GREENVILLE - Three groups of local artists took the stage Sunday evening at EUM Church on Sater Street in Greenville for a sold out show in an effort to raise funds for 88.9 JoyFM, a listener-funded Christian radio station that serves Darke County, Ohio and Randolph County, Ind. The Quest began the evening on their home stage, warming the audience for Tommy Renfro’s performance, followed by national recording artist Adam Cappa, a Richmond, Ind. native.
The show was originally set to take place at Memorial Hall in Greenville, but due to some building issues, the show had to be moved at the last minute, just a little over a week from when the show was set to take place, said Dan Franks, JoyFM’s general manager. There were two criteria that needed to be met for a new location, he said, one being a space large enough for the 480 people who attended, but also one with the technology and lighting capabilities that were needed for the show. EUM Church was a great fit, Franks said, and also in close proximity to Memorial Hall for those who were attending from out of town.
“I’m the chairman of the board here at EUM, so I immediately started to talk to people here to see if the church was available, because a lot of times stuff is happening here,” Franks stated. “We were happy that it wasn’t, and they allowed us to come in at the last minute and kind of take over the building tonight…I was very happy with how the event went. A lot of people worked very hard with the staging and technical work to pull it off.”
JoyFM’s goals were met by selling all 480 seats, Franks commented, and that, with the help of sponsors, also helped Tommy Renfro with his project.
“It’s a great blessing for the station, and it’s going to help Tommy with his project,” said Franks. “We also had a bunch of great sponsors, and that helped us to meet those goals.”
“All of the evening’s performers are local,” said Franks, “and they’re all doing great things right here in this community, and hopefully that inspires people to go for it, whatever their dreams might be. This night is symbolic of that.”
The Quest got their start at EUM Church, and are working to branch out and take their message further, said Tim Yount, lead vocalist for The Quest, who immediately agreed to perform in Sunday’s show.
“There really wasn’t much thought that needed to go into it,” said Yount. “Whenever we have an opportunity to put our music out there and have new people get a taste, we’re all for it. Plus, it’s a good cause. JoyFM supports local artists, they support us, and we think that’s great.”
Tommy Renfro of New Madison, who recently celebrated his 28th birthday, performed following The Quest. The Tri-Village teacher, thanks to a sold-out show and the sponsors for the event, has more funds available to finish his current album.
The final act of the evening was Richmond, Indiana native, Adam Cappa, 27, who released his first world-wide album, The Rescue, and who embarked on a national tour on Monday, following the show in Greenville. Cappa’s band members, Caleb Schoberg, 20, guitar, Dan Baker, 22, drummer, and AJ Miller, 21, bass, are all from Indiana, they said. Cappa has also toured internationally, he said, including Brazil, Asia, Canada, and Costa Rica.
Cappa shared that JoyFM has been a huge part of his faith and his walk with Jesus.
“There’s a power to Christian radio, and as an artist, without Christian radio, I can’t have the ministry that I do,” stated Cappa. “JoyFM allowed me to extend that ministry and that platform…It’s cool how radio can take a message of hope and love in Jesus Christ, and put it right into your car or your workplace, or wherever you are…They have a huge impact on this area, and they’re always out in front, serving.”
Through touring, Cappa has learned the importance of staying in the word, he said, and the importance of staying grounded. He’s also realized just how much work is involved, he said. Cappa has also learned the importance of staying healthy, physically, but more importantly, spiritually, he said. He does this by staying in the word, holding Bible studies with his band mates, and trying to exercise when he can, he said.
“I’ve learned over the past couple years that the Lord has been preparing my heart very slowly for more times away from home,” Cappa commented. “From being on staff at a church in Richmond for five years, to just going out in the summer doing summer camps, it would get longer and longer…so it made sense that the Lord put the vision no my heart to hit the road full time.”
All of the guys in the band have learned to multitask, they said, and take showers when they can. Schoberg and Miller are both still in school, studying music business, they said, and finding time to complete school work, take tests, and be in the band, is a challenge for them. Schoberg said that doing shows, meeting people, and showing God’s love while worshiping has been a lot of fun and a good experience.
“It’s understanding that where God has you to be is exactly where you need to be. You need to invest in that. If He opens doors to go further, that’s awesome. If He doesn’t, be content where you are, and just continue to serve the Lord, and remember it’s for the Kingdom, it’s not for ourselves,” Cappa stated. “It’s so easy to make it about ourselves.”