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American Idol Top 9 Perform Tonight – Blogging Live!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Join me tonight as American Idol’s Top 9 perform live. Rumor is that the contestants chose from a list of the top songs downloaded on iTunes. That means the music will be super current and could be all over the […]

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Gospel Music Channel Spotlights Top Artists Third Day, Jars of Clay, Israel Houghton

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The Gospel Music Channel launched a new show this past week, “Revealed.” The show features a single artist or group performing in front of a live audience in an intimate, acoustic-like setting where they perform songs from their latest albums […]

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Downhere Takes Home Juno Award

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Congrats to rock band Downhere, who took home a Juno Award for Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year at the 2009 Juno Awards. The Juno Awards are the Canadian equivalent of the Grammys. The above video is a live performance […]

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Jon Bon Jovi, Queen Latifah, 3 Doors Down And More Go Gospel On New Album

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Reuters reports today that some of secular music’s top acts — among them Queen Latifah, Jon Bon Jovi, Joss Stone and 3 Doors Down — join together on the gospel album, “Oh Happy Day: An All-Star Music Celebration.” The EMI […]

Ray Boltz Performs Palm Sunday Concert At Screening of “Prayers For Bobby”

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The Abilene Reporter News reports that on April 5th CCM artist Ray Boltz will perform at the second annual “Palm Sunday at the Paramount,” sponsored by Exodus Metropolitan Church. The concert is at 4 PM, and Boltz is inviting singers […]

Is Mary Mary’s “Gospel Club” Tour An Oxymoron?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Grammy winning gospel/R&B duo Mary Mary sets out a spring club tour beginning April 8 at the Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis, Maryland, and ending April 29 at the House of Blues in Anaheim, California. The duo’s latest release, […]

American Idol Top 10 Recap: Should Megan Have Been In The Bottom Three?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night on American Idol, Michael Sarver was sent home. I don’t think that anyone was surprised, but was was shocking was that Matt Giraud was in the bottom three. Honestly, most everyone I talked with thought for sure that […]

Gospel Dream, The Idol-esque Talent Show, Returns; Auditions Start April 1

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The Gospel Music Channel has announced that Gospel Dream, the Idol-esque singing competition, is back for a fourth season. The show airs beginning June 6 and culminates with the grand finale coronation of the new Gospel Dream winner on July […]

American Idol Top 10 Results – Michael Goes Home

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Well, it’s the end of the road for one contestant tonight for one of American Idol’s Top 10. DialIdol.com is predicting that Megan, Michael and Scott will be in the bottom three, but I think it may be Lil instead […]

Kevin Max And Wife Welcome Third Child

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Kevin Max and wife Amanda welcomed their third child into the world on Tuesday. Knightly Christobal Max was born at 9:23 p.m. on March 24, 2009, at Baptist Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. Knightly joins big sister London and big brother […]

Free Christian Music Download of Brian Bates’ “You Danced”

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Indie artist Brian Bates released his latest video to media outlets last week, and I wanted to share it with you because I just loved the song and footage. The song, “You Danced,” was inspired by Bates’ recent trip to […]

American Idol’s Top 10 Perform Tonight – Blogging Live

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The President’s address pushed American Idol off by a day this week, so the Top 10 will perform the songs of Motown tonight. This could be a really great show, because once again the variety of songs available offers the […]

Two free downloads from Christian Rock Band Disciple

posted by Joanne Brokaw

This week, you have two chances to download music from Disciple’s new album, Southern Hospitality. Over on FreeCCM, you can get a free download of the song, “Whisper So Loud.” And at iTickets, this week only you can get a […]

Free Christian Music Downloads from Building 429, 33 Miles, Disciple and more

posted by Joanne Brokaw

This month, FreeCCM.com is offering free downloads from Building 429, 33 Miles, Disciple Connersvine, Caedmon’s Call, Laura Story and Phil Wickham. Just go to the FreeCCM.com website for your free Christian music downloads!

