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November 2008 Archives

Check out free downloads from Christian music artist Josh Garrels

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Thanks again to the lovely Google alert that led me to The Blah Blah blog’s post about Christian music artist Josh Garrels. I’ve never heard of him – no surprise. Like other indie acts with a blatant faith message but […]

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Kutless, Todd Agnew help ring in New Year at Knott’s Berry Farm

posted by Joanne Brokaw

If you’re on the West Coast December 31, why not ring in the New Year at Praise 2009, a special Christian music event at Knott’s Berry Farm, just 10 minutes from Disney in California. The event features Kutless, Todd Agnew, […]

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Free Christian music downloads from Michael W. Smith and Fee

posted by Joanne Brokaw

To get you into the holiday spirit, you can get a free download of the song “All Creation Sing (Joy To The World)” from worship band Fee as well as a download of Michael W. Smith’s new song, “Mighty To […]

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The Afters’ music on new FOX show “Secret Millionaire”

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The “Keeping Me Alive,” from Christian music artist The After’s sophomore project Never Going Back to OK, is being used on the new reality show, “Secret Millionaire.” The new inspirational show sends millionaires undercover into the most impoverished neighborhoods in […]

Trace Adkins talks about Stephen Baldwin and the video “Muddy Water”

posted by Joanne Brokaw

In this video clip from CMT, country music star Trace Adkins talks about teaming up with actor Stephen Baldwin for the video to Adkins’ song, “Muddy Water.”In an interview with CMT, Adkins says the first time he heard the song: […]

Christian music’s Third Day wins American Music Award

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Christian music’s Third Day took home the American Music Award last night for Contemporary Inspirational Artist, beating out Casting Crowns and MercyMe in the fan-voting category. Due to a non-stop touring schedule, the band was unable to attend the awards […]

Christian music artists share what they’re thankful for

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Thanksgiving is the wonderful holiday that not only leads into the season celebrating the birth of Christ but gives us an entire day to give thanks. And eat. A lot. I asked some of your favorite and up-and-coming Christian music […]

Third Day benefit concert for The Myriad’s Randy Miller

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Christian music’s Third Day will be performing a concert to benefit Randy Miller, the drummer for the modern rock band, The Myriad, who had a cancerous growth removed from his torso earlier this month. The concert will take place: Sunday, […]

Free Christian music download of Sara Groves’ single “Toy Packaging”

posted by Joanne Brokaw

In a recent letter to Amazon.com customers, company CEO Jeff Bezos talked about the “wrap rage” many people feel when trying to get products out of “nearly impenetrable packages.” Christian music artist Sara Groves feels his pain and shares her […]

Casting Crowns appear on Dr. Phil and Robin’s “Christmas in Washington” concert on TNT

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Christian music artist Casting Crowns will appear during the “Christmas in Washington concert,” hosted by Dr. Phil and Robin McGraw. The concert also features Kristin Chenoweth, Julianne Hough, Straight No Chaser and Darius Rucker, and will premiere on TNT on […]

MercyMe’s Bart Millard on Grand Ole Opry tonight, Friday November 21

posted by Joanne Brokaw

MercyMe frontman Bart Millard will make his debut appearance tonight, Friday November 21, on the Grand Ole Opry at the famed Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Friday’s Opry may be heard on AM650-WSM, XM channel 11 and on the internet at […]

Christian music artists release CompassionArt: Creating Freedom From Poverty

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Earlier this year, a dozen of the Christian music industry’s top singers and songwriters, invited by Delirious frontman Martin Smith, gathered together in Scotland to write songs that would benefit the poor through a charity called CompassionArt. The songwriters, publishers, […]

Thousand Foot Krutch, Fireflight win Taco Bell Feed the Beat contest

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Taco Bell’s inaugural “Best of the Beat” winners were announced this week as part of the leading Mexican-style quick service restaurant’s Feed the Beat program. Of the three bands who won, two are openly Christian bands: Thousand Foot Krutch and […]

Underoath in the San Antonio Express News

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I love this interview that Underoath’s vocalist Spencer Chamberlain gave to the San Antonio Express News, during which he gives a very clear Christian testimony. You gotta love a band that is that popular and that bold about their faith […]

Focus on the Family ceases publication of teen magazines Brio, Brio and Beyond, and Breakway

