Teen Rock Star Wannabe Becomes a Concert Promoter!

Posted: May 16, 2011 in News, SPOTLIGHT: Kids Making a Difference
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Jonathan Slye wanted to be a rock star. The wide-eyed 17-year-old spent part of last summer at a Christian rock camp learning how to be a lead singer. But by November he had another thought: he should throw an epic rock show in his hometown.

How hard could it be?

In just a few months, Slye – the son of a pastor – managed to land some of the biggest names in Christian hip-hop, rock and heavy metal to play at his Spring Jam Fest this Saturday in nearby Centreville, Virginia.

He did it through sheer will and a little faith – and at a fraction of the cost of a professional concert.

It helped that no one told him teenagers don’t throw major rock shows.

“I was just so fired up for Christ coming home from that camp I said, ‘All right God, what’s my purpose?” Slye said.

The theme verse for the camp was from Romans 8:28 in the New Testament: “For we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

When he got home, he said, he read and prayed over that verse every night for two months. Finally, around Halloween, clarity came: He would start a radio station for Christian rock, but not until after college.

Still, something was nagging at the high school sophomore.

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