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Chad has been working in mass media for over 20 years. Chad’s professional journey began at the University of Tulsa where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (1993) while working extensively in athletic media relations and serving as a sports editor for The Collegian.

Since then, he has written extensively for such publications as Relevant, CCM, Christian Retailing, New Man, Charisma, Today’s Christian, Ministries Today, Breakaway, Brio, Sports Spectrum, Christian Single, Faith & Friends, Sharing the Victory and Gospel Today.

He has authored, co-authored or ghost written and edited 13 books including Life in the Fairway (New Leaf Press), Glory of the Games (Cross Training), Wrestling with God (River Oak), Spiritual Journeys (Relevant) and the four-part Fellowship of Christian Athletes Core Value Series; Excellence, Teamwork, Serving and Integrity (Regal Books). Chad is currently working on five new books including Sooner Legacy, Husker Legacy and Lessons From Sooner Football (Cross Training) as well as The Faith of Stock Car Racing (Judson Press).

When he's not writing, Chad lends his efforts to various independent television and film projects. He was the coordinating producer for Choosing Life (2010) and Life Happens (2011). Chad is currently serving as producer on a forthcoming documentary about Super Bowl champion Brian Kinchen.

Chad and his wife Amy live in Broken Arrow, Okla., with sons Lance (September 2003), Cole (February 2008) and Quinn (February 2011).

A conversation with pastor, author and songwriter Louie Giglio

posted by Chad Bonham

Louie Giglio isn’t a recording artist, but his influence has been felt throughout the worship ministry for the better part of 20 years. Giglio is the founder and pastor of Passion City Church in Atlanta and the co-founder of the […]

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A conversation with NEEDTOBREATHE lead singer Bear Rinehart

posted by Chad Bonham

Bear and Bo Rineheart’s lives could have gone a lot of different directions. Bear was a star football player at Furman University and was talented enough to pursue a career beyond his college days. Bo appeared in the film Radio […]

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A conversation with Newsboys lead singer Michael Tait

posted by Chad Bonham

Watching Michael Tait backstage before a performance with The Newsboys is a fascinating experience. The legendary front man has an infectiously charming habit of engaging nearly everyone in his path. Tait might not always look you in the eye but […]

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A conversation with recording artist and The Voice contestant Anthony Evans

posted by Chad Bonham

Sustaining an eight-year music career under the radar is quite the impressive feat these days. It’s difficult to last in a cutthroat business where, even within the Christian industry, longevity is always hard to come by. But somehow, Anthony Evans […]

Exclusive video interview with Dove Award winning artist Francesca Battistelli

posted by Chad Bonham

On Tuesday, April 22nd, Dove Award winning artist Francesca Battistelli releases her third studio album If We’re Honest. In preparation for the upcoming project, Whole Notes is exclusively premiering a video interview as the Grammy-nominated artist talks about her new […]

Documentary to feature American Idol songwriter Regie Hamm

posted by Chad Bonham

Music video director and veteran celebrity photographer Devin Pense is embarking on a unique journey as he attempts to tell the story of his good friend Regie Hamm in the documentary One More Song. For the average music fan, Hamm’s […]

Shane Barnard talks about songwriting and Shane & Shane’s latest album Bring Your Nothing

posted by Chad Bonham

For Shane Barnard, writing songs isn’t just about producing material for a new Shane & Shane album. In fact, that’s usually the last on his mind and in his heart. Instead, the creative process is birthed out of a desire […]

A conversation with country singer and film actor Trace Adkins

posted by Chad Bonham

This entry is somewhat of a departure from the Q&A’s with Christian artists that are usually found here. That’s because Whole Notes was recently given the unique opportunity to visit a movie set during two of its final days of […]

A conversation with Hawk Nelson lead singer Jonathan Steingard

posted by Chad Bonham

It doesn’t seem like nearly a decade ago when pop punk band Hawk Nelson exploded onto the scene with the instant classic Letters To The President back in 2004. But it’s true. Hawk Nelson is officially one of Christian rock’s […]

A conversation with Stellar Award winning hip-hop artist Trip Lee

posted by Chad Bonham

It’s hard to imagine, but Reach Records artist Trip Lee is closing in on a decade as a Christian hip-hop artist despite just recently hitting the quarter-century mark. Despite his young age, the 116 Clique member has already accomplished more […]

