The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


April 18, 2013

Life's struggles inspire band, concert

MILTON — Life is a struggle.

A concert tour coming to Christ Wesleyan Church in Milton speaks of the struggle of life and offers hope.

The Contemporary Christian music band Tenth Avenue North is bringing “The Struggle Tour” to the church at 363 Stamm Road Saturday, starting at 7 p.m. Opening the show are guest performers Rend Collective Experiment and Moriah Peters.

Lead singer and co-writer of some of the band’s hit singles, Mike Donehey, recently spoke by phone from his home in Florida while between touring dates.

“It seems faux pas in the church to admit your struggles,” the singer said, noting that many Christians want to portray that life is fine as it is.

“(The tour) is meant to show there’s grace for the struggles.”

“The Struggle,” the band’s third album, released last August, has sold more than 100,000 copies.

The band’s most recent hit, “Worn,” speaks of being tired as problems seem to compound. Donehey got the idea for the song as he dealt with some personal issues. “A friend of mine was hurt by me … he felt I had done something to hurt him,” said Donehey, noting it was not something he had done intentionally. He describes himself as a “people pleaser” and noted “it drove me crazy” knowing he hurt someone.

During that same time he and his wife had just welcomed their second child. With newborns come sleepless nights and demanding needs. Donehey recalls walking toward the door to run an errand and his wife grabbed his arm and said, “I am just so worn.”

Right then, he said, he knew he needed to write a song for others who felt like him and his wife.

“I just called out to God and said, ‘You know, I am just so physically, mentally, emotionally worn…’”

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