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Newsboys set to prove 'God's Not Dead'

Friday, March 23, 2012

Front man Michael Tait, Jeff Frankenstein, Duncan Phillips and Jody Davis make up the Newsboys, coming to the Clay County Regional Events Center Saturday, March 31.
With the top song on Billboard's CHR charts, "God's Not Dead (Like a Lion)," the Newsboys are ready to bring their tour -- of the same name -- to Spencer's Clay County Regional Events Center, headlining a Christian music show on Saturday, March 31.

Front man Michael Tait and Newsboys band members keyboardist Jeff Frankenstein -- Tait verified that is his real name -- drummer Duncan Phillips and guitarist Jody Davis, offer a new collection of songs in addition to decade old classics recorded by the popular Christian rock band.

Tait joined the band in 2009, after the group's longtime lead singer Peter Furler decided to step down as the group's featured voice following a 22-year career.

The Newsboys most recent release, "God's Not Dead" provided inspiration for the band's current tour name.
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"I had moved to L.A. and started working with projects," Tait said. "The Newsboys called and said Peter wanted a break, he has family in Australia. I thought it was going to be a couple of weeks."

"It looks like it's going to be a long term thing."

Tait's career has spanned generations. Together with Toby Mac and Kevin Max, Tait rounded out the trio of the legendary group DC Talk.

"I never dreamed I would be a part of dc Talk and the Newsboys," Tait admitted. "In Newsboys, I start the song and I end the song. In dc Talk, I shared it with Toby and Kevin."

Tait first recorded with the band, on lead vocals, resulting in the album "Born Again."

"It's a new sound but still has some of the old DNA. Newsboys 2.0 we call it," Tait explained, making the comparison between himself and the former lead singer. "I offer a bit more versatility vocally. I'm a bit more of a chameleon. I can go from "Jesus Loves Me" to "Jesus Freak."

With Born Again, the band toured as part of the Winter Jam Tour. This time out, with the God's Not Dead Tour, the Newsboys are center stage.

"This tour shows the Newsboys are back and blessed," Tait said, adding quickly, "They never really went away."

The tour runs through May 6, and when completed, will have included more than 60 markets across the United States.

The band's singer acknowledged "Jesus Freak," perhaps the most popular dc Talk song recorded, will be part of the Newsboys show.

"It's still a fan favorite whether Newsboys do it, Toby does it, or Kevin does it," Tait admitted.

He also said, during the show, fans of classic Newsboys favorites can expect to hear a blend of the new and old during the Clay County show.

A special VIP Pre-Show Meet & Greet Experience is held nightly on the tour with a portion of its proceeds going to support Compassion International's child trafficking initiatives.

The Newsboys recently received three Dove nominations for the upcoming 43rd Annual GMA Dove Awards. The band is nominated for Best Rock/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year for "Born Again," as well as for Short Form Music Video of the Year for "Miracles." Tait was involved with a collaboration of artists for The Story, which is nominated for Special Event Album of the Year. The ceremony will be held April 19, in Atlanta.

"I don't know how long it's going to last, but I don't plan on going anywhere," Tait said, referencing his role with the band. "I have no plans on changing my residence."

He added, "How blessed we are to do what we do, and are called to do. What more can you ask for?"

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