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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 […]

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 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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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! […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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:

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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, […]

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 […]

Atheist Margaret Downey complains about Christian music on American Airlines

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I came across this blog the other day, and thought it was worth sharing with you: Margaret Downey, successful businesswoman, atheist and social activist, was recently on a flight from Hawaii to Los Angeles on American Airlines. As the plane […]

Denise Jonas shares insights on being a mom

posted by Joanne Brokaw

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

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

posted by Joanne Brokaw

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

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

posted by Joanne Brokaw

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

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

posted by Joanne Brokaw

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

Kris Allen’s new single “Like We’re Dying” just a taste of what promises to be a great album

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Kris Allen’s new single, “Live Like We’re Dying”, debuted this week and there’s one thing I have to say:When can I have the album?!

Kris Allen Album Release Date Set for November 17

posted by Joanne Brokaw

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

Danny Gokey Going Country; Is that A Good Thing?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

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

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

posted by Joanne Brokaw

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

Now You Can Wear Danny Gokey’s Eyeglasses & Support Sophia’s Heart Foundation

posted by Joanne Brokaw

If there was one thing that Danny Gokey was known for on season 8 of American Idol – other than his screeching ending to Aerosmith’s “Dream On” – it was his eyeglasses. The guy has more eyeglasses than some women […]

Video: Joe Jonas Dances To Beyonce’s “Single Ladies”

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I don’t know whether to laugh or poke my eye balls out with a knitting needle, but as part of the Jonas Brothers’ promo for their upcoming new release, Lines, Vines, and Trying Times, which releases June 16th, Joe Jonas […]

10 Things To Do Now That American Idol Is Over

posted by Joanne Brokaw

If the finale of American Idol has left you feeling empty and confused about what to do on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, or if the final word on the results still doesn’t settle the question of who really won this […]

American Idol Update: The Controversy Is Settled

posted by Joanne Brokaw

USA Today reports that while in fact a handful of AT&T employees did bring cell phones to parties celebrating American Idol’s Kris Allen, even if there was voting going on it wouldn’t have made a difference in the outcome of […]

American Idol Controversy: Did AT&T Really Influence The Vote?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

For the past week, Adam Lambert fans have been, if I can be honest, acting like very sore losers over last week’s win by Kris Allen on season of American Idol. They’ve been complaining that viewers who cast votes for […]

Kris Allen on the Ellen DeGeneres Show Today; Video of ‘Heartless’ and ‘No Boundaries’

posted by Joanne Brokaw

American Idol winner Kris Allen will perform today on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. If you can’t catch the show, here’s a little preview video of Kris singing Heartless and the American Idol single, “No Boundaries.” It’s much better acoustic. If […]

Was The American Idol Result Really A “Gay vs Christian” Thing? Hardly.

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Much has been made over the last few days about the surprise upset on season 8 of American Idol, when the aw, shucks guy next door Kris Allen beat out glam rocker Adam Lambert for the title of American Idol. […]

Congratulations – Kris Allen Is The New American Idol!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night the worship leader from Conway, Arkansas pulled off what might be the biggest upset in American Idol history when he beat out the glam rocker from San Diego, Adam Lambert for the title of American Idol. Allen spent […]

American Idol Finale: And The Winner Is? Blogging Live Tonight!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Well, this is it, my friends. It’s been a long journey from those first auditions to the finale, but here we are with two of the best performers in this season’s competition still standing. One will be named American Idol. […]

American Idol Finale & The Worst Song Ever Written

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night the two remaining Idol contestants, the aw, shucks worship leader from Conway, Arkansas, Kris Allen, and the glam rocker from Los Angeles, Adam Lambert, battled it out to the final note for the title of Season 8’s American […]

American Idol’s Kris Allen and Adam Lambert Final Performances Tonight – Blogging Live

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Can you believe that tonight we see the final contestant performances of this season of American Idol? Did you think back during Hollywood Week that we’d have Adam Lambert and Kris Allen as the final two contestants standing? I’m not […]

Video: Kris Allen’s “Heartless” and His Thoughts On The American Idol Finale

posted by Joanne Brokaw

With the finale of American Idol tonight I thought you might like to see the performance that probably kept Kris Allen in the competition and left him vying with Adam Lambert for the title of American Idol. There’s also a […]

Jonnie & Brookie Named Radio Disney’s “Next Big Thing” In Listener Poll

posted by Joanne Brokaw

iShine’s teen pop duo Jonnie & Brookie were recently announced as Radio Disney’s “Next Big Thing” (N.B.T.). The listener poll, which tabulated nearly 9 million online and text-message votes, spotlights young recording artists and allows them to get their music […]

American Idol: Danny Gokey Goes Home; Kris Allen and Adam Lambert Final Two

posted by Joanne Brokaw

In case you were living under a rock last night, Danny Gokey was sent home during the results show on American Idol. I’ve been predicting that Kris would be in the final two; I figured it would be Adam joining […]

American Idol Top 3 Results Show – Blogging LIVE

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night the remaining Idols – Kris Allen, Danny Gokey and Adam Lambert – sang their little hearts out, with both a personal song choice and a judge’s song choice. You can read my live blog during last night’s show […]

