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The X Factor auditions – Chicago and Seattle (again)

posted by Joanne Brokaw

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

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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 […]

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

posted by Joanne Brokaw

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

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

posted by Joanne Brokaw

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

Jaci Velasquez album sent ‘out of this world’

posted by Joanne Brokaw

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

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 […]

Enock of The Cross Movement passes away

posted by Joanne Brokaw

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

American Samoan natives The Katinas to help tsunami victims

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The Katinas have set up a fund to help the victims of the tsunami that rocked the islands of Samoa and their native American Samoa after a massive earthquake in the South Pacific earlier this week. The Samoan-born brothers Sam, […]

It’s Official! Jennifer Knapp is back!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

You heard me: Jennifer Knapp is back! For those of you who never knew Jennifer Knapp, you don’t know what you missed. She launched on to the music scene with her folk inspired music. Her three label releases – Kansas, […]

Driver Of Car Involved In Accident With MercyMe Bus Has Died

posted by Joanne Brokaw

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

MercyMe Releases Updated Statement About Accident

posted by Joanne Brokaw

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

MercyMe Involved in Fatal Crash

posted by Joanne Brokaw

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

Gotee Celebrates 15 Years With Great Summer Music Sale

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Gotee Records is celebrating 15 years with a summer sale on some classic albums, for just $5.99 each at iTunes. The July specials are: Relient K – Two Lefts Don’t Make A Right… But Three Do Out Of Eden – […]

Canadian Rockers Manic Drive Ink Deal with Bema Media

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Bema Media has announced the signings of Canadian rockers Manic Drive, whose upcoming album will be released through a partnership with Whiplash Records. Bema Media is expanding beyond their current teen/tween roster, which includes such popular acts as Mission Six, […]

Superchick Helps Make A Young Fan’s Wish Come True

posted by Joanne Brokaw

In May, pop rock band Superchick helped make a wish come true for young fan Stephanie Vorm, who wanted to spend a day with her favorite band. Eight-year-old Stephanie, who suffers from aplastic anemia, said the band’s music played a […]

Stryper’s Oz Fox Marries Hookers for Jesus’ Annie Lobért; Wedding Broadcast Live Tonight

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Stryper guitarist Oz Fox and founder of Hookers for Jesus Annie Lobért are set to be married this evening, June 5. Fox and Lobért met in February 2008. The wedding will be broadcast live on The Church of Las Vegas […]

Is Derek Webb Really In Hot Water Over New Album?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

According to some reports, Derek Webb is in hot water with his record label about his new album, Stockholm Syndrome. The controversy is apparently over one of the songs on the album that includes the word “sh*t.” Knowing what little […]

Buz Cua, Father of Rick Cua, Passes Away

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Syracuse.com reports that Basilio “Buz” Cua died Tuesday at the age of 90. Cua is the father of Christian music artist and industry professional, Rick Cua. Rick Cua will not be able to go home for the funeral; he’s having […]

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 […]

Christian School Student Suspended For Attending Public School Prom

posted by Joanne Brokaw

An Ohio Christian high school student was suspended yesterday after he escorted his girlfriend to her prom at the public high school. Yahoo News reported Friday that 17-year-old Tyler Frost, a senior a Heritage Christian School in northwest Ohio, was […]

New Christian Music Application for the iPhone

posted by Joanne Brokaw

New Release Tuesday (NRT) has launched NRT Mobile, the first Christian music application for Apple’s popular iPhone and iPod Touch. It’s basically an encyclopedia of Christian music at your fingertips, including artist info, discographies, lyrics, reviews and pictures. And it […]

Brandon Kelso, Son of Dove Brothers’ Pianist, Killed in Motorcycle Accident

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Brandon Kelso, son of The Dove Brother’s pianist Jerry Kelso, was killed this morning in a motorcycle accident in Lexington, Kentucky. The 22-year-old was riding his motorcycle when, according to a report at MSNBC, the driver of a Jeep Cherokee […]

