In the Spotlight

The band Newsboys was originally called The News, but they decided to change it to Newsboys because the News was too similar to the US pop band, Huey Lewis and the News.  They originally formed in Mooloolaba, Queensland in 1985 when school friends  Peter Furler and George Perdikis, played music in a garage. Furler’s best friend, John James, and bassist Sean Taylor soon were brought into the fold.  They 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.

One of their first videos was for their song Simple Man (no, definitely not the Skynyrd version)…  definitely 80’s style

The group underwent member changes over the years as well as getting more grounded in their music style.  Their music was growing in the Christian music industry while also breaking into more secular markets. Over the years they’ve been featured on many magazines including NewsweekUSA TodayRolling Stone, Guitar Player, and Modern Drummer, and they have been featured on many shows on channels such as VH1, CBS, ESPN, CNN, E!, and PBS.

The biggest change for the band happened when Furler announced  that he going to scale back his involvement in Newsboys, preferring to stay behind the scenes.  Soon after, the band released one last album with Furler as lead singer, In the Hands of God, in May of 2009, which included the song…

The same album featured their new lead singing the song Glorious….

By the time singer/song writer and producer Furler left Newsboys, the group had produced five gold albums, received four Grammy Award nominations and won five Dove Awards. He was burned out and ready to find his own way in music and decided after helping to find a new vocalist and helping get the band acclimated he took a year and a half hiatus from music before jump starting his solo career.

Michael Tait, formerly of DC Talk, took over vocals for the band’s next album and has been the lead vocalist since.

Tait, along with Duncan Phillips, Jeff Frankenstein, and Jody Davis have been the Newsboys ever since. The “new” Newsboys first release was 2010’s Born Again, which debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200.

The band came out the next year with the studio album God’s Not Dead, and in 2013 with  Restart, their sixteenth studio album.

In 2017 Peter Furler joined the band in studio to record, The Cross has the Final Word. Collaborating on the song led fans and the band members to think about a reunion.  This past spring, the Newsboys welcomed back Peter Furler and bassist Phil Joel and performed together from early February to mid May in a cross country tour which was widely and enthusiastically received by fans.

This past March also saw the debut of God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness, this one starring John Corbett, Ted McGinley and Tatum O’Neal. This is the third film (which I have still yet to see) from the original movie that takes its name from their song hit.  The band appears in all three films.

What makes this band so popular with fans, including this one is their way of successfully mixing pop, rock, and worship music into a style that’s all their own.  While many bands achieve the same, the lyrics which the band painstakingly pen, make their music identifiable to folks for their Christian message but also a human one.

Find and share your favorites, and I hope everyone has a blessed Sunday.

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