Newsboys

Biography

One of the more media-exposed Christian rock bands of the '90s, Newsboys formed in the late '80s around a core of John James, Peter Furler, and Philip Urry. Though early in its career the band was panned for a perceived over-reliance on religious clichés in its lyrics, Newsboys later grasped secular music's alternative revolution in the early '90s for an image makeover, with good results. The group gained six number one singles on the Christian charts, and has been featured in more secular media outlets than the average Christian band. Step Up to the Microphone, their first album for major-label Virgin, arrived in 1998; Love Liberty Disco appeared a year later. In celebration of the new millennium, Newsboys also observed their own career with the greatest-hits package Shine...The Hits, issued in fall 2000. Their most elaborate work to date, Thrive, was issued in spring 2002 and led to one of their biggest CCM hits ever, "It Is You." Over ten years into their own career, Newsboys Remixed was released in the fall of that year, offering new takes on several of their biggest hits.
The band issued Adoration: The Worship Album in April 2003. The record included both originals and Newsboys versions of well-known worship songs. Guitarist Jody Davis left Newsboys in late 2003 in order to care for his daughter, Bethany, and Bryan Olesen took his place for a little over a year. He left in 2004 to work on his own band, Casting Pearls, just after Newsboys released their second worship album, Devotion. Paul Coleman, an Aussie singer/songwriter, came aboard as the band's new guitarist, and the next two years found the band touring the globe and working on the songs that would become its first pop album in four years, Go. That album, released in October 2006, was the first to be released on the band's own Inpop Records.
At the beginning of 2009, after a year of touring, Coleman left the band to go back to his solo career and Jody Davis returned. More shockingly perhaps, Furler announced soon afterwards that he going to scale back his involvement in Newsboys, no longer touring with them but instead staying behind the scenes as a songwriter/vocalist. His replacement came from one of the other titans of Christian rock, namely Michael Tait of dc Talk. Before Tait took over entirely, the band released one last album with Furler as lead singer, In the Hands of God, in May of 2009. By September of that year Furler was gone and Tait took over vocals for the band's next album, 2010's Born Again, which debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200. The new-look Newsboys featuring vocalist Tait returned in 2011 with the studio album God's Not Dead, and in 2013 they issued the well-received Restart, their sixteenth studio LP. The hymn-centric Hallelujah for the Cross arrived in 2013, followed in 2016 by the more pop-oriented Love Riot.

Birth Date: 1985

Origin: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Genre: Christian & Gospel 

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

    Albums

    No albums available

    Concerts

    2

    Milwaukee Theatre

    Thursday, February 2, 2017

    Start: Friday, December 9, 2016

    Ends: Thursday, February 2, 2017

    Milwaukee, WI

    Artists: Newsboys


    4

    Reardon Auditorium

    Saturday, February 4, 2017

    Start: Friday, December 9, 2016

    Ends: Saturday, February 4, 2017

    Anderson, IN

    Artists: Newsboys


    9

    Landmark Theatre

    Thursday, February 9, 2017

    Start: Friday, December 9, 2016

    Ends: Thursday, February 9, 2017

    Syracuse, NY

    Artists: Newsboys


    10

    The Santander Arena

    Friday, February 10, 2017

    Start: Friday, December 9, 2016

    Ends: Friday, February 10, 2017

    Reading, PA

    Artists: Newsboys


    16

    Cross Insurance Center

    Thursday, February 16, 2017

    Start: Friday, December 9, 2016

    Ends: Thursday, February 16, 2017

    Bangor, ME

    Artists: Newsboys


    17

    The Palace Theatre Albany

    Friday, February 17, 2017

    Start: Friday, December 9, 2016

    Ends: Friday, February 17, 2017

    Albany, NY

    Artists: Newsboys


    18

    Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

    Saturday, February 18, 2017

    Start: Friday, December 9, 2016

    Ends: Saturday, February 18, 2017

    Wilkes-Barre, PA

    Artists: Newsboys


    19

    Salem Civic Center

    Sunday, February 19, 2017

    Start: Friday, December 9, 2016

    Ends: Sunday, February 19, 2017

    Salem, VA

    Artists: Newsboys


    25

    United Wireless Arena

    Saturday, February 25, 2017

    Start: Friday, December 9, 2016

    Ends: Saturday, February 25, 2017

    Dodge City, KS

    Artists: Newsboys


    3

    Palace Theatre Columbus

    Friday, March 3, 2017

    Start: Friday, December 9, 2016

    Ends: Friday, March 3, 2017

    Columbus, OH

    Artists: Newsboys


    9

    Mississippi Coast Coliseum

    Thursday, March 9, 2017

    Start: Friday, December 9, 2016

    Ends: Thursday, March 9, 2017

    Biloxi, MS

    Artists: Newsboys


    10

    Township Auditorium

    Friday, March 10, 2017

    Start: Friday, December 9, 2016

    Ends: Friday, March 10, 2017

    Columbia, SC

    Artists: Newsboys


    12

    Times-Union Ctr Perf Arts Moran Theater

    Sunday, March 12, 2017

    Start: Friday, December 9, 2016

    Ends: Sunday, March 12, 2017

    Jacksonville, FL

    Artists: Newsboys


    19

    Laurie Auditorium

    Sunday, March 19, 2017

    Start: Friday, December 9, 2016

    Ends: Sunday, March 19, 2017

    San Antonio, TX

    Artists: Newsboys


    23

    Kiva Auditorium at the Albuquerque Convention Center

    Thursday, March 23, 2017

    Start: Friday, December 9, 2016

    Ends: Thursday, March 23, 2017

    Albuquerque, NM

    Artists: Newsboys


    24

    El Paso County Coliseum

    Friday, March 24, 2017

    Start: Friday, December 9, 2016

    Ends: Friday, March 24, 2017

    El Paso, TX

    Artists: Newsboys


    25

    Centennial Hall

    Saturday, March 25, 2017

    Start: Friday, December 9, 2016

    Ends: Saturday, March 25, 2017

    Tucson, AZ

    Artists: Newsboys


    26

    San Diego Civic Theatre

    Sunday, March 26, 2017

    Start: Friday, January 13, 2017

    Ends: Sunday, March 26, 2017

    San Diego, CA

    Artists: Newsboys


    20

    Canton Civic Center

    Thursday, April 20, 2017

    Start: Friday, January 20, 2017

    Ends: Thursday, April 20, 2017

    Canton, OH

    Artists: Newsboys


    21

    Prairie Capital Convention Center

    Friday, April 21, 2017

    Start: Friday, January 20, 2017

    Ends: Friday, April 21, 2017

    Springfield, IL

    Artists: Newsboys


    23

    Chester Fritz Auditorium

    Sunday, April 23, 2017

    Start: Friday, January 20, 2017

    Ends: Sunday, April 23, 2017

    Grand Forks, ND

    Artists: Newsboys


    29

    Timmons Arena

    Saturday, April 29, 2017

    Start: Friday, January 20, 2017

    Ends: Saturday, April 29, 2017

    Greenville, SC

    Artists: Newsboys


    4

    Von Braun Center Arena

    Thursday, May 4, 2017

    Start: Friday, January 20, 2017

    Ends: Thursday, May 4, 2017

    Huntsville, AL

    Artists: Newsboys


    5

    Pensacola Bay Center

    Friday, May 5, 2017

    Start: Friday, January 20, 2017

    Ends: Friday, May 5, 2017

    Pensacola, FL

    Artists: Newsboys


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