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American Idol’s Top 12 results show poll – is it time to stop watching this season?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night the Top 12 contestants were named for season 9 of American Idol, and let’s face it: it was a shocker. You can read the play by play from my live blog post, but in short, Lilly Scott was […]

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Fan voting is open for the 41st Annual Dove Awards

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Once again, Christian music fans will have the chance to help choose the winners of the 2010 Dove Awards for Artist of the Year and New Artist of the Year. The nominees this year are:

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You could sing a solo with The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir is offering two singers the chance to sing a solo with the choir during a Sunday service. Each winner receives an all-expense paid trip for two to New York City.

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Behind the scenes at American Idol rehearsal

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last week, Brittany Keener gave us a peek at what it’s like to be in the audience during the live results show on American Idol. This week, she shares what it’s like to be in the audience for rehearsal. Brittany […]

American Idol season 9 Top 12 (shocking) results show – Katelyn, Todrick, Alex and Lilly go home

posted by Joanne Brokaw

This week the remaining 8 girls and 8 guys performed, and tonight we’ll find out which of them make American Idol’s season 9 Top 12. My predictions for the 6 girls going through: 1. Crystal Bowersox 2. Lilly Scott 3. […]

Voting for 2010 Southern Gospel Music Fan Awards now open

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The nominations were announced recently for the 2010 Southern Gospel Music (SGM) Fan Awards. The Perrys lead the way with six nominations, including Favorite Mixed Quartet, Favorite Song (If You Knew Him), and Favorite Album (“Almost Morning”). Libbi Perry Stuffle […]

Bible in a year: March 11, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Here are the Bible readings for March 11, 2010:

Major League Baseball taps TobyMac’s “Tonight” for “30 Clubs in 30 Days” series

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The title track from TobyMac’s latest album, Tonight, has been chosen as the theme song for Major League Baseball Network’s “30 Clubs in 30 Days” spring training series. The song will be featured throughout each episode. The “30 Clubs in […]

Switchfoot drummer Chad Butler featured in cover story in Drum! magazine

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Switchfoot drummer Chad Butler was featured in a 10-page cover spread in the March 2010 issue of Drum! magazine. In the article, Butler talks about the band’s two year break from touring and their latest album, Hello Hurricane, as well […]

American Idol season 9 Top 8 guys perform tonight – blogging live

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night the remaining 8 girls on season 9 of American Idol performed, and tonight we see the remaining 8 guys take the stage before the Top 12 contestants are announced tomorrow night. Join me here live at 9 PM! […]

Bible in a year: March 10, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Here are the readings for today, March 10, 2010:

American Idol season 9 Top 8 girls perform tonight – blogging live

posted by Joanne Brokaw

And we’re in the home stretch on our way to American Idol season 9’s Top 12 contestants. Tonight, the remaining 8 girls perform live, starting at 8 PM. Join me here tonight; I’ll be blogging live! As the show opens, […]

Bible in a year: March 9, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Here are the Bible readings for March 9, 2010:

Danny Gokey signs endorsement deal with Wisconsin Vision

posted by Joanne Brokaw

American Idol contestant Danny Gokey is known for more than just his singing story and personal story. The former worship leader is famous for his eyewear. In a press release, Wisconsin Vision reports:

Bible in a year: March 8, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Here are the Bible readings for March 8, 2010:

Bible in a year: March 7, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Here are the Bible readings for March 7, 2010:

Bible in a year: March 6, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Here are the readings for Saturday, March 6, 2010:

Bible in a year: March 5, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Here are the Bible readings for March 5, 2010:

American Idol: A behind the scenes, in person recap of the Top 10 Guys & Girls results show

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night, America watched on televsion as Jermaine Sellers, John Park, Haeley Vaughn and Michelle Delamor were sent home on American Idol. Gospel Soundcheck reader Brittany Keener, who is also the assistant editor and office manger for the Christian Examiner […]

American Idol season 9 Top 10 guys & Top 10 girls results – blogging live

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night on American Idol, the top 10 girls performed, and Crystal Bowersox led off the show. She spent Tuesday in the hospital; so that she could have a chance to stay in the competition, producers switched nights for the […]

Bible in a year: March 4, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Here are the readings for March 4, 2010: Numbers 5:1-6:27 Psalm 30:8-12 Proverbs 11:1-3 Mark 8:22-38 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 Are […]

Bible in a year: some thoughts from worship artist Brad Hooks

posted by Joanne Brokaw

We’ve been reading through the book of Mark the past few weeks, and Brad Hooks, Creative Arts Director Calvary Chapel Montebello in California, shares some thoughts on our reading in Mark chapter 3:

Bible in a year: March 3, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Here are the readings for March 3, 2010: Numbers 3:1-4:49 Psalm 30:1-7 Proverbs 10:30-32 Mark 8:1-21 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 10 Guys perform tonight – blogging live!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Surprise! Here we are on Tuesday night, and instead of the Top 10 girls performing, we’re watching the Top 10 guys! According to Ryan Seacrest the reason is that Crystal Bowersox was taken to the hospital this morning and, under […]

American Idol Top 10 girls perform tonight (and why Crystal Bowersox was in the hospital) – blogging live

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Tonight the Top 10 girls on season 9 of American Idol hit the stage live. Last week Janell Wheeler and Ashley Rodriguez were sent home. Who’ll make the cut this week? Find out live ….PROGRAMMING NOTE: Surprise! Change in plans! […]

Bible in a year: March 2, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

You did it! You made it through Leviticus! Go treat yourself with an ice cream sundae. Today we start Numbers, beginning with a lot of geneology. It may seem overwhelming and confusing, but God doesn’t include things unless there’s a […]

Marie Osmond’s son dead after apparent suicide

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Mchael Blosil, the adopted son of singer Marie Osmond and her ex-husband Brian Blosil, allegedly commited suicide on Friday night. Blosil apparently suffered from depression. He left behind a suicide note. The 18-year-old reportedly jumped from either the roof or […]

Bible in a year: March 1, 1010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Here are the readings for today, March 1, 2010: Leviticus 26:1-27:34 Psalm 29:1-6 Proverbs 10:22-25 Mark 7:1-13 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: February 28, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Can you believe it? You’ve finished two months of readings! Good for you for sticking with the readings. Here are the readings for February 28, 2010: Leviticus 25:1-55 Psalm 28:6-9 Proverbs 10:19-21 Mark 6:30-56 You can find all of the […]

Help Haiti Live concert to benefit Compassion International

posted by Joanne Brokaw

You can watch the live stream of the Help Haiti Live benefit concert, starting at 7:30 PM Central/8:30 PM Eastern. The event is taking place at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. Catch Allison Krauss and Union Station, Brandon Heath, […]

