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

posted by Joanne Brokaw

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

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

posted by Joanne Brokaw

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

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

posted by Joanne Brokaw

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

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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 […]

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

posted by Joanne Brokaw

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

Rocker’s Mae trailer, equipment and personal belongings stolen

posted by Joanne Brokaw

This just in: rock band Mae woke yesterday morning in Philadephia to find that their trailer was stolen from the parking lot of the hotel where they’d been staying. They lost all of their equipment, instruments and some personal belongings. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Rockers Mae are embarking on a year of charity, and you can help

posted by Joanne Brokaw

With the help of the band’s international community, rockers Mae have embarked on a year-long journey to help those less fortunate and also raise awareness about important humanitarian issues. Every month in 2009, the band will release a new song […]

Tenth Avenue North best selling new Christian artist of 2008

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Newcomers Tenth Avenue North finished 2008 as the best selling new Christian artist, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The band sold nearly 60,000 copies of their debut album Over and Underneath, and was the only new artist to break the 100,000 […]

Free download from Christian rockers Kutless

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Bible Study Magazine is offering a free download of Kutless’ single, “Complete,” from their latest album, To Know You’re Alive. Like most other free downloads, you have to give them all of your contact info to get the song. You […]

Kingsfall – indie artist to watch in 2009

posted by Joanne Brokaw

My friend Kim Jones, who is the Christian Music guide over at About.com, gave me the head’s up today about a band that she’s in love with: Kingsfall.The Dallas-based band recently was named the December winners in the Famecast.com contest, […]

Pillar “Most Played” rock artist of 2008

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Radio & Records (R&R) has named rock artist PIllar as most played artist on the R&R Christian Rock Chart. “This is really incredible news,” says Rob Beckley, Pillar’s founding member and frontman. “We just celebrated our 10th No. 1 with […]

Skillet named #1 Christian artist of 2008 by Radio & Records

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Christian rock band Skillet was named R&R’s (Radio & Records) Top CHR Artist of the Year for 2008. Since R&R began publishing Christian Radio charts, Skillet has garnered more #1 songs from one recording – their album Comatose – than […]

Christian music artists share what they’re thankful for

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Thanksgiving is the wonderful holiday that not only leads into the season celebrating the birth of Christ but gives us an entire day to give thanks. And eat. A lot. I asked some of your favorite and up-and-coming Christian music […]

Family Force 5 debuts new video “Radiator” and I wonder if we’re just too cool for Jesus

posted by Joanne Brokaw

RadiatorCheck out the latest video from “Dance-derived alternative rockers” (that’s what their press release says …) Family Force 5. The band is currently on the Winter Wonder Slam tour with TobyMac, Relient K and special guest B. Reith. The tour […]

Hawk Nelson encourages fans to be “One Little Miracle”

posted by Joanne Brokaw

They make girls swoon and audiences rock, and now the guys in Hawk Nelson want to encourage their fans to step out of their comfort zones to be the one little miracle that can change the world.The moniker for the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Newsboys balance celebrity status with grace and Christ-like responsibility

posted by Joanne Brokaw

In the discussion about Christian music, there’s always a question lingering in the back of my mind: how do you balance being a Christian music celebrity with biblical, Christian faith?Sure, there are a lot of bands who sing about Jesus, […]

Blessthefall kicks off tour with new singer, new song on MySpace, fan contest

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Arizona rockers Blessthefall kick of their latest tour, with guests Confide, on November 17 in Bakersfield, CA, the first tour with their new lead vocalist Beau Bokan. Bokan joined the group after former frontman Craig Mabbitt left the band suddenly […]

The Myriad drummer Randy Miller has cancerous tumor removed

posted by Joanne Brokaw

This just in: Randy Miller, drummer for The Myriad, had a tumor removed from his upper torso and it turns out to be cancerous. (UPDATE 11/21: they’ve found the cancer is serious. Read more on this post about Third Day’s […]

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 […]

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 […]

