Jason Jamison (drummer for Tenth Avenue North) Recalls Creation:
Creation started, for me, when I attended my first Creation Festival at two years of age. I have been to Creation 23 out of 30 years of my life. Some of the best times were when I was a teen and began to realize that Creation was about music, God and worship. Creation was instrumental to me becoming involved in Christian music.
The moments that really stick out in my mind are the times of worship, and, for me, that sums up Creation quite a bit. That’s one of the reasons I now enjoy playing at Creation. I know they have an emphasis on worship and not just entertainment. It’s not just about jumping up and down but about worshiping our Creator; just like the banner says it is, “A Tribute To Our Creator.”
The first Creation I missed was because I was out touring with “Tenth Avenue North.” We toured for about six years and then we got word that there was a possibility of us playing at Creation! I remember, like, geeking out! I was so excited. I couldn’t understand how this could happen; from standing in a crowd, looking up on stage to now being on stage at Creation. Now the person on stage might be me! It was just kind of a weird moment.
I was so nervous the first year we played and all my family was out front cheering. We played about 10am in the morning. About mid-set, a huge gust of wind came through and a water-filled tarp came down on my drums and me. Kind of funny, just when you think it is all about you, God humbles you and wakes you up that this is not about me – it’s about Him.
As we have played Creation, being back stage and meeting Pastor Harry Thomas and the staff of Creation and the faces I have known, I have had the chance to get to know their heart behind why they do the festival. They really want to focus in on people meeting with God. As 10th Avenue North continues to come back to Creation we are hopeful that we contribute to that goal.