A conversation with Hearts of Saints lead singer Craig Felker

posted by Chad Bonham

Independent bands are typically a dime a dozen. Anyone can spend their own money to make their own record. And most of those bands, no matter how talented they might be, usually get lost in the highly competitive music industry […]

Pastor Charles Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago featured in latest promo video for Mark Burnett’s “The Bible” TV series

posted by Chad Bonham

In March of 2013, the History Channel will release a five-week, 10-hour miniseries called “The Bible” produced by the husband-wife team of Mark Burnett (The Voice, Survivor, Celebrity Apprentice) and Roma Downey (Touched By An Angel). To promote the event, […]

A conversation with Jeromy Diebler of FFH

posted by Chad Bonham

When it comes to longevity within the music business, 20 years is almost a lifetime. And in the past 20 years, husband and wife duo Jeromy and Jennifer Diebler of FFH have certainly experienced a whole lot of life—from the […]

P.O.D. to perform for NFC Championship halftime show

posted by Chad Bonham

On Sunday, January 20th, P.O.D., will perform at halftime of the NFC Championship in Atlanta between the San Francisco 49ers and the Atlanta Falcons. The game starts at 3p ET/2pCT on FOX. P.O.D., will follow up this high profile performance […]

Third Day’s Christmas Offerings album certified gold

posted by Chad Bonham

Third Day has earned another Gold record (500,000 units sold) with its 2006 Holiday album, Christmas Offerings.  This marks the band’s ninth career RIAA Gold Album Award. Released Oct. 17, 2006, Christmas Offerings was released on October 17, 2006, and […]

TobyMac to perform at ABC’s Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade

posted by Chad Bonham

GRAMMY nominated artist TobyMac will perform his hit single “Christmas This Year” at ABC’s 29th annual Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade. Hosted by Nick Cannon, Mario Lopez and Maria Menounos, the two-hour event will air on Christmas morning starting at […]

Mark Burnett partners with CeeLo Green for “The Bible” series promotional music video

posted by Chad Bonham

In March of 2013, the History Channel will release a five-week, 10-hour miniseries called “The Bible” produced by the husband-wife team of Mark Burnett (The Voice, Survivor, Celebrity Apprentice) and Roma Downey (Touched By An Angel). To promote the event, […]

Blake Shelton provides music for latest video promoting “The Bible” TV series

posted by Chad Bonham

In March of 2013, the History Channel will release a five-week, 10-hour miniseries called “The Bible” produced by the husband-wife team of Mark Burnett (“The Voice,” “Survivor,” “Celebrity Apprentice”) and Roma Downey (“Touched By An Angel”). To promote the event, […]

TobyMac, Casting Crowns and Kari Jobe among 2012 Grammy nominees

posted by Chad Bonham

Last week, the nominees for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards (February 10, 2013) were announced including several Christian music categories. Check out list to see what artists made the cut and look for links to Whole Notes interviews with some […]

Kutless partners with Samaritan’s Purse for military focused outreach

posted by Chad Bonham

BEC Recordings’ Kutless has announced the Kutless Military Mission Project. This is a partnership with Operation Heal Our Patriots, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, that ministers to service members of all U.S. military branches. “We have gotten to meet and […]

TobyMac wins first career American Music Award

posted by Chad Bonham

It’s hard to believe, but until this past weekend, TobyMac had never won an American Music Award for Favorite Contemporary/Inspirational Artist. Having won numerous Dove Awards and GRAMMY Awards, it was one of the key pieces of hardware he was […]

Whole Notes Flashback: Sonny Sandoval talks about 9/11’s impact on P.O.D.

posted by Chad Bonham

Today marks the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Last year, Whole Notes released this story about how 9/11 personally impacted P.O.D., and how the band’s album Satellite (and more specifically the […]

A conversation with Thousand Foot Krutch lead singer Trevor McNevan

posted by Chad Bonham

According to Thousand Foot Krutch founder and front man Trevor McNevan, the hard rock band originally from Ontario is “just getting started.” Considering the fact that TFK first came together 17 years ago (1995), McNevan and his band mates Joel […]

A conversation with Hillsong Live worship leader Reuben Morgan

posted by Chad Bonham

In 1992, American worship leaders began gradually embracing the music of the Hillsong Church in Sydney, Australia. Before long, names like Darlene Zschech, Marty Sampson and Joel Houston became mainstays within the United States and eventually, songs like “Shout To […]

