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Celebrate 40 Years Of The Carpenters’ Music with “40/40″

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Hard to believe it was 40 years ago that brother and sister Richard and Karen Carpenter released their debut album. They went on to become the most successful brother-sister duo and one of the best selling artists of all time. […]

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Kris Allen Album Release Date Set for November 17

posted by Joanne Brokaw

It’s official: Season 8 American Idol winner Kris Allen’s debut album is set to release November 17. Even more exciting, he’s reportedly been in the studio with Mat Kearney. Whoa, this album’s sounding better and better every day.

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Danny Gokey Going Country; Is that A Good Thing?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Despite the fact that he claimed he couldn’t say anything about which genre he’s decided on, American Idol contestant Danny Gokey told EW.com’s Michael Slezak that “it’ll be country”, adding that it’ll be marketed a new way. Maybe it’s my […]

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Cooking with Christian Music: Jon Haire’s Recipe for Crème De Menthe Balls

posted by Joanne Brokaw

In this week’s Cooking with Christian Music, we have a nifty treat from MIKESCHAIR bassist Jon Haire: Creme de Menthe balls!

Christian Music Poll: Who Do You Think Is Over rated, Under rated?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Today, since I’m having a summer “I don’t feel like working” day – one of several this week – I thought I’d let you all have your say in a little poll. Share your thoughts with me on these questions: […]

Free Christian Music Download of Phil Stacey’s “You’re Not Shaken”

posted by Joanne Brokaw

When former American Idol Phil Stacey signed with Reunion Records, he says he felt like it was exactly where he felt he was supposed to be. After his debut performed well, he and his former label felt that a move […]

Free Christian Music Download from Stephanie Smith

posted by Joanne Brokaw

You can grab a free download of the song “Waitin’ On You” from Stephanie Smith’s debut album, Not Afraid, this week at iTickets.com. Here are the lyrics to the song:

Free Christian Music Download from Our Heart’s Hero

posted by Joanne Brokaw

This one’s a little old, but you can grab a free download of the song “Tomorrow” off the 2007 self-titled debut from Our Heart’s Hero, this week only at iTickets.com Here are the lyrics to the song:

Free Christian Music Download of Leeland’s “Love Is On The Move”

posted by Joanne Brokaw

You can get a free download of the title track from Leeland’s new album, Love Is On The Move, this week only at itickets.com. The album, filled with “epic vertical songs” is a call to believers to take an active […]

Everlife To Open For Jonas Brothers Tonight in Nashville

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Sister act Everlife is set to open for the Jonas Brothers tonight when the band stops in Nashville on its world tour. Hard to believe Everlife has been around since 1997; they don’t seem old enough to have been in […]

VIDEO: The Wrecking’s “Sound Of The Resistance” from their new EP, The Catalyst

posted by Joanne Brokaw

One of my favorite bands, The Wrecking, released their new digital EP, The Catalyst, last week. The six-song EP includes sneak previews of songs which will be included on the band’s full-length CD set to drop in early 2010.The first […]

KJ-52 Releases New Album, Five-Two Television, September 22

posted by Joanne Brokaw

KJ-52 – Stuck In The 80’s from BEC Recordings on Vimeo. Christian hip-hop pioneer KJ-52 ventures into more uncharted territory than usual with his upcoming release, Five-Two Television, releasing September 22nd. “I wanted to create a record that’s almost like […]

Video: 11-Year Old Guitar Prodigy Sungha Jung Performs U2’s Medley

posted by Joanne Brokaw

This video is making the rounds this week on tangle.com that shows a young boy playing an amazing acoustic guitar version of U2’s “With or Without You”.A little more digging and I found this guitar prodigy is Sungha Jung, who […]

Platinum Rockers Flyleaf Returm From Afghanistan; Ready For Release Of Sophomore Album, “Memento Mori”

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Rockers Flyleaf recently returned home from their first tour for U.S. troops overseas. The band’s diverse itinerary took them from Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan – where they performed before nearly 1,000 hard rocking soldiers – to the distant Forward […]

