New York, NY (May 31, 2011) Xist Music and The UpLift! Group are proud to announce a partnership with Pastor Chris Durso, author of the Zondervan bestseller MISFIT: Dealing With Our God-given Discomfort, to present MISFIT Tour 2011 this Fall, from September through November. The nationwide tour is a fierce, creative explosion of seven of today’s leading voices in Christian music and spoken word and will feature Hip Hop artists including three-time Stellar winner Da’ T.R.UT.H. and Christian Hip Hop pioneer and GRAMMY® nominee The Ambassador, R&B/Soul phenomenon Mali Music, R&B/Hip Hop artists Sean Simmonds and Rhema Soul, powerful spoken-word artist Oraia and the visionary behind MISFIT Tour 2011, Pastor Chris Durso. Tour activities will not only consist of the word and song presentations at each venue, but also volunteer activities or service projects carried out by the tour participants with community members in each city, to demonstrate, together, the positive attributes of being a MISFIT. “As a pastor and author, the message I intended to share with the MISFIT book was a story of “common uncommonality,” that I hoped would resonate with readers in a unique, personal way,” said Pastor Chris Durso, the author of MISFIT. “I am humbled to see not only the book embraced by thousands already, very early in its release, but also the anticipation of this powerful tour, which will bring the MISFIT message to life across the country.”
This past weekend at MISFIT: The Conference, hosted by Durso in New York City at Christ Tabernacle Church, there was a large gathering of people who proudly identify themselves as MISFITS which is described in the book as those who are uncomfortable with their surroundings and who realize and embrace the fact that they are disturbingly different. The sold-out conference featured an amazing line up of musical artists and powerful speakers, and it also celebrated the new bestselling release of Durso’s book, MISFIT. An electrifying performance of the tour’s anthem GO, MISFIT, GO! by Da’ T.R.U.T.H., The Ambassador and Efrain of the rock band DOUBLEDGE, kicked off the event. There was also a simultaneous preview of the GO, MISFIT, GO! music video, which features MISFIT Tour 2011 tour mates Mali Music and Sean Simmonds.
MISFIT is a movement that Durso conceived, to revolutionize America's communities of all cultures, ethnicities and socio-economic and academic statuses, by challenging and equipping youth and young adults across the nation to courageously pursue Godliness in the face of all that seems and often is uncomfortable, unfamiliar, unattractive and unpopular. MISFIT Tour 2011 will bring excitement, inspiration and a strong transformative and rallying message to America’s youth and young adults through media tours, inner-city civic engagement and outreach and dynamic musical performances that will engage any audience.
About Xist Xist Music is the recording label of Xist Worldwide, which produces innovative projects from our award-winning artists, who are leaders in the inspirational urban music industry. Xist Worldwide was founded by Terverius Black and Sean Simmonds to become the leading producer of inspirational urban entertainment, lifestyle and media content. With properties in music, film, publishing and other lifestyle projects, Xist Worldwide acquires, produces, markets and distributes inspirational urban content.