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Shawn McDonald to perform at William Jessup University

Event raises funds for missions teams
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William Jessup University’s student government will present the inaugural benefit concert featuring contemporary Christian Music artist Shawn McDonald at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, at the university, 333 Sunset Blvd.

Proceeds will benefit WJU missions teams who will be going to Cambodia, Romania, Brazil and Kenya this summer.

McDonald is a well-known singer, songwriter and guitarist. As he approaches the 10-year mark of his career, he stands at the crossroads of reflection and anticipation. To mark this unique period, he recently (March 22) released his newest project, “The Analog Sessions,” a collection split between nine re-recorded hits and fan favorites, plus two entirely new tunes.

McDonald’s past has been marked by a string of heartaches, bad breaks and personal mistakes, events that have landed him both in trouble with the law and in love with the Lord – in that order. The street-tough but tenderhearted McDonald has never shied away from telling his story – of growing up in Eugene, Ore., as an angry, rebellious teen who was a drug addict and a dealer, looking for any and every way to escape his pain and a dysfunctional home. In 1998, at 20 years old and the end of his rope – and facing nine felony counts on a drug bust – McDonald cried out to God, he said, and started turning his life around. He hasn’t looked back since.

Also appearing with McDonald are I Am They and Like Zion. For ticket information, visit www.sendingforth.eventbrite.com or www.essup.edu/media. General admission tickets are available at the door for $15.