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Davy Jones dies and I say goodbye to my childhood

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Greetings, dear Beliefnet readers! It’s been a while since I posted – I’m kind of in limbo right now with entertainment writing, as I’ve made the move to animals and faith. You can read more on my personal blog,Notes From […]

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The X Factor final performances – care to predict a winner?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Tonight was the final performance episode of this first season of The X Factor in the US, and what a way to end the competition. The three finalists – Josh Krajcik, Chris Rene, and Melanie Amaro – pulled out all […]

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Jon Bon Jovi is not dead. Honest.

posted by Joanne Brokaw

  Rock fans and women around the world are breathing a collective sigh of relief: Jon Bon Jovi is not dead. Despite rumors of his demise, the charming rock legend is alive and well. It appears to have started with […]

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The X Factor final four results: Marcus goes home

posted by Joanne Brokaw

On tonight’s The X Factor results show, Melanie Amaro, Josh Krajcik and Chris Rene went through to the next round and Marcus Canty was sent home. OK, OK, I know, I know. I ‘ve been hard on Marcus Canty the […]

The X Factor final 4 performances (videos) – is it too early to predict a winner?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

We’re down to the wire on this first season of The X Factor, and there’s one burning question still yet to be answered: How is it that Marcus Canty is still in the competition? Don’t get me wrong. I like […]

The X Factor final 5 results – Nicole refuses to make a decision, Rachel goes home, and Marcus gets yet another chance

posted by Joanne Brokaw

If last week was a tough week for X Factor Nicole Scherzinger after she voted to send home Drew, this week might be downright dangerous. After host Steve Jones announced that Chris Rene, Josh Krajcik and Melanie Amaro were straight […]

It’s official: Marc Martel wins a spot on The Queen Extravaganza!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

It’s official: today the line up was announced for the Queen Extravaganza tour, and Downhere’s Marc Martel has officially made the band! Whooohooo! Marc became an internet sensation when his YouTube audition went viral with more than 4 million views, earning […]

The X Factor final 5 perform 2 songs each (videos)

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Chris Rene performed an original song; it was one of  my favorite performances on a great night of music We’re getting down to the wire on this first season of The X Factor. Last night the final 5 contestants performed […]

The X Factor final 7 results show – Astro and Drew go home

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Astro had the lowest number of votes, based on this performance Wednesday night On tonight’s episode of The X Factor, two contestants went home and five moved on to the next round. My prediction would have been that Marcus Canty would have been […]

The X Factor final 7 performance recap (videos)

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I think Melanie had the best performance of the night, tied with Drew If you missed last night’s episode of The X Factor, you missed a tribute to Michael Jackson, complete with Michael’s mother Katherine, his brothers Marlon, Tito and […]

The X Factor final 9 results show – Lakoda Rayne and LeRoy Bell go home

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Lakoda Rayne’s performance last night This is one of those weeks on talent shows like The X Factor when you wish they’d say, “Surprise! In honor of Thanksiving no one goes home!” That’s because last night’s show was just a […]

The X Factor final 9 perform: Melanie soars, Astro apologizes, and we get a musical Thanksgiving treat

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Without question, the most grateful performance of the night Tonight’s episode of The X Factor was all about giving thanks, as each contestant chose a song to honor someone who inspires them or has made a difference in their lives. […]

Bad worship gets worse, in this YouTube video

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Big thanks to my friend Matt Conner, editor at Stereo Subversion and all around super awesome guy. He posted this “worst worship” video today on his Facebook page and I just had to share it with you. This is a […]

The X Factor top 10 results show – Lakoda Rayne stays, Astro in the bottom two, and Stacy goes home

posted by Joanne Brokaw

My favorite performance of “rock night” was Josh Krajcik. Not only was he good, he sang a rock song.   Tonight’s X Factor results show offered up a surprise early on as the field was whittled down from 10 to […]

The X Factor Top 10 perform rock songs

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Tonight’s episode of The X Factor can be summed up with one word: BORING. It was rock week, but only one contestant actually sounded like he was performing a rock song. The rest either sang boring versions of songs from […]

Marc Martel, Glenn Lavender, David Martel move on to Queen Extravaganza, Round 2

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Marc Martel, singer/songwriter and member of the Christian rock band Downhere, has moved on to the second round in the Queen Extravaganza competition. Along with Marc, his brother David Martel and Downhere bandmate Glenn Lavender also moved on. Whoo hoo! The […]

Joe Jonas gets a lap dance from Britney – and one reader makes a very perceptive comment about Christian role models

posted by Joanne Brokaw

  Three years ago, I wrote a post on this blog about the Jonas Brothers that started with this comment: I like the Jonas Brothers. In fact, I love the guys. I love that a group that admits openly that they’re Christians has gained […]

The X Factor final 11 results show

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I thought Rachel Crow was the best performance of last night. We’ll find out later who was the worst. Last night the final 11 contestants on “The X Factor” performed songs from movies. Or more accurately, songs their mentors chose […]

The X Factor final 11 perform

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The final 11 contestants performed on tonight’s episode of “The X Factor” and some clear frontrunners are starting to emerge. While some were good, some acts simply took the competition to a level a few acts may not be able […]

The X Factor results show – 11 move on to the next round

posted by Joanne Brokaw

(One of the acts I would have sent home if I was a judge. Fortunately for them, I’m not.) Tonight was the first results show of this season of “The X Factor”. Eleven acts will move on to the next […]

The X Factor final 12 perform

posted by Joanne Brokaw

On tonight’s episode of “The X Factor,” the final 12 contestants peformed, and for the first time the viewers get to decide who’s going home. While the judges are still mentoring their contestants, they don’t have a say in who […]

Marc Martel, Queen Extravaganza Video Sensation, Wins Popular Vote For Best Fan Cover On MTV O Awards 2

posted by Joanne Brokaw

 Marc Martel, lead vocalist for the Christian rock band Downhere, was honored last night at the MTV O Awards 2 where fans across the country voted him the winner of Best Fan Cover for his rendition of  Queen’s “Somebody To […]

“The X Factor” judge’s final cuts: 12 move on to the next round

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Tonight was the first live show of “The X Factor”, and here’s one more thing I love: 17 contestants performed and by the end of the night, we knew which 12 were moving on to the next round. The contestants […]

The X Factor results show: who’s moving on to the live round

posted by Joanne Brokaw

On tonight’s episode of “The X Factor” we found out which 16 acts move on to the live rounds. I made some predictions, and I was right about 75% of the time. We’ll start with the boys, who were in […]

The X Factor: the judges’ home performances

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last week, “The X Factor” was bumped around a bit due to baseball playoffs, but we did get to see the performances from the 32 contestants who made it through to the judges’ home round. I’d love to give you […]

Marc Martel Receives Nomination From MTV O Music Awards

posted by Joanne Brokaw

  This just in: after a heavy fan write-in campaign, Downhere’s Marc Martel has just been added as a nominee for the MTV O Awards 2 in the Best Fan Cover category for his YouTube.com video audition of “Somebody To Love” for […]

