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American Idol Chris Sligh wants you to make his next music video

posted by Joanne Brokaw

As he wraps his nationwide, headline “Back to School” tour this week, American Idol finalist Chris Sligh is asking fans to help him create his next video, by lip-syncing to the original vocals for Sligh’s debut, top 10 AC hit […]

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Dizmas touring Czech Republic with Josiah Venture, asks for prayer

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Rockers Dizmas left last week for a seven week tour of the Czech Republic, where the band will be performing in high schools and working alongside an organization called Josiah Venture. The ministry is located in Eastern Europe and shares […]

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Switchfoot releases anthology, The Best Yet

posted by Joanne Brokaw

With global cumulative sales of more than 5 million units of their six albums, and dozens of chart singles, Switchfoot is releasing an anthology of their signature tracks on The Best Yet. The collection is a greatest hits but also […]

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WinterBand takes on the Trinity with new YouTube video

posted by Joanne Brokaw

My friend Dave Weiss, supplier of all ideas unusual, sent me this video today from a Christian rock band called WinterBand. Their YouTube profile says, “We hope our music is a blessing to you. We play original Christian Bible based […]

ApologetiX is looking for a new guitar player – and it could be you!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

That Christian parody band, ApologetiX, is adding another guitar player to the line up and they’ve put out a call for auditions. While the band, which takes current hit songs and turns them into Bible lessons, may have been ignorned […]

Bread of Stone urges young evangelicals to vote

posted by Joanne Brokaw

With the presidential election just over a month away (or as I write this, 37 days, 8 hours, 57 minutes and counting, according to the Redeem the Vote election countdown) few artists are taking political sides.But the guys in Bread […]

Shocker! Clay Aiken comes out of the closet

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I know this will come as a shock to many of you, so sit down in case you faint, but Clay Aiken has come out of the closet and confirmed that he is, indeed, gay. Um. Didn’t we pretty much […]

The Biggest Loser’s Dan Evans set to release debut album

posted by Joanne Brokaw

If you watched Season 5 of NBC’s reality show “The Biggest Loser” you saw Dan Evans and his mom Jackie battle other contestants to lose the most weight and take home a big cash prize. During the show, Dan not […]

Highway named after bluegrass legend James Roy “Pop” Lewis

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Gospel singer and a bluegrass legend James Roy “Pop” Lewis, who passed away in 2004 at the age of 98, was the founder of The Lewis Family group, regarded by many as the first family of bluegrass gospel. And now […]

Gospel music artist Richard Smallwood invited (and then uninvited) to perform at White House

posted by Joanne Brokaw

GospelCity.com reports that Gospel singer Richard Smallwood has been “barred from the Bush Administration’s Black Music Month Celebration.” He spoke to the publication while he was in Denver to perform at the 45th Democratic Convention. According to the website, back […]

Ray Boltz to headline Our Family Matters gay conference in Nashville this October

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Ray Boltz returns to Nashville to headline the Our Family Matters conference, October 22-25, 2008, at the Second Presbyterian Church in Nashville. The four-day conference offers a contemporary Christian perspective on being gay and Christian. Also performing will be worship […]

Dr. Couch’s guidelines for proper Christian music – hmmm, what do you think?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Surfing around the internet this morning I came across a blog called the Scofield Prophecy Studies, and a post on Christian music. The blog host, Dr. Mal Couch, shared his thoughts on the contemporary Christian music, writing: “The issue is […]

Robbie Seay Band on One Tree Hill, and free download

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Ever since we got our digital converter box I’ve been addicted the CW channel (and the additional PBS channels). Last night, I was watching “One Tree Hill,” a show I never watch, but I was intrigued by the storyline in […]

The Democratic Party is trying to woo Christian music fans

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The Washington Times reported on Friday that the Democratic party is teaming up with Christian music industry professionals, including Democratic Congressional candidate and music promoter Rick Hendrix, to try and reach voters who listen to Christian radio. Democratic candidates aren’t […]

MTV chimes in on new Christian Guitar Hero, Digital Praise’s Guitar Praise

posted by Joanne Brokaw

With the release of Digital Praise’s Guitar Praise, the Christian version of Guitar Hero, set to release next week, MTV Multiplayer, a blog from MTV News and MTV Games, offers up a review of the product. As you all know, […]

Worship band Leeland’s home church destroyed by Hurricane Ike

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The Associated Press reports that Hurricane Ike caused devastating damage to the Celebration of Life Church in the Houston suburb of Baytown, Texas, home church to brothers Jack and Leeland Mooring of Christian rock worship band Leeland. Celebration of Life […]