Bible in a year: February 27, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Here are the readings for February 27, 2010: Leviticus 23:1-24:23 Psalm 28:1-5 Proverbs 10:17-18 Mark 6:1-29 You can find all of the passages at BibleGateway.com. And if you’ve missed some readings, here is the list for January 2010. Are you […]

Bible in a year: February 26, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Here are the readings for February 26, 2010: Leviticus 21:1-22:33 Psalm 27:11-14 Proverbs 10:13-16 Mark 5:21-43 You can find all of the passages at BibleGateway.com. And if you’ve missed some readings, here is the list for January 2010. Are you […]

American Idol Season 9 Top 24 Results – blogging live

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Now that the Top 12 girls and the Top 12 guys have performed, it’s time for someone to go home. Four someones, to be exact. Two guys and two girls. Tonight, the Top 24 results show happens live, with guests […]

Bible in a year: February 25, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Here are the readings for today, February 25, 2010: Leviticus 19:1-20:27 Psalm 27:4-10 Proverbs 10:10-12 Mark 5:1-20 You can find all of the passages at BibleGateway.com. And if you’ve missed some readings, here is the list for January 2010. Are […]

Take a Beliefnet blog survey!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

In an effort to help make your visit to Beliefnet blogs more enjoyable, that staff at Beliefnet is asking readers to take a moment to answer a few questions about your experience visiting and reading our blogs. It only take […]

American Idol season 9 Top 12 guys perform live tonight – blogging live

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night we got to see this season’s Top 12 girls perform, and tonight the guys get their chance. Before we jump in, though, there’s a little news tidbit I’d love your thoughts on. Legendary singer Patti LaBelle voiced her […]

Bible in a year: February 24, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Here are the Bible readings for today, February 24, 2010: Leviticus 17:1-18:30 Psalm 27:1-3 Proverbs 10:9 Mark 4:21-41 You can find all of the passages at BibleGateway.com. And if you’ve missed some readings, here is the list for January 2010. […]

Bible in a year: February 23, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I just realized that for some reason, I forgot to post the reading for February 23. Sorry about that! I hope you found the list of all the readings for February, but if not, here are the readings for February […]

American Idol season 9 Top 12 girls perform live tonight – blogging live

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Tonight the top 12 girls on season 9 of American Idol hit the stage, live and ready for your votes! Join me here tonight to see which prove that they’re worthy of moving on to the next round! The girls […]

Free Christian music download of “Courage” from Superchick

posted by Joanne Brokaw

In honor of National Eating Disorder Week, you can get a free download of Superchick’s new song, “Courage.”For Superchick guitarist Melissa Brock, the subject hits close to home. As a teen she suffered from anorexia.The band is part of Operation […]

Free Christian music download from Starfield’s new album

posted by Joanne Brokaw

One of my favorite bands, Canada’s Starfield, is back with a new album The Saving One. The album is available today! I’ve been a fan for year years, but if you haven’t heard Starfield, you can get a free download […]

Christian artist Jennifer Shaw has her own USA vs Canada Olympic moment

posted by Joanne Brokaw

While the USA and Canada hockey teams were battling it out on the ice this week at the Vancouver Olympics, Christian artist Jennifer Shaw was having her own USA vs Canada moment at the Canadian border. The Ohio native was […]

Christian artists record song for Haiti

posted by Joanne Brokaw

A who’s who of Christian artists got together recently to record their own “We Are The World” type song for Haiti. Led by Michael W. Smith, artists John Schlitt, Chris Sligh, Lee Greenwood, Margaret Becker, Hawk Nelson’s Jason Dunn, Mark […]

Bible in a year: February 22, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Here are the readings for today, February 22, 2010: Leviticus 14:1-57 Psalm 26:1-5 Proverbs 10:6-7 Mark 3:20-35 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: February 21, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

In yesterday’s reading, we were introduced to the dietary law, and what a law it is! It’s something that I’ve been interested in, ever since I read the book Holy Cow!, by Hope Egan. Hope is a Messianic Jew, and […]

Bible in a year: Unknown Souldier’s Brother Terry talks about the original Fantastic Four

posted by Joanne Brokaw

In today’s reading in Mark chapter 2, we read the story about four friends who desperately want to get their crippled friend in front of Jesus. Faced with a crowd and no way in, they get creative, and make a […]

Bible in a year: February 20, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Today’s New Testament reading from Mark 2 inspired Terry Baert, better known at Brother Terry, lead vocalist for Unknown Souldier, to share his thoughts on the four friends who help their crippled buddy get to Jesus. After you read the […]

Bible in a year: February 19, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Here are the readings for today, February 19, 2010: Leviticus 9:1-10:20 Psalm 25:1-7 Proverbs 9:13-18 Mark 1:23-45 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 […]

2010 Dove Award Nominees

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The nominations were announced today for the 41st Annual Dove Awards. The 2010 awards will be handed out April 21, 2010, at the Grand Ole Opry in Tennessee. The show will be hosted by Natalie Grant and Bart Millard. For […]

American Idol Top 24 Season 9 – Golightly out, Urban in, and other interesting news

posted by Joanne Brokaw

There’s never a dull moment with America’s favorite talent competition, and this year’s crop of singers is no exception. Here’s the list of Season 9’s Top 24, and more information that maybe you want to know – do you know, […]

Bible in a year: February 18, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Look at you! You’ve finished two books of the Old Testament and one book of the New Testament! You’re doing great – are you learning anything as you read? Have questions? Things that make you scratch your head? Topics or […]

Where’s the strangest place you’ve found Jesus?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Where’s the strangest place you’ve found Jesus? How about in an ashtray? On a pierogi? Beliefnet is featuring a new gallery of photos showcasing religious icons on that have miraculously appeared on food, rocks, and other benign stuff, from Jesus […]

American Idol season 9 Hollywood Week Top 24 revealed – blogging live (maybe)

posted by Joanne Brokaw

UPDATE 2/18/10: Following is a very casual blogging live narrative about last night’s American Idol Top 24 reveal. I confess I was switching back and forth between the Olympics. Here’s a post with bios of each of the Top 24 […]

Bible in a year: February 17, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Here are the readings for today, February 17, 2010: Leviticus 5:1-6:30 Psalm 24:1-6 Proverbs 9:7-9 Matthew 28:1-20 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 more Hollywood auditions – blogging live (and missing the Olympics!)