A conversation with award-winning recording artist Group 1 Crew

posted by Chad Bonham

It was late 2006 when I first received a pre-release CD for a brand new artist called Group 1 Crew. I then had the privilege of traveling to Nashville for a showcase hosted by Word Label Group to see the […]

Whole Notes celebrates one-year anniversary with 100th post, top 20 interviews

posted by Chad Bonham

Hard to believe that 370 days ago, Whole Notes: Inside The Christian Music Industry launched via Beliefnet.com. Before this column, I had written about Christian music for several years. My first published article was a CCM review of Whiteheart’s 1990 […]

A conversation with Christian hip hop artist Lecrae

posted by Chad Bonham

In the eight years since he hit the Christian rap scene, Lecrae Moore has not only risen to the top of a growing heap of talented artists, the burgeoning record mogul with an evangelist’s heart has accomplished things that most […]

TobyMac performs for Sherri Shepherd on “The View”

posted by Chad Bonham

TobyMac was invited by Sherri Shepherd to perform for her birthday on Friday’s edition of “The View.” The band performed its hit single “Get Back Up” and added a special Happy Birthday song for Shepherd. Check out the video HERE. […]

Lecrae, Natalie Grant, NEEDTOBREATHE among 2012 Dove Award winners

posted by Chad Bonham

The Gospel Music Association gathered in Atlanta Thursday night for its annual Dove Awards show. Over the past year, Whole Notes has interviewed several of this year’s winners (click HERE for the full list). Check out what they had to […]

Whole Notes 2012 Dove Awards Edition

posted by Chad Bonham

On April 19th, the Gospel Music Association gathers in Atlanta for its annual Dove Awards show. Over the past year, Whole Notes has interviewed several of this year’s nominees (click HERE for the full list). As a preview, we’re looking […]

Whole Notes Flashback: Bear Rinehart of needtobreathe

posted by Chad Bonham

When needtobreathe first hit the scene in 2006, I had the chance to interview lead singer Bear Rinehart about the band’s beginnings and how he and his brother Bo were impacted by their unique childhood experiences. Now, after steadily growing […]

A conversation with worship artist Kari Jobe

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! For the past 10 years, Kari Jobe has steadily become one of the modern worship community’s most prominent voices. Her angelic soprano tones have become inseparably linked to church favorites such as […]

A conversation with RED guitarist Anthony Armstrong

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share with your friends! There once was a time when Christian rock bands could only hope to aspire a certain level of success before leveling out. And even then, it was a matter of maintaining, not expanding, […]

A conversation with award-winning recording artist David Crowder

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! It’s hard to believe, but this spring, David Crowder Band will be no more. Each of its longtime members will go their separate ways or in some cases regather in smaller groups […]

A conversation with Third Day guitarist Mark Lee

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! I’m not sure of the exact date, but I do know it was 1995. I was working at a Mardel Christian Bookstore in Tulsa, Okla., at the time and we had a […]

A conversation with TobyMac

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Back in December of last year, Whole Notes posted an interview with TobyMac about his Christmas album and some of his favorite Christmas memories. But that wasn’t all that was discussed. Here’s […]

A conversation with four-time GMA Female Vocalist of the Year Natalie Grant

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! It’s hard to believe, but the facts don’t lie. Natalie Grant recorded three albums between 1999 and 2003, and not one of them produced a single Top 40 Christian radio hit. A […]

A conversation with Tenth Avenue North lead singer Mike Donehey

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! It might seem like Tenth Avenue North came out of nowhere back in 2008, but just like every band, there’s a longer tale behind the “overnight success” story. For these guys, it […]

A Christmas conversation with David Crowder

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! It’s hard to believe, but in a few short months, David Crowder Band will be no more. The wildly popular modern worship band will end its 15 year existence to pursue individual […]

Tobymac shares Christmas memories, brand new holiday album

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! This Christmas, TobyMac has a present for his fans–a fresh holiday album appropriately titled Christmas in DiverseCity. This collection of songs features not only the famed former dcTalk member but six tunes […]

A conversation with Sixpence None The Richer lead singer and solo artist Leigh Nash

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Leigh Nash has one of the most distinctive voices in modern pop music history. Those breathy, whimsical pipes helped Sixpence None The Richer become one of the biggest buzz bands of the […]

Marc Martel chosen to play Freddie Mercury in Queen Extravaganza

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! After an international search, Downhere lead singer Marc Martel was selected to portray Freddie Mercury in next year’s highly anticipated Queen Extravaganza tour. Martel famously blew up the internet with his You […]

