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Behind The Scenes of THE IDENTICAL

posted by jgordon1

There’s one more week left to check out the IDENTITY SERIES, a half-hour television show featuring prominent Christian leaders encouraging viewers about the importance of following God call’s on their life. Among those appearing in the series are best-selling author and pastor Max […]

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THE IDENTITY SERIES Premiers Today

posted by jgordon1

City of Peace Films, Gray Media and in::cite Media, debut a new Christian show challenging believers to come to grips with their identity in Christ. THE IDENTITY SERIES features content from the parent film THE IDENTICAL, a story about a […]

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“Son of God” DHD Set for Release

posted by Corine Gatti

The film “Son of God” left a lasting impression on audiences with its visual effects and the epic story of Jesus Christ’s life. Created by Mark Burnett and wife Roma Downey, the film was the first motion picture on the life […]

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Free Giveaway for the New Monks of the Desert Album!

posted by Evan Derrick

The Monastary of Christ in the Desert was founded in 1964 in Abiqulu, New Mexico. It’s located in, you guessed it, the middle of the desert. Being surrounded by miles of government-protected land, the abbey is the perfect place to […]

Christian DVD Giveaway!

posted by S. Russ

Hit LIKE above to spread the word to all your friends about the DVD giveaway! Do you like music?  Do you like to laugh?  Well, then you’ll love this excellent Christian DVD grab bag!  Just one lucky winner will receive […]

Keith Green Sings “Easter Song” Hit Like to Share!

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WOW! Carrie Underwood and Vince Gill “Sing How Great Thou Art”

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Be sure to hit “LIKE” just above this video to share! WATCH MORE GREAT VIDEOS! AMAZING! Christian Bikes Protect a Soldiers Funeral INSPIRING VIDEO! No matter what God is with you! CUTE! These twin boys are ADORABLE!

Ex Porn Producer is Saved

posted by Corine Gatti

An ex porn producer was powerfully saved by Jesus Christ! See the dramatic interview and testimony:

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments Blog

posted by agreyson

By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture PassionistasThis week an Oscar contender supports Free the Children, a reality star shows her philanthropic side and an “Idol” gives a wake-up call (with flapjacks).Natalie Portman Announces Free The Children ContestThe last few […]

Chris Medina Inspires with Unconditional Love on American Idol

posted by agreyson

Chris Medina walked on to the American Idol audition stage and all I could think was, “great, another grunge rocker, just what the world needs.” Shame on me, not because of his silky smooth voice but because the cover of […]

An Early Look at New Christmas Music for 2010

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Here are some new Christmas releases.

My Favorite Inspiring Pop Culture Finds for the Summer

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Here are a few fun pop culture finds for summer.

Christians Rock Tonight’s Tube: Amy Grant and Jennifer Knapp

posted by Paul O'Donnell

What a bonanza tonight should be for Christian music fans. Late night, Amy Grant will be talking about her first album in six years on ABC’s “Nightline,” while on CNN at 9 p.m., Larry King interviews Jennifer Knapp, the Christian […]

Amy Grant’s New Album Clears Space for a New Road

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Touted as her first new music in seven years, Amy Grant’s new album, “Somewhere Down the Road,” is something less and something more: only six of the record’s tracks are new songs, mixed in with previously unreleased tracks, old songs […]

How to Switch Markets Like Switchfoot

posted by Paul O'Donnell

The first story I was assigned on the topic of Christian music, back in the early ’90s, was an investigation into whether Christian bands used religious talk shows the way mainstream bands boosted their records on the “Tonight” show or […]

Five New Favorite Songs For Christmas

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Now that the turkey leftovers have been put away, and Black Friday is just a bad memory until I get my credit card statement, I can turn my indulgent nature to listening to the Christmas music I love nonstop. Christian […]

Todd Agnew Speaks About Joy

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Christian singer Todd Agnew speaks about joy and his new single, “Joy Unspeakable” off of the album “Need.”

Derek Webb: ‘I Can No Longer Make Apologies’ for How Christians Behave

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Derek Webb talks to Idol Chatter’s Paul O’Donnell about his album “Stockholm Syndrome” and the controversy around his song “What Matters More,” a scathing critique of how evangelical Christians approach homosexuality.

Hostage to Nobody: Derek Webb’s ‘Stockholm Syndrome’

posted by Paul O'Donnell

A few minutes of footage from the making of Derek Webb’s new, stunningly successful album, “Stockholm Syndrome” explains a lot about what Webb, the consciously controversial Christian singer-songwriter, is up to with his latest release. In the docu-video released last […]

Song from The Wrecking May Be Featured in ‘New Moon’

posted by dross

Christian rockers The Wrecking are under consideration to have their song “Our Feet Don’t Touch the Ground” used in the upcoming Twilight movie “New Moon.” Joanne Brokaw over at Gospel Soundcheck, an admitted fan of the band, has details on […]

Steven Curtis Chapman and Family Still Grieving One Year Later

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I am glad to hear several Christian radio stations remind contemporary Christian music fans that it has been one year since the tragic loss of Steven Curtis Chapman’s daughter Maria Sue Chapman. Over the last year the Chapman family has […]

Amy Grant Helps Promote Cancer Research

posted by Douglas Howe

One of the most interesting media stories of our generation–in terms of personal development, professional growth and spiritual relevance–has been the journey of Amy Grant. From Evangelical Christian Music Star to Pop Music Crossover Success to Country Singer to Celebrity […]

To All You ‘SonSeed’ Doubters: Zap!

