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Newsboys are a Grammy Award-nominated Christian pop rock band. Since the band's founding in Australia in 1985, Newsboys have released fourteen studio albums and have been one of the most popular Christian music artists of the past two decades.
The band was formed in Mooloolaba, Queensland in 1985 by two young men: Peter Furler and his school mate George Perdikis. Two other teens were added soon after: Furler's best friend, John James, and guitarist Sean Taylor. The band's original name was The News, but once in the U.S. they changed it to The Newsboys to avoid conflict with the U.S.-based band Huey Lewis and the News. The band came to the United States in late 1987 after getting signed with Refuge Communications and released the album Read All About It in 1988 in the United States.
After signing with Star Song Communications, they released two more albums in 1990 and 1991: Hell Is for Wimps and Boys Will Be Boyz. None of the three albums garnered much attention, and the band's lineup changed with every release.
It wasn't until their 1992 album, Not Ashamed (containing a cover of the DeGarmo & Key song "Boycott Hell"), that the band gained notice in the Christian music scene. Steve Taylor, a singer-songwriter and producer, began a partnership with the band, producing the band's record and writing most of the lyrics for their songs. Furler remained the band's primary songwriter and beginning with this album began sharing lead vocal duties with James and continued to do so until James' departure.
In 1994, amidst continued lineup changes (which included the addition of mainstays Jody Davis and Duncan Phillips), the band released Going Public, their fifth album and first real success. The record proved to be a watershed for the group, winning a 1995 Dove Award for "Rock Album of the Year". It also produced three #1 hits: "Spirit Thing", "Let It Rain", and, most notably, "Shine". "Shine" won the 1995 Dove for "Rock Recorded Song of the Year". In 2006, CCM Magazine listed "Shine" in the top ten in its ranking of the 100 Greatest Songs in Christian music.
The 1996 follow-up album Take Me to Your Leader was recorded with an expanded line up with new additions Phil Joel and Jeff Frankenstein. The album produced more #1 hits: "God Is Not a Secret", "Reality", "Breakfast", and the title track. This album also won the group's third Dove, this time for "Recorded Music Packaging of the Year". This album spawned the Newsboys only movie Down Under the Big Top (1996), which was based on the song "Reality".
In late 1997, James announced he would be leaving the band. With his departure, Furler moved from drums to vocals and auditions were held for the now-vacant drum position. Eventually, Duncan Phillips, who had previously played keyboards and percussion for the band moved over to the drum kit. From 1998 to 2003, the band's lineup of Furler, bassist Phil Joel, guitarist Jody Davis, keyboardist Jeff Frankenstein, and Phillips stayed constant.
The first post-James record, Step Up to the Microphone, sold well with the song "Entertaining Angels" winning the 1999 Dove for "Short Form Music Video of the Year".
The band returned in 1999 with Love Liberty Disco, the band's only album to significantly deviate from their pop rock sound. Instead, this particular album featured more of a disco sound. Still, it produced several hits, including "Beautiful Sound" and the title track. The LLD tour was significantly more popular than the album. This tour featured an inflatable arena, called the Air Dome.
In 1999 Furler co-founded Inpop Records with Wes Campbell, as an independent contemporary Christian music record label.
In 2000, Newsboys headlined the annual, traveling CCM concert, Festival Con Dios, with Audio Adrenaline and The O.C. Supertones. That same year, Newsboys released a greatest hits compilation, Shine: The Hits, which did not include any songs from the Love Liberty Disco album but included four new songs, two of which ("Joy" and "Who") went to #1. After this album, the band did not release any all new material until the spring of 2002 release of Thrive. Also in 2002, The Newsboys recorded the track "In the Belly of a Whale" for the end credits of the 2003 Veggie Tales movie Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie.
The Newsboys then followed with two praise and worship albums: Adoration: The Worship Album in 2003 and Devotion in 2004. Late in 2003, Davis departed and was replaced by Bryan Oleson on guitar. In 2005, The Newsboys co-authored a book of devotions with Jim Laffoon entitled Our Daily Blog which was published by Inspiro and released on 1 November. In 2006, Oleson left the band in order to focus on his own band Casting Pearls and was replaced by Paul Colman, formerly of Paul Colman Trio.
More radio hits came in 2006 with a live version of "I Am Free" (originally written by Jon Egan of the Desperation Band), and "Wherever We Go". On 31 October, 2006, The Newsboys released a pop/rock record entitled GO. GO featured David Eri as a co-writer and the songs "Something Beautiful" and "In Wonder" were big hits on Christian Radio. That December, Joel announced that he would leave the band to pursue his own projects and albums. On 8 May, 2007 the band released GO Remixed which was made up of new versions of the songs from GO and featured remixes by Tedd T., Jeff Frankenstein, Max Hsu of Superchick and Lee Bridges.
