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In the Hands of God (2009)

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In the Hands of God is the 13th studio album by the Australian - American Christian rock band Newsboys, released on May 5, 2009 by Inpop Records. Peter Furler co-produced the album with fellow band member Jeff Frankenstein and Max Hsu, founding member of the Christian alternative rock band Superchic(k).

Frankenstein and Hsu both engineered the album.


Newsboys went through personal and personnel changes in the band line-up. After more than 20 years, 12 of those years as a lead singer, Peter Furler announced, prior to the album's release. that he was leaving the band. Furler decided to take a step back as front man and he will be involved behind the scenes as a songwriter and producer. It was also announced that Michael Tait of DC Talk would replace Furler as the new lead singer.


Tait provides backing vocals on the title track with former band member Phil Joel and singer Christian Rowe. It was released as the lead single. It also saw the return of guitarist Jody Davis after taking a five-year hiatus. The album's second single "Glorious" was re-recorded featuring Tait singing lead vocals. That version appears on the Deluxe Edition of Born Again as "Glorious" (Tait Version). In the Hands of God debuted and peaked at number 2 on the Top Christian Albums and at number 28 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart.


NOTE: on the track "RSL 1984," RSL is an Australian slang that means "Retuned and Services League," and is described as an independent support organization for people who have served or are serving in the Australian Defence Force.


Track listing

All songs were written by Peter Furler, Jeff Frankenstein and Steve Taylor, except

where noted.


1. The Way We Roll (Peter Furler, Jeff Frankenstein, Steve Taylor, Stu G) -3:28

2. No Grave -3:45

3. This is Your Life -3:26

4. Glorious -4:12

5. In the Hands of God -4:19

6. The Upside -3:19

7. My Friend Jesus -2:51

8. Lead Me to the Cross (Brooke Fraser) -4:09

9. Dance -3:36

10. RSL 1984 (Peter Furler, Steve Taylor) -4:35


Personnel


Peter Furler -lead and backing vocals

Jody Davis -guitars, backing vocals

Duncan Phillips -drums, percussion

Jeff Frankenstein -keyboard, key bass, backing vocals


Radio singles


2009 "In the Hands of God" -#3 Billboard Hot Christian Songs, #3 Billboard

Christian Airplay, #2 Billboard Christian AC Airplay

2009 "Glorious" (Tait Version) -# 15 Billboard Hot Christian Songs, #15 Billboard

Christian Airplay, #9 Billboard Christian AC Airplay


Next release: Born Again (2010)


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