Faster than you can say: ‘Hey! Ho! Let’s go!,’ self-taught drummer Marky Ramone continues to rock out his legacy as the last member of the most iconic punk bands in history. In his book, Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as […]
Faster than you can say: ‘Hey! Ho! Let’s go!,’ self-taught drummer Marky Ramone continues to rock out his legacy as the last member of the most iconic punk bands in history. In his book, Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as […]
The wait is over! In collaboration with NBC’s Television event series A.D. THE BIBLE CONTINUES, the Dove Award-winning, Grammy-nominated Christian pop-rock band Newsboys has created a new music video set to their hit “We Believe,” incorporating never before seen footage […]
Vocalist Susan Boyle was reportedly diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome a year ago by a Scottish specialist.But she’s more than comfortable about the diagnoses and described it as “a relief.” Asperger’s syndrome is a high-functioning form of autism it usually impedes […]
Former American Idol judge Paula Abdul was raised in the Jewish faith longed for an opportunity to visit the Holy Land as a tourist and will finally get her wish on a 10-day trip to Israel. She also wanted to […]
If you’ve been following music at Beliefnet for awhile then you know that I think an awful lot of a capella pop group Pentatonix. Since winning NBC’s The Sing-Off with their impressive take on a capella pop the group has […]
Every now and then an artist comes along who makes you look at the world differently. For some, that artist will be Friar Alessandro. The friar, who gave up everything in service of God, is now sharing his incredible vocal […]
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 […]
Travis Ryan, worship pastor at Saddleback Church, has a brand new worship album out called “Fearless” with a wonderful single on it, “Jesus Precious Jesus.” You can listen to a sample of the song (it’s great!) and download the single […]
Switchfoot performing on the Tonight Show Switchfoot’s debut album Legend of Chin came out in 1997, it was a fun, anthemic rock album that stretched the boundaries of Christian rock. Fourteen years later, the band is still bringing it. Seeing […]
Monday night myself and fellow Entertainment editor Evan Derrick decided to take in a show by current electronic pop favorites Owl City. You may know Owl City from the hook-laden, modern pop hit “Fireflies,” which took summer radio by storm […]
Christian recording artist and worship leader Chris Tomlin has a brand new CD of his greatest worship songs coming out, and here’s your chance to win a copy! The new album is called How Great is Our God: The Essential […]
I originally saw this over at Movie Mom’s blog, run by the lovely Nell Minnow, and I knew I just had to share it with our Idol Chatter readers. Trevor Jackson is only 14 but he both sounds and moves […]
Our music editor, Stephen Russ, put together a sweet top 10 list of inspiring songs about America just in time for 4th of July weekend. “Born in the USA” is obviously on there, as well as tunes by Neil Diamond […]
by Amy and Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas A skate boarder empowers kids, a green musician is honored and a movie star spits for a good cause. Here are this week’s most inspirational pop culture moments.
Hit “Like” to share this post with your friends! NBC’s The Voice crowned it’s first champion tonight. In an extremely competitive voting finish, and Javier Colon took home the prize! Javier stunned America from the very beginning of the show […]
Hit LIKE to share! This little boy loves the Warblers, the male prep school glee club that featured prominently in Season 2 of Fox’s hit show, and he has the moves (and costume) to prove it. His parents are going […]
by Amy and Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas A rock star unites with puppets, an author urges fans to light a candle and a TV mainstay turns to the world wide web. Here are this week’s most inspirational pop culture […]
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by Amy and Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas An Olympic champion sees the impact, heavy metal stars rock out for Armenia and a celebrity chef stages a Food Revolution. Here are this week’s most inspirational pop culture moments. Apolo Ohno […]
While most of the attention for “Soul Surfer” has focused on the real-life inspiration for the movie, Bethany Hamilton, or the actress who plays her , Anna Sophia Robb, there is one other person whose movie career might benefit from […]
I really needed a pick-me-up this morning to get me through the last day before the weekend and thankfully I found it when I was watching CBS this morning. Their morning show featured a rather lengthy interview and performance with a […]
Big celebs gather to same the planet before it’s “going, going, gone,” stars rally for survivors in Japan and an actor takes a walk for leukemia and lymphoma. The Planet is Going, Going, Gone The Bid to Save the Earth […]
Oh yes, I saw The Book of Mormon musical last night, with Beliefnet’s very own blogging Mormon, Jana Riess, (can I say that? or am I still under the influence of South Park’s Trey Parker and Matt Stone and their […]
Keith and Kristyn Getty are contemporary Irish hymn writers, and this St. Patrick’s day they’re giving away three different hymns as well as the accompanying sheet music. Each of the three hymns – “Behold the Lamb,” “The Power of the […]
