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Encyclopedia > Petra (band)
Petra
In 2003 (l-r): Paul Simmons, John Schlitt, Bob Hartman,Greg Bailey
Background information
Origin Flag of United States Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA
Genre(s) Christian Rock, Classic Rock, Progressive Rock, Alternative Rock, Hard Rock, Country Rock
Years active 1972 – 2006
Label(s) Word, Star Song, Inpop, Myrrh, DaySpring
Website Petraband.com
Members
Bob Hartman
John Schlitt
Greg Bailey
Paul Simmons

Petra, which means "rock, massive" in Greek, is a Christian Rock band formed in the 1970s. For three decades, the band showed stability and continued to produce albums despite changes in genre and the general taste of the public. Through numerous line-up changes, Petra maintained its commitment to preaching the gospel through music. The band won numerous awards and sold millions of albums. Image File history File links Petra_2003_new. ... Paul Simmons Paul Simmons was a drummer in the Christian rock band PETRA from 2004 until their retirement in 2005. ... John Schlitt John William Schlitt (born February 3, 1950 in Lincoln, Illinois) has been the lead singer of legendary Christian Rock band Petra since 1986. ... Bob Hartman (1997) Robert Hartman (born December 26, 1949, in Byron, Ohio) is a Christian artist, guitarist, writer and songwriter. ... Greg Bailey (born ????) is a bassist and musician. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... This article needs additional references or sources to facilitate its verification. ... Official language(s) English Capital Indianapolis Largest city Indianapolis Area  Ranked 38th  - Total 36,418 sq mi (94,321 km²)  - Width 140 miles (225 km)  - Length 270 miles (435 km)  - % water 1. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Classic rock was originally conceived as a radio station programming format which evolved from the album oriented rock (AOR) format in the early-1980s. ... For the Swedish political music movement, see progg. ... Alternative rock (also called alternative music or simply alternative; known primarily in the UK as indie) is a genre of rock music that emerged in the 1980s and became widely popular in the 1990s. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Country rock is a musical genre formed from the fusion of rock and roll with country music. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Word Records is a giant in Christian Music. ... Star Song Communications was a record label that was started in 1976 by Darrell Harris. ... Inpop Records is an independent CCM record label based in Franklin, TN. It was launched in July 1999 by Australians Peter Furler, Wes Campbell and Dale Bray. ... Myrrh Records, founded in 1972 by Billy Ray Hearn as a division of Word Records, was one of the United States most successful Christian record labels. ... DaySpring Records was a subsidiary of Word Records which started in the seventies and ended in the mid-1990s. ... Bob Hartman (1997) Robert Hartman (born December 26, 1949, in Byron, Ohio) is a Christian artist, guitarist, writer and songwriter. ... John Schlitt John William Schlitt (born February 3, 1950 in Lincoln, Illinois) has been the lead singer of legendary Christian Rock band Petra since 1986. ... Greg Bailey (born ????) is a bassist and musician. ... Paul Simmons Paul Simmons was a drummer in the Christian rock band PETRA from 2004 until their retirement in 2005. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Gospel (disambiguation). ...


During its career, Petra released 24 albums, selling nearly 10 million copies. It won 4 Grammys, 10 Dove Awards, and was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... The Dove Awards, created in 1969 by the Gospel Music Association to honor the outstanding achievements in contemporary Christian and gospel music, are held annually in Nashville, Tennessee. ... The Gospel Music Hall of Fame, created in 1971 by the Gospel Music Association, is a Hall of Fame dedicated exclusively to recognizing meaningful contributions by individuals in all forms of gospel music. ...


On May 24, 2005 Petra announced that, after 33 years of ministry, the band was retiring. Members recorded one of their final performances, in Franklin, Tennessee, to release as Petra's last album. The final performance finished in the early hours of January 1, 2006 in Murphy, North Carolina. They released a Petra Farewell DVD in 2006. May 24 is the 144th day of the year (145th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Franklin is a city in Williamson County, Tennessee, USA. The population was 41,842 at the 2000 census, and as of 2007, the population is at 48,593. ... January 1 is the first day of the calendar year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Murphy is a town located in Cherokee County, North Carolina. ...

