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Capital Lights’ new video on Purevolume.com

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Capital Lights debuts a new video today on the homepage at Purevolume.com. The song is “Outrage,” from the band’s debut album, This Is An Outrage. When the album released in July, it went right to the iTunes Top 40 Rock […]

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It’s Halloween, so it must be time for Christmas music!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

It’s Halloween, and what could be scary than dozens of Christmas albums hawked by your favorite Christian music artists! Seriously, I’ve been getting press releases about Christmas albums since July. I think the fact that we’re selling Christmas so early […]

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Does Christian rock really change anything?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Doing a little surfing around the internet, I came across this blog post about a call for repentence. The blog appears to be part of a ministry of Grace Bible Church and is a preview of a message for Grace […]

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Michael W. Smith urges next president to continue to provide aid to Africa

posted by Joanne Brokaw

CCM icon Michael W. Smith told the Associated Press that he’s met with Sen. John McCain, and tried without success to meet with Sen. Barak Obama, to urge both presidential candidates that if they win, to continue President Bush’s emergency […]

Mary Mary tops Billboard charts

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Gospel artist Mary Mary’s latest project, The Sound, released last week and immediately jumped to the top spot on Billboard’s Top Christian & Gospel charts. The album claimed the #7 spot on the Billboard Top 200, the week’s third highest […]

New Obama ads to air on Christian radio

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Get ready, red- and battleground-state Christian radio fans. David Brody, at CBNNews.com, says new radio ads supporting Barak Obama are coming to a Christian radio station near you. The ads are from the Matthew 25 Network political action committee, and […]

“Jesus People” readies for leap from web TV to big screen; catch a preview here

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Hopefully, you caught the webisodes of the show “Jesus People” that I posted last week. The web series satires a Christian dance pop group, from their beginnings to success, complete with the Christianese and secret lives of believers.The comedic formula […]

“All Aboard: Tribute to Johnny Cash” includes MxPx

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Punk and indie bands have gotten together for a tribute to music legend Johnny Cash. All Aboard: A Tribute To Johnny Cash features covers done by a bunch of bands, but I caught MxPx on the track listing, with their […]

Kutless’ “The Feeling” featured on Rock Band 2; you can win entertainment package

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Kutless had announceed that their song “The Feeling” is featured on the Rock Band 2 downloadable tracks that will be available November 4th. Finally! This song will be one of the 20-featured songs free to those who purchase Rock Band […]

Christian singer Dustin Ruth talks about guns, hunting and the environment

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I’m a woman who grew up around guns (my father was a police officer) and went on to marry a hunter (who has graced our table with venison and our walls with dead deer heads), but increasingly I’ve found that […]

Miley Cyrus gushes to Ryan Seacrest about possible romance with Justin Gaston

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Miley Cyrus, aka Hannah Montana, has now been linked romantically to “Nashville Star” contestant Justin Gaston, and if the tabloids are right, Gaston is living at the Cyrus family home so father Billy Ray Cyrus can keep an eye on […]

Disney and ABC Family channels are looking for new talent

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Surfing around PR Newswire this afternoon, I came across this press release: WILMINGTON, N.C., Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ — The Disney and ABC Family channels are conducting a nationwide search for new, young talent to act in upcoming shows. The Producers […]

Christian music’s Newsboys help with filming of documentary “Miss HIV”

posted by Joanne Brokaw

With 5 million albums sold and multiple awards under their belts, the hugely popular Newsboys can add one more credit to their resumes: filmmakers.The band teamed up with Ethnographic Media to help with the filming on a portion of the […]

Rev. Robert H Schuller asks son to step down from Hour of Power

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Reverend Robert H. Schuller, founder of the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California, has announced that he removed his son, Robert A., from his preaching duties on the church’s weekly “Hour of Power” syndicated TV broadcast. In a letter on […]

Jennifer Hudson’s mother and brother killed

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Fox News reports that the mother and brother of Oscar winning actress and singer Jennifer Hudson were found shot to death yesterday. Her 7-year-old nephew is currently missing. Police have described the shootings as domestic violence. Hudson, a professed Christian, […]

“Songs of Soul and Inspiration” features CeCe Winans, Shirley Caesar, Dionne Warwick, Chaka Khan

posted by Joanne Brokaw

This Sunday night, October 26, the Gospel Music Channel will debut the special, “Songs of Soul and Inspiration” to celebrate the 50th anniversary of AARP and honor the musical legacy of the African American church. The event, which was recorded […]