Yahoo. This evening I am headed first to dinner with my lovely friend, Jana Riess, (of Flunking Sainthood), and then we are off to see Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s The Book of Mormon musical on Broadway! It’s still in […]
I like Jay-Z’s music (for the most part) and for this I am in good company. His god-complex is a bit overwhelming, however, and I have difficulty with folks who collapse faith with financial prosperity, as Zack O’Malley Greenburg’s book, […]
By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture PassionistasA mogul turned reality show host gets roasted, a country band gives back and an undercover millionaire helps the poor. Here are this week’s most inspirational pop culture moments.Donald Trump Gets RoastedDonald Trump […]
by Amy and Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas A celebrity chef sheds light on a still devastated nation, an Oscar winning movie gives one charity a boost and a potential Idol loses himself in music. Anthony Bourdain Has No Reservations […]
Chris Medina, recent Idol hopeful who unfortunately didn’t make it through Hollywood week, was on Ryan Seacrest’s radio program today to discuss Idol and his new single when he received a happy shock. Medina’s fiancÃ©e, Juliana, was injured in a […]
By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas A reality judge opens her heart, a TV icon is honored by the Queen and a news anchor shares extraordinary advice. Here are this week’s most inspirational pop culture moments. “American Idol”: […]
Perhaps this isn’t so surprising? But The New York Times seems rather already in love with this, well, not-so-traditional musical interpretation of the sacred texts of Mormonism by the creators of ‘South Park,’ Trey Stone and Matt Parker. Just this […]
by Amy and Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas A Golden Globe-nominated actress helps clean up schools, a game show host says “come on down” to some four legged friends in need and an ’80s icon helps boost local spirits. Julianne […]
No, it’s not a joke! The creators of ‘South Park,’ Trey Parker and Matt Stone, have turned the Book of Mormon into a musical that will have its debut on Broadway next month. Given the South Park folks penchant for […]
By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas Some famous women don red dresses for heart health, other stars create tiny art for school kids and a legend is honored for philanthropy. Here are this week’s most inspirational pop culture […]
21 year old James Durbin has had a rough life. Although he gets his musical ability from his father, he never had a chance to really know him – he overdosed on drugs when James was young. “I didn’t get […]
26 year old Emily Anne Reed received a phone call last week that no one wants to hear: “Your house is on fire.” She ran home from her job in Arlington, VA to discover only ashes. Standing on the Idol […]
A horrific accident almost took his life, but Stefano Langone was too tough to give up. It took 4 months of intensive therapy to recover, but his passion for music and the piano lit a fire inside of him that […]
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 […]
The group Committed has released a new song.
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 […]
You won’t see any videos of Paris Tassin singing on Youtube, she’s far too busy caring for her 4 year old special needs daughter, Keira. At 18 years of age, Paris was faced with an unplanned pregnancy and as if […]
As the first episode of American Idol season 10 came to a close, a shy but calmly confident 16 year old from the Bronx took the audition stage. He’s not your average 16 year old kid. He has a twin […]
Elizabeth Hughes, 8, made her national anthem debut for the Tampa Bay Lightning’s, affiliate (AHL Norfolk Admirals) during a home game against the Connecticut Whale (Rangers) last Friday night. How it started was amazing. Hughes has a voice of an […]
Butterflies threatened to overwhelm Brooke White’s stomach when she first stepped onto the stage of American Idol during its seventh season. After conquering them and making it all the way to the Top 5, one might think that butterflies would […]
By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas A “Biggest Loser” pays it forward, a kid honors his dad’s musical legacy and a wrestling star pays tribute to the troops. Here are this week’s most inspirational pop culture moments. The […]
Committed is a gospel group featured on “The SIng Off’ and they are not to be missed.
by Amy and Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture PassionistasJack Black and Jason Segel — The Next David Bowie and Bing Crosby?One of our favorite Christmas traditions is watching Bing Crosby and David Bowie’s classic “Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy” performance. The […]
I have posted on some great new finds on just-released Christmas music already this season, but because I am a Christmas music junkie, I now need to add a few more must-listen-to Christmas songs to that list that have been […]
By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture PassionistasA rock star shares his family’s tragic history, a child star gives back and a TV network stands up against discrimination. Here are this week’s most inspirational pop culture moments.Gene Simmons Share His […]
Over the Rhine’s latest is their best.