Christian singer Dustin Ruth talks about guns, hunting and the environment

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I’m a woman who grew up around guns (my father was a police officer) and went on to marry a hunter (who has graced our table with venison and our walls with dead deer heads), but increasingly I’ve found that […]

Catch The Afters “Ocean Wide” on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy

posted by Joanne Brokaw

ABC’s hit drama “Grey’s Anatomy” is currently using “Ocean Wide,” from The Afters’ sophomore record Never Going Back to OK, in promotion for the show. This isn’t the first time the band has had music used in TV promotion. “We […]

No changes for Pillar, despite line up changes

posted by Joanne Brokaw

With the news this week that bassist Michael Wittig is leaving Pillar to focus on his new band, Stars Go Dim, formed with former Pillar members Lester Estelle (who also recently left the band) and Joey Avalos (who played with […]

Global Battle of the Bands contest includes Christian band from Malaysia

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I came across this story in The Star online, about the Malaysian finals for the Global Battle of the Bands contest, which included a Christian rock band called Vessel of Worship. This was the third of four qualifying heats held […]

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 […]

Downhere performing for Presidential Debate festivities tomorrow

posted by Joanne Brokaw

This just in! Rock worship band Downhere will be peforming at the Block Party at Belmont University Tuesday afternoon as part of the Presidential Debate festivities. The band says the party starts at noon and ends at 6pm, and they’ll […]

P.O.D. on Carson Daly TONIGHT

posted by Joanne Brokaw

P.O.D. will be performing their current hit single, “Shine With Me,” tonight on NBC’s “Last Call with Carson Daly Show.” The song is currently #6 on R&R’s Christian Rock chart and #9 CRW’s Christian Rock chart, and is from the […]

Newsboys live CD/DVD in stores now

posted by Joanne Brokaw

This week, the Newsboys released their live CD/DVD project, “Newsboys Live: Houston We Are GO.” The two disc set was recorded and filmed live in front of a packed house in Houston, TX as part of the band’s GO tour, […]

Starfield heads out for first US headlining tour

posted by Joanne Brokaw

One of my favorite rock worship bands, Starfield, heads out next week for their first ever headlining US tour. The band, which hails from Canada, has has toured with great artists for several years, and spent the summer performing in […]

Dizmas touring Czech Republic with Josiah Venture, asks for prayer

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Rockers Dizmas left last week for a seven week tour of the Czech Republic, where the band will be performing in high schools and working alongside an organization called Josiah Venture. The ministry is located in Eastern Europe and shares […]

Switchfoot releases anthology, The Best Yet

posted by Joanne Brokaw

With global cumulative sales of more than 5 million units of their six albums, and dozens of chart singles, Switchfoot is releasing an anthology of their signature tracks on The Best Yet. The collection is a greatest hits but also […]

WinterBand takes on the Trinity with new YouTube video

posted by Joanne Brokaw

My friend Dave Weiss, supplier of all ideas unusual, sent me this video today from a Christian rock band called WinterBand. Their YouTube profile says, “We hope our music is a blessing to you. We play original Christian Bible based […]

ApologetiX is looking for a new guitar player – and it could be you!

posted by Joanne Brokaw

That Christian parody band, ApologetiX, is adding another guitar player to the line up and they’ve put out a call for auditions. While the band, which takes current hit songs and turns them into Bible lessons, may have been ignorned […]

Christian rockers Sanctus Real perform benefit concert for ABC’s Extreme Home Makeover

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Christian rock band and Toldeo, Ohio natives Sanctus Real performed yesterday at a fundraiser to benefit the Frisch family, who will be getting a new house courtesy of ABC’s “Extreme Makeover Home Edition.” They couldn’t have picked a better band […]

Check out this amazing video to Kutless’ Sea of Faces

posted by Joanne Brokaw

My friend Dave Weiss is back again with an amazing video, this time set to Kutless’ “Sea of Faces.”Check it out:To see more of Dave’s visual art, visit his website.RELATED POSTSPick of the Week – Kutless’ To Know You’re AliveGuest […]

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 […]