Blessid Union of Souls’ new song gives unique perspective on abortion

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Platinum-selling pop/rock band Blessid Union of Souls (yes, that’s how you spell it!) released their seventh album, Close to the Edge, this past September. The band has never shied away from topics like faith and salvation, but with this latest […]

Here’s the Manifest Obama Sanctuary video

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I told you yesterday about a creepy video made by Obama supporters that used the worship song Sanctuary as a soundtrack for dozens of people chanting Barak Obama, with a New Age mantra scrolling across the screen.The video has been […]

Is Obama your Sanctuary?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Glenn Beck highlighted a video on his show this morning, and frankly I just about fell over. It’s since been taken off YouTube.com but I’ll keep looking for another link. (Found it: see the video in this post.) The ManifestObama.com […]

Christian humor meets Christian music in Jesus People web series

posted by Joanne Brokaw

What do you get when you cross “The Office”-style humor with Christian music? You get “Jesus People,” an mockumentary about four music artists who have come together to form a Christian dance band. Trouble is, they bring with them insecurities, […]

Catch The Afters “Ocean Wide” on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy

posted by Joanne Brokaw

ABC’s hit drama “Grey’s Anatomy” is currently using “Ocean Wide,” from The Afters’ sophomore record Never Going Back to OK, in promotion for the show. This isn’t the first time the band has had music used in TV promotion. “We […]

The Words and Music Songwriter Showcase features Ceili Rain’s Bob Halligan Jr.

posted by Joanne Brokaw

If you’re anywhere near Central NY on Thursday, October 23, be sure to check out The Words and Music Songwriter Showcase at the intimate Jazz Central theater in downtown Syracuse, New York The unique showcase includes a featured artist (this […]

The truth about Christian pianist Huntley Brown’s email about Obama

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Christian pianist Huntley Brown probably isn’t a household word in the Christian music industry, but for many who rely on chain, forwarded emails as their personal soapboxes, he may be a familiar name. That’s because there’s an email written by […]

Disciple participates in Hard Rock Cafe’s Pinktober event

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Rockers Disciple release their latest project, Southern Hospitality, today and next week, on October 29, the band will participate in Nashville’s Hard Rock Café’s Pinktober event. TIckets are just $5. In its ninth consecutive year, the Pinktober event is Hard […]

Free songs from RunKidRun and Sanctus Real

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Not of this World clothing company is offering free monthly Christian music downloads, no strings attached. You don’t need to join a mailing list or give out any personal information. Just visit the Not Of This World website, and check […]

Chris Tomlin on being consumed rather than being a consumer

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I had a chance to chat with Chris Tomlin recently about his new project, Hello Love. When it released in September, the album took the No. 9 spot on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart and was the highest charting iTunes […]

Author John Marks talks about his book “Reasons to Believe” – and me

posted by Joanne Brokaw

In 2005, while at Kingdom Bound, I ran into a journalist named John Marks who was clearly out of his element trying to navigate the intricate subculture of a Christian music festival. I learned he was working on a book […]

14th Annual Inspirational Country Music Awards winners

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The 14th Annual Inspirational Country Music Awards were handed out last night, and Ricky Skaggs (pictured right) was the big winner when he was named Musician of the Year, and Ricky Skaggs & The Whites won Mainstream Country Artist of […]

New reality show airs tonight on Gospel Music Channel

posted by Joanne Brokaw

If the idea of an unscripted reality drama that packs a group of young adults onto an RV and sends them across the country on a journey of personal discovery sounds familiar, it’s because it’s been done before. MTV blazed […]

No changes for Pillar, despite line up changes

posted by Joanne Brokaw

With the news this week that bassist Michael Wittig is leaving Pillar to focus on his new band, Stars Go Dim, formed with former Pillar members Lester Estelle (who also recently left the band) and Joey Avalos (who played with […]

The Bellamy Brothers to perform at Sarah Palin rally tomorrow, Friday Oct 17th

posted by Joanne Brokaw

This just in: The Bellamy Brothers will perform tomorrow at a rally in Cinncinati, OH for Vice-Presidential candidate, Sarah Palin. The event will take place Friday, October 17th, in Westchester, Ohio, at the Town Square, 10102 Town Centre Drive. The […]

“Rapture Ready” author Daniel Radosh compares Sarah Palin to Christian radio’s “Becky”

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Not long ago, I read one of the best books I’ve ever read on the Christian subculture, “Rapture Ready.” The book was written by Daniel Radosh, who, after a day at Shoutfest Christian music festival, realized there was a teeming […]

