Winter Jam comes to Wells Fargo Arena

Celeste Welshhons

The Christian music extravaganza, Winter Jam, will be at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on March 28. Winter Jam is the largest annual Christian music tour in the United States.

Tickets for Winter Jam cannot be purchased ahead of time, there is simply a fee of $10 at the door.

The artists performing at Winter Jam include Newsboys, Lecrae, Tenth Avenue North, Thousand Foot Krutch, Plumb, Newsong, Colton Dixon, Love & the Outcome, Everfound and Derek Minor.

Plumb is an alternative rock singer from Indiana. She has been singing since early childhood. Her professional career began when she started singing backup for another artist.

 “Around 19 I started singing backup for a signed artist that I was connected to through a family friend,” Plumb said. “I ended up moving to Nashville based on being a backup singer, and that led to studio work.”

Another of the artists playing Winter Jam is Trevor McNevan, lead vocalist for three person nu-metal band Thousand Foot Krutch (TFK). McNevan became interested in the music scene as a child as well, and actually formed TFK before ever reaching adulthood.

“I grew up just outside of Toronto and made my first record when I was thirteen, and then made another record when I was sixteen and started TFK when I was seventeen,” McNevan said.

Although Plumb is known as an alternative rock singer, she also unexpectedly found a great deal of success in the electronic dance music genre.

“I’m still not completely sure how all of that transpired except that from a logistics standpoint … the CPO’s that some of [my] songs are in are great for remixing, or [I] sing in minor key and that is attractive to certain remixers trying to make something kind of dark.” Plumb said. “I’m just as surprised as my grandmother would be, but I’m loving it.”

Both McNevan and Plumb agreed that there is definitely something special about the community vibe present on the Winter Jam tour. This is the first appearance for both bands on this tour.

“I think this is the best tour I’ve ever been a part of for many reasons,” Plumb said. “To be able to balance real life with touring is fantastic, and then to be out with nine other artists that you have become community with that is a really diverse group of people, and there’s really no competition, there’s unity.”

“It’s a crazy tour … we’ve done a lot of touring in our lives, and this is a very special and unique tour,” McNevan said. “The community and family vibe of this tour is so special because it is so hard to find a tour where everybody is just an extension of the same arm.”

Although Plumb and TFK have very different sounds, both plan to be crowd pleasers in their respective genres.

“It’s gonna be a pretty high octane set, we were definitely called out here to be the rock band … we try to keep it petal to the metal for the whole set for this one,” McNevan said.

“I try pretty hard for it to be an experience. There are theatrics and some drama and truth and raw emotion and great music all at the same time,” Plumb said.

Plumb’s most recent album came out only a little over a year ago. She is in the writing process for the next album, but it could be a while before we see a brand new full length album.

“I am constantly writing, and I have a slew of songs from which to pull from. I am also in the middle of writing a book that comes out this fall. I think that this record is kind of just getting started, so a new record might be a little bit of a ways out,” Plumb said.

TFK’s latest album came out in 2012. Fans should expect a new one by the end of the year.

 “Definitely in 2014, we’re just kind of finishing up the writing right now,” McNevan said. “Starting in April we’re going to get in the studio and start tracking it.”