– credit Kevin C. Johnson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Winter Jam, Christian music’s largest annual tour, comes to Family Arena on Sunday with Crowder, Hillsong Young & Free, Building 429, Zane Black and more, including Andy Mineo in the hip-hop slot.
Mineo says Winter Jam is doing a better job at making sure hip-hop is part of the proceedings. He’s been part of the tour before, which has featured TobyMac and Lecrae.
“The organizers recognize hip-hop is a dominating voice in culture, and they’re trying to integrate that,” Mineo says. “They run a business centered around worship leadership, but they want to bring kids to the event — modernize their approach to Christian music. There are other expressions outside of worship music. They’re making a little more space for us, and that’s cool.”
Mineo says he will deliver an “uppercut to the sternum,” a reference to the strength of his set.
“I’m getting those subwoofers moving,” he says. “I get 20 minutes, and it’s 20 minutes of high energy. … I like to have a lot of fun. I don’t take myself too seriously, and I’m able to laugh at myself. I’m creating fun music that makes you want to move. I’d say it’s one of the more exciting moments of the night.”
It’s also personal for Mineo. “I’m showing who I am and what I’m about in my songs. I take the time to show what’s going on in my life. There’s a lot of vulnerability in my music.”
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