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I need to clarify my Phil Stacey post

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I just wanted to take a minute to clarify – and apologize – if my Phil Stacey post came off as critical. I got a comment from CFPhilfan made me go back and reread the post, and he/she is right: […]

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Phil Stacey Signs With Reunion Records

posted by Joanne Brokaw

For those of you who think American Idol is th fastest way to the top of the music industry, be warned: even Idols get the axe. Phil Stacey parted ways with his label, Lyric Street, according to the Country Standard […]

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Indie Artist Mariah Secrest Shares Thoughts On You, The Listener

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Let’s have an indie Friday, with not only a free download of an indie music CD, but a guest blog post from indie artist Mariah Secrest. One of the great things about the internet is that you get to connect […]

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Free Christian Music Sampler Download from Conversant Life

posted by Joanne Brokaw

ConversantLife.com has teamed up with C28 stores to offer a free sampler CD of Christian music from indie artists. A new sampler CD will be released quarterly. Just head over to the Undiscovered website and download the current free music […]

Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Billy Powell dies

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Lynyrd Skynyrd keyboardist Billy Powell died this morning at his condo in Florida. News reports say that he had a history of heart problems and had missed an appointment with his cardiologist on Tuesday. According to reports, Powell called 911 […]

Free Christian Music Download From Group 1 Crew

posted by Joanne Brokaw

You can free Christian music download of Group 1 Crew’s “Moving” at TotalAxxess.com. The song is from the band’s latest album, Ordinary Dreamers. The link to the “MPFree” is on the right hand side of the page, just above the […]

American Idol Judge Kara DioGuardi Gives Contestant Some Solid Advice

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night’s episode of “American Idol” in Jacksonville was without much excitement. (You can read my American Idol recaps at NewChristianVoices.com.) But Kara DioGuardi did give contestant Darin Darnell some excellent advice. Darnell was a bit weepy because his buddy […]

Should the Covenant Lady Knights really forfeit to Dallas Academy?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

An editorial today by Bud Kennedy in the Star-Telegram shows the story about Texas high school basketball team Covenant Lady Knights and their 100-0 romp over Dallas Academy has a tie to Christian music. (If a hot story has a […]

Free Christian Music Download From Flynn Adam

posted by Joanne Brokaw

This week’s free Christian music download is from founding member and leader of L.A. Symphony, Flynn Adam. The song is “Feel It Now” from the Hip Hope 2009 compilation CD. Remember, these iTickets free downloads are only available for a […]

Update on Reverend Schuller and the Crystal Cathedral

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I know that technically this doesn’t really have much to do with Christian music – other than the fact that the Hour of Power frequently has Christian music artists on the show – but I know many of you have […]

Omega Bugembe Okello receives NAACP Image Award nomination

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Up-and-coming artist Omega Bugembe Okello recently received an NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding World Music Artist. The Ugandan songstress began her musical career as a young child when she was selected as one of the first and youngest members […]

Christian band Revive makes Billboard’s list of bands to watch in 2009; get a free song download

posted by Joanne Brokaw

This week, Billboard magazine named Revive one of 15 new “Faces To Watch” in 2009. The high-energy, pop/rock band is the only Christian music artist selected for the story, which highlights emerging talent in various genres of music. The article […]

Katy Perry: Clearing The Air On Her Faith, Her Parents And That Celibacy Vow

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I had a chance last week to take part in a teleconference with hot pop artist Katy Perry. Perry is preparing for her world tour and appearance on the Grammys in February. Katy Perry is a hot topic on the […]

Rev. Timothy Wright needs prayer

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I know many of you have been following the progress of Rev. Timothy Wright as he recovers from the accident last July that took the lives of his wife and grandson. Rev. Wright suffered a C4 spinal cord injury. I […]

Anberlin on being Christian and a band, but not a Christian band

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I came across two articles this morning where rock band Anberlin talks about being Christian, and being a band, but not necessarily a Christian band. I love this band, and I get where they’re coming from. Like many bands who […]

Dottie Rambo’s Daughter Sues Bus Driver From Accident that Killed the Gospel Singer

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The Associated Press reports today that Reba Rambo-McGuire, the daughter of gospel legend Dottie Rambo, is suing the driver at the helm of the bus that crashed last May, killing Dottie Rambo and injuring seven others. Also accused of negligence […]