On 20 November, 2007 the Newsboys released their second greatest hits compilation, The Greatest Hits. The eighteen-song CD also features two new songs "I Fought the La..." and "Stay Strong." This album was followed by Newsboys Live: Houston We Are GO, a CD/DVD combo recording package of a show from the GO Tour, which was released on 30 September, 2008. Also in 2008, the band, with Steve Taylor providing vocals, recorded the song "Yo Ho Hero" for The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie.
Newsboys in concert, 13 March, 2009, with Jody Davis and Peter Furler On 5 January, 2009, Colman announced he would be leaving The Newsboys to return to his solo projects. At the same time it was announced that Davis would return to the band, after a 5 year hiatus. “I am thrilled to be returning to the band and back with my bandmates, who are some of my best friends,” says Davis, “this is a big change in my life, and I’m looking forward to the tour and new record with excitement.”
In 2009, it was announced that Furler, having toured with The Newsboys since the band's inception, had decided to step back into a support role and would continue as the band's primary songwriter and producer. Because of this, a replacement lead vocalist was required so the band could continue touring. On 9 March, 2009, it was announced that Michael Tait, formerly of dc Talk, would be the new lead singer. "Michael Tait will be touring with the band as lead singer with Peter making special appearances throughout the year. Peter will continue with the band and his trademark songwriting and production will remain as he focuses his professional career toward future Newsboys recordings." On 17 March, Tait performed his first full concert as lead singer in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.
The Newsboys released the studio album In the Hands of God on 5 May (on Inpop Records) with Max Hsu (Superchick and tobyMac) producing the album. Long-time collaborator Steve Taylor co-wrote all the songs and sang on one song. During their 11 September concert in Orlando, Furler announced that this would be his final guest appearance with the band.
The Newsboys' latest studio album, Born Again, was released on 13 July, 2010 and debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200, their highest debut position, and sold over 45,000 copies in its first week. On 12 October, 2010 they released the Christmas album, Christmas! A Newsboys Holiday. In 2011, the song "City to City" from GO Remixed was featured in the trailer for the Disney Pixar movie, Cars 2.
NASHVILLE, Tenn.—The internationally top-ranked Winter Jam 2013 Tour Spectacular—featuring 10 artists for $10—is set to hit 11 Western cities this fall, headlined by multi-GRAMMY®-nominated Newsboys. Once again boasting many of the top names in Christian music, Winter Jam West kicks-off in Los Angeles November 8 at Ontario’s Citizens Business Bank Arena.
Created and hosted by GRAMMY®-nominated NewSong, the tour also includes Tenth Avenue North; Thousand Foot Krutch; Plumb; and Building 429, along with a special worship set from Crowder (select cities) or Passion featuring Kristian Stanfill (select cities), in addition to a message from evangelist Nick Hall. The Youth Music Vault Pre-Jam party will feature Love & The Outcome, Everfound, and Dara Maclean.
Winter Jam West is slated to hit Las Vegas’ Thomas & Mack Center; the Rose Garden Arena in Portland; Sacramento, California’s Sleep Train Arena; World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colorado; Boise, Idaho’s Taco Bell Arena; and Glendale, Arizona’s Jobing.com Arena, among other top venues, before concluding November 24 at the Ft. Worth Convention Center in Ft. Worth, Texas.
“We are thrilled to head West with Winter Jam for the third year in a row,” says Eddie Carswell, Winter Jam creator and NewSong founding member. “The tour exists for the singular purpose of bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ to as many people as possible, but we believe it’s also one of the most unforgettable, musically diverse concerts in any genre. Newsboys have long been a favorite of Winter Jam audiences, so we’re excited our good friends are headlining this tour.”
For the third consecutive year, the Winter Jam Tour Spectacular has topped Pollstar's Worldwide First Quarter Ticket Sales Charts - Top 100 Tours, surpassing all other 2013 first quarter tours. Winter Jam saw a record-setting 42 sellouts earlier this year, hitting 44 of the country’s largest arenas. With a combined total audience of nearly 554,000 people, the tour was the biggest in Winter Jam history.
Promoted by Premier Productions and presented by Holt International, Winter Jam West partners include God’s Not Dead the movie; University of Mobile; PEPSI; Teen Missions International, Xtreme Conferences; Camp Electric; Premier Christian Cruises; Wayne E. Bailey Produce; and Texas TransEastern.