Stars Go Dim finalist in John Lennon songwriting contest, frontman Chris Cleveland Vocalist of the Month at SingerUniverse.com

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Chris Cleveland, front man for Stars Go Dim, has won the October SingerUniverse “Best Vocalist Of The Month” Competition. The award was based on his performance of the group’s song, “Love Gone Mad,” from their new five-song EP. The song […]

Underoath heads out on US tour, prepares for S. American tour

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Underoath kicked off a 34-city fall headlining tour yesterday in Lake Buena Vista, FL. The tour continues through November 25th. In December, the band embarks on their first-ever tour of South America, hitting Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Columbia. Underoath is […]

Global Battle of the Bands contest includes Christian band from Malaysia

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I came across this story in The Star online, about the Malaysian finals for the Global Battle of the Bands contest, which included a Christian rock band called Vessel of Worship. This was the third of four qualifying heats held […]

Southern Gospel’s Diamond Award winners

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The 2008 Diamond Awards were handed out last month, during the week of the National Quartet Convention. The Isaacs, Karen Peck & New River, Amazed, HisSong, The Georgians, Hearts of Faith, and more performed during the awards program. Winners included: […]

Blog Action Day: Poverty, Compassion and Christian music

posted by Joanne Brokaw

On my way home from the grocery store this afternoon, where I grabbed two loaves of bread and a frozen macaroni and cheese side dish, I stopped at Tim Horton’s for a cup of coffee and a donut. I’m not […]

Collin Raye makes the move from Country to Christian music

posted by Joanne Brokaw

On Thursday, country music artist Collin Raye will host the Inspirational Country Music Awards. The event marks a new path for the accomplished mainstream artist, as he begins a much anticipated move into the Christian music market. I had a […]

14th Annual Inspirational Country Music Award Show airs tomorrow

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The 14th Annual Inspirational Country Music Award Show takes place tomorrow night, Thursday October 14, at the Trinity Music City USA Auditorium located in Hendersonville, Tennessee. The awards honor the biggest names and emerging artists who perform Christian and Inspirational […]

Free music from Pillar, Fireflight and Worth Dying For

posted by Joanne Brokaw

This week, iTickets is offering free music from Christian rock bands Pillar, Fireflight and Worth Dying For. Head over to iTickets.com to download this week’s free music. Remember, the songs change weekly! RELATED POSTS Pillar bassist Michael Kalel Wittig leaves […]

Blog problems today

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Hey all! Just a quick note to let you know that Beliefnet is having a few quirks with the blogs after the new, huge design change that took place this weekend. The new site looks great, but the blogs still […]

Sanctus Real and Extreme Home Makeover raise $50,000 for family in need

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Back in September, I told you about about concert that Ohio natives Sanctus Real performed in conjunction with ABC’s “Extreme Makeover Home Edition” to benefit the Frisch family. The ticket-only show drew 5,000 people who rallied in support of the […]

PureNRG teams with Milk Rocks to promote good nutrition

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Christian music’s best-selling new artist of 2007, tween pop sensation pureNRG, recently launched a new partnership with Milk Rocks!, a comprehensive program designed to promote good nutrition to elementary, middle, and high school students.PureNRG’s video “What If,” as well as […]

Turning the Tables event raises money to save Franklin Theater

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Tammy Trent, tobyMac, Michael W. Smith, American Idol finalist Melinda Doolittle, and Tennessee Titans players Erron Kinney, Daniel Loper and Benji Olson were among some of the celebrities who turned out for “Turning The Tables,” a benefit dinner presented by […]

Rev Timothy Wright off respirator, able to move neck and shoulders

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Many of you have asked for an update on Rev. Timothy Wright, who was severely injured in a car accident in July that took the lives of his wife and grandson. I spoke this week with Laurie, my contact with […]

Bible study guide available for … High School Musical 3?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

You heard right. Kurt Johnston, youth pastor at Saddleback Church and the folks at Simply Youth Ministries have teamed up to offer a discussion guide to go along with the film “High School Musical 3,” which opens October 24. The […]

Pillar bassist Michael Kalel Wittig leaves the band

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Longtime bassist for Grammy nominated and Dove Award winning hard rock band Pillar, Michael “Kalel” Wittig recently announced that he will leave the group to pursue other opportunities. In addition to spending more time with family, Wittig plans to focus […]

Jazz Gospel Central launches new site

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I stumbled across a new website today, JazzGospelCentral.com, which is a great meeting place for jazz and gospel music. I love it – it’s soothing, and spirited, and soulful. I think it’s a great reminder that music that overflows from […]