Thousand Foot Krutch and Fireflight Perform at Winter X Games Today and Tomorrow

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Thousand Foot Krutch and Fireflight are set to perform at the Winter X Games 13 in Aspen/Snowmass, CO. as part of the “Best of the Beat” for Taco Bell’s Feed the Beat program. The bands were two of the three […]

Robert Pierre helps raise $800,000 for The James Fund

posted by Joanne Brokaw

During the holiday season, 16-year-old Robert Pierre teamed up with Family Christian Stores to give away a special pre-release of his upcoming album Identity when shoppers made a donation to the James Fund. The charity that helps widows and orphans […]

Storyside: B Bassist Ron McClelland Dies While On A Cruise

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Jonas Brothers surprise Obama girls on Inauguration night

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Inauguration night wasn’t just full of fun for grownups. ABC News reports that Malia and Sasha had a party at the White House with friends from school, complete with a scavenger hunt and movies, and at the end? A surprise […]

Big Daddy Weave resolves to lose 90 lbs. in 2009

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Big Daddy Weave’s lead singer and guitarist, Mike Weaver, is resolving to lose 90 pounds this year by launching the “90 in ’09 Challenge.” His bio on the “90 in 09″ website puts it this way: “Political correctness aside, Big […]

Rush of Fools teams up with Jim Brickman on his new album

posted by Joanne Brokaw

When renowned pianist Jim Brickman releases his new album, Ultimate Love Songs: The Very Best Of Jim Brickman, on January 27, Christian rock band Rush Of Fools will be celebrating with him. The band, whose self-titled debut garnered the band […]

Free Christian music download from Philmont

posted by Joanne Brokaw

This week, iTickets is offering a free Christian music download from Philmont.The free Christian music download is the song “My Hippocratic Oath” from the band’s debut album, Oh Snap.The video above is a great behind the scenes look at the […]

Chris Sligh co-writes new Rascal Flatts song

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Chris Sligh, American Idol Season 6 finalist (at what point can we stop id’ing AI alum by that credit?), has co-written the new Rascal Flatt’s single, “Here Comes Goodbye.” The song was written by Sligh and Clint Lagerberg, who also […]

Newsboys kick of “Join The Tribe” tour in February

posted by Joanne Brokaw

On February 20, the newsboys will kicks off their 35-city “Join The Tribe” tour, featuring DecembeRadio, VOTA (formerly known as Casting Pearls), and Bread of Stone. Also on the tour is Jody Davis, who has re-joined newsboys after a five-year […]

Israel Houghton and other Gospel artists tapped to perform at Obama Inauguration events

posted by Joanne Brokaw

When President Elect Barak Obama takes the oath of office on Tuesday, several Gospel artists will be part of the inaugural celebration. The 2009 Heroes Red, White & Blue Inaugural Ball, scheduled for Tuesday night at the Warner Theater in […]

Stellar Award winners; Marvin Sapp takes home 7 awards

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Marvin Sapp was the big winner at Saturday’s Stellar Awards, taking home seven awards, including Artist of the Year. Sapp’s “Never Would Have Made It,” from his album Thirsty, was the most played gospel artist of 2008, according to Radio […]

My pledge for 2009: pursue justice, show mercy, and love my neighbor

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I know the dawn of the New Year is a couple of weeks behind us, but I’m still thinking about one of my resolutions for 2009: to better love and serve my neighbor. As I read the Bible cover to […]

Rockers Mae are embarking on a year of charity, and you can help

posted by Joanne Brokaw

With the help of the band’s international community, rockers Mae have embarked on a year-long journey to help those less fortunate and also raise awareness about important humanitarian issues. Every month in 2009, the band will release a new song […]

The Fray releases sophomore album to Christian market

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Alt rockers The Fray are releasing their self-titled sophomore effort to the Christian market on February 3, 2009. The band, who sold 3.2 million copies of their mainstream debut album How To Save A Life, opted to release this second […]

More on American Idol contestant Danny Gokey and wife Sophia

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I know it’s still early in the competition, but last night’s auditions in Kansas City showcased Danny Gokey, a singer from Milwaukee who lost his wife just four weeks before that audition. The show’s producers milked that story, didn’t they? […]

What’s up with American Idol’s new judge Kara DioGuardi and why is the show milking contestants’ tragedies?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

So the first two auditions from American Idol are over, and I have two questions: 1) Why is American Idol taking such advantage of the contestants’ tragedies? 2) Why do we need another judge? First, the contestants.

