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7ball Mag no25.jpg
subtitled as "Modern Music on Cue"
Editor In Chief Chris Well
Categories Christian alternative music
Frequency Bimonthly
First issue July/August 1995
Final issue 2004
Company Royal Magazine Group
Based in Nashville, Tennessee[1]
ISSN 1082-3980

7ball is a discontinued Christian music magazine, first published in 1995, founded and created by Frank Chimento.[2] They focused on rock, hip-hop, and other "alternative" forms of Christian music. The magazine was initially published by the Royal Magazine Group (a division of Thomas Nelson) alongside Release magazine and others. Its primary competition were magazines such as HM, True Tunes News, Diganote Publication, and CCM.


7ball magazine was initially edited by Chris Well, former editor of the Christian rock magazine Syndicate,[1] until 1996. At that time the magazine had a circulation of about 5,000.[3] In 1997, the magazine was sold to VoxCorp (Nashville).[4] Well was promoted to editor in chief of the entire company, overseeing 7ball, Release, and others, and former CCM assistant editor Bruce A. Brown hired in his place.[5] Brown edited through the end of 1997, and was eventually replaced by Cameron Strang.[6] In 1998 Chimento resigned from the organization to head up KMG Records.[citation needed]

In early 1999 7ball gained distribution to Family Christian Stores, the largest Christian bookstore chain.[7] By 2000 the magazine had achieved a circulation of about 50,000.[8] HM Magazine editor Doug Van Pelt would later report that during its tenure 7ball cost them some of their advertising base.[9] Strang edited into 2000, then founded the Relevant Media Group, which began publishing Relevant Magazine in 2003.[10]

Their parent company, VoxCorp (Scott Henson, Sean Helton), was taken to court in 2002 by Capital Across America for defaulting on over one million dollars in loans.[11] The eventual judgment against the publisher was one of the largest litigation awards in the Nashville area in 2003 according to the Nashville Business Journal.[12] 7ball ceased publication in 2004.[13]


  1. ^ a b John Joseph Thompson (2000). Raised by Wolves: The Story of Christian Rock & Roll. ECW Press. p. 232. ISBN 978-1-55022-421-4. Retrieved 28 June 2016. 
  2. ^ "Company Profile: KMG Records". Profile (7): 53–55. August–September 1999. OCLC 44918990. 
  3. ^ Eaton, Lorraine (24 May 1997). "YOUTH GROUP AIMS TO BUILD CENTER FOR TROUBLED TEENS". The Virginian-Pilot. pp. E2. 
  4. ^ Higher Ground. Billboard. 21 December 1996. p. 33. Retrieved 6 March 2016. 
  5. ^ Price, Deborah Evans (21 December 1996). "Higher ground. (Dove Awards changes venue and producer)". Billboard. 108 (51): 33. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  6. ^ "New at Vox". CBA Marketplace. 31 (11): 33. November 1998. ISSN 1092-7239. OCLC 36184061. 
  7. ^ "Music News". CBA Marketplace. 32 (4): 68. April 1999. ISSN 1092-7239. OCLC 36184061. 
  8. ^ "PS form 3526 circulation data". 7ball (33): 10. November–December 2000. ISSN 1082-3980. 
  9. ^ Jonathan ("DOC") Swank (2008). "What Doug Van Pelt Says". HM Magazine. Archived from the original on 21 October 2008. Retrieved 16 November 2008. 
  10. ^ Bartenhagen, Marcia (1 August 2000). "New Media Start-up Targets Progressive Culture". Christian Retailing. 46 (13): 8. ISSN 0892-0281. 
  11. ^ Smirnov, Alexei L. (24 May 2002). "Small business investor suing publisher of Christian Bride, 7ball over default on loan". NashvillePost.com. 
  12. ^ Smith, Carol (21 November 2003). "Largest Nashville-area litigation judgments". Nashville Business Journal. 
  13. ^ "7ball". CMNexus. 

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