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The 12th annual Kingdom Bound Festival will bring dozens of the nation's leading Christian musicians and inspirational speakers to Darien Lake for four days of song, prayer and fellowship beginning at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Australian singer and worship leader Darlene Zachech will be featured opening night on the main stage in the Performing Arts Center. Thursday's performers include the Newsboys, who are making their 10th Kingdom Bound appearance; the new British sensations, Delirious, and the Supertones, a Christian ska band.

Headliners Friday will include Grammy and Dove Award winner Michael W. Smith and Rebecca St. James, Christian music's answer to Alanis Morissette. Saturday's finale will feature country artist Marty Raybon of Shenandoah, bilingual singer Jaci Velasquez, the vocal group 4HIM and Grammy and Dove Award winner Steven Curtis Chapman.

Auxiliary stages will feature Christian music in many contemporary styles, from hard rock to funk, including three ska bands. Performers include Dez Dickerson, who previously performed with the Artist Formerly Known as Prince; hip hop artist Michael Peace and oldies revivalist Big Wheelie.

Speakers include authors and youth motivators Josh McDowell, Duffy Robbins and Ron Luce, former Promise Keepers speaker Gary Rosberg, Bible prophecy author Grant Jeffrey, women's radio talk show host June Hunt and Pam Stenzel, author on sexuality and chastity.

Ministry for youngsters includes actor Willie Ames from the TV series "Eight Is Enough" portraying the superhero "Bibleman," video favorites Bob and Larry and J.D. Peace, an eight-year-old preacher.

The festival also includes sports seminars led by former touring golf pros Tom Tufts and Cindy Miller, former soccer pro Jon Kregel, former Los Angeles Lakers basketball star Adrian Branch and Bob Holmes, the One-Man Volleyball Team.

Kingdom Bound is open from 4 to 11 p.m. Wednesday and from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. For information and tickets, call 633-1117.

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