Singer, storyteller to perform at St. John’s

  • Posted: Saturday, August 24, 2013 12:01 a.m.
Rachel Kurtz will perform at St.John’s at 4 p.m. Sunday.
Rachel Kurtz will perform at St.John’s at 4 p.m. Sunday.

Singer and storyteller Rachel Kurtz will present a free concert at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 200 W. Innes St., at 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

Hannah Addair, a member of the church’s high school league, got to interact with Kurtz last summer when she was the main artist at the National Lutheran Youth Gathering.

“She was so good,” she said. “We carried balloons into the auditorium as Rachel sang ‘Hallelujah.’

“It was one of the most amazing feelings. We all fell in love with her after that.”

The Minneapolis-based artist arrived at St. John’s on Thursday.

During her time here, she recorded a CD with the high school youth.

“We’ll record a wide variety of Christian music, hymns we love, contemporary music and camp songs,” Danielle Kosanovich, minister for youth and outreach. “As many kids as we can get involved and engaged will be awesome for us.”

Kurtz will also be present at the congregation’s 11 a.m. Unity Worship Service on Sunday.

She is part of a large circle of Evangelical Lutheran Church in America musicians who appear at concerts, youth events, women’s retreats and youth gatherings.

Kurtz, who turned 38 in July, works steadily in this niche market, she said.

“I’m excited to come to Salisbury,” she said. “The whole point of my ministry is relational.

“I’ve never been specifically asked to come to hang out with kids and record an album. You never know what the next job’s gonna be like.”

Although she didn’t take up guitar until she turned 23, Kurtz has been a full-time musician for 10 years.

“I tell kids that it’s never too late to learn something new,” she said. “Even for adults, we need to be reminded of our gifts, and we need to share them.”

For more information about Kurtz’ visit, contact Danielle Kosanovich at 704-636-3431 ext. 217, or

Susan Shinn is communications assistant for St. John’s Lutheran.

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