Musician Josh Garrels performs benefit concert at George Fox

Josh Garrels will perform at George Fox on March 19Musician Josh Garrels, whose release Love & War & the Sea In Between was named the No. 1 album of 2011 by Christianity Today magazine, will perform a benefit concert on the campus of George Fox University on Monday, March 19, beginning at 9 p.m. in the university’s Klages Dining Hall.

The event will serve as a benefit for the school’s Urban Services ministry, organized to assist the needy in the Portland and Salem, Ore., areas. Concert attendees are asked to either donate warm clothing items – including gloves, beanies, socks, sleeping bags, etc. – or buy a $5 ticket. The public is invited and can donate or purchase tickets at the door.

Garrels’ music, described as “cultivating a genre-blending mix of folk and hip hop” on his website, explores themes of compassion, hope, longing and liberation. From the start of his career, he chose to self-record, mix, produce and distribute records without industry management or label representation, beginning with the lo-fi bedroom recordings Stonetree (2002), Underquiet (2003) and Over Oceans (2006).

In June of 2011, Garrels released Love & War & the Sea In Between, a project completely funded through the support of listeners and offered as a free download for one year. It garnered 70,000 downloads in the first six months after its release and earned high praise from Christianity Today, which described the recording as “prophetic, incisive, achingly human, and longingly spiritual.”

More on Garrels is available at joshgarrels.com. To learn more about the concert itself or Urban Services, contact Andrea MacLeod, director of outreach and service at George Fox, at 503-554-2323.