Gospel Dream, The Idol-esque Talent Show, Returns; Auditions Start April 1

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The Gospel Music Channel has announced that Gospel Dream, the Idol-esque singing competition, is back for a fourth season. The show airs beginning June 6 and culminates with the grand finale coronation of the new Gospel Dream winner on July […]

Kevin Max And Wife Welcome Third Child

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Kevin Max and wife Amanda welcomed their third child into the world on Tuesday. Knightly Christobal Max was born at 9:23 p.m. on March 24, 2009, at Baptist Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. Knightly joins big sister London and big brother […]

Gospel Star Bebe Winans Arrested For Domestic Assault Against Ex-Wife

posted by Joanne Brokaw

You can view this video of Debra Winans discussing domestic assault charges against her ex-husband Bebe Winans by visiting the WSMV news website. WSMV TV in Nashville reports that Gospel icon Bebe Winans was arrested in February for domestic assault […]

Is Peter Furler Leaving The Newsboys? Michael Tait Announced As New Lead Singer

posted by Joanne Brokaw

***Original Post: 3/9/09: 8:53 AM *** ***UPDATED 3/9/09 6:00 PM *** I told this morning that I got a tip early today from my friend, Mark Weber, host of the ChristianMusicDaily.com, who said he heard that Peter Furler was leaving […]

Michael Sweet’s Wife, Kyle, Succumbs To Cancer

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Kyle Rae Sweet, wife of Michael Sweet, co-founder of Stryper and current guitarist/vocalist for Boston, succumbed last week to cancer. Kyle was diagnosed with cancer in February 2007. A press release said she passed away at 8:30 p.m. ET on […]

Gospel Music Scam Reportedly Targeting Churches and Artists

posted by Joanne Brokaw

A story in the TimesNews.com reports on a potential scam involving Gospel promoter Wade Weaver: “According to reports, in previous cases checks written by the agency may be returned for insufficient funds, some scheduled gospel programs might be canceled, and […]

Snark Alert: Former Third Day Member Develops Biblical Sleep Program

posted by Joanne Brokaw

UPDATE 4/14/09: Wesley Sleep Program Puts Me To Sleep – That’s A Good Thing! We’ve got Biblically-based diets and cookbooks. We’ve got Christian books and music and movies and power drinks and sneakers and breath mints. If we can endorse […]

Counselor Suspended After Teens Exposed to Christian Music at Surf Jam

posted by Joanne Brokaw

OK, this has got to be one of the weirdest stories I’ve read in a while. Apparently, a Southern California woman who is a counselor for foster kids was suspended after four teen girls who were on an approved outing […]

Crystal Cathedral: Man Shoots Himself in the “Hour of Power” Church

posted by Joanne Brokaw

A man commited suicide yesterday at the famous Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California. The L.A. Times reports that the church hosts hundreds of visitors a day, and at the time of the shooting volunteers were giving a tour to […]

Pastor T.D. Jakes’ Stepson Arrested For Indecent Exposure

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Ah, the life of the Christian celebrity, when everything you and your family does makes front page news. Today, it’s Jermaine Jakes, son (or stepson, as some media are reporting) of prominent pastor, music artist and author T.D. Jakes. Apparently […]

Former Gospel Band Member Wanted in Shooting Rampage

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The NY Post is reporting today that former member of the group Harlem Heavenly Notes, Rasheen Gamble, 22, went on a shooting rampage in his building in the Bronx that left one dead. Gamble allegedly allegedly gunned down security guard […]

Brio Creator And Editor Susie Shellenberger Launches New Magazine

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Nationally renowned speaker, author and creator of Brio magazine Susie Shellenberger has launched a new magazine for girls called Susie. Shellenberger served as Brio’s editor for 19 years before publisher Focus on the Family discontinued its teen ministry and ceased […]

Casting Crowns Performs at National Prayer Breakfast; Drummer Leaves To Pursue New Ministry

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Casting Crowns performed this morning at the Thursday morning prayer breakfast in Washington. Thousands of guest attended the breakfast, which included Bible readings and prayer from members of Congress. Also in attendance were world leaders. For the first time in […]