By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas A TV star reunites a family, a movie star helps feed hungry kids, and GLAAD auctions off some high-class art. Here are this week’s most inspirational pop culture moments. “Brothers and Sisters’” […]
Here are some new Christmas releases.
By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas A famous director shares more thoughts on aging, a musician rocks out on the golf course, and Movember gets hairy. Here are this week’s most inspirational pop culture moments. Nora Ephron: Telling […]
The journey from rapper to prison inmate for trying to gun someone down in a club back to rapper to Orthodox Jew in Israel may not be a likely story but it’s a true one for the rapper Shyne, friend […]
Who doesn’t love Taylor Swift? And who didn’t get upset about the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards spectacle between Kanye West and Swift, when he virtually humiliated her before she accepted her award on live television? Awful. Especially because she’s […]
Kanye is still trying to apologize to Taylor Swift.
Will late-in-life singing phenom Susan Boyle bring tears to the Pope’s eyes, just like she’s done for so many millions the world over? We will soon find out, since Boyle is set to “to sing her signature song” as Time […]
By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas This week a movie star prepares to break her long silence for a good cause, a “Choir” goes to Royal Albert Hall, and a rock star tribute benefits War Torn Countries. Here […]
If I told you I watched a concert with a hip guy wearing a sequined covered suit with a band full of old white guys in matching dress–crooning in their version of a rockabilly style–you’d probably think I had bought […]
By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas This week a charitable rocker gets a town named after him, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” gives back, and John Lennon sends some posthumous advice. Here are this week’s most inspirational […]
Pop phenom Katy Perry’s evangelical Christian background is infamous at this point, since it seems to contradict her conduct, choice of attire, and all around image. So I suppose it comes as no surprise that she’s the cover story of […]
By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas This week a musician considers a run for Haitian President, a self-help superstar mends broken spirits, and a “Little House on the Prairie” alum works to PROTECT children. Here are this week’s […]
I saw the best concert of the Summer Season last night and I hope you’ll get a chance to as well. The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra is touring the United States as part of its current world tour with…Sting! Yes […]
Singer Katy Perry recently went on a French radio show and spoke about the controversy around Lady Gaga’s new music video “Alejandro,” in which the flamboyant artist swallows a rosary, wears a red rubber nun’s robe, and simulates sex, among […]
Christian Newswire director claims that the once unstoppable “American Idol” has seen its ratings drop thanks to new judge “lesbian activist” Ellen DeGeneres, but is he conveniently ignoring “Idol’s” gayness?
Lee DeWyze pulls a surprising upset on the “American Idol” season nine finale and we’re just upset that Simon is leaving.
Carly Simon just released a new music video to her classic song “You’re So Vain.”The singer held a contest, inviting fans and filmmakers to create the video concept. Brett Bisogno created the winning video, featuring a dancing Hasidic Jew on […]
If you like HBO’s new series “Treme” about musicians in New Orleans struggling to rebuild their city post-Katrina, you’ll love the documentary “Music Rising.” The documentary follows musicians dedicated to helping New Orleans residents replace musical instruments detroyed by the […]
The Academy of Country Music had its annual awards ceremony on Sunday and the big surprise was that Taylor Swift–who was nominated in a number of categories and has picked up a bunch of awards over the past tear–walked away […]
After decades, the Vatican absolves the Beatles.
