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July 19, 2013

Christian artist Michael Robert sings in Malone tonight

MALONE — Top Christian recording artist Michael Robert brings his Revived Hymns Tour to First Congregational Church Church here tonight.

The concert, set for 7 p.m., is open to all.

Despite their popularity in the Christian music industry, it was Robert and his Michael Robert Band, not the First Congregational Church, who reached out about putting on a concert in Malone. 

“They responded to an advertisement that we ran in an email,” Robert said in a phone interview. “It just so happened that I was going to be in Maine for the weekend … so I thought, ‘You know what? Let’s do it.’ ”

LOVE OFFERING

Robert and his band, from Southern Oregon, have traveled the world during the tour, including stops in Japan, Europe, Canada and many locations throughout the United States. 

After performing in Malone, Smith will rejoin his band and travel to Maine, New Jersey, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, North Carolina and the United Kingdom, as they continue their tour. 

There is no admission to any of the performances. 

“It’s free, (but) there will be what’s called a love offering,” First Congregational Music Director Bonnie Curtin said. 

“If you want to put something in the plate, (it will) help them with their expenses. It’s not going to go to us; it will go to them because they’re doing this all for free, so they’re paying all of their own travel (fees) and all of that.”

‘THERE IS HOPE’

Having dealt with many life threatening medical issues involving his children, Robert has taken from those experiences to create music that helps others find God during troubling times. 

Over the last four years, the Michael Robert Band has released five CDs, and several songs have topped the Christian radio charts.

“When you’ve gone through difficult trials, it’s hard to understand why,” he said. “It’s motivated me to share (my experiences) with other people that are going through hard times. 

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