Ray Stevens’ Mississippi Squirrel Revival music video

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I was doing some research today for an article I’m doing on social networking, and came across this video on GodTube. It’s old but it’s hilarious. I know Ray Stevens’ song “The Streak” and this is another one that’ll make […]

Spanish praise music compilations released from Maranatha Music

posted by Joanne Brokaw

On January 27, Maranatha! Music will release Quiero Alabarte 1 and Quiero Alabarte 2. Each compilation features vocal and instrumental versions of the best of Maranatha! Praise recorded in the Spanish language. The Quiero Alabarte series has touched thousands of […]

MercyMe, Jeremy Camp, Hawk Nelson head out on Rock and Worship Roadshow

posted by Joanne Brokaw

This could be the tour of the spring, when the Rock and Worship Roadshow kicks off in March, with MercyMe, Jeremy Camp and Hawk Nelson, as well as new and burgeoning bands Tenth Avenue North and Addison Road. The all […]

Gaither Vocal Band changes group members

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Gaither.com has announced that the Gaither Vocal Band has made some significant line up changes, going from a quartet to a quintet, losing a key member and bringing back some Gaither alum. “With mixed emotions and tremendous optimism about the […]

The Ugandan Water Project album raises money for clean water project

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Amani Records, a small indie label located here in Western NY, has released an album called The Ugandan Water Project. The album is designed to help raise money for the Ugandan Water Project, which provides clean water to villages in […]

Free Christian music download from Ayiesha Woods

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The free music download from iTickets this week is from Ayiesha Woods. The song is “The Remedy,” from her 2006 debut album, Introducing Ayiesha Woods. The album garnered Woods a Grammy nomination for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album, as well as […]

Christian abolitionists highlighted in USA Today story

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Technically, this doesn’t have anything to do specifically with Christian music, but USA Today did a great story on Christian abolitionists involved in helping sex slaves regain their freedom. It connects to Christian music, though, because so many artists are […]

Radio and Record’s Most Played Christian Songs of 2008

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Radio and Records released their 2008 Year End Charts, and here’s a peek at the most played songs on Christian radio formats: Top 5 Gospel songs: 1) Never Would Have Made It, Marvin Sapp 2) Work It Out, Troy Sneed […]

10th Anniversary Super Bowl Gospel Celebration takes place Friday, January 30

posted by Joanne Brokaw

On Friday, January 30, 2009, the 10th Anniversary Super Bowl Gospel Celebration will take place at the University of South Florida’s SunDome, in Tampa, Florida. The event is part of the festivities leading up to the Super Bowl. The event […]

Free Christian music download from Brian Bates

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Brian Bates, who kindly shared some thoughts with us recently about how Christians should respond to Ray Boltz and gays, is offering fans a download of his new song, “Under.” You can listen to the song on his website, and […]

Tenth Avenue North best selling new Christian artist of 2008

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Newcomers Tenth Avenue North finished 2008 as the best selling new Christian artist, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The band sold nearly 60,000 copies of their debut album Over and Underneath, and was the only new artist to break the 100,000 […]

Vinyl records making a comeback of sorts

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last week, I wrote about my belief that digital music will never completely take over CDs, because I think there are still music fans who want a physical product to hold in their hands. And now there’s proof that vinyl […]

Michael W. Smith, Dolly Parton, Bobby Jones, Dixie Hummingbirds and Lari Goss newest members of Gospel Music Hall of Fame

posted by Joanne Brokaw

This February, Dolly Parton, Michael W. Smith, Dr. Bobby Jones, the Dixie Hummingbirds and producer Lari Goss will be named the newest members of the Gospel Music Association Foundation’s Gospel Music Hall of Fame. The GMA Gospel Music Hall of […]

Superchick’s “Hey, Hey” tapped by NBC for show promo

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Superchick’s song “Hey, Hey,” from their latest album Rock What You Got, has been tapped by NBC to promote three new shows. You can catch the song in promos for “Superstars of Dance,” “Biggest Loser Couples,” and “Howie Do It.” […]

