The Newsboys head to South Florida May 31

The Newsboys have never been ashamed of their Lord and Savior.

Since 1985, the influential Grammy and Dove award-winning Christian pop-rock band has been prolific in writing and performing modern-day psalms, songs of devotion and sobering reminders, “that they don’t serve breakfast in hell.”

At 3 p.m. on May 31, the Newsboys will perform these heartfelt, powerful songs at the James L. Knight Center after many churches celebrate Pentecost Sunday, a day many consider to be the birthday of the Church.

Chris Wills, director of God Squad Communications, the Life bringing the Newsboys to South Florida, says he is excited about the upcoming concert.

“Many churches are really promoting the show and tickets will be sold at various churches and other locations, too,” Wills says.

Family Christian Stores, Ticketmaster and the James L. Knight Center are already selling tickets.

Although the original concert date, scheduled for Easter Sunday, was postponed, “not one single person,” Wills cites, “with Newsboys Resurrection Day concert tickets for April 12, 2009, has requested a refund.”

The Newsboys have also experienced some big changes lately as long-time front man and lead singer Peter Furler announced he was stepping back from touring with the band. Instead, he will focus on songwriting.

On Newsboys.com, he said he came to the decision “after traveling many thousands of miles across land and sea for over 22 years, along with needing to constantly keep writing and reach production deadlines–let alone feed my dog. It was time for something to give, and my booking agent and his GPS drew the short straw!”

Michael Tait, formerly of DC Talk, and recognized by Furler as a “statesman” in the Christian music industry, has joined Newsboys as lead singer.

Other Christian artists are expected to visit Miami in the months to come as well. Steven Curtis Chapman will be performing at Dolphin Stadium immediately after the Florida Marlins vs. Colorado Rockies game on Aug. 15. Tickets are already on sale through Marlins.com and EncounterWithGod.com.

“Christians need to come out and support these artists,” Wills exhorts. “There’s a huge hole in this community for Christian music. Without Christian radio in Miami-Dade two things can happen. First, Christians can get hooked on secular music. Second, Christians will go after satellite radio. Christians need to pray about these issues. These two shows will demonstrate the extent to which Christians want Miami to be a destination for Christian artists to visit in the future.”

For more information, visit www.Newsboys.com or www.EncounterWithGod.com.

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