“The X Factor” – 32 contestants move on to the next round (videos)

posted by Joanne Brokaw

In this post, I shared the videos of “The X Factor” group auditions from boot camp. After the group performances, the judges whittled the contenders down even farther to 64, which by the end of tonight’s show was cut even further […]

“The X Factor” – Boot Camp Group Auditions (videos)

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I intended to post about last night’s “The X Factor” boot camp auditions, but thought I’d wait until tonight, when they all had aired. That way we can wrap up boot camp in one fell swoop. As it is, I still have to […]

Marc Martel on the Ellen DeGeneres show; more about Marc, his singing, and his band, Downhere

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Downhere’s Marc Martel appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show yesterday, and fans are raving about his performance. Mostly, about how much he sounds like Freddy Mercury, which is a good thing since he’s getting all of this attention for his […]

The X Factor – auditions in Newark and a round up of other cities

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Tonight was the last night of auditions for “The X Factor” before next week we see the contestants at boot camp.  I’ll post some contestant audition videos tomorrow when they’re available, but for now, here’s a recap: First, tonight was a […]

The X Factor auditions – Chicago and Seattle (again)

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Well, here we are again, meeting up for another round of “The X Factor” auditions. I confess that my original plan had been to skip the show tonight. It’s pouring here like I might need to build an ark and […]

Marc Martel to appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Monday October 3

posted by Joanne Brokaw

So the Marc Martel frenzy has heated up a few hundred degrees. With his audition for the Queen Extravaganza reaching 3.3 million views in less than a week, a profile in the WSJ.com, and music fans in Japan falling in […]

Marc Martel’s Queen Extravaganza audition profiled in the Wall Street Journal

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Seriously. This is the most cool thing that’s happened in Christian music in a long time. Marc Martel’s audition tape for the Queen Extravaganza hasn’t just captivated fans. The Wall Street Journal online did a story today on Marc. Whoo hoo! […]

“The X Factor”‘s Dexter Haygood – flash from the Xavion past

posted by Joanne Brokaw

On night two of “The X Factor” auditions, contestant Dexter Haygood told the story of how he used to play in a band in the 80s that toured with Hall and Oates, but that now he’s living “couch to couch”, […]

“The X Factor” – night two is even better

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Before we get started on tonight’s episode of “The X Factor”, I think I need to apologize to readers. I guess I dropped the ball when I said last night’s episode was so great, since it included one segment where a […]

Will Downhere’s Marc Martel be the next Freddie Mercury? You decide!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The guys in the band Downhere are some of my most favorite people in Christian music, so I just had to share this with you: As part of this year’s celebration of Queen’s 40th anniversary, Queen drummer/songwriter/singer Roger Taylor is […]

“The X-Factor” premieres and I’m totally sucked in

posted by Joanne Brokaw

One of the best stories of the first night, Chris Rene   My editor asked if I was going to watch Simon Cowell’s new show, “The X Factor” and then blog about it. Since I already started watching “The Sing […]

“The Sing-Off” season 3 kicks off with super talent

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I wish I could remember which of my friends told me that I had to watch “The Sing Off” because I would love it. Because I’d like to track them down and thank them for the suggestion. (It was, in […]

Casting Crowns, Glenn Beck and “Slow Fade” (Be careful little eyes)

posted by Joanne Brokaw

On the Glenn Beck radio show this morning, Beck talked about the song “Slow Fade” by Casting Crowns as a lesson for Americans to be cautious about what they watch and who they follow. The song is based on these […]

Remembering 9/11 in music

posted by Joanne Brokaw

On Sunday, all of America will be focused on the day that changed our lives forever: September 11th. It’s just a date, but it holds so much meaning, so much hurt, so many memories. I remember where I was, and […]

The Unsung Celebrity – remembering 9/11

posted by Joanne Brokaw

This post has absolutely nothing to do with music, but it’s something I wanted to share with you as we remember the tragic events of September 11th. I wrote this in 2004, as I was returning home from a humor […]

30 Day Christian Music Challenge Day 30: Mainstream song you’d like to sing in church

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Today is our last Christian music challenge. So share a mainstream song you’d like to sing in church. (And if you really want to stretch yourself … avoid naming a song by U2.) Check out the entire list of the […]

30 Day Christian Music Challenge Day 29: Traditional hymn you’d like to see redone with a more modern sound

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Today, share a traditional hymn you’d like to see redone with a more modern sound. Check out the entire list of the 30 Day Gospel Soundcheck Christian Music Challenge. Start with Day 1 and share your favorite Christian and gospel […]

30 Day Christian Music Interactive Challenge Day 28: Sing your favorite VeggieTales song

posted by Joanne Brokaw

No matter how old you are, you’ve probably seen at least one VeggieTales movie – and probably had a song stuck in your head for days. So for our last interactive challenge, get out the video or webcam and record […]

30 Day Christian Music Challenge Day 27: Band that disappointed you most when you saw them live

posted by Joanne Brokaw

There’s always so much anticipation when you get to see your favorite band live. But sometimes live doesn’t live up to expectations. Today’s challenge: Name a band that disappointed you the most when you saw them live Check out the […]

30 Day Christian Music Challenge Day 26: Christian song you’re embarrassed to say you love

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Regardless of what you think about Christian music, there’s always one song that you can’t help but love. Even if you think it’s cheesy or stupid. Today, name a Christian song you’re embarrassed to say you love. Check out the entire list […]

30 Day Christian Music Challenge Day 25: Worship song that no one should ever be allowed to record ever again

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Today’s challenge, name a worship song that no one should ever be allowed to record ever again. Maybe it’s because it’s already been done to death. Or it’s so perfect in its original version every subsequent version ruins it. Check […]

30 Day Christian Music Challenge Day 24: Most overplayed Christian song

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Today’s challenge, share a Christian song that’s overplayed. On the radio, at church … in your head … Check out the entire list of the 30 Day Gospel Soundcheck Christian Music Challenge. Start with Day 1 and share your favorite […]

30 Day Christian Music Challenge Day 23: Song you pretended was Christian so you could listen to it around your parents

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Today’s challenge comes from my editor Stephen Russ. As a kid, he knew how to work the “Christian music” label so he could listen to popular music. So today, share a song you pretended was Christian so you could listen to it around […]

30 Day Christian Music Challenge Day 22: Hymn or spiritual song you sing but have no idea what it’s actually about

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I was talking to Todd Agnew once about hymns, and he mentioned “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” and the line “Here I raise my Ebenezer”. Most people who sing that don’t even know what it means, Todd said, and don’t […]

30 Day Christian Music Interactive Challenge Day 21: Sing a church/youth group song that has hand movements (and make sure you do them!)

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Today is the third weekly interactive challege, so get out the webcam or video and record yourself or your youth group singing a song you sing in church or youth group that has hand movements – and make sure you […]

30 Day Christian Music Challenge Day 20: Song that best describes your spiritual journey

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Today’s challenge: share a song that best describes your spiritual journey. Check out the entire list of the 30 Day Gospel Soundcheck Christian Music Challenge. Start with Day 1 and share your favorite Christian and gospel music songs!