MercyMe’s “I Can Only Imagine” Celebrates 10th Anniversary

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Can you believe that it’s been 10 years since MercyMe’s song “I Can Only Imagine” took both Christian and mainstream music by storm, making the band a household name? The song, which became a personal anthem for hurting people, raced […]

George Beverly Shea Celebrates 100th Birthday

posted by Joanne Brokaw

George Beverly Shea, best known for his 50 years with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Crusades, turned 100 this weekend. The award-winning baritone turned 100 Sunday, February 1, and will be the guest of honor today at a private gathering of […]

Should the Covenant Lady Knights really forfeit to Dallas Academy?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

An editorial today by Bud Kennedy in the Star-Telegram shows the story about Texas high school basketball team Covenant Lady Knights and their 100-0 romp over Dallas Academy has a tie to Christian music. (If a hot story has a […]

Dottie Rambo’s Daughter Sues Bus Driver From Accident that Killed the Gospel Singer

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The Associated Press reports today that Reba Rambo-McGuire, the daughter of gospel legend Dottie Rambo, is suing the driver at the helm of the bus that crashed last May, killing Dottie Rambo and injuring seven others. Also accused of negligence […]

Storyside: B Bassist Ron McClelland Dies While On A Cruise

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Big Daddy Weave resolves to lose 90 lbs. in 2009

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Big Daddy Weave’s lead singer and guitarist, Mike Weaver, is resolving to lose 90 pounds this year by launching the “90 in ’09 Challenge.” His bio on the “90 in 09″ website puts it this way: “Political correctness aside, Big […]

Newsboys guitarist Jody Davis returns; Paul Colman will pursue solo career

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The newsboys announced this week that former guitarist Jody Davis is returhing to the band after a five-year hiatus. Davis will replace Paul Colman, who has played with the band for the last three years. Davis, who was a member […]

Bryan Duncan still dancing after all these years

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I did a story for the Christian Examiner on Christian music artist Bryan Duncan. The article is up on their website right now. It was interesting to talk to Duncan. He’s an artist who spent years and years traveling the […]

Contemporary Christian radio second most popular music format in US

posted by Joanne Brokaw

A Reuters story out this weekend reported that Contemporary Christian radio is now the second most popular radio music format in the U.S. According to Inside Radio, which tracks radio statistics, the most popular format overall is now News/talk, with […]

Cactus Cuties “National Anthem” YouTube hit

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I normally don’t pay attention to those “check this video out” chain emails, but for whatever reason I opened one from a friend with a video of some girls singing the National Anthem. (See video above.)Wow, I was blown away […]

Switchfoot’s Jon Foreman and Nickle Creek’s Sean Watkins form Fiction Family; free download

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Switchfoot frontman Jon Foreman and Nickle Creek guitarist Sean Watkins have gotten together for a side project called Fiction Family. The two met a few years ago at a show featuring Wilco, R.E.M., Nickel Creek and Switchfoot. Over time, they […]

Congrats to downhere’s Jeremy Thiessen and his wife on their new baby

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Congrats to downhere drummer Jeremy Thiessen and his wife Erin on their new baby, born 12/4. Jeremy’s Twitter says: “His name is Liam Jeremiah, born Dec. 4th at 12:18pm. He weighed 7lb 8oz and was 20.5″ long. Mom and baby […]

Christian band’s drummer killed in accident

posted by Joanne Brokaw

There’s an ongoing debate in Christian music about whether artists should label themselves “Christian” or not. Some do, and others don’t. It’s a personal thing, for sure, but let me share with you one reason why it’s important to be […]

Casting Crowns appear on Dr. Phil and Robin’s “Christmas in Washington” concert on TNT

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Christian music artist Casting Crowns will appear during the “Christmas in Washington concert,” hosted by Dr. Phil and Robin McGraw. The concert also features Kristin Chenoweth, Julianne Hough, Straight No Chaser and Darius Rucker, and will premiere on TNT on […]

