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Christian Music Archive Podcast
Dave Maurer talks with musicians about Christ, Community, and Music.
4 days ago
041 John Schlitt
John Schlitt had it all, a successful band, a career that was really going places, and a life that was spiraling out of control. But God had other plans, and through a dramatic interaction with his wife and pastor, John began a journey that took him out of music so that he could focus on his relationship with Jesus. And just when John thought music would never be part of his life again, along came an opportunity to sing with a little band called Petra. And for the next 30 years, God used John to help spread the gospel around the world as one of the most iconic voices in Christian Music.
May 5, 2021
040 Natasha Owens
Today I’m chatting with Natasha Owens. Natasha’s new album Stand is set to be released any day now and we’re going to get a preview of the project. But more important than her new album is her story of how God brought her through a severe depression she went through after the accidental death of her father. Natasha shares about the importance music played and continues to play in her healing and going through several tough life experiences. She also shares how her community both helped and hindered her healing. And the realization that God has her back through it all.
Apr 28, 2021
039 David Zach
Today I’m talking with David Zach from the band Remedy Drive. Here is a guy who was minding his own business, just trying to be a rock star, when he learned about the atrocities of human trafficking that is occuring in our world today. And David had the guts to say, “I’m not just going to read about it and watch the stories on the news. I’m going to do something. I’m going to get involved.”
Apr 21, 2021
038 Simon Ådahl
Today I am chatting with Simon Ådahl. Simon is a Swedish musician who has been part of the bands Edin-Ådahl and Bertil-Edin. He has also released some solo projects and several of these albums made their way to the states back in the mid-80s. Simon has some incredible stories to share about smuggling Bibles into the communist countries of Romania and Yugoslavia. But he also has a testimony of how forgiveness has completely changed the trajectory of his life, and I can’t wait for you to hear this powerful testimony.
Apr 14, 2021
037 Kemper Crabb
Today’s guest is a multi-talented musician who has been active in a number of bands. There is ArkAngel, Radio Halo, and Atomic Opera. He also worked with Caedmon’s Call for a season in addition to having several albums of his own. I’m not sure how to classify Kemper’s music. Is it Old English, Celtic, Medieval, or Art/Progressive Rock? Probably a little of all each of those styles. But Kemper is much more than just a musician. He is an author, teacher, and an Episcopal priest, currently working at a Lutheran church.
Apr 7, 2021
036 Paul Clark
Paul Clark started his music career writing songs about his new faith and sharing them with whoever would listen. His first album from 1971 sold so well that executives at Word Records offered to help distribute his record because it was something new and they saw this Jesus Music was impacting the country for Christ. Flash forward 50 years and Paul is still active in helping people use music as a tool for sharing the Gospel. After more than 30 albums, Paul’s passion for reaching the lost hasn’t wavered one bit and I’m excited for you to hear his story.
Mar 31, 2021
035 Babbie Mason
Babbie Mason has been making music since the early 80s. She was discovered at a music conference in the mid-80s, but like so many discovery stories, there was a lot of hard work and study that went into her discovery. I love talking to people who have been successful in their craft and share that success by training and mentoring others. Babbie has done that in spades. From being a middle school teacher to writing books and coaching new artists, Babbie uses her gifts to make sure those around her can use their gifts to the fullest.
Mar 24, 2021
034 Michele Pillar
Michele Pillar was part of the early Maranatha Praise singers before releasing her self-titled album in 1982. She has released seven albums, is a 3-time Grammy and Dove award nominee, and is a sought-after conference speaker. In 2016, she released the book Untangled, The Truth Will Set You Free and she is putting the finishing touches on her next book, due to be released later this year.
Mar 17, 2021
033 Dave Clark
Unless you are an avid credit reader like me, you might not recognize my guest today by name. But I guarantee you will recognize his work. Dave Clark is a songwriter, publisher, and arranger who has lived in Nashville for the past 40 plus years. He has written songs for Rascal Flatts, Larnelle Harris, Sandi Patty, Donny Osmond, Glen Campbell, CeCe Winans, Al Denson… just to name a few. And he’s written at least one #1 song in four consecutive decades with more than 25 number one songs on the Christian Music Charts. I think Dave is pretty good at his job!
Mar 10, 2021
032 Paul Colman Trio
Today's podcast is a world tour, hitting 3 time zones to chat with the members of the Paul Colman Trio. We laughed a lot, talked about dead Hobbits, and dug into living our lives intentionally for Jesus. How does God take our broken and messed up lives and use them to show people around us that God loves them? This is definitely a conversation you do not want to miss! Paul Colman Trio: Website and Facebook.