Chris Tomlin, Brandon Heath, Royal Tailor among 2012 Grammy nominees

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! On Wednesday night, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences hosted a special concert to announce the 2012 GRAMMY Award nominees. Of course, most of the nominations didn’t make the show, […]

Christian music artists release wide variety of Christmas offerings

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! The leftover turkey has been gobbled up. Black Friday has faded to black. The neighbor’s ridiculously gaudy light display is already casting a shadow on your dimly lit abode. But don’t fear. […]

A conversation with recording artist Shonlock

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “LIKE” to share this with your friends! For nearly a decade, Deshon Bullock has been a mainstay of Tobymac’s ridiculously talented and equally energetic band affectionately known as The Diverse Citizens. Of course, fans know him better as the […]

Casting Crowns takes home 2011 American Music Award

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! On Sunday night, Casting Crowns picked up its second career American Music Award after being nominated for a sixth time earlier this year. Fans selected the Georgia-based group as Favorite Artist in […]

Whole Notes presents a Jeremy Camp book giveaway!

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Whole Notes is teaming up with Jeremy Camp and Merge PR to give away five copies of Camp’s new book I Still Believe. All you have to do is post a comment […]

A conversation with award-winning recording artist Jeremy Camp

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Major recording artists are often targeted by fans with equal amounts of adoration and envy. We love what they do and wish we could do it too. Their lives are perfect, after […]

A conversation with No Other Name vocalist Laura Allen

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Siblings Laura and Sam Allen grew up on a Christmas tree farm in Tampa, Fla. Even though music was in their blood, they had no idea they would end up in Nashville […]

A conversation with Casting Crowns lead singer Mark Hall

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Rock stars, pop stars, rap stars and movie stars. You usually can spot them from a block away–sometimes further. And then there are guys like Mark Hall who clearly defy the stereotype […]

Switchfoot’s Jon Foreman makes surprise appearance at Taylor Swift concert

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Over the weekend in Glendale, Ariz., Taylor Swift surprised her fans by bringing special guest Jon Foreman onto the stage for a performance of Switchfoot’s hit song “Meant To Live.” Switchfoot was […]

Dove Award winning singer/songwriter Nichole Nordeman talks about life away from full-time music and writing songs for “The Story”

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Nicole Nordeman hasn’t released an album in six years. She hasn’t played a concert date in nearly as long. And that’s perfectly fine by her. Instead, Nordeman is performing her favorite role […]

Whole Notes presents the Shane & Shane CD giveaway!

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Whole Notes is teaming up with Shane & Shane to give away five autographed copies of the band’s new CD The One You Need. All you have to do is post a […]

A conversation with Shane Barnard of Shane & Shane

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friend! For the past 10 years, Shane Barnard and Shane Everett (better known as Shane & Shane) have been writing catchy pop songs that have a tendency to get stuck on the brain. […]

Dove-award winning artist Natalie Grant makes film debut on Gospel Music Channel Sunday night

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! On Sunday night (October 16), the Gospel Music Channel (GMC) will debut it’s made-for-television movie Decision. The film will air twice that night at 7 and 9 p.m., Eastern. You can check […]

Downhere lead singer Marc Martel brings unexpected acclaim to church performance of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends About four years ago, Downhere lead singer Marc Martel fronted a special performance of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” along with the worship band at Renaissance Church in Summit, New Jersey. Little did anyone […]

Downhere lead singer Marc Martel talks to Whole Notes about going viral, appearing on “Ellen” and sounding like Queen’s Freddie Mercury

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! If you haven’t heard about Marc Martel—the latest YouTube sensation—you are increasingly becoming a part of the minority among Internet users. Check out this video in case you haven’t seen the incredible […]

A conversation with recording artist Beckah Shae

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Depending on the song and its lyrics, singer Beckah Shae’s rich, soulful voice can be both haunting and hopeful. The former bares shades of her broken past, while the latter expresses who […]

Switchfoot lead singer Jon Foreman talks about the creative process (video)

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Switchfoot is releasing a series of videos where the individual band members share personal stories leading up to today’s release of Vice Verses. In this final edition, check out what lead singer […]

Switchfoot drummer Chad Butler shares thoughts on life in the band (video)

posted by Chad Bonham

Switchfoot is releasing a series of videos where the individual band members share personal stories leading up to the September 27 release of Vice Verses. Check out what drummer Chad Butler had to say in the video below: And check […]

