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April 2009 Archives

American Idol Poll: Who Would You Vote For If The Finale Was Today?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

This week, bluesy pianist Matt Giraud was sent home in what might have been the best show in a very long time on American Idol. In fact, I’ve venture to say this was the most talented top 5 we’ve seen […]

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Free Christian Music Download of Phillip LaRue’s “Chasing The Daylight”

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Phillip LaRue’s “Chasing Daylight,” from his new album Let The Road Pave Itself, is this week’s iTunes Discovery Download. That means you can get a free download of the song this week only! For those of you complaining about crappy […]

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American Idol Top 5 Results – Who’s Going Home?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night, the remaining five American Idol contestants performed songs from the Rat Pack, and they proved why they’re the best of this season. It’s difficult to predict who’s going home. Even DialIdol.com, which tracks the busy signals for the […]

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Free Christian Music Download from Manic Drive

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Check out free Christian music download of the new song “Blue”, from Manic Drive’s new album, Reset & Rewind. A blend of rock, funk and pop, the Canadian natives take their high energy sound to the next level with their […]

Free Christian Music Download from John Tesh

posted by Joanne Brokaw

John Tesh Greatest Hits Live In Concert is a collection of Tesh’s high energy full-band performances as well as more stripped down, grand piano compositions, and spans the first chapter of this artist’s brilliant career. And you can get a […]

Free Christian Music Download From Addison Road

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Check out the free Christian music download from Texas-based, girl-fronted rock band Addison Road. The song is “Start Over Again” from the band’s self-titled album. iTickets offers the free download for a week, so don’t wait! Check it out and […]

Amy Grant And Vince Gill Host Evening Of Music To Benefit Soldiers

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Amy Grant and Vince Gill will host an evening of music at Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, on Monday, June 8, 2009, at 8 p.m. The event will honor wounded warriors and launch the nationwide Challenge […]

American Idol Winner Prediction – I’m Going Out On A Limb With Kris Allen

posted by Joanne Brokaw

For the past few weeks I’ve been saying that I think this season of American Idol is going to come down to Adam Lambert, Danny Gokey and Kris Allen. Most people I’ve talked to disagree; they think Allison wil be […]

New Site RockDex Tells You If Your Band Rocks – Or Not

posted by Joanne Brokaw

If you’re a musician, do you ever wonder if people are talking about your music on the internet? Well, now you can get an idea with a new online site called RockDex. As the site’s blog explains, “RockDex is a […]

American Idol Top 5 Perform – Blogging Live!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I was away last week when Anoop Desai and Lil Rounds were sent packing on American Idol, but I’m back and ready to rock and roll as the remainin top 5 perform live. Well, maybe not rock and roll. How […]

iShine Spring Tour Offers Free Admission To Concerts Featuring Mission Six, The Rubyz, Luke Benward & More

posted by Joanne Brokaw

30 sec iShine commercial from iShine Live on Vimeo.The faith-based tween iShine tour kicks of this weekend in Lubbock, Texas, with one very unusual feature: the concerts are free.This spring iShine tour – which featuresThe Rubyz, Mission Six, Jasmine, Logan […]

Six Free Christian Music Downloads From Big Daddy Weave, Building 429, BarlowGirl, Rachael Lampa, Sixpence None The Richer, Jaci Velasquez

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Amazon.com is offering six free Christian music downloads from Big Daddy Weave, Building 429, Barlow Girl, Sixpence None The Richer, and Jaci Velasquez. OK, so they’re not the latest songs but it’s a great way to add to your Christian […]

Funeral Services Announced for Rev. Timothy Wright

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Funeral arrangements and services have been announced for Rev. Timothy Wright, who passed away last week as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident last July that took the lives of his wife Betty and grandson D.J. There […]

Free Christian Music Downloads from Fireflight and Thousand Foot Krutch at Taco Bell’s Feed The Beat

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Christian rock bands Fireflight (pictured right) and Thousand Foot Krutch (pictured below) both took home top honors in last year’s Taco Bell Feed The Beat contest. Last fall, 100 bands participated in the competition, competing for a chance to record […]

Reverend Timothy Wright Dies

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The Associated Press reports that Reverend Timothy Wright has died as the result of injuries sustained last July from an accident that killed his wife and grandson. He was 61. Rev. Wright has been hospitalized since the accident with injuries […]

Backstage At The 40th Annual Dove Awards

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Even though I couldn’t be at the Dove Awards last night, you can still have an insider’s peek at the event, from my dear friend and music journalist, Paula Parker. Paula and her husband Mike write for a bunch of […]

Photos From The 40th Annual Dove Awards

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The 40th Annual Dove Awards were handed out last Thursday, April 23. Here are a few photos from the event, which honored the best in Christian and gospel music:

Brandon Heath, Casting Crowns, Steven Curtis Chapman, Tenth Avenue North Take Home Top Honors at 40th Annual Dove Awards

