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Hello, Hello Hometown features national band, hometown star
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Monday, 16 April 2012 10:27

St. John’s UCC of Genoa will present the nationally touring Christian recording artists We Are Leo in concert Thursday, April 26 at 7 p.m. The church is located at 1213 Washington St.

Currently signed to Skies Fall Records, the pop/rock/electronic band has developed a distinct sound over the course of three years of touring with the likes of Skillet, Family Force 5 and many others.

Hailing from the Chicago area, We Are Leo is promoting their debut album, “Hello,” an eclectic collection of culturally relevant pop and rock songs produced and co-written by Ben Kasica of Skillet.


“I became a fan of We Are Leo from the first time I heard them,” Kasica said. “I’m personally moved and blessed by their songs, so it was an honor to work on their record.”

Also featured in the show will be local singer/songwriter Ellie Swisher, who describes herself as “a girl from a small town in Ohio who dreams big.”

Swisher was a constant presence on stage at Genoa High School musicals and now is pursuing her dream of being a musician. She’s recording songs, writing music and getting ready to have her concert debut for the Hello, Hello Hometown Show. She has also been adding music videos to her YouTube account. In February, she took a giant step forward recording with YouTube sensation, Landon Austin, in Nashville, TN. The pair recorded a duet of the song “Safe and Sound” by Taylor Swift and the Civil Wars.

Rounding out the show will be Sandusky-based Remembering Venice. The band has just released a new EP called “The Beauty of Broken Things.”

“We are excited to bring this concert to the area and we are opening our doors to the community,” said St. John’s Youth Director Ryan Shields. “The whole purpose of this event is to gather people together to celebrate music that is positive, uplifting and encouraging. We think Christian music gets pushed aside sometimes and we want to show the many gifts and amazing music God has blessed us with. Whether it’s acoustic guitar or pop rock or just good old fashioned rock n roll.”

The concert is free, however a love offering will be taken to offset the cost of the performers. For more information, call Shields at 419-410-5309.

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