Steven Curtis Chapman’s daughter Emily shares wedding photos

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Christian music legend Steven Curtis Chapman’s eldest daughter Emily wed Tanner Richards on October 4th in a private ceremony at the Chapman home in Franklin, TN. Emily’s brother Caleb Chapman performed Chapman’s hit song, “Cinderella,” while father and daughter dances. […]

Tooth and Nail teams up with Make A Wish foundation to help aspiring musician’s dream come true

posted by Joanne Brokaw

On November 10, the folks at Tooth & Nail and the guys in the band Underoath spent the day making dreams come true for Jonathan Stewart, a young adult who suffers from osteosarcoma, a malignant form of bone cancer. Stewart […]

Mark Bright named CEO of Word Records

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Warner Bros. Records has announced that renowned record producer and music publishing executive Mark Bright has been named President and CEO of Word Entertainment. He succeeds Word’s CEO Jim Van Hook, who retired after more than 30 successful years in […]

Jennifer Hudson’s mother and brother killed

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Fox News reports that the mother and brother of Oscar winning actress and singer Jennifer Hudson were found shot to death yesterday. Her 7-year-old nephew is currently missing. Police have described the shootings as domestic violence. Hudson, a professed Christian, […]

Blog problems today

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Hey all! Just a quick note to let you know that Beliefnet is having a few quirks with the blogs after the new, huge design change that took place this weekend. The new site looks great, but the blogs still […]

Turning the Tables event raises money to save Franklin Theater

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Tammy Trent, tobyMac, Michael W. Smith, American Idol finalist Melinda Doolittle, and Tennessee Titans players Erron Kinney, Daniel Loper and Benji Olson were among some of the celebrities who turned out for “Turning The Tables,” a benefit dinner presented by […]

Rev Timothy Wright off respirator, able to move neck and shoulders

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Many of you have asked for an update on Rev. Timothy Wright, who was severely injured in a car accident in July that took the lives of his wife and grandson. I spoke this week with Laurie, my contact with […]

Pillar bassist Michael Kalel Wittig leaves the band

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Longtime bassist for Grammy nominated and Dove Award winning hard rock band Pillar, Michael “Kalel” Wittig recently announced that he will leave the group to pursue other opportunities. In addition to spending more time with family, Wittig plans to focus […]

Ceili Rain’s unique fan-sponsored recording project

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Celtic rock band Ceili Rain is taking a unique approach to their next recording project: their fans are funding it.A few months ago, band leader Bob Halligan Jr. sent out an email to the Ceili Rain mailing list, asking fans […]

CCM artist Michelle Tumes to compose original score for feature film

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Award winning CCM artist Michelle Tumes has been signed to compose and perform the original score to the feature film, “No Greater Love.” The film is the project of Coram Deo Studios and will be distributed by Carmel Entertainment Group, […]

Bread of Stone urges young evangelicals to vote

posted by Joanne Brokaw

With the presidential election just over a month away (or as I write this, 37 days, 8 hours, 57 minutes and counting, according to the Redeem the Vote election countdown) few artists are taking political sides.But the guys in Bread […]

Highway named after bluegrass legend James Roy “Pop” Lewis

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Gospel singer and a bluegrass legend James Roy “Pop” Lewis, who passed away in 2004 at the age of 98, was the founder of The Lewis Family group, regarded by many as the first family of bluegrass gospel. And now […]

Gospel music artist Richard Smallwood invited (and then uninvited) to perform at White House

posted by Joanne Brokaw

GospelCity.com reports that Gospel singer Richard Smallwood has been “barred from the Bush Administration’s Black Music Month Celebration.” He spoke to the publication while he was in Denver to perform at the 45th Democratic Convention. According to the website, back […]

The Democratic Party is trying to woo Christian music fans

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The Washington Times reported on Friday that the Democratic party is teaming up with Christian music industry professionals, including Democratic Congressional candidate and music promoter Rick Hendrix, to try and reach voters who listen to Christian radio. Democratic candidates aren’t […]

MTV chimes in on new Christian Guitar Hero, Digital Praise’s Guitar Praise

posted by Joanne Brokaw

With the release of Digital Praise’s Guitar Praise, the Christian version of Guitar Hero, set to release next week, MTV Multiplayer, a blog from MTV News and MTV Games, offers up a review of the product. As you all know, […]