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The 40th Annual Dove Awards were handed out last night, and singer/songwriter Brandon Heath and worship band Casting Crowns went away with the most top honors. CCM favorite Steven Curtis Chapman was honored as Artist of the Year, and Tenth […]

New Reality TV Show from Samaritan’s Purse, “Children’s Heart”

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Samaritan’s Purse is launching a new reality TV program, but this is incredibly different than anything you’ve seen.The show, “Children’s Heart,” documents the story of three Mongolian youth with life-threatening heart conditions who come to the U.S. for life-saving surgery. […]

“Twilight” Fans Love The Wrecking’s “Our Feet Don’t Touch The Ground”

posted by Joanne Brokaw

While I was having lunch with the guys in The Wrecking this past week, they tipped me off to YouTube video made by a fan of the movie “Twilight” who used one of the band’s songs to do a create […]

Why Didn’t I Stay For The Doves?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

A lot of you have been asking why I didn’t stay for the Doves this year. I usually cover the event, but this year they moved the show from Wednesday to Thursday, which meant two extra days in Nashville. Since […]

40th Annual Dove Awards Live Tonight on Gospel Music Channel

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The 40th annual Dove Awards air live tonight on the Gospel Music Channel. The awards recognize the best in Christian and gospel music. Topping the list of nominees this year is current three-time Male Vocalist of the Year Chris Tomlin, […]

Gospel Music Week In A Nutshell

posted by Joanne Brokaw

As I sat in JFK last night, delayed again and again on my way home from Gospel Music Week, I had a bit of a scare: I thought I lost my digital voice recorder! That would have been a tragedy, […]

GMA Week: That’s A Wrap

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I had hoped to blog live during GMA week, and give you some daily updates on interviews and showcases, but two things prevented me: first, I was on the go from sun up till sun down, and second, I was […]

American Idol Top 7 Perform (Again, and I Missed it)

posted by Joanne Brokaw

As you know, I’m in Nashville this week for Gospel Music Week. That means that Idol comes on at 7 pm where I am, so I wasn’t able to watch the show because I was at the Centricity dinner and […]

Guest Blogger: Filmmaker Dan Millican Talks About God, Creativity, & Cheesy Christian Movies

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I’m away at Gospel Music Week in Nashville, so in my place I’d thrilled to share a guest blog from filmmaker Dan Millican. Dan is the filmmaker behind the movie “The Imposter,” starring Christian music artist Kevin Max. The film […]

Gospel Music Week Day One

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Arrived in Nashville with no problems. Had lunch with publicist Lori Lenz and radio promoter Shannon Becker at a cute cafe called Provence. Chatted about lots of stuff, including why the chickens Shannon owns laid all of their eggs in […]

Next Week: Live From Gospel Music Week

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I’m leaving in the morning for Gospel Music Week in Nashville, the week when Christian music artists, hopefuls, media and industry folks all get together for a week of showcases, interviews and networking. The week will culminate in the Dove […]

American Idol Top 7 Results Show – The Judges Use Their Save On Matt Giraud!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

In Last night the Top 7 American Idol contestants sang their hearts out to song from the cinema, with special guest mentor Quentin Tarantino. Tonight, we find out who goes home. Top performers last night included Danny Gokey and Adam […]

American Idol Top 7 Perform – Blogging Live

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Wow, we’re really getting down to the wire here, as tonight the Top 7 American Idol contestants perform live. They’ll be singing songs from cinema, with guest Quentin Tarantino. I have no idea what Quentin Tarantino can mentor them about, […]

Wesley Sleep Program Puts Me To Sleep – That’s A Good Thing!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Some time ago, I told you about Billy Wilkins’ biblically-based sleep program, and I used the opportunity to sound off about the whole industry of bible-based products. At the time, I was in a snarky mood, which isn’t unusual, but […]

Free Christian Music Download from Building 429

posted by Joanne Brokaw

You can get a free music download from critically-acclaimed rock band Building 429’s latest album. The song is “Always,” and was inspired by an encounter that lead vocalist Jason Roy had with a woman who shared her heartbreaking story about […]

Free Christian Music Download from Tommy Walker

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Maranatha! Music singer-songwriter and passionate worship leader Tommy Walker releases a new recording of his classic worship song “He Knows My Name,” and you can get a free download of the song this week at iTickets.com Walker explains the inspiration […]

Free Christian Music Download from Kristian Stanfill

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Check out this free Christian music download from worship artist Kristian Stanfill. The song is “Lord Of All”, from his sixstepsrecords debut, Attention. Attention met early approval from teens who attended the Student Life tour, on which Stanfill debuted his […]

Rockers Mae Offer New Download To Benefit Habitat For Humanity

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Rock band Mae is continuing their 12 months of charity with another download, “Night/Day”. The song is offered to fans for a limited time for a donation of at least $1; all money raised goes to benefit Habitat for Humanity’s […]

Movie Review: “Jesus People” Hilarious Spoof of Christian Music Industry

posted by Joanne Brokaw

If “The Office” met the Christian music industry and they had a baby (after they got married, of course), the result would be “Jesus People,” the new movie from screenwriters Dan Ewald and Rajeev Sigamoney and director Jason Naumann.In the […]