Yippee, woohoo: ‘Glee’ returns tomorrow night, Tuesday, for its spring run of episodes after what has felt like the longest hiatus ever. Over the last few months without my weekly ‘Glee’ episode my life has been without song! Without a […]
A young man’s appearance on the Taiwanese talent show “Super Star Ave.” has the Internet abuzz. His performance of Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” is shockingly weird/awesome.Check it out:
Are you a fan of Christian music star Amy Grant? If so, you may want to check out “Somewhere Down the Road” (read Paul O’Donnell’s review here), her first new album in seven years, which releases on March 30, 2010. […]
I’m going to make this post short and sweet, unlike the torturous “American Idol” performances I’ve forced myself to sit through the past few weeks: This season of “Idol” has been terrible. Usually, nestled in amongst the talent and the […]
One of the most underwhelming Oscar shows of all-time sure stood in contrast to perhaps the most significant–if, indeed, the last–of the Barbara Walters Specials. I was on the West Coast so I watched it after the Oscars and, yikes, […]
Marie Osmond’s son committed suicide in LA this past weekend.
Most critics admire Johnny Cash for being a one-of-a-kind singer who has blazed trails artistically in both life and in death. His decades-spanning, multi-generation-influencing career has lasted longer than other greats like The Beatles and Elvis, to name a few. […]
TV and film actors gathered for the Movieguide Faith and Value Awards to recognize the best family-friendly movies and TV shows of the previous year.
Jesus was gay. At least, that’s what Sir Elton John believes, as stated in his recent Parade magazine interview. And the real shame of it is that he said seven things about Jesus, six of which I couldn’t have agreed […]
JDub Records announced the official release date of “Let’s Go Coconuts!,” the debut album by inaugural JDub Kids band The Macaroons.
USA for Africa reforms with today’s celebrities to rerecord 1985’s “We Are the World” and raise funds for Haiti.
With the Grammy Awards coming up Sunday, I got to thinking that of all of the plethora of categories and veritable cornucopia of nominated songs, the event is missing what I’d consider to be the most important and relevant category. […]
Of all of the “best of” posts, articles, surveys and stories that have marked the end of this year and decade, perhaps none captured the state of pop culture more than USA Today’s headline story Thursday. “Nobodies walk the path […]
A divine musical union could be in the works for 2010 if wild and edgy pop singer <a href="http://www.ladygaga.com/badromance/defaultdb.aspx" target="_blank" >ady Gagacollaborates with classic and homespun Susan Boyle. The Sun quotes Lady Gaga admiring the “Britain’s Got Talent” star: “I love […]
A review of some new (and nearly new) Hanukkah songs.
Are you ready to rock??? Presenting…ABBA! If those two sentences are confusing you, you’re not alone. Today, the LA Times announced that ABBA – among others, including the less shrug-inducing Genesis, The (almost Air Supply sounding) Hollies, reggae-ska-pop artist Jimmy […]
Academics are known to get geeky about popular culture, especially if we’re talking about the mythologies of Joss Whedon across his many shows, especially Buffy, or anything to do with Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and lately, professors are […]
Max Weinberg, of “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien,” responds in song to Orrin Hatch’s “Eight Days of Hanukkah” song.
When I first heard that Bob Dylan was releasing a Christmas album, I didn’t feel much enthusiasm for the idea. Then I listened to a few tracks of “Christmas in the Heart” and my feelings were confirmed. Dylan’s raspy vocals […]
Does the sweet, bluesy, jazzy sound of Norah Jones’ music soothe your soul? If so, you’ll love our latest giveaway. We have one copy of Norah Jones’ new album “The Fall,” plus a lithograph of the album to give away. […]
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 […]
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 […]
Guster and the Zambonis spawned The LeeVees, a band that played Hanukkah rock songs; then The LeeVees birthed The Macaroons, a band that plays Jewish rock for kids.
Susan Boyle’s debut is a bestseller and she is using the limelight to speak out about her past
You might not recognize the name Jessica Harp, but you might recognize the name “The Wreckers,” the country-rock duo Jessica Harp formed with Michelle Branch between 2005-2007. Earlier this summer, I saw Jessica Harp perform to a crowded, small venue […]
A list of musicians who have famously stayed clean and sober after fighting drug addictions.
I had the chance to see “This is It” in Los Angeles this week. And I’m still trying to figure out how I feel about it. It seems like just a little while ago that I was watching news stories […]
Kanye West has found God. Okay, that’s not entirely accurate. Kanye West is searching for God. Or some inner peace. News broke last week that the 32-year old VMA stage crasher was heading to India to spend a month in […]
As if having one of the more creative titles wasn’t enough to fuel a ton of marketing, Dave Matthews and his “Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King” tunes have been showing up everywhere around me. And I’m lovin’ it. Dave […]
The duo that became famous in the movie “Once” has a new album out called “Strict Joy.”
