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Andy Rushing lights The Belonging Church with CHAUVET Professional

Being located in the heart of America’s country music capital, it’s only natural that The Belonging Church would count quite a few musicians as congregation members. On any given Sunday, the music that resonates through this former-warehouse-turned-house-of worship rivals an arena concert. The lightshows that accompany these performances are equally impressive, because as it turns out, gifted musicians aren’t the only talents attending what one local writer described as Nashville’s “church for creatives.” Andy Rushing, the lighting designer for Grammy Award-winning worship music stars Lauren Daigle and Kari Jobe, is also a member of The Belonging. Rushing’s artistry was on full display recently, as he created a dazzling lightshow anchored by CHAUVET Professional fixtures at a special “Fourth Birthday Party” held for the church at the Tennessee Center For The Performing Arts. Rushing’s lightshow featured 12 Rogue R2 Wash and 18 STRIKE 4 units, along with a collection of other fixtures, supplied by 4Wall Entertainment. Rushing flew 12 of the Rogue R2 Wash fixtures over the stage, using them for general washing. He also positioned eight of the units on truss in a straight line behind the band members, relying on them for back lighting and specials. In addition to the Rogue units, Rushing included 18 STRIKE 4 multi formatted fixtures in his design. Flown on upstage truss, the high-output warm white fixtures were often used as audience lighting to strengthen the connection between the people on stage and the congregation members in the audience. At other times during the event, the intense output from the STRIKE 4 units provided visual support to some of the more emotionally charged musical moments.

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