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First Look: Night of Joy Talent for 2011

posted on December 29th, 2010 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager

With 2011 right around the corner, we thought we’d give you a sneak peek at some of the talent confirmed for next year’s Night of Joy.

Blanca, Manwell and Pablo with Goofy

For our 29th year, Grammy-nominated, GMA Dove Award-winning bands mercyme (who were recently named America’s Favorite Contemporary Inspirational Artist at the 2010 American Music Awards), Skillet and newboys, along with Grammy-winners Jars of Clay return to kick off two exciting nights of Contemporary Christian Music, Sept. 9-10, 2011 at the Magic Kingdom park at Walt Disney World.

MercyMe for Night of Joy

In addition to the spectacular bands, Christian superstars TobyMac, Jeremy Camp, Matthew West and Kutless also will light up Magic Kingdom stages at this year’s event. 2010 GMA Dove Award Female Vocalist of the Year Francesca Battistelli, 2010 GMA Dove Award New Artist of the Year Sidewalk Prophets and Group 1 Crew, who’s song “Movin” won the 2010 GMA Dove Award for Rap/Hip Hop Song of the Year, round out the returning artists.

New to the event this year are Christian rockers Sanctus Real (they were here in 2007) and Disciple and singer/songwriter Chris August. Here’s how the two nights shake out:

  • Friday, Sept. 9, 2011: Skillet, newsboys, Jeremy Camp, Matthew West, Francesca Battestelli, Group 1 Crew, Sidewalk Prophets and Disciple
  • Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011: mercyme, Tobymac, Jars of Clay, Sanctus Real, Kutless and Chris August.

There are still a couple of slots we haven’t confirmed yet, but as we do, we’ll let you know. For more information, check out

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Hannah on December 29th, 2010 at 1:37 pm

WOW!! This year looks to be AMAZING!!! We are so excited for the newsboys and Tobymac! And Skillet AND Jars Of Clay are going to be there too?! SWEET! This is the best line-up that NOJ has had in 2 years – probably one of THE best!!

Hopefully there will be a pin this year! We missed not getting one last year.


Lisa on December 29th, 2010 at 2:34 pm

We love some Toby at our house! Hope we can make it!


Dana on December 29th, 2010 at 2:51 pm

This will be the best Night of Joy ever! The musical line up is Spectacular!! The only bands missing that I would love to see there are Casting Crowns and Third Day. All I can say is “WOW” I can’t wait!!


Beth on December 29th, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Excited to hear Night of Joy is back at the MK this coming year!!


Ben on December 30th, 2010 at 9:34 am

I hope that Chris Tomlin is returning in 2011 but great line up none the less.


Anonymous on December 30th, 2010 at 12:05 pm

Without a doubt the best line up in a long time and back at MK is a huge bonus!


Daniel on January 5th, 2011 at 9:06 am

Oh Man, what an awesome lineup! Hope we can make it this year.


Kate from FL on January 6th, 2011 at 7:14 pm

I heard Ellis and Tyler announce the lineup on Z88 back before Christmas. I LOVE that Jeremy Camp and Matthew West are finally coming to Night Of Joy! AND I was very excited to hear MercyMe was coming back. I can not wait!!!!