Disclamer: I’m discussing Christian music in this one. If you have issues with either, this won’t be your kind of article. Feel free to come back tomorrow for the Friday Night Fights.

Although I usually focus on storytelling fiction, the Newsboys is one of my favorite groups, as well as my favorite in the Contemporary Christian Music catagory. So I was interested in this little bit of news from CBN Music:

After 22 years and more than 2000 shows, Newsboys frontman Peter Furler will no longer front the band in concert. Michael Tait will be touring with the band as lead singer with Peter making special appearances throughout the year.

Tait, formerly of dc Talk (who I prefered during their “rap phase” over their “alternative” phase, although the latter led to their song “Jesus Freak” being played on mainstream music stations) should bring a most interesting sound to the group. I will miss Furler, who wants to pay more attention to the band’s studio work and “spending time in my own bed”, and possibly with his family (one of the curses of a music career is being away from your spouse and offspring while on tour). However, I will be most interested in their next album to hear what Tait will bring.

Wes Campbell, Newsboys manager explains, “While the decision to replace Peter on the road was a painstaking one, when the idea of dc Talk vocalist Michael Tait was presented it was a no-brainer to all of us. No one can replace Peter, but we know Michael will bring a new attitude, energy, and vocal style that will thrill our audience. To be able to continue a world class show and still have Peter behind the scenes guiding the career and making of newsboys music is a huge opportunity for all of us.  It’s amazing that after many years of touring with dc Talk in the 1990s that in 2009 our paths would cross once again. It’s an exciting time for all of us.”

“For years, dc Talk and Newsboys have been family and thus shared the same loyal and adoring fans, says Michel Tait. “When I received the initial call from Newsboys to consider joining the band as lead singer, I was speechless! I immediately sought wise counsel and flooded the heavens with endless prayers for insight and vision, and I soon received a clear and definite peace. Last weekend, I had the opportunity to perform my first show as Newsboys’ frontman to an audience of 12,000 people. I was completely wrapped in love and support by Newsboys’ fans, who are clearly the best fans on the planet. Now I know this is exactly where I belong in this new and wonderful moment in my life’s history. This is a definite highlight of my career and for my 20+ years of walking with Jesus, and I am humbled, proud and privileged to call myself a Newsboy.”

My biggest disappointment (besides the fact that a press release forgets to capitalise the band’s name every time) would be that this means little chance that dc Talk will reform (the members have also embarked on solo work), but I still look foward to the Newsboys next album and wish all parties God’s blessing.

Sadly, I couldn’t find an official video of my favorite Newsboys song, so I’ll let these two guys from J&B|Productions (by way of poster “bradleymb”) pretend there is. 🙂

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, and I mentioned my love of the old cereal ads in one of my first posts, so it’s a big bias on my part. And I’ll link to these girls because their version’s kind of cute. 🙂

About ShadowWing Tronix

A would be comic writer looking to organize his living space as well as his thoughts. So I have a blog for each goal. :)

2 responses »

  1. Didn’t the band have to go on hiatus for a while due to Furler getting doctor’s orders for voice rest? His vocal style already puts stress on his voice — combine that with constant touring and I think you have another reason for his departure from the group.

    I have several of the Newsboys albums — “Going Public” was the soundtrack for my life for a year of college. Seemed like everything rough I encountered that year, the music from that album helped to overcome it.


    • ShadowWing Tronix says:

      I recall some medical condition is responsible for the way his eyes are (it might be the same one fictional comic strip character Gil Thorpe has–they were changed to match one of the symptoms of the real disease), although he might have had vocal problems as well. The only thing I found was this article.


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