Switchfoot guitarist Drew Shirley takes fans behind the scenes (video)

posted by Chad Bonham

Switchfoot is releasing a series of videos where the individual band members share personal stories leading up to the September 27 release of Vice Verses. Check out what guitarist Drew Shirley had to say in the video below: And check […]

WN News: September 26, 2011 (featuring Jeremy Camp and Switchfoot)

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Jeremy Camp promotes recently released inspirational autobiography; prepares to headline fall tour It’s a big month for Jeremy Camp who released his first book project I Still Believe three weeks ago and […]

Switchfoot keyboardist Jerome Fontamillas gives personal insights (video)

posted by Chad Bonham

Switchfoot is releasing a series of videos where the individual band members share personal stories leading up to the September 27 release of Vice Verses. Check out what keyboardist Jerome Fontamillas had to say in the video below: And check […]

Watch Switchfoot’s brand new video “Dark Horses” (video)

posted by Chad Bonham

Switchfoot’s brand new album Vice Verses releases on Tuesday, September 27th. Get a sneak peek by checking out the debut single and video for “Dark Horses!” And check out the Whole Notes interview with Switchfoot keyboardist Jerome Fontamillas by clicking […]

Switchfoot bass player Tim Foreman talks about life as a musician (video)

posted by Chad Bonham

Switchfoot is releasing a series of videos where the individual band members share personal stories leading up to the September 27 release of Vice Verses. Check out what bass player Tim Foreman had to say in the video embedded below: […]

A conversation with Leeland

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! From practicing in a funeral home in the Houston suburb of Baytown, Texas, to sharing the stage with Michael W. Smith, alt/rock/worship band Leeland continues its unlikely rise to prominence. Led by […]

A conversation with worship leader Matt Redman

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! If you don’t know the name, you know the music. And that’s fine by Matt Redman. The London-based worship leader has written some of the church’s most popular songs over the past […]

WN News: September 19, 2011 (featuring Building 429, Leeland and Royal Tailor)

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Building 429 and Leeland to co-headline “Sounds of Hope” Tour Provident Music Group label mates Building 429 and Leeland kick off the 30-city “Sounds of Hope” Tour later this week along with […]

Switchfoot to premiere new songs during Saturday’s ABC, ESPN college football coverage

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Brand new Switchfoot songs to debut during ABC, ESPN college football coverage On Saturday night (September 17), ESPN and ABC will exclusively premiere songs from Switchfoot’s forthcoming album Vice Verses (releasing September […]

Whole Notes and Soul Stride Records present the Ginny Owens CD giveaway!

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Whole Notes is teaming up with Soul Stride Records to give away five autographed copies of the new Ginny Owens CD Get In, I’m Driving. All you have to do is post […]

A conversation with singer/songwriter Ginny Owens

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! When Ginny Owens won the 1999 Lilith Fair talent search, no one (not even Owens) could have guessed that it would launch a decade-plus music career. And while early on she was […]

A conversation with P.O.D. front man Sonny Sandoval (Part 2)

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! In part two of the Whole Notes interview with P.O.D., lead vocalist Sonny Sandoval, we hear about a new ministry collaboration called The Whosoevers, Sandoval’s thoughts on Brian Welch’s amazing conversion and […]

A conversation with P.O.D. front man Sonny Sandoval (Part 1)

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! It’s hard to fathom that P.O.D., has been at it for nearly 20 years. My first experience with the band was hearing its raw, independent hardcore album Snuff The Punk back in […]

WN News: September 12, 2011 (featuring Ginny Owens)

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Ginny Owens set to release first full-length studio album in five years It’s been five years since Ginny Owens last released a full-length studio album. That drought will come to an end […]

Sonny Sandoval recalls 9/11’s unique impact on P.O.D.

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! September 11, 2001 was supposed to be the biggest day of P.O.D.’s career. After grinding it out on the road for nearly a decade—playing tiny clubs, churches, storefront youth groups, and (trust […]

Christian hip hop artist Propaganda shares the G.O.S.P.E.L. (video)

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! This video was recently brought to my attention (of all things) by a Facebook post from NASCAR driver Trevor Bayne. It’s a beautifully produced piece that features Christian hip hop artist Propaganda […]

Universal Orlando’s Rock the Universe to be highlighted by Casting Crowns, Third Day, Switchfoot this weekend

posted by Chad Bonham

Universal Orlando Resort is preparing for its 14th annual Rock The Universe festival this weekend where fans can expect to see yet another quality lineup of Christian music’s finest bands. On Friday, September 9th, the event will be headlined with […]