Carrie Prejean Keeps Her Crown, But How About The CCM Stamp of Approval?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I was having coffee with my friend Chris yesterday and he asked me what I thought about the news that Donald Trump had allowed Miss California Carrie Prejean (pictured here with Larnelle Harris at the 40th Annual Dove Awards) to […]

American Idol Top 3 – My Predictions For Tonight’s Results Show

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night the remaining Idols – Kris Allen, Danny Gokey and Adam Lambert – sang their little hearts out, with both a personal song choice and a judge’s song choice. All three knocked their personal choices out of the park, […]

American Idol Top 3 Perform – Blogging Live!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I can hardly wait for tonight’s episode of American Idol, when the final three – Adam Lambert, Danny Gokey and Kris Allen – perform live. They’ll perform two songs – a judge’s choice and then a song of their choice; […]

Christian Music Poll: American Idol & Faith

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Hey, all, I wonder if you’d mind helping me out with an article I’m doing for a major mainstream website? I just need to include a couple of viewer comments about the show and faith, and you all have so […]

Idol’s Kris Allen, Adam Lambert, Danny Gokey Head Home; Celebration Schedules

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night Adam Lambert, Danny Gokey and Kris Allen became the final three contestants in this season’s American Idol, which means that three towns in the US are in a frenzy getting ready to welcome them home for celebrations. According […]

Tickets for Sean Hannity Freedom Concerts On Sale Now

posted by Joanne Brokaw

TIckets for the Sean Hannity Freedom Concerts are on sale now. The line up for the concerts includes CCM legend Michael W. Smith, Billy Ray Cyrus, Charlie Daniels, Lee Greenwood and Col. Oliver North, with shows in Dallas, Phoenix, Houston, […]

American Idol Top 4 Results Show – Blogging Live

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night, the final four American Idol contestants performed rock songs, and it’s a toss up who was the best: Adam or Allison. Sure, Adam killed Led Zepplin’s “Whole Lotta Love,” but Allison proved on her duet with Adam of […]

American Idol’s Top 4 Perform – Blogging Live

posted by Joanne Brokaw

American Idol’s final Top 4 – Adam Lambert, Danny Gokey, Kris Allen and Allison Iraheta – will perform rock songs on Tuesday’s show, with guest mentor, former Guns N’ Roses guitarist, Slash. I went out on a limb last week […]

Daughtry Debuts New Single on American Idol Next Week

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Idol favorite Chris Daughtry and his band will release their sophomore album in July, but you’ll get to hear the first single, “No Surprise,” from the project when he performs May 6 on American Idol. Daughtry is currently in the […]

Free Christian Music Downloads from Fireflight and Thousand Foot Krutch at Taco Bell’s Feed The Beat

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Christian rock bands Fireflight (pictured right) and Thousand Foot Krutch (pictured below) both took home top honors in last year’s Taco Bell Feed The Beat contest. Last fall, 100 bands participated in the competition, competing for a chance to record […]

“Twilight” Fans Love The Wrecking’s “Our Feet Don’t Touch The Ground”

posted by Joanne Brokaw

While I was having lunch with the guys in The Wrecking this past week, they tipped me off to YouTube video made by a fan of the movie “Twilight” who used one of the band’s songs to do a create […]

American Idol Top 7 Perform (Again, and I Missed it)

posted by Joanne Brokaw

As you know, I’m in Nashville this week for Gospel Music Week. That means that Idol comes on at 7 pm where I am, so I wasn’t able to watch the show because I was at the Centricity dinner and […]

American Idol Top 7 Results Show – The Judges Use Their Save On Matt Giraud!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

In Last night the Top 7 American Idol contestants sang their hearts out to song from the cinema, with special guest mentor Quentin Tarantino. Tonight, we find out who goes home. Top performers last night included Danny Gokey and Adam […]

American Idol Top 7 Perform – Blogging Live

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Wow, we’re really getting down to the wire here, as tonight the Top 7 American Idol contestants perform live. They’ll be singing songs from cinema, with guest Quentin Tarantino. I have no idea what Quentin Tarantino can mentor them about, […]

American Idol Top 8 Results – Blogging Live

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night the Top 8 performed songs from the year they were born on American Idol. Some of the contestants did great, others failed to live up to expectations. Danny Gokey, Kris Allen, Adam Lambert, Allison Iraheta and Matt Giraud […]

American Idol’s Top 8 Perform Tonight – Blogging Live

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Tonight, the remaining Top 8 American Idols perform songs from the year they were born. Last week, Megan finally went home, so I’m left with a Top 8 that doesn’t include any more stinker contestants. While I think tonight might […]

American Idol Top 9 Results – Megan Joy Corkrey Goes Home (Finally)

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night we say the Top 9 American Idol contestants perform, and tonight we find out who gets voted off. With the song choices to wide open, it’s hard to believe that some contestants still managed to pick the wrong […]

American Idol Top 9 Perform Tonight – Blogging Live!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Join me tonight as American Idol’s Top 9 perform live. Rumor is that the contestants chose from a list of the top songs downloaded on iTunes. That means the music will be super current and could be all over the […]

