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May 2009 Archives

Cooking With Christian Music: Ben & Karyn Utecht’s Recipe For Teriyaki Steak & Brown Rice

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Here’s the second installment of our Cooking with Christian Music weekly feature: a quick and easy recipe forTeriyaki Steak & Brown Rice from NFL Superbowl Champ new recording artist Ben Utecht (tight end for the Cincinnati Bengals) and his wife, […]

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10 Things To Do Now That American Idol Is Over

posted by Joanne Brokaw

If the finale of American Idol has left you feeling empty and confused about what to do on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, or if the final word on the results still doesn’t settle the question of who really won this […]

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American Idol Update: The Controversy Is Settled

posted by Joanne Brokaw

USA Today reports that while in fact a handful of AT&T employees did bring cell phones to parties celebrating American Idol’s Kris Allen, even if there was voting going on it wouldn’t have made a difference in the outcome of […]

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American Idol Controversy: Did AT&T Really Influence The Vote?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

For the past week, Adam Lambert fans have been, if I can be honest, acting like very sore losers over last week’s win by Kris Allen on season of American Idol. They’ve been complaining that viewers who cast votes for […]

Kris Allen on the Ellen DeGeneres Show Today; Video of ‘Heartless’ and ‘No Boundaries’

posted by Joanne Brokaw

American Idol winner Kris Allen will perform today on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. If you can’t catch the show, here’s a little preview video of Kris singing Heartless and the American Idol single, “No Boundaries.” It’s much better acoustic. If […]

Was The American Idol Result Really A “Gay vs Christian” Thing? Hardly.

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Much has been made over the last few days about the surprise upset on season 8 of American Idol, when the aw, shucks guy next door Kris Allen beat out glam rocker Adam Lambert for the title of American Idol. […]

Cooking With Christian Music: Smoothie Recipe From Mariah Secrest

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Welcome to the new feature on the Gospel Soundcheck blog, Cooking With Christian Music! While I was at GMA this past April, I got to talking to a couple of artists about recipes and cooking, and thought it would be […]

New Gospel Soundcheck Weekly Feature: Cooking With Christian Music

posted by Joanne Brokaw

While I was in Nashville recently for Gospel Music Week, I got to talking with several artists about cooking. It was kind of an unusual topic to talk about during a week promoting music, but when I got home I […]

Buz Cua, Father of Rick Cua, Passes Away

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Syracuse.com reports that Basilio “Buz” Cua died Tuesday at the age of 90. Cua is the father of Christian music artist and industry professional, Rick Cua. Rick Cua will not be able to go home for the funeral; he’s having […]

Catch Me Friday Morning on WETN 88 Radio – We’re Talking American Idol

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Catch me tomorrow morning at 8:30 am eastern on WETN 88 radio’s Joy In The Morning, broadcasting from Wheaton College. We’ll be talking American Idol and Christianity. I think you can listen online at the WETN website. Check out my […]

Congratulations – Kris Allen Is The New American Idol!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night the worship leader from Conway, Arkansas pulled off what might be the biggest upset in American Idol history when he beat out the glam rocker from San Diego, Adam Lambert for the title of American Idol. Allen spent […]

Lessons I Learned From My Dog: Dogvotional at Beliefnet.com

posted by Joanne Brokaw

In addition to covering Christian music for Beliefnet and other publications, I also write a humor/slice of life column for the Christian Voice Magazine, and something I call dogvotionals – life and faith lessons I’ve learned from my dog. I […]

American Idol Finale: And The Winner Is? Blogging Live Tonight!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Well, this is it, my friends. It’s been a long journey from those first auditions to the finale, but here we are with two of the best performers in this season’s competition still standing. One will be named American Idol. […]

American Idol Finale & The Worst Song Ever Written

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night the two remaining Idol contestants, the aw, shucks worship leader from Conway, Arkansas, Kris Allen, and the glam rocker from Los Angeles, Adam Lambert, battled it out to the final note for the title of Season 8’s American […]

CCM 2009 Readers’ Choice Award Winners

posted by Joanne Brokaw

CCMmagazine.com readers named Jeremy Camp their favorite artist and Family Force 5 their favorite band in the 2009 Readers’ Choice Awards. Past winner and consistent fan favorite Camp was named Best Songwriter in addition to the Best Artist honor. Family […]

Download Lanae Hale’s New Album “Back And Forth” For FREE

posted by Joanne Brokaw

You can download a free copy of Lanae Hale’s new album Back and Forth for free for one week only! This is a great album, so take advantage of the free offer now. Just visit New Release Tuesday, MusicChristian.com, Jesus […]

Listen To Me Tomorrow On “Mornings With Lorri & Larry” On Sirius Radio

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I’ll be doing an interview tomorrow morning with Lorri and Larry on the Sirius Radio program “Mornings with Lorri and Larry.” The show airs on Sirius Radio channel 161; I’ll be on at about 6 am. You can learn more […]