Worship band Leeland’s home church destroyed by Hurricane Ike

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The Associated Press reports that Hurricane Ike caused devastating damage to the Celebration of Life Church in the Houston suburb of Baytown, Texas, home church to brothers Jack and Leeland Mooring of Christian rock worship band Leeland. Celebration of Life […]

Country Gospel music artist and “Ten Thousand Angels” songwriter Ray Overholt dies at 84

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last Sunday, as he was preparing to leave for a concert in Wyoming, Country Gospel music artist and songwriter Ray Overholt passed away. He was 84-years-old. Well-known first in the Michigan area, Overholt was one of the area’s first singing […]

Diamond Rio meets presidential candidate John McCain

posted by Joanne Brokaw

When Diamond Rio performed the National Anthem at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series SYLVANIA 300 on Sunday, September 14 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, they had a chance afterwards to meet presidential candidate, Senator John McCain. Diamond Rio bassist […]

Christian rock worship band Tree63 calls it quits, for now anyway

posted by Joanne Brokaw

South African publication Tonight reports that after 10 years together, the Christian rock worship group Tree63 is stepping away from the stage to get on with their lives”. This was confirmed by lead vocalist, John Ellis. “We haven’t broken up, […]

CCM veteran Ray Boltz comes out of the closet and confesses he’s gay

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Well, here’s a shocker of a story: in an interview with the gay publication Washington Blade, CCM veteran Ray Boltz has come out of the closet and admitted that he’s gay.  The story, published last Friday, relates Boltz’s Christian music […]

Kevin LeVar’s CD release party broadcast live tonight

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Tonight’s CD release party celebrating Kevin LeVar’s debut album, Let’s Come Together, will be broadcast live online at www.kevinlevartv.com starting at 7:30 p.m. ET. The live celebration takes place tonight, September 15th, at Sequoia on the Potomac River in Washington […]

Family of fallen soldier shares story of Third Day’s prayers

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Back in January, Christian rock band Third Day traveled to Kuwait and Iraq to perform for (and with) U.S. troops. The trip, part of the USO’s activities in the area, also included performances at Camp Arijan in Kuwait and Camp […]

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 […]

Update and benefit concert for Rev. Timothy Wright

posted by Joanne Brokaw

A concert will be held this Saturday, September 6th, to raise money to benefit Rev. Timothy Wright. The best news? Rev. Wright is scheduled to be at the event.

September is Gospel Music Heritage Month

posted by Joanne Brokaw

This summer, the Congrss pass resolutions (House of Representatives – (H.Con. Res. 370) and Senate – S. Res. 595) that designated September at Gospel Music Heritage Month. The initiative was created by Gospel Music Channel, the country’s first and only […]

Matt Maher and the scorpion sting

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The Provident Friday Buzz reports that last week Essential recording artist Matt Maher had a run in with a scorpion in his hometown of Phoenix, Arizona, when he was driving and noticed a sharp sting and burning sensation in his […]

Franktown Rocks is fun for kids (and grownups)

posted by Joanne Brokaw

If you’re looking for a way to get the kiddies involved in online social networking (assuming that’s something you really want your kids involved in), check out Franktown Rocks, billed as “the world’s first music-driven virtual world for kids.” Aimed […]

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 […]

GMA Music in the Rockies winners announced

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The winners for this year’s GMA Music in the Rockies conference have been announced. Shannon Whitson (pictured left) was named GMA’s Artist Solo 2008 for contestants in the 13-24 age category. The 22-year-old Estes Park resident also won a development […]

Follow Joanne and the Gospel Soundcheck on Twitter

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Hey, Gospel Soundcheck readers! Just a quick note to let you know that I’ve joined the 21st century and started using Twitter – “started” being a euphamism for “I set up an account and will now spend several days trying […]

Sunday School Musical hopes to catch the High School Musical crowd

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Just when I thought I’d seen it all, the parallel Christian universe surprises me yet again.Move over “High School Musical” – the church has created its own clean teen stage sensation, “Sunday School Musical.” Seriously.Here’s the project synopsis, from the […]

