Take 5 with singer/songwriter Sandra McCracken

Singer/songwriter Sandra McCracken has always loved hymns, which is apparent to anyone who spends time listening to her body of work.  Combining ancient words with modern sound, McCracken is careful to keep the integrity of hymns intact.  McCracken’s ethereal vocals are solid and beautiful. McCracken’s latest release, In Feast or Fallow, offers all of theContinue reading “Take 5 with singer/songwriter Sandra McCracken”

Rockin’ at RevGen 2009

Revelation Generation (RevGen) held its fifth annual two-day Labor Day Weekend extravaganza Sept. 4-5 in Frenchtown, NJ.  This year’s line-up was ambitious and impressive with big hitters such as Switchfoot, Jars of Clay, Relient K, Needtobreathe, Flyleaf, and MercyMe taking center stage along with other favorites such as Derek Webb, Jon Foreman (s0lo acoustic performance),Continue reading “Rockin’ at RevGen 2009”

Derek Webb:: The Cure for Stockholm Syndrome

If you thought Derek Webb was controversial before, you should have seen Stockholm Syndrome’s pre-release showdown.  Would INO Records release his song “What Matters Most” even though it contained profanity?  Would Derek Webb allow the album to be released without the song (or the song without the swear words)?  As it so happened, a compromiseContinue reading “Derek Webb:: The Cure for Stockholm Syndrome”

Take 5 with Stacie Vining of Vining Media Relations

When I first interviewed Stacie Vining in 2002, she was only on the job for two years and working with a big publicity group.  I was a senior in college writing an article on women working in the Christian music industry for my graduation project.  So when I established a professional relationship with Stacie aContinue reading “Take 5 with Stacie Vining of Vining Media Relations”

Christa Banister :: Blessedly Meddling in Chick Lit

By Amy Sondova There’s one thing they never teach you in those college journalism classes—how to deal with the angst of interviewing and writing about another writer, especially when that individual is music journalist and author, Christa Banister.  Not only has she just released her second novel, Blessed Are the Meddlers, she also has anContinue reading “Christa Banister :: Blessedly Meddling in Chick Lit”

Concert Review :: Derek Webb

By Amy Sondova While my list of favorite bands and artists grows ever longer, there is one man who has remained at the top since his solo album debut in 2003—that man is Derek Webb. She Must and Shall Go Free rocked my sensibilities about what should and should not be said in songs byContinue reading “Concert Review :: Derek Webb”

So much to say, so much to say!

This week I’m “unofficially” on vacation, which means I’m backing off from writing a bit to step back and consider the meaning of life, the universe, and everything. Or it could be that Sarah has off all week and we’ve got great plans like an overnight beach trip with two of our pals! Well, whatever,Continue reading “So much to say, so much to say!”

Brandon Heath :: Social Activist

By Amy Sondova Fresh from Ireland and getting ready to play at a convention in Orlando, Brandon Heath caught up with me on his way to a sound check. “I actually called you 10 minutes late on my schedule,” he sheepishly admits. Such is the busy life of a musician on the precipice of releasingContinue reading “Brandon Heath :: Social Activist”

Amy’s F.A.Q’s

Due to the overwhelming popularity of my blog (readership going from 5 readers to 25 readers…just kidding), I have decided to take the time to answer your “frequently asked questions”…or rather to make up questions I’m sure you frequent ask yourselves. Whatever. There’s going to be questions and you’re going to get answers, OK? *AreContinue reading “Amy’s F.A.Q’s”

Review: The Ringing Bell–Derek Webb

Written in May 2007 By Amy Sondova If you think Christian music all sounds the same, you haven’t heard Derek Webb. Combining lyrical genius and masterful music blends, Webb’s fourth solo project, The Ringing Bell, is true art. Stylistically, this album is reminiscent of rock music from the 60’s era. Then again, Webb said heContinue reading “Review: The Ringing Bell–Derek Webb”