Take Me to Your Leader (Newsboys album)

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Take Me to Your Leader
Studio album by Newsboys
Released February 20, 1996
Recorded 1996
Genre Christian rock
Christian pop
Length 37:00
Label Star Song Communications
Producer Steve Taylor & Peter Furler
Newsboys chronology
Going Public
(1994)
Take Me to Your Leader
(1996)
Step Up to the Microphone
(1998)

Take Me to Your Leader is the sixth studio album by Christian pop rock band Newsboys, released in 1996. It was the last Newsboys album to feature lead singer John James. The album won a Dove Award in 1997 for its packaging,[1] and was also nominated for "Rock Album of the Year", "Rock Recorded Song of the Year" ("God Is Not a Secret") and "Short Form Music Video of the Year" (for "Take Me to Your Leader"). The album was also recognized with a Grammy nomination for "Best Rock Gospel Album". It is also the band's only album as a sextet.

The vehicle pictured is an X-PAK 400, created by George Barris in the early 1960s during the Battle of Air Cars. This car appears on a stage in "Hangover" (season 1, episode 12 of the Alfred Hitchcock Hour). Also in this episode, actor Tony Randall, as Hadley Purvis, says the phrase "Take me to your leader."

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[2]
Cross Rhythms 10/10 stars[3]
Jesus Freak Hideout 4.5/5 stars[4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Lead vocals[citation needed] Length
1. "God Is Not a Secret"   Taylor and Furler Furler Furler 3:09
2. "Take Me to Your Leader"   Taylor Furler James and Joel 2:58
3. "Breathe"   Joel and Furler Furler Furler 3:15
4. "Reality"   Taylor and Furler Furler James and Furler 3:08
5. "Breakfast"   Taylor Furler Furler 3:40
6. "Let It Go"   Taylor and Furler Furler and Frankenstein Furler and Joel 3:38
7. "Cup O' Tea"   Furler and Joel Furler Furler 2:40
8. "It's All Who You Know"   Taylor Furler Furler 3:11
9. "Miracle Child"   Taylor and Furler Davis and Furler James 3:10
10. "Lost the Plot"   Taylor and Furler Furler Furler 4:56
11. "Breathe (Benediction)"   Joel and Furler Furler Joel 3:15
Total length:
37:00

Music Videos[edit]

  • "Reality"
  • "Take Me to Your Leader"
  • "Breathe"

Radio singles[edit]

Aside from "Miracle Child," which was not released as a radio single, every track from Take Me to Your Leader became a top ten hit on at least one of CCM Magazine's Christian charts (either the CHR, Adult Contemporary, or Rock format).

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
Spins
(since 1998)
source: Mediabase
Other Album
Appearances
"Reality" CHR 2/12/96 4/1/96 1 12 1,748
AC 2/19/96 4/1/96 9 13
"God Is Not a Secret" Rock 2/26/96 4/29/96 2 18 121
"Take Me to Your Leader" CHR 4/29/96 6/24/96 1 13 1,038
AC 5/20/96 6/6/96 37 5
"Cup O' Tea" Rock 7/29/96 9/16/96 1 14 6
"Let It Go" CHR 8/5/96 9/23/96 1 12 724
  • The Best of Newsboys: 10 Best Series (2004)
AC 8/5/96 9/23/96 4 15
Inspirational 9/16/96 9/23/96 21 4
"Lost the Plot" Rock 10/21/96 1/6/97 2 16 11
"Breakfast" CHR 11/4/96 1/6/97 4 13 6,108
  • Shine: The Hits (2000)
  • 8 Great Hits (2003)
  • The Best of Newsboys: 10 Best Series (2004)
  • The Greatest Hits (2007)
  • The Ultimate Collection (2009)
  • Discover: 6 Essential Songs (2010)
  • My Newsboys Playlist (2011)
  • Back 2 Back Hits: Adoration/The Greatest Hits (2011)
  • 10 Great Songs (2012)
"Breathe" Rock 1/27/97 3/17/97 1 14 132
"Breathe (Benediction)" CHR 2/10/97 3/24/97 2 10 73
"It's All Who You Know" CHR 6/16/97 7/14/97 6 7 4

Personnel[edit]

  • John James - lead vocals, backing vocals
  • Peter Furler - drums, lead vocals, backing vocals, the occasional guitar and keyboard part, harmonica, kazoo, whistling
  • Jody Davis - guitar, backing vocals
  • Duncan Phillips - percussion
  • Jeff Frankenstein - keyboards
  • Phil Joel - bass, lead vocals, backing vocals, whistling
  • Note: Steve Taylor provides whistling for no extra charge

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ Michael Gallucci. Take Me to Your Leader Review at AllMusic. Retrieved September 13, 2011.
  3. ^ Tony Cummings (April 13, 1996). "Newsboys - Take Me To Your Leader Review". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved September 13, 2011. 
  4. ^ Mark Ross. "Newsboys - Take Me To Your Leader Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved September 13, 2011.