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Tonight is the third part of American Idol’s season 9 Hollywood Week auditions. We’ll get to see the last individual performances before we find out tomorrow who makes the Top 24. Do you have any favorites yet? Any predictions on […]

Free Christian music download from the soundtrack “To Save A Life”

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The film “To Save A Life” released this month to great reviews, and this week you can get a free download of the song “Bounce J-Rus”, by J-Rus, from the movie soundtrack. “To Save A Life” tells the story of […]

Free Christian music download from Newworldson

posted by Joanne Brokaw

On February 23, pop/soul/gospel band Newworldson releases their self-titled sophomore album, a mix of funky grooves, danceable rhythms and praise-inspiring lyrics. And you can get a sneak peek with this free download of the song “You Set The Rhythm.” Just […]

Bible in a year: February 16, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Here are the readings for today, February 16, 2010: Leviticus 3:1-4:35 Psalm 23:1-6 Proverbs 9:1-6 Matthew 27:55-66 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: February 15, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Hey, look at you! You’ve completely finished two books of the Old Testament! See, this isn’t as difficult as you thought. Well, we are starting Leviticus. More laws. We can do this, together. Here are the readings for February 15, […]

Bible in a year: February 14, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

[Note: I’m sorry that the intro got chopped off when this posted. I was away for a couple of days and saw the goof when I got back. The point I wanted to make here was that our NT reading […]

Bible in a year: February 13, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Here are the readings for today, February 13, 2010: Exodus 37:1-38:31 Psalm 22:9-15 Proverbs 8:12-21 Matthew 26:51-75 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 […]

Body of Compassion International filmmaker found in Haiti rubble

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The Associate Press reports tonight that the body of freelance videographer David Hames has been found amid the rubble of the Hotel Montana. Hames and his colleage, Compassion International’s Dan Woolley, had been in Haiti filming for a project for […]

Artists debut “We Are The World” remake to benefit Haiti at the Olympics & Christian connection

posted by Joanne Brokaw

MTV Shows Tonight a bevy of music artists premiere their remake of “We Are The World” to benefit Haiti.It seems like, in America, when we want to help, we sing. Or we watch singers. Or we buy songs. From Farm […]

Bible in a year: February 12, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Today’s reading continues with the instructions God gave to the artisans in the building of the tabernacle. One thing that jumps out at me is that even though these artisans – both men and women – were talented, they still […]

Bible in a year: February 11, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I noticed something in last night’s reading that I found interesting. When God was giving instructions on building the tabernacle and everything in it, he says in Exodus 31: 1 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: 2 “See, I […]

American Idol Season 9 Hollywood Week group auditions – Blogging live

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night’s episode of American Idol from Hollywood Week showed us some great individual auditions from Hollywood Week. But tonight comes one of my favorite part of the show: group performances. Typically, someone has a total meltdown and we get […]

Urgent prayer request for The Myriad’s Randy Miller

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Dear readers – I received this update today on The Myriad’s drummer, Randy Miller. I wanted to share it with you because I know some of you have been praying for Randy as he has been undergoing treatment over the […]

VIDEO: Newsboys “Born Again”, first single with Michael Tait

posted by Joanne Brokaw

newsboys “Born Again” *Official Music Video* from newsboys on Vimeo. OK, folks, it’s been months and months since Peter Furler left the helm of the Newsboys and former dcTalk member Michael Tait took over as frontman.Sure, it was a shock, […]

Brandon Heath wins Emmy and has space shuttle encounter

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Brandon Heath recently won a Midsouth Regional Emmy Award for his blockbuster hit “Give Me Your Eyes,” which served as the catalyst for Nashville Rescue Mission’s Hunger to Hope 2009 PSA Campaign, produced by NewsChannel 5’s Jerry L. Walker, WTVF-TV […]

Bible in a year: Reflections on King David and the Psalms, from Stereo Subversion’s Matt Conner

posted by Joanne Brokaw

In our continuing Bible in a Year devotionals, today Matt Conner shares some thoughts on shares some thoughts King David and the Psalms. In addition to being my friend, Matt Conner is an Indianapolis freelance writer and editor who covers […]

Bible in a year: February 10, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Here are the readings for February 10, 2010:

Tween group pureNRG to call it quits in 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Tween pop/dance group pureNRG has decided to call it quits in 2010. The trio – Jordan, Caroline and Carolyne – have racked up quite an impressive resume, considering they’ve only been a group since 2007 and they’re still barely into […]

American Idol Season 9 Hollywood Week – Blogging live!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Tonight’s episode of American Idol is one many of us have been waiting for: it’s Hollywood Week! And tonight, new judge Ellen DeGeneres joins the panel. Join me here while I blog live during the show! 7:45 PM – as […]

Bible in a year: February 9, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Today’s reading in Matthew focuses on the parable of the talents, which always makes me feel … well, guilty. Sometimes I look at my life and think, Have I squandered what God has given me? I know in the parable […]

Will Howard Stern take over for Simon Cowell on American Idol Season 10?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Ah, the American Idol rumor mill. It’s as much a favorite pastime as watching the show itself. And to make things even more interesting, last week The NY Post reported that shock jock Howard Stern was being pursued to replace […]

Bible in a year: February 8, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The Old Testament readings over the last few days have probably been mind boggling with their detail. Don’t fret. We’re not doing an indepth Bible study with this little challenge. You can’t expect to understand everything you’re reading. Our goal […]

Bible in a year: February 7, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Here are the readings for today, Sunday February 7, 2010 (don’t skip reading just because you went to church today! LOL): Exodus 25:1-26:37 Psalm 19:7-14 Proverbs 6:32-35 Matthew 24:1-28 You can find all of the passages at BibleGateway.com. And if […]

Bible in a year: February 6, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Here are the readings for today, February 6, 2010: Exodus 23:1-24:18 Psalm 19:1-6 Proverbs 6:30-31 Matthew 23:23-39 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: February 2010 readings

posted by Joanne Brokaw

If you’re joining me in the challenge to read the entire Bible in a year, here are the readings for the entire month of February. Remember that the daily readings will also post every morning on this blog, along with […]

Bible in a Year: February 5, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Here are the Bible readings for today, February 5, 2010: Exodus 21:1-22:31 Psalm 18:46-50 Proverbs 6:26-29 Matthew 23:1-22 You can find all of the passages at BibleGateway.com. And if you’ve missed some readings, here are the lists: February 2010 January […]

Bible in a year: February 4, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

So how are you doing with your readings? I’ve been reading at night, and sometimes my little brain gets stuck on the weirdest things. Yesterday, it was this line from Psalm 18: V29 – For by You I can run […]

American Idol contestant Angela Brown’s mother missing

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Angela Brown received her third ticket to Hollywood and it seems her curse continues. After her first two opportunities were marked by tragedy or problems – season 7 her dad was murdered, season 8 she had to pull out because […]

