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What’s your dream Guitar Hero Christian song list?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

We’ve been talking a lot about the new Digital Praise guitar game, and a lot of you have been wistfully wishing that Guitar Hero would come out with a Christian music expansion pack. (Is that the right term? You know […]

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My interview with Paul Baloches busts the myth of the millionare musician

posted by Joanne Brokaw

A few months ago, while doing a cover story for the Christian Voice Magazine on the Compassionart project headed by Delirious frontman Martin Smith, I had a chance to chat with worship leader Paul Baloche, who took part in the […]

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Check out this amazing video to Kutless’ Sea of Faces

posted by Joanne Brokaw

My friend Dave Weiss is back again with an amazing video, this time set to Kutless’ “Sea of Faces.”Check it out:To see more of Dave’s visual art, visit his website.RELATED POSTSPick of the Week – Kutless’ To Know You’re AliveGuest […]

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Monday morning trivia question

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Think you know your Christian music history? See if you know the answer to today’s Monday morning trivia question: This edgy Christian artist, known for taking shots at everyone from religious leaders to talk show hosts, also had a hand […]

Matt Maher and the scorpion sting

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The Provident Friday Buzz reports that last week Essential recording artist Matt Maher had a run in with a scorpion in his hometown of Phoenix, Arizona, when he was driving and noticed a sharp sting and burning sensation in his […]

Franktown Rocks is fun for kids (and grownups)

posted by Joanne Brokaw

If you’re looking for a way to get the kiddies involved in online social networking (assuming that’s something you really want your kids involved in), check out Franktown Rocks, billed as “the world’s first music-driven virtual world for kids.” Aimed […]

Guest blogger Jaime Jamgochian shares some thoughts about modesty

posted by Joanne Brokaw

First, I want to thank all the Jonas Brothers fans who took time to comment on my post, “5 Things I Hate About The Jonas Brothers.” I asked my friend, worship artist Jaime Jamgochian, to read my post and all […]

Sara Groves heads out on Art*Music*Justice Tour

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Sara Groves has gathered fellow-acclaimed artists and friends Brandon Heath, Derek Webb, Sandra McCracken and author/artist Charlie Peacock for her fall Art*Music*Justice Tour, which will benefit both the International Justice Mission and Food For the Hungry. For most of her […]

What songs inspire you?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Over on Idol Chatter this week, blogger Kris Rasmussen shared a list of songs she and her friends hate to admit that they love. They range from the Chris Rice’s “Cartoon Song” (which he’s admitted he hates to sing) to […]

Beloved’s new release really for real women?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The new album Wake The World from CCM artist Beloved released yesterday. Their promo line is “Real Music For Real Women.” Forget about the album. I’m more intrigued by the tag line. Real women? Check out their promo picture. Those […]

Katy Perry’s parents sound off about their daughter’s ‘I Kissed A Girl’

posted by Joanne Brokaw

In June I shared the news that Katy Perry, whose hit single “I Kissed A Girl” was climbing the charts, had released a Christian album back in 2001 under her real name, Katy Hudson. The debate has raged on ever […]

Pick of the Week – The Wrecking’s ‘A New Abolition’

posted by Joanne Brokaw

And for my second Pick of The Week … The Wrecking’s national debut album, A New Abolition, releases today, and it’s one you definitely don’t want to miss. The album runs the gamut from modern hook-driven rock (“The Deep”) to […]

Pick of the Week – Jimmy Needham’s ‘Not Without Love’

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Since we didn’t do a Pick of the Week last week, I have two picks this week. To be honest, I would have had to pick two anyway, because two great albums release today and I couldn’t choose between the […]

GMA Music in the Rockies winners announced

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The winners for this year’s GMA Music in the Rockies conference have been announced. Shannon Whitson (pictured left) was named GMA’s Artist Solo 2008 for contestants in the 13-24 age category. The 22-year-old Estes Park resident also won a development […]

5 things I hate about the Jonas Brothers

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Before you freak out, understand this: I like the Jonas Brothers. In fact, I love the guys. I love that a group that admits openly that they’re Christians has gained such popularity, and given pre-teen music fans clean music and […]

Follow Joanne and the Gospel Soundcheck on Twitter

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Hey, Gospel Soundcheck readers! Just a quick note to let you know that I’ve joined the 21st century and started using Twitter – “started” being a euphamism for “I set up an account and will now spend several days trying […]

Happy Birthday, Joe Jonas!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Like, OMG, today is Joe Jonas’ birthday!!!! He’s the so so totally amazingly cool middle Jonas brother, and like, today, he turns 19 years old!!!!!! The Jonas Brothers – or JoBros, as the teen mags affectionally have dubbed them – […]