30 Day Christian Music Challenge Day 19: Christian song you’d be happy to never hear again

posted by Joanne Brokaw

While there are lots of great songs that talk about God and faith, there are also some songs that just grate on your last nerve. Today, share a Christian song you’d be happy to never hear again. Check out the […]

30 Day Christian Music Challenge Day 18: Last song you sang in church

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Today, share the last song you sang in church. Check out the entire list of the 30 Day Gospel Soundcheck Christian Music Challenge. Start with Day 1 and share your favorite Christian and gospel music songs!

30 Day Christian Music Challenge Day 17: Song that inspires you

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Today’s challenge: share a song that inspires you. Check out the entire list of the 30 Day Gospel Soundcheck Christian Music Challenge. Start with Day 1 and share your favorite Christian and gospel music songs!

30 Day Christian Music Challenge Day 16: Your favorite summer camp song

posted by Joanne Brokaw

We’re almost done with summer, so in honor of those summer camp memories, share your favorite summer camp song. Check out the entire list of the 30 Day Gospel Soundcheck Christian Music Challenge. Start with Day 1 and share your […]

30 Day Christian Music Challenge Day 15: Song that makes you feel closer to God

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Today’s challenge: share a song that makes you feel closer to God. Check out the entire list of the 30 Day Gospel Soundcheck Christian Music Challenge. Start with Day 1 and share your favorite Christian and gospel music songs!

Katy Perry prays for Israel and feels the backlash – so let’s pray for Katy Perry

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Katy Perry is in the news again – not for her music, but for a tweet she posted asking fans to pray for Israel. Apparently, to fans at least, that request was worse than the horror Christians felt when she sang […]

30 Day Christian Music Interactive Challenge Day 14: Sing a song you think you sing better than the original artist sang it

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Today is the second of our weekly interactive challeges! Get out the video or webcam and record yourself singing a song that you think you can sing better than the original artist. Upload it to YouTube, Vimeo, or DailyMotion and […]

30 Day Christian Music Challenge Day 13: Favorite Christian song on mainstream radio

posted by Joanne Brokaw

With the lines blurring between Christian and mainstream music, today’s challenge: share your favorite “Christian” song that’s playing or been played on mainstream radio. Check out the entire list of the 30 Day Gospel Soundcheck Christian Music Challenge. Start with […]

30 Day Christian Music Challenge Day 12: Most underrated Christian band

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Today you get to share your thoughts on the Christian artists who aren’t getting the attention fans think they deserve. Today’s challenge: Name the genre’s most underrated Christian band. Check out the entire list of the 30 Day Gospel Soundcheck […]

30 Day Christian Music Challenge Day 11: Most overrated Christian band

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Like any musical genre, it’s not unusual for one or two groups to get the majority of radio attention – and not always because they’re the most talented. So today’s challenge: Name the genre’s most overrated Christian band Check out […]

30 Day Christian Music Challenge Day 10: Favorite hymn

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Today’s challenge: Your favorite hymn. I think that’s pretty self-explanatory. Check out the entire list of the 30 Day Gospel Soundcheck Christian Music Challenge. Start with Day 1 and share your favorite Christian and gospel music songs!

30 Day Christian Music Challenge Day 9: Song featuring your favorite female vocalist

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Today’s challenge: a song featuring your favorite female vocalist. Could be a Christian singer, a gospel song from a mainstream singer, or any song with even the smallest tie to gospel music. Check out the entire list of the 30 […]

30 Day Christian Music Challenge Day 8: Song featuring your favorite male vocalist

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Today’s challenge: a song featuring your favorite male vocalist. Could be a Christian singer, a gospel song from a mainstream singer, or any song with even the smallest tie to gospel music. Check out the entire list of the 30 […]

“The Sing-Off” announces season 3 contestants

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The airwaves are flooded with talent competitions these days, and as you read earlier today I don’t really care. Except that the contestants for the third season of The Sing-Off were announced, and now I have to care. Competing on the […]

American Idol, The Voice and gay contestants, oh my

posted by Joanne Brokaw

When I left the Gospel Soundcheck blog for my little hiatus last fall, the hot topic was (besides Katy Perry), homosexuality (which, I suppose, includes the singer who kissed a girl and liked it). I know. What on earth does being gay have […]

30 Day Christian Music Challenge Day 7: Sing a song you learned in Sunday School

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Today is the first of our interactive challenges – Sing a song you learned in Sunday School! Video yourself singing and upload it to YouTube, Vimeo, or DailyMotion. Then share the link below. We’ll pick some of your videos to […]

30 Day Christian Music Challenge Day 6: Christian song you love that your friends have probably never heard

posted by Joanne Brokaw

If you’re a music fan who love stuff that flies under the radar, here’s your chance to share one of your secret favorites. Day 6: Share a Christian song you love that your friends have probably never heard. Check out […]

30 Day Christian Music Challenge Day 5: Song that makes you embarrassed to say you listen to Christian music

posted by Joanne Brokaw

For a long time, Christian music had a reputation for being cheesy. And sometimes it still is! So today’s challenge: What song makes you embarrassed to say you listen to Christian music? Check out the entire list of the 30 Day […]

30 Day Christian Music Challenge Day 4: Favorite worship song

posted by Joanne Brokaw

We’re on Day 4 of the 30 Day Christian Music Challenge and I’m already behind. So don’t wait for me. I’ll post the daily challenge, you answer, even if I haven’t! Today: Share your favorite worship song. Check out the entire […]

30 Day Christian Music Challenge – Day 3 Favorite all time Christian/gospel album

posted by Joanne Brokaw

30 Day Gospel Soundcheck Christian Music Challenge Day 3: Favorite all time Christian/gospel album Like I said on Day 1, this was going to be a difficult challenge for me, even though I came up with the questions. (When do […]

Aaron Shust, Downhere, Jason Gray on “The Called To Love Tour”

posted by Joanne Brokaw

If you’re looking for a night of great music, worship and fun, don’t miss “The Called To Love Tour” this fall, featuring Aaron Shust along with two of my favorite artists, Downhere and Jason Gray. All three artists are releasing new […]

30 Day Christian Music Challenge: Day 2 Day 2: Christian song you’d like to see an “American Idol” contestant sing next season

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Today’s 30 Day Christian Music is the Christian song you’d like to see an “American Idol” contestant sing next season. I didn’t watch last season of “American Idol”, don’t know squat about the new judges, don’t know a single contestant, and I confess … […]

30 Day Christian Music Challenge: Day 1 All time favorite Christian song or hymn

posted by Joanne Brokaw

If you’re playing along with the Gospel Soundcheck 30 Day Christian Music Challenge, feel free to share your Day 1 response. The thing is: this is actually going to be a really tough challenge for me to do – and […]

