Newsboys’ Live Album Gets Thumbs Up From Critics As Band Continues to Excite Audiences Nationwide on Popular “God’s Not Dead Tour”
Project debuts in Top 5 on iTunes® Christian & Gospel Albums
Heralded as one of the best live acts in the business, Newsboys have captured the unmatched energy and solidness of their live show on their new project, Live In Concert: God’s Not Dead, released yesterday nationwide. As they continue to thrill audiences nationwide on their “God’s Not Dead” tour, the GRAMMY® and recent American Music Award-nominees are also impressing critics and receiving rave remarks for the live album, recorded earlier this year. The project quickly climbed to the Top 5 on the iTunes® Christian & Gospel Albums chart upon release. Here is just a snippet of the praise the band is garnering for Live In Concert: God’s Not Dead:
“So often live albums are so refined and overdubbed that they lose the raw passion of the live performance, but this album retains that edgy feel, bringing a true representation of the Newsboys concert experience.”
-Louder Than Music
“Excellently mixed, worshipful at the heart, and invigorating to the senses, Live In Concert: God’s Not Dead is a live project well worth experiencing.”
-Jesus Freak Hideout
“This is a treat for Newsboys fans, and paints for those still unsure about the change, or just unfamiliar with their history, a clear picture of their continually solid musical performances.”
-New Release Tuesday
Recorded live in front of tens of thousands of fans at 2012’s Sonshine Festival in Willmar, MN, and LifeFest in Osh Kosh, WI., Live In Concert, God’s Not Dead primarily features songs from Newsboys’ hit recordings God’s Not Dead (2012) and Born Again (2010), and premieres the first new recordings of lead vocalist Michael Tait singing past Newsboys hits “He Reigns” and “Something Beautiful.” The album is available in Christian retailers and online here:smarturl.it/godsnotdeadlive.
In addition to the album hype, the Newsboys will be competing for fan’s votes in the 40thAnnual American Music Awards. The band is up for their first AMA nomination in the Favorite Artist, Contemporary/Inspirational, Category. The award show will broadcast live from the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE on November 18th at 8/7c on ABC.
This GRAMMY®-nominated and Dove Award-winning band has sold close to 8 million units, has garnered five Gold albums and 25 No. 1 radio hits. Their 2010 release, Born Again, saw the largest street week of their careers, selling astounding 45,311 units and hitting No. 4 on Billboard’s overall chart, positioned above new releases from such artists as Justin Bieber, Sting and M.I.A. Its self-titled single topped the radio charts for 8 weeks, gaining close to eight million impressions to date. The record also garnered three No. 1 hits.
Newsboys released their most recent CD on November 15, 2011 – the highly anticipated project, God’s Not Dead. This rock-driven worship album finds front man Michael Tait and his band mates who’ve played together for two decades – Jeff Frankenstein (keys), Duncan Phillips (drums) and Jody Davis (guitar) – with some of today’s most widely church-embraced modern worship anthems as well as several original and never-before-released worship songs written by some of today’s biggest worship songwriters. It’s title song, “God’s Not Dead,” topped the CHR radio format for seven weeks in a row.
Renown for their heart-pumping live concerts, the tight knit Newsboys unit continues to headline shows in the U.S. and around the world. 2011 saw them headline the world’s biggest tour, the Winter Jam Tour, playing to more than half a million people. Stay tuned towww.Newsboys.com for the most updated tour dates and latest information on the band.
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