Steven Curtis Chapman and family in this week’s People magazine, links to Larry King and GMA interviews

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The August 15th issue of People magazine will incude a major feature on Steven Curtis Chapman, his wife Mary Beth, and children Emily, Caleb and Will as the family shares their memories of Maria, their faith in God, and their […]

Christian rock worship band Starfield performs in Europe and the UK

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Fans across the ocean are getting to enjoy one of my favorite bands this month, as Starfield takes part in a bunch of festivals in Europe and the UK. In June, the band played in the Netherlands at the EO […]

Krystal Meyers’ Make Some Noise is the theme song for NBC’s fall line up

posted by Joanne Brokaw

If you’ve caught any of the promos for NBC’s 2008 fall line up, then you’ve also caught Krystal Meyer’s hot single, “Make Some Noise,” the title cut from Meyers’ new project, which releases September 16. “Make Some Noise” is the […]

Rap groug GRITS releases new album, launches label

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The rap duo GRITS – Teron “Bonafide” Carter and Stacy “Coffee” Jones – is set to release their eighth studio album, Reiterate, on September 16th on their new indie label, Revolution Art. Supporting them on the project are Toby “tobyMac” […]

Krystal Meyers and Fireflight on Olympics music compilation album

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Rockers Krystal Meyers and Fireflight will both have a song on the official Olympics compilation album. Other artists on the album include Pink, Avril Lavigne, John Mayer, and Natasha Bedingfield. In addition, Krystal Meyers’ “Make Some Noise” will be the […]

Future of Forestry cancels gig when event adds political speaker

posted by Joanne Brokaw

As I write this post, the band Future of Forestry should be getting ready to play a gig in San Diego called 8-8-08. The plan was to have eight bands, eight speakers and be an event focused on worship. But […]

The Imperials legal dispute is over

posted by Joanne Brokaw

For the past several months, Armond Morales, co-founder of the Grammy- and Dove-award winning Southern Gospel group The Imperials, has been embroiled in a very public dispute with the current members of the group, which includes his son Jason, over […]

The real story about Rev Timothy Wright’s current condition and the email asking for donations

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I got an email today from someone I didn’t know telling me that some folks were raising money to pay for Rev. Timothy Wright’s medical care at the Kessler Institute. As you may remember, Rev. Wright was involved in a […]

Update on Rev. Timothy Wright

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The New York Daily News reported this weekend that Rev. Timothy Wright “remains on a respirator but is conscious and alert three weeks after a car accident that killed his wife and grandson.” The family hopes to move him to […]

Former Roper and Five Iron Frenzy members’ new band Hearts of Palm voted #1 band in Colorado

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Denver’s Hearts of Palm was recently voted Colorado’s #1 band in the 2008 Denver Post Underground Music Poll. The eight-piece pop orchestra, which includes a soaring trumpet/sax horn section, has been wowing Colorado audiences since 2006. Despite their short history […]

Christopher Laurie, son of preacher Greg Laurie, killed in car accident

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Technically, this isn’t Christian music news, but since the Harvest Crusades have utilized CCM and rock music over the years to reach thousands of people across the country with the gospel, I thought you might want to hear this. Christopher […]

The Dig Project holds ‘guitar toss’ at Sonshine Festival

posted by Joanne Brokaw

When you’re an indie band playing a major music festival, you have to do something to stand out in the crowd of well-known Christian artists. The Dig Project came up with a unique way to capture the crowd’s attention when […]

Laura Story on Hour of Power this weekend

posted by Joanne Brokaw

INO Records’ artist Laura Story will appear on Crystal Cathedral’s “Hour of Power” this Saturday and Sunday, July 26 & 27. She’ll performing “Indescribable” and “Perfect Peace,” both from her debut album Great God Who Saves. While this is Story’s […]

Haste The Day guitarist asked to leave the band

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Last week, the band Haste The Day issued a statement on their website announcing that they have asked their guitarist Jason Barnes to leave the band.