Country Gospel music artist and “Ten Thousand Angels” songwriter Ray Overholt dies at 84

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last Sunday, as he was preparing to leave for a concert in Wyoming, Country Gospel music artist and songwriter Ray Overholt passed away. He was 84-years-old. Well-known first in the Michigan area, Overholt was one of the area’s first singing […]

Diamond Rio meets presidential candidate John McCain

posted by Joanne Brokaw

When Diamond Rio performed the National Anthem at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series SYLVANIA 300 on Sunday, September 14 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, they had a chance afterwards to meet presidential candidate, Senator John McCain. Diamond Rio bassist […]

Good grief, Sonseed was a real band

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last week I shared a couple of really cheesy videos making the rounds on the internet, and pointed out that one of them, “The Renewed Mind Is The Key,” was a real performance from 2007. Today I found out that […]

Christian rock worship band Tree63 calls it quits, for now anyway

posted by Joanne Brokaw

South African publication Tonight reports that after 10 years together, the Christian rock worship group Tree63 is stepping away from the stage to get on with their lives”. This was confirmed by lead vocalist, John Ellis. “We haven’t broken up, […]

CCM veteran Ray Boltz comes out of the closet and confesses he’s gay

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Well, here’s a shocker of a story: in an interview with the gay publication Washington Blade, CCM veteran Ray Boltz has come out of the closet and admitted that he’s gay.  The story, published last Friday, relates Boltz’s Christian music […]

Guest blogger Bebo Norman talks about his battle with anxiety

posted by Joanne Brokaw

One of the things that I wanted to do with these guest blog posts is give you a behind-the-scenes look at your favorite Christian music artists, off stage, up close, and personal. Today’s blog post is from Bebo Norman, whose […]

Big Daddy Weave contest winners and trivia answer

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Thanks to everyone for playing along in our Big Daddy Weave giveaway. Before I announce the winners, let’s answer the trivia question:Big Daddy Weave’s drummer Jeff Jones had what unusual job while attending the University of Mobile?Despite the fact that […]

Five days left to enter the RunKidRun One In A Million Marching Band contest

posted by Joanne Brokaw

You have just five days left to sign up your High School / Jr. High marching band for a chance for your band to win the opportunity to open the “Creation Festival: The Tour” this fall with RunKidRun and their […]

Kevin LeVar’s CD release party broadcast live tonight

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Tonight’s CD release party celebrating Kevin LeVar’s debut album, Let’s Come Together, will be broadcast live online at www.kevinlevartv.com starting at 7:30 p.m. ET. The live celebration takes place tonight, September 15th, at Sequoia on the Potomac River in Washington […]

Guest blogger Derick Thompson talks about great sex and his band’s song, Fire

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Chicago-based piano-driven, rock/pop band Strive released its first global release, Fire, last month. Their music fuses the soaring, inspirational lyrics of bands like U2 and Switchfoot with the sweeping piano-pop of Billy Joel and Bruce Hornsby. Not only has the […]

Win Krystal Meyers’ new album, Make Some Noise!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

On Tuesday, September 16th Krystal Meyers releases her third studio album, Make Some Noise. The hot pop/dance album is not only energetic and fun, it also offers listeners some thought-provoking lyrics about life and faith. And we have 5 copies […]

Family of fallen soldier shares story of Third Day’s prayers

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Back in January, Christian rock band Third Day traveled to Kuwait and Iraq to perform for (and with) U.S. troops. The trip, part of the USO’s activities in the area, also included performances at Camp Arijan in Kuwait and Camp […]

Chubby Girl Records launched with plus-size consumers in mind

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Gospel songtress Sherrie Keys has launched Chubby Girl Records, with the goal of not only featuring plus-size Gospel artists but “a unique opportunity to positively reach out to plus-size consumers” with a new clothing line. Keys believes that plus-size women […]

Free download of Strive’s single, “Fire,” from their national debut album

posted by Joanne Brokaw

On Monday, Derick Thompson, frontman for the band Strive, will be sharing a guest blog post about … well, sex, and how great it is. Within marriage, that is. In fact, that sentiment is the inspiration behind the song “Fire” […]

Are these videos a joke or just cheesy Christian music history?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

My friend Kevin Sparkman sent me this video and I cracked up. I think it’s a joke … I hope it is, anyway … it’s from a “band” called Sonseed and is called “Jesus Is My Friend”:And here’s another video […]

