MOULTRIE — An 11-year-old Moultrie boy will take the stage alongside the band NewSong when the contemporary Christian stars perform Friday at Heritage Church.

Micah Edwards, son of Wayne and Denise Edwards, was announced at the Lights! Lights! event Thanksgiving night as the winner of a contest to sing NewSong’s “The Christmas Shoes” along with the band. The contest was conducted through taped auditions.

Micah is in the fifth grade choir at R.B. Wright Elementary School, but he likes to sing any chance he gets.

“Any time there’s music,” his mom said, “he’s singing along to it.”

Micah said he was really excited to hear that he was selected as the winner. It will especially exciting to sing with NewSong because he knows band member Eddie Carswell, and NewSong is one of his favorite bands.

“I’ll probably be nervous,” Micah said, “but I know I’ll do good.”

Micah will be performing with NewSong’s Billy Goodwin during “The Christmas Shoes,” which is also a nice coincidence: Denise Edwards said Goodwin sang at her and Wayne’s wedding.

Friday’s performance is the only Georgia stop on an 18-city national tour called The Christmas Promise Tour, which also features Christian recording artists Todd Agnew, Matthew West, Nate Sallie, Britt Nicole and Joy Whitlock. The show will start at 7 p.m., but tickets for the concert are no longer available.

Both NewSong and Agnew are making return visits to Moultrie. NewSong performed at Heritage in October 2006 and practiced their for its performance in Albany as part of last year’s Christmas tour. Agnew stopped at Heritage as part of 2003 tour.

Eddie Carswell, a founding member and singer with NewSong, said NewSong’s roots are in South Georgia; the band was formed in 1981 in Valdosta. Carswell is originally from Tifton and still has family there, and they have several friends in Moultrie from their days starting out.

“Moultrie has always been a special place for us,” Carswell said.

Carswell said the concert will be different than NewSong’s performance last year, as it will be all Christmas songs. The band has released two Christmas CDs, “The Christmas Shoes” in 2001 and “The Christmas Hope” in 2006.

“This will be a fun concert but very Christ-centered,” Carswell said. “It’s fun to make a big deal about the birth of Jesus. If you come to the concert, you will leave in the Christmas spirit.”

Agnew said he has enjoyed being a part of the tour this year, and he enjoys touring at Christmas time. He released a CD of Christmas songs, “Do You See What I See?,” in 2006, and he will try to recreate the music and performance in concert.

Unlike other Christmas songs, Agnew said he will try to tell the Christmas story through the eyes of those who were there. Performing that way means a lot to him, and he has enjoyed doing it.

“I try to look at the Christmas story through the eyes of the people who saw it the very first time,” Agnew said. “I try to tell the story of those people as it happened. It’s been really neat to do it that way.”

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