WN Music News: September 5, 2011

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! The City Harmonic and Aaron Gillespie prepare for the HELLOSOMEBODY Tour Co-headlining modern worship artists The City Harmonic and Aaron Gillespie are kicking off the HELLOSOMEBODY Tour in less than three weeks. […]

Whole Notes presents the Dominic Balli CD giveaway!

posted by Chad Bonham

Whole Notes is giving away five autographed copies of the new Dominic Balli CD American Dream. All you have to do is comment on either the recently posted interview with Balli or here on this blog post. Any positive comment […]

A conversation with Reggae influenced artist Dominic Balli

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Dominic Balli’s music is often described as “CaliRockReggae,” a laid-back pop infusion that forces listeners to sit back, relax and enjoy. But according to Balli, there’s a greater purpose to his songs […]

WN Music News: August 29, 2011

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Third Day adds 40 fall dates to popular “Make Your Move” Tour After a successful spring run, Third Day is extending its “Make Your Move” tour with 40 fall dates. Again, the […]

A conversation with Christian recording artist Jonny Diaz

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! The youngest of four baseball playing brothers, Jonny Diaz found himself at Florida State on a scholarship as his oldest brother Matt (now with the Pittsburgh Pirates) was making his way through […]

WN Music News: August 22, 2011 (featuring Group 1 Crew and Mark Schultz)

posted by Chad Bonham

Group 1 Crew to embark on first tour as headliners D0ve Award winning urban trio Group 1 Crew will head out on a 15-city tour this fall for its first headlining tour. Group 1 Crew will kick off the string […]

A conversation with lead singer of The Almost and former Underoath drummer Aaron Gillespie

posted by Chad Bonham

Aaron Gillespie is only 28 years old, but he’s enjoyed the lengthy music career of a wily veteran. As the former drummer for Underoath, Gillespie played the globe and shared the stage with some of the hard rock scene’s biggest […]

A conversation with Steven Curtis Chapman (Part 2)

posted by Chad Bonham

In the second half of the Whole Notes interview with Steven Curtis Chapman, the Dove and Grammy Award winning artist talks about what he’s learned about God’s character, his adoption work in China, his sons’ new musical venture and what […]

A conversation with Steven Curtis Chapman (Part 1)

posted by Chad Bonham

It was nearly three years ago when Steven Curtis Chapman and his family suffered the most unimaginable tragedy. Daughter Maria, adopted from China, was killed after a driveway accident that involved one of his sons. In the aftermath, the multiple […]

WN Music News: August 15, 2011

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Casting Crowns’ Mark Hall, Matthew West set to release late summer book projects Two influential voices within the Christian music community will be releasing compelling books this late summer. On August 30th, […]

A conversation with Burlap To Cashmere lead singer Steven Delopoulos (Part 2)

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! In part two of the Whole Notes interview with Burlap To Cashmere lead singer Steven Delopoulos, he talks about how his cousin’s near-death experience impacted him, how his faith has evolved and […]

A conversation with Burlap To Cashmere lead singer Steven Delopoulos (Part 1)

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share with your friends! It’s been nearly 13 years since a fiery New York-based band burst onto the scene with its high-energy, Mediterranean-styled folk music. Burlap To Cashmere captured the hearts of Christian and general market fans […]

WN Music News: August 8, 2011

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Steven Curtis Chapman to release 17th album tomorrow It’s been three years since Steven Curtis Chapman and his family tragically lost their adopted daughter Maria. Now, in an effort to share what […]

A conversation with pop band Anthem Lights

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share with your friends! While the Christian music industry has become all about worship bands and singer-songwriters, the four-piece vocal band Anthem Lights is forging a very different path towards fulfilling its goals on both the ministry […]

WN Music News: August 1, 2011 (featuring Switchfoot)

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Switchfoot gathers as band to enjoy latest independent record Switchfoot recently released a video that shows the band gathering to listen to the upcoming independent record Vice Verses for the first time. […]

A conversation with solo artist and former Newsboys lead singer Peter Furler (Part 2)

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! In part two of this interview with Peter Furler, he talks about his brand new solo record On Fire, and how he plans to balance a new approach to life with the […]

A conversation with solo artist and former Newsboys lead singer Peter Furler (Part 1)

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! For roughly 20 years Peter Furler was the face of one of Christian music’s iconic bands. But since stepping out of the spotlight two years ago (and handing his Newsboys front man […]

