Four-time GRAMMY®-nominated band Newsboys celebrated a career defining moment this week, picking up 64 adds at Christian radio for their single “We Believe” off of Restart. This is the biggest add week ever in the band’s history, who already boast an impressive track record with 16 albums, five RIAA Gold certifications, 30 No. 1 radio hits and over 8 million units sold over their multi-decade career, including nearly 1 million records since Michael Tait joined the band. This strong radio exposure also led to a major spike in digital track sales for the single, which is featured on the Restart album, the band’s third studio album with Tait as lead.
“We are beyond excited to see radio’s enthusiasm with our new single,” remarked Tait. “This song is a testament and a definite creed for what we as Christians believe; Our hope and eternal salvation! There is nothing more igniting than to watch from our stage nightly, as listeners hold fast to these beliefs along with their families and friends!”
As the Newsboys wind down the final dates of their headlining slot on the internationally top-ranked Winter Jam 2014 Tour spectacular, the band is now gearing up for their headlining “We Believe Tour,” which will hit select cities this April and May. Keeping to tradition for the tour heavy veterans, the Newsboys will hit several music festivals and international dates over the summer. For more information and tickets, visit http://newsboys.com/tour/.
Christian music band MercyMe does not rest on its laurels. The band doesn’t fade away into obscurity. Instead, they seem re-energized on their latest song, “Shake,” which will remind you of Billy Joel, Huey Lewis & The News, Denver and the Mile High Orchestra and SmashMouth. Filmed on the streets of Huntsville, Alabama, and featuring dancers from the North Alabama Dance Center, this 1950s retro video stands out for “Christian music.” My guess is a lot of people will be dancing (or shaking) to this song in and out of churches nationwide in the months and years to come. Like Newsboys have their signature dance song, “Shine,” MercyMe now has their signature Christian music dance song, “Shake.” –Mark Weber
Fuzed Worship, a progressive worship band formed out of Joyce Meyer Ministries to unite and inspire a generation of young people to serve Christ and demonstrate His love, releases its highly anticipated By Your Blood EP today with distribution through Central South Distribution, Inc. and Joyce Meyer Ministries. Produced by GRAMMY Award-winning Tedd T (Newsboys, Mutemath, Rebecca St. James), the band’s third recording emphasizes a life centered around worship, passion for the work of the cross and all that Christ has done.
Four-time GRAMMY®-nominated band Newsboys plans to “take the music further” than ever before with their new album, Restart, set to hit stores on September 10. Boasting a discography of 16 records and over eight million albums sold, Restart will be the third studio album with Michael Tait at the helm and combines the pop, worship and rock that fans embraced from the first two albums, Born Again and God’s Not Dead. In the nearly four years since Tait joined the band, over 650,000 records have been sold, while five singles have attained No. 1 status on the radio charts.
Musically, the Newsboys are driven to recast themselves with the pop-spirited new album and have already proven to be successful as their first single “Live With Abandon” reached No. 20 on the National Christian Audience chart this week. The single has also broken into the Top 10 at Christian Hot AC at No. 6.
“At the start of this record two years ago, we knew we’d be taking great risks, but people will be excited about this album because we’ve pushed the music and taken it further than we’ve ever taken it before,” says front man Michael Tait. “I have not felt this way about anything I’ve been involved in musically since Jesus Freak.”
Fans of the Newsboys can look forward to their dynamic live performance as the band gears up for another extensive touring schedule this fall. For the most updated tour schedule and information, visit http://www.Newsboys.com.
A few years ago Peter Furler left his enormously popular band, Newsboys, and let former dc Talk member Michael Tait take over on lead vocals for the band. Since then, they’ve toured, done a CD, and done okay. I don’t know if Newsboys without Peter can ever be as great as they once were, but they’re “still holdin’ on,” and people seem to accept the new version of that old band.
Now if you’ve been a fan of Christian music for any time, you remember a popular group called Audio Adrenaline. They disbanded in 2007 after former lead singer Mark Stuart experienced serious vocal issues. Well wouldn’t you know, ex-dc Talk member Kevin Max is going to be the new lead singer of Audio Adrenaline! In Christian music news, this is “big!” Kevin has been doing excellent solo recordings for more than a decade now, so it will be interesting to hear how he gels with a new band that’s ready to jump back on the Christian music festival circuit.
The “new” Audio Adrenaline will feature Kevin Max as lead singer, Dave Ghazarian of Superchick on guitar, Jason Byers from Bleach on drums, and Jason Walker of Know Hope Collective on keys and vocals. From the “old” group, Will McGinniss will still play bass for the band.
If all goes as planned, a new Audio Adrenaline release will be out in 2013– and the question is: Do you care? Will you “buy” the new version of the group’s music? Do you want to see them in concert? Leave comments. –Mark Weber
A couple years ago the Christian music world was shocked when Peter Furler, the lead singer for the perenially popular Newsboys, left the group! People wondered what would happen next. The Newsboys soldiered on with former dc Talker Michael Tait at the helm, and it seemed like Peter Furler laid low for a while. But he didn’t retire or stop talking/singing about Christ. Nope! He’s back at making music, touring like a madman all over the place, and nowadays his band is made up of Jeff Irizarry, Dave Ghazarian, and fellow former Newsboy Phil Joel (pictured above, with Peter in the black-sleeved shirt). Furler’s solo disc is called “On Fire.” If you own it, leave a comment on what you think of it. –Mark Weber
I grew up on popular music– I did not grow up on Christian music. It wasn’t until college, when my InterVarsity Christian Fellowship staff worker, Dale Young, put a pile of Christian music CDs on a table and told us to take whatever we wanted that I first really, truly heard “Christian music.” Sure, I heard and sang songs in church before that, and I did know a band named the Newsboys and a country girl named Amy Grant existed, but “Rebecca St. James,” with her declarative “Here I Am” CD, was something new for me!
Fast forward to 2012, and Christian music is past its peak– somewhere in the mid-1990s, Christian music was all the rage within Christian churchgoing circles, but then the world changed– Obama got elected, everyone got free downloads of songs instead of buying “old-fashioned” CDs, and CCM magazine went from print to digital only…and right now, people are STILL having the conversation in their youth groups and around their dinner tables: “Is that band Christian?” Or a variation: “I ONLY listen to CHRISTIAN music.” Well, Blimey Cow has made a GREAT video about this whole subject, and you’re welcome to leave a comment after watching it: