Julian Drive to perform in Sweetwater

Julian Drive, a Christian rock group is once again coming to Sweetwater. The group performed at the Sweetwater Municipal Auditorium last year in January. Julian Drive will be performing Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011 at the Sweetwater High School Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. This concert is being offered by the Church of God and is free to the public. The doors will open at 7 p.m. "While the Church of God is thrilled to be able to offer this concert free, they realize this would not be possible without the many fundraisers and donations given by business owners in Sweetwater and are very appreciative," said event organizers.Julian Drive's Shane Bowers (vocals, guitar) and Shaun Bennett (keyboard, guitar) formed the nucleus of the band while leading youth worship at church in their small hometown in rural Clarke County, Georgia. With the help of a few fellow friends they elevated the level of intensity from just another youth group worship band to a full fledged, no-holds-barred, ministry-oriented, Southern alt-rock band. Life got more complicated for the men as local buzz gave way to regional demand. When Julian Drive beat out 2,000 contestants to win the 2004 Exalting Him talent search the natural progression to the national stage seemed simply inevitable. Their ministry simply escalated from there.Even without a single on the radio, Julian Drive found itself constantly booked for every date the band could possibly play. And the number of calls that poured in after its performance for 20,000 screaming fans at Winterfest 2005 finally convinced the guys that it was now an all or nothing proposition.“We had six months worth of events scheduled,” Shane explained. “After a lot of prayer it just became obvious that if we were going to do this thing we would have to go full time. We took the leap of faith in 2006 and have been on the road ever since. It has been a liberating, yet humbling experience.” Countless events later, playing shows from coast to coast and sharing the stage with the likes of Casting Crowns, Third Day, Newsong, Superchick, David Crowder, Rush of Fools, Big Daddy Weave, Building 429, and a host of others, Julian Drive is more focused, more dedicated, more determined than ever.