Free Christian Music Download From House of Heroes

posted by Joanne Brokaw

House of Heroes is offering another free download this week at iTickets. The song this time is “Friday Night,” from their latest album, The End Is Not The End. Head over to iTickets for your free download from House of […]

Free Christian Music Download from Christafari

posted by Joanne Brokaw

No Compromise is an exciting milestone of Christafari’s 20th anniversary. It’s jam packed with 15 new gospel reggae anthems and an arsenal of guest appearances that blend their signature roots reggae sound with elements of hip-hop, dancehall, soca, worship and […]

Free Christian Music Download from Charles Billingsley

posted by Joanne Brokaw

You can grab a free download from worship leader Charles Billingsley, this week over at iTickets. The song is “God Of The Ages” from the album of the same name, recorded at Thomas Road Baptist Church in Virginia. The album […]

Free Christian Music Download from Last Tuesday

posted by Joanne Brokaw

You read that right: this week at iTickets you can grab a free download from PA-based band Last Tuesday. The band had called it quits in 2007. Not sure where everyone else went, but last I knew Steve Gee was […]

Christian Musicians Remember Guitar Legend Les Paul

posted by Joanne Brokaw

With the news last week that guitar legend Les Paul passed away at age 94, I asked a couple of Christian musicians to share some thoughts on the man who changed the music industry:

Jason Gray’s “Everything Sad Is Coming Untrue” Releases September 1

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Singer/songwriter Jason Gray breaks a two-year writer’s block with his new album, Everything Sad Is Coming Untrue. Blending elements of folk, alternative rock, and R&B, the album features Gray’s soothing vocals and deep insight into live and faith. For those […]

VIDEO: MuteMath’s “Spotlight” From Twilight Soundtrack

posted by Joanne Brokaw

MUTEMATH – SpotlightJust surfing through recent tweets from people I’m following and saw MuteMath had tweeted that their video for “Spotlight,” from the “Twilight” soundtrack, comes preloaded on the new Blackberry.This is such a cool video I thought I’d share […]

Readers Share Hannity Freedom Concert Experiences; What Did You Think Of The Event?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The Sean Hannity Freedom Concerts are wrapping up this month, with shows August 15 in Jackson, NJ; August 21 in Cincinnati, OH; and August 22 in Atlanta, GA. The line up for the concerts has included CCM legend Michael W. […]

Guitar Legend Les Paul Dies at 94

posted by Joanne Brokaw

While this isn’t related directly to Christian music, it’s so important we have to take note: Guitar legend Les Paul died this week at the age of 94. Paul’s quest for a perfect and particular sound led him to create […]

Cooking with Christian Music: Gourmet Egg Sandwich from MikesChair’s Jesse Hale

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Continuing our Cooking with Christian Music feature, we have another recipe this week from MIKESCHAIR violinist and keyboardist – soon to be newlywed – Jesse Hale. If you’ve missed the past couple of Cooking with Christian Music recipes, they’ve been […]

Driver Of Car Involved In Accident With MercyMe Bus Has Died

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The driver of the car that collided with the tour bus of Christian rock band MercyMe this past weekend has died. The accident happened on Saturday, when the driver, Kara Klinker, 18, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, turned into the path […]

MercyMe Releases Updated Statement About Accident

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I told you earlier this week that Christian band MercyMe had been involved in an accident that took the lives of two passengers in the car that hit their tour bus, as well as the live the driver’s unborn baby. […]

Free Christian Music Downloads from Todd Agnew, Phil Wickham

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Looks like FreeCCM.com is offering up two new free music downloads from Todd Agnew and Phil Wickham, in addition to the Bart Millard and Philips, Craig and Dean downloads from July. Head over to FreeCCM.com and get a download of […]

Free Christian Music Download from I Am Terrified

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Birmingham-based quintet I Am Terrified offers up a free download of their song “To The Service,” from their metal-core, self-titled album. You can get your free download by heading over to iTickets.com! Remember, the free download is only available for […]

Free Christian Music Download from Chasing Victory

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Check out your free Christian music download from Georgia natives, Chasing Victory. The song is “Wolves,” from their sophomore album, Fiends. The album is described as, “Muse-like falsettos meet Stone Temple Pilots-esque chorus lines, and the occasional gang vocal, and […]

