Monday, January 5, 2009

Jody Davis is Returning to The Newsboys!



This is the best news I have heard in months. For those of you who don't know, The Newsboys are the best Christian band on the planet (ergo, the best band period). Most of them are Aussies. Several years ago, their guitarist, American Jody Davis, left the group because his infant daughter had serious physical/neurological handicaps and he needed to be with her full-time. Today, the group released news that he will be returning and touring with them soon:

NEWSBOYS ANNOUNCES THE RETURN OF LONG-TIME GUITARIST JODY DAVIS
New Single, "In The Hands Of God," Impacts Radio Jan. 16


(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) Jan. 5, 2009— Guitarist Jody Davis returns to newsboys after a five-year hiatus. Davis, who was a member of the band from 1993-2003, contributed to many of newsboys' greatest hits like "Shine," "Entertaining Angels," and "It is You." In 2003, he took time off to care for his daughter, Bethany, who has cerebral palsy.

"I am thrilled to be returning to the band and back with my bandmates, who are some of my best friends," says Davis. "This is a big change in my life, and I'm looking forward to the tour and new record with excitement."

Peter Furler, lead vocalist for newsboys, is also excited about Davis' return. "Jody is like a brother to all of us, and we have missed him greatly over the last five years. It's going to be great to have him back with us."

Paul Colman, who played guitar with newsboys the last three years, will be continuing his solo career and performing shows nationwide in 2009. "My three years with newsboys were among the best of my life. I learned an immeasurable amount about music, ministry, and life, and am happy to say I left with all our friendships wonderfully intact. I always was and always will be one of newsboys' biggest fans. I am very excited about the return of Jody Davis!"

Newsboys will release the title track and debut single, "In The Hands Of God," from its forthcoming May 5, 2009 project to both AC and CHR radio Jan. 16. The band will also embark on a 30-city "Join the Tribe" tour with special guests DecembeRadio, Vota and Bread of Stone in February. Additional tour details are forthcoming. For more information, visit newsboys.com.

Now, if we could just get Phil Joel to rejoin on bass guitar....

2 comments:

4simpsons said...

I hadn't heard that. Sounds like good news. I took my oldest to see the Newsboys when she was 12 and it is a great memory for both of us. Great concert, and class acts. Instead of milking a big ovation at the end, they sang "It is you" (I think) and quietly left the stage before you realized it.

Marie said...

In the concert tape we have, they finish their act, the lights come on, and Peter gave a great Gospel presentation (wasn't sure what he meant by 'God wants His creation back', though). They have pastors (incl. Peter's dad) who tour with them who will meet with and pray with anyone who wants to after the show.

I also liked how at the end Peter said, 'We appreciate all the applause you've given us tonight, but it's really all about Him.' They are really a class act (even though I suspect they're Pentecostals! ha ha!)