Thursday, April 28, 2011

Newsboys (;

The Newsboys have had a lot of changes in members along the years. The Newsboys' original members; bassist Sean Taylor, vocalist John James, and drummer Peter Furler, formed the band in Mooloolaba, Queensland in 1985 along with Furler's guitarist school mate, George Perdikis. The band's original name was The News, but once in the U.S. they changed it to The Newsboys to avoid conflict with the U.S.-based band Huey Lewis and the News. The band came to the United States in late 1987 after getting signed with Refuge Communications, and released the album Read All About It in 1988 in the United States.

Newsboys original members

In late 1997, John James announced he would be leaving the band. Furler moved from drums to vocals and auditions were held for the drum position. Eventually, Duncan Phillips, who had previously played keyboards and percussion for the band, moved over to the drum kit. From 1998 to 2003, the band's lineup of lead singer Furler, bassist Phil Joel, guitarist Jody Davis, keyboardist Jeff Frankenstein stayed constant. Late in 2003, guitarist Jody Davis left and was replaced with Bryan Oleson. In 2006, Oleson left to focus on his own band, Casting Pearls and was replaced by Paul Colman. In December 2006, Phil Joel announced that he would leave the band to pursue his own projects and albums. On 5 January 2009, Paul Colman announced he would be leaving the Newsboys to return to his solo projects. At the same time it was announced that Jody Davis would return to the band after 5 years.

Michael Tait. Yes, i totally took this picture(; Where you ask? WinterJam 2011!

 Peter Furler, having toured with the Newsboys since the band began in 1985, decided to step back into a support role continuing as the band's primary songwriter and producer. A replacement lead vocalist was required so the band could continue touring. On 9 March 2009, it was announced on the band's web site that Michael Tait would be the new lead singer. Which now leaves the current members of the band. They were pretty amazing at the WinterJam concert(: here are some pictures...

 Ahh how I love the faces he makes(;

 That went right over my head!

Psh! someone put there hand in the way!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Worthy is the Lamb! Happy Easter(:

So, I'm sure you already know that Easter is this Sunday. Last Sunday (Palm Sunday), I sang at my church. It was my first time singing and playing the piano at the same time, and I was so nervous. After praying through the whole service that my heart was in the right place to worship God, it was finally time for me to sing, during communion. The song I sang was Worthy is the Lamb by Darlene Zschech. The song is all about thanking God for sending his son to die for us. Thanking him for the nails in his hands and feet, for loving us enough to take all the weight of our sins on his shoulders.

 I think sometimes we get so caught up in the traditions of Easter such as decorating eggs or family get-togethers, that we forget the magnitude of what we are celebrating. Jesus, an innocent man, beaten, mocked, and hung on a cross, just for us, for our sins, for everything we do that isn't pleasing to God.

Here is a video of me singing in church. The whole song didn't record because the video camera ran out of memory ): But Anyways, here it is(: