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Lecrae and Switchfoot to bring 'heartfelt' music to SLC

SALT LAKE CITY — Hip-hop artist Lecrae is set to join forces this month with the alternative rock band Switchfoot in their first-ever combined tour, The Heartland Tour, which will make a stop in Salt Lake City on June 14 at The Complex.

Members of Switchfoot said that with their background and musical perspective being different from Lecrae’s, they felt honored that he was willing to take a chance on a rock band from California.

“I have always loved Switchfoot,” Lecrae said. “I think they are really creative. We are good friends from two different worlds, musically, but we are wanting to combine forces and make something happen.”

According to Switchfoot drummer Chad Butler, they knew Lecrae for a few years from playing at the same festivals. Butler said the members of Switchfoot had always been big fans of Lecrae’s music, energy and lyrics.

“We are really excited to be onstage with him, just sharing the stage and debuting some of our new material, and hopefully have some fun collaborating together on this tour,” Butler said.

Lecrae is a two-time Grammy Award winner, having won Best Gospel Album and Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song. His latest album, “Anomaly,” sold 88,000 copies in its first week and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, according to a news release.

Lecrae said his music is his story and perspective on how he has navigated through his life. He gives most of the credit to his faith and said that it helped him prevail.

“(My music) is always redemptive stories for the most part,” he said. “It is always going to be a story where people can walk away and see redemptive work and see hope and faith and love prevail, so that is generally the picture I try to paint with my lyrics.”

Switchfoot also won a Grammy Award; the group took home the prize for Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album in 2011. The group’s 10th album, “Where the Light Shines Through,” is slated to be released in July. Butler said they will be debuting some of their new material during the tour, and it will have a focus similar to Lecrae’s.

“I think it all can relate to going through hard times, and seeing hope in the midst of that is a really important thing,” Butler said. “For me, these songs represent a time for us personally as a band where it felt like we were struggling, and seeing hope and these songs are really inspiring to me personally.”

With the two acts joining forces, Lecrae said their music has started to mesh together as they try to create music from the heart while being honest and transparent.

“This is authentic music,” he said. “It is heartfelt and really connects with (the audience) in a real way.”

For more information about The Heartland Tour, visit lecrae.com/tour or switchfoot.com/tour.

If you go …

What: Lecrae and Switchfoot “The Heartland Tour” concert

When: Tuesday, June 14, 7 p.m.

Where: The Complex, 536 W. 100 South

How much: $42 for general admission, $102 for VIP

Phone: 801-528-9197

Web: thecomplexslc.com

Email: ewhite@deseretnews.com