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Another shoe has dropped in the controversy over SonSeed, the band whose song “Jesus Is My Friend” inspired as many doubters as fans when it debuted on the blog “Dougsploitation” last year. Arena Rock Records announced Tuesday that it would […]

Ashley Cleveland’s Latest: ‘God Don’t Never Change’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

The other day I discovered the best pick-me-up-to-beat-the-work-week-blues ever. The news that put a smile on my face was that Christian rocker Ashley Cleveland has finally announced the official release date of her new album “God Don’t Never Change.” While […]

Wynonna Judd on Her New CD, Death, and Dreams

posted by Douglas Howe

Wynonna Judd is celebrating her 25th anniversary in the music industry. She released a new CD called “Sing: Chapter 1″ in February, which includes cover songs from some of her favorites including Hank Williams’ “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” […]

Is the Christian Music Industry Dying?

posted by Douglas Howe

Recently I was checking some concert schedules to see if my favorite Christian musicians are touring this summer. My family and I love Third Day’s current stuff and we’re nostalgic for the likes of Michael W. Smith and Steven Curtis […]

Miss California Appears at the Dove Awards

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Miss California, Carrie Prejean, may have lost the Miss USA title for explaining her opposition to same-sex marriage, but it looks like she’s gained a new gig as Christian idol. After appearing on Fox News, NBC’s “Today” and other talk […]

Rev. Timothy Wright Tribute

posted by dross

Many today are mourning the loss of gospel music star and pastor Rev. Timothy Wright, of Grace Tabernacle Christian Center in Brooklyn, NY, who has died of injuries sustained in a car accident last year that killed his wife and […]

Bluetree: You Two Can Be a Worship Band

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Did you know that the Beatles named themselves after Buddy Holly’s band, the Crickets and that several of the early Beatlemania hits are essentially skiffled-up versions of Holly songs? Keep this in mind, anyway, when you encounter “God of This […]

Mandisa Gaining Success, Losing Weight

posted by dross

In a new article on CNN, “American Idol” finalist and Christian music star Mandisa talks about her weight loss (75 pounds and counting) and her new album, “Freedom” which hits stores March 24. She says she has forgiven “Idol” judge […]

The Fray: Nothing Lost in Their Second Album

posted by Paul O'Donnell

It makes sense that, when young Christian rockers began to struggle free of the mannered CCM format, they would gravitate toward emo, the brooding, melodic rock genre that trades punk’s teenage angst for teenage “issues.” Exhibit A: The Fray, a […]

Last Word on the Grammys: The Scandal of the Christian Categories

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Who would get your Grammy for best rock song: L’il Wayne, Springsteen, Beck, Brad Paisley or Mary J. Blige? What, you say these artists have nothing to do with one another in terms of genre, audience, or even sales? Why […]

The Future of Christian Rock

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Christian rock/rapper Toby Mac’s “Alive and Transported” was not to be denied this year, at the Dove Awards this Spring or at the Grammys last night, when he took home the award for Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album. Toby’s […]

Amy Grant’s Favorite Christmas Albums

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Discussing her own recent Christmas compilation with Amy Grant the other day, I asked the Christian rock diva about her favorite Christmas albums of all time. The classic Nat King Cole disc is a given, and we’re going to give […]

Singing with Sarah and Writing With Vince: A Christmas Chat with Amy Grant

posted by Paul O'Donnell

“The Christmas Collection,” Amy Grant’s second album with her new label, EMI, is mostly re-released holiday hits from the past, but it has a few surprises, including a cover of a Barbra Streisand arrangement of “Jingle Bells” and a new […]

Early Billy Graham, the Album

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Remember when the Second Coming was imagined as an awesome but beautiful moment? What’s been lost in the rise of the Rapture Right in the past two decades is the yearning for the hope that ordinary Christians–the meek, say–have traditionally […]

Michael W. Smith and Steven Curtis Chapman ‘United’

posted by Douglas Howe

From the honesty and transparency of discussing his daughter’s death to the energy and passion of their greatest songs to the warmth and joy in a loyal audience, Steven Curtis Chapman’s pairing with Michael W. Smith on their current tour […]

Casting Crowns Fans Will Sing the Praises of ‘Peace on Earth’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

It seems like almost every successful musical artist– Christian or not–feels an obligation to record Christmas music at some point and I often wonder why. I mean, how many different ways can you remake “Silent Night,” right? But then I […]

Enter to Win: Autographed Casting Crowns Album ‘Peace on Earth’

posted by dross

Top-selling Christian band Casting Crowns just released their first ever Christmas album, “Peace on Earth” last week and is already causing a stir among fans. The band is very excited about their new release. “I want to see people rediscover […]

Contemporary Christian Christmas…in October

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Sure, it’s a little ridiculous that Christmas decorations are up at K-Mart already, but they aren’t the only ones jumping the gun on the Christmas season. The last two weeks have seen more than one popular Christian music group release […]

Top 10 Classic Christian Artists You (Probably) Haven’t Listened To

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I had so much fun creating my Top Ten Songs I Hate To Love list with some friends of mine, that I became nostalgic and decided to sift back through my archives one more time and pick out some of […]

Enter to Win: Chris Tomlin’s CD ‘Hello Love’

posted by dross

Christian singer Chris Tomlin is known for such popular worship hits such as “How Great Is Our God,” “We Fall Down,” and “Holy Is the Lord,” and this year, for the second year in a row, won the Gospel Music […]