Mar 3, 2021
031 Mr. Talkbox
Have you ever had a random conversation with someone at the grocery store or maybe on an airplane and you come away feeling like this is a person you would like to get to know more? Today’s conversation with Byron Chambers was that for me. The time we spent together went way too fast and I did not want our time to end. “Who is Byron Chambers?”, you might be asking. Well, you are going to want to stick around and find out! Because Byron is a guy who loves Jesus with all his heart and is using his skills to impact mainstream music with God’s love in a way few others can.
Feb 24, 2021
030 Joel Weldon
Boy, do I have a treat for you today. If you are a worship leader you are definitely going to want to stick around for today's podcast with Joel Weldon. Joel is a voice-over actor and communication coach who spent years as a worship leader working with the likes of Promise Keepers, Young Live, Harvest Crusades, and Billy Graham Crusades. Joel has a heart for worship that is very contagious. This podcast could actually be a master class on leading worship.
Feb 17, 2021
029 Smalltown Poets
Smalltown Poets formed in 1996 in Atlanta, GA, and have released eight albums and a couple of Christmas projects. Their first major-label album earned a Grammy nomination. But as you hear them share their story, it isn’t about awards or album sales. They are seeking to follow God in their music careers, but also in their lives. But why am I telling you about this? Let’s let them share their story in their own words.
Feb 10, 2021
028 Michael Sweet
I got to sit down with Michael Sweet. You know, the lead singer of Stryper, part of the duo Sweet & Lynch, and solo artist Michael Sweet. Yea, that guy. For those who may not be familiar with Michael, here is a quick intro. He has released 8 solo albums. Was the lead singer for the rock band Boston for four years. And is a founding member of the band Stryper, along with his brother Robert and friend Oz Fox. Stryper has sold more than 10 million albums and was a pioneer in Christian metal when it was getting started in the 1980s.
Feb 3, 2021
027 Jadon Lavik
If you’ve been listening to this podcast for any length of time, you know how passionate I am about living in community. And many times that community is with friends or your church. Sometimes that community is an intentional project to help others. Today on the podcast I get to chat with Jadon Lavik. Jadon is president of Better Together Ministries. One of the things that intrigued me about Jadon was his purpose statement, “We aim to transform communities both locally and globally because we are truly better together.” This is living out community in very real and tangible ways.
Jan 27, 2021
026 Mickey & Becki
Mickey & Becki Moore were professional street singers in New York's Greenwich Village when they felt called to be part of the new Jesus Movement of the 1970s. In today's podcast, we hear the story behind the call God placed on them and how he provided despite industry roadblocks and people telling them that this wasn't a good career path. Michael & Becki Moore: Website. And of course on our page: Christian Music Archive.
Jan 20, 2021
025 Steve & Annie Chapman
Today I welcome to the husband and wife team of Steve & Annie Chapman. Christian music enthusiasts will recognize Steve and Annie as a vocal recording duo from the early eighties, but before that, they were both in the pioneering CCM group Dogwood. What many may not realize is that they have continued to record and have released around 20 albums and are seasoned authors, releasing more than 30 books between them, covering topics from marriage and parenting to hunting and character development.
Jan 13, 2021
024 Lenny LeBlanc
Today I’m privileged to chat with Lenny LeBlanc. Lenny got his start in music back in the 70s and had a couple of Top 40 mainstream hits. He went on to write a number of worship songs like "There Is None Like You" and "Above All," for which he won a Dove Award in 2003. In addition to more than a dozen solo albums, he has been a bass player and studio musician working with the likes of Amy Grant, Ricky Skaggs, Don Moen, and Twila Paris.
Jan 6, 2021
023 Jaime Jamgochian
Jaime Jamgochian is my guest today on the podcast. Jaime is a Berklee College of Music graduate, which means she has some mad music skills. But what is most evident about her life is her reliance on God. She is passionate about sharing her faith and telling how God is a healing, caring God. Now, Jaime has just released All Things an album about how God is working to make things beautiful. Like she states during our chat, "If it's not good yet, God is not done yet."
Dec 30, 2020
022 Bliss Bliss
On today’s podcast, we have a special treat to talk to not one, but two really talented people. First, we’ve got Renee Garcia-Bliss. Renee released a couple of albums back in the late 1980s and has done background vocals both in the studio and on the road. I remember seeing Renee as one of Amy Grant's back up vocalists on several of her tours. Then we have Lang Bliss, who has a pretty impressive resume of his own. Lang has been a drummer, producer, songwriter, and live event promoter for some artists you might know... Michael W. Smith, Michael McDonald, Big Daddy Weave...
