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June 2008 Archives

Monday Morning Trivia

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Let’s see how well you know Christian music! Q: What Christian singer/songwriter had to change his last name because it was getting flagged as porn by spam filters? Check back on Wednesday for the answer!

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Randy Travis stars in “The Wager”, on DVD

posted by Joanne Brokaw

This May, Genius Products released the film, “The Wager,” on DVD. The movie stars country music star Randy Travis as Michael Steele, a Hollywood leading man who finally gets the Oscar nomination he’s been waiting for his whole career. But […]

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Pick of the Week: Kutless’ “To Know That You’re Alive”

posted by Joanne Brokaw

This week, hands down, my pick of the week is Kutless To Know That You’re Alive. The album released Tuesday. To Know That You’re Alive is a great mix of hard rock anthems, like “The Feeling” and “The Rescue,” and […]

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Catch Skillet Tonight on CMT’s “Mobile Home Disasters”

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Hey Skillet fans! Catch your favorite hard rockers tonight on … CMT? The country station? You got it! The band is featured in tonight’s episode of the home renovation show, “Mobile Home Disasters.” It’s like “Extreme Makeover” except for mobile […]

Camp Rock Songwriters To Teach Jonas Bros. Wannabes at GMA in the Rockies

posted by Joanne Brokaw

In case you’re living on another planet, there’s a phenomenon sweeping the tween culture, and it’s growing at a rate far bigger than any other squeaky clean pop fad since The Beatles. Can we talk about The Jonas Brothers, for […]

Worship leader Steve Fee talks about worship

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Fee’s “All Because of Jesus Complete EP” was released exclusively on iTunes yesterday. The song is from the band’s September 07 release, We Shine. The EP contains an acoustic and radio mix of the band’s hit radio single, “All Because […]

Monday Morning Trivia: ANSWER

posted by Joanne Brokaw

On Monday I asked: What hard rockers were described in 2007 by MTV Buzzworthy as offering their film crew, “[A]n overwhelming amount of goodwill and generosity so real that you couldn’t fake it even if you wanted to?” The answer […]

Keith Green: “The Live Experience” and “Greatest Hits”

posted by Joanne Brokaw

In a fitting tribute, Sparrow Records recently opened its vaults and released hundreds of hours of Keith Green’s unreleased live concert recordings, festival recordings, television performances, teachings, photos, videos, and even new songs, and compiled them on two projects, The […]

The Myriad on MTV2

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The Myriad’s latest video, “You Waste Time Like A Grandfather Clock,” has been added to heavy rotation on MTV2. Check it out here!The band is fresh off their spring tour promoting their latest album, With Arrows, With Poise. The tour […]

Ceili Rain in Concert

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I just got the summer concert schedule for one of my favorite artists, Celtic pop/rock band Ceili Rain, and I want to give you a head’s up, because if you get a chance to see them you won’t be disappointed. […]

What’s your favorite road trip music?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last Friday marked the first day of summer and before long many of us will hit the road for a summer vacation (if gas prices don’t continue skyrocket, that is!). So let’s take a little survey: If you were taking […]

The City of David Gospel Fest and Car Show June 28th

posted by Joanne Brokaw

This Saturday, June 28, Detroit plays host to The City of David Gospel Fest and Car Show, the city’s biggest outdoor gospel concert event of the summer. The event is hosted by Greater Grace Temple and will be held at […]

Monday Morning Trivia

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Let’s see how well you know your favorite Christian music artists, with our Monday Morning Trivia. Today’s question: What hard rockers were described in 2007 by MTV Buzzworthy as offering their film crew, “[A]n overwhelming amount of goodwill and generosity […]

Katy Perry, Christian recording artist?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

You call her Katy Perry, we call her Katy Hudson, the singer who at the tender age of 16 released her self-titled debut album in the Christian marketplace. You got it. Katy Perry, whose single “I Kissed A Girl” is […]

Shaohannah’s Hope grateful for donations in honor of Maria Chapman

posted by Joanne Brokaw

As you probably know by now, on May 21st Steven and MaryBeth Chapman lost their youngest adopted daughter in a tragic accident in the family’s driveway. In lieu of flowers, the family had asked that donations be made in honor […]

Pick of the Week: Superchick’s “Rock What You Got”

posted by Joanne Brokaw

It’s been three years since Superchick released a new studio project, but on Tuesday, June 24 the sister-fronted rock band is back with Rock What You Got. With their signature powerhouse rock, pop/punk sound the album is everything Superchick fans […]

Big Rocking Wedding News

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Here’s some big rocking wedding news: Tricia Brock, lead vocalist for Superchick, and Nick Baumhardt, guitarist for Thousand Foot Krutch, are getting married later this summer. Superchick’s new album, Rock What You Got, releases on Tuesday. TFK’s latest studio project, […]

September is officially Gospel Music Heritage Month

posted by Joanne Brokaw

It’s official: this September will be recognized as Gospel Music Heritage Month. The Gospel Music Channel television network has joined forces with Senator Blanche L. Lincoln (D-Ark.), Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee […]

Are you a Christian band “groupie?”