MercyMe Fans: Listen to ‘Hymned Again’ by Bart Millard

posted by shuang

The best part about “Hymned Again,” Bart Millard’s second solo album of updated (familiar and unfamiliar) hymns is his powerful and buttery voice. As part of Christian band MercyMe, Millard’s voice is always what stands out, adding that extra punch […]

Michael W. Smith and Steven Curtis Chapman Begin Tour

posted by Douglas Howe

Two of the most enduring and integrous Christian musicians of the last two decades are teaming up for what will no doubt be an inspiring and entertaining tour. And if your Christian faith is important to you, this will likely […]

Guglielmucci Not the First Christian Music Artist to Battle Porn Addiction

posted by dross

As you may have already heard from Gospel Soundcheck blogger Joanne Brokaw, pastor and Planetshakers band member Michael Guglielmucci, recently confessed to lying about battling terminal leukemia, duping his congregation, fans, and most shockingly, his wife and family. According to […]

Top 10 Christian Songs I Hate to Love

posted by Kris Rasmussen

My friends and I have been having fun lately emailing a list back and forth of what are the best of the worst Christian songs we grew up listening to. You know, those songs that are enjoyable, with lyrics you […]

Enter to Win: Rebecca St James’ New Devotional

posted by dross

Christian pop star and author Rebecca St. James has a long history of promoting chastity, and modesty, in young women of faith. Her latest book, “Pure: A 90-Day Devotional for the Mind, the Body & the Spirit” will be released […]

A Love/Hate Relationship with the Jonas Brothers

posted by dross

If you’re like Gospel Soundcheck’s Joanne Brokaw, you may be conflicted about the hottest boy band of the moment, the Jonas Brothers. In her post, “5 Things I Hate About the Jonas Brothers,” Brokaw talks about the “bigger than oxygen” […]

Grant 2.0?: Amy Grant’s Daughter’s Debut

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Earlier this week I ran into a huge Christian music fan in a coffeeshop in Hanover, N.H. (clue: his “Amy Grant & Friends” T-shirt) who had just returned from the second annual Smitty Cruise, Michael W. Smith’s waterborne jamboree that […]

Steven Curtis Chapman Inspires on Larry King

posted by Douglas Howe

Earlier this summer, a celebrity’s son ran over his daughter in a car. The daughter was killed. The son had to deal with the guilt. And, the celebrity is a Christian singer who is gifted, beloved and above reproach, a […]

Enter to Win: Relient K’s ‘The Bird and the Bee Sides’

posted by dross

Relient K is one of the few bands that have managed to crossover to mainstream radio after bring introduced and popularized on Christian radio. Their albums, 2004’s “Mmhmm” and 2007’s “Five Score and Seven Years Ago,” each debuted in the […]

Jib Jab–For You, Too!

posted by Douglas Howe

The spirit of Bob Dylan, Johnny Carson and political cartoonists everywhere is alive and well in the newest (and best) political satire entertainment on the web. The folks at Jib Jab have again risen to the challenge of creating political […]

Enter to Win: Jon Foreman’s ‘Spring and Summer’ EP Set

posted by dross

You may know Jon Foreman best as the lead singer and guitarist for the incredibly successful rock band Switchfoot (“Meant to Live,” “Dare You to Move). But are you familiar with his solo projects? Late last year, Foreman released two […]

‘God’s Pottery’ and ‘Last Comic Standing': Legit About Jesus?

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Like fellow Beliefnet writer Joanne Brokaw over at Gospel Soundcheck I have noticed the comedy duo “God’s Pottery” who have made it to the finals of “Last Comic Standing.”At first, I was simply put off by their over-the-top mannerisms, their […]

Heidi Montag, Christian Music Wannabe

posted by lmarcus

Heidi Montag, one of the “famous for being famous” talentless starlets Hollywood grinds out at an alarming pace these days, is certainly not letting any of her fifteen minutes go to waste. The “Hills” villainess, whose relationship with Spencer Pratt […]

Download P.O.D.’s New Single ‘Shine with Me’–for Free!

posted by dross

Our friends, Christian rockers P.O.D., are offering you a chance to download their upcoming single, “Shine with Me”–set to hit radio July 15–for free, from now until September 30. Click on the photo below to download the song, and when […]

Gospel Music Channel Creates Original TV Series

posted by Kris Rasmussen

As web series and other alternative outlets continue to diversify the media landscape, the Gospel Music Channel has announced that it will create original series programming for the 2008-2009 season. A sketch comedy show called “Comedy Quickies” and drama entitled […]

Top 5 Worst Reality TV Shows Ever

posted by Kris Rasmussen

It’s easy to complain about the glut of reality TV this summer–“Celebrity Circus,” “Wipe Out,” “High School Musical: The Series,” etc. But then I started thinking about it, and really, reality TV has actually improved–generally speaking–from where it started. Anyone […]

Enter to Win: tobyMac’s ‘Alive and Transported’

posted by dross

If you’re a fan of Christian hip-hop superstar tobyMac, his new DVD/CD collection, “Alive and Transported”–his first live album– is a must-have. Featuring versions of some of his most popular songs, such as “Jesus Freak” and “No Ordinary Love,” the […]

Check Out Our New Christian Music Blog!

posted by dross

If you love Christian music of all kinds, you’ll love our brand new blog, Gospel Soundcheck. Written by music journalist, Joanne Brokaw, the blog will include reviews, commentary, interviews, video, and more on your favorite Christian artists and music–everything from […]

