John Mark McMillan

Murray Hill Theatre Presents:

John Mark McMillan

Ascend The Hill, LaPeer

Thu, April 26, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm (event ends at 11:00 pm)

Murray Hill Theatre

Jacksonville, FL

$18:advanced; $35:VIP, $23:day of show

This event is all ages

STANDING ROOM with limited seating available on a first come, first serve basis.

NO LARGE BAGS. NO SMOKING OR VAPING IN VENUE. NO RE-ENTRY. NO CAMERAS WITH DETACHABLE LENSES.

Sound at the Murray Hill Theatre provided by AVL Productions www.avlproductions.com

John Mark McMillan
John Mark McMillan
John Mark McMillan is something of an anomaly: an artist and Platinum-selling songwriter bending genres and defying categorization by carving out his own unique and independent path. With an ear for melody and a poet’s eye for metaphor, no topic has been off-limits. While each of his albums over the past decade have continued to explore new territory, it’s McMillan’s ability to give lyric and language to the human experience that many consider his greatest gift. Mercury & Lightning, his most recent record,reminds us why we love great songwriters; the exceptional ones find a way to put new words to private musings and desperate feelings until the songs themselves begin to live in our bones. The vibe and tone from each song on Mercury & Lightning will mesmerize, but it’s McMillan’s voice that draws you in and makes you feel as though you’ve entered a conversation you want to stick around for. Recorded just outside of Portland, OR at Feng Sway Studios over 18 months with close friend Gabriel Wilson and longtime bandmate Jesse Proctor, this is the kind of record that your kid usually discovers before you do - something progressive yet accessible. Borrowing from their childhood influences, they bring elements of 80’s rock and 90’s R&B together, somehow making the record feel both modern and unexpected.The album title was pulled from Roman mythology. “Mercury is the god of financial gain, commerce, communication, travelers, boundaries, luck, trickery and thieves”, says McMillan. “If something is hard to catch, understand or lock down, it's known to be ‘mercurial’ or ‘like Mercury.’ The story of the new record begins with a conversation about all the things we run after, give our lives to - even die for - that often seem so mercurial and mysterious.” McMillan would know; this being his 7th studio album, each new record seems to reveal a man chasing a new set of questions we should have been asking ourselves all along. On the heels of releasing his single “No Country” the week before the presidential election, McMillan said, “There was a point when I was afraid to finish this song. I abandoned it multiple times asking myself, ‘How many people really want to hear a white guy singing about being marginalized?’ Sure, I know how it feels to be lonely and misunderstood, but I’ve certainly never been discriminated against. I’ve never been asked and certainly not forced to vacate the luxuries and safety of my middle class suburban situation. So, what am I even singing about? Refugees? Sure. Racism? Yes. Immigration? Sure. Politics? Maybe. Relationships? Aging? Yes and yes. But ultimately I think that the song is summed up in one line: ‘Do you see me?’ It’s the cry of all of us - to be known.”Album chart and No. 41 on Billboard's Top 200 chart.
Ascend The Hill
Ascend The Hill
More than a band, more than songs craftily arranged by musicians, more than a group of dudes running after their dreams. Ascend The Hill exists for a purpose far greater than our own selfish endeavors…we exist to make much of the name of Jesus. Without Him in our midst we're just another social gathering, and we're wasting our time.

A.W. Tozer said, "thirsty hearts are those whose longings have been wakened by the touch of God within them." Our desire is that every person who comes in contact with our music will have the opportunity to be "wakened by the touch of God," and will never be the same for it.

The ministry and anointing that has been entrusted to Ascend The Hill is that of:
RESTORATION – preparing a spotless bride for Christ
&
RECONCILIATION – bringing the gospel of Jesus to the lost

It is our conviction that through the power of His presence, and the gospel of Jesus Christ preached in every gathering – this world will experience an awakening.

Ascend The Hill is: Joel Davis, Jonathan Thomas, Hayden Davidson & Seth Davis
LaPeer
LaPeer
A descendent of some of Lapeer's earliest settlers, 23-year-old LaPeer's roots run deep into the heart of the Michigan city that bears his name. The son of a brilliant violinist, LaPeer grew up on music, classic literature and travel - exploring over 30 countries. Of all the experiences that have marked his songwriting, it was a season of wrestling with a relationship trapped in ambiguity that resulted in over a hundred new songs. Over four calendar seasons, LaPeer is releasing four EPs to tell us what became of his story; one of love, loss and everything in between.

His first fall EP, When Lands Are Golden, debuted on Oct. 6. These six tracks were written simply - all on one guitar - then brought to life by producer Gabriel Wilson. With instrumentation from musicians Jesse Proctor (John Mark McMillan), Jason Barrows (Josh Garrels), Kendall Fowler (US, The Circuit Riders), and Jeremy Larson (Sleeping at Last, Violents), the EP features thick 80’s synth pads, rich string arrangements, and effortless melodies. "Heart Haunting," the debut single, was recently added to the Starbucks "Coffeehouse" Spotify playlist and can be heard throughout Starbucks locations worldwide.

Now LaPeer has released the winter installment of his seasonal EP series titled "In Blistering Cold" featuring "Torchlight." Fans can look forward to the third and fourth EP of the set this coming spring and summer.
Venue Information:
Murray Hill Theatre
932 Edgewood Ave. S.
Jacksonville, FL, 32205
http://www.murrayhilltheatre.com/