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Just before the sun set Aug. 6, music and prayer drifted across campus, signaling the beginning of the fourth annual Breaking Chains Music Festival.

The two-day Christian music festival invited friends and families from across the community to enjoy 16 acts of musicians and join together in worship.

Breaking Chains event coordinator John McBride hoped to use the music to reach out to any and all, especially those in a rough place in their faith or in their life.

“What we hope to do, through the music and the speakers, is to kind of reach people where they’re at and maybe resonate with them ... and maybe help them in their walk,” McBride said. “For me and for a lot of people, music is something that bridges the gap; no matter who you are or where you’re at in life, music resonates with people.”

To appeal to people in all walks of life, the festival featured speakers, performers that yearned to connect with people, and Christian music of all genres.

“We try to have different genres of music, everything from rap, to country, to metal. I think it’s a great a tool to reach people,” McBride said. “If you can provide an environment where something can really resonate with them from a musical standpoint, maybe they follow up with the artist afterwards ... we try to make it a little more intimate of an environment, that way. We try and bring artists in that want to do as much work offstage as they’re doing on stage.”

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