Jon Bon Jovi, Queen Latifah, 3 Doors Down And More Go Gospel On New Album

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Reuters reports today that some of secular music’s top acts – among them Queen Latifah, Jon Bon Jovi, Joss Stone and 3 Doors Down — join together on the gospel album, “Oh Happy Day: An All-Star Music Celebration.” The EMI […]

American Idol Top 10 Recap: Should Megan Have Been In The Bottom Three?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night on American Idol, Michael Sarver was sent home. I don’t think that anyone was surprised, but was was shocking was that Matt Giraud was in the bottom three. Honestly, most everyone I talked with thought for sure that […]

American Idol Top 10 Results – Michael Goes Home

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Well, it’s the end of the road for one contestant tonight for one of American Idol’s Top 10. DialIdol.com is predicting that Megan, Michael and Scott will be in the bottom three, but I think it may be Lil instead […]

Natasha Bedingfield weds Matthew Robinson

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Congratulations to pop singer Natasha Bedingfield and businessman Matthew Robinson, who were married Saturday at the Church Estates Vineyards in Malibu. The two had been engaged for two years. In a statement, Bedingfield said, “Our wedding day was everything we’d […]

American Idol Top 11 Results LIVE

posted by Joanne Brokaw

It’s American Idol results night, and it’s time to find out what happens to our Top 11. Will Michael Sarver live to bore us for another week? Will Adam’s over the top show finally be too much for viewers? Did […]

Is There Too Much Jesus On American Idol?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night, Danny Gokey sang Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus Take The Wheel.” As expected, he sang it well, although I don’t think it was his best performance.But in light of the media focus this week on the Christian aspect of this […]

American Idol Top 11 Predictions

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night, American Idol’s Top 11 performed and tonight we find out who’s going home. The remaining 10 have the added bonus of being assured a spot on the American Idol tour.So if you liked Adam Lambert’s … errr … […]

Snark Alert: Jonas Brothers Launch Clothing Line – For Girls!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The Jonas Brothers franchise – which already includes music, a 3D movie, t-shirts and assorted other must-have tween products – will now include a new clothing line for girls, thanks to Disney Consumer Products. Set for this year’s back to […]

American Idol Top 13 Results and Surprises

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night we saw the Top13 perform – some did great, some not so much. Tonight we see who American has chosen to move on as two contestants go home … or do we? Simon said they have a surprise […]

American Idol Top 13 Perform Michael Jackson Songs

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Join me here LIVE tonight as American Idol’s Top 13 contestants perform the songs of American Idol. Michael Jackson songs? Hmmm. This should be interesting. Performing tonight: Kris Allen Danny Gokey Megan Joy Corkrey Anoop Desai Matt Giraud Alexis Grace […]

American Idol Names Top 13, Not 12

posted by Joanne Brokaw

On last night’s American Idol Wild Card show (you can read my live show recap), the judges surprised everyone by naming 13 contestants instead of 12. Ricky Braddy blew his chance by singing “Superstition” and looking like a karaoke contestant. […]

American Idol Wild Card Show – Performances & Results TOP 13!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Tonight on American Idol we get to see the last group of performers and find out which three will make it to the Top 12. The contestants will perform and then the judges will announce their decisions. Peforming tonight: Anoop […]

Joy Williams Talks About Leaving the CCM Circuit

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Christian Music Today has a really nice interview with Joy Williams that you might find interesting. When she was just 17, Joy Williams launched onto the CCM pop scene with a bang, and then kind of faded away. She’s spent […]

American Idol Wild Card Round: The Return of Tatiana!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night, Scott MacIntyre, Lil Rounds and Jorge Nunez joined Danny Gokey, Alexis Grace, Michael Sarver, Allison Iraheta, Kris Allen and Adam Lambert, and the judges announced the 8 contestants who will vie tonight for the final three spots in […]

American Idol Group 3 – Blogging Live

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Tonight on American Idol, we get to see Group 3 perform and find out if worship leader Felicia Barton joins fellow worship leaders Danny Gokey, Michael Sarver and Kris Allen in the Top 12. It’s a season rife with Christian […]

American Idol: Is This The Season of the Worship Leader?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night, I was wrong about my American Idol predictions, and I’ve never been so happy: Kris Allen (pictured) made the Top 12! He, along with Allison Iraheta and Adam Lambert, join Alexis Grace, Danny Gokey and Michael Sarver in […]

American Idol Group 2 – Results Show LIVE

posted by Joanne Brokaw

So last night the second group performed on American Idol, and all I can say is they pretty much stunk up the joint. You can read my live blog from the show last night and get the play by play. […]

The Wrecking’s Cover Of U2’s “Get On Your Boots” Named Best of YouTube

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Every Friday, the MusicRadar Team at YouTube.com team singles out what they think were the best videos of YouTube for the week. Last week, managing editor Michael Leonard picked The Wrecking’s cover of U2’s “Get On Your Boots” as his […]

