Newsboys “A Force to be Reckoned With” on 17th Career Album Restart Available Now
Newsboys to headline Winter Jam 2013 West this fall
Nashville, Tenn. (September 10, 2013) – Four-time GRAMMY®-nominated band Newsboys embolden their status as a “force to be reckoned with” on their powerful, pop-heavy 17th career album, Restart, available today, September 10. The band has vowed to “take the music further” than ever before in their career that boasts over eight million albums sold, 30 No. 1 radio hits and five RIAA Gold Certified albums.
Restart is the third studio album with Michael Tait at the helm and combines the pop, worship and rock that fans embraced from the first two albums, Born Again and God’s Not Dead. In the nearly four years since Tait joined the band, over 650,000 records have been sold, while five singles have attained No. 1 status on the radio charts.
The catchy beats and purpose-filled lyrics of the lead single “Live With Abandon” have contributed to a steady rise on the radio charts. The single currently stands at No. 11 on the National Christian Audience Chart, No. 6 on the Christian AC Indicator chart and No. 17 on the Christian AC Monitored chart, reaching a total audience of nearly six million.
Boldly securing Newsboys as one of the most dominant forces in the CCM genre, here is a sampling of the strong acclaim that Restart has already garnered:
“This longtime band is still going strong on their third disc with Michael Tait at the mic. Their version of pop-worship is as catchy as ever on tracks like the modern anthem ‘Live With Abandon.’”
“Comfortable in their own shoes and daring enough to stay interesting, the Newsboys are still a force to be reckoned with, and Restart is proof.”
– Jesus Freak Hideout
“When Michael Tait took over as lead vocals for Newsboys, they never looked back and their albums just keep getting better.”
“There is no denying it: Michael, Jody, Jeff and Duncan are at the top of their game, and if this offering is any indication of what the future holds, we have much to look forward to for many years to come.”
“Restart is packed with tracks that compete with the quality of today’s current mainstream pop music, and the lyrics are much more positive, encouraging and wholesome than what is on the radio. It will be a contender for best pop album of the year in the CCM market.
– HM Magazine
“Full of powerful lyrics, infectious enthusiasm and pop-dance melodies that are new, fresh and invigorating, the band are able to deliver 16 songs full of intensity, hopefulness, encouragement and powerful truths directly from Scripture.”
– Indie Vision Music
“There’s no doubt that Newsboys have found a place in popular Christian music and their music will live on long after they disband.”
– Christian Music Zine
“This is the new style of modern worship, taken outside of the four walls of the church, and served up on an accessible plate that a secular-influenced generation will enjoy.”
– Louder Than the Music
“…an album brimful of catchy hooks, throbbing EDM rhythms and lyrics which are simple enough to connect with a teenage audience yet artful enough to avoid evangelical cliché.”
– Cross Rhythms
The Newsboys are set to headline the internationally top-ranked Winter Jam 2013 Tour spectacular this fall. Kicking off in Los Angeles on November 8, the Newsboys will hit 11 Western cities on a talent-heavy lineup that also features Tenth Avenue North, Thousand Foot Krutch, Plumb and Building 429, along with a special worship set from Crowder (select cities) or Passion featuring Kristian Stanfill (select cities), in addition to a message from evangelist Nick Hall. For more information, visit www.Newsboys.com.
Four-time GRAMMY®-nominated band Newsboys boasts an impressive track record with 16 albums, five gold certifications, 30 No. 1 radio hits and over 8 million units sold over their multi-decade career. This rock and pop-driven worship band includes front man Michael Tait (vocals) and his band mates who’ve played together for two decades – Jody Davis (guitar), Jeff Frankenstein (keys) and Duncan Phillips (drums). Their 2010 release, Born Again, saw the largest street week of their careers, debuting at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 and garnering three No. 1 hits. Their 2012 record, God’s Not Dead, has sold over 300,000 copies and it’s title song, “God’s Not Dead,” topped the CHR radio format for seven weeks in a row. Renown for their heart-pumping live concerts, the tight knit Newsboys unit continues to headline shows in the U.S. and around the world. Their pop-spirited third album with Michael Tait at the helm, Restart, is available in stores now.