Four-time GRAMMY®-nominated band Newsboys boasts an impressive track record with 16 albums, five gold certifications, 25 No. 1 radio hits and close to 8 million units sold over their multi-decade career. This rock and pop-driven worship band includes front man Michael Tait (vocals) and his band mates who’ve played together for two decades - Jody Davis (guitar), Jeff Frankenstein (keys) and Duncan Phillips (drums). Their 2010 release, Born Again, saw the largest street week of their careers, debuting at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 and garnering three No. 1 hits. Their 2012 record, God’s Not Dead, has sold over 300,000 copies and its title song, "God's Not Dead," topped the CHR radio format for seven weeks in a row. Renown for their heart-pumping live concerts, the tight knit Newsboys unit continues to headline shows in the U.S. and around the world. Their new album, Restart, is set to hit stores on September 10, 2013.
NewSong has recorded 18 albums, garnering 20 #1 Christian radio singles and a GRAMMY® Award nomination, in addition to being inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, among numerous other achievements. The group’s unparalleled 30-year ministry has been highlighted by such defining songs as “The Christmas Shoes,” “Arise, My Love,” and “The Same God.” NewSong’s best-selling latest album, Swallow The Ocean, features the current single, “Who Loved You First.” The song’s music video was recently featured on USATODAY.com.
Since creating the Winter Jam Tour Spectacular in 1995, NewSong continues to oversee the exponential growth of this groundbreaking tour. Among the music industry’s top outings each year, Winter Jam features Christian music’s best and brightest artists and provides a powerful platform for the Gospel message across the country.
NASHVILLE, TENN. – Capitol CMG will release a special tribute to Billy Graham on October 15. This release, My Hope: Songs Inspired By the Message and Mission of Billy Graham, will feature 12 brand new recordings from the industry’s top names including Michael W. Smith, TobyMac, Amy Grant, Israel Houghton, Kari Jobe, Matthew West and more. See below for the complete list of artists featured on “My Hope.”
“We have been privileged to create this special album honoring Billy Graham, who’s message has had a profound life changing influence in each of our lives and in the hearts of people throughout the entire world, ” comments Peter York, President, Capitol CMG Label Group. “Our sincere desire is that this collection of songs bring honor to Dr. Graham and the cross of Christ that he has faithfully represented over his many years of ministry. This project was written and recorded out of great respect and appreciation for this incredible man and his message of hope to the world.”
This project coincides with the My Hope America with Billy Graham evangelistic outreach as well as Billy Graham’s upcoming book from W Publishing, “The Reason For My Hope: Salvation.” My Hope America culminates in November, the month of Graham’s 95th birthday, as people across the nation invite friends and family to their homes to hear a message of hope he has specifically recorded for the campaign.
“This is such a great project,” shares Michael W. Smith. “Everyone has come together out of our tremendous love and respect for Billy Graham. The impact he has had on all of us and the impact he has had on eternity is immeasurable. This is our attempt to pay honor to someone who has been an example, a mentor and an inspiration to all of us. I'm excited about the artists that are a part of the project and I'm excited about the thoughtfulness behind each of the songs. I think it truly is a collection of music that honors this great man.”
Each of the artists included in the project has a special connection to Billy Graham and his incredible ministry. Matthew West shares his life-changing connection with Reverend Graham.
"On a summer day in the Chicago suburbs in 1990, a thirteen year old kid was changing the channels on his TV, looking for a Cubs game. But instead of a baseball game that day, he found a Billy Graham crusade. That young boy was me, and I will never forget the day I asked Jesus into my heart and how God spoke to me through Billy Graham. Being a part of the ‘My Hope’ project is a real full circle moment for me, a chance to say through music what Rev. Graham's ministry has meant to me and so many others. Thank you Reverend Graham!”
“My Hope” Artists
Michael W. Smith
Tommy Coomes Band
Big Idea Entertainment will release its first-ever multi-superhero themed DVD title, VeggieTales®: The League of Incredible Vegetables, in Christian stores October 13, 2012 and everywhere October 16. Presenting a lifelong lesson in handling fear based on Psalm 56:3, the DVD adventure includes a brand-new League theme song and music video by the Newsboys. “The League of Incredible Vegetables” music video is also featured as the end credits song and bonus video feature on the new DVD.
Big Idea Entertainment announces the online music video premiere of “The League of Incredible Vegetables,” which is featured exclusively in VeggieTales’ first-ever multi-superhero themed DVD by the same name. The music video debut features clips from the The League of Incredible Vegetables DVD, as well as GRAMMY-nominated and Dove Award-winning group Newsboys, performing the theme song, “The League of Incredible Vegetables.” Newsboys are the first humans in history to appear in an animated VeggieTales video.