WN Music News: July 25, 2011

posted by Chad Bonham

Esterlyn takes break from touring for month-long mission trip to Amsterdam Worship band Esterlyn recently took time away from the road to spend a month sharing their faith in Amsterdam where they played music in the streets, handed out Bibles […]

WN Music News: July 18, 2011

posted by Chad Bonham

Burlap To Cashmere readies July 26th release; partners with WhyHunger Tomorrow marks the official return of Burlap To Cashmere to the music scene after nearly 10 years away from touring and recording. The self-titled album pays tribute to some of […]

A conversation with Hillsong United (Part 2)

posted by Chad Bonham

Here’s the second half of the Whole Notes conversation with Australian worship band Hillsong United: Chad Bonham: Does the heart cry of the band’s message change from project to project or has it stayed consistent since the beginning? Joel Houston: […]

A conversation with Hillsong United (Part 1)

posted by Chad Bonham

Born out of a youth ministry in Sydney, Australia’s dynamic Hillsong church, Hillsong United has steadily become one of the modern worship movement’s most influential worldwide voices. The band has collectively produced such iconic anthems as “One Way,” “Tell The […]

Presidential candidate Herman Cain’s Gospel album leaked

posted by Chad Bonham

Republican Presidential candidate Herman Cain recorded a Gospel album 15 years ago. Now, the Tea Party favorite’s music is finding new listeners thanks to his emergence as a national figure. The album was leaked to the Internet by DraftCain.org, a […]

NASA Space Shuttle crew wakes up to Matthew West’s “More”

posted by Chad Bonham

At the request of NASA Mission Specialist Rex Walheim, STS-135 Space Shuttle crew members woke up this morning to the sound of Matthew West’s hit song “More.” Watch the video below and at the end listen for Walheim’s message back […]

Hillsong LIVE outsells Lady Gaga, Beyonce in Australia

posted by Chad Bonham

In the first week of release in Australia, Hillsong Church’s latest LIVE project God Is Able has outsold recent releases by Lady Gaga and Beyonce. The debuted at third on the ARIA Top 50 Chart just behind Adele’s 21 and […]

WN Music News: July 11, 2011

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Hillsong prepares for release of 20th LIVE recording Hillsong Church in Sydney, Australia is set to release its 20th Hillsong LIVE recording July 26th. God Is Able will 11 new songs led by Reuben Morgan, Hillsong United’s Joel Houston, Darlene […]

A video interview with Hillsong United

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Hillsong United recently sat down with Whole Notes to discuss the band’s worldwide appeal, what they’re seeing in the international Christian church and its latest recording Aftermath. We’ll post a full transcript of the interview next week, but in the […]

A conversation with Owl City’s Adam Young (Part 2)

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Click “Like” to share with your friends! A conversation with Owl City’s Adam Young, Part 2 In part one of the Whole Notes interview with Adam Young, we learned more about the platinum-selling artist’s faith. Today, he talks about the […]

A conversation with Owl City’s Adam Young (Part 1)

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Click “Like” to share with your friends! A conversation with Owl City’s Adam Young, Part 1 If you want to be a successful recording artist in the post-millennial era, look no further than the seemingly overnight rise to fame of […]

WN Music News: July 4, 2011

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New Tooth & Nail signee Nine Lashes set to release first iTunes single Already released to radio last week, new Tooth & Nail band Nine Lashes will release “Anthem of the Lonely” to iTunes next Tuesday (July 12th). The Birmingham-based […]

U2 plays impromptu song with blind guitarist

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If you haven’t heard about this yet, it’s a pretty amazing thing that happened last night in Nashville. U2 was wrapping up its concert there when Bono noticed a man on the front holding up a sign that said, “I’m […]

Owl City’s Adam Young still surprised by success

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Click “Like” to share this with your friends! With nearly 50 concert dates between July and October, internet sensation turned platinum-selling artist Owl City is doing its best to put the follow-up project in the forefront of music fans’ minds. […]

Former Skillet guitarist Ben Kasica writes letter to fans, announces latest plans

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Earlier this year, guitarist Ben Kasica left two-time GRAMMY winning band Skillet to pursue new opportunities elsewhere. Through his publicist, Kasica shared the following letter to both fans and industry friends: Dear Friends, Many of you know after 10 years […]

Interview with Royal Tailor’s Tauren Wells (Part 2)

