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Flyleaf takes top video honors from Gospel Music Channel

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The Gospel Music Channel recently announced the winners of their Video Music Awards, and rockers Flyleaf took home the top honors for Video of the Year and Best Rock Video of the Year for their “All Around Me.”Other winners included:Switchfoot […]

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Christian music artists share New Year’s Resolutions

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I can’t believe it’s the last day of 2008. Where did the year go? I’m not good at keeping New Year’s Resolutions, but last year I made a resolution to read the entire Bible in 2008. And with one more […]

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Casting call for aspiring gospel singers: BET wants you for “Sunday Best”

posted by Joanne Brokaw

BET is once again giving aspiring gospel singers a chance to show off their vocal abilities when “Sunday Best” returns to BET in March ’09. This nationwide talent search will again travel to cities across the country to audition hundreds […]

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Kingsfall – indie artist to watch in 2009

posted by Joanne Brokaw

My friend Kim Jones, who is the Christian Music guide over at About.com, gave me the head’s up today about a band that she’s in love with: Kingsfall.The Dallas-based band recently was named the December winners in the Famecast.com contest, […]

Prince’s sister Tyka Nelson releases Gospel CD

posted by Joanne Brokaw

CJ, a columnist with the Minneapolis Star Tribune, reported that pop legend Prince’s sister Tyka Nelson has released a Gospel CD called A Brand New Me. Nelson tells CJ, “Every song is about God. It’s all about Jesus. It’s a […]

Rev. Timothy Wright preparing to go home in the New Year

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Just a quick note to let you know that I heard from Laurie, dear friend of the Wright family and the amazing person who keeps me posted on Rev. Timothy Wright. Laurie tells me that Rev. Wright has been transferred […]

Free Christian music download from B. Reith

posted by Joanne Brokaw

This week’s iTickets free download is “Awe-Struck,” from singer, rapper, songwriter and producer B. Reith’s The Forecast EP. B. Reith’s music reflects his love of classic soul with modern hip-hop, which makes Gotee the perfect home for him. Head over […]

Are digital downloads really totally replacing CDs?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I read an article on a Christian music website yesterday that listed trends in the industry for 2008. One of the trends was the use of digital over physical products, with some artists releasing their albums only in digitial download […]

Christian Music’s Best of 2008

posted by Joanne Brokaw

As I sat here this week listening to some of the CDs I’ve gotten in for review over the past 12 months looking for the best of 2008, I came to one conclusion: it’s impossible to pick “the best” of […]

Video of Rev. Timothy Wright benefit in Syracuse, NY

posted by Joanne Brokaw

As many of you know, I’ve been covering the story about Rev. Timothy Wright since July and have been trying to give readers as many updates as I can.Unfortunately, it’s difficult to get information sometimes, and I hear about the […]

Third Day named Best of 2008 by Dallas Morning News

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Mario Tarradell, music critic for the Dallas Morning News, named Third Day’s Revelation one of the best CDs of 2008 and their show at the Superpages.com Center as one of the best concerts of the year as well. Third Day […]

What did you get – and give – for Christmas?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Texas’ KWTX news reported this week that instead of exchanging gifts this Christmas, Casting Crowns’ Mark Hall and his family sent blankets to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation as a way to teach his children that Christmas is more about […]

A Christmas song from Mark Weber

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I figure most of you are out shopping today, but I thought I’d share a Christmas song that my friend Mark Weber wrote called “Who Wants To Cry At Christmas.” I know most of just just had a few lovely […]

Merry Christmas (and a special Christmas column) from the Gospel Soundcheck

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I just wanted to take a moment to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! As many of you know, in my other life I’m a columnist for several Christian magazines and newspapers, so I thought I’d share with you […]

Jonas Bros perform concert in Detroit for Charity Preview

posted by Joanne Brokaw

In a press release today, The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) announced that the Grammy nominated Jonas Brothers, will play a special concert at Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena on January 18, 2009 to help raise funds for the annual […]

Free Christian music download from Abandon

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Here’s one more free download this week, from modern alt rock band Abandon. The San Antonio based band released an EP this past summer, with a full length due out in early 2009. Check out the free download of Abandon’s […]