Enter to Win: Chris Sligh’s ‘Running Back to You’

posted by dross

You may remember Chris Sligh as that guy with the super curly hair from “American Idol” Season 6, who made it to the finals. Now, he’s trying to make a name for himself as a Christian rocker (you can read […]

Steven Curtis Chapman: A Heartbreaking Video

posted by mkress

We all grieve for Steven Curtis Chapman’s loss of his daughter. Today, in memory of her and as a way for fans to grieve, an entry in Chapman’s video blog featuring him with his beautiful children in much happier times […]

Twin Peaks: An Interview with tobyMac

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Since he released his third solo album, “Portable Sounds,” a year ago, Christian music veteran tobyMac has been, well, reborn. The hip-hop heavy collection entered the Billboard 200 at #10— tobyMac’s highest showing ever—and this year, with his Diverse City […]

Steven Curtis Chapman Suffers Tragedy

posted by dross

Grammy-winning Christian music star, Steven Curtis Chapman is battling a heart-breaking personal tragedy today—his 5-year-old daughter Maria Sue was struck and killed by a car in her family’s driveway yesterday. Chapman, and his wife, adopted Maria Sue, as well as […]

Watch Video: ‘This Is Home’ by Switchfoot

posted by shuang

Did you recognize the band whose song played at the end of “Prince Caspian“? If not, you can see the Caspian-centered music video Switchfoot put together for their song, “This Is Home,” With its catchy guitar sounds and thoughtful lyrics, […]

Tommy Walker’s Latest Resounds With ‘Hope’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Since I am not a big follower of the ever-increasing amount of Christian worship music available, I may never have stumbled across Tommy Walker’s music if it hadn’t been for my time in Los Angeles in the ’90s where every […]

P.O.D.: Pissing People Off, One Song at a Time

posted by nsymmonds

On their new release, “When Angels and Serpents Dance,” P.O.D. is in a tight spot: they’ve got a lot of people to please, and whatever they do is gonna piss somebody off. Having achieved a huge degree of success in […]

Gospel Music Week Wrap Up

posted by Idol Chatter

The Gospel Music Association’s annual GMA Week is the time every year when industry professionals, media representatives, and aspiring and established artists from every genre descend on downtown Nashville to network, showcase their talent, celebrate the industry, and basically run […]

Christians Curiously Silent on Gay Music-Show Host

posted by Paul O'Donnell

We’re no longer shocked when a popular Christian figure does something to invite the scorn of his or her faithful (so to speak) fans. But when Azariah Southworth, host of “The Remix,” a popular Christian version of MTV’s “Cribs” told […]

Music Video: P.O.D.’s ‘Addicted’

posted by dross

Check out P.O.D.’s new music video “Addicted,” the single from their just-released album, “When Angels and Serpents Dance.” Watch the video below–and when you’re finished, click here to read our interview with P.O.D.’s Sonny Sandoval. embedVideo(1515766875);

Top 10 Christian Songs…According to a Jew

posted by Kris Rasmussen

The New York Times published a really interesting top ten list by Daniel Radosh on his “Paper Cuts” blog. Radosh, a self-proclaimed secular Jew gives a smart, spot-on assessment of Christian music by listing his top ten favorite Christian songs […]

Burning Saints and Mountain Goats

posted by nsymmonds

We at Burn or Burn are always working hard to come up with good fire-related puns to attach to our recommendations (or disses) of today’s faith-minded albums, and we’d like to thank the Mountain Goats for making this one easy: […]

Music Video: Hawk Nelson’s ‘Friend Like That’

posted by dross

Check out popular Christian rock band Hawk Nelson’s new music video “Friend Like That.” Their album “Hawk Nelson Is My Friend,” hits stores April 1. embedVideo(1459252150,1460867924);

Top 10 Inspiring Songs For Holy Week

posted by Kris Rasmussen

While Easter cantatas are in their final stages of dress rehearsal all over America this week, I thought I would take a moment to reflect on my favorite songs that I feel symbolize the meaning of Holy Week for me—the […]

Why I Can’t Listen to Erykah Badu’s Latest Album

posted by nsymmonds

Erykah Badu has always been a mystery. From the 1997 release of “Baduizm,” she blazed the trail for neo-soul as a genre, but she also brought with her a raw spirituality that made her god no particular god. It was […]

Enter to Win: ‘Songs 4 Ever’ CD Box Set

posted by dross

If you’re a fan of Christian Contemporary and praise and worship music, have we got the collection for you! Our friends over at Time Life sent us five box sets of “Songs 4 Ever: The Ultimate Christian Music Collection.” The […]

4 Ways of Looking at Justice’s ‘Cross’

posted by Idol Chatter

Anybody who follows Christian music has probably heard the old saw from Christian bands: “if we cross over, we’re going to carry the cross over.” Really, though, when was the last time you heard a Christian pop band sing about […]

Brad Avery Leaves Third Day

posted by Paul O'Donnell

The reverb from their 10th anniversary DVD/compilation album hasn’t completely died down (in my car at least) when Third Day, one of the most successful Christian bands to come out of Nashville, announced that rhythm guitarist Brad Avery was quitting […]

‘I’m Not Blind, I Just Can’t See': A Chat with the Blind Boys’ Ricky McKinnie

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Ricky McKinnie has been playing with the gospel legends The Blind Boys of Alabama for more than three decades, and that makes him one of the new guys. First recorded in the 1940s, the Blind Boys were known mostly to […]