American Idol Season 9 “Road to Hollywood” auditions – Blogging live

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Tonight is the last night of regular auditions for Season 9 of American Idol, and we get to take a peek at more auditions from the cities Idol visited last summer: Boston, LA, Dallas, Denver, Chicago and Orlando. Hopefully, we […]

Bible in a year: February 3, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Here are the daily Bible readings for today, February 3, 2010:

American Idol Season 9 Christian artists

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Since it ended up being such a big deal last season, I thought I’d get a jump early on some of the contestants in this American Idol competition with ties to Christian music. If you believe the spoiler rumors, a […]

American Idol Season 9 Denver auditions: Blogging live (& the scoop on Nicci Nix)

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Tonight is the last city for American Idol’s season 9 auditions, and I’m hoping Denver has something exciting! Victoria Beckham will be joining Randy, Kara and Simon on the judging panel. So join me here tonight live at 8 while […]

Bible in a year: February 2, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Here are the readings for today, February 2, 2010: Exodus 15:1-16:36 Psalm 1:20-27 Proverbs 6:12-15 Matthew 21:23-46 You can find all of the passages at BibleGateway.com. And if you’ve missed some readings, here is the list for January 2010. Are […]

Bible in a year: February 1, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Happy February! This month has some exciting readings for us. And some challenging ones, because we start Leviticus. Don’t panic! We’ll get through it all together! Here is the reading for today, February 1 2010:

2010 Grammy Award Winners

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Beyonce was the big winner at last night’s Grammys, taking home six awards, the most for any female in one awards show in the history of the Grammys. Taylor Swift was also a big winner, taking home her first Grammy […]

Enter your choir and vote for your favorite in ‘The Most Powerful Voices’ Online Contest

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association, Gospel Music Channel (GMC) and FameCast Media educating people about stroke through an online choir competition as part of the Power to End Stroke campaign. The three-month online contest, […]

Bible in a year: Bobby Bishop shares some thoughts on January 31 readings

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Today is the last day of January, and you’ve done a great job so far! One month down, 11 to go! I love when Christian music artists take time to share their thoughts on our Bible readings, and hip hop […]

Bible in a year: January 31, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Congratulations! Look how far you made it in your daily reading! We’ve gone from the garden of Eden, through Egypt and the famine and on to Moses and the plagues. And today we read about the first Passover. We’ve read […]

Bible in a year: January 30, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Today, we read about the rest of the plagues. I mean, really. If you wer Pharoh, how many would God have to send to you before you listened? Here are the readings for today, January 30, 2010:

Bible in a year: January 29, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Today we read the first of the plagues that … well, plagued … Pharoh after he refused to let the people go. I don’t know – blood water, frogs, lice, flies. I’d like to think that God had me at […]

Bible in a year: January 28, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Today, we read about Moses and Aaron’s first encounter with Pharoh. When Moses went to Pharoh and said, “Let my people go,” Pharoh basically said, “Uh no, and now they make bricks with no straw. Hahahaha! Take that, Moses!” So […]

American Idol: so how do those auditions really work, anyway?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Season after season, I watch American Idol and ask the same question: Who really listens to those 10,000 folks packed into stadiums hoping to become the next big thing? Here’s a great piece at the Daily Beast that explains the […]

American Idol Season 9 Spoiler Alert: Is this the Top 24? – UPDATE!!!!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

2/3/10 UPDATE: As you probably already know, I am not the expert on all things Idol. I leave that to bloggers like MJs Big Blog and Joes Place Blog, who frankly rule when it comes to all things AI. So […]

American Idol Season 9 Dallas auditions – Blogging live!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Tonight’s episode of American Idol takes us to Dallas, TX, with guest judges Neil Patrick Harris and … cover your ears and get ready for the screaming … Joe Jonas. Oh, can my heart take the excitement? Probably. Join me […]

Bible in a year: January 27, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Today we read one of my favorite stories about Moses – the burning bush. I can just imagine Moses hearing God speak, pointing to himself, looking around and saying, “Who, me?” And when God says “Yes, you,” Moses responding with, […]

Video: Danny Gokey’s first video, My Best Days Are Ahead Of Me

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Here is Danny Gokey’s first video for his debut single, “My Best Days Are Ahead of Me.” Gokey was the darling of American Idol’s Season 8, finishing third but leaving with a dedicated fan base who fell in love with […]

American Idol Season 9 Los Angeles auditions – Blogging live!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Tonight’s episode of season 9 of American Idol takes us to Los Angeles, with guest judges Avril Lavigne and Katy Perry. (Trivia: did you know that Katy Perry got her start in Christian music? I had a chance to sit […]

Bible in a year: January 26, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Good morning! Were you excited to finish Genesis yesterday? Well, today we start Exodus – how exciting! Moses, the parting of the Red Sea, Charleton Heston racing a chariot around the arena … well, you get the picture. And Moses […]

Bible in a year: January 25, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Ta da! Today’s reading will end our time in Genesis. Can you believe you’ve made it through the entire book? Congratulations! You deserve a big hot fudge sundae! Here are today’s readings for January 25, 2010: Genesis 49:1-50:26 (and that […]

Bible in a year: January 24, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Here are the Bible readings for January 24, 2010: Genesis 47:1-48:22 Psalm 13:1-6 Proverb 4:18,19 Matthew 15:21-39 You can find all of the passages at BibleGateway.com. And if you’ve missed some readings, here is the list for January 2010. Are […]

Bible in a year: January 23, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Here are the Bible readings for January 23, 2010 – I hope you’re finding this reading worthwhile! Today in Genesis we read what happens when Joseph reveals to his brothers that he’s still alive! And in Matthew, we hear Jesus […]

Bible in a year: January 22, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Here are the readings for today, January 22, 2010: Genesis 43:1-44:34 Psalm 11:1-7 Proverbs 4:10-13 Matthew 14:22-36 You can find all of the passages at BibleGateway.com. And if you’ve missed some readings, here is the list for January 2010. Are […]

Bible in a year: January 21, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I hope you’re getting something out of the story of Joseph. For some, it’s a familiar one, but hopefully you’re open to God sharing something new with you! Here are the readings for January 21, 2010:

American Idol Season 9 Orlando auditions – blogging live!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

7:45 PM – And here we are, ready for American Idol season 9 auditions from Orlando. The auditions were held last July, and I can’t wait to see if as many kooks and crazies show as as in Chicago. Tonight […]

American Idol Season 5 finalist Alya Brown daughter of new US Senator Scott Brown

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The senate race between winner Republican Scott Brown and Democrat Martha Coakley has a connection to, what else, American Idol. Senator elect Brown’s daughter Alya was a Top 16 finalist on American Idol Season 5. Brown’s new album, Circles,hits iTunes […]

