Nampa, Idaho - The Treasure Valley God and Country Festival is announcing a Local Artist Showcase on April 1, 2011 to be held at Christian Faith Center in Nampa. The event, which will be an opportunity for local Christian music artists to audition for a chance to play at the 2011 God and Country Festival, will begin at 6:00 pm.

Christian Faith Center is located at 31 South Midland Blvd. in Nampa. Artists will perform in front of a live audience. The event, which is free to the public and artists alike, will be sponsored by Aged Out Teens Unlimited, a local ministry to help Idaho teens leaving the foster care system who were never adopted into a permanent family.

Artists can download an application to appear in the Showcase by visiting the God and Country Festival website at

Susan Ness, President of the Festival, says the board is excited to hear local artists showcasing their God-given talents for the community.

"While we don't have enough time for all of the great artists here in the Treasure Valley, we do want to hear as many as possible." Ethan Wheeler of Triamp Group, Inc., who is engineering the sound for the Showcase and the Festival, says artists will be limited to two songs and the backline equipment on hand.

"This will be a fast-paced evening due to time limitations, but it should be a lot of fun."

About the God and Country Festival

The God and Country Festival is a free annual concert, fireworks show, and civic event celebrating religious freedom of expression and assembly in America, and honoring the men and women in the military who serve to protect that freedom. It is held the Wednesday before the Fourth of July each year.

About Aged Out Teens Unlimited

Aged Out Teens Unlimited is a local ministry to teens who are "aging out" of Idaho's foster care system. Teens are often overlooked for adoption and age out of the system, entering adulthood with no hope, no future, and no permanent family to share birthdays, holidays, weddings, and life. AOT Unlimited's mission is to provide permanent families for these teens along with mentoring in basic job and life skills.


God and Country Association, Inc.
P.O. Box 993
Nampa, ID 83653

Carol Andrews
Vice President

Ed McGlasson will be the featured guest speaker at the 2001 God and Country Festival. Ed McGlasson is pastor of the Stadium Vineyard in Anaheim, California.

Ed became a Christian in 1977 after God healed three torn ligaments in his knee. He was drafted into the National Football League in 1979 by the New York Jets. He played four seasons in the NFL (1979-83) with the Jets, Rams, Giants and Eagles. During the off-seasons, Ed was active in a variety of ministry activities. He was a speaker at Billy Graham crusades and at high schools around the country, witnessing the salvation of 30,000 to 40,000 young people. Another knee injury took Ed out of professional football, and 1984 he entered full-time ministry and continued preaching around the country.

He met his wife at the Santa Monica, Calif., Vineyard and, soon after, met John Wimber. "I want you to come and learn to be a servant," John told him, and Ed went to work with John McClure at the Newport Beach, Calif., Vineyard. He went on to plant the Stadium Vineyard in Anaheim in 1988. " ‘Empower’ is a real strong word for me," Ed says, explaining his desire to stir the church and see people come to Christ through power evangelism. "I really believe in the balance of the word and worship and works of God. I love to see the word of God demonstrated. If Jesus said it, then we should do it."

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