If there was one band that defined my childhood, it was the Newsboys.
The Newsboys (the Peter Furler era) were the first band I ever loved as a child, and it was these guys who paved the way for my love of music.
This album right here is where it all began. It was listening to the dirty riffs of “Giving it Over,” that my love for music was awakened. I’d heard their worship album, Adoration first since my parents used to play that album all the time in the car, but it was Thrive that made me go, “Wow, I like this!” And it was the first rock album we ever bought, so that’s a good reason right there!
I remember listening to this song on the radio and thinking, “I love this song, but I wish I knew who sung it.” It was basically my all time favourite song back then (and it still is one of my all time favourites). I used to watch this animated Christian movie called Angel Wars just so I could listen to this song at the end. Then one night Mom bought me the Greatest Hits collection from a Christian shop we have here in Australia called Koorong, and when this track came on, my mouth dropped wide open. I can still remember the feeling when I realized the Newsboys (then my favourite and only band) played this song. That right there is arguably the greatest moment of my music loving life.
How could I ever forget this song. “Shine,” was the song to get joyfully stuck in my head. Always. I bought the song’s album Going Public (I still have the physical copy) a little while after; and this was where my whole family started to get into them as well. While “Shine” was Dad’s favourite, I believe Mom’s was the title track.
I remember picking this up from the shelf and thinking, “This one looks really different.” I had some money, so I decided to give it a shot. By this time I had explored other bands such as Third Day (my second band) and Casting Crowns, but apart from Going Public, I hadn’t listened to any older Newsboys album. I remember putting this in the car CD player on our way to Sizzlers and hearing those guitars blast out with the opener “God Is Not a Secret.” This was unlike the other Newsboys albums, this was heavy…. and I loved it! “God is Not a Secret,” “Breathe,” “Cup O’ Tea,” and especially, “Lost the Plot,” (in my opinion, one of the greatest Christian songs of all time) are some of the heaviest, grittiest, and rawest songs Newsboys have ever penned. So of course this ranks as my favourite album from my first music love.
While “He Regins,” isn’t the song that opened my love for music, it’s no doubt the song that holds the most nostalgia, and it continues to make memories even today. It wasn’t even two years ago that I used to play this song on guitar with good friends. We used to have jam sessions each week, and we’d always play this song. I don’t hesitate to say that this is the most widely well loved song the Newsboys have written, and while they’ve moved on with a new singer, they continue to play “He Regins,” to this day.
The final Newsboys album with Peter Furler as lead. Those words hit me hard as a child. I was eleven when this album came out in may 2009. When I heard Michael Tait was taking over lead vocals, I was heart broken. While I still loved the album Born Again, it just wasn’t the same (and while God’s Not Dead was good as well, I unfortunately haven’t really been on the bandwagon since). We used to loop this album so much that it’s actually pretty scratched (don’t ask me how it happened, I don’t know) but thankfully it’s still playable, and still a favourite. And who could forget that goodbye track Pete left us with….
Looking back on this band, it’s amazing how much they’ve carried me through. Peter Furler will always remain one of my very favourite singers, but nothing will ever beat the classic albums Going Public, Take Me To Your Leader, Step Up to the Microhphone, Thrive, and Adoration. It’s because of these fellas that my passion for music is where it is today. They weren’t just a CCM artist (Lost the Plot is a fine testimony to that), they were a great artist, and a band who made great music. And great memories.
So what was YOUR first music love?