Update from Haiti: Hands and Feet Project get first supplies into Jacmel, Haiti

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Thank God – literally – for the Hands and Feet Project, in Jacmel, Haiti. The city was devastated by the magnitude-7 earthquake that hit Port-au-Prince on January 12. […]

American Idol Season 9 Chicago auditions recap – Keith Semple, Angela Martin, Charity Vance, Katelyn Epperly, John Park and boob boxing

posted by Joanne Brokaw

On last night’s episode of American Idol, 12,000 hopefuls auditioned in Chicago and only 13 went through to Hollywood. (Boston had 9,000 auditions and 31 golden tickets. How ’bout that?) You can read the play-by-play of last night’s Chicago auditions, […]

Bible in a year: January 20, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Here are the readings for January 20, 2010: Genesis 39:1-40:23 Psalm 10:1-11 Proverbs 4:1-6 Matthew 13:31-58 You can find all of the passages at BibleGateway.com. And if you’ve missed some readings, here is the list for January 2010. Are you […]

American Idol Season 9 Chicago auditions – Blogging live!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

American Idol Season 9 held auditions in Chicago last June, and you’ll get to see them tonight, when we’re back for another round of America’s favorite singing competition! Tonight’s guest judge is Shania Twain. Join me here tonight at 8 […]

Bible in a year: Questions so far in January

posted by Joanne Brokaw

As I’m reading through the Bible, I’m taking notes. Well, mostly, I’m making a list of questions about things I just don’t understand. I’ve found that it’s a lot easier to just admit to God that I don’t have a […]

Tommy James talks about the mob, music and his faith in revealing interview

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Tommy James & The Shondells is known in music history as the group that brought such classics as “Crimson and Clover,” “Crystal Blue Persuassion,” and “Mony Mony.”In a revealing and intimate interview with the website SongFacts, James offers a preview […]

Bible in a year: January 19, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Today’s reading n the Old Testament begins the story of Joseph, and in the New Testament we’re reading the parable of the sower. Here are the readings for January 19, 2010:

Haiti earthquake and Compassion International

posted by Joanne Brokaw

As regular readers of this blog probably know, I’m an advocate for Compassion. We sponsor three children – in India, Columbia and Uganda.Compassion International works around the world to rescue children from poverty in Jesus’ name, bringing health and hope […]

Bible in year: January 18, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Happy Monday morning! I hope you had a great weekend! Before we get to the Bible reading, let me ask: what’s been your biggest challenge to reading the Bible every day? For me, it’s reading at bedtime. Sometimes I’m so […]

Bible in a year: January 17, 2010 (and some thoughts so far)

posted by Joanne Brokaw

So how are you doing with your daily Bible reading? I had to skip one day because of a terrible migraine but was able to catch it up on another day. I’m finding this time around that I’m really interested […]

Shaman makes predictions for rest of world post-Haitian earthquake

posted by Joanne Brokaw

OK, I admit this has nothing to do with Christian music. But I’ve been given permission this year to occasionally report on some wider topics relating to Christian culture and just I couldn’t pass this one up. After Pat Robertson […]

Bible in a Year: January 16, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Here are the readings for January 16, 2010. A reader suggested that I include the links to BibleGateway.com for those of you reading online. It’s a bit of a task to do everyday, but I’ll give it a shot for […]

From Haiti: Mark Stuart talks to CNN and other media about earthquake

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Mark Stuart is in Haiti with the Hands and Feet Project, the orphange founded by Stuart’s band Audio Adrenaline. He’s been giving updates via Facebook and email, and has been able to give video reports to major media via Skype.Stuart […]

NYC subway ads proclaim “God Is …”

posted by Joanne Brokaw

On January 15th, people in New York City will get a spiritual message when they ride the subway: “God is”. Times Square Church, an interdenominational church located in the heart of Times Square, launched an ad campaign this week in […]

Guy Penrod to release first solo project, Breathe Deep

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last year, Guy Penrod left the Gaither Vocal Band after 14 years with the group to pursue a solo career. Penrod signed a recording deal with Gaither Music Group and his new solo project, Breathe Deep, is set to release […]

Gaither Vocal Band releases two new CDs and DVD set

posted by Joanne Brokaw

A year ago, the Gaither Vocal Band underwent a renovation of sorts, reuniting all-star members Michael English, Mark Lowry, Wes Hampton, David Phelps and founder, Bill Gaither to create the first-ever five-member group.After a year of touring, the group next […]

R&B legend Teddy Pendergrass dies; funeral arrangements announced

posted by Joanne Brokaw

R&B legend Teddy Pendergrass passed away this week at age 59 after a long illness. He is survived by his adoring mother Ida, devoted wife Joan, and his three children Theodore Pendergrass Jr, Tishia and LaDonna Hollerway, and four grandchildren, […]

Bible in a year: January 15, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Here’s the daily Bible reading for January 15: Genesis 29:1-30:43 Psalm 8:1-5 Proverbs 3:13-18 Matthew 10:21-42 Are you joining me in the challenge to read the Bible in a year? Let me know how you’re doing! Click here to subscribe […]

American Idol Season 9 Atlanta Auditions Recap – Vanessa Wolf, Jermaine Sellers, Holly Harden, Miriam Lemnouni, Noel Reese, and Pants on the Ground

posted by Joanne Brokaw

For a full play-by-play of last night’s American Idol Season 9 auditions in Atlanta, you can read my live blog post. But here’s a recap of some of the contestants who went through to the Hollywood round (and one who […]

Josh Wilson entertains travelers stranded in Newark Airport due to security breach

posted by Joanne Brokaw

We all watched the news reports back in early January as a man breached the security line at Newark International Airport, shutting down the terminal and causing delays for travelers.So what did travelers do? Well, if they were near the […]

Bible in a year: January 14, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Here’s the daily Bible reading for January 14: Genesis 27:1-28:22 Psalm 7:9-17 Proverbs 3:11,12 Matthew 10:1-20 Are you joining me in the challenge to read the Bible in a year? Let me know how you’re doing! Click here to subscribe […]

Haiti’s earthquake hits Hands & Feet Project

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The Hands & Feet Project, the orphange in Jacmel, Haiti founded by Audio Adrenaline, has been effected by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti this week. While most of the attention has been focused on the captial of Port-au-Prince, […]

American Idol Season 9 Atlanta Auditions – Blogging live!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Join me here tonight for the Atlanta auditions from Season 9 of American Idol, with guest judge Mary J. Blige. 7:44 PM – while we’re waiting for Idol to begin, why not take a minute to check out this post […]