Dec 23, 2020
021 Lynda Randle
Of all the singers I’ve heard, there are a small handful of people that every time I hear their voice, I stop and just soak in the music… close my eyes and just basque in excellence. Singers like Matthew Ward, Russ Taff, and Ashley Cleveland who could sing the dictionary, and I would buy it. My shortlist of favorite vocalists also includes a pair of siblings, one of whom is my guest today. Lynda Randle is a singer who can SING! And obviously, I’m not alone in that assessment. Billy Graham, Andrae Crouch, and Bill Gaither have all asked to work with Lynda.
Dec 16, 2020
020 Joel Vaughn
One of the things I love about doing this podcast is the opportunity to meet new artists. Today I get to talk with Joel Vaughn. Joel is signed to Dream Records and has just released a new EP call Louder Than the Lies. In addition to his recording career, Joel is a Worship Pastor in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee. I’m looking forward to getting better acquainted with Joel Vaughn.
Dec 9, 2020
019 Ayiesha Woods
On today’s podcast, I get to chat with Ayiesha Woods. Ayiesha wrote her first song when she was just 12 years old. And after releasing an independent project and touring regionally, she came to the attention of TobyMac who signed her to Gotee Records. Before long, she was nominated for Grammy and Dove awards and even had a top 10 radio hit. Then in 2009 she gave it all up to focus on her new family. While that may seem like a bad career choice, she said she wouldn’t change it for the world! Now a wife and mother of four boys, her new ministry is as a worship leader in her home church.
Dec 2, 2020
018 John Michael Talbot
Today I get to chat with John Michael Talbot. John Michael and his brother Terry had a Southern Rock band in the early seventies called Mason Proffit. They were a pretty big deal! Bands like The Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan, and John Denver were opening acts for Mason Profit! Eventually, though, John Michael and his brother left the band and rededicated their lives to Christ. John Michael went on to become a Roman Catholic monk and has released 56 solo albums in the past 4 decades!
Nov 25, 2020
017 Andrew Osenga
Today’s conversation is a bit surreal for me. You see, when I was considering starting this podcast I did a lot of research by listening to a TON of podcasts. I didn’t want to do something that was already being done. And I wanted to see what a quality podcast should sound like. As you might imagine, I listened to a lot of… shall we say… unimpressive productions. But then I found The Pivot hosted by Andrew Osenga. Now here was a podcast that not only had high production values but also had a host with a tender, caring heart.
Nov 18, 2020
016 Dennis Agajanian
My conversation today is with Dennis Agajanian. I first met Dennis when I was in college and he performed at a youth camp where I was on staff. I remember him as a larger than life, charismatic performer who played a mean guitar. In the years since then, I’ve seen Dennis on stage with Billy Graham, at Harvest Crusades, and even saw him on the popular 80’s ABC television show That’s Incredible! But talking with Dennis you are quick to learn that he has a passion for sharing the Gospel.
Nov 11, 2020
015 Richard Souther
In today’s podcast, I talk with Richard Souther. Richard was an in-demand studio and touring musician who played with Barry McGuire, 2nd Chapter of Acts, and Phil Keaggy, just to name a few But early in his career, Richard experienced a significant medical event that for all intents should have spelled the end of his illustrious career. But thanks to some friends around him, and a new technology called the synthesizer, Richard was able to resume his career and go on to be a prolific creator of contemplative music.
Nov 4, 2020
014 Tammy Trent
I’m excited to welcome Tammy Trent to the podcast. Tammy has released a half dozen albums, her first one back in 1995. She is an author and popular speaker and has quite a story to tell about how her community of friends and her relationship with Jesus helped her through the loss of her husband and best friend. You won’t want to miss this conversation!
Oct 28, 2020
013 Alisa Childers
In this episode, I’m talking with Alisa Childers. Alisa was part of the pop trio ZOEgirl in the early 2000s. Fans of early Jesus music will appreciate that Alisa is the daughter of Chuck Girard, who was part of the group Love Song as well as having a substantial solo ministry. Alisa experienced a period of profound doubt about her faith and spent a lot of time searching for answers to her questions.
Oct 21, 2020
012 Russ Lee
During my conversation with Russ Lee, there were two phrases that kept popping up. First is that God has a perfect plan that He invites us to participate in. He lines up people and situations and invites us to travel life with Him. Unfortunately for me, at least, I find that sometimes I have to look back at my history to see how God’s plan brought me to where I am today. But just like the footprints in the sand, God is always there.