Free Download And Interview with Israel Houghton

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Beliefnet’s Nicole Symmonds did a great interview with Israel Houghton this week. Israel talks about his new album, The Power of One. The Power Of One is Houghton’s first solo studio offering after a string of highly successful New Breed […]

Natasha Bedingfield weds Matthew Robinson

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Congratulations to pop singer Natasha Bedingfield and businessman Matthew Robinson, who were married Saturday at the Church Estates Vineyards in Malibu. The two had been engaged for two years. In a statement, Bedingfield said, “Our wedding day was everything we’d […]

Southern Gospel Music’s Fan Fair Award Recipients

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The 5th Annual SGM Fan Awards were handed out last week during the Southern Gospel Music FanFair in Pigeon Forge, TN. The event was hosted by Christian Voice Magazine. The event brought together more than 100 artists for a six-day […]

Christian Radio Station of the Year Finalists

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The Gospel Music Association (GMA) announced the finalists for the 2009 GMA/Christian Music Broadcasters (CMB) Radio Station of the Year. The radio station awards are designed to publicly acknowledge those Christian radio stations that meet the highest standards of quality […]

Free Christian Music Download from Bluetree

posted by Joanne Brokaw

You can get a free download from Belfast, Ireland-based modern worship band Bluetree! The song is “Each Day” from the band’s acclaimed debut, God Of This City. While the song is ultimately an upbeat declaration of a believer’s unwavering trust […]

YOU Be the Interviewer For This Year’s Gospel Music Week

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Have you ever wished you could ask your favorite Christian music artist a question? Gospel Music Week doesn’t happen until April, but I’m already gearing up for the event, which brings together artists, media and industry professionals for a week […]

American Idol Top 11 Results LIVE

posted by Joanne Brokaw

It’s American Idol results night, and it’s time to find out what happens to our Top 11. Will Michael Sarver live to bore us for another week? Will Adam’s over the top show finally be too much for viewers? Did […]

Is There Too Much Jesus On American Idol?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night, Danny Gokey sang Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus Take The Wheel.” As expected, he sang it well, although I don’t think it was his best performance.But in light of the media focus this week on the Christian aspect of this […]

American Idol Top 11 Predictions

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night, American Idol’s Top 11 performed and tonight we find out who’s going home. The remaining 10 have the added bonus of being assured a spot on the American Idol tour.So if you liked Adam Lambert’s … errr … […]

2009 Christian Music Talent Search – Is Your Band The Next Big Thing?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The Christian Festival Association is once again partnering with Word Label Group to host a nationwide search for the best new talent in Christian music. The 2009 National Talent Search will start with 19 regional competitions at Christian Music Association-affiliated […]

American Idol’s Top 11 Perform Grand Ole Opry Hits – Blogging LIVE Tonight

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Join me here LIVE tonight as American Idol’s Top 11 perform hits made popular by members of the Grand Ole Opry. While I know the Opry is all about country, it evokes images more of gospel country than “crying in […]

Gospel Soundcheck Featured in Associated Press American Idol Story

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Clearly, the Christian music-American Idol link is a hot hot hot topic because last week I was interviewed not only by MTV on the Chris Fabry Live! radio show, but also the Associated Press about the show and the number […]

4 Reasons Why There Are So Many Christian Contestants On American Idol

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I did an interview last week with Gil Kaufman from MTV about the number of Christian contestants on this season of American Idol. Later that same day, I talked to a reporter named Derrick from the Associated Press about the […]

I’m A Guest Today on “Chris Fabry Live”

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I’ll be a guest today on the Moody Radio Show “Chris Fabry Live.” You can listen live at 2 pm Central/3 pm Eastern. The topic? You guessed it: Christians on American Idol. Get the Gospel Soundcheck headlines delivered daily to […]

MTV Features Gospel Soundcheck In A Story on American Idol

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Gil Kaufman, a writer for MTV, interviewed me this week for a story he was doing about American Idol and what seems like an unusual number of Christian artists in this season’s competition. I’ve been covering the Christian angle of […]

Brandon Heath Goes “Joe-free” For Blood:Water Mission

posted by Joanne Brokaw

In support of Blood:Water Mission’s “40 Days of Water,” Brandon Heath is committing himself to his own version of the campaign called “No Joe March.” For 40 days, from March 1 to April 9, Brandon is giving up all other […]

“Ghost Whisperer” Features New Single from Phillip LaRue; And While We’re Talking About The Show …

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Tonight’s episode of “Ghost Whisperer” will feature the new single “Found” from Phillip LaRue’s upcoming album, Let the Road Pave Itself. The album releases April 7. And while we’re talking about “Ghost Whisperer” …

