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Petra Band Bio
  • BOB HARTMAN - Lead guitar, principal songwriter and founder of Petra
  • JOHN SCHLITT - Lead vocalist, formerly with "Head East," joined Petra in 1986
  • LOUIE WEAVER - Drums, music degree from Trevecca College, formerly played with Nashville Symphony, joined Petra in 1982
  • RONNY CATES - Bass guitar, former member of Christian band 20/20, joined Petra in 1988 JIM COOPER - Keyboards, joined Petra in 1994
  • Come And Join Us
  • Petra
  • Washes Whiter Than
  • Back To The Street
  • Beat The System
  • Beyond Belief
  • Captured In Time & Space
  • Double Take
  • God Fixation
  • More Power To Ya
  • Never Say Die
  • No Doubt
  • Not Of This World
  • On Fire
  • Petra Means Rock
  • Petrafied
  • Power Praise
  • Praise - The Rock Cries Out
  • Praise 2
  • Revival
  • The Early Years
  • This Means War
  • Unseen Power
  • Wake Up Call

Petra was formed in 1972 by guitarist Bob Hartman, who was attending the Christian Training Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana at the time; he recruited several fellow students -- guitarist/vocalist Greg Hough, bassist John DeGroff, and drummer Bill Glover -- to his cause, and the group began playing around the Fort Wayne area with backing from their school. Petra encountered early resistance to the very idea of Christian rock from many local churches, who held that the rock roll sound was inherently evil; nevertheless, the group proved popular with younger Christians, and was signed to the Word Records subsidiary Myrrh in 1973. Their self-titled debut was released in 1974, and was more similar to the California country-rock of the Eagles than to the arena-rock that would dominate most of their career. The follow-up, Come and Join Us, did not appear until 1977, but it featured strong contributions from lead vocalist Greg Volz, as well as a harder-rocking sound. On Fire, which debuted bassist Ronny Cates, brandished a heavier guitar onslaught in the wake of Stryper's success as a Christian metal band, although Petra never neglected their trademark lush ballads. Petra has soldiered on through the 1990s with few signs of slowing down; 1995 saw Lawry replaced by Jim Cooper, as well as the addition of guitarist David J. Lichens. Subsequent efforts include 1998's God Fixation and 2000's Double Take.

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