American Idol pollsters want your feedback each week of Season 9

posted by Joanne Brokaw

HCD Research, an organization that conducts polls on a variety of pop culture and news topics, is inviting you to share your thoughts each week on this season of American Idol! While you can vote for your favorite contestant as […]

Bible in a Year: Devotional from Shannon Perry on Psalm 7:6,7

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I hope you’re getting a lot out of our daily Bible reading challenge! Today, we have a devotional from singer and speaker Shannon Perry on the reading from Psalm 7. Perry is the host of the “If The Shoe Fits” […]

American Idol contestant Justin Williams was also a Season 8 contestant

posted by Joanne Brokaw

In the crazy world that is American Idol comes this bit of information that most of us probably didn’t catch last night when we saw cutie Justin Williams audition:He also auditioned in Season 8. And went to Hollywood. In fact, […]

Heidi Montag’s new album reveals her real Christian faith – er, not!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

One half of the reality TV-land nightmare duo, Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt, is in the music new’s week. Heidi Montag’s Superficial released last Tuesday. Back in July of 2008 it was rumored that Montag was interested in recording a […]

Bible in a year: January 13, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Here’s the daily Bible reading for January 13: Genesis 25:1-26:35 Psalm 7:6-8 Proverbs 3:9,10 Matthew 9:18-38 Are you joining me in the challenge to read the Bible in a year? Let me know how you’re doing! Click here to subscribe […]

American Idol Season 9 Boston audition standouts – Leah Laurenti, Tyler Grady, Ashley Rodrieguez, Katie Stevens, Justin Williams & more

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I blogged live during tonight’s premiere of Season 9 of American Idol, but if you don’t want to read the play-by-play, here’s a quick recap of some of the Boston auditions standouts and some extra info I dug up on […]

American Idol Season 9 Boston Auditions – Blogging live!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Get ready, Idol fans! Tonight kicks off Season 9, the first without judge Paula Abdul. Joining Randy Jackson, Kara DioGuardi and Simon Cowell in Boston will be guest judge Victoria Beckham. (Can someone tell me what, other than her run […]

American Idol Season 9 – the Rochester NY connection?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Quick Idol update: I just heard from a friend who said that there’s some chatter in the town of Lima, NY – a suburb of Rochester, NY, where I live – that Jonathan Stills, a local guy who works as […]

Bible in a year: January 12, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Here’s the daily Bible reading for January 12: Genesis 23:1-24:67 Psalm 7:1-5 Proverbs 3:7,8 Matthew 9:1-17 Are you joining me in the challenge to read the Bible in a year? Let me know how you’re doing! Click here to subscribe […]

Simon Cowell leaving American Idol at end of season

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Well, it’s finally official: Simon Cowell will be leaving “American Idol” at the end of this season. He’ll instead be judging “The X Factor”, a show he created in the UK that will air in the US in 2011. Back […]

3 reasons why Ellen DeGeneres is going to be a great American Idol judge

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Season 9 of American Idol kicks off tomorrow night and soon we’ll get to see new judge Ellen Degeneres. But during the early audition weeks, we’ll have some guest judges filling in for Paula Abdul. Tonight, Victoria Beckham joins Randy […]

Bible in a year: January 11, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Here’s the daily reading for January 11: Genesis 21:1-22:24 Psalms6:6-10 Proverbs 3:5,6 Matthew 8:18-34 Are you joining me in the challenge to read the Bible in a year? Let me know how you’re doing! Click here to subscribe to Gospel […]

Bible in a year: January 10, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Here’s the daily Bible reading for January 10: Genesis 19:1-20:18 Psalm 6:1-5 Proverbs 3:1-4 Matthew 8:1-7 Are you joining me in the challenge to read the Bible in a year? Let me know how you’re doing! Click here to subscribe […]

Bible in a year: January 9, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Here’s the daily Bible reading for January 9: Genesis 17:1-18:33 Psalm 58-12 Proverbs 2:10-22 Matthew 7:1-29 Are you joining me in the challenge to read the Bible in a year? Let me know how you’re doing! Click here to subscribe […]

Bible in a year: January 8, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Here’s the daily Bible reading for January 8: Genesis 15:1-16:16 Psalm 5:1-7 Proverbs 2:6-9 Matthew 6:19-34 Are you joining me in the challenge to read the Bible in a year? Let me know how you’re doing! Click here to subscribe […]

Miley Cyrus talks to Harper’s Bazaar about fame and being a role model

posted by Joanne Brokaw

In the February issue of Harper’s Bazaar, 17-year-old teen superstar Miley Cyrus talks to reporter Amy Larocca about the pressures of fame and being a teen role model. “My job is to be a role model, and that’s what I […]

People’s Choice Awards handed out tonight, January 6, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The People’s Choice Awards air tonight, live on CBS beginning at 9:00 PM EST (tape delayed on the West Coast). Awards will be given out for everything from Favorite Movies and TV shows to Favorite Franchise (I think that translates […]

Bible in a year: January 2010 readings

posted by Joanne Brokaw

If you’re joining me in the challenge to read the entire Bible in a year, here are the readings for the entire month of January:

Compassionart donates $80,000 to charities worldwide

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Compassionart – the ministry that brought together some of the top songwriters and artists in the world in an effort to write songs that would then benefit charity – has made its first round of donations. The grants come from […]

Bible in a year: Genesis 5 and the geneology of Adam to Noah

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I hope you’re continuing to read along with our Bible in a Year challenge! I’m still blogging on my personal blog – www.joannebrokaw.blogspot.com – but I know some of you are way smarter than I am so I thought I’d […]

American Idol Season 9 auditions: Are YOU the next American Idol?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Can you believe that American Idol is back in just over a week? It seems like just yesterday we were debating the merits of Adam Lambert, Kris Allen and Danny Gokey and wondering which of them was going to take […]

Gospel artist Calvin Hunt passes away

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Gospel artist Calvin Hunt passed away on December 26, 2009 at the hospital in Queens, NY. The 52-year-old Hunt was member and soloist of the famed Christ Tabernacle Choir and Brooklyn Tabernacle Singers. His latest Vine Records’ release, Bridges, earned […]

Bible in a year: January 1, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Congratulations! If you’re reading the Bible today with the hope of finishing it next December, you’re off to a good start! One day at a time, my friends. I shared some thoughts this morning on my blog about creation and […]

Jesus Needs New PR names 2009’s Best of Christian Culture

posted by Joanne Brokaw

At the end of the year, I probably should be doing some sort of recap of 2009, but if the truth be told I’ve been burned out on Christian music, Christian pop culture, and pretty much everything web-related for some […]

Join me in reading the Bible in 2010, cover to cover

posted by Joanne Brokaw

It’s hard to believe that 2009 is almost over. And depending on when you believe the decade ends, this could be the last day of the first decade of the new millenium. Tough act to follow, eh? In 2008, I […]