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I got word this week that Focus on the Family will be ceasing publication of their teen magazines Brio, Brio and Beyond, and Breakaway. The last issues will be February 09. A friend who works at one of the magazines […]

Steven Curtis Chapman’s daughter Emily shares wedding photos

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Christian music legend Steven Curtis Chapman’s eldest daughter Emily wed Tanner Richards on October 4th in a private ceremony at the Chapman home in Franklin, TN. Emily’s brother Caleb Chapman performed Chapman’s hit song, “Cinderella,” while father and daughter dances. […]

Britney Spears documentary airs on MTV November 30

posted by Joanne Brokaw

MTV Shows MTV is set to air a behind-the-scenes documentary on pop star and tabloid sensation, Britney Spears on November 30, just days before release of her new album, Circus, on her 27th birthday.The 90-minute documentary, titled ‘For The Record,” […]

Miley Cyrus gushes to Ellen DeGeneres about “friend” Justin Gaston

posted by Joanne Brokaw

First she gushed to Ryan Seacrest, and now Miley Cyrus appeared this week on the Ellen DeGeneres show, where she gushed and giggled with the daytime talk show star about her new boyfriend … er, just friend … underwear model […]

Catch Third Day tomorrow on “The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson”

posted by Joanne Brokaw

They graced the July 7, 2008 cover of Billboard Magazine, performed on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and broke their own first-week sales records with their 10th studio album, Revelation. Now Third Day makes their second late night TV […]

Family Force 5 debuts new video “Radiator” and I wonder if we’re just too cool for Jesus

posted by Joanne Brokaw

RadiatorCheck out the latest video from “Dance-derived alternative rockers” (that’s what their press release says …) Family Force 5. The band is currently on the Winter Wonder Slam tour with TobyMac, Relient K and special guest B. Reith. The tour […]

Bill Gaither and Cracker Barrel team up for new CD

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store is offering customers an exclusive new CD featuring 12 hymns personally selected and sung by Southern gospel legend Bill Gaither and special guests. “These songs of faith, many of which I fell in love with […]

Jeremy Camp is Speaking Louder, on his album and in our interview

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Today marks the release of Jeremy Camp’s latest album, Speaking Louder Than Before. With three RIAA Gold albums and more than 3.5 million albums sold, Camp, who has always been solidly devoted to his Christian faith and sharing that with […]

Steven Curtis Chapman get nomination for Beliefnet’s Most Inspiring Person of the Year

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Nominations were announced yesterday for Beliefnet’s 8th Annual Most Inspiring Person of the Year Award, and on the list is Christian music icon Steven Curtis Chapman. The nomination is an annual recognition by Beliefnet readers and editors of noteworthy humanitarian […]

Have you heard of Woven Hand?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

One of the things I love about Google alerts is that they let me check out stuff I might never hear about otherwise. Being immersed in the CCM fishbowl, I get to see some of the stuff happening on the […]

Bellamy Brothers hit “Let Your Love Flow” heating up charts again, thanks to Barclays Bank

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The crossover hit “Let Your Love Flow” put country music duo Bellamy Brothers on the charts back in 1976, and helped launch a career that’s spanned more than three decades. And the song is heating up the charts again after […]

Hawk Nelson encourages fans to be “One Little Miracle”

posted by Joanne Brokaw

They make girls swoon and audiences rock, and now the guys in Hawk Nelson want to encourage their fans to step out of their comfort zones to be the one little miracle that can change the world.The moniker for the […]

Become of fan of Gospel Soundcheck on Facebook!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Hey all! The Gospel Soundcheck blog is on Facebook! Become a fan by visiting Facebook today Thanks – I REALLY appreciate all of your support!

