What: Dara Maclean, Jason Castro and King & Country perform in concert.
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday
Where: Brookside Church, 6102 Evard Road.
Tickets: $25 VIP experience, $12 advance, $15 at the door, $10 each groups of 10 or more, $5 ages 6-12, free ages 5 and under except in VIP. Tickets at YoYo, 10015 Lima Road and 9930 Illinois Road, and Trinity Communications ( www.trinitycommunications.org or 484-1029).
Social media: Maclean loves to keep in contact with her fans through social media, which she uses extensively. Her website is www.DaraMaclean.com; her Twitter account is www.twitter.com/DaraMaclean; her Facebook account is www.facebook.com/DaraMaclean; and her YouTube account is www.youtube.com/user/DaraMaclean.
Dara Maclean had just caught a 6 a.m. flight to go home to Fort Worth when the phone rang. With another tour starting this week, she had decided to go home for a few days.
“I just want to be with people I love,” she said.
Maclean's tour with group King and Country and solo artist Jason Castro will include about 20 concerts. They perform Friday at Brookside Church in Fort Wayne.
She had toured about three months last year with King and Country, she said. “It was really beautiful and compelling.”
Maclean said she will perform first, and each will perform a 30-minute set. She also said she'll perform a duet with Castro as well as join King and Country for a song.
The tour schedule is set out so that everyone leaves from Nashville every Wednesday and returns every Sunday, she said. “Last year, I didn't give myself a day off, but I will this year.”
Her popularity is, in part, due to the success of her 2011 album, “You Got My Attention,” which hit No. 1 on iTunes' Christian & Gospel chart.
“I was really encouraged by what my record did,” she said. “He (God) wants to love and bless his children. I didn't expect it as far as number-wise. God is the dream of my heart. I am encouraged that way.”
Since the debut of the album, she is changed but humble at the same time.
“I'm really trusting, but it changes you at the same time,” she said. “I love what I do. I'm not wondering if I can pull that off every time. I can enjoy this. I'm thankful.”
Maclean also received a Dove Award nomination for New Artist of the Year 2012. “That was a massive highlight,” she said.
She also credits her parents for their guidance and prayers.
“I'm super thankful for parents. Don't just tell your kids they can do anything. Pray for them. With God, you can do the impossible. I grew up with music — learned how to play in the band and the choir. I'm thankful they helped,” she said.
Maclean said she will start recording her next album in January, with plans for a fall release.