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!

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