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Part 1 Of My Interview with Derek Webb; Talking About Controversy and Record Sales

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I know many of you are waiting patiently to hear about my interview with Derek Webb. We had a lovely, long chat and rather than keep you waiting any longer, I thought I’d share the first part of the interview. […]

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Cooking With Christian Music: MIKESCHAIR’s Mike Grayson Shares His Mom’s Lasagna Recipe

posted by Joanne Brokaw

MIKESCHAIR recently released their self-titled debut CD, a unique pop sound mixed with rock guitars, electronic textures, and bass grooves blended with catchy, anthemic, sing-along choruses. It’s music that inspires action to change the world through love. The debut single, […]

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Cooking With Christian Music: Do YOU Have A Recipe?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

For the past couple of months, every Friday I’ve been sharing recipes from your favorite Christian music artists. Well, this week, the recipe well has run dry, so to speak. While I wait for more recipes to share, I thought […]

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Free Christian Music Download from John Reuben

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Here’s a free Christian music download of the song “Do Not” from rapper John Reuben’s album, Are We There Yet? Here are the lyrics to the song, and a little more about John Reuben:

Free Christian Music Download from House of Heroes

posted by Joanne Brokaw

You can get a free download from Christian rock band House of Heroes this week at iTickets.com. The song is “If” from the band’s album The End Is Not The End. Here are the lyrics to the song:

Free Christian Music Download from The Sonflowerz

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Check out this free download of the song Edge Of My Seat, from The Sonflowerz’s 2008 album, All Over The World. Here are the lyrics to the song and a little more about sisters Elissa and Becca, otherwise known as […]

Jason Gray Releases New Album, Complete With Fun and Quirky Personal Extras

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Jason Gray fans asked for it, and with his new albu now they can have it: Jason’s personal life, up for grabs. “In today’s competitive mart of music commerce, fans want more than just the music,” explains the often quirky […]

American Idol Contestant Alexis Cohen Killed In Hit & Run

posted by Joanne Brokaw

American Idol fans will remember season 7 contestant Alexis Cohen’s famous “Take it! Take it!” comment to the cameras and her promise that she’d make it in “actressing.” She was back in season 8 for another shot, but got the […]

The Bellamy Brothers Team Up With The Bacon Brothers For New Song, Video

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Country music’s The Bellamy Brothers recently teamed up with siblings Kevin and Michael Bacon of the Bacon Brothers (yes, that Kevin Bacon), to film a video for the song “Guilty of the Crime.” The video also features actress Shannon Doherty.Howard […]

The Bellamy Brothers Headline Caribbean Cruise in February 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

While the trend in Christian vacationing has seen an increase in Christian cruising, I just saw this press release for a cruise featuring The Bellamy Brothers, and it’s loaded with Country music artists. Howard and David Bellamy, The Bellamy Brothers, […]

pureNRG’s New Album Debuts At #20 On Billboard Top 200

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Tween pop sensation pureNRG’s new CD, The Real Thing, debuted this week at #20 on Billboard’s Top 200 Chart (that’s higher than the soundtrack for “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince”) and at #1 on the Christian Soundscan chart. […]

Cooking With Christian Music: Daniel Kirkley’s Favorite Cookies, Baked By His Mom

posted by Joanne Brokaw

This week our Cooking with Christian Music feature is from worship artist Daniel Kirkley, who shares his mom’s recipe for chocolate chip cookies. Daniel says: “My mom (Ms. Libby) used to have these fresh baked cookies waiting for my brother […]

Thousand Foot Krutch Frontman Trevor McNevan Has Emergency Appendectomy; Band Cancels Appearance at Creation Northwest

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Thousand Foot Kruth frontman Trevor McNevan was rushed to emergency yesterday and underwent a routine appendectomy last night. He is recovering. As a result, the band has cancelled their appearance at this weekend’s Creation Northwest Festival. Nick Kulb, from Creation, […]