One of Glee’s Jewish characters sings a song in tribute to a Jewish musical icon.
Madonna, is of course, perpetually associated with religious controversy. My particular favorite in her repertoire was her live performance of a woman on the cross from her 2006 Confessions Tour, while she sang “Live to Tell.” I even did a […]
“Hannah Montana” star Miley Cyrus’ decision to stop Twittering raised such a furor that you would have thought that Walter Cronkite had refused to read the news during the Vietnam War. Ok, so it wasn’t quite that serious, but everyone […]
Former Pedro the Lion singer David Bazan has a new album out.
Solitary, spare in his poetry and his person, the writer and musician Jim Carroll, who died last week at age 60, was never easy to take as an artist. His songs were punk rants, his poems drug-scorched versions of Frank […]
By now you’ve heard that Patrick Swayze has died. He described himself as a spiritual “seeker.” And you’ve probably read or heard or watched quite a bit about his life. Allow me to add these few words, a few which […]
I bemoaned last year’s MTV Video Music Awards as lacking the usual raucousness usually associated with the water cooler-worthy awards show. But last night’s VMAs, hosted once again by British comedian Russell Brand, didn’t disappoint. Intended to be a fitting […]
Last year I wrote about the predictability of rock radio’s holiday countdowns of the best songs ever, which, seemingly by an Act of Congress, year after year anointed Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” the Greatest Tune Ever Played. This Labor […]
Some of the most beloved popular songs of the last 40 years are chock full of spiritual themes. How much do you really know about pop music? Take our quiz!
Lady Gaga’s excited to be in Israel and to visit Jerusalem. So much so that she’s promised to “tone it down” for Israeli fans.
Where did rock ‘n roll come from? Campfire hootinannies down south in the 1940s, sure. From Elvis’s hips. From the Beatles’ insanely inventive recording sessions. But most of all, it came from a guitar player and electronic tinkerer named Les […]
Everyone is upset that Miley Cyrus was “pole dancing” at the Teen Choice Awards. But why doesn’t anyone care that convicted rapist Mike Tyson was on the show?
If you can’t do, teach. And if you can’t sing, make a Christmas album. The latter adage has been proven again by the announcement that Pope Benedict XVI will join Regis Philbin, Colonel Sanders, and The Brady Bunch in releasing […]
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.
By Ariadne Green, dream expert On the afternoon of June 26th, Michael Jackson danced through the gates of heaven. I had a dream announcing his death the night before it happened. I was “dreamwalking” through Neverland mansion taking in the […]
Can’t get enough of Michael Jackson now that he’s gone? If you liked Beliefnet’s recent quiz on Michael Jackson’s Spiritual Lyrics, here is another quiz for you to check out: The Pop Gospel According to Michael Jackson by David Buckna. […]
I am no flash in the pan Susan Boyle fan. I have been following her rising star with both interest and anxiety as she has navigated life after being runner-up on “Britain’s Got Talent.” Overnight singing sensation Boyle was hospitalized […]
Over on Steven Waldman’s blog he has a great post on his favorite embarrassing songs. He defines such music as “songs I secretly play when I’m alone that I know would mark me as a) unsophisticated b) sappy and c) […]
Earlier today, Beastie Boy Adam “MCA” Yauch explained– via YouTube video clip– that he had been diagnosed with salivary gland cancer and would be canceling several dates in their upcoming tour schedule. While promoting their upcoming album in Europe, Yauch […]
Jimmy Carter, it seems, believes in the separation between church and rock. The former president, whose 1976 White House campaign saw both performances by the Allman Brothers Band and the introduction of the term “born again” to the Washington media’s […]
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 […]
Although the world still mourns the loss of Michael Jackson, his music will certainly live on. And while so many have enjoyed his songs for years, it’s easy to overlook the depth of his lyrics–which often contain positive references to […]
Michael Jackson’s been gone two weeks. There have been insane outpourings of sympathy and invective from fans and haters, respectively. There’s been one of what will likely be many memorials, that had locals grumbling about the cost to the state […]
What do the Beatles, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and Whitney Houston all have in common? Ken Mansfield. A former record executive who raced through the ’60s and ’70s on big expense accounts and marijuana-scented tour buses, Mansfield worked for them […]
Apparently death isn’t a strong news story if there’s too many at one time. I fear our pop culture has become such a strong force in our nation that it may have more of an impact than it should upon […]