Sanctus Real heads out for fall We Need Each Other tour

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Christian modern rock band Sanctus Real heads out on their headlining We Need Each Other tour this fall, with special guests Tenth Avenue North, VOTA (formerly known as Casting Pearls) and speaker Sammy Adebiyi. Sanctus Real has been captivating audiences […]

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Christian Rock Band The Wrecking

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The Wrecking’s national debut album, A New Abolition, releases next week. Here are 5 things you probably didn’t know about this up-and-coming Christian rock band: 1) The Portland, Maine based band isn’t actually a new band. They’ve been together since […]

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 […]

Sound of screaming teens likened to heroin high – welcome to the Jonas Brothers concert experience

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The Jonas Brothers were recently on the cover of Rolling Stone, and while the article about the band was interesting (more on that in another post) what I found most intriguing was a comment from neuropsychiatrist Dr. Louann Brizendine, author […]

A Day at Kingdom Bound with Hawk Nelson

posted by Joanne Brokaw

One of the things that I’ve always found fascinating is how musicians physically handle the daily demands of performing. Fans only see what happens on stage, but I imagine most don’t have a clue about what goes on behind the […]

Flyleaf – oops, I mean Fireflight – at Kingdom Bound

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I’m notorious for saying stupid things on a daily basis, so here’s one of the funniest moments from my last day at Kingdom Bound:

Free Christian music download – Downhere’s new single My Last Amen

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Yesterday I told you about Downhere’s new album Ending is Beginning, and how I’d seen them perform some of the new songs at Kingdom Bound festival. Now you can hear some of that new music, too! Just follow this link […]

Kingdom Bound music festival – day one

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Technically, Monday was day two of the festival, but it was the first day that I drove out to Darien Lake Theme Park, where the annual Kingdom Bound festival is happening through Wednesday. I thought I’d share a few highlights […]

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 […]

Help theRide Pick Their Next Radio Single

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Since their beginning it’s been a wild ride for the Colorado-based quartet, theRide, who last week released their sophomore project, The Story of People. In 2004, the band took second place in the GMA in the Rockies band competition. In […]

Prayer request for The Wrecking’s Darren Elder

posted by Joanne Brokaw

No, The Wrecking isn’t a construction crew, but you might not know that today. Drummer Darren Elder, of modern rock band The Wrecking, broke his hand in two places while working on some home repairs. I don’t know officially what […]

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.

Update on Destination 7 drummer Jeremy Devore

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I just heard from Natasha, lead vocalist for Destination 7, with an update on drummer Jeremy Devore. He has been diagnosed with viral meningitis. The good news, if there is some, is that the rest of the band doesn’t have […]

David Crowder Band Remedy Club Tour DVD releases Aug 19

posted by Joanne Brokaw

David Crowder Band will release the “Remedy Club Tour” CD/DVD to retail on Aug. 19. This is the band’s first ever full-length DVD features five and a half hours of content, including a behind the scenes tour documentary, song demonstrations […]

Foreigner’s Lou Gramm records Christian rock album

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Billboard.com reports that Lou Gramm, former frontman for the rock group Foreigner, has finished recording his first Christian rock album. Gramm, a native of Rochester, NY, recorded the album in his hometown with his band, which includes his two talented […]

Vote for Manic Drive in the Hockey Night in Canada theme song contest

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Shawn Cavallo, frontman for rockers Manic Drive, has submitted a song for the “Canada’s Hockey Anthem Challenge” theme song contest and he needs your votes! Not only does the winner get his song used as the theme for Hockey Night […]

I Am Terrified launches tour, releases new EP

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I Am Terrified, Gotee’s newest metal core band, will unveil their six-song EP July 18 when their tour launches in their hometown of Birmingham, Alabama. The first show will take place at their CD release event at Life Church 1449 […]

Starfield in Amsterdam

posted by Joanne Brokaw

One of my favorite rock worship bands, Starfield, just posted this fun video from their recent trip to Amsterdam, where they performed at the EO Youth Day. This clip is mostly of lead vocalist Tim trying to learn the Netherlands’ […]

Monday Morning Trivia ANSWER

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Did you guess the right answer to this week’s Monday Morning Trivia? Q: While on a family vacation as a child, which hard-rocking front man and his brothers caused his family’s car to be pulled over by police because the […]

Two Empty Chairs’ “Lifelight”

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I told you yesterday about a band called Two Empty Chairs. Here’s their video to the song, “Lifelight,” which was in the movie, “The Wager.”

