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Newsboys are a Christian pop rock band founded in 1985 in Mooloolaba, Australia. They have released 16 studio albums, six of which have been certified gold. Currently, the band consists of lead vocalist Michael Tait, keyboardist Jeff Frankenstein, guitarist Jody Davis, and drummer Duncan Phillips.

The band was formed in Mooloolaba, Queensland in 1985 by two young men: Peter Furler and his school mate George Perdikis. Two other teens were added soon after: Furler’s best friend, John James, and guitarist Sean Taylor. The band’s original name was The News, but once in the U.S. they changed it to The Newsboys to avoid conflict with the U.S.-based band Huey Lewis and the News. The band came to the United States in late 1987 after getting signed with Refuge Communications and released the album Read All About It in 1988 in the United States.

After signing with Star Song Communications, they released two more albums in 1990 and 1991: Hell Is for Wimps and Boys Will Be Boyz. None of the band’s first three albums garnered much attention, and the band’s lineup changed with every release.
It wasn’t until their 1992 album, Not Ashamed (containing a cover of the DeGarmo & Key song “Boycott Hell”), that the band gained notice in the Christian music scene. Steve Taylor, a singer-songwriter and producer, began a partnership with the band, producing the band’s record and writing most of the lyrics for their songs. Furler remained the band’s primary songwriter and beginning with this album began sharing lead vocal duties with James and continued to do so until James’ departure.
In 1994, amidst continued lineup changes (which included the addition of mainstays Jody Davis and Duncan Phillips), the band released Going Public, their fifth album and first real success. The record proved to be a watershed for the group, winning a 1995 Dove Award for “Rock Album of the Year”.[3] It also produced three No. 1 hits: “Spirit Thing”, “Let It Rain”, and, most notably, “Shine”. “Shine” won the 1995 Dove for “Rock Recorded Song of the Year”. In 2006, CCM Magazine listed “Shine” in the top ten in its ranking of the 100 Greatest Songs in Christian music.


The 1996 follow-up album Take Me to Your Leader was recorded with an expanded line up with new additions Phil Joel and Jeff Frankenstein. The album produced more No. 1 hits: “God Is Not a Secret”, “Reality”, “Breakfast”, and the title track. This album also won the group’s third Dove, this time for “Recorded Music Packaging of the Year”.This album spawned the Newsboys only movie Down Under the Big Top (1996), which was based on the song “Reality”.
In late 1997, James announced he would be leaving the band because of a drug and alcohol addiction. With his departure, Furler moved from drums to vocals and auditions were held for the now-vacant drum position. Eventually, Duncan Phillips, who had previously played keyboards and percussion for the band moved over to the drum kit. From 1998 to 2003, the band’s lineup of Furler, bassist Phil Joel, guitarist Jody Davis, keyboardist Jeff Frankenstein, and Phillips stayed constant.
The first post-James record, Step Up to the Microphone, sold well with the song “Entertaining Angels” winning the 1999 Dove for “Short Form Music Video of the Year”.
The band returned in 1999 with Love Liberty Disco, the band’s only album to significantly deviate from their pop rock sound. Instead, this particular album featured more of a disco sound. Still, it produced several hits, including “Beautiful Sound” and the title track. The LLD tour was significantly more popular than the album. This tour featured an inflatable arena, called the Air Dome.[citation needed]
In 1999 Furler co-founded Inpop Records with Wes Campbell, as an independent contemporary Christian music record label

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