Live, Tuesday, September 11, 2012; The song and full episode will also be available in conjunction with the DVD release on October 16 for download on iTunes and other DSPs.
The music video will also be serviced to hundreds of video outlets through AristoMedia Group in conjunction with the DVD release of The League of Incredible Vegetables. As a special “sneak peek,” fans had the opportunity to preview the music video at Chuck E. Cheese’s locations across the country on Saturday, September 1 in support of the upcoming League DVD release.
NASHVILLE, TN – The GRAMMY® nominated and Dove Award winning band Newsboys recently announced they have rejoined the Sparrow Records roster. Having spent the majority of their career with Sparrow, they have sold over 7 million albums, have five RIAA Certified Gold albums and 25 #1 radio hits including their most recent #1 smash “God’s Not Dead.” Newsboys’ Sparrow Records debut will come in the form of Newsboys: Live in Concert, God’s Not Dead, due October 22nd.
“The Newsboys continue to impact the Christian community with songs that connect deeply with their listeners and with a show that consistently entertains concert goers around the world with impassioned songs about life & faith,” comments Peter York, President, EMI CMG Label Group. “We are excited to partner with them once again and look forward to effectively representing them at radio, retail and, most importantly, in the hearts of all who will listen to this extraordinary band.”
“The history of Newsboys and Sparrow Records is a long and successful one, and we are extremely excited about renewing this relationship and continuing to build on the success of our recent projects.” remarked Wes Campbell, the band’s manager.
Recorded live at in front of tens of thousands of fans at 2012’s Sonshine festival in Willmar, MN and LifeFest in Osh Kosh, WI., Newsboys: Live in Concert, God’s Not Dead primarily features songs from their hit recordings God’s Not Dead (2012) and Born Again (2010), and premieres the first new recordings of lead vocalist Michael Tait singing past Newsboys hits “He Reigns” and “Something Beautiful.”
“Newsboys has always been known for their live show, and we feel sharing this experience through this initial release is a perfect way to re-launch this partnership.” said Michael Tait, Newsboys’ lead singer. “In the end, the live experience is only possible because of the hundreds of thousands of fans who attend our shows, and we are eternally thankful for their continued support.” Newsboys will continue to bring this live experience to fans this fall as they re-embark on their highly successful God’s Not Dead Tour. Having already visited over 60 markets this spring, and scheduled for 35 more this fall, the tour will also feature Building 429 (Provident Music Group) and Luminate (Sparrow Records). For more tour details and all things Newsboys, please visit their website.
About Newsboys: This GRAMMY®-nominated and Dove Award-winning band has sold close to 8 million units, has garnered five Gold albums and 25 No. 1 radio hits. Their 2010 release, Born Again, saw the largest street week of their careers, selling astounding 45,311 units and hitting No. 4 on Billboard’s overall chart, positioned above new releases from such artists as Justin Bieber, Sting and M.I.A. Its self-titled single topped the radio charts for 8 weeks, gaining close to eight million impressions to date. The record also garnered three No. 1 hits.
Newsboys released their most recent CD on November 15, 2011 – the highly anticipated project, God’s Not Dead. This rock-driven worship album finds front man Michael Tait and his band mates who’ve played together for two decades – Jeff Frankenstein (keys), Duncan Phillips (drums) and Jody Davis (guitar) – with some of today’s most widely church-embraced modern worship anthems as well as several original and never-before-released worship songs written by some of today’s biggest worship songwriters. It’s title song, “God’s Not Dead,” topped the CHR radio format for seven weeks in a row.
Renown for their heart-pumping live concerts, the tight knit Newsboys unit continues to headline shows in the U.S. and around the world. 2011 saw them headline the world’s biggest tour, the Winter Jam Tour, playing to more than half a million people. Stay tuned to www.Newsboys.com for the most updated tour dates and latest information on the band.
Nashville, Tenn – Before they wrapped the spring leg of their highly successful 60-city God’s Not Dead Tour, Newsboys announced the extension of the tour through the fall of 2012. Hitting 35+ cities across the U.S., the fall leg of this much sought after tour will kick off September 20th in Johnson City, TN and wrap in San Antonio, TX on November 18th.
Joining Newsboys on the fall leg will be Building 429 (Provident Label Group) and Luminate (Sparrow/EMI). Compassion International will continue their highly successful partnership with Newsboys in raising awareness and sponsorships for children overseas during the tour.
