Thursday, November 20, 2003

Rockers Creed P.O.D. Evanescence Move to the Mainstream and bring MercyMe and other Christian acts with them -- "Out of the Christian Ghetto
Christian rockers and mainstream music executives increasingly ignore the divide between faith rock and 'real' rock.

By Mark Joseph

In 1969, Larry Norman's band, People, sent Capitol Records the master tapes for its new album, along with the cover art--a painting of Jesus standing with the band in the studio. The title was a stunner: 'We Need A Whole Lot More Of Jesus And A Lot Less Of Rock & Roll.'

Norman was the leader of what would come to be called the Jesus Rock movement. But secularists who loathed the very idea of rock music being infused with traditional spiritual messages had other names for Norman and other early pioneers of the movement who didn't adhere to the doctrine of separation of rock and faith: Jesus Creeps."
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Features - "Back In the Day...
by Michael Janke
Sometimes it's nice to sit back and remember.
Being a Christian music fan in 2003 is certainly not a bad thing. Christian bands are receiving more exposure today than ever before, there has been a renewal of the passion to worship, and new talent seems to constantly be rising to the fore. Rocketown has put its entire catalogue online for easy download and purchase. 'I Can Only Imagine' is one of the best breakout success stories of the year on mainstream adult radio. Projects like !Hero are breaking new ground and impacting lives in new ways. No, the here and now has plenty to be happy about. But it's still nice to recall the past. To think about how it was, back-in-the-day. Everyone's back-in-the-day is different, since we all experience different things in life and grow up at different times. Newer music fans will not share a lot of the recollections that I have, and older fans might want to go back further. But all of that understood, I would still like to pause this week and remember... "
Interviews - "Skillet interview
by Robin Parrish
Robin: Collide is album number six. Can you believe it?
John Cooper: No, that sounds like I've been doing this for a really long time. (Laughs.)
And there have been a lot of changes along the way.
That's for sure.
The biggest news about this album is that once again, you've switched to a different style of music. Why?
Well, we like to redefine ourselves. And I think it was just time to do that again. Probably for a lot of different reasons... One of them being that we're changing, too. The kind of music that I like and am influenced by has that affect on me, that before you know it, you're like, 'Yeah, I want to try something new.' Also, in the market that we're in, I think it's important to redefine and change and keep people guessing. It keeps things fresh for you, too. If we were to do another electronic/industrial record, I kind of feel that we'd probably be on our way out of the market. We've done that on two or three records now -- depending on how you look at it -- so we're just ready to explore some other things."