Band: Winter Jam 2018
Date: Thursday, Feb. 1, with doors at 6 p.m.
Venue: USA Mitchell Center, 5950 Old Shell Road, www.southalabama.edu
Tickets: $15 donation at the door

For more than 20 years, the annual Winter Jam tour has traversed the nation with a lineup of superstars from the Contemporary Christian music world.

The tour’s website says iconic Christian pop group NewSong was founded with hopes of attracting crowds with its combination of modern music and spiritual inspiration. This year, NewSong will share the lineup with musical acts Addison Agen, Jordan Feliz, KB, Building 429 and Kari Jobe. Comedian John Crist and Evangelist Nick Hall will also be appearing.

Skillet will headline Winter Jam 2018. This coed group have used a mix of mainstream metal and Christian missive to establish a dedicated following, especially in the Azalea City.

Skillet has also crossed into the secular mainstream through such hit singles as “Monster” and “Sick of It.” “Unleashed” is the band’s latest album. Its fresh, edgy sound is a wave of otherworldly, harmonic hooks laced with heavy work on the guitar and synth.