2009 Immerse Conference Announces Showcase Winners

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Artist/songwriter Shelly E. Johnson from Franklin, Tennesee (pictured: l to r John Mays, Centricity Music; Shelly E. Johnson; Chris Hamilton, Centricity Music; John W. Styll, president & CEO of GMA) and Jake Brothers from Indianapolis, Indiana, were among several aspiring […]

Feedback Conference Helps Indie Artists Prepare for Career and Ministry

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The 3rd annual Feedback Conference has announced an unprecedented line up of speakers, presenters and performers for its 2009 event, which will be held September 3-6 at The Factory in Franklin, TN, just outside Nashville. Industry veterans will cover all […]

Jennifer Hudson gives birth to a son

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Congratulations to Jennifer Hudson, American Idol contestant and Oscar winning actress. Hudson gave birth to a healthy baby boy on Monday afternoon. The baby is named David Daniel Otunga, Jr., after his father, Hudson’s fiance. The baby weighed in at […]

Free Christian Music Download: Acoustic Song From Sanctus Real

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Here’s a free download to add to your collection: an acoustic version of Sanctus Real’s “Whatever You’re Doing (Something Heavenly)” from the band’s album, We Need Each Other. And here are the song’s lyrics:

2009 Teen Choice Awards Handed Out; List of Winners & Video

posted by Joanne Brokaw

If you’ve got tweens or teens in your house, chances are you’ve already heard that the 2009 Teen Choice Awards air tonight on FOX.Apparently, Miley Cyrus will perform her newest single, “Party in the U.S.A.,” and there’ll be a segment […]

MercyMe Involved in Fatal Crash

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Christian rock worship band MercyMe was involved in a crash this weekend when their tour bus collided with a car in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Two passengers in the car and the driver’s unborn baby were killed in the crash. Members […]

Part 2 Of My Interview with Derek Webb: Cursing In Songs, Homosexuality

posted by Joanne Brokaw

In Part 2 of my interview with Derek Webb, he addresses why he chose to curse in the song “What Matters More,” and what, if anything, he has to say about homosexuality. Unlike Part 1 of the interview, I won’t […]

Cooking With Christian Music: One Pot Chili From MIKESCHAIR’s Sam Tinnesz

posted by Joanne Brokaw

In this week’s Cooking with Christian Music feature, we have another great recipe from MIKESCHAIR guitarist Sam Tinnesz: One Pot Chili. MIKESCHAIR recently released their self-titled debut CD, a blend of pop rock and catchy choruses. Even more important than […]

Buffalo News Reviews Newsboys Concert at Kingdom Bound – But What Do YOU Think

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I unfortunately missed this year’s Kingdom Bound music festival at Darien Lake Theme Park this week, mainly because I thought the event was this weekend (but my apparently impaired mental faculties are fodder for discussion another day). Right now, I’m […]

The Wrecking Hits Top 5 on AIR 1 Radio; New Moon Update

posted by Joanne Brokaw

You all know how much I love The Wrecking, so I wanted to share a little tidbit of news with you: The band’s single, “You Remain”, from their debut album, A New Abolition, has hit #5 on AIR 1 Radio […]

It’s Official: Paula Abdul Leaves American Idol

posted by Joanne Brokaw

After weeks (and for some, months) of speculation, Paula Abdul has announced that she will not be returning to “American Idol”. Apparently FOX offered her a contract, which she turned down. My first thought on hearing the news: who’s going […]

Inspirational Country Music Awards Show Takes Place October 15, 2009

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The 15th Annual Inspirational Country Music Awards Show (ICM Awards) will be held on Thursday, October 15, 2009, at 7:00 p.m. CST at the Trinity Music City USA Auditorium located in Hendersonville, Tennessee. This year’s event will include a Celebrity […]

Student Fined For Illegally Downloading Music

posted by Joanne Brokaw

When Boston University student Joel Tenenbaum was illegally downloading songs and sharing them, he probably wasn’t thinking that anyone was watching or cared. But on Friday, Tenenbaum found out that he wasn’t sharing music in a big cyber void when […]

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