American Idol’s Kris Allen and Adam Lambert Final Performances Tonight – Blogging Live

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Can you believe that tonight we see the final contestant performances of this season of American Idol? Did you think back during Hollywood Week that we’d have Adam Lambert and Kris Allen as the final two contestants standing? I’m not […]

Prayer Request For Decyfer Down Drummer Josh Oliver’s Wife

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Victoria Oliver, wife of Decyfer Down drummer Josh Oliver, was recently diagnosed with Lymphoma after doctors found a lump in between her lungs and heart. Because of the location, they are unable to operate, so last week Victoria began 18 […]

Video: Adam Lambert’s “Cryin'” Performance & His Thoughts On The American Idol Finale

posted by Joanne Brokaw

With the finale of American Idol tonight I thought you might like to see Adam Lambert’s performance of “Cryin’”. The song was Lambert’s personal song choice and probably best exemplifies his musical style. There’s also a short video of Adam’s […]

Video: Kris Allen’s “Heartless” and His Thoughts On The American Idol Finale

posted by Joanne Brokaw

With the finale of American Idol tonight I thought you might like to see the performance that probably kept Kris Allen in the competition and left him vying with Adam Lambert for the title of American Idol. There’s also a […]

Press Play “Life Is Beautiful” Hits Stores Today

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The debut release from pop band Press Play, Life Is Beautiful, hits stores today, and if you’re tired of the same old same old in Christian music, you need to check it out. In fact, even if you’re not a […]

Steven Curtis Chapman Receives Lifetime Volunteer Service Award from The President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation

posted by Joanne Brokaw

CCM legend Steven Curtis Chapman was recently awarded the Lifetime Volunteer Service Award from The President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. The service honor recognizes Chapman’s tireless passion of caring for the millions of orphans around the world through […]

Playing For Change Unites Musicians From Around The World Via Video

posted by Joanne Brokaw

A friend sent me a link last week to a video she described as a “must see.” I’m not much for forwarded emails, but since I missed the Susan Boyle thing until it was already hot, I finally took a […]

Momentum Awards Honor Best In Indie Christian Music

posted by Joanne Brokaw

IndieHeaven, the leading independent Christian musician/artist resource agency, recently announced the winners of the 2009 Momentum Awards during the 6th Annual CIA Summit. The annual conference is geared towards encouraging Christian independent artists to create momentum and pursue passion and […]

Worship Leader Kristian Stanfill’s Debut Album Named Part Of iTunes “Next Big Thing” Promotion

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Sixstepsrecords worship leader Kristian Stanfill’s debut project, Attention, is currently featured as part of iTunes’ “Next Big Thing Promotion,” which kicks off this week. Attention was hand-picked by iTunes for the campaign, which highlights a select group of key new […]

Jonnie & Brookie Named Radio Disney’s “Next Big Thing” In Listener Poll

posted by Joanne Brokaw

iShine’s teen pop duo Jonnie & Brookie were recently announced as Radio Disney’s “Next Big Thing” (N.B.T.). The listener poll, which tabulated nearly 9 million online and text-message votes, spotlights young recording artists and allows them to get their music […]

FM Static Teams Up With Youth Specialties For “Dear Diary” Devotional

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Boy Moves To A New Town With Optimistic Outlook by FM StaticPop punk band FM Static, side project for Thousand Foot Krutch’s Static singer-songwriter Trevor McNevan and drummer Steve Augustine, has teamed up with Youth Specialties to create a free […]

American Idol: Danny Gokey Goes Home; Kris Allen and Adam Lambert Final Two

posted by Joanne Brokaw

In case you were living under a rock last night, Danny Gokey was sent home during the results show on American Idol. I’ve been predicting that Kris would be in the final two; I figured it would be Adam joining […]

American Idol Top 3 Results Show – Blogging LIVE

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night the remaining Idols – Kris Allen, Danny Gokey and Adam Lambert – sang their little hearts out, with both a personal song choice and a judge’s song choice. You can read my live blog during last night’s show […]

Carrie Prejean Keeps Her Crown, But How About The CCM Stamp of Approval?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I was having coffee with my friend Chris yesterday and he asked me what I thought about the news that Donald Trump had allowed Miss California Carrie Prejean (pictured here with Larnelle Harris at the 40th Annual Dove Awards) to […]

American Idol Top 3 – My Predictions For Tonight’s Results Show

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night the remaining Idols – Kris Allen, Danny Gokey and Adam Lambert – sang their little hearts out, with both a personal song choice and a judge’s song choice. All three knocked their personal choices out of the park, […]

American Idol Top 3 Perform – Blogging Live!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I can hardly wait for tonight’s episode of American Idol, when the final three – Adam Lambert, Danny Gokey and Kris Allen – perform live. They’ll perform two songs – a judge’s choice and then a song of their choice; […]

