Earlier this year, Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, held a national search for an up-and-coming band to open for Third Day, a Grammy winning Christian rock band.
Ultimately, the Matt Bartlett Band, based in Goldsboro, N.C., got the nod after Internet voting picked them among three finalists.
As the video below shows, Bartlett even got the chance to step on stage and sing with the headliners at the theme park on June 24.
Turns out, it wasn't a one-shot deal.
Next month, the contest's three finalists will get to play together at Busch Gardens in an event being called "Glory at the Gardens: Encore!"
"I am a son of a pastor," Hardison says on his Facebook profile. "So, I grew up with the eye of the church always on me, or at least so it felt. I always felt the pressure to be good. You know, don't screw it up for your dad or your family. I am learning, however, to live an exposed life the way God desires. Not to hide. There's no one to impress. Be real. My music speaks to these revelations."
Hardison describes himself as newly signed artist with Tate Music Group. An album is to be released later in 2012.
"Glory at the Gardens: Encore!" will take place at the park's Royal Palace Theatre. Showtime is 7 p.m. All concerts are free with park admission.
Find out more about the show here.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times