Gospel Star Bebe Winans Arrested For Domestic Assault Against Ex-Wife

posted by Joanne Brokaw

You can view this video of Debra Winans discussing domestic assault charges against her ex-husband Bebe Winans by visiting the WSMV news website. WSMV TV in Nashville reports that Gospel icon Bebe Winans was arrested in February for domestic assault […]

South Park Parody of Jonas Brothers Right On The Money

posted by Joanne Brokaw

*** WARNING: THIS CLIP CONTAINS CURSING & STRONG LANGUAGE ***More than a few of you have asked me what I thought about this week’s episode of “South Park,” which parodied the Jonas Brothers and the Disney marketing machine, especially given […]

Snark Alert: Jonas Brothers Launch Clothing Line – For Girls!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The Jonas Brothers franchise – which already includes music, a 3D movie, t-shirts and assorted other must-have tween products – will now include a new clothing line for girls, thanks to Disney Consumer Products. Set for this year’s back to […]

Chris Brown Withdraws From Consideration For Kids’ Choice Awards

posted by Joanne Brokaw

In a statement yesterday, music artist Chris Brown has withdrawn himself from consideration for the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards for Favorite Male Singer and Favorite Song. The statement said: “Chris very much appreciates the support of his fans and the […]

Joel and Victoria Osteen Hold Event at Yankee Stadium

posted by Joanne Brokaw

On Saturday, April 25th at 7:00 p.m., nine days after the New York Yankees home opener, Joel and Victoria Osteen will hold “A Night of Hope” at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, N.Y. The event, which will be the first […]

American Idol Top 13 Results and Surprises

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night we saw the Top13 perform – some did great, some not so much. Tonight we see who American has chosen to move on as two contestants go home … or do we? Simon said they have a surprise […]

Christian Music Poll: Should The Newsboys Change Their Name?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Newsboys fans got a shock yesterday when it was officially announced that former dcTalk member Michael Tait will be taking over as lead vocalist of one of Christian music’s most popular bands. While fans seem open to giving Michael Tait […]

American Idol Top 13 Perform Michael Jackson Songs

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Join me here LIVE tonight as American Idol’s Top 13 contestants perform the songs of American Idol. Michael Jackson songs? Hmmm. This should be interesting. Performing tonight: Kris Allen Danny Gokey Megan Joy Corkrey Anoop Desai Matt Giraud Alexis Grace […]

Is Peter Furler Leaving The Newsboys? Michael Tait Announced As New Lead Singer

posted by Joanne Brokaw

***Original Post: 3/9/09: 8:53 AM *** ***UPDATED 3/9/09 6:00 PM *** I told this morning that I got a tip early today from my friend, Mark Weber, host of the ChristianMusicDaily.com, who said he heard that Peter Furler was leaving […]

Michael Sweet’s Wife, Kyle, Succumbs To Cancer

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Kyle Rae Sweet, wife of Michael Sweet, co-founder of Stryper and current guitarist/vocalist for Boston, succumbed last week to cancer. Kyle was diagnosed with cancer in February 2007. A press release said she passed away at 8:30 p.m. ET on […]

My Review Of The Movie “House” Noted In DVD Campaign

posted by Joanne Brokaw

OK, time for a little non-Christian music self promotion. Back in November, I did a review of the movie “House,” based on the psychological thriller novel by Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker. The review ran at MovieJungle.com. The DVD of […]

American Idol Names Top 13, Not 12

posted by Joanne Brokaw

On last night’s American Idol Wild Card show (you can read my live show recap), the judges surprised everyone by naming 13 contestants instead of 12. Ricky Braddy blew his chance by singing “Superstition” and looking like a karaoke contestant. […]

American Idol Wild Card Show – Performances & Results TOP 13!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Tonight on American Idol we get to see the last group of performers and find out which three will make it to the Top 12. The contestants will perform and then the judges will announce their decisions. Peforming tonight: Anoop […]

Snark Alert: Faith-Inspired Energy Drink Endorsed by Sonicflood

posted by Joanne Brokaw

A press release this morning announced that “1in3Trinity, a Faith-inspired company of lifestyle products, is proud to announce that it has signed worship band SONICFLOOd to endorse their newly released faith-inspired energy drink, 1in3Trinity Energy Drink.” Yes, you read it […]

Free Download of House of Heroes EP, The End Is Not The End

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Yup, you read that right! House of Heroes has teamed up with Amazon.com to offer you a free download of a three-song EP. The EP includes, “If,” “In the Valley of the Dying Sun,” and “Lose Control.” Head over to […]

