Kacie Escobar August 22, 2018
It’s time to put Universal Orlando’s Rock the Universe playlist on repeat and get ready for Florida’s biggest Christian music festival.
I can’t wait to watch some of the genre’s top artists take the stage for live concerts on both nights. Jesus Culture’s Chris Quilala is returning for a third year alongside Kim Walker-Smith and Chris McClarney to help kick off the celebration Friday, Sept. 7.
Quilala took a break from his busy schedule to chat with me about the inspiration behind his music and why he’s looking forward to this year’s performance.
K: What inspired you to pursue a career in music?
C: I’ve always had a passion for music. I started playing drums when I was 12 and leading worship when I was 15. I had a life-changing encounter with God at a youth camp when I was 14 and it was from that point on I knew I wanted to give my life, fully surrendered, to God. I wanted Him to use my life to lead others into His presence.
K: What excites you the most about performing at this year’s Rock the Universe?
C: I love seeing God meet people right where they are at. We see it all the time – God restoring hope and filling people with faith as we simply declare who He is. I can’t wait to worship and see what God does at Rock the Universe!
K: What do you hope fans will take away from your performance at Rock the Universe?
C: Our prayer is that people won’t leave talking about the band, the songs, the lights or what happened on the stage…our prayer is that people will have a life-changing encounter with the love of Jesus and leave testifying about what God did!
K: What’s your favorite song to perform?
C: The song, “Miracles,” is very special to me. I wrote it shortly after losing my son and I needed to declare truth in the darkest season of my life. The lyrics in the song are a constant reminder to me that God is good and that He is the God of the impossible; the God of miracles.
K: When you’re not performing, what’s your favorite attraction to experience?
We’re just two weeks out from this exciting weekend filled with opportunities for worship and fun, Sept. 7-8 at Universal Studios Florida. Grab your tickets now to see Jesus Culture, along with Casting Crowns, TobyMac and more. You’ll also have access to the FanZone presented by Coca-Cola, autograph sessions with performing acts, plus the opportunity to ride your favorite attractions.
Don’t forget to share your photos all weekend using the hashtag, #RockTheUniverse. Hope to see you there!