Nevertheless Cooking Up Surprises For Radio

posted by Joanne Brokaw

There’s nothing better than showing up for work and having someone waiting there with breakfast.And it’s even better when it’s one of Christian music’s hottest up and coming rock bands, Nevertheless, scrambling the eggs.

Mighty Clouds of Joy’s Michael Cook Passes Away

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Michael Cook, member of the legendary Gospel group The Mighty Clouds of Joy, died Friday morning July 18th as a result of a massive coronary. He was 46. He is survived by his wife Valerie and three children, ages 8, […]

Delirious to disband

posted by Joanne Brokaw

On the heels of the news in April that Stew Smith was leaving Delirious comes news that lead vocalist Martin Smith is also leaving, and with that, the group will officially disband. Smith is leaving to spend more time with […]

Centricity Records signs Andrew Peterson

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Here’s some great news: Centricity Records has signed singer/songwriter Andrew Peterson to their label. Peterson will release his label debut, The Resurrection Letters, Vol II on October 21, 2008. Peterson’s own credits include the Top 10 radio hit “Nothing to […]

Are you an average Christian radio listener?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Dunham+Company marketing company recently released results of a survey of Christian radio listeners and I thought the results were interesting. Let me state for the record that I listen to very little Christian radio. We actually have three or four […]

Hot new free Christian music from NoiseTrade.com

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Most musicians want to not only create beautiful music but make money and expand their fan base. Music fans want hot new music and the right to share it wtih their friends without the threat of the recording industry knocking […]

Rush of Fools’ trailer recovered

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Dove-nominated Rush of Fools recently had their equipment trailer stolen out of their driveway in Alabama. They lost everything, including all their merchandise, guitars, cases, amps and anything they’d need to play a show. Insurance was expected to cover some, […]

Heather Payne leaves Point of Grace

posted by Joanne Brokaw

In a letter today on the Point of Grace website, singer Heather Payne announces that she’s leaving the group. (In the photo, Heather is in the back.) Citing the overwhelming pressure to juggle the roles of “super-wife, super-mommy and super-singer,” […]

Hillsong United Conference Comes to the US

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The Hillsong United Conference takes place August 22-23 at the Grace Community Church in Houston, Texas. The conference offers pastors, youth leaders, worship leaders, musicians and students the chance to learn at the feet of the enormously popular and spirit-filled […]

To send condolences to the Wright Family …

posted by Joanne Brokaw

So many of you have been commenting about the accident last weekend that seriously injured Rev. Timothy Wright and killed his wife Betty Wright and their grandson, D.J. that I thought you might want to send a card or note […]

5 Ways to Help Kids Make Smart Music Choices

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Marybeth Hicks knows a thing or two about raising cool kids, or as she explains, GEEKs – genuine, enthusiastic, empowered kids. Her latest book, “Bringing Up GEEKs: How To Protect Your Kid’s Childhood in a Grow-Up-Too-Fast World,” gives parents real-life […]

Rev. Timothy Wright update

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Newsday.com today reports that the Rev. Timothy Wright, who was critically injured last weekend in a crash that took the lives of his wife and grandson, is “holding on.” At last word, Wright remained in critical condition at Geisinger Medical […]

Rush of Fools trailer and equipment stolen

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Early Thursday morning, the guys in the band Rush of Fools lost everything they own when someone stole their band trailer from their driveway in Alabama. The guys had recently purchased some new gear, and the loss is estimated at […]

Heidi Montag, Christian music artist?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

First, the story that Katy Perry once released a Christian album, but fled that path for a more secular career where, as her fans have been vehemently asserting, “she can finally be herself.” Now comes the news that Heidi Montag, […]

Rev. Timothy Wright and family involved in tragic car crash

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The “godfather of gospel,” Rev. Timothy Wright, was critically injured and his wife and grandson were killed this weekend when their vehicle was hit head-on by driver going the wrong way on a Pennsylvania interstate. Rev. Wright is pastor at […]