Check out Underoath in the LA Times

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Check out the LA Times feature story on rock band Underoath. The band is currently on a US tour in promotion of their latest album, Lost In The Sound of Separation. The Florida-based band’s last three albums count combined sales […]

Producer and author John Carter Cash pens first children’s book

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Author and five-time Grammy-winning music producer John Carter Cash, the only son of music legend Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, will release his first children’s book, Momma Loves Her Little Son, in March 2009 by Little Simon Inspirations, an […]

Krystal Meyers hosts KVUU’s Top 40 Kiwi Radio Show this Sunday night

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Pop sensation Krystal Meyers will be the host of the mainstream Top 40 Kiwi Radio show on Denver’s KVUU, this Sunday, November 16. Krystal will introduce the songs on the chart, which will include her own single, “Make Some Noise,” […]

Robert Pierre gives away advance copies of new album to benefit The James Fund

posted by Joanne Brokaw

High school sophomore Robert Pierre’s (coincidentally) sophomore album Identity doesn’t come out until February, but through a partnership with Family Christian Stores more than 30,000 music fans have gotten an advance copy by making a $10 donation to The James […]

Tooth and Nail teams up with Make A Wish foundation to help aspiring musician’s dream come true

posted by Joanne Brokaw

On November 10, the folks at Tooth & Nail and the guys in the band Underoath spent the day making dreams come true for Jonathan Stewart, a young adult who suffers from osteosarcoma, a malignant form of bone cancer. Stewart […]

The Sonflowerz single “All Around The World” tapped as theme song for new ABC Family show

posted by Joanne Brokaw

ABC Family launched their new show, “One Good Turn With Joey T” and tapped indie act The Sonflowerz’s single “All Around The World” as the show’s theme song. ABC also used the single “More Than I Think I Am” in […]

Rock band Red makes Radio & Records history with #1 debut

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Grammy-nominated rockers Red made history in the Radio & Records when the first radio single, “Fight Inside,” from their upcoming sophomore release Innocence & Instinct debuted at #1 on the R&R Christian Rock chart. No band has ever had a […]

Steven Baldwin offers Miley Cyrus a dare – will she pay up?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

When Stephen Baldwin offers you a dare, beware. The Christian bad boy (actor, author, speaker, skateboarder, 15-year-old in an adult body) met teen pop sensation Miley Cyrus and her mom at the 2007 White House Easter egg hunt, and offered […]

Jessica Simpson’s gospel background

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Surfing around the web today, I stumbled across an interview and story in the Press-Enterprise about Jessica Simpson. In the story, Simpson talked with reporter Vanessa Franko about how her gospel music background influenced her. “You sing from a place […]

Newsboys balance celebrity status with grace and Christ-like responsibility

posted by Joanne Brokaw

In the discussion about Christian music, there’s always a question lingering in the back of my mind: how do you balance being a Christian music celebrity with biblical, Christian faith?Sure, there are a lot of bands who sing about Jesus, […]

Bethlehem Skyline Christmas tour kicks off December 3

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Centricity Music’s “Bethlehem Skyline” Christmas tour kicks of December 3 with five great artists that, for the most part, usually fly under the radar. And now you can catch them all together on the same stage. The tour features modern […]

Mark Bright named CEO of Word Records

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Warner Bros. Records has announced that renowned record producer and music publishing executive Mark Bright has been named President and CEO of Word Entertainment. He succeeds Word’s CEO Jim Van Hook, who retired after more than 30 successful years in […]

Interesting performance art video from the worship band at Fellowship Church

posted by Joanne Brokaw

My friend Dave Weiss, ever on the lookout for new and unusual forms of artistic expression, shared the above video with me yesterday. It’s a performance art piece of sorts from the worship band at Fellowship Church in Grapevine, Texas […]

To Write Love On Her Arms tour kicks off East Coast leg

posted by Joanne Brokaw

This past weekend, the East Coast leg of the “To Write Love On Her Arms” tour kicked off in Georgia.The tour is an extension of To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA), a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and […]

Blessthefall kicks off tour with new singer, new song on MySpace, fan contest

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Arizona rockers Blessthefall kick of their latest tour, with guests Confide, on November 17 in Bakersfield, CA, the first tour with their new lead vocalist Beau Bokan. Bokan joined the group after former frontman Craig Mabbitt left the band suddenly […]

Michael W. Smith’s A New Hallelujah debuts at #1; heads out for Christmas tour with Melinda Doolittle

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Michael W. Smith’s latest project, A New Hallelujah, debuted recently at No.1 on the Nielsen SoundScan Christian Albums Chart, and No. 19 on Billboard’s Top 200. On March 17, 2009, Smith will unveil an accompanying DVD of the moving worship […]

Christian artist Brian Bates shares his thoughts on how to respond to Ray Boltz, Clay Aiken coming out of the closet

