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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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

posted by Chad Bonham

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

posted by Chad Bonham

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)

posted by Chad Bonham

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

posted by Chad Bonham

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

posted by Chad Bonham

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

posted by Chad Bonham

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

posted by Chad Bonham

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 […]

WN Music News: June 27, 2011

posted by Chad Bonham

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 […]

WN Music News: June 20, 2011

posted by Chad Bonham

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

posted by Chad Bonham

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

posted by Chad Bonham

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

posted by Chad Bonham

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

posted by Chad Bonham

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

posted by Chad Bonham

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

posted by Chad Bonham

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

posted by Chad Bonham

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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Exclusive video interview with Dove Award winning artist Francesca Battistelli
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