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Innovative Radio Show Features the Artists Who Pioneered Christian Rock
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 14, 2017) – Few recording artists have had the impact and influence on the contemporary Christian music genre as GRAMMY® and Dove Award-winning GMA Hall of Famer John Schlitt. The legendary vocalist has never shied away from living his faith out loud. Now Schlitt is embracing a new adventure by launching his innovative syndicated radio show, Live it Loud, available for free to all terrestrial and internet radio stations as of Friday, March 10, 2017.
The show will feature Schlitt’s unique perspective on songs from the early days of Christian rock, along with exclusive interviews with the songwriters and performers who championed the music that changed a generation for Christ.
The new show is being syndicated to radio through the NRT Radio Syndication Network.
“When we first heard of the opportunity to work with John Schlitt, our answer was immediately ‘yes,'” says Kevin McNeese, director of the NRT Radio Syndication Network. “John has decades of experience in the industry and brings unmatched energy and passion to any conversation he’s engaged in. To hear him sit down and talk with other creatives that have had tremendous impact on Christian music’s history is going to be a special treat, week in and week out. We’re honored to be bringing his show to radio and add Live it Loud to our growing catalog of quality, free programming for radio.”
Each hour-long episode of Live it Loud will include a mix of classic Christian rock songs, along with interviews from the artists and writers who created them. Schlitt will also offer a brief devotion and share a story about a person or organization that is “living it loud” for the Kingdom.
Billy Smiley, producer, songwriter and co-founder of the seminal Christian rock band, Whiteheart, is slated as the show’s first guest. Subsequent shows will feature such pioneering artists as Phil Keaggy, Rick Cua, John Elefante, Eddie Degarmo, Bob Farrell, Petra’s John Lawry and Bob Hartman, and more.
“It’s great to be part of a ministry like this,” says Schlitt. “I’m excited to honor those who paved the way for the next generation of Christian artists, and to introduce a new generation to some of the greatest rock music on the planet! And I say the music is great, because the message in these songs actually has the power to change people’s lives.”
Stations can sign up to air Live it Loud for free as of Friday, March 10, 2017, at nrtsyndication.com.
About John Schlitt:
For more than four decades, John Schlitt has enjoyed a stellar musical career as a solo artist, as the lead singer for Grammy Award-winning Christian band Petra, one of the most successful Christian rock bands of all time, and as the former lead singer for popular ’70s mainstream rock band Head East. Schlitt’s is currently a member of The Union of Sinners and Saints, a band he formed with former White Heart band member Billy Smiley in 2016.
Schlitt has been inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame as the lead singer of Petra during the years when the band won 10 Dove Awards and four GRAMMY® Awards. He was named the best rock singer in Christian music history by GospelMusicChannel.com. According to the website, Schlitt “remains one of the most distinctive and impactful men to ever stand behind a microphone.” Schlitt was also named Male Vocalist of the Year in About.com’s 2011 Readers’ Poll in a category that included Chris Tomlin, Jeremy Camp and Brandon Heath. The legendary vocalist’s busy schedule has recently included appearances on The Mike Huckabee Show, TBN’s Praise the Lord, 700 Club Interactive, and many more, as well as extensive international touring.
About the NRT Radio Syndication Network:
The NRT Radio Syndication Network is powered by the largest Christian music site online, NewReleaseToday, and has been partnering with radio stations worldwide since 2006, providing over 12 hours of free, quality syndicated Christian programs and segments that entertain and educate listeners about what’s new in Christian music each and every week. Other shows available include Worship with Andy, a 2-hour worship program hosted by Andy Chrisman of 4HIM; The Reconstruction, a 1-hour Christian Electronic Dance Music show hosted by producer David Thulin; the 2-hour Christian Music Rewind; Z-Rock Radio Revolution, hosted by Josh Ashton; iShine’s 2-hour The Big 25 Countdown; and the largest syndicated Christian Hip Hop show in the world, RapZilla Live with Chris Chicago. More information can be found at nrtsyndication.com.