Step Up to the Microphone

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Step Up to the Microphone
Studio album by Newsboys
Released June 30, 1998
Recorded 1998
Genre Contemporary Christian, pop rock, bubblegum pop[1]
Length 42:06
Label Star Song
Producer Peter Furler
Newsboys chronology
Take Me to Your Leader
(1996)
Step Up to the Microphone
(1998)
Love Liberty Disco
(1999)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars [1]
Cross Rhythms 8/10 stars [2]
HM Magazine No Rating [3][4]
Jesus Freak Hideout 3.5/5 stars [5]
The Phantom Tollbooth No Rating [6]

Step Up to the Microphone is the seventh studio album by Christian pop rock band Newsboys, released in 1998 through Star Song Communications. It was the Newsboys first album following the departure of lead singer John James in 1997.

Track listing[edit]

Album release
No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
1. "WooHoo"   Peter Furler, Phil Joel Phil Joel 3:15
2. "Step Up to the Microphone"   Jeff Frankenstein, Furler, Joel Peter Furler 3:43
3. "Entertaining Angels"   Jody Davis, Furler, Joel Phil Joel & Peter Furler 4:18
4. "Believe"   Furler, Joel Peter Furler 4:33
5. "Tuning In"   Furler, Joel, Steve Taylor Peter Furler 4:17
6. "Truth Be Known - Everybody Gets a Shot"   Furler, Joel, Taylor Peter Furler, Phil Joel & Jody Davis 4:00
7. "Deep End"   Davis, Frankenstein, Furler, Joel Peter Furler 4:06
8. "Hallelujah"   Frankenstein, Furler, Joel Peter Furler 3:56
9. "The Tide"   Furler, Joel Peter Furler, Phil Joel 5:01
10. "Always"   Furler, Joel Peter Furler 5:01
Total length:
42:08

Music Videos[edit]

  • "Entertaining Angels"
  • "Truth Be Known - Everybody Gets a Shot"

Radio singles[edit]

Note: all CCM Magazine' chart information is available in the book Hot Hits CHR 1978-1997 (1997) by Jeffrey Lee Brothers

Single CCM
Chart
Debut Peak
Date
Peak
Pos
Total
Wks
Mediabase
Spins
(since 1998)
Other Newsboys album appearances Various artists album appearances
"Entertaining Angels" CHR 4/20/98 6/8/98 1 14 9,887
  • The Simply Xcellent New Music Sampler
  • Life on the Edge
  • WOW 1999 (1998)
  • The Joyriders (Soundtrack) (2000)
  • Stadium Jam (live)
  • Extreme Days (Soundtrack) (2001)
AC 5/25/98 6/29/98 32 8
"Believe" AC 7/6/98 9/21/98 4 17 3,114
  • Live: One Night in Pennsylvania (1999) (concert video)
  • Shine: The Hits (2000)

CHR 12/14/98 3/1/99 1 13
"Hallelujah" Rock 7/13/98 9/28/98 4 18 144
  • Live: One Night in Pennsylvania (1999) (concert video)
  • Listen Louder (1999) (Illumination Remix)
"WooHoo" CHR 7/27/98 9/21/98 1 16 615
  • Live: One Night in Pennsylvania (1999) (concert video)
  • Shine: The Hits (2000)
  • The Ultimate Collection (2009)

Rock 1/11/99 3/15/99 20 8
"Step Up to the Microphone" CHR 5/3/99 6/14/99 1 16 503
  • Live: One Night in Pennsylvania (1999) (concert video)
  • Shine: The Hits (2000)
  • 8 Great Hits (2003)
  • The Ultimate Collection (2009)
  • 10 Great Songs (2012)

Personnel[edit]

  • Peter Furler - lead vocals, drums, guitar, programming
  • Phil Joel - vocals, bass guitar, guitars
  • Jody Davis - lead/rhythm guitars, bass, vocals
  • Jeff Frankenstein - keys, vocals, programming
  • Duncan Phillips - percussion, drums, vocals

Additional Musicians[edit]

  • Na-Na's on "WooHoo" - Mylon LeFevre, "Bull", and Summer Furler
  • Strings on "Entertaining Angels" - The Love Sponge Strings
  • Strings on "Believe" - Blair Masters
  • Trumpet on "Tuning In" - Jonathan Roberts

Production[edit]

  • Produced by Peter Furler
  • Executive Producers - Wes Campbell, Danny Goodwin and John Mays
  • Recorded by Richie Biggs
  • Mixed by Richie Biggs, Wes Campbell and Peter Furler
  • Additional mixing by Jeff Frankenstein
  • Mastered by Glenn Meadows
  • Creative Direction - Christiév Carothers
  • Art Direction - Len Peltier
  • Design - a3dtb/D. Thom Bissett
  • Photography - John Dunne
  • Linear Notes - St. Paul
  • Management - Wes Campbell
  • Booking - John Huie

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Step Up to the Microphone at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Newsboys - Step Up To The Microphone | CROSS RHYTHMS REVIEW". Crossrhythms.co.uk. 1998-12-01. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  3. ^ "Internet Archive Wayback Machine". Web.archive.org. 2001-07-13. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  4. ^ McGovern, Brian Vincent (September–October 1998). "Album Reviews: NEWSBOYS Step Up to the Microphone". HM Magazine (73). ISSN 1066-6923. 
  5. ^ "Newsboys, "Step Up to the Microphone" Review". Jesusfreakhideout.com. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  6. ^ "Newsboys review by The Phantom Tollbooth". Tollbooth.org. Retrieved 2012-03-04.