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Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Here’s part two of Whole Notes’ interview with Royal Tailor lead singer Tauren Wells: Bonham: As a band that feels called to engage the culture, it seems like the song “Control” is […]

Interview with Royal Tailor’s Tauren Wells (Part 1)

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Click “Like” to share this with your friends! TUESDAY CONVERSATION: Tauren Wells of Royal Tailor Every once in a while, an artist comes along that shakes things up and challenges the status quo within the Christian industry. You don’t have […]

WN Music News: June 27, 2011

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Hit “Like” to share with your friends! Dara Maclean drops “Suitcases” ahead of debut release Her debut album doesn’t even release for three weeks, but new artist Dara Maclean is already making a significant mark on the music scene with […]

Interview with Blindside’s Simon Grenehed (Part 2)

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Hit “Like” to share with your friends! FRIDAY FEATURE: Simon Grenehed of Blindside, Part 2 Here’s the second part of Whole Notes’ interview with Blindside guitarist Simon Grenehed: Bonham: Do you recognize those young guys from 15 years ago that […]

Interview with Blindside’s Simon Grenehed (Part 1)

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Hit “Like” to share with your friends! FRIDAY FEATURE: Simon Grenehed of Blindside, Part 1 It’s been four years since Swedish post-hardcore band Blindside released The Black Rose EP and six years since it’s last full-length project (The Great Depression). […]

Thursday Track of The Week: Royal Tailor’s Black & White

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Hit “Like” to share with your friends! THURSDAY TRACK OF THE WEEK: Royal Tailor – Black & White (Provident) When RNB/pop band All Together Separate departed the scene in 2003, it left a void within the Christian music industry. But […]

Sanctus Real lead singer’s September solo release to benefit Whole Hearts Foundation

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Hit “Like” to share with your friends! WORLD CHANGERS WEDNESDAY: Matt Hammitt of Sanctus Real On September 13th, Matt Hammitt will release his first solo album Every Falling Tear on Sparrow Records. Hammitt, lead singer of Dove Award-winning and GRAMMY-nominated […]

Interview with Switchfoot’s Jerome Fontamillas

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Hit “Like” to share with your friends! TUESDAY CONVERSATION: Jerome Fontamillas of Switchfoot He’s not an original member of Switchfoot, but with 11 years now as the band’s keyboardist and occasional guitarist, Jerome Fontamillas has become a staple in the […]

WN Music News: June 20, 2011

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Fernando Ortega set to release first album in five years Once a leader within the evangelical worship community, Fernando Ortega has taken a different direction as an Anglican music leader and proponent of a resurgent liturgical movement. This new focus […]

Switchfoot to host annual Bro-Am charity event this weekend

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Switchfoot hosts seventh annual Bro-Am charity event this weekend Switchfoot has played for thousands, sold record to millions and won numerous prestigious awards including a Grammy earlier this year. But according to keyboard player/guitarist Jerome Fontamillas, not much can top […]

WN Music News: June 17, 2011

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RED launches video for “Feed The Machine” Already known for its creative music videos, Grammy-nominated hard rock band RED has done it again with its latest single “Feed The Machine.” Described as “more a short film,” the video debuted last […]

WN Music News: June 16, 2011

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12 Stones signs with Executive Music Group for August release It’s been four years since 12 Stones last released a full-length album, but the wait for fans of the New Orleans-based rock band is nearly over. Executive Music Group recently […]

WN Music News: June 15, 2011

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Matt Redman set to release new live recording Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Matt Redman recently wrapped up production on his eighth album 10,000 Reasons to be released July 12th. Known for popular worship anthems such as “Blessed Be Your Name,” “Heart […]

WN Music News: June 14, 2011

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CeCe Winans to host fifth annual youth conference Award-winning gospel singer CeCe Winans his holding her fifth annual Always Sisters, Forever Brothers Youth Conference in Nashville, Tenn., July 21-23 at the Curb Event Center located on the campus of Belmont […]

WN Music News: June 13, 2011

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Battistelli releases fan directed music video Fresh off her Artist of the Year honors at the 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards in late April, Word recording artist Francesca Battistelli thanked her fans by giving them the chance to help direct […]

Introducing Whole Notes: Inside the Christian Music Industry

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Welcome to the introductory installment of “Whole Notes: Inside the Christian Music Industry.” I’ve been covering Christian music for the past 21 years. I started really young. Okay, it was actually my sophomore year in college. But that’s besides the […]

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