Free Christmas music from newcomer Gabriela Hindy

posted by Joanne Brokaw

iTickets is offering a free Christmas download of 15-year-old newcomer Gabriela Hindy’s “O Holy Night.” To be honest I’ve never heard of her before. But that’s the great thing with free downloads. You can check out a new artist without […]

Free Christian music download from Mission Six

posted by Joanne Brokaw

iTickets is offering a free download this week from tween pop rock band Mission Six. The song is “Better Me” from their debut album, Superhero. I’m a fan of these guys, mostly because they’re not a choreographed dance troupe. Think […]

Pillar “Most Played” rock artist of 2008

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Radio & Records (R&R) has named rock artist PIllar as most played artist on the R&R Christian Rock Chart. “This is really incredible news,” says Rob Beckley, Pillar’s founding member and frontman. “We just celebrated our 10th No. 1 with […]

VeggieTales releases “Here I Am To Worship” CD

posted by Joanne Brokaw

This March, Big Idea will release the VeggieTales Here I Am To Worship album, featuring Bob, Larry and Junior Asparagus along with the Gospel Music Association’s three-time “Female Vocalist of the Year” Dove Award winner Natalie Grant and “2007 Artist […]

Brian Littrell’s son released from hospital

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Brian Littrell’s son Baylee was admitted to the hospital last week for undisclosed illness. The Littrell family asked for prayers. An update on Littrell’s website says: Before being admitted Baylee had been treated for or thought to have had strep […]

Ray Boltz’s new single “Don’t Tell Me Who To Love”

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I’m reading a lot lately about Ray Boltz’s new song, “Don’t Tell Me Who To Love” and it’s gay agenda. Because I like to check things out for myself, I went to Ray’s blog to read what he had to […]

MercyMe & Sandi Patty free Christmas song downloads

posted by Joanne Brokaw

FreeCCM.com is offering three free Christmas song downloads. One is Sara Groves’ Toy Packaging, which I already told you about, but you can also get a free download of MercyMe’s “Josephs Lullaby,” from the album The Christmas Sessions and Sandi […]

Philmont lends a hand to Habitat for Humanity

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Forefront Records’ pop-punk act Philmont embraces the spirit of Christmas by teaming up with Habitat for Humanity to build a house in Sea Island, S.C., earlier this month. The band not only gave of its time but also its talent, […]

Brian Littrell’s son in the hospital

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Brian Littrell reported on his website yesterday that his 6-year-old son Baylee has been admitted to the hospital. Littrell didn’t specify what was wrong with his son, but wrote, “He will be starting a treatment this afternoon and the Littrell […]

Recording industry tries new approach to music piracy; what’s that got to do with Christian music?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The Wall Street Journal reports today that the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is giving up its current method of tracking down internet pirates. Rather than bringing suit against music fans illegally downloading music – which has not only […]

“Free” Christian music downloads from CompassionArt

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The award-winning CompassionArt charity is giving away 100 million brand new songs from its upcoming CompassionArt: Creating Freedom From Poverty CD/DVD. The CompassionArt songs will be available for a limited time only. Well, I say free, but really you’re being […]

“Crying For A Christmas” the little song that defied industry odds

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I told you back in October about Scott Krippayne and Jeff Peabody , the songwriters who wrote the “American Idol” song “This Is My Now.” Last year, they wrote the song “Crying For A Christmas” for their church’s youth group […]

2009 GMA Week and Dove Awards dates announced

posted by Joanne Brokaw

If you’re involved in the Christian music industry at all, you might want to mark April 18-22, 2009 on your calendar. Those are the dates for the 30th annual Gospel Music Week, the industry’s premiere teaching and networking event. The […]

The Wrecking’s cover of Peter Gabriel’s song “In Your Eyes”

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I’ve told you before about one of my favorite bands, The Wrecking. The band recorded a cover of Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes” that is being used by Love146 ministry, an abolitionist movement that aims to free children from sexual […]

Ten Shekel Shirt’s Lamont Hiebert talks about art and social action

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I told you earlier about The Wrecking’s cover of Peter Gabriel’s song “In Your Eyes” and the ministry Love146. I thought you might like to hear a message from Ten Shekel Shirt’s Lamont Hiebert, who is a co-founder of Love146, […]