Over the course of the sellout tour this past spring, the Newsboys' God’s Not Dead Tour impacted thousands of lives, both locally and internationally, making it one of the most in-demand nights of worship, praise and celebration. Nearly 5,000 children were sponsored through the partnership with Compassion International, while 3,200 people pledged to be “Second to One” through I am Second. Testimonies poured in following each show, and thousands more indicated their desire to give their lives to Christ after hearing a message of hope from evangelist Bob Lenz of Life Promotions.
As they ready for the fall tour, Newsboys continue to perform this summer at festivals and one-off dates, performing many of their biggest No. 1 hits such as “God’s Not Dead” and “Born Again.” Fans will also be able to hear “Your Love Never Fails,” Newsboys’ next radio single going for adds date at Christian radio the end of August.
Nashville, Tenn – Newsboys announced today they are extending their much sought after God's Not Dead Tour through the fall of 2012. Over the course of visiting 60+ cities this spring, the Newsboys' God’s Not Dead Tour has impacted thousands of lives, both locally and internationally. Since the tour began in mid-January, a remarkable 31 venues have sold out and the tour is still hitting another ten markets before the spring leg ends May 6th in Williamsburg, VA.
Joining the fall leg of the tour will be Building 429 (Provident Label Group) and Luminate (Sparrow/EMI). Compassion International will continue their highly successful partnership with Newsboys in raising awareness and sponsorships for children overseas during the tour.
The God's Not Dead Tour is one of the most in-demand nights of worship, praise and celebration during this touring season. Over 4,000 children have been sponsored through the partnership with Compassion International, while 3,200 people have pledged to be “Second to One” through I am Second, and thousands more have indicated their desire to give their lives to Christ after hearing a message of hope from evangelist Bob Lenz of Life Promotions.
Testimonies have poured in following each show. One of the tour's promoters shared, “I wanted to tell you THANK YOU for giving us the opportunity to host the GOD'S NOT DEAD Tour with Newsboys. Of course the music was great, but this tour is so much more. We greatly appreciated the chance to host an evening where the Gospel was a part of the evening and was not shoe-horned in somewhere. To have the artists, especially Newsboys, speak about Jesus Christ in more than a passing comment was exactly what we think these evenings should be about.”
Concertgoers will be sure to have an amazing time hearing some of the biggest hits currently at radio, led by Newsboys' hit single "God's Not Dead," which held the top spot on Billboard's CHR chart for seven weeks in a row and is currently rising up the AC chart, this week at No. 3 on Christian AC Indicator. They'll also hear Building 429's "Where I Belong," which has been No. 1 for an astounding eleven weeks (Billboard's National Audience chart and Christian AC Monitored chart).
The fall leg of the tour will visit more than 35 markets nationwide, with stops in major markets of Minneapolis, Seattle, Portland, Houston, and Nashville. The remaining tour dates for the spring leg of the God's Not Dead Tour are available at www.Newsboys.com and the tour's official webpage at GodsNotDeadTour.com.
Nashville, Tenn – Following the release of their highly acclaimed rock worship project, GRAMMY-nominated and Dove Award-winning Christian rock band Newsboys is currently headlining their biggest tour yet, the “God’s Not Dead Tour.” Running through May 6th and hitting over 60 markets across the U.S., the tour, already in full swing, has had numerous shows sell out! The tour is presented by Compassion International, continuing their partnership with Newsboys to raise awareness for child sponsorships.
A special VIP Pre-Show Meet & Greet Experience is held nightly on the tour with a portion of its proceeds going to support Compassion International's child trafficking initiatives. Other major sponsors supporting the tour are I Am Second and Interstate Batteries. The tour dates for the "God's Not Dead Tour" are listed below, but be sure to visit the tour's official webpage at www.GodsNotDeadTour.com for the most updated information.
With their latest radio single, "God's Not Dead (Like A Lion)," Newsboys have taken the top spot on Billboard's CHR charts now for four weeks in a row. The hit song, the debut from their latest project God's Not Dead (Inpop Records), is being heard on hundreds of stations across the country as well as quickly climbing up Billboard's AC Indicator, National Audience and AC Monitored radio charts.
In addition, Newsboys just received three Dove nominations for the upcoming 43rd Annual GMA Dove Awards. The band is nominated for Best Rock/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year for "Born Again," as well as for Short Form Music Video of the Year for "Miracles." Michael Tait was involved with a collaboration of artists for The Story, which is nominated for Special Event Album of the Year. The ceremony will be held in Atlanta on April 19th.