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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 […]

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

posted by Joanne Brokaw

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

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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. […]

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Bad worship gets worse, in this YouTube video

posted by Joanne Brokaw

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

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

posted by Joanne Brokaw

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

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 […]

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 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! […]

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

posted by Joanne Brokaw

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

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

posted by Joanne Brokaw

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

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

posted by Joanne Brokaw

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

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

posted by Joanne Brokaw

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

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

posted by Joanne Brokaw

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

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

posted by Joanne Brokaw

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

30 Day Gospel Soundcheck Christian Music Challenge

posted by Joanne Brokaw

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

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 […]

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

posted by Joanne Brokaw

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

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

posted by Joanne Brokaw

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

Free Christian Music Downloads from Godspeed3 and Brad & Rebekah Bichsel

posted by Joanne Brokaw

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

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

posted by Joanne Brokaw

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

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 […]

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. […]

American Idol Winner Prediction – I’m Going Out On A Limb With Kris Allen

posted by Joanne Brokaw

For the past few weeks I’ve been saying that I think this season of American Idol is going to come down to Adam Lambert, Danny Gokey and Kris Allen. Most people I’ve talked to disagree; they think Allison wil be […]

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 […]

4 Reasons Why There Are So Many Christian Contestants On American Idol

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I did an interview last week with Gil Kaufman from MTV about the number of Christian contestants on this season of American Idol. Later that same day, I talked to a reporter named Derrick from the Associated Press about the […]

MTV Features Gospel Soundcheck In A Story on American Idol

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Gil Kaufman, a writer for MTV, interviewed me this week for a story he was doing about American Idol and what seems like an unusual number of Christian artists in this season’s competition. I’ve been covering the Christian angle of […]

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 Season 8 Contestants With Ties to Christian Music

posted by Joanne Brokaw

** UPDATED POST HERE: American Idol Contestants With Ties to Christian Music – Round 2 & Updates I hate to admit it, but I spent hours this weekend surfing the net to do a little research on some of the […]

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The X Factor final performances - care to predict a winner?
Tonight was the final performance episode of this first season of The X Factor in the US, and what a way to end the competition. The three finalists - Josh Krajcik, Chris Rene, and Melanie Amaro - pulled out all of the stops for their final ...

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

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

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

The X Factor final four results: Marcus goes home
On tonight's The X Factor results show, Melanie Amaro, Josh Krajcik and Chris Rene went through to the next round and Marcus Canty was sent home. OK, OK, I know, I know. I 've been hard on Marcus Canty the last few weeks, so you may be ...

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

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