From humble beginnings in the church basements and pubs of Australia, to sold-out arenas, Newsboys have rocked the world from day one. After three successful underground albums in the late 80's the band reinvented itself in 1992. Under Steve Taylor's guidance, Newsboys exploded in popularity with Not Ashamed following that success with their first Gold album, 1994's Going Public (featuring their first number one hit "Shine"). In 1996, the band struck Gold again with the album Take Me To Your Leader.
Peter Furler produced the next album, Step Up To The Microphone, the band's third straight Gold album. They closed out the 90's with a series of successful arena tours, an experimental album (Love Liberty Disco) and a hit 'best-of' compilation, Shine: The Hits. Last year's studio album Thrive explored ever more exciting pathways of sound and faith. All told, Newsboys scored twenty-one #1 radio hits and sold over 3 million albums.
In addition, Newsboys have a sterling reputation in concert. The band moved from sold-out arenas on their Step Up To The Microphone Tour, to their own portable inflatable air-dome on their Love Liberty Disco Tour in 2000. The next year they took the concept even further with their most successful tour yet, Festival Con Dios. Newsboys took dozens of new and established bands out on the road with them, garnering major press attention from outlets as diverse as Newsweek, USA Today, Teen People, ESPN2, Guitar Player, Motocross Journal and Entertainment Weekly. Festival Con Dios would eventually be declared the biggest tour of the year in the industry, and last year's edition topped what came before.
After nearly 15 years together, the Nashville-based members of Newsboys feel they have nothing else to prove. "There's massive peace in that," says Peter. "You play your music, you put on the best show you can, and everyone’s grounded in faith, that makes for a lot of unity. We've learned to respect each other's talent, and learned to love each other. There's no ego here: we have families, we're all connected with local church groups, we enjoy every show, and we're happy to be making music."
As for the Newsboys' mission, that hasn't changed. "We came here to make the best music, and, as Christians, to seek first the Kingdom," says Peter. "There is much power in this kind of music. It's the most powerful music in the world."