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Adoration: The Worship Album (2003)

Updated: Apr 13

Adoration: The Worship Album is the tenth studio album by the Australian Christian rock band Newsboys, released on April 8, 2003 by Sparrow Records. The album is produced by Peter Furler and Steve Taylor. As part of the modern

contemporary worship movement, Adoration is a full-on praise and worship album, deviating from Newsboys' standard pop rock sound. This was the last Newsboys' album with long-time guitarist Jody Davis, until his reunion with the group in 2009 for In the Hands of God. The album also features two live tracks, both from their previous album Thrive.

Adoration topped the Billboard Top Christian Albums and peaked at number 33 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums charts. In 2004, Newsboys earned their fourth Grammy nomination for Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album and was nominated for four Dove Awards including Group of the Year and Praise and Worship Album of the Year. Preceded by the lead single and music video "He Reigns," the song was nominated for Song of the Year and Worship Song of the Year. That same year, the album was certified Gold and in 2023, "He Reigns" became the band's third Gold certified single by the Recording Industry Association of America. The song was named, by CCM Magazine in 2006, as one The 100 Greatest Songs in Christian Music, coming in at number 28.

The "He Reigns" CD single made an appearance on the Billboard Dance Single Sales chart, due to the inclusion of the track "Thrive" (Is That James Dancing? Mix) from their remix album Newsboys Remixed.

Track listing

1. He Reigns (Peter Furler, Steve Taylor) -4:56

2. You Are My King (Amazing Love) (Billy James Foote) -4:32

3. Great Is Your Faithfulness (Peter Furler, Steve Taylor) -3:18

4. Take My Hand (Praises) (Peter Furler, Toby McKeehan, Martin Smith, Steve

Taylor) -4:23

5. Adoration (Peter Furler, Steve Taylor) -4:23

6. In Christ Alone (Keith Getty, Stuart Townend) -4:18

7. Lord (I Don't Know) (live) (Peter Furler, Steve Taylor) -4:25

8. It Is You (live) (Peter Furler) -6:19

9. Father, Blessed Father (Peter Furler) -4:00

10. Hallelujah (Peter Furler) -3:17



Peter Furler - lead vocals, drums, guitars

Phil Joel -bass guitar, guitar, backing vocals

Jody Davis -guitars, backing vocals

Duncan Phillips -drums, percussion

Jeff Frankenstein -keyboards, programming

Gold certified in 2004.

"He Reigns" single Gold certified in 2023.

Radio singles

2003 "He Reigns" -#1 R&R Christian CHR, #1 R&R Christian AC, #5 R&R

Christian Inspo, #4 Billboard Hot Christian Songs, #4 Billboard Christian Airplay,

#6 Billboard Christian AC Airplay, #18 Billboard Dance Single Sales b/w "Thrive"

(Is That James Dancing? Mix)

2003 "You Are My King (Amazing Love)" -#2 R&R Christian CHR, #2 R&R Christian

AC, #1 Billboard Hot Christian Songs, #1 Billboard Christian Airplay, #1 Billboard

Christian AC Airplay

2004 "Adoration" -#34 Billboard Hot Christian Songs, #34 Billboard Christian

Airplay, #31 Billboard Christian AC Airplay

Next release: Devotion (2004)

Watch the music video of "He Reigns" here:

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