‘Relentless': Natalie Grant’s Latest Album Rocks

posted by Kris Rasmussen

To be quite honest, sometimes I find it a little difficult to distinguish between one pretty, young, new contemporary Christian female artist and another. I miss the days of Leslie Phillips, Jennifer Knapp, and Maggie Becker at her best. So […]

Watch Kirk Franklin’s New Music Video: ‘Declaration (This Is It!)’

posted by dross

Check out gospel artist Kirk Franklin’s new music video, “Declaration (This Is It!)” off his album, “The Fight of My Life.” And be sure to check back with us in March when we feature an interview with the popular Christian […]

Listen to ‘Unbreakable’ by Fireflight

posted by dross

Due to the Writers’ Strike, filming of new episodes of last fall’s Bionic Woman was put on hiatus. However, now there’s rumors that the show may cancelled, though NBC has yet to confim this. One thing is for sure though, […]

Larry Norman: Don’t Believe What You Hear

posted by Paul O'Donnell

You may hear today about Larry Norman, who died last night at age 60. You’ll hear that he was the “Father of Christian Rock,” or that he was the genre’s Bob Dylan, or that with his death a chapter in […]

Sanctus Real: ‘We Need Each Other’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

It is a trend of many Christian music groups these days to find a niche in the mainstream market and distinguish themselves with an edge that helps distance them from that dreaded Contemporary Christian Music label. Pop rockers Sanctus Real […]

Christian Music Artists Share Dating Disasters

posted by Idol Chatter

With Valentine’s Day this week, expectations are high to pull of a perfect romantic date. With that in mind, I asked some Christian artists to share their all-time worst dating disasters. “My husband Joel was a busy youth pastor so […]

The Grammy’s Gospel Segment

posted by dross

In what was one of the highlights of last night’s Grammy Awards, Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin performed a moving deut of “Never Gonna Break My Faith” with gospel star BeBe Winans. In addition, gospel artists The Clark Sisters, Trin-I-Tee […]

Jaime Jamgochian Shows Fans How To Hear ‘Above the Noise’

posted by Idol Chatter

How can you hear God above the din of your daily life? That’s a question acclaimed worship artist Jaime Jamgochian (pronounced “jam-GO-shzun”) asked herself as she prepared to record her sophomore album from Centricity Records. Her 2005 debut album “Reason […]

Listen to Family Force 5’s ‘Face Down’

posted by dross

If you’re a fan of the rap rock/nu metal sound, you’ll like Family Force 5, formerly known as The Phamily and The Brothers. I’ve just been introduced to their music, and I must say, they’re winning me over. They sound […]

50th Annual Grammys Spotlight Gospel (What Is Gospel, Anyway?)

posted by dross

This Sunday night, February 10th, the music industry will hand out top honors when CBS airs the 50th annual Grammy Awards. I don’t watch award shows, but this is the 50th anniversary of the Grammys, after all. There’s plenty of […]

Listen to ‘Walk the World’ by Charlie Hall

posted by dross

In case you haven’t heard, today marks the release of the new praise and worship compilation album, “God of This City,” by Passion, a group of Christian musicians and speakers that form the Passion movement. Included on the album are […]

5 Christian Bands Making a Splash in The Mainstream

posted by Idol Chatter

Switchfoot and P.O.D helped pave the way for Christian artists to cross over into the mainstream market. Here are five more acts that got their start in the Christian industry but are currently making a splash in the mainstream: 1. […]

Country Stars Come Together On ‘How Great Thou Art’

posted by dross

More than a dozen of the greatest names in country music come together to celebrate the gospel classics that are a staple of the Grand Ole Opry on “How Great Thou Art: Gospel Favorites From The Grand Ole Opry,” releasing […]

Top 5 Ways To Love Your Neighbors by Sanctus Real

posted by idol chatter

After three albums, a string of hit singles (including six No. 1 songs and eleven Top 5 hits), major tours with some of the biggest names in the business, and various awards (including a Dove Award for Modern Rock Album […]

HeartSupport Tour Kicks off with Family Force 5

posted by Idol Chatter

I don’t know what it is that causes people to share the most intimate details of their personal lives with complete strangers, but I’ve had dozens of music artists tell me that it happens to them almost every night after […]

Enter to Win an Amy Grant Album or Poster

posted by dross

In celebration of Amy Grant’s newly released greatest hits CD, we’re giving away three copies of the album. And, as luck would have it, we recently did some office spring (er, winter) cleaning, and came across 10 awesome autographed Amy […]

CCM Announces They’ll Cease Print Publication

posted by Idol Chatter

In an announcement that surprised many (OK, at least the writers that run in my circle), Salem Communications announced last week that they are ceasing print publication of CCM Magazine. The final issue will be April 2008. For more than […]

Tween Sensation pureNRG Best Selling New Artist of 2007

posted by Idol Chatter

For a 40-something mom with a grown daughter, I have to confess that the whole tween scene is a bit too cutesy for my tastes, and I’ve never been a big fan of throwing kids into the limelight; we’ve seen […]

Amy Grant on Battling Holiday Depression

posted by dross

In her book, “Mosaic: Pieces of My Life So Far,” Christian music star Amy Grant talks about her battle with depression over the years. She mentions the winter months are a particularly rough time for her. “Maybe subconsciously that is […]