Gospel Music Channel will air Trailblazers of Gospel Music special

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The Gospel Music Channel will air an exclusive one-hour special Sunday, September 14 highlighting the annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards Gala, which was held January 11, 2008 in Nashville. The show press release didn’t make the connection, but […]

Britney Spears’ mom releases memoir with Christian publisher Thomas Nelson

posted by Joanne Brokaw

As we’ve been talking a bit this week about Britney Spears and a bit of news I found that said she started as a Christian singer, I also found out that her mom’s book comes out next week.The book, which […]

Gospel Music Channel adds Gospel music to line up (Southern Gospel, that is)

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I got a press release today that says that the Gospel Music Channel will add a Southern Gospel show to its weekly programming, starting in 2009. The production crews are at the National Quartet Convention this week, where they’re shooting […]

Steven Curtis Chapman performs live on The Early Show; to appear on Fox & Friends

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Watch CBS Videos OnlineSteven Curtis Chapman performed “Cinderella” live on today’s “The Early Show.” (If you’re having trouble watching the above embedded video, head over to the CBS Early Show site. And just for the record, the ad on the […]

Was Britney Spears a Christian singer?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I stumbled across this piece of news this morning at monstersandcritics.com: Apparently the Jonas Brothers got to meet their “idol” Britney Spears at the MTV video music awards on Sunday, and a “backstage source” reports: “They all looked so excited […]

Music promoter Rick Hendrix makes a run for Congress; do music and politics mix?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Rick Hendrix, a successful music promoter and songwriter, recently announced his intention to run for U.S. Congress in the 2010 midterm elections on the Democratic ticket. Hendrix recently served at the Democratic National Convention as a US Presidential Delegate representing […]

5 things I learned from Jonas Brothers fans

posted by Joanne Brokaw

A few weeks ago I did a post titled 5 things I hate about the Jonas Brothers. A few of my readers with a basic jr. high school education understood that I was talking about the commercial empire that is […]

Jordin Sparks, Jonas Bros and the MTV Video Music Awards

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Over on Idol Chatter today, blogger Ellen Leventry recaps a comment made by MTV’s VMA host Russell Brand about the Jonas Bros. purity rings and the response from American Idol Jordin Sparks, where Sparks says, “I just wanna say, it’s […]

Christian rockers Sanctus Real perform benefit concert for ABC’s Extreme Home Makeover

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Christian rock band and Toldeo, Ohio natives Sanctus Real performed yesterday at a fundraiser to benefit the Frisch family, who will be getting a new house courtesy of ABC’s “Extreme Makeover Home Edition.” They couldn’t have picked a better band […]

Video of Hands & Feet Project in Haiti devastated by Hurricane Gustav

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The Hands & Feet Project, the children’s village in Jacmel, Haiti that was started in 2004 by the band Audio Adrenaline, suffered major damage in the recent hurricanes. Praise God that all of the children and staff are safe after […]

5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Jon McLaughlin

posted by Joanne Brokaw

American heartland singer songwriter Jon McLaughlin launched into the national music scene last year with his first major label release, Indiana, touring with Kelly Clarkson, earning a nod from US Weekly as one of their 2007 “Hot Guys of Summer,” […]

Disney celebrates release of High School Musical 3 with huge giveaway

posted by Joanne Brokaw

To gear up for the highly anticipated theatrical release of “High School Musical 3: Senior Year” on October 24th, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures has teamed up with MySpace to create the ultimate “HSM3 School Spirit Contest.” The contest kicked […]

Southern Gospel’s National Quartet Convention kicks of September 7th

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The 2008 National Quartet Convention kicks of September 7th in Louisville, Kentucky The 51st annual convention highlights the best in Southern Gospel music, showcasing music from artists like Brian Free & Assurance, Kingsmen, Legacy Five, Mark Trammell Trio, Dixie Melody […]

Update and benefit concert for Rev. Timothy Wright

posted by Joanne Brokaw

A concert will be held this Saturday, September 6th, to raise money to benefit Rev. Timothy Wright. The best news? Rev. Wright is scheduled to be at the event.

September is Gospel Music Heritage Month

posted by Joanne Brokaw

This summer, the Congrss pass resolutions (House of Representatives – (H.Con. Res. 370) and Senate – S. Res. 595) that designated September at Gospel Music Heritage Month. The initiative was created by Gospel Music Channel, the country’s first and only […]

Win a “History of Big Daddy Weave” Prize Pack!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

This past July, Big Daddy Weave celebrated a decade as a band with the release of their fifth studio album, What Life Would Be Like. Now you can enter to win a “history of Big Daddy Weave” prize pack, which […]

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