Denver & the Mile High Orchestra’s front man talks about being a root beer snob

posted by Joanne Brokaw

With a last name like Bierman, it seems fitting that the front man for the funky R&B big band Denver and the Mile High Orchestra, is a connoisseur of beer – root beer, that is. While chatting with Denver at […]

Christian trivia question ANSWER

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Did you guess the answer to this week’s trivia question? Denver Bierman, front man for the big band Denver and the Mile High Orchestra, is a connoisseur of what food item? The answer is …

Sing along with Phil Wickham with his free album download

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Worship artist Phil Wickham recently invited listeners to sing along with him and other fans in his first-ever live worship album, aptly titled Singalong. The album was recorded at Solid Rock Church in Portland, OR where 3,000 fans gathered together […]

Sunday School Musical hopes to catch the High School Musical crowd

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Just when I thought I’d seen it all, the parallel Christian universe surprises me yet again.Move over “High School Musical” – the church has created its own clean teen stage sensation, “Sunday School Musical.” Seriously.Here’s the project synopsis, from the […]

Steven Curtis Chapman and family in this week’s People magazine, links to Larry King and GMA interviews

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The August 15th issue of People magazine will incude a major feature on Steven Curtis Chapman, his wife Mary Beth, and children Emily, Caleb and Will as the family shares their memories of Maria, their faith in God, and their […]

Photos from Kingdom Bound Christian music festival

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last week I posted some coverage of the Kingdom Bound music festival. As promised, here is the link to some Kingdom Bound pics from writer and photographer, Rick Campbell. Rick takes much better pics than I do, so head over […]

Kirk Franklin to perform in Poland for Gospel music event

posted by Joanne Brokaw

R&B, hip hop and gospel artist Kirk Franklin will perform his first ever Central-Eastern European concert in Warsaw, Poland on September 11th. From what I can tell by the event website (I don’t read Polish so I can only go […]

Christian rock worship band Starfield performs in Europe and the UK

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Fans across the ocean are getting to enjoy one of my favorite bands this month, as Starfield takes part in a bunch of festivals in Europe and the UK. In June, the band played in the Netherlands at the EO […]

Krystal Meyers’ Make Some Noise is the theme song for NBC’s fall line up

posted by Joanne Brokaw

If you’ve caught any of the promos for NBC’s 2008 fall line up, then you’ve also caught Krystal Meyer’s hot single, “Make Some Noise,” the title cut from Meyers’ new project, which releases September 16. “Make Some Noise” is the […]

Free music downloads from House of Heroes

posted by Joanne Brokaw

House of Heroes is set to release their latest project The End Is Not The End on September 23 (although the site says the 22nd, and that you can get the album at shows beginning September 18). But that doesn’t […]

Rap groug GRITS releases new album, launches label

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The rap duo GRITS – Teron “Bonafide” Carter and Stacy “Coffee” Jones – is set to release their eighth studio album, Reiterate, on September 16th on their new indie label, Revolution Art. Supporting them on the project are Toby “tobyMac” […]

Sanctus Real heads out for fall We Need Each Other tour

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Christian modern rock band Sanctus Real heads out on their headlining We Need Each Other tour this fall, with special guests Tenth Avenue North, VOTA (formerly known as Casting Pearls) and speaker Sammy Adebiyi. Sanctus Real has been captivating audiences […]

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Christian Rock Band The Wrecking

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The Wrecking’s national debut album, A New Abolition, releases next week. Here are 5 things you probably didn’t know about this up-and-coming Christian rock band: 1) The Portland, Maine based band isn’t actually a new band. They’ve been together since […]

Hawk Nelson featured in JC Penney back to school promotion

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Hawk Nelson is included in a JC Penney back to school promo that pays tribute to the 1985 film “The Breakfast Club.” The department store is offering a special EP featuring five bands doing a cover of the film’s hit […]

Christian music trivia question

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I’ve been getting a lot of comments lately that the weekly trivia questions are too easy. Well, let’s see if you can figure this one out. Q: The charismatic front man for this big band is a connoisseur of what […]

Krystal Meyers and Fireflight on Olympics music compilation album

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Rockers Krystal Meyers and Fireflight will both have a song on the official Olympics compilation album. Other artists on the album include Pink, Avril Lavigne, John Mayer, and Natasha Bedingfield. In addition, Krystal Meyers’ “Make Some Noise” will be the […]

Future of Forestry cancels gig when event adds political speaker

posted by Joanne Brokaw

As I write this post, the band Future of Forestry should be getting ready to play a gig in San Diego called 8-8-08. The plan was to have eight bands, eight speakers and be an event focused on worship. But […]

Christian interactive Guitar Praise game debuts this fall – is that a good thing?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Digital Praise has announced that they are introducing a new guitar game called Guitar Praise that’ll give fans of Christian music the chance to play rock star with family-friendly music. Tom Bean, President and CEO of Digital Praise, Inc., says […]

