In June last year, local Christian rock group Thirty Three released its first single on iTunes.

In June last year, local Christian rock group Thirty Three released its first single on iTunes.

This year, the band is using that steam to branch out even further.

The band has been invited to perform at the 16th annual Emerald Coast Jubilee, held Jan. 23-25 at Hiland Park Baptist Church in Panama City.

Thirty Three, comprised of vocalist Brianna Butler, guitarist Zack McFarland, bassist Cole Haddock, drummer Joel Bogaert and keyboard player Shad Tracy, is a group of 11- and 12-year-olds with a passion for music and a strong belief in their faith.

The three-day event, presented by the Emerald Coast Southern Gospel Music Association, is an invitational event for gospel groups from around the country.

“The band will play for pastors and music directors from churches throughout the Southeast,” said David Bogaert, the band’s manager and father of the group’s drummer. “It’s the first time that the band will play outside of their immediate area.”

The band will perform in the 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. CT slot on Friday, Jan. 24. Each band will also have an information table where music directors will be able to meet the groups and learn more.

Part of the Jubilee event is the Beacon Awards, which recognize those who actively combine music and faith and several of those involved with Thirty Three have been nominated across various categories.

Butler has been nominated for Female Vocalist, the entire band for Mixed Group, McFarland, Haddock, Bogaert and Tracy for Stage Musician, and Song of the Year for their original tune “Jesus Loves You and I Love You Too.”

Port St. Joe songwriter Doug Roberts, who pens the bands original songs, received a nomination for Songwriter of the Year, and owner of St. Joe Music Company Thomas McEniry received a nomination for best Live Sound Technician.

The winners will be determined in an online vote and fans of Thirty Three and the behind-the-scenes crew should go to and click on "Vote Now."

Bogaert said that the band is busy completing a three-song music sampler that will be available at the Jubilee for music directors to take home.

The CD will include their first single, a cover of Amazing Grace and the group’s second original single, “In Jesus' Name,” which will be available on iTunes in Feb. 

Tickets for the Jubilee are $12 in advance and $15 at the door and are available through the band or online.