BarlowGirl’s “Home For Christmas” praised by New York Times and USA Today

posted by Joanne Brokaw

BarlowGirl’s Home For Christmas recently received high praises from USA Today and the New York Times, who called the album “stunning” and “delightful.”The song “Carol of the Bells” has claimed over 24,840 downloads since the project released in September, with […]

Brenton Brown’s “Everlasting God” honored by UK’s ASCAP as top song on American radio

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) recently honored songwriter Brenton Brown for his song “Everlasting God” at their awards ceremony in London. The event honored the top writer and publisher members of the UK’s Performing Right Society […]

Third Day announces 2009 Revelation tour, with Brandon Heath and Revive

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Here’s a great Christmas gift idea for the Third Day fan in your life: tickets to a show on Third Day’s 2009 Revelation tour! New Artist of the Year Brandon Heath and new four-piece pop/rock band Revive will join Third […]

Rebecca St. James appears in feature film, “To The Wall”

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Rebecca St. James – music artist, speaker and author – can add another credit to her resume: actress. The popular Christian music artist just wrapped up work on the film, “To The Wall.” The film is directed by Carey Scott […]

Free Christmas music download from the Gaither Vocal Band

posted by Joanne Brokaw

iTickets this week is offering a free download of the song “O Holy Night,” from The Gaither Vocal Band. To get your free Christmas music download, head over to the iTickets website. Merry Christmas!

Casting Crowns’ Mark Hall jokes about being Jack Bauer yesterday

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Casting Crowns was supposed to perform for President Bush last night, but instead the President was off to Iraq on a super secret trip. According to the Associated Press, the White House put out a false schedule saying President Bush […]

Contemporary Christian radio second most popular music format in US

posted by Joanne Brokaw

A Reuters story out this weekend reported that Contemporary Christian radio is now the second most popular radio music format in the U.S. According to Inside Radio, which tracks radio statistics, the most popular format overall is now News/talk, with […]

Christian music industry folks volunteer together; is it service or promotion?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

This week, staff from EMI Christian Music Group, Provident Music Group and Word Entertainment, along with volunteers from Belmont University, banded together to to package a record number 427,000 meals for the Minnisota-based non-profit hunger-relief organization, Feed My Starving Children. […]

CeCe Winans, Twinkie Clark, Donald Lawrence receive Trailblazers Award

posted by Joanne Brokaw

BMI will honor gospel greats Twinkie Clark, Donald Lawrence and CeCe Winans (pictured) at its 10th Annual Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards Luncheon on Friday, Jan. 16, 2009. The invitation-only ceremony will take place at Rocketown (401 6th Avenue South) […]

What exactly is Emergent music?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Over on Beliefnet’s The New Christians blog, which is a really interesting blog that talks about the emergent church and culture, blogger Tony Jones pointed his readers to a free download of an album from an “Anglimergent” church called Church […]

Cactus Cuties “National Anthem” YouTube hit

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I normally don’t pay attention to those “check this video out” chain emails, but for whatever reason I opened one from a friend with a video of some girls singing the National Anthem. (See video above.)Wow, I was blown away […]

Skillet named #1 Christian artist of 2008 by Radio & Records

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Christian rock band Skillet was named R&R’s (Radio & Records) Top CHR Artist of the Year for 2008. Since R&R began publishing Christian Radio charts, Skillet has garnered more #1 songs from one recording – their album Comatose – than […]

What’s your favorite Christian music album of 2008?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

As we wind down 2008, I started to make a list of my favorite albums of the year. The only problem is that, try as I might, I just haven’t listened to every album. And there are genres that, even […]

Economy affects LifeLight Christian music festival (and more?)

