KODIAK — The bass was tangible throughout the packed parking lot.

Between ranks of frosted windshields, including one painted with the simple slogan: "Win Me!", the ground softly vibrated.

Within the Kodiak Assembly of God Church, the soft vibration turned ear-splitting, as more than 80 teenagers jumped, clapped and sang along with Phoenix, Ariz. rapper Brandon Kagel, who goes by the performing name "The Rep."

Kagel, who has released two Christian albums so far, was brought to the Emerald Isle by the church's youth group as part of its outreach effort, which included an advertising campaign to attract youths who otherwise might not attend the church.

More than 200 people filled the church on Saturday night, moving with the music.

Before Kagel took the stage to shouts and cheers, Kodiak's own Eli Fields and Lee Bondurant warmed up the crowd with raps of their own. With waving hands and shouted words, the pair performed their best-known song, "Born and Raised (in Kodiak)." The song has about 15,000 views on YouTube, and most in the audience appeared to know the lyrics by heart.

As the crowd bounced and cheered, crosses spray-painted on T-shirts and backdrops were a reminder that while the event was intended for fun, there was a more serious message behind it.

Contact Mirror editor James Brooks at editor@kodiakdailymirror.com.

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