American Idol Group 2 On the road to the Top 12 – Blogging Live

posted by Joanne Brokaw

OK Idol fans! We’re ready for Group 2 on our road to the Top 12. Tonight, there are three contestants with ties to Christian music: Mishovanna Henson, Matt Giraud, and Kris Allen. Plus, Norman/Normund Gentle (aka Nick Mitchell) performs. It […]

American Idol Group 2 Performances Wednesday Night – Your Predictions?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

This week, American Idol airs on Wednesday night (not Tuesday), so join me at 8 pm on Wednesday, February 25 as the second group of contestants perform for their chance to make it to the Top 12. (NOTE: This is […]

Check Out New MxPx Now, From Their Upcoming “On The Cover II”

posted by Joanne Brokaw

MxPx’s new album, On The Cover II, doesn’t release until March 24, but starting today, the band will be streaming one new song from the album every Monday on their MySpace page. This week it’s their version of the Dead […]

Mat Kearney To Release “City of Black & White” May 19

posted by Joanne Brokaw

How happy am I? Mat Kearney is set to release his third studio project, City of Black & White, on May 19, 2009. Yahoo!! Kearney’s sophomore studio album, Nothing Left To Lose, is seriously one of my favorite albums. For […]

Send American Idol’s Jamar Rogers Birthday Wishes

posted by Joanne Brokaw

This week, I gave you an update on American Idol’s Jamar Rogers and what he’s been doing since he was eliminated from the show during Hollywood Week. (Be sure to check out this post: American Idol’s Jamar Rogers and Frankie […]

American Idol’s Jamar Rogers and Frankie Jordan – BIG BIG NEWS!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

American was shocked when Jamar Rogers was eliminated from American Idol during Hollywood Week. We’d enjoyed watching him and best buddy Danny Gokey during the auditions and had hopes of watching them compete together in the Top 12. Sure, we […]

MxPx To Release “On The Cover II” This March

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Punk rockers MxPx get ready to commemorate 17 years on the music scene with On The Cover II. The album is a response to fan requests for a follow up to the band’s 1995 cover album On The Cover. Tracks […]

American Idol Predictions: Danny, Alexis and Anoop, And The Battle Of The Church Worship Leaders

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Thanks for those of you who played along last night during American Idol while I blogged live during round one of the Top 36 performances! After watching the live performances, I stand by my predictions: top guy, Danny Gokey; top […]

American Idol’s Felicia Barton a Worship Leader at Freedom Fellowship in VA

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Felicia Barton got what I’m sure was the surprise of her life last week when she was added to the top 36 in Season 8 of American Idol after Joanna Pacitti was deemed ineligible to compete. Like Danny Gokey and […]

Sean Hannity Freedom Concert Tickets Go On Sale May 1; Michael W. Smith To Perform

posted by Joanne Brokaw

CCM legend Michael W. Smith will be joining Billy Ray Cyrus, Charlie Daniels, Lee Greenwood and Col. Oliver North for Sean Hannity’s Freedom Concerts. The shows take place in Dallas, Phoenix, Houston, Las Vegas, Cincinnati, Atlanta, San Diego, and New […]

American Idol Round One: Tell Me Your Predictions

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Tuesday night, American Idol kicks off the first of four weeks of elimination rounds to narrow the field to the top 12 contestants, and I want to know who you think will make it to the top 12. The 12 […]

Idol Shocker: Jamar Rogers Sent Home, Tatiana Del Toro Stays

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The final night of Hollywood week found the contestants doing their face-to-face meetings with the judges (unfortunately, minus the elevator cam), with an added twist: some contestants had to sing again in a “sing off” between contestants. But before I […]

What Is Christian Music and Why Do You Care?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I had a lovely opportunity recently to do a guest post at the arts and culture blog, Wrecked For The Ordinary. I decided to write on the topic, What is Christian music, and why do you care? It’s a timely […]

American Idol: My Predictions For Some Of The Final 36

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last night was the final performances of season 8 of American Idol’s Hollywood Week auditions, and while the format was confusing – we started at the end and worked backwards – there’s only one thing that really matters: Tonight, we […]

Shirock Readies To Release “Everything Burns”

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I was turned on today to a new band – well, new to me, anyway – that I think you’ll like: Shirock.The band grew from a friendship between Chuck Shirock and Pap, who met in 1999 and discovered that they […]

Brandon Heath Noted By NY Times As An Artist You Shouldn’t Miss

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The NY Times noted Brandon Heath recently as a Grammy nominee who shouldn’t be allowed to slip through the cracks or get lost in the overwhelming number of artists that were up for awards yesterday. Heath didn’t win in the […]

American Idol Contestant Kristen McNamara & L.A.U.G.H.