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I was recently talking to a writer doing some research about Christian music groupies. You know, those rabid fans who’ll do anything to meet their favorite artist or band. I suppose in the church community we like to think that […]

Songs In The Key Of Justice

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Far too often I think the evangelical Christian community writes the Catholic community off as not really being Christian, doubting the validity of their faith and perpetrating and “us vs. them” mentality. I happen to disagree with that notion. The […]

Cloud 9 Games Releases “Christian” Karaoke Game

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Oh goodie, another product that mimics a mainstream product and gives Christians one more way to live in their secluded bubble. This fall, Cloud 9 Games will release Heavenly Harmony, a karaoke and vocal performance game and companion Christian Rock […]

Monday Morning Trivia: ANSWER

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Our Monday Morning Trivia question this week was: Q: Which legendary guitarist had a sister who appeared in the epic movie, “The 10 Commandments?” And the answer is …

Roots Remixed … But Why?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

On June 24 Shawn McDonald will release Roots Remixed, an EP with remixes of six songs from his March releases, Roots. Roots is a truly fantastic album, creative and fresh, both lyrically and musically. The songs are funky, cool, different. […]

Meredith Andrews and Jacob Sooter wed

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Hey, here’s something good that came out of 2007 GMA week: indie artist Meredith Andrews and Jacob Sooter, keyboard player for Jeremy Camp, met and fell in love. And a little over a year later on May 24, 2008, they […]

The Sonflowerz All Over The World

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I always get nervous when an indie band sends me a really expensive, slick press kit. I figure that if a band has to spend a ton of money to get noticed their music can’t stand out on its own. […]

Hawk Nelson on ESPN2 TONIGHT

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Catch Hawk Nelson tonight on ESPN2 when they do the coin toss when the Arizona Rattlers take on the Colorado Crush on Russell Athletic ESPN Arena Football Monday. Kickoff is at 7:00pm and will be televised live on ESPN 2 […]

Monday Morning Trivia

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Let’s see how well you know your favorite Christian music artists, with our Monday Morning Trivia. Today’s question: Q: Which legendary guitarist had a sister who appeared in the epic movie, “The 10 Commandments?” Look for the answer Wednesday morning!

Father’s Day Special on Gospel Music Channel

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The Gospel Music channel is doing a special Father’s Day weekend of programming, with spotlights on Curtis Chapman, Michael W. Smith, Nate Sallie, and The Williams Brothers. I get the icons of Christian music, like SCC, MSW and one of […]

Pick of the week: Jon Foreman’s Summer

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Switchfoot frontman Jon Foreman recently released, Summer, the last of his four solo, seasonally-themed EPs. Each of the EPs, Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer, are deeply intimate, and as Forman says, autobiographical. Lyrically, Summer is like viewing Foreman’s private diary, […]

Christian Music Hall of Fame ceremony this Saturday

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The Christian Music Hall of Fame will honor its 2008 inductees at a ceremony this Saturday, June 14, at Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church in Allen, Texas. The show begins at 7:00 p.m. CT. Tickets are $30 for general admission and […]

Coming soon: Monday Morning Trivia!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Starting this Monday, you can test your knowledge of Christian music with the Monday Morning Trivia question. The answer will be posted on Wednesday morning. See how well you know your favorite Christian music artists!

10 Artists Share Advice From Their Dads

posted by Joanne Brokaw

With Fathers’ Day coming up this weekend, I asked some Christian artists to share words of wisdom they’ve gotten from their dads.

God’s Pottery Part 2

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last week I shared a video clip of a (faux) Christian acoustic duo called God’s Pottery, who made it through the first round of “Last Comic Standing” with their song about abstinence.Today, I found their full audition, featuring their song […]

From Beliefnet

posted by admin

Dear Readers– Due to a planned technical upgrade taking place on Wednesday June 11th, the Beliefnet Blogs will not display any new content, and commenting will be disabled. We aim to be back up and running by the end of […]

Visit The Rabbit Room

posted by Joanne Brokaw

If you look at current Christian music pop culture, you might get the idea that all Christian art is about imitating mainstream trends and offering up songs we can sing along to on the radio. Sure, it has a nice […]

God Rally 08 in Rifle, Colorado June 20-22

posted by Joanne Brokaw

There’s a new summer music festival on the scene, and while you’ll find much of the same fare as at any of the two dozen other festivals across the nation – music, speakers, some kind of sports – this one […]