Canopy Red answers the question, What Is Christian Music?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

In our continuing quest to define Christian music and examine its place in American culture, here are some more thoughts from up and coming Tallahassee, Florida based rock band, Canopy Red. The band is signed to Creative Soul records and […]

Unknown Souldier’s Terry Baert answers the question, What Is Christian Music?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Over the last few months I’ve been sharing with you some thoughts from Christian music artists on the question, “What is Christian music?” Today, Unknown Souldier’s Terry Baert – also known as Brother Terry, who shared the wonderful recipe for […]

If Simon Cowell left American Idol, would you watch more or less?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

HCD Research just released results from a small poll they did about American Idol. They asked 800 viewers if they would watch American Idol more, less, or the same if judge Simon Cowell left the show. The results? About 46% […]

Cooking with Christian Music: Dreampilots’ Oddi Ness shares a recipe for Norwegian Christmas dessert Riskrem

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The Norwegian group Dreampilots originally started as a ministry project, when frontman and former Word Records UK artist Oddi Nessa heeded God’s call and set out across the Norwegian countryside with a guitar on his back, a Bible in his […]

Cooking with Christian Music: Marty Roe’s Devilish Love Bars

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Country music legend Diamond Rio has been cranking out hits for more than two decades. This year, they released their 11th studio album and their first Christian project, The Reason, along with their autobiography, Beautiful Mess. But beautiful music isn’t […]

Cooking with Christian Music: Dorla Schlitt’s Holiday Breakfast Casserole

posted by Joanne Brokaw

One of the best things about the holiday season is how the treats and meals help us build traditions and memories. Our latest recipe comes from Dorla Schlitt, wife of Christian music veteran John Schlitt. Over the summer, Dorla shared […]

Cooking with Christian Music: Donna Tomlin’s Blue Ribbon Fudge

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Christmas just isn’t Christmas without some homemade fudge, and continuing in our Christmas recipe feature Chris Tomlin’s mom, Donna, shares her recipe for Blue Ribbon Fudge! And don’t forget to check out Chris’ new Christmas album, Glory In The Highest!

Ayiesha Woods answers the question, What Is Christian Music?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Continuing in our quest to define Christian music – Is it Christian because of the lyrics? The record label? The band’s personal beliefs? Is there even a way to define Christian music? – Gotee artist Ayiesha Woods joins previous artists […]

Cooking with Christian Music: Unknown Souldier vocalist Brother Terry’s French Cookie Cup Recipe

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Unknown Souldier is amongst the current rock crop’s most exhilarating and inspiring acts, with collective credits as diverse as previous deals with RCA Records / BMG to tour positions with Gavin DeGraw, Avril Lavigne, and Matt White. But there’s also […]

Cooking with Christian Music: Gluten free, stress free Pumpkin Tart from Everlife’s Sarah Ross

posted by Joanne Brokaw

With the holidays approaching, here’s another great recipe from sister group Everlife’s Sarah Ross: Gluten-free, Stress-Free Pumpkin Tart! Sarah explains, “My family and I have a lot of random food allergies, so when we found this recipe we were really […]

B Reith answers the question, What Is Christian Music?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

One of the topics that comes up again and again in this industry is trying to define Christian music. It’s the only genre of music defined not by musical style but by religion. Is it Christian because of the lyrics? […]

Assault charges against BeBe Winans dismissed

posted by Joanne Brokaw

BeBe Winans has had his day in court, and he has been vindicated. In a press release today, it was announced that “Judge Gloria Dumas of the General Sessions Court for Metropolitan Nashville-Davidson County signed an order on Friday, December […]

Cooking with Christian Music: Hot cocoa with Shane & Shane’s Shane Everett

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Christmas is just around the corner, so it’s the perfect time to bring you some more favorite recipes from Christian music artists!! Shane Everett, one half of the duo Shane and Shane, shares his favorite recipe for hot cocoa, perfect […]

2010 Grammy nominations announced

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The nominations are in for the 2010 Annual Grammy Awards. In addition to the Gospel category, which is loaded with familiar names (complete list at the end of the post), some Christian artists make appearances in other categories – and […]

Christian music poll: What’s your favorite new or classic Christmas song?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Christmas just isn’t Christmas without Bing Crosby singing “White Christmas” or Burl Ives singing about silver and gold while Rudolph runs away from the North Pole. This morning on the The Glenn Beck radio show, Glenn and his colleagues were […]

Ruben Studdard premieres his new Christmas song, Christmas In Your Arms

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Here’s a special Christmas present, just for Beliefnet readers: The premiere of Ruben Studdard’s new Christmas song, “Christmas In Your Arms”! The song doesn’t release until December 8th, when you can buy it on iTunes, but you get to hear […]

Mary Mary takes home 2009 Soul Train Award

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Gospel duo Mary Mary took home a 2009 Soul Train award last night for Best Gospel Performance, with Kiki Sheard. The duo was nominated for three awards. Beyonce swept the awards, taking home Best Female Artist, Song of the Year, […]

Celebrate the season with new Christmas music

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Now that Thanksgiving is over, the Christmas season is officially in high gear! Here is list of new Christmas albums and songs from Christian artists to help celebrate the season! Special Christmas Singles: Abandon Kansas “O Come All Ye faithful” […]

GMA announces 2010 line up of events

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Well, it’s official! GMA Week is on! The Gospel Music Association recently announced that GMA Week, the Dove Awards, and GMA’s Immerse Week will all happen in 2010. Given some of the recent rumors there was a question if these […]

Casting Crowns sets record with latest debut, Until The Whole World Hears

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Casting Crowns rocked the music charts this week with with the blockbuster debut of the band’s fourth studio album, Until The Whole World Hears. The album scanned 167,432 copies its first week, making it No. 1 on the Nielsen SoundScan […]

Mary Mary nominated for three 2009 Soul Train Awards; show airs November 29

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Gospel duo Mary Mary follow up their American Music Award win with three 2009 Soul Train Award nominations. The hottest sister act in gospel music are nominated for Best Gospel Performance (Male, Female or Group), along with BeBe and CeCe […]

American Idol’s Scott MacIntyre joins Alice Cooper for Christmas Pudding

posted by Joanne Brokaw

American Idol’s Scott MacIntyre will join Alice Cooper’s Christmas Pudding at the Dodge Theater in Phoenix, Arizona on Friday, December 18. Also appearing will be Dee Snider, Warrant, Lita Ford, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, Gary Mule Deer, Runaway Phoenix, […]