Leeland Readies For Third Studio Release in August

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Grammy- and Dove- nominated rock worship band Leeland is gearing up for the release of their third album, Love Is On The Move, on August 25.”Worship, justice and action are not separate,” explains lead singer and guitarist Leeland Mooring about […]

Video: Hawk Nelson and Tom’s Shoes

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Well, even I admit that this video is blatant promotion for Tom’s Shoes, but when the company is committed to giving away a pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair of shoes you purchase, I can’t […]

Free Christian Music Download from Renier Strydom

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Every week, iTickets.com offers new free Christian music downloads. Typically they’re from artists you’ve heard of, or at least I’ve heard of as a member of the media. But this week, there’s a download from an artist I’ve never heard […]

Free Christian Music Download from Purely Hymns

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Purely Hymns is a new approach to classic hymns of the church. The collection features 20 of the most recognized hymns of the church, like “Rock of Ages,” “Amazing Grace,” “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God,” and this week’s free […]

Free Christian Music Download From Ayiesha Woods

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Grammy-nominated, Dove Award winning New Artist of the Year Ayiesha Woods is back with her sophomore release, Love Like This. You can get a free download of her single, “Transparent,” this week only at itickets.com. Here are the lyrics to […]

Skillet Readies For Fall Awake And Alive Tour; New Album In August

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Rockers Skillet are gearing up for the August 25th release of their already-critically acclaimed new album Awake with plans for a 50-city tour. The Awake And Alive Tour will feature Skillet, along with special guests Hawk Nelson, Decyfer Down and […]

Cooking With Christian Music: Texas Sheet Cake from Jonny Diaz

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Music fans have been buzzing about Jonny Diaz’s new album More Beautiful You, and especially about the title cut and video. When Jonny Diaz headed off to Florida State University in 2002 on a baseball scholarship, it looked like he’d […]

VIDEO: John Reuben’s “Town Folk”, from Sex, Drugs and Self-Control

posted by Joanne Brokaw

John Reuben “Town Folk” from Gotee Records on Vimeo. John Reuben is back later this year with a new release, Sex, Drugs and Self-Control, and as a prelude to the album release the label is releasing a song and video […]

Gotee Celebrates 15 Years With Great Summer Music Sale

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Gotee Records is celebrating 15 years with a summer sale on some classic albums, for just $5.99 each at iTunes. The July specials are: Relient K – Two Lefts Don’t Make A Right… But Three Do Out Of Eden – […]

Free Christian Download From “Glory Revealed II”

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Third Day’s Mac Powell teamed up with speaker/author David Nasser to provide listeners with truths taken from Scripture in Glory Revealed, one of 2007’s most popular albums. And now they’re back with Glorly Revealed II: The Word of God in […]

Free Christian Music Download From Stephanie Smith

posted by Joanne Brokaw

You can get a free download of Stephanie Smith’s song “You Alone,” from her debut album Not Afraid, this week only at iTickets.com The powerful story of Gotee artist Stephanie Smith might have played out very differently for someone less […]

Free Christian Music Download from Tommy Walker

posted by Joanne Brokaw

You can get a free Christian music download from Maranatha! Music singer-songwriter and passionate worship leader Tommy Walker. The song is the classic worship song “He Knows My Name.” Collaborating with award-winning producer Ed Cash, Walker’s “He Knows My Name” […]

Jeremy Camp Headlines Fall “Speaking Louder Than Before” Tour

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Jeremy Camp is heading out this fall for his “Speaking Louder Than Before” tour, with special guests Natalie Grant and Bebo Norman. The tour will be sponsored by Compassion International. The tour kicks off September 10th in Panama City, Florida […]

VIDEO: Are Derek Webb’s “What Matters More” Video and Lyrics Explicit? You Decide