Switchfoot’s Jon Foreman Joins “Fast For Life” To Recognize Crisis In Darfur

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Recording artist Jon Foreman joins the Fast For Life today, following in the footsteps of activist-actress Mia Farrow and Virgin Group Founder and Chairman Sir Richard Branson. A longtime activist and front man for multi-platinum selling rock band Switchfoot, Foreman […]

Christian School Student Suspended For Attending Public School Prom

posted by Joanne Brokaw

An Ohio Christian high school student was suspended yesterday after he escorted his girlfriend to her prom at the public high school. Yahoo News reported Friday that 17-year-old Tyler Frost, a senior a Heritage Christian School in northwest Ohio, was […]

Christian Music Artist To Watch: High Valley

posted by Joanne Brokaw

One of the great things about GMA week is that you get to meet new artists and find out about new projects coming out later in the years.This year especially a couple of the labels made a special effort to […]

Christian Music Poll: American Idol & Faith

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Hey, all, I wonder if you’d mind helping me out with an article I’m doing for a major mainstream website? I just need to include a couple of viewer comments about the show and faith, and you all have so […]

Check Out Lanae Hale’s “Back And Forth”, Live And Unplugged

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Lanae Hale’s full length album Back And Forth releases May 19 and the title cut has already been released to radio, but here’s a sneak peek at her performing the song live and unplugged during a Centricity Record’s showcase at […]

Idol’s Kris Allen, Adam Lambert, Danny Gokey Head Home; Celebration Schedules

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night Adam Lambert, Danny Gokey and Kris Allen became the final three contestants in this season’s American Idol, which means that three towns in the US are in a frenzy getting ready to welcome them home for celebrations. According […]

Tickets for Sean Hannity Freedom Concerts On Sale Now

posted by Joanne Brokaw

TIckets for the Sean Hannity Freedom Concerts are on sale now. The line up for the concerts includes CCM legend Michael W. Smith, Billy Ray Cyrus, Charlie Daniels, Lee Greenwood and Col. Oliver North, with shows in Dallas, Phoenix, Houston, […]

Celebration Fest In Foley, Alabama, Is A Scam

posted by Joanne Brokaw

If you’ve bought tickets to the Celebration Fest scheduled for May 16 in Foley, Alabama, or you’ve agreed to sell tickets for the event, here’s a head’s up: you’ve probably been scammed.Foley, Alabama police arrested 37-year-old Justin Anthony Gray, the […]

Free Christian Music Download from Carolina Story

posted by Joanne Brokaw

You can get a free download from folk duo Ben and Emily Roberts, otherwise known as Carolina Story, this week at iTickets.com. The song is “Long Way South” from their self-titled debut EP. Head over to iTickets for your free […]

Free Christian Music Download from Sarah Reeves

posted by Joanne Brokaw

You can get a free download from new artist Sarah Reeves, this week at iTickets.com. The song is “Come Save” from the 19-year-old Alabama native’s debut album Sweet Sweet Sound , which hit stores in April. Head over to iTickets.com […]

American Idol Top 4 Results Show – Blogging Live

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night, the final four American Idol contestants performed rock songs, and it’s a toss up who was the best: Adam or Allison. Sure, Adam killed Led Zepplin’s “Whole Lotta Love,” but Allison proved on her duet with Adam of […]

Snark Alert: The Timmy Awards Recognize The Worst In Christian Music

posted by Joanne Brokaw

There’s a group on Christian music industry insiders who get together every year for a private “ceremony” designed to honor the worst in Christian music over the past year. They meet the day before the Dove Awards, much like the […]

American Idol’s Top 4 Perform – Blogging Live

posted by Joanne Brokaw

American Idol’s final Top 4 – Adam Lambert, Danny Gokey, Kris Allen and Allison Iraheta – will perform rock songs on Tuesday’s show, with guest mentor, former Guns N’ Roses guitarist, Slash. I went out on a limb last week […]

My Error on David Cook Post

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Thanks to everyone who pointed out my really goofy title on the post about the death of David Cook’s brother. I was in a hurry this weekend to do posts and finish a ton of work because I was on […]

David Cook Announces His Brother’s Death During 5K Benefit Run

posted by Joanne Brokaw

(NOTE: My apologies for those of you who got the goofy titled link to this post. I was in a hurry this week doing posts because I had to report for jury duty, and didn’t go back and re-check what […]

3 Reasons Why You Should Support Your Local Christian Band

posted by Joanne Brokaw

This weekend, I volunteered at a youth event called Youth Extreme that brought together hundreds of junior and senior high students for an evening of games, extreme sports events and music, as well as a message about Jesus. It was […]

Daughtry Debuts New Single on American Idol Next Week

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Idol favorite Chris Daughtry and his band will release their sophomore album in July, but you’ll get to hear the first single, “No Surprise,” from the project when he performs May 6 on American Idol. Daughtry is currently in the […]

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Jon Bon Jovi is not dead. Honest.
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