The Worship-Ness of Sigur Ros

posted by Patton Dodd

Most obvious is the overwhelming sense of awe that comes from Sigur Ros’ music. “The world is charged with the grandeur of God,” Gerard Manley Hopkins once wrote, and compositions like “I Gaer,” are charged with that same grandeur. Starting with a modest glockenspiel melody, the song suddenly cracks open like a raging electrical storm, a billowing frenzy of guitars and drums. The band is joined on many tracks by the Icelandic string quartet Amiina, and together, the musicians build songs that can only be described with breathless hyperbole and metaphor: angels dancing, birds soaring above clouds, flyover shots of glaciers. There’s such a hugeness to this music–the melodies are clearly in service of something more than entertainment or selling CDs.
Also, Sigur Ros understands how to create space for listeners to experience songs. This is true both because of the long moments of profound stillness in their music, and the openness with which their lyrics can be interpreted. While many of Birgisson’s lyrics are in Icelandic, some are also in a wordless vocal style he once called “Volenska” (usually translated as “Hopelandish”). There’s been a lot of unnecessary media hype about this “language,” but perhaps it’s close to what the Apostle Paul had in mind when he wrote of “groans too deep for words.” The lyrics to “Vaka” sound like this:

ee-sai-a-lo,
ee-so ee-saw-ee-slow,
ee-so …
you-shy-naw-no-ee-oh

What does that mean, exactly? Nothing, or maybe everything. “You saw the light?” “He saw you low?” “You shine on us?” Or something entirely different? Combine these vocals with the band’s aptitude for epic, reverent, hymn-like songs, and it seems Sigur Ros has given us a language for worship, a kind of less-spooky speaking in tongues.
“Hvarf/Heim,” along with the band’s last two albums, “( )” and “Takk,” are utterly burn-worthy. Listen, and before long, you’ll be singing along in your own language.

Burn, Bruce, Burn!

posted by Patton Dodd

Click Here to Listen to “Radio Nowhere” from “Magic” Doug Howe has already spread the good news of the new Bruce Springsteen album in this space, joining a chorus of hand-clapping reviewers since “Magic” debuted this fall. (A.O. Scott at […]

Radiohead’s Spiritual Business Model

posted by Patton Dodd

Here at Burn or Burn, we’ve been careful not to encourage dishonesty: you’ll notice that when we advise you to digitally burn a record, it’s as an extra copy, say for your car. We’re good citizens, and it is still […]

The Weakerthans Make Strong Music

posted by Idol Chatter

Have you noticed? There’s an intake of fresh oxygen being sucked into the collective lungs of Christians who love music. It’s finally time, it seems, for genuine Christian engagement with pop music – any pop music, made by anybody, sold […]

Iron and Wine’s Bible-Belt Music

posted by Patton Dodd

There are some things we just expect from certain musicians. We know Radiohead will give us postmodern technological alienation. We know Kanye West will give us pious braggadocio. And after five LP and EP releases, we’ve come to know that […]

Israel Houghton’s ‘Deeper Level’

posted by lmarcus

Occasional Idol Chatter contributor Nicole Symmonds has a great interview with Christian singer Israel Houghton. To prepare for the release of his new album, “A Deeper Level,” Houghton prayed, fasted, and connected with God. Click here for the interview.

Jars’ ‘Monsters': Better Than the Real Thing

posted by Paul O'Donnell

The last time I saw Jars of Clay live the highlight of the show was lead singer Dan Haseltine’s obstreperously slurping impression of a coffeehouse barista steaming milk—the bane of the moody, acoustically inclined band’s existence and, at that time, […]

Enter to Win: Daniel Kirkley’s New Album

posted by dross

New Christian pop artist Daniel Kirkley is causing a buzz in the Christian music industry with his latest album, “Let Love Win.” Christianity Today and others have compared the former pre-med college student’s sound to popular singer Josh Groban. In […]

Top 10 Underappreciated Christian Albums

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Infuze magazine has been running a fun Christian music retrospective over on their website called “The Top Twenty Underappreciated Christian Albums.” As I looked over their choices, I began to reminisce about some of my favorite, more eclectic, Christian music […]

Kids in the Way: “Love Hate Masquerade”

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Love hasn’t been kind to emo rock band Kids in the Way if the songs on their latest CD “Love Hate Masquerade” are any indication. Break-ups and heartache permeate every lyric, painting a portrait of futility tinged with a longing […]

Advanced Medicine: David Crowder Band’s ‘Remedy’

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Even for a Godrocker, David Crowder is unvarnished. His guitar lives for blaring anthems–”Amazing Grace” is his idea of an encore number–and his electric-socket hairstyle makes Matisyahu look metrosexual. By this measure, his latest album, “Remedy,” his first in two […]

Watch T-Bone’s Latest Music Video

posted by dross

Christian rapper, actor, and ordained minister, T-Bone is enjoying much success with his latest album, “Bone-A-Fide.” He was nominated for a Grammy this year for best Rock of Rap Gospel album–and was actually the first Christian rapper in history to […]

Max Lucado Defines 3:16 and 9-11

posted by Douglas Howe

9-11 and 3:16. What do those two numbers mean to you? For Max Lucado and his publishing teams, the first is the release date of a host of new products, and the second is the product itself. “What if hope […]

Casting Crowns Tops Billboard Chart

posted by Kris Rasmussen

It’s no surprise that the soundtrack for “High School Musical 2″ is at the top of the Billboard Top 200 chart this week, but what will no doubt cause a stir with at least some music industry execs is the […]