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The Argus Leader in Sioux Falls, SD reports that the annual LifeLight festival, the free Christian music festival held at Wild Water West Waterpark on Labor Day weekend, may have to scale back the event next year due to waning […]

Switchfoot’s Jon Foreman and Nickle Creek’s Sean Watkins form Fiction Family; free download

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Switchfoot frontman Jon Foreman and Nickle Creek guitarist Sean Watkins have gotten together for a side project called Fiction Family. The two met a few years ago at a show featuring Wilco, R.E.M., Nickel Creek and Switchfoot. Over time, they […]

Paul Colman releases new solo album, History

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Paul Colman, formerly of the Grammy nominated, Dove Award-winning group Paul Colman Trio and now guitarist for Newsboys, is getting ready to release his second solo album, History, in January. The album showcases the best of Colman’s career, including Paul […]

Congrats to downhere’s Jeremy Thiessen and his wife on their new baby

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Congrats to downhere drummer Jeremy Thiessen and his wife Erin on their new baby, born 12/4. Jeremy’s Twitter says: “His name is Liam Jeremiah, born Dec. 4th at 12:18pm. He weighed 7lb 8oz and was 20.5″ long. Mom and baby […]

Christian music artists’ Grammy Nominations

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The nominations are in for the 2009 Grammys, and lots of your favorite Christian music artists are nominated. Well, in the Gospel category, anyway. That’s the weird thing about the Grammys. All Christian artists fall into the Gospel categories. For […]

Christian music’s next big thing: who’s it gonna be?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Who would have thought that an unknown singer who took home first place in the Southern Gospel category at the 2004 GMA Academy in Washington would end up topping the mainstream charts today after scoring a huge win on “American […]

Christian band’s drummer killed in accident

posted by Joanne Brokaw

There’s an ongoing debate in Christian music about whether artists should label themselves “Christian” or not. Some do, and others don’t. It’s a personal thing, for sure, but let me share with you one reason why it’s important to be […]

“You might be a Christian music fan if” joke explained

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Well, knock me over with a pack of Testamints but apparently some of you didn’t get my “You might be a Christian music fan if…” post. Well, at least the Jonas Brothers/David Archuleta joke anyway. Most of you probably didn’t […]

My picks for the 12 Songs of Christmas – do you agree?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last month, I started working on a gallery for Beliefnet on the best versions of some traditional Christmas carols. Like I told you earier this week, there are thousands of versions of these songs, and it’s hard to just to […]

Using your artistic gifts for God

posted by Joanne Brokaw

As regular readers of this blog know, I often feature videos from my friend Pastor Dave Weiss. He’s an incredible artist and a bivocational pastor – which means he has a full time job, plus he pastors a small church […]

A reader asks, Where’s all the good Christian music?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I LOVE LOVE LOVE when my readers throw out questions that we can all chat about. And yesterday, I got a great one from a reader we’ll call … um … Paula: So, here’s the question: are there any CCM […]

You might be a Christian music fan if …

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Very funny Christian writer Matthew Paul Turner did a post this week on his blog, Jesus Needs New PR, in which he asks readers to finish the phrase, “You might be a Christian rock star if …” His suggestions range […]

Randall Goodgame releases new EP, Bluebird; free download of single

posted by Joanne Brokaw

How happy am I? Randall Goodgame just released a new EP! You may not have heard his name before, but you’ve probably heard his music. Randall Goodgame is a songwriter for Caedmon’s Call and had penned songs for artists like […]

Joe Jonas, Taylor Swift, Camilla Belle and the mixed message of celebrity romance

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I had several people write and ask me if I’m going to cover the Joe Jonas/Taylor Swift break up, or address the post that the guys put up on their MySpace blog about it. No, I’m not, at least in […]

Arrest made in Jennifer Hudson family murders

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Reuters reported yesterday that William Balfour, the former brother-in-law of actress Jennifer Hudson, has been arrested for the murder of Hudson’s mother, brother and nephew. Balfour was in an Illinois prison on charges of parole violation for a previous attempted […]

Save “Pushing Daisies” and star Kristin Chenoweth

posted by Joanne Brokaw

OK, OK, I confess. I’m a huge fan of the ABC show “Pushing Daisies” and was really ticked when I saw last week that they’re not renewing the show. What does that have to do with Christian music? Well, the […]

Recognize World AIDS Day with “Miss HIV” documentary

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Today is World AIDS Day, and I thought I’d just remind you of a documentary I wrote about last month called “Miss HIV.” The Newsboys served as the film crew for the shoot in Uganda, assisting director Jim Hanon by […]

What’s your favorite Christmas song?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I just finished putting together a gallery of Christmas songs for Beliefnet, featuring 12 unique and favorite versions of carols like “Silent Night” and “O Come O Come Emmanuel” from artists like Casting Crowns and Jars of Clay. I listened […]

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