Artists Making A Difference: Dan and Liz Kulp, a special family for children with special needs

posted by Joanne Brokaw

When a couple has a baby born with Down syndrome, it can be a really difficult adjustment, especially if they hadn’t been preparing for a child with special needs. But what if a couple purposely sought to adopt children with special […]

30 Day Gospel Soundcheck Christian Music Challenge

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Don’t you just love doing those “30 Day” challenges? Movies, music, all sorts of fun stuff. We thought it would be fun to do one here on the Gospel Soundcheck blog, but with one noteable difference: every 7 days, you […]

Artists making a difference: Jesse Sprinkle and the Ugandan Water Project

posted by Joanne Brokaw

 As I sit down to write this post, musician Jesse Sprinkle and his oldest daughter Mirabelle are on a plane on their way to Africa. Yesterday, they were in Dubai awaiting the next leg of their journey. It’s 12-year-old Mirabelle’s first time […]

American Idol finalist Scott MacIntyre signs book deal

posted by Joanne Brokaw

American Idol finalist Scott MacIntyre has signed a book deal with Thomas Nelson publishers to pen his autobiography, By Faith, Not By Sight. The title not only has a spiritual connotation; MacIntyre is the blind pianist who captured the hearts of America […]

Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” & frontman Arnel Pineda (video)

posted by Joanne Brokaw

This morning, CBS Sunday Morning ran a great segment on the band Journey, the success of their song “Don’t Stop Believing”, and frontman Arnel Pineda. It’s the perfect story to highlight artists making a difference, and if you’re looking for […]

Amy Winehouse dead; BBC news video & Kelly Clarkson pens poignant words of wisdom

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Word just in that singer Amy Winehouse was found dead in her Camden Square apartment. While the singer’s problems with substance abuse have been very public, there is no official cause of death yet. While celebrities respond to the news, […]

John Schlitt’s latest project will be a unique fan-funded recording

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Legendary recording artist and Gospel Music Hall of Famer John Schlitt, best known as the lead singer for award-winning Christian band Petra, has a unique twist for his fourth solo album, The Greater Cause. The album will be partly fan-funded. Partnering with fans through […]

Campus Crusade for Christ drops “Christ” from name

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I know this doesn’t have anything to do with Christian music, per se, but it’s such a huge story in the Christian community that I really had to comment. Not Christian music, but definitely Christian culture, and it’s all tied […]

SGMG Harmony Honors recognize achievements in Southern Gospel Music

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The 9th Annual Southern Gospel Music Guild (SGMG) Harmony Honors were presented this week at a free event at TBN’s Music City Auditorium, recognizing achievements in Southern Gospel Music. The event was hosted by Jason Crabb and featured performances by The Bowling Family, […]

Free Christian Music Download from Peter Furler’s new solo album

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Whooo hoo! Newsboys fans were more than a bummed out when the band’s beloved frontman Peter Furler left a couple of years ago.  Well, he’s back, with his June solo release, On Fire. You can get a free download of the song […]

Documentary “Wish Me Away” chronicles coming out of Christian and country singer Chely Wright

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The L.A. Times did a story yesterday on the documentary “Wish Me Away,” which chronicles the coming out of country music artist Chely Wright. Wright also happens to be a Christian. The film has already won the jury documentary prize […]

Justin Bieber curses in public and I say, “Who gives a rat’s … er … behind?”

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Well, while I was on hiatus I apparently missed one of the stories of the century: the Justin Bieber Bible Study, based on his most recent album, Never Say Never. Or was it a movie? I don’t know. But it […]

Free Christian Music Downloads from Godspeed3 and Brad & Rebekah Bichsel

posted by Joanne Brokaw

This week’s free Christian music downloads from iTickets come from Godspeed3 and Brad & Rebekah Bichsel. Brad & Rebekah Bichsel’s song is “We Are Free” from their album, The Things of God. Godspeed3’s song is “Where You Are” from their album, […]

Skillet “Awake & Alive” featured on “Transformers: Dark Of The Moon” movie soundtrack

posted by Joanne Brokaw

  As I’m catching up on Christian music stories I missed over the last six months or so, here’s one that definitely merits a mention: Skillet’s rock song “Awake & Alive”, from their latest album Awake, is featured on the soundtrack for […]

Tim Pawlenty likes Lady Gaga – do you care? (video)

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Now that I’m back in the saddle at the Gospel Soundcheck blog, I’m keeping me eyes and ears open for stories that relate to Christian music. Or Christians and music. And one of the stories that caught my eye this […]

Gospel Soundcheck is back!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Yup, you read it correctly! After almost a year away, the Gospel Soundcheck blog is back! I know, I know. When I stopped blogging last year, I was exhausted, frustrated and cynical. And when I stopped blogging here, I stopped almost […]

New music blogger!!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Greetings my dear readers! As you know, I’ve moved on from music blogging, but I wanted to make sure that I gave you a head’s up on the new music blogger for Beliefnet! His name is Stephen Russ, and trust […]

Goodbye Gospel Soundcheck?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Regular readers of this blog may have been wondering where I’ve been the last few months. Everyone else probably didn’t notice or care. Well, here’s the deal. My contract with Beliefnet ended in October, and you may have caught on […]

Video of baby worshipping – inspiring or a little creepy?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I came across this video today on the blog for Glenn Beck’s new project, The Blaze. (It’s the first time I’ve visited the site; not sure what to think yet.)Anyway, this video … well, creeped me out a little, if […]

BarlowGirl concert causes controversy on military base

posted by Joanne Brokaw

According to an Associated Press story, the Army is investigating a complaint that troops at Ft. Eustis Army base were punished for not attending a Christian concert that took place in May. The concert by Christian rockers BarlowGirl was part […]

Free Christian music downloads from Kathryn Scott, Joe Niemand and Jordan Biel

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Head over to iTickets.com for this week’s free Chrisitan music downloads from Kathryn Scott, Joe Niemand and Jordan Biel. The free downloads change every week, so don’t wait! Then let me know how you like the songs!

Skateboarding priest shares God with young people

posted by Joanne Brokaw

If American youth pastors think they have the edge when using hip sports to connect with kids, checkout Reverend Zoltan Lendvai, a Hungarian Roman Catholic priest who uses skateboarding to impacct the lives of kids.You can read more at Reuters.com.