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I was checking out some of the Idol contestants today and came across Kristen McNamara’s MySpace and another site for an organization that she co-founded called L.A.U.G.H.: Love All Unconditionally Giving Hope.You’ll remember Kristen as part of the train wreck […]

American Idol Contestant Ryan Johnson Performs Tonight with Christian Band Instereo

posted by Joanne Brokaw

instereoSeason 8 American Idol contestant Ryan Johnson will perform tonight with his Christian band Instereo. The show will happen tonight at Grace Chapel of Praise, 621 S. Erie Highway in Hamilton, Ohio.Instereo drummer Terry Thurston told the publication that Ryan […]

Katy Perry Speaks to Katie Couric About Her Christian Background

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Quirky pop star Katy Perry spoke last night with Katie Couric in a pre-Grammy special. Perry talked about her Pentacostal background, likening it to the documentary “Jesus Camp.” “I didn’t know they had behind the scenes footage of my childhood,” […]

Is Jesus at American Idol’s Hollywood Week?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I know that we haven’t had a chance to really get to know all of the contestants in this year’s American Idol competition, but something at last night’s group auditions struck me: some of the people praying and thanking Jesus […]

Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Billy Powell dies

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Lynyrd Skynyrd keyboardist Billy Powell died this morning at his condo in Florida. News reports say that he had a history of heart problems and had missed an appointment with his cardiologist on Tuesday. According to reports, Powell called 911 […]

Christian band Revive makes Billboard’s list of bands to watch in 2009; get a free song download

posted by Joanne Brokaw

This week, Billboard magazine named Revive one of 15 new “Faces To Watch” in 2009. The high-energy, pop/rock band is the only Christian music artist selected for the story, which highlights emerging talent in various genres of music. The article […]

Katy Perry: Clearing The Air On Her Faith, Her Parents And That Celibacy Vow

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I had a chance last week to take part in a teleconference with hot pop artist Katy Perry. Perry is preparing for her world tour and appearance on the Grammys in February. Katy Perry is a hot topic on the […]

Anberlin on being Christian and a band, but not a Christian band

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I came across two articles this morning where rock band Anberlin talks about being Christian, and being a band, but not necessarily a Christian band. I love this band, and I get where they’re coming from. Like many bands who […]

Thousand Foot Krutch and Fireflight Perform at Winter X Games Today and Tomorrow

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Thousand Foot Krutch and Fireflight are set to perform at the Winter X Games 13 in Aspen/Snowmass, CO. as part of the “Best of the Beat” for Taco Bell’s Feed the Beat program. The bands were two of the three […]

Jonas Brothers surprise Obama girls on Inauguration night

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Inauguration night wasn’t just full of fun for grownups. ABC News reports that Malia and Sasha had a party at the White House with friends from school, complete with a scavenger hunt and movies, and at the end? A surprise […]

Rush of Fools teams up with Jim Brickman on his new album

posted by Joanne Brokaw

When renowned pianist Jim Brickman releases his new album, Ultimate Love Songs: The Very Best Of Jim Brickman, on January 27, Christian rock band Rush Of Fools will be celebrating with him. The band, whose self-titled debut garnered the band […]

Chris Sligh co-writes new Rascal Flatts song

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Chris Sligh, American Idol Season 6 finalist (at what point can we stop id’ing AI alum by that credit?), has co-written the new Rascal Flatt’s single, “Here Comes Goodbye.” The song was written by Sligh and Clint Lagerberg, who also […]

Israel Houghton and other Gospel artists tapped to perform at Obama Inauguration events

posted by Joanne Brokaw

When President Elect Barak Obama takes the oath of office on Tuesday, several Gospel artists will be part of the inaugural celebration. The 2009 Heroes Red, White & Blue Inaugural Ball, scheduled for Tuesday night at the Warner Theater in […]

The Fray releases sophomore album to Christian market

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Alt rockers The Fray are releasing their self-titled sophomore effort to the Christian market on February 3, 2009. The band, who sold 3.2 million copies of their mainstream debut album How To Save A Life, opted to release this second […]

More on American Idol contestant Danny Gokey and wife Sophia

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I know it’s still early in the competition, but last night’s auditions in Kansas City showcased Danny Gokey, a singer from Milwaukee who lost his wife just four weeks before that audition. The show’s producers milked that story, didn’t they? […]

Christian duo to perform at Obama inauguration

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Dove Award-winning music duo Angelo and Veronica are scheduled to perform at the “Celebration of Change” concert on January 17, 2009 at Constitution Hall in Washington, DC, as part of President-elect Barack Obama’s inaugural celebration. In addition their own six […]

Miley Cyrus and boyfriend Justin Gaston at church

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Photos were posted all over the internet today of pop star Miley Cyrus and boyfriend Justin Gaston attending church with the whole Cyrus family. I’m more than a little disturbed that a trip to church was turned into a photo […]

Jonas Brothers and Christian friends perform in Nashville

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The Jonas Brothers performed a concert yesterday at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, with friends Jordin Sparks, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Phil Vassar, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith and Steven Curtis Chapman. That’s the first time in a long […]

Third Day named Best of 2008 by Dallas Morning News

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Mario Tarradell, music critic for the Dallas Morning News, named Third Day’s Revelation one of the best CDs of 2008 and their show at the Superpages.com Center as one of the best concerts of the year as well. Third Day […]

Jonas Bros perform concert in Detroit for Charity Preview

posted by Joanne Brokaw

In a press release today, The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) announced that the Grammy nominated Jonas Brothers, will play a special concert at Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena on January 18, 2009 to help raise funds for the annual […]