Pick of the Week: Kutless’ “To Know That You’re Alive”

posted by Joanne Brokaw

This week, hands down, my pick of the week is Kutless To Know That You’re Alive. The album released Tuesday. To Know That You’re Alive is a great mix of hard rock anthems, like “The Feeling” and “The Rescue,” and […]

Monday Morning Trivia: ANSWER

posted by Joanne Brokaw

On Monday I asked: What hard rockers were described in 2007 by MTV Buzzworthy as offering their film crew, “[A]n overwhelming amount of goodwill and generosity so real that you couldn’t fake it even if you wanted to?” The answer […]

The Myriad on MTV2

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The Myriad’s latest video, “You Waste Time Like A Grandfather Clock,” has been added to heavy rotation on MTV2. Check it out here!The band is fresh off their spring tour promoting their latest album, With Arrows, With Poise. The tour […]

Ceili Rain in Concert

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I just got the summer concert schedule for one of my favorite artists, Celtic pop/rock band Ceili Rain, and I want to give you a head’s up, because if you get a chance to see them you won’t be disappointed. […]

Pick of the Week: Superchick’s “Rock What You Got”

posted by Joanne Brokaw

It’s been three years since Superchick released a new studio project, but on Tuesday, June 24 the sister-fronted rock band is back with Rock What You Got. With their signature powerhouse rock, pop/punk sound the album is everything Superchick fans […]

Roots Remixed … But Why?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

On June 24 Shawn McDonald will release Roots Remixed, an EP with remixes of six songs from his March releases, Roots. Roots is a truly fantastic album, creative and fresh, both lyrically and musically. The songs are funky, cool, different. […]

Hawk Nelson on ESPN2 TONIGHT

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Catch Hawk Nelson tonight on ESPN2 when they do the coin toss when the Arizona Rattlers take on the Colorado Crush on Russell Athletic ESPN Arena Football Monday. Kickoff is at 7:00pm and will be televised live on ESPN 2 […]

Pick of the week: Jon Foreman’s Summer

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Switchfoot frontman Jon Foreman recently released, Summer, the last of his four solo, seasonally-themed EPs. Each of the EPs, Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer, are deeply intimate, and as Forman says, autobiographical. Lyrically, Summer is like viewing Foreman’s private diary, […]

10 Artists Share Advice From Their Dads

posted by Joanne Brokaw

With Fathers’ Day coming up this weekend, I asked some Christian artists to share words of wisdom they’ve gotten from their dads.

P.O.D. on Last Call with Carson Daly This Thursday

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Rockers P.O.D will kick off the summer Thursday night with a performance on “Last Call with Carson Daly.” The band will perform “Tell Me Why” from their latest CD, When Angels and Serpents Dance. The band will also pre-record a […]

10 Things You Should Know About Hawk Nelson

posted by Joanne Brokaw

This past weekend, Hawk Nelson kicked off their second annual Faith Nights Baseball Tour, where the band will perform before or after a minor league baseball game. Joining the band will be RunKidRun and Audio Adrenaline’s Mark Stuart. Lead vocalist […]

John Schlitt Releases The Grafting

posted by Joanne Brokaw

John Schlitt, former lead vocalist for Christian music’s legendary rock group Petra, releases his third solo album, The Grafting, on June 24. OK, can I step in to the CCM confessional? Until a couple of years ago, I had no […]

Get Downhere’s “Wide Eyed and Mystified” free in June

posted by Joanne Brokaw

As modern rockers downhere ready for the September release of their fourth studio project, Ending is Beginning, they’ve partnered with www.MusiChristian.com to give away a free download of their current album, Wide-Eyed and Mystified. Downhere is one of the bands […]

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