Anderson impresses during Sunday performance in Craig |

Anderson impresses during Sunday performance in Craig

Ben McCanna

Musician Coffey Anderson sings from the stage Sunday evening at The Journey at First Baptist in Craig.

Steamboat Springs resident Maggie Rogers said she couldn't believe Coffey Anderson was coming to Northwest Colorado.

"When we started seeing posters for him, we were like 'What?' We were really surprised to see he was playing here," Maggie said.

Maggie and her husband, Chris Rogers, are part-time Colorado residents.

"We're snowboard instructors in the winter and we live in Alaska in the summer," Chris said.

Anderson, who was raised in Texas and now lives in Los Angeles, is an independent musician who got his first break on YouTube, and a second break on the television show "Nashville Star" — a countrified equivalent of "American Idol."

On Sunday, Anderson played The Journey at First Baptist in Craig.

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The Rogers couple has been listening to Anderson's music for several years after discovering him on the Internet. They learned of Anderson's Craig gig from a wall poster hanging at their place of worship, Sk8 Church in Steamboat Springs.

"When we saw he was playing out here, we made the jump out (to Craig)," Chris said.

"It was awesome," he said of the performance. "Better than expected. The mix of storytelling and music was just phenomenal."

Over the course of nearly two hours, Anderson performed a mix of original and cover songs, many with a Christian message.

Anderson also shared personal anecdotes of his hardscrabble beginnings in Texas, and his path toward becoming a nationally recognized entertainer.

Craig resident Eric Young said all the elements of Anderson's performance fit together.

"It was entertaining. It was worshiping. It was a celebration. I liked it," Young said.

Married couple Doug Thomas and Lynette Pell said they enjoyed the show.

"It was just a healthy thing," Thomas said of the event. "It was good for the kids. It was good for everybody."

Pell agreed.

"Couldn't you just feel the young people in there really getting with it?" said Pell.

Fourteen-year-old Ben Roach said Anderson's show was his first concert. He gave the event high marks.

"If it was between one and a 10, I'd give it nine-and-a-half," Roach said.

Len Browning, lead pastor of The Journey, said Anderson lived up to expectations. Browning has been a fan of Anderson's music for five years.

"It was great," Browning said. "It was just what we wanted. It was a time to come together, have fun and talk about the Lord and sing some great songs."

Browning said Anderson is a real person.

"I think what impressed us all is he's just genuine, whether he's on stage, on the phone, on YouTube or sitting at the Tin Cup having lunch," Browning said. "He's just the same guy. It was refreshing."

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