If there’s ever been one band you could count on to find the silver lining in almost any situation, it’s Newsboys. For more than three decades, the veteran Christian outfit has survived staff changes, changes in the music industry and more recently the perils of the pandemic to maintain a legion of enthusiastic fans and a strong presence on radio and in the world. the charts.
In support of their new album, Support, the Newsboys are back on the road and reveling in the opportunity to present their music to the public once again. “It went on and on and we all thought, ‘It’ll be over in a few months,’ and then it was, ‘Maybe next fall. “Nonetheless, we stopped, and the silver lining in the Covid cloud was a moment to create and write,” said singer Michael Tait, who co-wrote all ten songs on Support.
“The songs cover everything from our blessing even during Covid, how much God loves us even when it’s Covid, how we don’t need to be afraid to walk and live our life even when it’s Covid He said. “A lot of the songs have come from being able to sit still and listen and hear from God. The songs have also come from seeing the effects these times have on people in general. The political culture we live in is so much. separate. It’s so sad. Everyone is so angry with each other and angry. And about what? That’s how who cares if you don’t agree with my point It doesn’t matter if someone slipped in and said something they didn’t apologize for? And forgiveness? That no longer exists?
The album’s first single, “Magnetic”, is currently climbing the charts. This is just the latest in a long, long line of success for the veteran band, which was founded in Queensland, Australia, in 1985 by Peter Furler and George Perdikis. The group emigrated to America in 1997, signed a recording contract and embarked on a long and successful career. Current lineup includes Tait, a former member of the legendary Christian trio dcTalk who took the reins after Furler left in 2009, as well as longtime drummer Duncan Phillips, keyboardist Jeff Frankenstein and guitarist Jody Davis. They are a tight-knit and talented unit with an easy-going camaraderie rooted in a wealth of experience. Over the years, Newsboys has populated Christian radio with hits such as “Entertaining Angels,” “We Believe,” “Born Again,” and “God’s Not Dead,” which inspired a four-hit movie franchise. Newsboys has sold over 10 million records, recorded 33 No. 1 hits, won two American Music Awards and several Dove Awards.
“Magnetic” continues the dynamics of the group. “It was just like something people needed to hear. Newsboys United is over. This whole deal took its course, ”Tait said of the reunion with former members Furler and Phil Joel, which included a 2019 album and a long tour. “With this album, we knew we had to come out swinging. We wanted to do something fresh, different, and better. ‘Magnetic’ was the song because I think people kinda missed it with the Newsboys. [We had been doing] lots of praise songs, a little laid back, not really pop and punchy but that’s what I’ve always been in my life. It’s my DNA.
When asked if there would be another Newsboy United tour, Tait replied, “I think she took her class and did what she did, but it was great for the fans. to see Peter and Phil come back. It was good and if it happens again, who knows?
Tait is proud of the musical diversity reflected in the new album and cites the opening track, “Ain’t It Like Jesus”, as a prime example. “It’s definitely a different direction for us,” he says. “This record [reflects] our personalities because we are kind of everything to everyone and in today’s world people listen to everything from Luke Bryan to Drake to Dr. Dre. Children are everywhere on the map. I think beauty is diversity. Variety is the spice of life and all of these things come to mind on this record. “Aint It Like Jesus” is definitely a bit of a mix of hybrid pop and reggae, but a bit of the quirky style of Newsboys and it’s just an encouraging little thing to remember this daddy. [God] always has his eye on us you know. A mustard seed of faith can move mountains. It’s like Jesus doing the unthinkable.
Tait sees the title song, “Stand,” as the latest Newsboys song to make a strong statement. “It’s so powerful and when you think of Newsboys you think of songs like ‘He Reigns’ and ‘God’s Not Dead.’ We believe in statement songs, ”he says. “We knew we wanted a song that made a statement and the boy is so important these days. We are all over America. People go back and forth in their statements of faith or they denounce their faith or they walk in the middle. In the fashion of Gavroches [the song says] get up and put all the shit aside. You have to choose a side. You have to assume. It’s your time. . . I see him from the stage: the hitchhikers, climbers and campers. You cannot be dropouts and you cannot be campers. You have to keep climbing and this is when you are going to stand. If you stop, you won’t be standing. If you are climbing, you are in a forward, vertical movement.
Having devoted so much heart and soul to writing the album during the downtime caused by the pandemic, Tait is deeply invested in these songs. When asked which song on the album best reflects where he is now, he quotes “Blessings on Blessings”. “It’s all about gratitude,” said the perpetually exuberant leader. “It’s my bubbly personality. I always try to find the bright side and there is a bright side to everything. I am convinced that you can decide when you wake up in the morning if you are going to be for the Lord and enjoy it or if you are going to be the devil. There are two sides of the bed. Get up on the safe side and you will be in great shape. Bless the Lord! You have air in your lungs. You have a song in your heart. You have a God who is on the throne whether you want to that day or not, who is not dead and he is in our corner. There are days that are in the mundane, but God works in the mundane and in the sun. It always does, rain or shine.
In addition to working on the album, Tait and her band mates spent time during the pandemic doing things they rarely get to do on major tours. “We were never home on the weekends,” he says. “I went to my church on Sunday morning which was nice. I have to go out on Saturday night with friends. I was able to visit a lot of people, those who weren’t afraid of COVID. And I went around. I was often alone on a plane because people didn’t fly at first [of the pandemic]. But everything has changed. I made it simple. I rode my motorcycle a lot.
The group toured earlier this year with renowned evangelist Franklin Graham and are now back on the road with their Step Into the Light tour. “We renamed our tour ‘Test into The Light Tour’ because we get a Covid test every Monday,” Tait jokes.
Newsboys are also releasing a new holiday tune. “’The Christmas Song’ is one of our favorite Christmas tunes and we hope everyone enjoys this song during this most amazing season,” he says. “As we celebrate his birth, let us rejoice that families and friends can be together this year. ”
With a history spanning over 30 years, Newsboys has grown into one of the most enduring groups in the Christian music community, and Tait credits their material. “It’s all about the songs. At the end of the day, people come to the shows to hear songs that touched them, ”he says. “This is what keeps the irons warm in the fire, having a material that the masses can relate to.”
he hopes Support will resonate strongly with listeners eager for a message of hope. “What affects us comes from the Word, ”he says of the Bible. “The songs don’t necessarily quote the scriptures, but it’s never too far away. These songs are little warnings that you can put in during the day and be blessed with it. You can use it as a tool to use in your walk with the Lord. Let it color for a moment, fill the void in your ears, and speak to your heart. Hopefully this will encourage people to get rid of the socks and make them feel loved, wanted and needed, and hopefully lead them to salvation. “