Tag Archives: Michael W. Smith

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 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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rctalk: Phil Stacey’s Into the Light; Is the GMA in trouble?

Listening to Phil Stacey‘s Into the Light, you think, if this guy wasn’t on American Idol, he should have been. His debut on Reunion Records under the guidance of legendary Christian producer Brown Bannister sounds very Idol, with songs that … 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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Ichthus: 10 years, 10 great performances

Ichthus, has it really been 10 years? The first year I covered the Ichthus Festival was 1999. The festival, which returns next week with its 40th edition, had just made the move out from the campground in Wilmore to the … Continue reading

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Putting their faith in American Idol

This year’s American Idol finals ­offered the nation 13 singers from across the country with ­different strengths, looks, backgrounds and styles. But six of them had ­something in common, aside from wanting to be the next American Idol: They all … 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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Smith-Chapman concert a sort of homecoming

With the United Tour, Rupp Arena will host two of the icons of Christian rock. Steven Curtis Chapman and Michael W. Smith are global superstars of the genre. But you could also see a Central Kentucky gig for them as … 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: Julian Drive review; Smitty and Stevie coming to Rupp; ‘Fireproof’ DVD

Review: Julian Drive, My Coming Day Athens, Ga. It’s a town that has an almost mythic reputation in rock ‘n’ roll as the birthplace of Hall of Famers R.E.M. and The B-52’s and current acts such as Of Montreal and … Continue reading

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