Brian Littrell’s son in the hospital

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Brian Littrell reported on his website yesterday that his 6-year-old son Baylee has been admitted to the hospital. Littrell didn’t specify what was wrong with his son, but wrote, “He will be starting a treatment this afternoon and the Littrell […]

BarlowGirl’s “Home For Christmas” praised by New York Times and USA Today

posted by Joanne Brokaw

BarlowGirl’s Home For Christmas recently received high praises from USA Today and the New York Times, who called the album “stunning” and “delightful.”The song “Carol of the Bells” has claimed over 24,840 downloads since the project released in September, with […]

Joe Jonas, Taylor Swift, Camilla Belle and the mixed message of celebrity romance

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I had several people write and ask me if I’m going to cover the Joe Jonas/Taylor Swift break up, or address the post that the guys put up on their MySpace blog about it. No, I’m not, at least in […]

Christian music’s Third Day wins American Music Award

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Christian music’s Third Day took home the American Music Award last night for Contemporary Inspirational Artist, beating out Casting Crowns and MercyMe in the fan-voting category. Due to a non-stop touring schedule, the band was unable to attend the awards […]

Thousand Foot Krutch, Fireflight win Taco Bell Feed the Beat contest

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Taco Bell’s inaugural “Best of the Beat” winners were announced this week as part of the leading Mexican-style quick service restaurant’s Feed the Beat program. Of the three bands who won, two are openly Christian bands: Thousand Foot Krutch and […]

Underoath in the San Antonio Express News

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I love this interview that Underoath’s vocalist Spencer Chamberlain gave to the San Antonio Express News, during which he gives a very clear Christian testimony. You gotta love a band that is that popular and that bold about their faith […]

Miley Cyrus gushes to Ellen DeGeneres about “friend” Justin Gaston

posted by Joanne Brokaw

First she gushed to Ryan Seacrest, and now Miley Cyrus appeared this week on the Ellen DeGeneres show, where she gushed and giggled with the daytime talk show star about her new boyfriend … er, just friend … underwear model […]

Catch Third Day tomorrow on “The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson”

posted by Joanne Brokaw

They graced the July 7, 2008 cover of Billboard Magazine, performed on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and broke their own first-week sales records with their 10th studio album, Revelation. Now Third Day makes their second late night TV […]

Bill Gaither and Cracker Barrel team up for new CD

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store is offering customers an exclusive new CD featuring 12 hymns personally selected and sung by Southern gospel legend Bill Gaither and special guests. “These songs of faith, many of which I fell in love with […]

Have you heard of Woven Hand?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

One of the things I love about Google alerts is that they let me check out stuff I might never hear about otherwise. Being immersed in the CCM fishbowl, I get to see some of the stuff happening on the […]

Bellamy Brothers hit “Let Your Love Flow” heating up charts again, thanks to Barclays Bank

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The crossover hit “Let Your Love Flow” put country music duo Bellamy Brothers on the charts back in 1976, and helped launch a career that’s spanned more than three decades. And the song is heating up the charts again after […]

Become of fan of Gospel Soundcheck on Facebook!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Hey all! The Gospel Soundcheck blog is on Facebook! Become a fan by visiting Facebook today Thanks – I REALLY appreciate all of your support!

Check out Underoath in the LA Times

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Check out the LA Times feature story on rock band Underoath. The band is currently on a US tour in promotion of their latest album, Lost In The Sound of Separation. The Florida-based band’s last three albums count combined sales […]

Krystal Meyers hosts KVUU’s Top 40 Kiwi Radio Show this Sunday night

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Pop sensation Krystal Meyers will be the host of the mainstream Top 40 Kiwi Radio show on Denver’s KVUU, this Sunday, November 16. Krystal will introduce the songs on the chart, which will include her own single, “Make Some Noise,” […]

Rock band Red makes Radio & Records history with #1 debut

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Grammy-nominated rockers Red made history in the Radio & Records when the first radio single, “Fight Inside,” from their upcoming sophomore release Innocence & Instinct debuted at #1 on the R&R Christian Rock chart. No band has ever had a […]

Steven Baldwin offers Miley Cyrus a dare – will she pay up?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

When Stephen Baldwin offers you a dare, beware. The Christian bad boy (actor, author, speaker, skateboarder, 15-year-old in an adult body) met teen pop sensation Miley Cyrus and her mom at the 2007 White House Easter egg hunt, and offered […]

Jessica Simpson’s gospel background

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Surfing around the web today, I stumbled across an interview and story in the Press-Enterprise about Jessica Simpson. In the story, Simpson talked with reporter Vanessa Franko about how her gospel music background influenced her. “You sing from a place […]

Cast your fan favorite vote for Christian artists for the American Music Awards

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Voting is open for the American Music Awards, which will take air on November 23 on ABC, and here’s your chance to vote for your favorite music artists. The awards offer 20 categories for fans to cast their votes for […]

