With lyrics like “God’s not dead, He’s surely alive/He’s living on the inside, roaring like a lion,” the Newsboys don’t try to sugar coat the fact that they are a contemporary Christian rock band. But make no mistake, they are a rock band. The band is in the middle of the We Believe Tour, and coming off the success of the movie, “God’s Not Dead,” that features their hit song of the same title.
Personally, I’ve been a Newsboys fan since seeing them at Campbell University in 1994, just before their Going Public album came out, and shortly after Jeff Frankenstein joined the band as the keyboardist. The band has seen a number of changes since then, but their sound and message remains the same. If anything, they’ve lost some of the quirkyness that defined their early albums with Steve Taylor as a songwriter and producer.
Their song “We Believe” hit as high as number 2 on the Billboard top Christian songs. The Restart album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Christian Albums chart, and peaked at number 38 on the Top 200 Albums Billboard chart.
This adds to their long list of career achievements, which includes more than 8 million albums sold and 30 songs to hit Number One. Which maybe is bound to happen when a band has as much staying power as the Newsboys. The band now has 17 studio albums under their collective belts, all of which they can pull from to fill their set list.
Before they go on stage, 7eventh Time Down will open for the Newsboys. The group released their sophomore album Just Say Jesus.
Take a look at this preview of the We Believe Tour. (Note: Family Force Five will not be appearing at the N.C. State Fair.)