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Ichthus notebook: 2011 festival shows Christian music doesn’t fit into one category

Saturday night at the Ichthus Festival, I arrived in the photo pit at the Deep End stage and saw a familiar face on the front row: Jenny Green, a teen from Crawfordsville, Ind., who I had met the day before … Continue reading

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rctalk: Third Day and Jars of Clay have grown into their latest albums

Little more than a decade ago, Third Day and Jars of Clay were the young guns of Christian rock, acts working around the edges of a burgeoning genre. It was a little hard to figure out what to make of … Continue reading

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Is ‘holy’ is in the ear of the beholder?

Last week, the Ichthus Festival announced on its Facebook page that it had booked a band with lyrics such as this: I’m gonna hope for you, I’m gonna pray for you, Amongst the reckless and the black. Salvation lies within. … Continue reading

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Is it time for contemporary Christian music to ditch the niche?

Switchfoot’s This is the Sound rocks the new Blackberry commercial. During the past year, there have been public signs that Christian pop music is on the rise. Last spring on American Idol, a pair of openly Christian ­contestants vied for … Continue reading

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Phil Stacey: From Harlan Co. to American Idol to Michael W. Smith’s label

When Phil Stacey was a ­contestant on American Idol, he was pegged as a little bit country. So that’s where the Harlan County native ended up after the show, on the country label Lyric Street Records. In 2008, he released … Continue reading

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Review: Michael W. Smith and Steven Curtis Chapman at Rupp Arena

When you get a ticket to a concert featuring Michael W. Smith and Steven Curtis Chapman, there are moments you hope for. Like, the pair riffing on each other’s gargantuan catalogues. After Chapman finished his first-half solo set at Rupp … Continue reading

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rctalk: Martin Smith on CompassionArt; Phil Stacey’s new deal

Click play to hear our interview with Martin Smith, in which he talks about CompassionArt, India and the end of Delirious. [podcast]http://copiousnotes.bloginky.com/files/2009/02/090207compassionart-podcast.mp3[/podcast] Copious Notes podcasts are available on iTunes. Over its last couple of albums, Delirious has become increasingly vocal … Continue reading

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rctalk: 2008 contemporary Christian Christmas albums

Why do recording artists make new Christmas albums? Seriously, three-quarters of them are usually full of songs that have been recorded a quarter-of-a-million times already, and the rest are attempts at new seasonal tunes that are in reality what is … Continue reading

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