Michael W. Smith joins Sean Hannity’s 2009 Freedom Concerts

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The concerts aren’t until August 2009, but the line up is announced, and CCM legend Michael W. Smith will be joining Billy Ray Cyrus, Charlie Daniels, Lee Greenwood and Oliver North for Sean Hannity’s Freedom Concerts. The shows take place […]

Win an XBOX 360 DiNG’d from (Christian rockers) Norma Jean

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Rockers Norma Jean are currently on a headlining U.S. tour with guests Haste The Day, The Showdown, Mychildren Mybride, and Oh Sleeper to promote their latest release, The Anti-Mother. According to lead singer Cory Brandan, the album’s title “is a […]

Michael W. Smith urges next president to continue to provide aid to Africa

posted by Joanne Brokaw

CCM icon Michael W. Smith told the Associated Press that he’s met with Sen. John McCain, and tried without success to meet with Sen. Barak Obama, to urge both presidential candidates that if they win, to continue President Bush’s emergency […]

“All Aboard: Tribute to Johnny Cash” includes MxPx

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Punk and indie bands have gotten together for a tribute to music legend Johnny Cash. All Aboard: A Tribute To Johnny Cash features covers done by a bunch of bands, but I caught MxPx on the track listing, with their […]

Kutless’ “The Feeling” featured on Rock Band 2; you can win entertainment package

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Kutless had announceed that their song “The Feeling” is featured on the Rock Band 2 downloadable tracks that will be available November 4th. Finally! This song will be one of the 20-featured songs free to those who purchase Rock Band […]

Miley Cyrus gushes to Ryan Seacrest about possible romance with Justin Gaston

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Miley Cyrus, aka Hannah Montana, has now been linked romantically to “Nashville Star” contestant Justin Gaston, and if the tabloids are right, Gaston is living at the Cyrus family home so father Billy Ray Cyrus can keep an eye on […]

The Words and Music Songwriter Showcase features Ceili Rain’s Bob Halligan Jr.

posted by Joanne Brokaw

If you’re anywhere near Central NY on Thursday, October 23, be sure to check out The Words and Music Songwriter Showcase at the intimate Jazz Central theater in downtown Syracuse, New York The unique showcase includes a featured artist (this […]

Disciple participates in Hard Rock Cafe’s Pinktober event

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Rockers Disciple release their latest project, Southern Hospitality, today and next week, on October 29, the band will participate in Nashville’s Hard Rock Café’s Pinktober event. TIckets are just $5. In its ninth consecutive year, the Pinktober event is Hard […]

Author John Marks talks about his book “Reasons to Believe” – and me

posted by Joanne Brokaw

In 2005, while at Kingdom Bound, I ran into a journalist named John Marks who was clearly out of his element trying to navigate the intricate subculture of a Christian music festival. I learned he was working on a book […]

“Rapture Ready” author Daniel Radosh compares Sarah Palin to Christian radio’s “Becky”

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Not long ago, I read one of the best books I’ve ever read on the Christian subculture, “Rapture Ready.” The book was written by Daniel Radosh, who, after a day at Shoutfest Christian music festival, realized there was a teeming […]

Sanctus Real and Extreme Home Makeover raise $50,000 for family in need

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Back in September, I told you about about concert that Ohio natives Sanctus Real performed in conjunction with ABC’s “Extreme Makeover Home Edition” to benefit the Frisch family. The ticket-only show drew 5,000 people who rallied in support of the […]

PureNRG teams with Milk Rocks to promote good nutrition

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Christian music’s best-selling new artist of 2007, tween pop sensation pureNRG, recently launched a new partnership with Milk Rocks!, a comprehensive program designed to promote good nutrition to elementary, middle, and high school students.PureNRG’s video “What If,” as well as […]

Win Jon McLaughlin’s new CD, “OK Now”

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Jon McLaughlin’s new album, OK Now, releases October 7th. The singer songwriter from America’s heartland launched into the national music scene last year with his first major label release, Indiana, touring with Kelly Clarkson, earning a nod from US Weekly […]

Shocker! Clay Aiken comes out of the closet

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I know this will come as a shock to many of you, so sit down in case you faint, but Clay Aiken has come out of the closet and confirmed that he is, indeed, gay. Um. Didn’t we pretty much […]

Robbie Seay Band on One Tree Hill, and free download

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Ever since we got our digital converter box I’ve been addicted the CW channel (and the additional PBS channels). Last night, I was watching “One Tree Hill,” a show I never watch, but I was intrigued by the storyline in […]

Guest blogger Derick Thompson talks about great sex and his band’s song, Fire

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Chicago-based piano-driven, rock/pop band Strive released its first global release, Fire, last month. Their music fuses the soaring, inspirational lyrics of bands like U2 and Switchfoot with the sweeping piano-pop of Billy Joel and Bruce Hornsby. Not only has the […]

Free download of Strive’s single, “Fire,” from their national debut album

posted by Joanne Brokaw

On Monday, Derick Thompson, frontman for the band Strive, will be sharing a guest blog post about … well, sex, and how great it is. Within marriage, that is. In fact, that sentiment is the inspiration behind the song “Fire” […]