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The Christian community was shocked recently when Christian recording artist Ray Boltz come out of the closet and announced that he was gay. The world was much less shocked when recording star Clay Aiken made the same announcement, but was […]

Kelsey Timmerman’s “Where Am I Wearing” reviewed in TIME

posted by Joanne Brokaw

OK, this doesn’t have to do with Christian music. In fact, it doesn’t have to do with Christianity at all. But I’m so excited about this I wanted to share it with you. My Erma conference pal Kelsey Timmerman is […]

Stellar Award nominees announced

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Nominees were recently announced for the 2009 Stellar Awards, which will be presented January 17, 2009 at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN. Gospel Music Channel will premiere The Stellar Awards on Sunday, March 1 after the show’s first […]

Mission Six releases new video

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Better Me – Mission Six from Christopher at Lightvox on Vimeo.I don’t have tween kids, but my 23-year-old daughter and I both went, “Aww!” when we heard the album Superhero by Mission Six, a group of cute teen and pre-teen […]

Brothers Forever members suffer carbon monoxide poisoning from tour bus

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Southern Gospel artist Brothers Forever had a close call recently with carbon monoxide poisoning on their tour bus. It’s not unusual for the group to travel with their families, and on this trip the bus held nine people. While traveling […]

Starfield sweeps Covenant Awards

posted by Joanne Brokaw

It came as no surprise to me that one of my favorite rock/worship bands, Starfield, swept the Canadian GMA awards, taking home an award in all six categories they were nominated. The band took home honors for Artist of the […]

Should Christian bands play at a Christian university?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I love Google alerts, because you find the most interesting things you’d never see otherwise. I read this post today from a blog written by “students in Dr. Jim Miller’s print news writing course at Harding University.” According to the […]

The Myriad drummer Randy Miller has cancerous tumor removed

posted by Joanne Brokaw

This just in: Randy Miller, drummer for The Myriad, had a tumor removed from his upper torso and it turns out to be cancerous. (UPDATE 11/21: they’ve found the cancer is serious. Read more on this post about Third Day’s […]

Heavenly Harmony adds CCM expansion pack and preps for release of Rock Band-like JAMpak

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Cloud 9 Games, Inc. announced today that their Heavenly Harmony Music Expansion Pack #3 – Contemporary Christian is now available in retail stores. The expansion pack works with their Heavenly Harmony Christian Karaoke game. The new expansion pack includes songs […]

Nate Huss recognizes National Adoption Month with new song, video

posted by Joanne Brokaw

CCM artist Nate Huss’s song, “Your Own,” is being used in national media campaigns, including one by Focus on the Family, to highlight adoption during National Adoption Month in November.Nate Huss knows a thing or two about adoption. At only […]

Cast your fan favorite vote for Christian artists for the American Music Awards

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Voting is open for the American Music Awards, which will take air on November 23 on ABC, and here’s your chance to vote for your favorite music artists. The awards offer 20 categories for fans to cast their votes for […]

Rev. Timothy Wright may be home for the holidays

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I got an update on Rev. Timothy Wright from family friend and spokesperson Laurie Schneider, who says that Rev Wright may be heading home for the holidays. That’s great news! She told me by email, “He has sensitivity in both […]

My movie reviews of “House” and “Save Me” at MovieJungle.com

posted by Joanne Brokaw

OK, so I know this doesn’t have anything to do with Christian music. But I also do occasional movie reviews for MovieJungle.com and I thought I’d share the links to two reviews I recently did: “House”, which opens November 7th […]

Michael W. Smith joins Sean Hannity’s 2009 Freedom Concerts

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The concerts aren’t until August 2009, but the line up is announced, and CCM legend Michael W. Smith will be joining Billy Ray Cyrus, Charlie Daniels, Lee Greenwood and Oliver North for Sean Hannity’s Freedom Concerts. The shows take place […]

Win an XBOX 360 DiNG’d from (Christian rockers) Norma Jean

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Rockers Norma Jean are currently on a headlining U.S. tour with guests Haste The Day, The Showdown, Mychildren Mybride, and Oh Sleeper to promote their latest release, The Anti-Mother. According to lead singer Cory Brandan, the album’s title “is a […]

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