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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

posted by Chad Bonham

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)

posted by Chad Bonham

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 […]

Interview with Blindside’s Simon Grenehed (Part 2)

posted by Chad Bonham

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)

posted by Chad Bonham

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). […]

Interview with Switchfoot’s Jerome Fontamillas

posted by Chad Bonham

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 […]

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A conversation with pastor, author and songwriter Louie Giglio
Louie Giglio isn’t a recording artist, but his influence has been felt throughout the worship ministry for the better part of 20 years. Gigl

posted 5:15:37pm Nov. 17, 2014 | read full post »

A conversation with NEEDTOBREATHE lead singer Bear Rinehart
Bear and Bo Rineheart’s lives could have gone a lot of different directions. Bear was a star football player a

posted 4:30:02pm Oct. 22, 2014 | read full post »

A conversation with Newsboys lead singer Michael Tait
Watching Michael Tait backstage before a performance with The Newsboys is a fascinating experience.

posted 5:15:54pm Sep. 20, 2014 | read full post »

A conversation with recording artist and The Voice contestant Anthony Evans
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 managed to record six albums between 2004 and 201

posted 2:00:55am May. 07, 2014 | read full post »

Exclusive video interview with Dove Award winning artist Francesca Battistelli
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 music. Battistelli is fresh

posted 11:15:09am Apr. 16, 2014 | read full post »

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