Sound of screaming teens likened to heroin high – welcome to the Jonas Brothers concert experience

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The Jonas Brothers were recently on the cover of Rolling Stone, and while the article about the band was interesting (more on that in another post) what I found most intriguing was a comment from neuropsychiatrist Dr. Louann Brizendine, author […]

Catholic church gets bouncy

posted by Joanne Brokaw

This summer, it’s not just Christian rock music fans who get a chance to meet Jesus at an outdoor party or festival. Reuters reports that Italian Catholic nuns and priests are heading to the beach with an inflatable church. The […]

A Day at Kingdom Bound with Hawk Nelson

posted by Joanne Brokaw

One of the things that I’ve always found fascinating is how musicians physically handle the daily demands of performing. Fans only see what happens on stage, but I imagine most don’t have a clue about what goes on behind the […]

Flyleaf – oops, I mean Fireflight – at Kingdom Bound

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I’m notorious for saying stupid things on a daily basis, so here’s one of the funniest moments from my last day at Kingdom Bound:

Kingdom Bound music festival – day three

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Yesterday was the final day of Kingdom Bound music festival. The schedule included Delirious and the newsboys, but I only had one interview scheduled with Hawk Nelson. The original plan was to do a “Day at KB with Hawk Nelson” […]

Free Christian music download – Downhere’s new single My Last Amen

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Yesterday I told you about Downhere’s new album Ending is Beginning, and how I’d seen them perform some of the new songs at Kingdom Bound festival. Now you can hear some of that new music, too! Just follow this link […]

Christian music trivia ANSWER

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Monday’s trivia question was: What rock and roll legend, despite selling more than a billion albums, has only won three Grammys, all for gospel albums? And the answer is …

Kingdom Bound music festival – day two

posted by Joanne Brokaw

It’s Tuesday, day two of the Kingdom Bound music festival at Darien Lake Theme Park. Here’s a quick recap:

Steven Curtis Chapman and family on Good Morning America, Larry King Live, and in People Magazine

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Grammy- and Dove-Award winning artist Steven Curtis Chapman, along with his wife MaryBeth and eldest children Emily, Caleb, and Will, are scheduled to appear Wednesday, August 6 on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Their interview with Robin Roberts, done at the […]

Kingdom Bound music festival – day one

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Technically, Monday was day two of the festival, but it was the first day that I drove out to Darien Lake Theme Park, where the annual Kingdom Bound festival is happening through Wednesday. I thought I’d share a few highlights […]

The Imperials legal dispute is over

posted by Joanne Brokaw

For the past several months, Armond Morales, co-founder of the Grammy- and Dove-award winning Southern Gospel group The Imperials, has been embroiled in a very public dispute with the current members of the group, which includes his son Jason, over […]

Former Stryper frontman Michael Sweet on tour this summer with Boston

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Stryper frontman and accomplished solo artist Michael Sweet is touring with the legendary rock band Boston on a headlining tour of North America. Sweet is sharing lead vocals and playing guitar, performing the band’s classic hits like “More than a […]

Christian music trivia question

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Let’s see how well you know your music trivia! This week’s question: What rock and roll legend, despite selling more than a billion albums in pop and rock genres, has won all of his Grammys for gospel projects? Check back […]

Harvest Crusade continues after death of Christopher Laurie

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The LA Times reports today that Greg Laurie will indeed preach at the upcoming Harvest Crusade scheduled for Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California, Aug 15-17. Appearing at the festival will be Christian music artists Kutless, P.O.D., Leeland, The Katinas, Lincoln […]

The real story about Rev Timothy Wright’s current condition and the email asking for donations

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I got an email today from someone I didn’t know telling me that some folks were raising money to pay for Rev. Timothy Wright’s medical care at the Kessler Institute. As you may remember, Rev. Wright was involved in a […]

The Afters music featured on Dr. Phil, Rachel Ray, and Army Wives

posted by Joanne Brokaw

If you hear some familiar music on the shows “Army Wives,” “Rachel Ray” and “The Dr. Phil Show,” it might be from rockers The Afters. Music from their sophomore project Never Going Back to OK is being used the hit […]

Not just another love song

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last week, pastor and visual artist Dave Weiss wrote a guest post responding to the question, “What Is Christian Music?”Today, I got this video clip from him. In the opening, he explains about the love songs he’s heard that talk […]

Questioning the idea of Christian celebrities

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I stumbled across this quote today on a blog: “Contemporary Christian Music…represents for many contemporary evangelicals the sum of their theological training and discipleship.” Apparently it’s from the book Jesus Made in America: A Cultural History from the Puritans to […]

Pick of the Week – tween sensation Mission Six Superhero

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Tween pop rock band Mission Six released their debut album Superhero this week, which raises the question: Do we really need another Christian tween pop artist? The answer is yes, especially when it’s not another choreographed, hyper-energetic dance group.

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