American Idol Fantasia hospitalized after apparent overdose

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Season 3 American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino has been hospitalized in North Carolina after an apparent overdose of a combination of “aspirin and sleep aid”, according to news reports. It’s not clear if the overdose was a suicide attempt or […]

Ashmont Hill performs for NFL’s Sanfrancisco 49ers

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Ashmont Hill has been on the road for the last few months promoting their new album, Your Masterpiece. This exposure led to a personal phone call from Mike Singletary, Head Coach for the San Francisco 49ers, to Ashmont Hill’s, Phil […]

Switchfoot performs at 2010 National Boy Scout Jamboree

posted by Joanne Brokaw

President Barack Obama may not have made it to the Centennial celebration of the 2010 National Scout Jamboree, but rockers Switchfoot were there. The band peformed in front of 100,000 cheering scouts at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia on July […]

Dove Awards move to Atlanta, and where does that leave the Christian music industry?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Hold onto your hats, Christian music fans. The 42nd Annual Dove Awards will be broadcast next April from … Atlanta, GA. For viewers at home, the news isn’t any big deal. If you’re sitting on your couch, who cares where […]

Video: Anberlin’s new single, “Impossible”

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Anberlin – Impossible from Publicity on Vimeo. The first single from Anberlin’s upcoming release Dark Is The Way, Light Is A Place, premiered on MTV last week. It was #1 most added at Modern Rock radio last week at KROQ […]

Christian music and Katy Perry – why do fans care so much?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Back in June 2008, when I first started blogging about Christian music here at Beliefnet, I did a post about Katy Perry and how she’d once released a Christian album under the name Katy Hudson. It was one of those […]

Jim Wallis, Glenn Beck and Lifest Christian music festival

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Christian music made headlines of a sort this morning when Glenn Beck talked about Jim Wallis, founder and editor of Sojourners magazine and of the Washington, D.C.-based Christian community of the same name and the Wisconsin Christian music festival, Lifest. […]

Bucky Covington’s A Father’s Love and Christian country act High Valley

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I rarely listen to country music but I was in the car with darling husband today when Bucky Covington’s new song, “A Father’s Love” came on the radio.”Wait, I know this song,” I said. “But it doesn’t sound like this. […]

Chris Brown on the 2010 BET Awards – were the tears real?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The blogosphere is heating up today with one question: was Chris Brown’s emotional breakdown during last night’s BET Awards was real or staged to elicit sympathy from fans?Brown performed a medley of Michael Jackson songs during a tribute, and when […]

Michael W. Smith, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Charlie Daniels at Sean Hannity Freedom Concert

posted by Joanne Brokaw

form mt:asset-id=”15804″ class=”mt-enclosure mt-enclosure-image” style=”display: inline;”> Sean Hannity’s Freedom Concerts are scheduled for this August, and Michael W. Smith is on the bill again, with Charlie Daniels and Lynyrd Skynyrd. That seems like an … interesting … line up, doesn’t […]

Join Mark Schultz on an Alaskan cruise

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Still looking for that special summer vacation idea? Why not join Mark Schultz, Bone Hampton, Joy Williams, Mark DeVries and Bebo Norman on a week long Alaskan cruise? The week-long cruise leaves from Seattle, Washington, making stops in Juneau, Sitka […]

Free Christian music download from 9th Hour

posted by Joanne Brokaw

You can get a free Christian music download of the title track from 9th Hour’s sophomore album, Cover Me. This Smithville, MO-based Adult Contemporary Rock group has been performing throughout the Midwest since 2004 and has been recognized as a […]

Free Christian music download from Joel Auge

posted by Joanne Brokaw

You can get a free Christian music download this week from worship artist Joel Auge. The song is “Be Lifted” from his sophomore project, Invisible Things, which releases July 6. The album is produced by Joel Auge and fellow Canadian […]

Mark Stuart and Will McGinniss return to music scene with Know Hope Collective

posted by Joanne Brokaw

After a three-year departure, former Audio Adrenaline lead singer Mark Stuart and bassist Will McGinniss return to the music scene with the Know Hope Collective, a ground-breaking initiative that combines their favorite emerging voices of worship music with stories of […]

Free Christian music download and chord chart from Vicky Beeching

posted by Joanne Brokaw

FreeCCM is offering a free download of the song “Blessing and Honor”, along with the words and chord chart, from Vicky Beeching’s latest album, Eternity Invades. Just head over to FreeCCM.com and log in to get your free download. You […]

Big Butter Jesus goes up in flames

posted by Joanne Brokaw

My friend Kelsey Timmerman posted this today on his Where Am I Wearing blog, under the title “Big Butter Jesus is Toast.” I wanted to copy that, but I thought it was too creative to steal.Apparently there is – or […]

2010 World Music Awards air tonight – viewer discretion advised?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The World Music Awards air tonight on My Network TV, and the ad I saw last night had a “viewer discretion advised” warning. The awards have already been handed out, so the winners are no secret: Lady Gaga wins in […]

JoyFest gospel music festival hits Ohio, Virginia and Missouri this summer

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The first of four JoyFest events, the annual summer celebration of black gospel and urban music, took place this weekend in Charlotte, NC. The event, which will also hit amusement parks in Ohio, Virginia and Missouri this summer, features gospel […]

33Miles and Aaron Shust headline Food For The Hungry’s Summer Block Party Tour

posted by Joanne Brokaw

33Miles and Aaron Shust co-headline Food for the Hungry’s “Summer Block Party Tour,” a festival style concert kicking off on June 16. Among The Thirsty and NewFire are also set to perform with Pocket Full of Rocks appearing at select […]

Lou Gramm Band to perform at “A Sweet Cure And A Close Shave” Benefit

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Rocker Lou Gramm and his band will perform on Friday, June 25 at A Sweet Cure & A Shave benefit at the Charles Finney School in Penfield, NY. And that’s not the only excitement: folks in the Christian music industry […]

Christian rock pioneer Dana Key dies at 56; memorial service Thursday, June 10 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Christian music lost a pioneer this week when Dana Key passed away suddenly on Sunday, June 6 from a ruptured pulmonary embolism. He was 56. As part of the Christian rock duo DeGarmo and Key, Dana Key was at the […]

Free Christian music downloads from Joy Whitlock and The Acapella Company

posted by Joanne Brokaw

There are two new music downloads this week from itickets. First, you can grab the song “Take the Lord With You-Traditional Spiritual” from The Acappella Company’s album, Only God. The second download is the song “Testify” from Joy Whitlock’s God […]

Stellar Kart’s Adam Agee talks about Something Holy

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Stellar Kart is back with a new album, Everything Is Different Now. The song “Something Holy” is their current radio single. In addition to the video above, frontman Adam Agee took some time to share a devotional about what it […]

Introducing Hark The Herons

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Thanks to Robert White of the Christian Week newspapers in Canada for passing this music tip along to me:Glenn Lavender, bassist for downhere, has teamed up with friend and musician Kalyn Allen to form a side project – indie alt-folk […]

American Idol season 9 recap from Brittany Keener

posted by Joanne Brokaw

For the first time in several months, I’m not watching American Idol. And I have to confess that it’s nice to have my Tuesday evening back. Not that there’s anything else on I want to watch … but I digress. […]

Free Christian music download from Jonny Diaz

posted by Joanne Brokaw

FreeCCM.com had a free download from Jonny Diaz. The song is “Love Like You Loved” from his album, More Beautiful You. RELATED POST: Cooking With Christian Music: Texas Sheet Cake from Jonny Diaz

Free Christian music download from Carolina Story

posted by Joanne Brokaw

This week’s free Christian music download at itickets.com is from husband and wife folk duo Ben and Emily Roberts, also known as Carolina Story. The song is “The Apple” from their debut full length album, When The River Met The […]