In 2001, a year after he wrote an essay for Beliefnet about growing up as a Jehovah’s Witness, Michael Jackson participated in an online audio chat sponsored by GetMusic.com and RollingStone.com and moderated by writer Anthony DeCurtis. In it, he […]
Looks like the oldest JoBro is ready to give up his purity ring. People.com reports that Kevin, 21, proposed to his girlfriend of two years, Danielle Deleasa, 22, on Wednesday with a custom-designed engagement ring. The two lovebirds met while […]
In typical fashion, this year’s BET Awards were a mishmash of randomness–not enough awards, too many sub-par performances and, even for a night that was to be dedicated to the late great King of Pop, Michael Jackson, it was barely […]
Back when making music videos was an art form and a must for anyone hoping for chart-topping releases, Michael Jackson took it to another level. VH1 celebrated him with a full weekend of retrospective videos and provided viewers the chance […]
The legacy of Michael Jackson continues as the memory of his passing still remains fresh in our minds. Say a prayer for him and for the Jacksons as they grieve and mourn the death of a son, a brother, and […]
My heart goes out to the families, friends and fans of Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Ed McMahon, and Billy Mays. I’m not sure I can remember a time when four celebrities passed away so close to each other, and it’s […]
Michael Jackson’s music is everywhere in the air in New York City today. Walking along this morning, his songs were pouring into the streets from the doorways of shops. There was a crowd of about ten people, outside, singing “I’ll […]
I join with the legions who are mourning the death of Michael Jackson today. As Neil Diamond would have written–and will likely add to his stage version of the song–Michael is “Done Too Soon.” His was a genius that went […]
Rapper Chris Brown has copped a deal after pleading guilty to one felony count of assault on ex-girlfriend, singer Rihanna. He received probation, community service, and will need to attend domestic-violence counseling. He faced more than 4 years in jail […]
This film, based on the 1980 movie of the same name, follows talented students studying performing arts at a New York City high school. The movie is set to release September 25, 2009
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 […]
It’s that time of year for road trips, day trips to the beach, picnics, and other warm weather activities. And of course, to go along with all of that summertime fun, what’s better than some fun music? My personal playlist […]
In this musical, Daniel Day-Lewis stars as a director going through a mid-life crisis, who struggles to complete a film. The all-star cast also includes Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz, Kate Hudson, Sophia Loren, Judi Dench, and many others. The film […]
Thanks to Holly Rossi over at Fresh Living, for pointing out this wonderful music video created by a British couple at their wedding. Most (if not all) of the wedding party participated in lip-syncing the classic Queen song, “Don’t Stop […]
More disturbing than witnessing Sasha Baron Cohen land in Eminem’s lap during the MTV Movie Awards, is watching purity-ring-wearing Joe Jonas dance around in a leotard and heels, lip syncing Beyonce’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” in an […]
One of my teenage daughters recently asked me if I’d heard that “Jennifer Hudson was preggers?” Being the responsible journalist that I am, I was able to confirm the report at several sites including ones here and here. I believe […]
The MTV Movie Awards have always been wild, but I found myself in one of two places last night and I can’t figure out which. Either I’m everything I never wanted to become in terms of being like my parents […]
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 […]
On the “Stuff Christians Like” blog website the other day, “Prodigal” Jon Acuff tries to come up with a “Christian Secular Culture Disclaimer“–a boilerplate excuse-me phrase like “Spoiler Alert!” or NSFW (“Not safe for work”) that appears to warn Christians […]
I stopped writing about Christian music full-time several years ago, mainly because I became tired of using words like “fresh,” “innovative,” or “inspired” for music that often wasn’t. In fact, it is a rare occurrence these days when I feel […]
Yufuf Islam, the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens, made an appearance on “The Colbert Report” earlier this week to promote his new album, “Roadsinger.”Apparently, the Muslim singer is going by his first name only these days as he “prefers […]
According to some reports, Madonna is going to marry Jesus (no, not that one)–and may have already done so over the weekend. In between a fling with A-Rod and an attempt to adopt another child from Malawi, Material Girl Madge […]
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 […]
“Hannah Montana” star Miley Cyrus has had her share of controvesy over the past year. Cyrus, now 16, posed for what some called “too sexy” photos for Annie Leibovitz and Vanity Fair back in 2008. Plus other personal photos of […]