Britney Spears’ mom releases memoir with Christian publisher Thomas Nelson

posted by Joanne Brokaw

As we’ve been talking a bit this week about Britney Spears and a bit of news I found that said she started as a Christian singer, I also found out that her mom’s book comes out next week.The book, which […]

Steven Curtis Chapman performs live on The Early Show; to appear on Fox & Friends

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Watch CBS Videos OnlineSteven Curtis Chapman performed “Cinderella” live on today’s “The Early Show.” (If you’re having trouble watching the above embedded video, head over to the CBS Early Show site. And just for the record, the ad on the […]

Was Britney Spears a Christian singer?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I stumbled across this piece of news this morning at monstersandcritics.com: Apparently the Jonas Brothers got to meet their “idol” Britney Spears at the MTV video music awards on Sunday, and a “backstage source” reports: “They all looked so excited […]

Music promoter Rick Hendrix makes a run for Congress; do music and politics mix?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Rick Hendrix, a successful music promoter and songwriter, recently announced his intention to run for U.S. Congress in the 2010 midterm elections on the Democratic ticket. Hendrix recently served at the Democratic National Convention as a US Presidential Delegate representing […]

5 things I learned from Jonas Brothers fans

posted by Joanne Brokaw

A few weeks ago I did a post titled 5 things I hate about the Jonas Brothers. A few of my readers with a basic jr. high school education understood that I was talking about the commercial empire that is […]

Jordin Sparks, Jonas Bros and the MTV Video Music Awards

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Over on Idol Chatter today, blogger Ellen Leventry recaps a comment made by MTV’s VMA host Russell Brand about the Jonas Bros. purity rings and the response from American Idol Jordin Sparks, where Sparks says, “I just wanna say, it’s […]

5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Jon McLaughlin

posted by Joanne Brokaw

American heartland singer songwriter Jon McLaughlin launched into the national music scene last year with his first major label release, Indiana, touring with Kelly Clarkson, earning a nod from US Weekly as one of their 2007 “Hot Guys of Summer,” […]

Disney celebrates release of High School Musical 3 with huge giveaway

posted by Joanne Brokaw

To gear up for the highly anticipated theatrical release of “High School Musical 3: Senior Year” on October 24th, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures has teamed up with MySpace to create the ultimate “HSM3 School Spirit Contest.” The contest kicked […]

Katy Perry’s parents sound off about their daughter’s ‘I Kissed A Girl’

posted by Joanne Brokaw

In June I shared the news that Katy Perry, whose hit single “I Kissed A Girl” was climbing the charts, had released a Christian album back in 2001 under her real name, Katy Hudson. The debate has raged on ever […]

5 things I hate about the Jonas Brothers

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Before you freak out, understand this: 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 such popularity, and given pre-teen music fans clean music and […]

Happy Birthday, Joe Jonas!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Like, OMG, today is Joe Jonas’ birthday!!!! He’s the so so totally amazingly cool middle Jonas brother, and like, today, he turns 19 years old!!!!!! The Jonas Brothers – or JoBros, as the teen mags affectionally have dubbed them – […]

Denver & the Mile High Orchestra’s front man talks about being a root beer snob

posted by Joanne Brokaw

With a last name like Bierman, it seems fitting that the front man for the funky R&B big band Denver and the Mile High Orchestra, is a connoisseur of beer – root beer, that is. While chatting with Denver at […]

Hawk Nelson featured in JC Penney back to school promotion

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Hawk Nelson is included in a JC Penney back to school promo that pays tribute to the 1985 film “The Breakfast Club.” The department store is offering a special EP featuring five bands doing a cover of the film’s hit […]

Steven Curtis Chapman and family on Good Morning America, Larry King Live, and in People Magazine

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Grammy- and Dove-Award winning artist Steven Curtis Chapman, along with his wife MaryBeth and eldest children Emily, Caleb, and Will, are scheduled to appear Wednesday, August 6 on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Their interview with Robin Roberts, done at the […]

Former Stryper frontman Michael Sweet on tour this summer with Boston

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Stryper frontman and accomplished solo artist Michael Sweet is touring with the legendary rock band Boston on a headlining tour of North America. Sweet is sharing lead vocals and playing guitar, performing the band’s classic hits like “More than a […]

The Afters music featured on Dr. Phil, Rachel Ray, and Army Wives

posted by Joanne Brokaw

If you hear some familiar music on the shows “Army Wives,” “Rachel Ray” and “The Dr. Phil Show,” it might be from rockers The Afters. Music from their sophomore project Never Going Back to OK is being used the hit […]

Third Day’s Revelation releases today, band appears tonight on The Tonight Show

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Hold on Third Day fans. Today is the day the band releases their 10th studio album, Revelation. After 15 years together the band has amassed 25 #1 radio singles, 23 Dove Awards, three Grammy Awards and two consecutive American Music […]

Natasha Bedingfield’s Christian music past

posted by Joanne Brokaw

And here’s another hot mainstream artist who got her start in Christian music: Natasha Bedingfield. As a teenager, Bedingfield and her siblings, Daniel and Nikola, formed the short-lived Christian dance/electronic pop group, The DNA Algorithm, which performed at several Christian […]

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