Woman on the wing: Sadie Robertson aims for a destiny far above her family’s ‘Dynasty’
Sadie Robertson laughed when she was asked if her family life is really as crazy as it is portrayed on A&E’s “Duck Dynasty.”
“Well, it is crazy, but it’s just my life,” she said. “That’s always been my dad, my grandpa and my uncles. It’s just now the world gets to see it. I’m just used to their weirdness.”
Robertson found her fame on that popular reality TV show — which focuses on her family and its hunting business, Duck Commander, and is wrapping up its final season — but she is not content to rest on those camo-colored laurels. She has branched out with a clothing line, a jewelry line, acting roles, an appearance on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” and three books — “Live Original,” a “Live Original” devotional and “Life Just Got Real: A Live Original Novel.”
She is also appearing as part of the Winter Jam Tour Spectacular 2017, a Christian music tour that features Crowder, Britt Nicole, Zach Williams, Tenth Avenue North, Andy Mineo, Colton Dixon, Thousand Foot Krutch, tour host NewSong and speaker Tony Nolan. A Pre-Jam Party includes acts OBB, Sarah Reeves and Steven Malcolm.
The tour will stop in University Park for a show at the Bryce Jordan Center at 7 p.m. March 24. The doors open at 6 p.m. Admission is $10 at the door.
Robertson said that she comes out toward the end of the evening and gives “a little message.”
She offers “encouragement to not be ashamed to preach the gospel,” she said. “God never says it will be easy to stand for him and share the gospel, but we can make it easier on ourselves by getting together and encouraging each other to not be ashamed of who God is and what it is to be a Christian.”
Winter Jam offers that opportunity to be “surrounded by thousands of like-minded people,” she added.
The tour appearances are just one fraction of the Sadie Robertson brand.
“It’s a bit crazy right now,” she laughed. “On (Winter Jam’s) off days, I fly to L.A. or fly to Louisiana (her home state). I don’t complain, though, because everyone always says, ‘But you’re so young.’ So no complaints, but it is a bit hectic.”
Robertson has appeared on the big screen in “God’s Not Dead 2” and “I’m Not Ashamed,” but she is not actively pursuing any more movie roles right now.
“I’m keeping the door open, though,” she said. “If God drops it in my lap, I will definitely do it.”
Her appearance on the 19th season of “Dancing with the Stars,” in which she placed second overall, was “amazing.”
“It was such a blessing, and such an honor,” she said. “I surprised myself; I thought I would be out on Week 3. But it was definitely the best experience of my life.”
And though she is only 19, she is happy to bring these life experiences to the Winter Jam stage, show after show.
“People come up to me with tears in their eyes, telling me how much my message meant to them,” she said. “That face-to-face reaction, it’s been great to get that.
“Just meeting everybody (on the tour) has been amazing, too. I’ve made some lifelong friendships. Everybody pours into each other backstage, just as much as we pour out onstage.”
Combining Robertson with Winter Jam’s musical acts makes for an inspirational evening, according to Adam Moon.
“It is a great event for the whole family,” said Moon, a disc jockey with Rev FM, a contemporary Christian radio station broadcasting out of State College. The station can be heard in the Altoona area on 102.7 FM, and Moon’s show, “Mornings with Adam Moon,” is on the air from 6 to 10 a.m.
“The really cool thing is that they added one more artist this year, Zach Williams, who has one of the top songs out now with ‘Chain Breaker,'” Moon added. “I’m really anxious to see him.”
Bernie Punt, the director of sales and marketing for the Bryce Jordan Center, said that Winter Jam is a big draw at the facility.
“This will the seventh year they’ve been here,” Punt said. “This thing does really well. We draw anywhere between 10,000 to 15,000 people. There are no ticket sales, so we don’t know for sure. Suddenly, you’ll see all these buses and youth groups show up.”
Moon is excited for Robertson’s appearance on the tour.
“There is a little bit for everyone, and she will bring a lot to the show,” Moon said. “A lot of youth can definitely relate to her. She will be well received.
“She’s a great role model for teens today. A lot of celebrities, I feel, are not the greatest role models, but she’s a breath of fresh air, and she’ll be a breath of fresh air to this event.”
Mirror staff writer Cory Dobrowolsky can be reached at 946-7428.
If you go
What: Winter Jam Tour Spectacular 2017
When: 7 p.m. March 24
Where: Bryce Jordan Center, University Park
Admission: $10 at the door