American Music Awards: Taylor Swift and Michael Jackson sweep awards

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Country cutie Taylor Swift and pop legend Michael Jackson swept last night’s 2009 American Music Awards. Jackson received posthumous awards for Favorite Male Artist and Favorite Album in both the Pop/Rock and Sou/Rhythm & Blues categories. Swift took home honors […]

Adam Lambert’s American Music Awards performance: not ready for prime time?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Adam Lambert closed out last night’s American Music Awards show with a performance that may have left viewers wondering if they were watching ABC or the S&M network. (If there is such a thing.)His performance of his song “For Your […]

Miley Cyrus tour bus crashes, killing one; singer reportedly not injured

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The Associated Press reports that one of the tour buses in Miley Cyrus’ tour caravan overturned, killing one. While the identity of the driver has not been released, reports indicate that it was a male, possibly the driver. Cyrus was […]

Danny Gokey switches first single from “It’s Only” to “My Best Days Are Ahead of Me”

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Danny Gokey previewed his single, “It’s Only,” recently, but it looks like his label, RCA Records Nashville, has had second thoughts. It was reported yesterday that Gokey’s new first single will be “My Best Days Are Ahead of Me.” The […]

Diamond Rio on Fox show Huckabee, this Saturday, November 21

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Multi-platinum selling group Diamond Rio will be appearing on Fox News’ hit show “Huckabee” this Saturday, November 21 at 8 pm ET. The band will be performing “God Is There” off of their latest Word Records’ release, The Reason. Diamond […]

Aaron and Amanda Crabb to lead worship at John Hagee’s Cornerstone Church

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Gospel husband and wife duo, Aaron and Amanda Crabb, have been hired as the new worship leaders at the 20,000 member Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, TX. The church is led by Pastor John Hagee. The Crabb’s are officially relocating […]

Fireflight invites fans to join a live webcast on Friday, November 20

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Mark your calendar for Friday, November 20, when rockers Fireflight will host a live webcast to share music from their upcoming February 2010 release, For Those Who Wait. The webcast kicks off at 5 PM eastern / 4 PM Central […]

Skillet’s “Comatose” certified Gold; new album impacts mainstream

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Skillet’s 2006 release, Comatose has been certified Gold by the RIAA. Their latest effort, Awake, debuted on the Billboard Top 200 at No. 2 and has surpassed 200,000 units in just 12 weeks. The album remains a top-ten charting Christian […]

Matthew West encourages fans to give this Christmas away

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Matthew West is kicking off this holiday season with a mission: to remind others of the true reason for the season wih his “Give This Christmas Away” campaign. West was inspired by the song “Give This Christmas Away,” which he […]

Ginger Millermon’s music selected for new site, PrayerGates.com

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Five songs from singer/author/speaker Ginger Millermon’s latest album, Amazed, will be offered as free download resources for the new online community for women, Prayergates.com. The site is based around excerpts from Beth Moore’s best-selling book, Praying God’s Word. Prayergates.com has […]

Big Daddy Weave helps military families in need this Christmas

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Big Daddy Weave has partnered with nationwide radio network KLOVE to honor military families in need this Christmas. The campaign is centered around Big Daddy Weave’s upcoming holiday single “I’ll Be Brave This Christmas.” The song is off the band’s […]

Sonicflood guitarist Phil Baquie deploys to Afghanistan November 15

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Sonicflood guitarist Phil Baquie recently received orders to report for deployment to Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. Baquie leaves tomorrow, Sunday, November 15, 2009, for Ft. Benning, Georgia for a one year tour. Baquie was born in Goulburn, […]

Heavy metal monk Brother Cesare Bonizzi retires from the stage

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The BBC and Reuters report tonight that Italy’s heavy metal monk, Brother Cesare Bonizzi, who sings with the metal band Fratello Metallo, is retiring from the music business. “The devil has separated me from my managers, risked making me break […]

Taylor Swift sweeps 2009 CMA Awards

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Country music darling Taylor Swift took home top honors at this week’s CMA awards, earning awards for Album of the Year, Music Video of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year and Entertainer of the Year. The show was hosted […]

Stellar Award nominee Christopher Page promotes organ donation

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Gospel artist Christopher Page was nominated for a 2010 Stellar Award for “Contemporary Group/Duo of the Year” for his release, A Page From My Heart, recorded with his group, The Dream Keeper’s Ensemble. The album includes the popular song, “Sanctified […]

Worship band Bluetree forms charity to fight child sex exploitation

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Belfast, Ireland-based modern worship band Bluetree has announced the formation of StandOut International, a charity designed to “help end child sex exploitation on a global scale, while loving, educating and releasing those rescued into the fullness of life that God […]

Video: Christians and homosexuality – Do you really love gay people?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

This has nothing to do with Christian music, but the topic of homosexuality and Christianity comes up often on this blog when we’re talking about gay Christian music, so I thought I’d share it.It’s a message for Christians – maybe […]

2010 Dove Awards Date Announced – Wednesday, April 21, 2010

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The date for the 2010 Dove Awards is now posted on the Gospel Music Association website, which means that despite rumors of GMAs demise, the industry event will take place in 2010. The 41st Annual Dove Awards will take place […]

Verizon Wireless crowns Best Church Choir in America

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The Second Annual Verizon Wireless “How Sweet The Sound” church choir competition ended this weekend with the Atlanta West Pentecostal Church Choir, Atlanta, GA, taking home the title of “The Best Church Choir in America.” The competition is an opportunity […]

Israel Houghton answers the question, What is Christian music?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Given the chatter on this blog the last few weeks about the future of the Gospel Music Association and the debate over the line between secular music and Christian ministry, I thought it would be interesting to take a deeper […]

Danny Gokey single “It’s Only” debuts on radio

posted by Joanne Brokaw

American Idol favorite Danny Gokey debuted his first single “It’s Only” this morning on FM 106.1 in his hometown of Milwaukee. You can hear Danny Gokey’s song, “It’s Only” on the radio station website. So what do you think? Was […]

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Davy Jones dies and I say goodbye to my childhood
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2hzusE4veM&feature=youtu.be] 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 The

posted 7:13:01pm Feb. 29, 2012 | read full post »

The X Factor final performances - care to predict a winner?
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 of the stops for their final performances. First, each performed a duet with a star,

posted 9:45:43pm Dec. 21, 2011 | read full post »

Jon Bon Jovi is not dead. Honest.
  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 a fake blog post reporting that Bon Jovi suffered cardiac arrest. However at a

posted 8:13:10pm Dec. 19, 2011 | read full post »

The X Factor final four results: Marcus goes home
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 last few weeks, so you may be thinking that I'm happy he went home tonight. I wasn't happy

posted 9:25:44pm Dec. 15, 2011 | read full post »

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