Newsboys have released 17 albums over the last 18 years, six of which have gone certified gold. Their 2011 release entitled God's Not Dead produced two number one singles on the Christian CHR charts; "God's Not Dead (Like A Lion)" and "Your Love Never Fails." Newsboys fans order their tickets far in advance, anticipating the live concert experience the band is famous for. Audience participation ensues in the way of roaring sing-alongs and massive back and forth sway-alongs that are described as "powerful," "uplifting" and "affirming." The band tours extensively in an effort to reach out to all of their fans. After the September 2013 release of their latest album Restart, the band hit the road on a trip through 31 North American cities.
The band was founded in 1985 and fronted by John James until 1996, when Peter Fuhrler took over as singer until 2009. Michael Tait, the former singer of dc Talk is currently holding down vocal duties in what many are calling the band's most powerful lineup yet. Newsboys were first recognized by the Christian Rock world when they released their fourth studio album Not Ashamed. Their fifth album, Going Public won Dove award for Rock Album of the Year while the standout single "Shine" won a Dove Award for Rock Recorded Song of the Year. Their highest charting release came along in 2010, when their album Born Again debuted at number four on the Billboard Top 200. The band shows no signs of slowing down on their quest to spread their message, with a tour of over 58 cities set for 2014.