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In the Hands of God is the album newsboys fans have been waiting for, and not just their fans, but everyone who loves rock 'n' roll pushed to its breaking point. The album, described as a return to the classic Newsboys sound, is actually a forward-moving proclamation from a band doing what it does best.

To date, newsboys sold over 6 million albums, minted five gold records, charted more than 25 No. 1 radio hits and earned four Grammy nominations. In the Hands of God, however, wipes the slate clean with vivid flashbacks to a fresh-faced Australian band struggling to find its place. By retracing its early footsteps, newsboys captures an urgency and hunger that lights the songs ablaze with internal fire. The album then channels this energy into an unbreakable string of quick-hitting melodies that never seem to fade. It's newsboys laid bare, as seen through the looking glass of God's providence.

"The Way We Roll" starts the journey with loud guitars, slappin' beats and snarling punk vocals that offer a bird's eye view to the indignities newsboys suffered as a young band. "No Grave" doesn't let up, using hometown memories to ponder death's defeat as anvil-heavy chords empty into a ferocious bridge. Songs like "Glorious" and "In the Hands of God" take a reflective turn with verses steeped in grateful memories and choruses exploding into worship. "My Friend Jesus" gives the album a humorous twist with images of a caller going mad from waiting on hold, while "This Is Your Life" drops audio ear candy with waves of guitars crashing over electro-pop pulses. And while In the Hands of God opens with a defiant anthem from a band that refused surrender, "RSL 1984" closes the disc newsboys visionary Peter Furler offering a touching look at his youth beautifully poured out like a diary over piano keys, strings and electric/acoustic guitars.

As is the norm, In the Hands of God continues the lyrical partnership between Furler and music icon Steve Taylor, but the disc added some new names to the production front. Studio wizard Max Hsu (Superchick, tobyMac) – described as "a fantastic sounding board and someone who really understands what fans like best about the band" – made his debut as a newsboys producer, while bassist-keyboardist Jeff Frankenstein joined Peter Furler for the first time as a co-producer. newsboys also welcomed back longtime guitarist Jody Davis, who left the group in 2003 to care for a daughter with cerebral palsy, rejoining a lineup that still features Duncan Phillips' masterful backbeat.

As already announced on their website, In the Hands of God marks Peter Furler's final album as newsboyss lead vocalist. His passion is the songwriting and production, and as a band known for its enterprising ingenuity, Furler will now help drive the creative momentum as a new singer takes over the vocal reins for future tours and albums. Of course, the band ignited an immediate buzz when it announced the new vocalist was Grammy-winning dc Talk singer Michael Tait.

"In the Hands of God is the perfect album to close this chapter of my life and start afresh with an exciting new role within the band," says Furler, who will still make guest appearances at select live shows. "newsboys have always been an idea first and foremost, not a band or a singer. It's about people pulling together their gifts and talents in a collaboration that makes a difference in people's lives."

newsboys are special in that they've always been about more than the people on stage. For example, Steve Taylor doesn't perform with the band, but he's certainly part of the creative team, and to that extent, Tait is also a longtime member of the newsboys family. With both groups starting in America at the same time, newsboys and dc Talk played over 100 shows together, rode in each other's buses on tour and joined each other on stage. Tait can even be seen singing with the newsboys on their 2002 DVD From The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, and naturally he provided background vocals on In the Hands of God.

newsboys and dc talk have been musical 'cousins,' so to speak, for years, so when the call came, it felt pretty natural to me to step in to fill Peter's shoes,” Tait remarks. “It's a perfect merger that joins the best of both worlds; I feel like I'm helping to carry on the tradition of two legendary bands who helped put Christian music on the map. newsboys and the fans have really welcomed me into this new era of the band, and In The Hands Of God is one of the newsboys’ best albums so far. As I look ahead, I really believe the best is yet to come. I’m excited to be a part of it.”

"Everyone who bought a newsboys album probably bought a dc Talk album as well," remarks Furler, "and once you hear Michael Tait sing the songs and talk about the future, it's undeniable."

And the future's never looked brighter. newsboys made an album that recaptures the emotional energy of their youth with songs that propel the band into the future. Sure, some might say there are elements of Not Ashamed on steroids or a more personal Adoration, but In the Hands of God is an ensemble of creative sparks that prove that viscerally honest narratives can still be inspired rambunctious fun.

"Most bands do their best work early, but we feel In the Hands of God is as strong as our strongest," declares Furler.

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Album Title Year Label
Hell Is for Wimps1990Star Song Communications
Turn1991Star Song Communications
Boys Will Be Boyz1992Star Song Communications
Read All About It1992Star Song Communications
Not Ashamed1992Star Song Communications
Going Public1994Star Communications
Take Me to Your Leader1996Chordant Records
Step Up to the Microphone1998Virgin Records
Love Liberty Disco1999Sparrow Records
Shine: The Hits2000Sparrow Records
Thrive2002Sparrow Records
Newsboys Remixed2002Sparrow Records
Adoration: The Worship Album2003Sparrow Records
He Reigns: The Worship Collection2005Sparrow Records
Go2006Inpop Records
Double Take2006Sparrow Records
Go: Remixed2007Inpop Records
Newsboys Live: Houston We Are Go (CD+DVD)2008Inpop Records
The Ultimate Collection2009Sparrow Records
In the Hands of God2009Inpop Records
Born Again2010Inpop Records
Christmas: A Newsboys Holiday2010Inpop Records
God's Not Dead2011InPop





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