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Students feel close to Christ during evening of worship

Riverside, Calif. (Feb. 24, 2016) – For All Seasons filled the Van Dyne Gym with praise music as more than 400 people participated in worship at California Baptist University on Feb. 23.

Community Life and the Office of Spiritual Life collaborated to host the evening of worship.

"[For All Seasons] is obviously very talented, but their desire to honor the Lord, lead others in worship, and highlight truth from scripture was another huge reason we wanted to have them on campus," said Julie Dobbins, assistant director of chapel and compassion ministries.

For All Seasons began leading worship at Biola University in 2007. In the summer of 2014, after spending several years leading worship at Hume Lake Christian Camps in central California, members of the band decided to devote all of their time to touring and releasing original songs. The band's self-titled album, "For All Seasons," debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes Christian/Gospel charts.

"Worship reminds us of what our true identity is," said Emily Hamilton, lead vocalist and songwriter. "I pray that the walls that we may have built to keep others out, or the pressure we feel to be perfect or to perform a certain way, that all of that would crumble as we continue to seek after (God)."

Throughout the night, the band played worship songs, along with original music from its first album, including "Great God" and "Made for This." They also played a few songs from the newest album, which is expected to be released in late 2016.

"This was honestly exactly what I needed tonight," said Nicole Osoto, an exercise science senior. "The songs For All Seasons played really put my heart in a place of worship and allowed me to feel close to Christ. My life has been crazy lately, so it was nice to just slow down and worship."

"I love For All Seasons, so having them play at CBU was the best," said Hannah Wilson, a Christian studies freshman. "Their songs were awesome, and it was cool being able to hang out with friends afterward and talk about how they felt after the concert. It was a night that I felt close to Christ."