Saturday morning laughs with Humorality.com

posted by Joanne Brokaw

It’s Saturday morning and rather than scan the headlines for some music news, I thought you might enjoy the website Humorality. Tim Patrick is a humor writer with a knack for putting a humorous spin on the headlines. This week, […]

Ellen DeGeneres starts record label; signs Greyson Chance

posted by Joanne Brokaw

This just in: Ellen DeGeneres has formed her own record label – eleveneleven – and signed YouTube sensation Greyson Chance as her first artist.The 12-year-old caused a huge sensation when this video of him performing Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi” was posted […]

American Idol finalist Crystal Bowersox talks to Ryan Seacrest about her breakup

posted by Joanne Brokaw

This morning, Crystal Bowersox opened up to Ryan Seacrest about what happened to her the day of the final performances: her boyfriend Tony, father of her son, broke up with her. In an interview with Ryan Seacrest and Kara Dioguardi, […]

Switchfoot’s 6th Annual Bro-Am happens June 26, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Surf’s up for Switchfoot’s 6th annual Bro-Am, a free event featuring a surf contest, concert, beach vendors, live mural art, and more. The annual event takes place Saturday June 26, 2010 at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas, CA.Proceeds from a pre-event […]

American Idol Finale: Simon Cowell’s last show, and the winner is … Lee Dewyze!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

And the winner of American Idol season 9 is: Lee Dewyze! Keep reading for the recap of the live Idol finale, including Simon Cowell’s last show: Get ready Idol fans! Tonight is the night you’ve been waiting for for months. […]

American Idol Season 9 Finale, with Crystal Bowersox and Lee Dewyze – live blog

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Tonight’s the night! Lee Dewyze and Crystal Bowersox sing for the title of season 9’s American Idol. No matter who you’re rooting for, it’s going to be a good show. It’s the showdown I called back in March and everyone […]

Record a song with Switchfoot; auction proceeds to benefit charity

posted by Joanne Brokaw

OK, this is a fun way to raise money for charity: Switchfoot sas teamed up with Bidfire, a competitive shopping site, to offer one lucky fan the ultimate experience: the opportunity to record a song with the band during a […]

Brandon Heath & Jason Ingram’s ‘Love Your Neighbor’ concert raises $61,857 for El Shaddai Christian Church in Nashville

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Brandon Heath and Jason Ingram’s recent third annual “Love Your Neighbor” concert raised $61,857 for area flood victims this week, The free-with-donation show attracted a standing-room only crowd at Fellowship Bible Church in Brentwood, Tenn., and was also streamed live […]

Stryper to host tour for fans to Holy Land; limited number of spaces available

posted by Joanne Brokaw

This just in from a press release: Rock band Stryper announced today that they will be hosting a 10-day tour of the Holy Land, February 12-21, 2011. The once-in-a-lifetime VIP tour will be limited to 150 people. Stryper fans will […]

American Idol Top 3 resuls show – live blog with guests Justin Beiber and Travis Garland

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Well, tonight’s the night we find out who battles is out for the title of Season 9 American Idol. I stick to my March prediction that it’ll be a Lee/Crystal finale, with Lee squeaking out a win.If you missed last […]

American Idol Final 3 perform – live blog

posted by Joanne Brokaw

We’re almost down to the wire, Idol fans! Tonight Crystal Bowersox, Lee Dewyze and Casey James will perform in the hopes of making it to the finale. Each contestant will sing two songs – a judges’ choice and finalist’s choice. […]

Jaci Velasquez album sent ‘out of this world’

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Jaci Velasquez recently had a musical tribute that was literally “out of this world” when NASA astronaut Ron Garan carried Velasquez’s album Llegar a Ti with him on a recent trip to space. Garan flew onboard the Space Shuttle Discovery […]

MercyMe living out the theme of “The Generous Mr. Lovewell”

posted by Joanne Brokaw

MercyMe’s The Generous Mr. Lovewell debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200, making it their highest charting album debut to date. The excitement about the new album began with great reviews from USA Today, Billboard, Christianity Today and more, […]

Jars of Clay offers “Flood” EP to help flood victims; video of damage to their Gray Matters studio

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Musicians are coming together to help the victims of the flood that devastated Nashville and the surrounding areas; one of those groups helping is Jars of Clay.The band’s studio sustained substantial damage in the flood, as you can see from […]

Free Christian music download from the iWorship Kids 4 album

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The iWorship Kids 4 offer another collection of worship songs for kids, and you can get a free download of the song “Our God Saves”, just by heading over to iTickets.com. Remember, the free downloads change every week!

Free Christian music download from Tenth Avenue North

posted by Joanne Brokaw

You can get a free download of the song “Healing Begins” from Tenth Avenue North’s album The Light Meets The Dark. Just head over to iTickets.com for your free Christian music download. Remember, you only have a week to take […]

American Idol season 9 Top 4 results, with Daughtry, Bon Jovi, Fantasia – live blog

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Tonight we find out which of the final American Idol contestants make it to the Top 3, and who’s dreams are dashed so close to the finish line. Quick note: The Idol Tour kicks off July 1, and tickets go […]

John Schlitt travels to Russia to be keynote speaker at Russian Christian music conference

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Legendary recording artist John Schlitt — former lead singer for the Grammy Award-winning Christian band Petra and mainstream rock band Head East — is slated to be the keynote speaker at the upcoming Russian Gospel Music Association conference (EMA). The […]

American Idol season 9 Top 4 perform, with guest mentor Jamie Foxx – live blog

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Tonight the remaining four contestants on American Idol perform songs from the movies, with guest mentor Jamie Foxx. On the results show, we’ll get performances from Bon Jovi and Daughtry. We’re getting down to the wire, folks! Who’s going to […]

Gospel Soundcheck blog wins Evangelical Press Association award

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last week the Evangelical Press Association held their annual conference, and as part of their annual get-together announced the winners of their Awards of Excellence and Higher Goals awards. The Awards of Excellence go out to member publications and the […]

American Idol finalist Melinda Doolittle releases new book

posted by Joanne Brokaw

American Idol finalist Melinda Doolittle shares her personal story in her new book, “Beyond Me,” which hit bookstores this week. In this video, she talks about the book and the stories in it.The humble singer, who won the hearts of […]

Venue change for “Cinderella” in Nashville

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Due to the extensive flooding this past weekend in Nashville, the production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” will be moved from the Schermerhorn Symphony Center to the Allen Arena At Lipscomb University. “Cinderella” is a production of showHope, the foundation […]

Skillet joins Creed on “20-10 Tour”

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Rockers Skillet has just been confirmed as a special guest for select dates on CREED’s “20-10 Tour”. The tour kicks off on July 28th in Washington D.C., and was named because the first 2,010 reserved seats are a $20 flat […]

American Idol Top 5 Results show – live blog

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night the remaining Top 5 American Idol contestants performed the songs of Frank Sinatra, with guest mentor and all around funny guy Harry Connick Jr. Tonight we find out who goes home – my guess is Casey – and […]