Pete Seeger, the great American folksinger, just turned 90 years old. Pete is a great believer in the power of music to bring people together. So what better way to celebrate his birthday than a sing-along with more than 15,000 […]
David Cook, 2008’s “American Idol” winner’s brother has died after a battle with brain cancer. Cook announced his brother Adam’s death yesterday during a benefit run for the National Brain Tumor Society where he was the Grand Marshall. You may […]
In the world of music and pop culture, the question “Is Tupac really dead?” will generate as many answers and explainations as “Is there a God?” and “What’s the meaning of life?” Everyone has an opinion. According to media reports […]
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” […]
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 […]
Bono of U2 is certainly known for his works (of activism, that is) and his music has always been known for its Christian influence–but Bono the Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times? Taking a place alongside the likes of […]
Like the rest of the world (or most of it), I am obsessively following talk of Susan Boyle–her glorious singing voice and her inspirational story (though I am the avoiding makeover talk because it is unfortunate and unnecessary.) And I’m […]
America loves Adam Lambert. As well they should, because the dude has serious stage presence and amazing vocal range and energy. But what many “Fanberts” (I’m coining that phrase now) might not have known is that he can also take […]
Along with the rest of America, I was immediately captivated by Susan Boyle’s inspiring performance on “Britain’s Got Talent.” Yet I am equally as dismayed at how quickly the discussion of Ms. Boyle’s extreme makeover has taken off. What made […]
As was to be expected, now that overnight singing sensation Susan Boyle has won over the hearts of the “Britain’s Got Talent” judges–as well as almost anyone who’s seen her performance–many are speculating that the show’s producers are going to […]
Reason #759 to hate John Mayer. According to sources who spoke with the New York Post’s Page Six, When Mayer and Simpson were dating, he was really with her for her looks and preferred it when she was quiet. John […]
I returned to folk artist Bruce Cockburn’s music a couple of years ago when he released“Life Short Call Now,” one of the best recordings I listened to that year. Now Cockburn has a new two CD live set called “Slice […]
In honor of Passover, check out this hilarious (and well done!) music video detailing all the wonderful things you can do with unleavened bread.
I recently posted a list of songs to celebrate the coming of spring, but I am already going to alter that list and add one more song. One of my favorite artisits, Sam Phillips, is offfering a free download of […]
To say I have spring fever right now is an understatement. I still have snow outside my window but no, I cannot see Russia from my house. Spring still seems a long way away to me even though it may […]
Thank you Perez Hilton for reminding me that 14 years ago today, the world lost one of the most talented female artists to ever cross over between Tejano music and English pop music, Selena Quintanilla-PÃ©rez. Although I cannot say that […]
Musician Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu, the bass player for Korn, who recently came out publically as a Christian in a new book, “Got the Life: My Journey of Addiction, Faith, Recovery, and Korn.” You may remember a few years ago, another […]
When I think of Muslim musicians, the genres of hip hop, rap, maybe a little rock, and of course the more religious category of nasheeds and Sufi-type music come to mind. But what about country? Putting aside the whole huge […]
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 […]
And more of this month in Christian celebrity infidelity… First Jon Gosselin and now LeAnn Rimes? According to US Weekly, married singer Rimes is having an affair with married actor Eddie Cibrian, whom she met on the set of a […]
I’m not going to pretend that I’ve been following “American Idol” this season (Joanne Brokaw over at Gospel Soundcheck has been doing a very good job at that), but when I heard one of the finalists, Adam Lambert, covered one […]
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 […]
Twenty-five years later, and the “Spinal Tap” gang is getting the band back together. The trio at the core of Spinal Tap, a fake heavy metal band profiled in the mockumentary “This is Spinal Tap,” Harry Shearer, Christopher Guest and […]
One of the most successful rock bands in history certainly knows how to exploit today’s technology. Though U2’s first recording in over four years is scheduled to debut on March 3, “No Line on the Horizon” is already getting rave […]
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 […]
Jermaine Jakes, son of prominent Christian author, pastor, filmmaker and music artist T.D. Jakes has been arrested in an undercover sex sting in Dallas. Joanne Brokaw over at Gospel Soundcheck has the scoop.
