Not Ashamed

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Not Ashamed
Newsboys - Not Ashamed.jpg
Studio album by Newsboys
Released 29 September 1992
Recorded 1992
Genre Christian rock, Christian pop
Length 42:07
Label Star Song
Producer Steve Taylor, Peter Furler
Newsboys chronology
Boys Will Be Boyz
Not Ashamed
Going Public
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars [1]
Cross Rhythms 8/10 stars [2]
Jesus Freak Hideout 3/5 stars[3]

Not Ashamed is the fourth studio album by Australian CCM band Newsboys, released in 1992. The album was the Newsboys' first commercially successful album, with the title track "I'm Not Ashamed" becoming a hit on Christian radio. Also, starting with this album, Steve Taylor started co-writing many of the band's songs with Peter Furler.

Track listing[edit]

Album release
No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
1. "I Cannot Get You Out of My System"" Vernon Bishop, Peter Furler, Steve Taylor Peter Furler 3:18
2. "I'm Not Ashamed" Furler, Taylor Peter Furler 3:52
3. "Where You Belong" / "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus" Furler, Helen H. Lemmel, Taylor John James & Peter Furler 5:32
4. "Upon This Rock" Furler, Dwight Liles, Corey Pryor, P. Taylor, Taylor John James 4:39
5. "Strong Love" Furler, Toby McKeehan, Taylor Peter Furler 4:02
6. "Dear Shame" Furler, Taylor John James & Peter Furler 3:50
7. "Boycott Hell" DeGarmo, Key, Furler, Taylor John James & Steve Taylor 3:41
8. "We Come Together" Furler, Taylor Peter Furler 4:36
9. "Love Comes True" Furler, Taylor John James 3:32
10. "Lost the Sky Again" Furler, Taylor Steve Taylor & Peter Furler 5:05
Total length: 42:07


On "Where You Belong" / "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus" John James has the lead vocals on "Where You Belong" and Peter Furler on "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus". On "Boycott Hell" Steve Taylor's part is a rap.

Music videos[edit]

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
Debut Peak
(since 1998)
source: Mediabase
Other Album
"I'm Not Ashamed" CHR 10/19/92 11/30/92 1 13 20,865
AC 11/9/92 11/16/92 36 2
"Where You Belong/Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus" AC 1/25/93 3/22/93 10 14 886
  • Shine: The Hits (2000)
CHR 2/8/93 3/1/93 9 10
"Upon This Rock" CHR 5/31/93 7/12/93 4 14
"Strong Love" AC 7/5/93 8/9/93 10 11 227
  • The Best of Newsboys: 10 Best Series (2004)
"I Cannot Get You Out of My System" Rock 8/2/93 8/9/93 16 10
  • The Best of Newsboys: 10 Best Series (2004)
"Dear Shame" CHR 10/18/93 11/8/93 11 8


  • John James - lead vocals
  • Peter Furler - drums, vocals, programming
  • Corey Pryor - keyboards, samples, programming
  • Sean Taylor - bass, backing vocals

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Dave Perkins - guitars
  • Phil Madeira - Hammond organ, piano, slide guitar
  • Eric Darken - percussion
  • Russ Long - tambourine
  • John Painter - mellotron, clavinet, trumpet, bass
  • Blair Masters - E-mu Emulator
  • Tony Miracle - E-mu Emulator
  • Danny Duncan - programming
  • Steve Lennox - programming
  • Vicki Hampton - backing vocals
  • Fleming McWilliams - backing vocals on "Upon This Rock", soprano vocals on "I'm Not Ashamed"
  • Steve Taylor - backing vocals, rap on "Boycott Hell"


  • Produced by Steve Taylor & Peter Furler
  • Executive Producers - Wes Campbell & Darrell A. Harris
  • Engineered by Russ Long
  • Assistant Engineers - Mike Alvord, Rick Cobble, John Rogers & Shane Wilson
  • Mixed by Ron Christopher & Alan Shacklock
  • Mastered by Bob Ludwig
  • Photography by Jeff Fraizer
  • Art Direction & Design - IKON/Griffin Norman

Not Ashamed: The Video[edit]

Not Ashamed: The Video is Newsboys' second video, released in late 1993. It features some songs from their then-latest fourth album, Not Ashamed. Like Boys Will Be Boyz, it also includes a bonus video of Simple Man from Hell Is For Wimps. The cover art was designed by Brian Dominey and photographed by Jeff Frazier. It was available in Color, NTSC, HiFi Stereo, and VHS.

Track listing[edit]

  • "I'm Not Ashamed"
  • "I Cannot Get You Out of My System"
  • "Dear Shame"
  • "Where You Belong/Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus"
  • "Simple Man"
  • "Other Fun Stuff"


  • "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus" was originally written in 1922, however, Steve Taylor wrote the lyrics to "Where You Belong".
  • "Boycott Hell" was written and originally recorded by DeGarmo and Key for their album "The Pledge" in 1989. Also, the Newsboys' version of this song features a short rap performed by Steve Taylor, poking fun at the song's lyrics.
  • "I'm Not Ashamed" was covered by Australian band Compliments of Gus on their 2007 album "If This Is The End...".
  • "tobyMac co-writes "Strong Love" at the same time Free at Last was released."


  1. ^ Not Ashamed at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Review: Not Ashamed - Newsboys". Cross Rhythms. 1 April 1993. Retrieved 14 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Newsboys, "Not Ashamed" Review". Retrieved 14 September 2012.