American Idol season 9 Top 5 perform tonight – live blog

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Tonight the remaining Top 5 contestants perform on American Idol. I didn’t think this day would ever get here. If you’re keeping track, Vote For The Worst now has Michael Lynche in their sights. Everyone looks lovely tonight, all dressed […]

Nashville flooding far worse than media reporting (videos)

posted by Joanne Brokaw

This weekend three major news stories hit America – chances are you only heard about two.Amidst the news of a car bomb attempt in New York City and the oil slick inching towards the Gulf Coast, the flood that has […]

Nashville flooding affects music industry; donate to the Nashville Red Cross

posted by Joanne Brokaw

As you may have heard on the national news, Nashville, TN and the surrounding areas were devasted by rains and flooding this weekend, and the aftermath is just a mess.The 2010 Dove Awards happened last week, and believe it or […]

Restore Stephen Baldwin campaign

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Actor Stephen Baldwin has had a rough year. Last a homeless man he’d allowed to live in a cottage on his property was arrested for dealing heroin, and the Baldwins have filed for bankruptcy. The latest buzz surrounding Baldwin comes […]

American Idol season 9 Top 6 results show – live blog (Siobhan Mangus goes home, and The Clark Brothers are back as Sons of Silvia!)

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night the American Idol season 9 Top 6 contestants performed the songs of Shania Twain, and tonight we find out who’s going home. It’ll be a close one. If the judges hadn’t used their save on Big Mike a […]

American Idol season 9 Top 6 perform songs of Shania Twain – live blog

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Tonight’s remaining Top 6 season 9 American Idol contestants will perform the songs of Shania Twain tonight, with guest mentor … Shania Twain! Shania did a great job as a guest judge in the early audition rounds, so tonight should […]

BET’s “Sunday Best” names Top 20 contestants

posted by Joanne Brokaw

BET’s hit gospel singing competition show, “Sunday Best” has named their Top 20 contestants. The contestants were chosen from auditions in Lagos, Nigeria, Detroit, Philadelphia and New Orleans, and will now compete on stage in New Orleans before judges Pastor […]

Snark Alert: 2010 Timmy Awards recognize worst in Christian music

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night the 2010 Dove Awards were handed out, which means it’s also time for The Timmy Awards.Somewhere in a coffee shop in Nashville, a secret group on Christian music industry insiders meet to recognize the worst in Christian music. […]

2010 Dove Award winners

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The 41st annual Dove Awards were handed out last night at the Grand Ole Opry, and Casting Crowns was named Artist of the Year and Sidewalk Prophets were named New Artist of he Year. If you were watching Idol Gives […]

Christian group corrects statement about Idol Gives Back and abortion

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I shared a press release with you yesterday from the group Life Decisions International (LDI), which said that Idol Gives Back’s charities have ties to abortion groups. In a statement today, the group corrects one part of the statement, where […]

Idol Gives Back with guests Elton John, Carrie Underwood, and more – blogging live

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Tonight marks American Idol’s annual Idol Gives Back show to raise money for charities including Children’s Health Fund, Feeding America, Malaria No More, Save the Children’s U.S. Programs and the United Nations Foundation. Elton John, Alicia Keys, Carrie Underwood, The […]

BMI Christian Music Awards honor genre’s most-played songs

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) recognized the writers and publishers of the past year’s most-performed songs on Christian radio and television during the annual Christian Music Awards, held Wednesday April 20, 2010. And the winners were:

Christian group notes Idol Gives Back ties to abortion organizations

posted by Joanne Brokaw

A press release came across my desk today pointing out that tonight’s Idol Gives Back annual fundraiser will give proceeds to the organization Save The Children, which has ties to Planned Parenthood, which is a leading abortion provider in the […]

American Idol season 9 Top 7 perform – blogging live

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Tonight the remaining seven contestants perform on American Idol, and it’s also Idol Gives Back week. I confess: I haven’t seen an Idol Gives Back show. Ever. I’m usually in Nashville for GMA week, and since there isn’t a GMA […]

Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman’s ShowHope presents unique production of “Cinderella”

posted by Joanne Brokaw

On Friday, May 14th, show HOPE, the organization founded by Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman, will present a unique concert production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella.” The event will celebrate the life of Maria Sue Chapman, the couple’s daughter […]

Integrity Worship Institute’s Online School of Worship launches May 3

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Online classes begin May 3 for the new Integrity Worship Institute’s Online School of Worship, an online educational program designed to provide leadership training for men and women in worship and pastoral ministry. Since the 1990s, Integrity Worship Institute has […]

2010 SGN Music Award Winners

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The 2010 SGN Music Awards were handed out last week, and Michael English, of The Gaither Vocal Band, was named Male Vocalist of the Year, and Sonya Isaacs Yeary, of The Isaacs, was named Female Vocalist of the Year. Karen […]

The Afters single featured on NBC’s “Secrets Of The Mountain” soundtrack

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The Afters’ single “Never Going Back to OK”, from the album of the same name, will be featured on the upcoming soundtrack of the family-friendly film “Secrets of the Mountain.” The movie debuts tonight on NBC and tells the story […]

Seabird’s new video debuts today on Seventeen.com

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The new music video for Seabird’s “Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful”, from the band’s sophomore album Rocks Into Rivers, debuted today exclusively with the online home of the popular Seventeen magazine, Seventeen.com. The song was also used in a recent […]

Jennifer Knapp is “out of the closet” and back with a new album

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Let me clear the air right out of the gate: I love Jennifer Knapp. Her music has been an incredible inspiration for me, and when I heard she had a new album out I was very excited. Jennifer Knapp burst […]

American Idol season 9 Top 9 results (again) – blogging live, Adam Lambert performs, one thought to consider, and Katie and Andrew go home

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night the remaining Top 9 American Idol contestants performed (again) and tonight we’ll see which two are going home. That’s right: last week the judges used their only save of the season to keep Big Mike around another week. […]

American Idol season 9 Top 9 perform again with guest mentor Adam Lambert – blogging live

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Tonight the remaining Top 9 Idol contestants perform live – again. Last week the judges opted to save Big Mike Lynche, so tonight all 9 will perform again, and two contestants will go home tomorrow. We’ll see the performances tonight, […]

Please pray for Michele McGinty, host of the Reformed Chicks Blabbing

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I love my job here at Beliefnet, and even though I don’t know all of the other bloggers I feel like we’re part of a big family. So I’m asking you to add Michele McGinty to your prayer list. Michele […]

American Idol Season 9 Top 9 Results – blogging live and the judges save Big Mike

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night the Top 9 contestants on American Idol performed the songs of Lennon and McCartney, and tonight we see which contestant is going home. It’ll be a tough one, because for the most part everyone did really well. Who […]

Guest blogger Daniel Radosh talks about Christian music on Rock Band

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I told you about my friend/colleague Daniel Radosh, who alerted me to the new songs added to the Rock Band offerings – all from Christian bands. Daniel, who penned the very funny and thought provoking book “Rapture Ready,” raises some […]