Enter to Win: Transistor Radio CD

posted by dross

Though you may not have heard of the Christian rock band Transistor Radio, they just might be praying for you. According to the band’s Myspace page, the band loves to accept prayer requests and gathers every Thursday to “pray and […]

Reader Responses: Staying on the Path (and Winning CDs)

posted by dross

When we began our Casting Crowns CD contest a couple of weeks ago–asking, “How do you stay on the Christian path?”–we expected a strong response, maybe 75 or 100 entries. “Strong” doesn’t begin to describe it, though: Nearly 800 of […]

Rilo Kiley Gives a Little Love

posted by Idol Chatter

Rilo Kiley seems like a weird choice for burn-or-burn scrutiny: Nobody from the band has publicly claimed to be religious, and they’re kind of potty-mouthed. But band member Jenny Lewis’ solo album, last year’s “Rabbit Fur Coat,” was mostly about […]

Casting Crowns’ New CD A Winner

posted by Douglas Howe

Their last two studio albums were platinum sellers and the Christian world–as well as many in the pop culture world–have been anxiously awaiting the newest Casting Crowns release, “The Altar and the Door.” An opportunity to win a pre-release copy […]

Enter to Win: New Casting Crowns CD

posted by dross

One of the year’s most anticipated Christian albums is set to hit stores August 28th–“The Altar and the Door”–by top-selling worship band, Casting Crowns. Beliefnet has five autographed copies of the album to give away. To enter, just post a […]

MxPx’s Latest Album Fizzles Out

posted by Idol Chatter

MxPx‘s first album, 1994’s “Pokinatcha,” was one of the first releases on Tooth and Nail Records, a label which has since become the juggernaut of Christian indie imprints. A few years back, MxPx and the label’s owner, Brandon Ebel, had […]

Common’s ‘Finding Forever': Reaching Across Religions

posted by nsymmonds

Ever since I heard Common‘s “Retrospect for Life,” a track off his 1997 release “One Day It’ll All Make Sense,” where he ruminates on the mistakes he made as a premature father, I fell in love. I loved his ability […]

BarlowGirl: Spiritual Songs with Purpose

posted by Douglas Howe

If you’re a person of faith looking for a great sound that you can share with your friends and kids–or if you’re a Christian who struggles to be bold and stand up for your faith–then BarlowGirl’s “How Can We Be […]

Mute Math: Is It Christian Music?

posted by Patton Dodd

A Burn or Burn profile of Mute Math almost writes itself. This is a band whose lead singer once fronted Earthsuit, a band with crystal clear Christian credentials. This is also a band who sued its label, Warner, when the […]

“Thirsty,” A Real Quencher

posted by nsymmonds

I could tell that “Thirsty,” Marvin Sapp’s seventh album, was going to be a hit from the cover alone. Sapp looked youthful and vibrant, and he had a sparkle in his eyes that hinted at things to come–which I found […]

Introducing ‘Burn or Burn’

posted by Patton Dodd

Growing up Christian means growing up conflicted about popular music. Different families and churches handle it in various ways, but it’s generally true that all secular music (What Everyone Listens To) is seen as either potentially dangerous or completely taboo, […]

‘Rush’ To Get This Album

posted by Idol Chatter

If you haven’t already heard about the up-and-coming Christian rock band Rush Of Fools, I highly suggest that you check them out as soon as possible. This five-man group from Nashville stepped into the spotlight by winning Band With A […]

Hymns Done Right: Old-School Style

posted by Douglas Howe

Singer Mary Donnelly Haskell has performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the pre-inaugural gala for President George W. Bush, and aboard the presidential yacht, Sequoia. The president certainly likes her music. And if you’re a fan of hymns […]

dc Talk: Rap? Rock? Pop? Right? Left? Good.

posted by Douglas Howe

The “Jesus Freaks” have grown up, as has their audience, a dynamic captured nicely in the new release entitled “dcTalk: Greatest Hits.” Since Christian songs often linger in terms of airplay, it actually takes a compilation CD such as this […]

StorySide:B Florida Rock Band Serves God

posted by Idol Chatter

Florida-based Christian rock band StorySide:B is serving up a fresh mix of musical talent with their new album, “We Are Not Alone,” a follow up to their 2005 debut, “Everything and More.” Comprised of guitarist/vocalist Lu Rubino, drummer Jordan Mohilowski, […]

Do You Look Like This Guy?

posted by dross

No, the guy to the right isn’t on the FBI’s Most Wanted list–though I’m sure with his wide eyes and poofy beard and hair, he’s been told more than once that he looks like a crazed madman. For those who […]

CCM magazine: A New Name, A New Direction?

posted by Paul O'Donnell

“In Christian music, ‘show business’ is an irrelevant concept,” a Christian singer said in CCM magazine recently. Her statement wasn’t meant as a criticism but a kind of brag, and until earlier this month, it could have served neatly as […]

Dustin Kensrue’s ‘Please Come Home': Johnny Cash Punk

posted by Idol Chatter

Below is a review of “Please Come Home,” the new solo album from singer Dustin Kensrue, frontman for post-hardcore band Thrice. It was the winning entry of a student writing contest at Biola University, a Christian evangelical school in Southern […]

Kassie DePaiva: It’s Our Life to Live

posted by Paul O'Donnell

There’s Christian theology, full of hope for redemption and miraculous conversions, and then there’s country music. On her witty, bluegrass-inflected album, “I Want to Love You,” (out this week) Kassie DePaiva sings about heartache and being down to your last […]