P.O.D. on Last Call with Carson Daly This Thursday

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Rockers P.O.D will kick off the summer Thursday night with a performance on “Last Call with Carson Daly.” The band will perform “Tell Me Why” from their latest CD, When Angels and Serpents Dance. The band will also pre-record a […]

10 Things You Should Know About Hawk Nelson

posted by Joanne Brokaw

This past weekend, Hawk Nelson kicked off their second annual Faith Nights Baseball Tour, where the band will perform before or after a minor league baseball game. Joining the band will be RunKidRun and Audio Adrenaline’s Mark Stuart. Lead vocalist […]

5 Spring Releases You Might Have Missed

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Since the Gospel SoundCheck blog didn’t start until June, I thought I’d go back and highlight some recent new releases that you might have missed: Telecast Quiet Revolution I love when a band can come right out and sing about […]

Jeremy Camp in Tyler’s Ride

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Christian music favorite Jeremy Camp has stepped off the stage and in front of the camera in the new web TV show, “Tyler’s Ride.” Camp plays Jesse, the house musician at the fictional The Vine cafe, who provides not only […]

New Movie Looking For Title Song

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Hey, aspiring artists and songwriters. The makers of the film, “Henry Poole Is Here” need your music! Directed by Mark Pellington (U2 3D, Arlington Road), “Henry Poole is Here” opens August 15 and stars Luke Wilson (The Royal Tenenbaums) as […]

Evensong Rising Partners with Bread for the World

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Their latest album isn’t scheduled to release until September, but Evensong Rising is already making news. The worship band at America’s oldest church (the 275-year old Stanwich Congregational Church in Stanwich, CT) just became partners with Bread for the World, […]

Sponberg Family Loses Son to SIDS

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I received a media statement this weekend with the news that Gregory Luke Sponberg, the 2-month old infant son of Curb recording artist Nicol Sponberg (formerly of the group Selah) and her husband Greg, passed away Tuesday, May 27, apparently […]

John Schlitt Releases The Grafting

posted by Joanne Brokaw

John Schlitt, former lead vocalist for Christian music’s legendary rock group Petra, releases his third solo album, The Grafting, on June 24. OK, can I step in to the CCM confessional? Until a couple of years ago, I had no […]

God’s Pottery on Last Comic Standing

posted by Joanne Brokaw

OK, so I’m not sure if this technically qualifies as “Christian music” since it’s actually a parody of Christian music, but it’s so much fun that I have to share it with you.If you didn’t catch the premiere of NBC’s […]

33 Miles’ lead singer Jason Barton and his wife featured in Redbook

posted by Joanne Brokaw

33 Miles’ lead singer Jason Barton and his wife Jennifer were featured in Redbook’s June issue, in an article called “The State of Our Unions.” In the story, nine couples talked about the basic principles and challenges of their marriages. […]

Joel Auge This Week’s iTunes Free Discovery Download

posted by Joanne Brokaw

“So Deep In Love,” the first single from Joel Augé’s debut album, On The Blue, is the iTunes Single of the Week. The site is offering the song as a free download in the iTunes Store’s Discovery Download promotion. iTunes […]

Destination 7 at the Whisky A Go Go

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Los Angeles’s Destination 7 is proving that a blatantly Christian message combined with great music can appeal to any audience at any venue. On June 7 the band will perform at the legendary Whisky A Go Go for a night […]

Christian Festival Season Kicks Off

posted by Joanne Brokaw

It’s June, which means the Christian festival season is underway, and the summer kicks off with some of the hottest events in the country. No matter which festival you hit this summer, you’ll see a line up of today’s biggest […]

Get Downhere’s “Wide Eyed and Mystified” free in June

posted by Joanne Brokaw

As modern rockers downhere ready for the September release of their fourth studio project, Ending is Beginning, they’ve partnered with www.MusiChristian.com to give away a free download of their current album, Wide-Eyed and Mystified. Downhere is one of the bands […]

Catch TobyMac In Concert On The Big Screen

posted by Joanne Brokaw

TobyMac’s “Alive and Transported” concert DVD/CD hit stores May 27th, but on Monday June 9th, you can catch the show in style when movie theaters in 68 cities across the country hold a special showing of the live concert DVD. […]

Chapman Family Suffers Tragic Loss

posted by Joanne Brokaw

You’ve probably heard by now that on Wednesday, May 21, 2008, Maria Sue Chapman, youngest adopted daughter of Christian recording legend Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife MaryBeth, was killed in a tragic accident in the family’s driveway. Laura McPherson, […]

Welcome to the New Gospel Soundcheck Blog!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Greetings, Christian music fans! I’m Joanne Brokaw and I’ll be your host at the new Gospel Soundcheck blog. Depending on your previous experience with Christian music, the term can conjure up images of everything from cheesy rock wannabes to introspective […]

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