New Christian Music Application for the iPhone

posted by Joanne Brokaw

New Release Tuesday (NRT) has launched NRT Mobile, the first Christian music application for Apple’s popular iPhone and iPod Touch. It’s basically an encyclopedia of Christian music at your fingertips, including artist info, discographies, lyrics, reviews and pictures. And it […]

One “Doves Super Fan” Will Get Chance To Present Award At 2009 Doves

posted by Joanne Brokaw

With the Dove Awards just two weeks away tangle.com and the Gospel Music Channel are partnering in a new promotion to get fans revved up about the awards show. Christian music fans from all over the U.S. are being asked […]

Pop Winans, Patriarch of Celebrated Winans Family, Passes Away

posted by Joanne Brokaw

David “Pop” Winans, father of celebrated gospel singers BeBe, CeCe, Michael, Marvin, Carvin and Ronald, passed away yesterday. He was 74. Winans is survived by his wife Dolores. The couple had 10 children; their son Ronald died in 2005. The […]

American Idol Top 8 Results – Blogging Live

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night the Top 8 performed songs from the year they were born on American Idol. Some of the contestants did great, others failed to live up to expectations. Danny Gokey, Kris Allen, Adam Lambert, Allison Iraheta and Matt Giraud […]

Kris Allen performing “All She Wants To Do Is Dance”

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night, the top 8 contestants performed live on American Idol. While I did a recap live, I keep coming back to two things:’1) Most of the contestants were born the same year as my daughter (1985);and2) There are a […]

What’s Your Favorite Easter Song?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Easter is next Sunday and most of us will spend the morning at an Easter service, singing about the risen Christ.I’m curious: what song or songs do you feel best reflect how you feel about Easter, from the crucifixion to […]

Free Christian Music Download from I Am Terrified

posted by Joanne Brokaw

You can get a free download of Christian metal core band I Am Terrified’s single “To The Service” from their self-titled album, this week only at iTickets.com. (Well, I say “this week only” but this download was available last July […]

Free Christian Music Download from Joy Whitlock

posted by Joanne Brokaw

One of this week’s free Christian music downloads at iTickets.com is from new artist Joy Whitlock. Joy has an amazing voice and a vulnerability that really resonates with listeners. You can check out the song “Not Through With You” from […]

Free Christian Music Download from Bluetree

posted by Joanne Brokaw

This week, you can get a download from Belfast-based modern worship band Bluetree. The group released their US debut in March to critical acclaim, and you can check out Bluetree’s song “Each Day,” from God of This City, just by […]

American Idol’s Top 8 Perform Tonight – Blogging Live

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Tonight, the remaining Top 8 American Idols perform songs from the year they were born. Last week, Megan finally went home, so I’m left with a Top 8 that doesn’t include any more stinker contestants. While I think tonight might […]

Movie Review: “The Imposter” Starring Kevin Max

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The new movie, “The Imposter,” tells the age old music industry story: sex, drugs and rock and roll, and the rise and fall of a star. Except this time, we’re not talking about some mainstream act; we’re talking about Christian […]

Brandon Kelso, Son of Dove Brothers’ Pianist, Killed in Motorcycle Accident

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Brandon Kelso, son of The Dove Brother’s pianist Jerry Kelso, was killed this morning in a motorcycle accident in Lexington, Kentucky. The 22-year-old was riding his motorcycle when, according to a report at MSNBC, the driver of a Jeep Cherokee […]

Jars of Clay Heads Out For Two Hands Tour

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Jars of Clay heads out this month for the Two Hands Tour in support of their latest album, The Long Fall Back To Earth, which releases April 21. The 23-city tour will begin April 24 in Lincoln, Neb. and conclude […]

Verizon’s “How Sweet The Sound” Competition Searches For Best Church Choir in America

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Verizon Wireless is once again searching for the best church choir in America in its How Sweet the Sound competition. Donald Lawrence will be returning as host and Marvin Sapp will be back as judge and performer. The competition starts […]

MercyMe’s New Video “Finally Home” Fitting Tribute To The Troops

posted by Joanne Brokaw

MercyMe unveiled their new video recently for their latest single, “Finally Home,” from the album All That Is Within Me. MercyMe is celebrating 10 years since their breakthrough single, “I Can Only Imagine” topped mainstream charts with a retrospective album […]

American Idol Top 9 Results – Megan Joy Corkrey Goes Home (Finally)

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night we say the Top 9 American Idol contestants perform, and tonight we find out who gets voted off. With the song choices to wide open, it’s hard to believe that some contestants still managed to pick the wrong […]

GMA Announces Dove Award’s Songwriter Of The Year Nominees

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Yesterday, the Gospel Music Association (GMA) announced the final nominees for the Dove Award for Songwriter of the Year. The award will be presented at the 39th Annual GMA Dove Awards on April 23rd at the Grand Ole Opry House […]

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