewster soon began leading worship for his church’s youth group, according to the website.
Brewster and his wife Laura later moved to Nashville. During that time, he toured for with Grammy Award-winning Christian music artist Michael W. Smith, and connected with representatives from Integrity Music, signing with the company in 1999, and releasing a self-titled album.
Brewster later moved with his family back to California, where he led the music ministry, and ultimately took on the role of worship arts pastor, at the Bayside Church near Sacramento. “I have a passion for the local church and the worship leaders that serve it,” Brewster says on his website.
He also continued recording albums, including “Oxygen,” “Real Life,” “Joy to the World,” “Today is the Day,” “Live to Worship,” and “Amazed.”
Tickets for Brewster’s YCPAC performance are $25 and $38, and are available at the YCPAC Box Office, by calling 928-776-2000, or by visiting: http://www.ycpac.com.
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