Joy Williams Talks About Leaving the CCM Circuit

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Christian Music Today has a really nice interview with Joy Williams that you might find interesting. When she was just 17, Joy Williams launched onto the CCM pop scene with a bang, and then kind of faded away. She’s spent […]

American Idol Wild Card Round: The Return of Tatiana!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night, Scott MacIntyre, Lil Rounds and Jorge Nunez joined Danny Gokey, Alexis Grace, Michael Sarver, Allison Iraheta, Kris Allen and Adam Lambert, and the judges announced the 8 contestants who will vie tonight for the final three spots in […]

American Idol Group 3 Results: Scott MacIntyre, Lil Rounds, Jorge Nunez

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Tonight we get the results from the Group 3 live performances of last night. You can read my comments as I blogged live last night but my predictions: Lil Rounds, Scott MacIntyre and Felicia Barton. In the competition so far, […]

Gospel Music Scam Reportedly Targeting Churches and Artists

posted by Joanne Brokaw

A story in the TimesNews.com reports on a potential scam involving Gospel promoter Wade Weaver: “According to reports, in previous cases checks written by the agency may be returned for insufficient funds, some scheduled gospel programs might be canceled, and […]

Taylor Hanson, Bun E Carlos, James Iha, Adam Schlesinger in New Pop Group Tinted Windows

posted by Joanne Brokaw

What do you get when you mix a little Hanson with some Cheap Trick and a dash of Smashing Pumpkins and Fountains of Wayne?A new pop called Tinted Windows. Rolling Stone’s Smoking Section highlights the new supergroup, which features Taylor […]

American Idol Wild Card Round This Week, Thursday March 5

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Tonight, American Idol’s Group 3 competes to fill the next 3 spots in the Top 12 (you can join me tonight LIVE and comment during the show). We get the results tomorrow, on Wednesday … and then the Wild Card […]

VeggieTales Worship Music Free Download

posted by Joanne Brokaw

You heard that right – here’s a free music download from the new VeggieTales’ album, VeggieTales: Here I Am To Worship. The song is Here “I Am To Worship,” featuring Bob, Larry and Junior Asparagus and Dove Award winning artist […]

Free Christian Music Download From Brad & Rebekah Bichsel

posted by Joanne Brokaw

You can check out new music from Brad & Rebekah Bichsel with a free music download of their song, “Thank You Lord,” from their album Acoustically Inclined. The duo offer acoustic worship featuring guitar, cello, and intimate vocals. Head over […]

Free Christian music download from House of Heroes

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Check out the free music download from House of Heroes. The song is “In The Valley Of The Dying Sun”, from their album The End Is Not The End. Jason Tate at AbsolutePunk.net says of the band’s new album, “They […]

American Idol Group 3 – Blogging Live

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Tonight on American Idol, we get to see Group 3 perform and find out if worship leader Felicia Barton joins fellow worship leaders Danny Gokey, Michael Sarver and Kris Allen in the Top 12. It’s a season rife with Christian […]

Free Christian Music Download from American Idol’s Mandisa

posted by Joanne Brokaw

You can get a free music download from former American Idol contestant Mandisa over at iTickets.com. The song is “My Deliverer” from her new album, Freedom. The song is the first single from the album, which releases March 24th. The […]

MxPx Premieres “Suburban Home” On Their MySpace

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Today, MxPx will be premiering their version of the Descendents’ “Suburban Home” on their MySpace page. The song is their second weekly release off of their covers album, On The Cover II Every Monday, the band will be debuting one […]

Matthew West’s Not Just Going Through The Motions Anymore

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Critically-acclaimed, multiple-Dove nominee Matthew West became a mainstay at Christian radio with memorable hits like “You Are Everything” and “More.” He’s penned songs for Rascal Flatts, Billy Ray Cyrus, Natalie Grant and Mandisa, among others. His latest album, Something To […]

Billy Wilkins Responds to My Snarky Post About Biblically Based Sleep Program

posted by Joanne Brokaw

UPDATE 4/14/09: Wesley Sleep Program Puts Me To Sleep – That’s A Good Thing! Last week, I did a post about a new Biblically based sleep program developed by Billy Wilkins, one of the original members of Third Day. I […]

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