Who Represents Christianity in Hollywood?

posted by Douglas Howe

Beliefnet’s Dena Ross has a current story and gallery up, a feature on the Christian music artists. “According to Nielsen SoundScan, the Christian/gospel category was one of only four genres that saw its overall album sales grow last year,” she […]

‘American Idol': Christian Music Artist Wins Song Writing Contest

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Furthering the conspiracy theory that Christians are scewing the results of this year’s “American Idol” finale, the song that won this year’s first-ever “American Idol” songwriting contest and sung by finalist Blake Lewis was written by a longtime Christian music […]

Dove Awards at GMA Week 2007

posted by Kris Rasmussen

The Gospel Music Association celebrates the many faces and voices of contemporary Christian music this week with the 38th annual Dove Awards. While the award ceremony is Wednesday evening , it won’t air in (limited) national syndication until next month. […]

Lisa Lynne Mathis: An ‘Anchor’ for Tough Times

posted by dross

In the wake of the Virginia Tech shootings, many people—particularly those who survived the tragedy or were directly affected by it—are leaning on their faith to cope, while others may be questioning their spiritual beliefs. (“Why did God let this […]

Nicole C. Mullen Plants “Seed” of Faith

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Listening to pop/gospel artist Nicole C. Mullen’s powerful vocal gymnastics on songs like “Call on Jesus” and “Redeemer” has long been an antidote for lifting my spirits whenever I’m feeling a little blue. So it was difficult not to feel […]

Third Day: More Than Christian Rock

posted by Paul O'Donnell

There’s more than one moment on Third Day’s retrospective album “Chronology: Volume One,” that so masterfully combines pain and hope, delicate lyrics and anthem rock, that you ask yourself, “How do they do that?” And then you remind yourself: “Oh […]

TobyMac’s Unanchored ‘Portable Sounds’

posted by Paul O'Donnell

As a Christian rocker, TobyMac owes nobody anything. In the 90s as a founder of the rock-rap trio dc Talk, he wrote the group’s signature song, “Jesus Freak,” and imported mainstream producers to make dc Talk’s albums and videos. He […]

FFH Walks a Spiritually Musical Path

posted by Idol Chatter

If you’re a spiritually minded person who enjoys a fresh music sound that inspires, check out FFH’s current album, “Far From Home (The FFH Collection).” Unlike some other bands of their kind, FFH manages to maintain a consistently fresh sound–every […]

Alabama’s ‘Songs of Inspiration’

posted by Idol Chatter

Alabama’s “Songs of Inspiration II” album starts with a wonderful spiritual posture: “I’m a pilgrim and a stranger, travelin’ through this wearisome land.” Then comes the familiar country gospel refrain: “I gotta home in that yonder city, good Lord, and […]

John Waller Debuts on the CCM Worship Scene

posted by Kris Rasmussen

It’s impossible for me to think of a more oversaturated section of the contemporary Christian music market than the adult contemporary/worship genre, but John Waller–a worship leader and former member of the group “According to John”–has entered that arena with […]

TobyMac ‘Sounds’ Off

posted by Kris Rasmussen

In an industry where artists are increasingly trying to redefine themselves just to stay alive, contemporary Christian music artist TobyMac is the only singer from DC Talk, a Christian boy band of the early 90s, who has made a successful […]

David & Goliath’s Music Video

posted by Idol Chatter

A hilarious retelling of the David and Goliath story, set to Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” The song, called “Bethlehemian Rhapsody,” is by a Christian parody band called The Apologetix; the video is by some creative high school students:

Putting the “Cross” in Crossover

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

Relient K is a Christian band. Like Switchfoot, they have managed a tricky crossover from the Christian market into the mainstream. But according to a Monsters and Critics interview, their lead vocalist/songwriter Matt Thiessen doesn’t enjoy the segregation. “We view […]

Crowder Draws a Crowd

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Okay, so Internet polls are scientifically suspect–only the Oscars are as susceptible to email campaigns, multiple votes, and people voting blindly for artists they’ve never seen. But the audience for MSN’s Music Artist of the Year is so large and […]

Caroling with the Stars

posted by mkress

The holiday season means it’s busy time here at Beliefnet, and there are a couple of new features that we think Idol Chatter readers will love. The first is Caroling with the Stars–music from some of the year’s best celebrity […]

Let Kirk Out

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Kirk Franklin just won the American Music Award in the Contemporary Inspirational category, adding to his crowded shelf of Gospel Music Association Dove Awards and Gospel Grammys. Yay, Kirk! In fact, his fellow nominees in the categories are very deserving […]

Jon Bon Jesuits

posted by jmcgee

For anyone raised Catholic, this video of Jesuit priests lip-syncing Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer” is a special blessing. And yes, wacky wigs notwithstanding, all the men are real priests: here’s the very buttoned-down bio of one. Ad Majorem […]

No Flash in the Pancreas

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Full disclosure: I’ve never been much of an Audio Adrenaline fan. First of all the name. Adrenaline is a hormone, a glandular fluid that enters the bloodstream for a short-term or circumscribed effect. It didn’t promise much in the way […]

Hello MercyMe, Goodbye Audio Adrenaline

posted by shuang

New Yorkers jumped, screamed, raised their hands, and waved their arms at the Nokia Theatre in New York City on Sunday night as MercyMe headlined a concert with newcomer Phil Wickham (whose voice evokes a bit of Jason Wade from […]

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