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October 2009 Archives

LA’s Dream Center Youth Outreach Center named for Danny Gokey’s wife, Sophia

posted by Joanne Brokaw

In celebration of the 15th Anniversary of the L.A. Dream Center, an outreach to the homeless and needy in L.A. & across the U.S., American Idol’s Danny Gokey recently performed at a special media event hosted by Jason Kennedy of […]

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Denise Jonas shares insights on being a mom

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Denise Jonas – better known as the mother of pop teen sensation The Jonas Brothers – spoke last week at an iMom event in Brooklyn. iMom Mornings are monthly get togethers that offer neutral ground for moms and kids to […]

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Rocketown’s Black Dahlia Murder Show: give me your recaps of the show!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Since I’m in NY, I wasn’t able to attend last night’s show at Rocketown with The Black Dahlia Murder, Toxic Holocaust, Skeletonwitch and Trap Them. And Keith didn’t make the show either. (That is a bummer; I was looking for […]

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Is the Gospel Music Association shutting its doors?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Generally, I try to avoid rumors, but I got a news tip this morning that the Gospel Music Association may have voted to disband, shut the doors or otherwise call it a day. The news – or rumor, depending on […]

TiVo Alert: Catch Stryper on “Daytime” on Tuesday, October 27

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Stryper will give an unplugged performance on the popular nationally syndicated TV morning show “Daytime” tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct. 27. Vocalist/guitarist Michael Sweet and guitarist Oz Fox will perform an acoustic version of “Peace of Mind” from their new album Murder […]

VIDEO: GoD and Dog, by songwriter Wendy Francisco

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I got this song and video today via the email rounds. Normally I just ignore these chain emails but I’m so glad I didn’t today. This one is a gem.The song is GoD and Dog, by songwriter Wendy Francisco. Wendy […]

Switchfoot releases new CD, new tour, and myriad media appearances

posted by Joanne Brokaw

It’s a busy, busy month for rockers Switchfoot. This week, the band will take the stage for Yahoo! Music’s new live concert program, “Maximum Performance Guitar Hero 5.” Lead vocalist Jon Foreman and drummer Chad Butler will also be featured […]

Introducing Sin energy drink

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I’ve written before about the endorsement of Trinity 3in1 Energy drink by Christian band SonicFlood (with more than a little snark; Christian energy drinks? Seriously?) Well, here’s one more entry into the spiritual energy drink war: Sin Vitality Drink. Seriously. […]

BeBe and CeCe Winans perform on Oprah

posted by Joanne Brokaw

On Friday, October 23, 2009, BeBe & CeCe Winans performed live on The Oprah Winfrey Show and sang Oprah’s new favorite song, “Grace,” from their chart-topping reunion album, Still. After the studio and television audience heard the remarkable story of […]

Take the Christian Music Personality Quiz

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Does Contemporary Christian pop touch your soul? Or does Gospel music make your spirit soar? Or do you find your spirituality in mainstream rock music? Just for fun, take our Christian Music Personality Quiz and see what kind of Christian […]

The Rocketown controversy gets spotlight by News 2 in Nashville

posted by Joanne Brokaw

If you’ve been following the discussion the past week or so about Club Rocketown, you know that we’ve been involved in some heated debates about the club’s decision to book a slate of Satanic bands on October 27. I got […]

CMDish responds to my post yesterday about a Christian TMZ; oh, the irony

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I posted a note yesterday about a new website that’s just launched, CMDish, which in its intro email likened itself to a Christian TMZ. As regular readers of this blog expected, I couldn’t let that go without comment. Understandably, the […]

Introducing the Christian version of TMZ.com, CMDish.com

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Christian music may have sunk to a new low with the launch of a new TMZ-ish website, CMDish.com. Admittedly, it’s really no different than any other Christian music website sharing stories about Christian music artists. Most, like this one, run […]

Kevin Max’s Monster Mash, October 30 in Nashville

posted by Joanne Brokaw

If you’re in the Nashville area on Friday, October 30 (and you’ve recovered from what one person called the “Satan-athon” at Rocketown) you can head over to the Monster Mash, hosted by Kevin Max, at The Rutledge, 410 4th Ave […]

15th Annual Inspirational Country Music Award Winners

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The 15th Annual Inspirational Country Music Awards took place last week, and Ricky Skaggs was selected Mainstream Country Artist of the Year. Craig Morgan received the Video of the Year for his single “God Must Really Love Me” and Tracy […]

VIDEO: Rocketown’s 2009 fundraising campaign

posted by Joanne Brokaw

If you’ve been following along with the Rocketown discussion the past week, you know that the topic of a Christian ministry booking bands that might be considered satanic* has fueled emotions on both sides of the issue. It’s, shall we […]

Enock of The Cross Movement passes away

posted by Joanne Brokaw

My friend Mark Weber tipped me off to this story: Gospel music fans are tweeting the news that Enock, one of the founding members of the Christian hip hop group The Cross Movement, passed away this morning of a heart […]

