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Newsboys United

Saturday, October 12, 2019, 2:00 AM

with Ryan Stevenson, Adam Agee, Kevin Max
Since arriving on the scene in 1985 in their native Australia, the Newsboys have taken Christian music by storm. Nearly three decades later, the iconic band is an undisputed industry leader, garnering six gold albums; 8 million units in career sales; 33 #1 singles; multiple GRAMMY and American Music Award nominations; and signature hits ranging from He Reigns and Born Again to their recent 15-week chart-topper, We Believe. Expanding their reach into film, the band appeared in the 2014 Pure Flix hit, Gods Not Dead, inspired by their song of the same name. Currently comprised of drummer Duncan Phillips; lead vocalist Michael Tait; guitarist Jody Davis; and keyboardist Jeff Frankenstein, the Newsboys latest recording, Hallelujah For The Cross, marks their first-ever collection of hymns.Its no secret that the Newsboys spend a lot of their days on the road. Theyre constantly challenged and driven to make powerful, intriguing music that will continue to bring their message of faith to anyone who will listen. Theyve been doing it for almost three decades now. Thats a long time to consistently make new and exciting music but theyve continued to do it with fervor and drive, allowing them to stay at the top of their game in the process. Keeping things fresh can be a challenge in all aspects of life. Old things can seem stagnant and past their due date and we get caught up in the glitz of whats fresh and unchartered. And then there are those things in life that just become more poignant, more meaningful and quite simply, more needed as time goes on. Their depth and power never seem to lose their luster.So, when the Newsboys decided to unveil their first ever hymns collection HALLELUJAH FOR THE CROSS, this was their first challenge. How do we take these powerful, foundational hymns, that for hundreds of years have managed to stay valid and not become redundant even though they were written so long ago, and refresh them for todays listener? The hymns dont necessarily need to be rescued but a new audience needs to hear them.Old hymns dont get much press these days but they havent lost their punch. Newsboys manager Wes Campbell knows this well. Theres a lot of truth and power in those old hymns, he says. Were not saying weve redone them completely but we have gone and taken that nugget from these hymns and made them accessible to a new generation. Our hope is that people will then go back and explore the full lyrics and learn the story behind them. Theyre pretty powerful.Overall, there was a purposeful effort to keep the integrity of the original hymn but to modernize it and make it palatable for todays audiences, so taking some creative license had to be employed. We took a bit of a modern worship approach to these old hymns, Wes said. We kept the verses in there and it really does open a pathway to where these songs came from and sheds some light on the songs for people whove never really sung hymns.Lead singer Michael Tait agrees. Hymns are important to me. Wes Campbell, producer Seth Mosley, and myself sat and picked through songs that went way, way, way back into my past and my dads Baptist church. I love modern worship but I just love that old stuff because they were written in such desperate and perilous times, and out of great pain comes great resolve, I think. When I sing them, they go deeper in ways to me than a lot of things I reach out for when Im in that spiritual drought, he adds.Michael has some favorites on the album. It Is Well, I love, he continues. I just love that story. The way I chose to sing it and arrange it with Wes and Seth was done not so much in a haphazardly, happy way but more like a victory call, with resolution. Really saying, It is Well! with a power behind it. No two ways about it that this was one of my favorites. The group deviated a bit with the albums title cut and debut single, penned by Ross King and Todd Wright but overall, held closely to the goal of

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