As more information gets released about the alleged domestic violence situation between Chris Brown and Rihanna, we will be in the position to do one of two things, continue to gawk and be fascinated with it, sharing every detail we […]
I’m betraying myself as incorrigibly uncool by mentioning this, but David Byrne has a couple of new albums out. “Everything That Happens Will Happen Today,” made with Brian Eno, slunk onto the web last August with the lack of fanfare […]
I’m a music lover, and believe it can bring so much inspiration in times of trials and challenges. And music of faith is as wonderful as it is essential. And so it is that I was disappointed during most of […]
Still in the early going, the Grammys telecast has a savvy mix of blasphemy and gospel going. Notice how Kid Rock dressed as a parson and sang “Rock and Roll Jesus,” followed (after a palate cleanser of pure spun sugar […]
With Valentine’s Day approaching–and in these days of mp3 and YouTube technology where you can watch and listen to oldies as easy as today’s tunes–we thought it’d be great to name the Top 15 Most Inspiring Love Songs of all-time. […]
The poor Grammys have a tough road. (If you don’t know what the Grammys are, then that will prove my point even further!) January is a pop culture tour de force, complete with the Golden Globe Awards, the launch of […]
One of the most raw and inspiring concert performers of our time is Bruce Springsteen, and one of the most recognizably tight bands of all time is his E Street Band. As such, tickets to the concerts are expensive and […]
The New York Times has a story about Muslim punk rockers, the amazing life-imitates-art phenomenon of “The Taqwacores,” a novel by Michael Muhammad Knight. They didn’t exist until Knight’s novel started circulating in the Muslim teen community. “This book helped me […]
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 […]
“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 […]
I just came across this in my inbox and it’s something I’d love to share. Billboard is giving away free music to enlisted members of the U.S. Army (I’ll ignore for now the fact that this giveaway doesn’t include the […]
Enya’s seventh studio album, “And Winter Came,” is not so much a holiday album as it is an ambient ode to the season. Featuring ten original winter/holiday-themed compositions and two traditional Christmas carols, the CD features the “choir of one” […]
Even if Christmas doesn’t represent an annual temptation for Jews, there’s one area where Hanukkah can’t hold a candle (sorry) to Christmas: Christmas music trumps “I Have a Little Dreidel” every time. Most Hanukkah songs sound like they were created […]
Although many people will probably laugh off reports that actress/singer Jessica Simpson is interested in returning to college to study theology, as reported by Marie Clair via The New York Post’s Page Six, religion has always been a part of […]
John C. Reilly, Neil Patrick Harris, Jack Black, and others form a big-name cast performing “Hairspray” composer Marc Shaiman’s new online video about the gay marriage ban recently passed in California. In the musical, two rival groups–conservative Christians (headed by […]
Once again artists are taking their message to the web to reach their fans first. Those socially conscious rockers U2 have released a new Christmas tune, “I Believe in Father Christmas” over at (Red) Wire, along with several other top […]
When rock goes up against religion, why does it always start with heavy metal? The New York Times recently reported on an all-girl rock band in Saudi Arabia that has a hit with their song “Pinocchio,” a wail about love […]
I recently got the chance to speak to singer Joan Osborne, who–even if you aren’t a fan–you probably know from her hit 1995 single, “One of Us.” [Oh, you know the words: “What if God was one of us/Just a […]
Don’t call him the King of Pop anymore, because Michael Jackson has converted to Islam and wants to be called Mikaeel. The 50-year-old pop star took his shahada (oath of faith) in Los Angeles on Friday, as reported by news […]
I remember Prince for his risque lyrics and videos back in my middle school and teen years, when “Purple Rain” was his claim to fame. My mother forbid me to see the movie and listen to his music, at least […]
Tuesday evening an obsessive Paul Abdul fan, Paula Goodspeed, committed suicide by drug overdose, in front of the “American Idol” judges’ home. Goodspeed, who had tried out for the hit reality show before—and was completely panned by Simon, Randy, and […]
Recently a wonderful book came across my desk called “Awearness: Inspiring Stories About How to Make a Difference,” by clothing designer and humanitarian Kenneth Cole. The book is a compilation of essays by such well known celebrity-activists as Elton John, […]
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