A special message from cancer survivor and Christian music artist, Paige Armstrong

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Nineteen-year-old Paige Armstrong’s debut CD Wake Up hit stores this month, but her journey to the music industry has had more twists and turns than most artists. At age 11, she was diagnosed with cancer, and it was an opportunity […]

Congrats to Beliefnet, NewReleaseTuesday on WebAwards

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Congrats to Beliefnet.com and NewReleaseTuesday.com, winners of Faith Based Awards of Excellence in the 2009 WebAwards! The Web Marketing Association is the producer of the WebAward Competition. Now in its 13th year, the WebAwards is the premier annual website award […]

‘Save The GMA’ actually may save the GMA

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The Save The GMA fundraiser took place on Monday night, and it looks like the event might have gone a long way towards helping to keep the Gospel Music Association on its feet. According to the press release, the event […]

Rocketown and secular bands: some thoughts from the other side of the issue

posted by Joanne Brokaw

My story this week about Rocketown’s booking what might be considered “satanic” bands has caused more than a little discussion about when ministries cross the lines to reach out to kids. I’ve been to Rocketown, and it really is a […]

2009 American Music Award nominees include Mary Mary, Jeremy Camp, Brandon Heath

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The nominations for the 2009 American Music Awards were announced today, and Jeremy Camp, Brandon Heath and Mary Mary were all nominated for Favorite Contemporary Inspirational Artist. Mary Mary was also nominated for Favorite Soul/R&B Band, Duo or Group, along […]

Newsboys ink deal for line of Chuck Taylor Converse sneakers

posted by Joanne Brokaw

This just in: “Best-selling newsboys recently inked a deal with American Athletics, a licensed Converse distributor, to launch its own line of Converse Chuck Taylor All Star shoes. The joint venture commemorates the first time the shoes have been branded […]

Christian club Rocketown plays host to night of ‘satanic’ rock

posted by Joanne Brokaw

It opened in downtown Nashville as a nightclub for teens, and now Club Rocketown is hosting a show with satanic mainstream bands on the bill. Rocketown was founded in 1994 by Michael W. Smith in Franklin, TN and in 2002, […]

Jeremy Camp’s ‘Live Unplugged’ video awarded RIAA Multi-Platinum Certification

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Jeremy Camp’s long form video and worship project “Live Unplugged” was recently awarded RIAA Multi-Platinum Certification. That can’t compare to Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize, but I’m pretty sure Jeremy Camp is pleased with his award. (And at least he actually […]

VIDEO: Zach Hunter talks about his hero, Keith Green

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Seventeen-year-old Zach Hunter is an abolitionist and author with an already long history of reaching out to the needy. At just 12 years old, he launched the “Be The Change” campaign to get students involved in ending slavery. Through that, […]

Save The GMA invites you to major fundraiser via internet streaming

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The Gospel Music Association is holding a “Save The GMA” fundraiser on October 12 to raise funds for GMA to … well, basically, keep functioning. The GMA is the umbrella organization for the gospel and Christian music industry. GMA promotes […]

Free download from Relient K’s The Bird and The Bee Sides

posted by Joanne Brokaw

You gotta love Relient K; you never know what you’re gonna get. But you can always be sure there’s some deep philosophical thought mixed with quirky humor. So don’t miss this free download of their song, “The Lining is Silver” […]

Free downloads from COS and Paul Wright

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Here are two more opportunities for free downloads from iTickets: The first is “Your Will”, from the debut worship album, Speechless, from COS. The other is “Take This Life,” from Paul Wright’s 2005 Sunrise to Sunset. (I’m not sure why […]

5 reasons to love Christian music

posted by Joanne Brokaw

If you read this blog regularly, you probably have noticed that I frequently spout off about the Christian music industry, questioning how we define Christian music and occasionally being snarky about … well, just about everything. But as I was […]

Sam Katina talks about a lifestyle of worship

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The Katinas have been in the headlines recently, asking for prayers and support for their native American Samoa, which was hit by a tsunami on September 29. The following is an excerpt, with some updates, from an interview I did […]

Melinda Doolittle, Natalie Grant join The Katinas for benefit concert to aid Samoa tsunami victims

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Natalie Grant and American Idol’s Melinda Doolittle are just two of the artists joining The Katinas for a benefit concert to help the tsunami ravaged islands of Samoa and American Samoa. The Katinas, who were born and raised on American […]

Marie Barlow Martin shares personal story of abuse during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Marie Barlow Martin has performed in critically-aclaimed productions on stages from Vegas to Japan, performing in popular Broadway shows like “Annie,” “My Fair Lady,” “West Side Story, “Guys and Dolls,” and “Oklahoma.” Marie won critical acclaim for not only her […]

Chynna Phillips finding fame again with Vaughn Penn, amidst family crisis

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Chynna Phillips, who found fame as part of the pop trio Wilson Phillips, is back again with a new singing partner and album. And a little family crisis. Phillips teamed up with singer songwriter Vaughn Penn, New Music Weekly’s 2007 […]

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