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June 2009 Archives

Michael Jackson, The Beatles, and a (very) brief lesson on song publishing rights

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Yesterday on his radio show, host Glenn Beck talked about Michael Jackson and his ownership of the publishing rights to the Beatles catalog of songs. Most people know that in 1984 Michael Jackson bought the rights to the Beatles’ songs, […]

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Steven Curtis & MaryBeth Chapman Announce “Maria’s House of Hope” To Open July 2 in China

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Show Hope, the adoption ministry of Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman, announces the official opening July 2 of Maria’s Big House of Hope in Luoyang, China. As the finishing touches are being made to this healing home for special […]

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Entertainer Fred Travalena Dies

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The Associated Press reports that entertainer Fred Travalena died yesterday in Los Angeles. He was 66. Travalena suffered from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma that first surfaced in 2002. The cancer resurfaced in 2008. Travalena is survived by his wife of 39 years, […]

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Pop Icons Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson Die

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Yesterday was an historic day in pop culture. First came news in the morning that 62-year-old actress Farrah Fawcett succumbed to cancer after a three-year battle. Then, while media outlets were gearing up for feature stories on the former “Charlie’s […]

Cooking with Christian Music: Dorla Schlitt’s Sunday Dinner Roast (And A Little Story About Petra)

posted by Joanne Brokaw

This week with in our Cooking with Christian Music feature, we get not just a simple recipe for Sunday roast from Dorla Schlitt, wife of Christian music artist John Schlitt, but a great story about how John joined the Christian […]

Newsboys’ “In The Hands Of God” Amazon’s Deal of the Day, June 25-29

posted by Joanne Brokaw

You can take advantage of Amazon.com’s Deal of the Day and get a digital copy of the Newsboys’ latest release, In The Hands of God,” for just just $3.99. This is the last album that features Peter Furler on lead […]

Free Christian Music Download from The Paul Abella Trio

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Paul Abella is a faithful reader of this blog and has been involved in some great discussions with me and other readers, so when I saw that his jazz group was offering a free download of their version of Keith […]

Create Your Own “Happy Dance” Video & Win A Video Camera, iPod, More

posted by Joanne Brokaw

How fun is this? Brian Bates is hosting a “Happy Dance” contest to coincide with his new music video, “You Danced,” now being played on national video shows and networks such as Gospel Music Channel, JCTV and Control Track.The contest […]

Hawk Nelson & Toms Shoes Providing Shoes To Needy Kids in Haiti

posted by Joanne Brokaw

In their continuing efforts to help those in need, Hawk Nelson has committed to providing 5,000 pair of shoes to children in Haiti through Toms Shoes and the company’s “One for One” philosophy. For every pair of shoes purchased, Toms […]

Creation Fest Kicks Off Wednesday, June 24

posted by Joanne Brokaw

One of the biggest Christian music festivals on the east coast starts on Wednesday, when Creation Fest Northeast kicks off on Agape Farm in Mount Union, PA. The very first Creation Festival was held in 1979 with the goal of […]

American Idol’s Carly Smithson Joins Original Evanescence Guys In New Band, The Fallen

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Here’s some big news: The original guys from hard rock band Evanescence, guitarists Ben Moody and John LeCompt and drummer Rocky Gray, have teamed up with American Idol’s Carly Smithson to form a new band, The Fallen. The name is […]

Cooking With Christian Music: Kari Jobe’s Steamed Artichokes

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Today’s Cooking with Christian Music recipe comes from worship artist Kari Jobe. It’s for her favorite dish to cook, steamed artichokes. Kari says she also loved having these for her home cooked birthday dinner as a child. Kari is the […]

Win A Trip To Houston To Attend Israel Houghton’s Deeper Level Worship Conference

posted by Joanne Brokaw

You can win a trip to Houston to attend Israel Houghton’s “Deeper Level” Worship Conference, September 9-12, 2009. The prize includes airfare, hotel, ground transportation and conference registration for the winner and one guest, as well as the winner’s worship […]

Canadian Rockers Manic Drive Ink Deal with Bema Media

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Bema Media has announced the signings of Canadian rockers Manic Drive, whose upcoming album will be released through a partnership with Whiplash Records. Bema Media is expanding beyond their current teen/tween roster, which includes such popular acts as Mission Six, […]

Deadline To Enter Immerse Talent Competition June 30

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Don’t forget that the deadline to enter the Immerse talent competition, part of the Immerse conference, is coming up June 30. The event used to be held annually in Estes Park, Colorado, and was called GMA in the Rockies, but […]

Tween Sensation pureNRG Returns From Norway; New CD Releases In July

posted by Joanne Brokaw

PureNRG, the teen pop/dance trio, are readying to release their fourth studio album, The Real Thing, in June. The press release reports “the new project showcases upbeat dance numbers and ballads that spotlight the strong vocals of pureNRG, while also […]

Let Downhere Write A Song Just For You!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The rock/worship band Downhere is offering one lucky fan a really unique opportunity: to have the band write a song just for them. All you have to do is make a t-shirt featuring either “My Last Amen” or “Hope Is […]

Video: Man Sings Puppies To Sleep

posted by Joanne Brokaw

OK, so this has absolutely nothing to do with Christian music, and try as I might I couldn’t find a way to tie it in. But it was so cute that I wanted to share it – and I’m not […]

Downhere’s Marc Martel Sings Nessun Dorma

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Whenever I think of Marc Martel, co-lead vocalist for Downhere (another of my favorite bands) I think Freddie Mercury or Kevin Max. Marc’s got this wildly cool and unusual voice, much like both of those singers..But as you can see […]

Vote For The Wrecking’s Song “Our Feet Don’t Touch The Ground” To Be In The Next Twilight Movie, “New Moon”