Adam Lambert to mentor Idols; good or bad idea?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Entertainment Weekly’s Michael Slezak broke the news today that former Idol runner up Adam Lambert will be the guest mentor on American Idol on April 13. The question is: good idea or bad? Personally, I don’t care either way. If […]

American Idol Season 9 Top 9 perform – blogging live, and the show is worth watching

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Things are moving right along on season 9 of American Idol. Tonight, the Top 9 perform. Join me here, where I’ll be blogging live! Here we go. Tonight’s theme is the songbook of Lennon and McCartney, with guest mentor … […]

Gospel music artist Israel Houghton talks about music, family and Compassionart

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I hope you had a chance to catch gospel music artist Israel Houghton this morning on “CBS Sunday Morning.” The profile was part of the show’s Easter Sunday coverage, which also featured CeCe Winans and Patty Griffin. I had a […]

Israel Houghton and CeCe Winans on CBS Sunday Morning this Easter Sunday

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Gospel artists Israel Houghton and CeCe Winans will be featured in a special segment on “CBS Sunday Morning” this Easter Sunday, April 4. The segment, “Amen!”, offers a sampling of gospel music as well as interviews with artists. Correspondents from […]

American Idol Top 10 results tonight – blogging live

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night American Idol season 9’s Top 10 performed, and surprise, surprise, surprise, they didn’t stink! In fact, some of the contestants were really on top of their game. Tonight we’ll find out who’s going home. My guess for bottom […]

American Idol Season 9 Top 10 perform – blogging live

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Tonight the Top 10 perform live on American Idol. If I’m being honest, I’d rather skip the whole thing. As the weeks go on, we usually see the contestants getting better, surprising us with song choices and arrangements, and generally […]

Bible in a year: March 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

If you’re joining me in the challenge to read the Bible in a year, here are readings for March 2010:

How to forgive and let go

posted by Joanne Brokaw

This isn’t really music related, but I think it’s definitely worth checking out: Beliefnet is running a gallerly about forgiveness – how to not just forgive, but let go and move on. It’s written by Rev. Frank Desiderio, CSP, who […]

American Idol season Top 11 results show

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night’s live performance show of American Idol’s Top 11 was a train wreck. While there were some decent vocals, overall the contestants performed like they were auditioned for “High School Musical” or reprising Michael J Fox’s performance at the […]

Bible in a year: March 24, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Here are the readings for today, Mach 24, 2010: Deuteronomy 9:1-10:22 Psalm 37:12-17 Proverbs 12:11 Luke 1:57-80 You can find all of the passages at BibleGateway.com. And if you’ve missed some readings, here are the lists: February 2010 January 2010 […]

American Idol season 9 Top 11 perform – blogging live

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The remaining Top 11 contestants on American Idol perform Billboard #1 hits tonight, with guest mentor … Miley Cyrus? Miley Cyrus? They’re kidding, right? Good grief. Well, tune in tonight to see what words of wisdom the teen star can […]

Bible in a year: March 23, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Here are the readings for March 23, 2010: Deuteronomy 7:1-8:20 Psalm 37:5-11 Proverbs 12:9-10 Luke 1:39-56 You can find all of the passages at BibleGateway.com. And if you’ve missed some readings, here are the lists: February 2010 January 2010 Are […]

Ginger Millermon featured in First for Women magazine

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Singer/author Ginger Millermon was featured in the magazine First For Women. But it wasn’t for her music or her family’s personal story of her twin sons, Brennan and Jarrott, who were born premature, with Jarrott spending a year in the […]

Bible in a year: March 22, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Here are the readings for today, March 22, 2010: Deuteronomy 5:1-6:25 Psalm 37:1-4 Proverbs 12:8 Luke 1:21-38 You can find all of the passages at BibleGateway.com. And if you’ve missed some readings, here are the lists: February 2010 January 2010 […]

Bible in a year: March 21, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

So we’re moving right along in Deuteronomy. I’m fascinated with this talk about giants. Og king of Bashan was a giant; he had an iron bedstead that measured 9 cubits by 4 cubits. (Deut 3:11) According to Wikipedia, “The Egyptian […]

Bible in a year: March 20, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

How excited are you? We finished Leviticus! I’m so proud of you – you’ve read three books of the Old Testament, in their entirety. Good for you! Today we start Deuteronomy. Much of what we’ll read recaps Exodus and Leviticus, […]

Bible in a year: March 19, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Here are the Bible readings for March 19, 2010: Numbers 35:1-36:13 Psalm 35:17-28 Proverbs Mark 15:25-47 You can find all of the passages at BibleGateway.com. And if you’ve missed some readings, here are the lists: February 2010 January 2010 Are […]

Bible in a year: March 18, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Here are the readings for today, March 18, 2010: Numbers 33:1-34:29 Psalm 35:9-16 Proverbs 12:2 Mark 15:1-24 You can find all of the passages at BibleGateway.com. And if you’ve missed some readings, here are the lists: February 2010 January 2010 […]

American Idol season 9 Top 5 predictions

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Yesterday in an interview with Bob Crittenden on Faith Radio, he asked me to make a prediction about who I think might make the Top 5 on season 9. Given the surprises last week, it’s hard to know what’s going […]

American Idol Top 12 results show – who’s going home tonight?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night on American Idol the Top 12 contestants performed live for your votes. Some rocked, some surprised, and some just made us sleepy. So who goes home? We’ll find out tonight on the live results show, with special guests […]

American Idol season 9 auditions and recaps – complete list of posts

posted by Joanne Brokaw

To make it easier for you to find American Idol posts from this season, I’ve included all of the links to season 9 stories here in one post. And I’ll continue to add links as the season progresses:

My dog blog is a finalist in the 2010 Dog Blog Contest

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I admit this has nothing to do with Christian music, but since I mentioned it in an American Idol post and asked for votes, I thought I’d give you an update. I got notice today that my dog blog, It’s […]

Bible in a year: March 17, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Here are the readings for March 17, 2010: Numbers 31:1-32:42 Psalm 35:1-8 Proverbs 12:1 March 14:55-72 You can find all of the passages at BibleGateway.com. And if you’ve missed some readings, here are the lists: February 2010 January 2010 Are […]

Bible in a year: March 16, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Here are the readings for March 16, 2010: Numbers 29:1-30:19 Psalm 34:15-22 Proverbs 11;30-31 Mark 14:27-54 You can find all of the passages at BibleGateway.com. And if you’ve missed some readings, here are the lists: February 2010 January 2010 Are […]

American Idol Top 12 perform tonight – blogging live

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last week the American Idol season 9 Top 12 were named, and tonight they get to prove that they deserve to be there. For a couple contestants, that might be a tough challenge. Paige Miles, for example, should have gone […]

Bible in a year: March 15, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Here are the Bible readings for today, March 15, 2010:

Bible in a year: March 11-14, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Hi, all! Sorry that I’m behind on the daily Bible readings. I thought I had had scheduled through the weekend, but apparently not. My apologies. Hopefully you didn’t stop reading, but just kept right on with the books we’re in. […]

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