Oct 14, 2020
011 Glenn Garrett
Back in the early eighties, I played a song called "I’m Born Again" when I was a DJ at a station in Boise, Idaho. That song was off an album from Glenn Garrett. Over the years, Glenn has continued to make music celebrating his relationship with Jesus and how being born again changes our lives and makes a difference in our world. Chatting with Glenn reveals a gentle soul who is madly in love with his Savior and wants everyone to know it! Glenn talks about how he can hear his Good God in Heaven speak.
Oct 7, 2020
010 Jason Fowler
Today you get to hear my conversation with Jason Fowler. Jason is an incredibly talented guitar player and singer. In addition to his solo career, he is a member of the supergroup The Union of Sinners and Saints with John Schlitt of Petra and Billy Smiley of White Heart. Jason was an award-winning athlete and even attended the Olympic Training Camp for speed skating. But when you talk with Jason you quickly hear that his story is about God’s redemption, healing, and forgiveness.
Sep 30, 2020
009 Randy Thomas
I’m glad to share with you my conversation with Randy Thomas. Randy is currently the worship leader at a church in Ft. Meyers Florida. But before his tenure as a pastor, he was a member of the Sweet Comfort Band for nearly a decade before moving on to start the band the Allies. Oh yea, and he also wrote a little song called Butterfly Kisses with his songwriting partner Bob Carlisle.
Sep 23, 2020
008 Sarah Hart
Today I’m talking with Sarah Hart. We did a lot of laughing together. And we talked about her experience as a songwriter and how she got started in music. But our chat quickly turned to the crazy pandemic and political times we are experiencing in 2020. Now I’ll be one of the first to admit, I don’t usually like talking about these topics because they can come across as divisive and I’m not someone who generally enjoys confrontation. But Sarah spoke with such love and compassion about the tools she is using to address these issues in her own life.
Sep 16, 2020
007 Michael James Murphy
One of the things that has fascinated me is the number of artists who have moved to full-time ministry as a follow-up to their professional music career. One such musician is Michael James Murphy. Michael recorded five albums in the early eighties and transition to more of a country sound in the nineties where he released another three albums as Michael James. But an early call God placed on his life was to be involved in worship ministry.
Sep 9, 2020
006 Sherri Youngward
Every once in awhile I get the opportunity to meet someone whose faith walk impacts me in ways that I wasn’t expecting. My guest today is one of those people.
Sep 2, 2020
005 Scott Wesley Brown
Scott Wesley Brown released his first album in 1974 and has gone on to release more than 20 more! He has continued writing songs about the difference Jesus made in his life and how he wants to share that difference with everyone. And then our conversation turned to what it means to leave a legacy, not just professionally, but with our family. This is a great conversation you don't want to miss!
Aug 26, 2020
004 Dennis Parker
Dennis Parker is an award-winning musician who you likely have never heard of. He's been a band member for some of the biggest country stars. But fame and success crumbled away under the grip of addiction. Dennis' story is one of God's never-ending love and pursuit. And a story of reconciliation and redemption. Connect with Dennis Parker: Facebook or by mail: mail him at PO Box 464, Huntsville, AL 35804
Aug 19, 2020
003 Carolyn Arends
Carolyn Arends is a thoughtful songwriter, author, and spiritual coach. She is getting ready to release a new album celebrating 25 years in Christian music. Learn about Carolyn and her story, and find out what she's up to these days.
Aug 12, 2020
002 Bob Bennett
Bob Bennett has been making music since he was 9. He released his first album in 1979 and has continued making heartfelt music ever since. In fact, CCM Magazine rated his Matters of the Heart record as one of the top Christian records of all time. Bob is a thoughtful and funny guy. Join in the conversation with host Dave Maurer.
Aug 5, 2020
001 Bob Farrell
Astute credit readers will recognize Bob Farrell as a songwriter whose songs have been performed by DeGarmo & Key, Sandi Patty, Amy Grant, Pat Terry, Wynonna, and Eric Clapton. He also penned Hero The Rock Opera with longtime collaborator Eddie DeGarmo. But dig back a bit further and you'll recognize Bob as half of the husband and wife duo Farrell and Farrell, who were mainstays in the Christian music scene in the 80s and 90s with songs like "Earthmaker", "People in a Box", and "Boundless Love".
Jul 2, 2020
000 Dave Maurer
Christian Music Archive founder Dave Maurer introduces the upcoming Christian Music Archive podcast where he will feature conversations with musicians about Christ, being part of Community, and their Music. For more information on the podcast, visit ChristianMusicArchive.com/podcast