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The song, “Our Feet Don’t Touch The Ground,” by The Wrecking (one of my favorite groups – both musically and personally), is being considered for use in the next Twilight movie, “New Moon”. But to get the gig, they need […]

Wanted: All Girl Rock Band Ilia Looking For Guitar Player

posted by Joanne Brokaw

All girl rock band Ilia is looking for a new female lead/rhythm guitar player. Lindsey Pierce (now Lindsey Armstrong), guitar player and co-founder of the band, left the band in April to purse another ministry with her new husband, Jay. […]

Now You Can Wear Danny Gokey’s Eyeglasses & Support Sophia’s Heart Foundation

posted by Joanne Brokaw

If there was one thing that Danny Gokey was known for on season 8 of American Idol – other than his screeching ending to Aerosmith’s “Dream On” – it was his eyeglasses. The guy has more eyeglasses than some women […]

Joy Whitlock’s Acoustic “Testify Tour” Kicks Off June 28

posted by Joanne Brokaw

New artist Joy Whitlock is headlining the Testify Tour, which kicks off June 28 at Cornerstone Festival in Bushnell, IL. The acoustic tour will also introduce audiences to indie husband and wife duo, Carolina Story. Whitlock’s debut God And A […]

“Doen Moen & Friends” Radio Show Launches

posted by Joanne Brokaw

“Don Moen & Friends”, the new syndicated three hour Sunday morning drive time radio show hosted by Platinum-selling recording artist, songwriter and worship leader Don Moen, launched recently in over 150 USA markets and internationally in over 20 nations. According […]

Cooking With Christian Music: Sarah Kelly’s Stir Fry Recipe

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Grammy-nominated Sarah Kelly knows a thing or two about being on the road. With the success of her albums Take Me Away and Where The Past Meets Today, she’s on the road a lot, averaging 150-200 tour dates a year. […]

New Season of Gospel Dream Kicks Off June 24

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The fourth season of the Idol-esque singing competion, Gospel Dream, kicks of on Wednesday, June 24 on the Gospel Music Channel. Auditions were held all across the country this spring, and thousands of aspiring singers auditioned for a once-in-a-lifetime chance […]

Superchick Helps Make A Young Fan’s Wish Come True

posted by Joanne Brokaw

In May, pop rock band Superchick helped make a wish come true for young fan Stephanie Vorm, who wanted to spend a day with her favorite band. Eight-year-old Stephanie, who suffers from aplastic anemia, said the band’s music played a […]

Join Jonny Diaz For A Live Chat This Thursday; Watch Video For “More Beautiful You”

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Join Jonny Diaz on a live video chat this Thursday, June 11th at 7pm CST, when he’ll be answering your questions and performing some songs live.The music video for the title track Diaz’s latest album, More Beautiful You, premiered last […]

Free Christian Music Download from UK’s Sharon Rose

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Starting today, you can get a free download of UK Christian pop/R&B artist Sharon Rose’s new EP, Wildcard. Wildcard features two previously unreleased songs, “Superman” and “Better” as well as live versions of “My Fire” and “Testify”, which previously appeared […]

An Update From Decyfer Down

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The past couple of months have been a roller coaster for rock band Decyfer Down. First, the band would like to thank you for your prayers. On April 21, guitarist Chris Clonts and his wife Meghan welcomed their son Christopher […]

Press Play on “Today” show, Fox & Friends

posted by Joanne Brokaw

New pop/rock/dance/urban band Press Play will appear this morning on the Today Show, and then tomorrow on Fox & Friends. The band is promoting their new album, Life Is Beautiful, which released in May. Appearing with them will be comedian […]

Stryper’s Oz Fox Marries Hookers for Jesus’ Annie Lobért; Wedding Broadcast Live Tonight

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Stryper guitarist Oz Fox and founder of Hookers for Jesus Annie Lobért are set to be married this evening, June 5. Fox and Lobért met in February 2008. The wedding will be broadcast live on The Church of Las Vegas […]

Cooking With Christian Music: Frances Drost’s Recipe For Chicken Parmesan

posted by Joanne Brokaw

In our weekly Cooking With Christian Music feature, worship leader Frances Drost shares a recipe for one of her husband’s favorite meals. “It’s called Chicken Parmesan,” she says. “But you could call it, ‘I’m sorry I have to be on […]

Video: Joe Jonas Dances To Beyonce’s “Single Ladies”

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I don’t know whether to laugh or poke my eye balls out with a knitting needle, but as part of the Jonas Brothers’ promo for their upcoming new release, Lines, Vines, and Trying Times, which releases June 16th, Joe Jonas […]

Mat Kearney Talks About “City of Black & White” in Video Series

posted by Joanne Brokaw

In a four part video series, Mat Kearney talks about his new album, City of Black & White, and the stories behind the songs. I love Mat Kearney, and he’s offered up yet another great album, so I thought you […]

Is Derek Webb Really In Hot Water Over New Album?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

According to some reports, Derek Webb is in hot water with his record label about his new album, Stockholm Syndrome. The controversy is apparently over one of the songs on the album that includes the word “sh*t.” Knowing what little […]

Hillsong United’s New Album at #2 on iTunes

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Australian-based Christian rock/worship band Hillsong United has earned the #2 spot on the iTunes Top Album Charts for its just released CD A Cross The Earth:Tear Down The Walls. The album sits just behind Eminem’s new CD Relapse, which is […]

GMA In The Rockies Is Now IMMERSE, July 29 to August 2 in Nashville

posted by Joanne Brokaw

GMA In The Rockies, one of the Gospel Music Association’s premiere events for aspiring songwriters, worship leaders and Christian music artists, has moved to Nashville and changed its name to IMMERSE.IMMERSE is scheduled for July 29 to August 2 on […]

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