Free download of 33 Miles’ single, One Life To Love

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Head over to iTunes today for a free download of 33 Mile’s new single, One Life To Love, from their latest album One Life. The single is at the No. 9 spot on the R&R AC-Indicator, No. 13 R&R AC-Monitored […]

PureNRG debuts new video on Yahoo! Kids

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Fervent Records’ popular tween group pureNRG is scheduled to debut their highly-anticipated video, “Here We Go Again,” on the homepage of Yahoo! Kids this Thursday, October 9. If you’re a fan of the tween dance pop sensation, be sure to […]

Five free songs for five hours only, from new artist Jackie Francois

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Here’s a special, time-sensitive, limited chance to get five new songs for free. From 5 to 10 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Tuesday, October 7, SpiritandSong.com will be offering free downloads of five selected tracks from Jackie Francois’ upcoming album, Your […]

Downhere performing for Presidential Debate festivities tomorrow

posted by Joanne Brokaw

This just in! Rock worship band Downhere will be peforming at the Block Party at Belmont University Tuesday afternoon as part of the Presidential Debate festivities. The band says the party starts at noon and ends at 6pm, and they’ll […]

Ceili Rain’s unique fan-sponsored recording project

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Celtic rock band Ceili Rain is taking a unique approach to their next recording project: their fans are funding it.A few months ago, band leader Bob Halligan Jr. sent out an email to the Ceili Rain mailing list, asking fans […]

Tickets for Chris Tomlin’s Hello Love Tour on sale now

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Chris Tomlin will head out in January for his ‘Hello Love Tour,’ featuring Israel Houghton and New Breed. The tour is in support of Tomlin’s latest album, Hello Love, which took the No. 9 spot on Billboard’s Top 200 Album […]

Move over Monday Night Football – It’s Bill Gaither Monday on the GMC

posted by Joanne Brokaw

If you’re not a football fan, the Gospel Music Channel is offering a Monday night TV alternative: Bill Gaither Mondays. The Gospel Music Channel will be featuring its Bill Gaither Best series, showcasing performances from the legendary “Gaither Homecoming” annual […]

CCM artist Michelle Tumes to compose original score for feature film

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Award winning CCM artist Michelle Tumes has been signed to compose and perform the original score to the feature film, “No Greater Love.” The film is the project of Coram Deo Studios and will be distributed by Carmel Entertainment Group, […]

3 things you need to know about Christian music industry and the economy

posted by Joanne Brokaw

While doing some research about how the current economy is affecting Christian music, I heard from John Styll, President and CEO of the Gospel Music Association, which is an industry organization dedicated to promoting all forms of Christian music and […]

5 things you didn’t know about Francesca Battistelli

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Francesca Battistelli splashed onto the music scene in July with her debut CD My Paper Heart, a mix of bluesy piano-driven rock and smoky vocals. In addiiton to singles climbing the Christian music charts, songs from the album were featured […]

Win Jon McLaughlin’s new CD, “OK Now”

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Jon McLaughlin’s new album, OK Now, releases October 7th. The singer songwriter from America’s heartland 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 […]

Free download of Tammy Trent’s single, “Rain On Me”

posted by Joanne Brokaw

In her guest blog this week, singer Tammy Trent shared some thoughts on moving from grief to joy, sharing from her own experiences after her husband was killed suddenly in a diving accident in 2001. Now you can have a […]

P.O.D. on Carson Daly TONIGHT

posted by Joanne Brokaw

P.O.D. will be performing their current hit single, “Shine With Me,” tonight on NBC’s “Last Call with Carson Daly Show.” The song is currently #6 on R&R’s Christian Rock chart and #9 CRW’s Christian Rock chart, and is from the […]

Newsboys live CD/DVD in stores now

posted by Joanne Brokaw

This week, the Newsboys released their live CD/DVD project, “Newsboys Live: Houston We Are GO.” The two disc set was recorded and filmed live in front of a packed house in Houston, TX as part of the band’s GO tour, […]

Starfield heads out for first US headlining tour

posted by Joanne Brokaw

One of my favorite rock worship bands, Starfield, heads out next week for their first ever headlining US tour. The band, which hails from Canada, has has toured with great artists for several years, and spent the summer performing in […]

Guest blogger Tammy Trent shares some thoughts on going from grief to joy

posted by Joanne Brokaw

While the rest of America sat in stunned silence on September 11, 2001, Christian music artist Tammy Trent was dealing with a deeper, more personal tragedy. The day before, Tammy and her husband Trent Linderink (Tammy uses her husband’s first […]

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