(RED) Music

posted by Joanne Brokaw

You’ve seen the products all over, the INSPIRI(RED) t-shirts and other products sporting the (RED) logo. Now that same model will be applied to the music industry to help artists increase revenue and exposure while raising money for medicine for […]

Camp Rock Songwriters To Teach Jonas Bros. Wannabes at GMA in the Rockies

posted by Joanne Brokaw

In case you’re living on another planet, there’s a phenomenon sweeping the tween culture, and it’s growing at a rate far bigger than any other squeaky clean pop fad since The Beatles. Can we talk about The Jonas Brothers, for […]

Katy Perry, Christian recording artist?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

You call her Katy Perry, we call her Katy Hudson, the singer who at the tender age of 16 released her self-titled debut album in the Christian marketplace. You got it. Katy Perry, whose single “I Kissed A Girl” is […]

Shaohannah’s Hope grateful for donations in honor of Maria Chapman

posted by Joanne Brokaw

As you probably know by now, on May 21st Steven and MaryBeth Chapman lost their youngest adopted daughter in a tragic accident in the family’s driveway. In lieu of flowers, the family had asked that donations be made in honor […]

Big Rocking Wedding News

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Here’s some big rocking wedding news: Tricia Brock, lead vocalist for Superchick, and Nick Baumhardt, guitarist for Thousand Foot Krutch, are getting married later this summer. Superchick’s new album, Rock What You Got, releases on Tuesday. TFK’s latest studio project, […]

September is officially Gospel Music Heritage Month

posted by Joanne Brokaw

It’s official: this September will be recognized as Gospel Music Heritage Month. The Gospel Music Channel television network has joined forces with Senator Blanche L. Lincoln (D-Ark.), Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee […]

Cloud 9 Games Releases “Christian” Karaoke Game

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Oh goodie, another product that mimics a mainstream product and gives Christians one more way to live in their secluded bubble. This fall, Cloud 9 Games will release Heavenly Harmony, a karaoke and vocal performance game and companion Christian Rock […]

Meredith Andrews and Jacob Sooter wed

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Hey, here’s something good that came out of 2007 GMA week: indie artist Meredith Andrews and Jacob Sooter, keyboard player for Jeremy Camp, met and fell in love. And a little over a year later on May 24, 2008, they […]

Father’s Day Special on Gospel Music Channel

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The Gospel Music channel is doing a special Father’s Day weekend of programming, with spotlights on Curtis Chapman, Michael W. Smith, Nate Sallie, and The Williams Brothers. I get the icons of Christian music, like SCC, MSW and one of […]

Christian Music Hall of Fame ceremony this Saturday

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The Christian Music Hall of Fame will honor its 2008 inductees at a ceremony this Saturday, June 14, at Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church in Allen, Texas. The show begins at 7:00 p.m. CT. Tickets are $30 for general admission and […]

From Beliefnet

posted by admin

Dear Readers– Due to a planned technical upgrade taking place on Wednesday June 11th, the Beliefnet Blogs will not display any new content, and commenting will be disabled. We aim to be back up and running by the end of […]

Visit The Rabbit Room

posted by Joanne Brokaw

If you look at current Christian music pop culture, you might get the idea that all Christian art is about imitating mainstream trends and offering up songs we can sing along to on the radio. Sure, it has a nice […]

Jeremy Camp in Tyler’s Ride

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Christian music favorite Jeremy Camp has stepped off the stage and in front of the camera in the new web TV show, “Tyler’s Ride.” Camp plays Jesse, the house musician at the fictional The Vine cafe, who provides not only […]

Sponberg Family Loses Son to SIDS

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I received a media statement this weekend with the news that Gregory Luke Sponberg, the 2-month old infant son of Curb recording artist Nicol Sponberg (formerly of the group Selah) and her husband Greg, passed away Tuesday, May 27, apparently […]

Chapman Family Suffers Tragic Loss

posted by Joanne Brokaw

You’ve probably heard by now that on Wednesday, May 21, 2008, Maria Sue Chapman, youngest adopted daughter of Christian recording legend Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife MaryBeth, was killed in a tragic accident in the family’s driveway. Laura McPherson, […]

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