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last week Derek Webb announced that he will be releasing his upcoming album, Stockholm Syndrome, in two versions – clean and explicit. The controversy surrounds the song “What Matters More,” for both it’s language – there’s mild cursing – and […]

Cooking With Christian Music: Yellow Cavalier’s Rockin’ Muffins

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Vocal quartet Yellow Cavalier released their debut EP this past May, and in this week’s Cooking with Christian Music feature, group member Caleb Grimm offers what he says is a delicious recipe for his all-time favorite food, Yellow Cavalier’s Rockin’ […]

Embassy Music Talent Search Deadline August 7

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Embassy Music has announced a deadline of August 7 for artists and songwriters to register for the 15th Annual Ultimate Talent Search competition. The event will be held September 5, 2009 at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. Over the […]

Derek Webb’s Stockholm Syndrome To Be Released In Two Versions, “Clean” and “Explict”

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Stockholm Syndrome Trailer from Derek Webb on Vimeo. This just in: Derek Webb’s new album, Stockholm Syndrome, will be released in September in two versions: a clean and explicit version.The controversy surrounds the lyrics to one of the songs, “What […]

VIDEO: Jars of Clay’s “Two Hands”

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Check out the new video for Jars of Clay’s song “Two Hands.” The video shares footage of the band’s recent journey to Africa to work with Blood:Water Mission, which helps groups and individuals empower Africans to build healthier communities through […]

Fans Say Goodbye To Michael Jackson

posted by Joanne Brokaw

In a scene reminiscent of Michael Jackson’s life, today’s memorial service at the Staples Center promises to be a media circus unlike anything LA has ever seen. Seventeen thousand fans are expected at the arena, with thousands more watching the […]

VIDEO: NY Congressman Peter King’s Response To Michael Jackson Coverage

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Not sure if you saw this video this week from NY Congressman Peter King.King is commenting on the amount of media coverage of Michael Jackson, calling for more coverage of people who really are American heroes, like the military.What do […]

Free Christian Music Downloads from Derek Webb; Phillips, Craig & Dean; Decyfer Down; more

posted by Joanne Brokaw

FreeCCM.com is offering a bunch of free Christian music downloads, including: Derek Webb’s “A Love That’s Stronger Than Our Fear” from the album The Ringing Bell Bart Millard’s “My Jesus I Love Thee/’Tis So Sweet” from the album Hymned No.1 […]

CCM To Relaunch Magazine In Digital Format

posted by Joanne Brokaw

CCM Magazine, which ceased print publication last year, has announced that it’s relaunching the magazine in digital format. According to a press release, each issue of CCM will focus on new Christian music set to release during the quarter of […]

Cooking With Christian Music: Sugar Cookie Recipe from VeggieTales’ Bob and Larry

posted by Joanne Brokaw

My friends over at VeggieTales, Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber, want to share a cookie recipe they created to celebrate the release of their new Christmas DVD, “Saint Nicholas – A Story of Joyful GIving.” These yummy Christmas […]

Andrae Crouch and Sister Sandra Issue Statement Correcting Rumors About Recent Meeting with Michael Jackson

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Amidst the hoopla that’s arisen after the death of Michael Jackson are Christians questioning Jackson’s spiritual beliefs and whether or not he was a Christian. (Why after his death and not before is another column.) According to news reports, Jackson […]

Oldest Jonas Brother Kevin Gets Engaged

posted by Joanne Brokaw

People.com reports today that eldest Jonas Brother, 21-year-old Kevin, has proposed to long-time girlfriend Danielle Deleasa, 22. The magazine reports that Kevin Jonas took an overnight flight from Vancouver, BC after the band’s show Wednesday night to show up in […]

Mark Schultz and Point of Grace On Tour Together; Tickets On Sale Now

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Mark Schultz and Point Of Grace will be hitting the road together for the first time ever on the 30-city “Come Alive” fall tour. Featuring the fan’s favorite songs spanning each artist’s celebrated career, Mark Schultz will also be playing […]

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