Building 429 tour with After Edmund, Above The Golden State, and Kimber Rising

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Building 429 heads out in February for another leg of their “Truth, Hope & Love Tour.” Joining them will be Grammy-nominated After Edmund and newcomers Above The Golden State and Kimber Rising.I love when I can tell you about bands […]

Nominate your favorite Southern Gospel artist for a Diamond Award

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The Diamond Awards, which honor the best in Southern Gospel music, will be handed out in July during the the inaugural Branson Gospel Music Convention. And Southern Gospel fans are being asked to nominate their favorite artists for awards. You […]

Cool Hand Luke’s new project and tour with My Epic

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Cool Hand Luke hit the road this month in support of their new project, The Sleeping House. They’ll tour through the end of the month, hitting venues across the Southeast. For the past year, Cool Hand Luke has been in […]

The Christers spoof Christian rock with humor

posted by Joanne Brokaw

You know how I love Christian humor and music parodies like Jesus People and God’s Pottery, and I stumbled upon this 2005 mockumentary, “Never Been Thawed,” on the Subversive Church blog. According to the blog, Never Been Thawed is a […]

Christian duo to perform at Obama inauguration

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Dove Award-winning music duo Angelo and Veronica are scheduled to perform at the “Celebration of Change” concert on January 17, 2009 at Constitution Hall in Washington, DC, as part of President-elect Barack Obama’s inaugural celebration. In addition their own six […]

Free Christian music downloads from Darlene Zschech, Derek Webb, and Mike Farris

posted by Joanne Brokaw

FreeCCM.com is offering free Christian music downloads from Darlene Zschech, Derek Webb and Mike Farris. The first single is “Streets Of Galilee” from Mike Farris’ album Salvation In Lights. You can also get a download of Darlene Zschech’s “Call Upon […]

Free Christian music download from Jon Foreman and Sean Watkins’ Fiction Family

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Jon Foreman of Switchfoot and Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek have teamed up for a project called Fiction Family, and you can get a free download this week at iTickets.com The song is “When She’s Near,” from their self-titled debut […]

Newsboys guitarist Jody Davis returns; Paul Colman will pursue solo career

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The newsboys announced this week that former guitarist Jody Davis is returhing to the band after a five-year hiatus. Davis will replace Paul Colman, who has played with the band for the last three years. Davis, who was a member […]

Phil Keaggy’s “The Song Within” a cure for the winter blahs

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I’ve spent much of my day working on an aricle for a group of Christian newspapers. The sun is shining, but it’s still very cold out. My eyes are burning from all of the time spent on the computer today […]

Bryan Duncan still dancing after all these years

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I did a story for the Christian Examiner on Christian music artist Bryan Duncan. The article is up on their website right now. It was interesting to talk to Duncan. He’s an artist who spent years and years traveling the […]

Miley Cyrus and boyfriend Justin Gaston at church

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Photos were posted all over the internet today of pop star Miley Cyrus and boyfriend Justin Gaston attending church with the whole Cyrus family. I’m more than a little disturbed that a trip to church was turned into a photo […]

Jonas Brothers and Christian friends perform in Nashville

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The Jonas Brothers performed a concert yesterday at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, with friends Jordin Sparks, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Phil Vassar, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith and Steven Curtis Chapman. That’s the first time in a long […]

Busch Gardens goes Christian – for a day, anyway

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I’ve written about how Christian music has become this huge parallel universe, but more and more the subculture is coming into the mainstream as the rest of America sees there dollars to be made from the Christian community. The Orlando […]

Free download from Christian rockers Kutless

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Bible Study Magazine is offering a free download of Kutless’ single, “Complete,” from their latest album, To Know You’re Alive. Like most other free downloads, you have to give them all of your contact info to get the song. You […]

Philmont’s “The Difference” video

posted by Joanne Brokaw

With the year still new, here’s a great video for the song “The Difference,” from newcomers Philmont and their debut album, Oh Snap. This year may you live life so that the difference shows every day.

Uncle Jay explains the headlines of 2008

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Someone shared this funny video with me. It’s incredibly well done, and quite amusing. Happy New Year!!

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