Sadie Robertson is beginning a movement. Armed with a few of her family members, closest friends, and a goal to empower their peers, The Live Original Tour 2016 launched last week in Dallas, Texas at Allen Event Center. Disarmingly casual with a “Movie Night” theme and a living-room vibe on stage, Sadie and her squad captured the hearts of everyone in the arena with their honesty and vulnerability as they shared personal stories of adversity and touched on issues teens and young adults face today -- such as cyber-bullying, body image, depression, anxiety and more.
“This isn't about me, I'm doing this for a bigger purpose,” shares a confident Sadie Robertson, who CW’s NewsFix labels one of the nation’s #LeadingLadies after an exclusive interview. She shared her feelings post-show in a message to her followers in her app, SADIE, “Tonight was INCREDIBLE. God is moving in the hearts of people tonight. I see a near revival in our generation. It’s time to shine our lights in a world of darkness. I’m excited to be alive today.” The Live Original Tour, produced by 25 Entertainment, kicked off with a set by RENO then dove right into the night in true Robertson family fashion: with laughter, clever videos and a promise to be unabashedly themselves. The ever-adventurous John Luke Robertson set the scene by racing through the crowd on a quest to get the audience thinking about what, who and how they are writing the “movie” that is their lives and offers tools to aid people in taking the steps to “be the hero” in their own life-film. Reed Robertson took the stage with his fiancée Brighton Thompson to share his story of struggling with depression and what it took for him to overcome and move forward. The singer/songwriter ended at the piano and kicked off an intimate time of worship alongside husband and wife Christian duo Love & The Outcome, whose new album These Are The Days releases today. The crowd – filled with excited teens, young adults and a lot of parents – went wild when Sadie invited her mother Korie to the stage where the two of them shared the vision of title-sponsor Help One Now. After sharing the names of children they’ve met and loved on their mission trips, they ended with a call to action: “We can make a difference together,” Sadie implored, “We’re all one squad. One body.” After a brief intermission with special-guest and Sadie’s younger brother Will Robertson as DJ, Christian rock band Family Force 5 kept the crowd on their feet and dancing with an electric and energetic set complete with trampolines, light-up suits and dinosaur dancers. After an intimate Q&A with the Robertsons and their significant others, which also included Cole Robertson and Mary Kate Robertson, the emotionally-stirring show continued in theme with a powerful spoken-word performance by Max Zoghbi with his wife Bonnie Kate, detailing her chilling realities of suffering and recovering as a victim of “The Dark Knight” shooting in Colorado in 2012. The three-hour program wrapped up with Sadie taking the stage solo, imparting her deepest fears and insecurities and the steps she took to overcome them and finally be freed of fear. Then in a captivating display of smoke and lights, Sadie and her squad were backed up by a collaborative band of the evening’s musicians and ended the night with a simple yet commanding call: “You are free.” Learn more or donate to Live Original’s current campaign for Help One Now at HelpOneNow.org/liveoriginal. Tickets for The Live Original 2016 Tour are on sale and can be purchased at LiveOriginal.com starting at $20. Fans can also purchase VIP Experience tickets to hang out with Sadie and the squad, brought to you by Wild Blue Denim. Additional tour partners for The Live Original 2016 Tour are Glory Haus, I Am Not Ashamed, Rare, Roma Boots, and YouWood The Live Original Tour 2016 Dates: Tuesday, September 27 Phoenix, AZ Grand Canyon Univ. Ctr Friday, September 30 Houston, TX Berry Center Saturday, October 1 San Antonio, TX Freeman Coliseum Sunday, October 2 Baton Rouge, LA BR River Center Thursday, October 6 New York City, NY Westchester County Ctr Friday, October 7 Cincinnati, OH BB&T Arena Saturday, October 8 Indianapolis, IN Old National Center Sunday, October 9 Chicago, IL Rosemont Theater Thursday, October 13 Charlotte, NC Cabarrus Arena Friday, October 14, Jacksonville, FL Florida Theater Saturday, October 15 Birmingham, AL Alabama Theater Sunday, October 16 Nashville, TN Allen Arena For more information, visit http://www.liveoriginal.com. And to learn more about the Robertsons, visit www.DuckCommander.com. About Sadie Robertson:
Sadie Robertson is well known for her dimples and engaging smile, but there is more to the 19-year-old charmer and star of A&E’s Duck Dynasty than that. She’s a high school athlete, motivational speaker and was the first runner up on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars Season 19. Sadie’s also ventured into acting with roles in God’s Not Dead 2 and I’m Not Ashamed, and launched her Live Original Tour this fall, where she will continue to spread her message to her peers about being confident in who God made them to be.
Sadie embodies the creative and entrepreneurial spirit of the Robertson family and has carried her philosophy into multiple business ventures, including a prom dress line with Sherri Hill, school supplies for DaySpring, jewelry and home goods with Glory Haus and a fashion line with Wild Blue Denim that can be found in Rue 21 stores around the country. Sadie has spent time traveling the world serving those in need. She has also partnered with Roma Boots and worked alongside them in their mission to “give poverty the boot” Sadie’s New York Times best-selling book, Live Original: How the Duck Commander Teen Keeps It Real and Stays True to Her Values and her new fiction release Life Just Got Real are available at retailers nationwide. About 25 Entertainment: 25 Entertainment is the event booking, production and promotion arm of Word Entertainment, a comprehensive Christian entertainment company comprised of multi-faceted artist service departments including recorded music, publishing, distribution, merchandising and online initiatives. Based in Nashville, 25 Entertainment's roster includes some of the world's most-renowned Christian artists including Aaron Shust, Natalie Grant, Andrew Peterson, Love & The Outcome, Laura Story and Point of Grace. The company also proudly represents national tours and conferences, such as the K-LOVE Christmas Tour, The Bible Tour, The Live Original Tour and more. About Help One Now Help One Now is a catalytic tribe of individuals, churches and businesses committed to empowering and resourcing indigenous, high-capacity local leaders to care for orphans and vulnerable children, fight extreme poverty and transform their communities. Help One Now offers its tribe simple tools to do good, allowing them to have a major impact while remaining invisible to the communities being served. Since 2009, individuals from stay-at-home parents to MLB players have joined together to holistically impact communities by building schools, rescuing children from trafficking situations, and restoring the lives of children and families in need. Find out more at helponenow.org.