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Musical Style

Petra's musical style changed greatly during its 33 years. During the early years (1972 - 1977), the band's style was eclectic, borrowing from musical influences as diverse as Genesis (art rock), The Eagles (country rock),[1] Lynyrd Skynyrd (southern rock),[2]Deep Purple (1970s heavy metal),[3] and Kansas (progressive rock).[3] Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... It has been suggested that Six of the Best be merged into this article or section. ... Art rock is a term used by some to describe rock music that is characterized by ambitious or avant-garde lyrical themes and/or melodic, harmonic, or rhythmic experimentation, often extending beyond standard modern popular music forms and genres, toward influences in jazz, classical, world music or the experimental avant... The Eagles are an American rock music group that originally came together in Los Angeles, California in the early 1970s. ... Country rock is a musical genre formed from the fusion of rock and roll with country music. ... Lynyrd Skynyrd (pronounced lĕh-nérd skin-nérd) or (IPA pronunciation: ) is a U.S. Southern rock band, described by All Music Guides Stephen Thomas Erlewine as the definitive Southern rock band, fusing the overdriven power of blues-rock with a rebellious, Southern image and a hard... Southern rock is a sub genre of rock music. ... This article is about the rock band. ... Heavy metals, in chemistry, are chemical elements of a particular range of atomic weights. ... Kansas is an American progressive rock band who became a major arena rock group in the late 1970s. ... For the Swedish political music movement, see progg. ...


With the 1980s, arrived the era of synthesizers and keyboards, and Petra shifted to that genre for the first half of the decade. In 1986-87, under the tutelage of John and Dino Elefante, it transitioned to a hard/arena rock style. Contemporary bands with similar styles include Def Leppard, Cinderella, and Journey. This style garnered the band their most successful albums. The term synthesiser is also used to mean frequency synthesiser, an electronic system found in communications. ... This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... John Elefante (born March 18, 1958 in Levittown, New York) is a Grammy Award-winning American rock and roll vocalist, who got his start in the music business with the rock band Kansas. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Arena rock is a loosely defined style of rock music, often also called anthem rock or stadium rock, and the style of music is closely associated with corporate rock and album-oriented rock. ... Def Leppard are a British rock band from Sheffield who formed in 1977 as part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. ... Cinderella is an American hard rock (bluesy) and glam metal band most known during the 1980s and early 1990s. ... Journey is an American rock band formed in 1973 in San Francisco, California. ...


In the middle of the 1990s, with the decline of slick commercial rock music and the rise of alternative rock, the band revamped and tried to adapt to the new style. These changes met with mixed reviews. Petra returned to its roots with a blues/metal rocker in 2003 (Jekyll & Hyde) which earned better reviews than the band had received in years. However, it wasn't enough to reverse the band's fortunes and turned out to be their final studio album. Alternative rock (also called alternative music or simply alternative; known primarily in the UK as indie) is a genre of rock music that emerged in the 1980s and became widely popular in the 1990s. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jekyll & Hyde is an album by Petra, released in 2003 on Inpop Records. ...


History

1972-1979: The birth of Petra

Petra circa 1977 - (l to r) John DeGroff, Bill Glover, Greg X. Volz, Bob Hartman and Greg Hough
Petra circa 1977 - (l to r) John DeGroff, Bill Glover, Greg X. Volz, Bob Hartman and Greg Hough

In 1972, at the Christian Training Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana, guitarists and songwriters Bob Hartman and Greg Hough teamed up with bassist John DeGroff (with whom Hartman had played in the past) to form Petra. Drummer Bill Glover was added later.[4] Image File history File links Petra_1979. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article needs additional references or sources to facilitate its verification. ... Bob Hartman (1997) Robert Hartman (born December 26, 1949, in Byron, Ohio) is a Christian artist, guitarist, writer and songwriter. ... Greg Hough (2001) Greg Hough is a Christian musician. ... John DeGroff is a Christian musician. ... Bill Glover in a recent picture. ...


In the early years, Petra played mainly in the Midwest at small venues like coffeehouses or church basements. Their concerts were evangelistic, with a Gospel presentation to the audience.[5][6] This mix of evangelism with rock placed Petra among other early pioneers of Jesus music, part of the larger Jesus Movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s.[7] Although Petra never achieved great commercial success during this period, the band did develop a solid fanbase. Jesus music, also known as gospel beat music in the United Kingdom, is a style of Christian music which originated on the West Coast of the United States in the late 1960s and early 1970s as part of the Jesus movement before the Christian music industry had begun to take... For the first century movement surrounding Jesus of Nazareth, see Early Christianity The Jesus movement was the major Christian element within the hippie counterculture, or, conversely, the major hippie element within the Christian Church. ...


Billy Ray Hearn heard Petra perform at "The Adam's Apple" coffeehouse and signed them to Myrrh Records, a subsidiary of Word Records, in 1973. He produced the band's self-titled debut album, which was released in 1974.[8][9] On Petra, Hartman and Hough shared singing duties. Petra featured a southern rock sound similar to that of the Allman Brothers and included the track "Backslidin' Blues", the first blues song in Contemporary Christian Music.[6] The album was ultimately a commercial failure, partially because the band didn't tour.[6] For their next album, Come and Join Us, the band invitied Greg X. Volz to help drum and allowed him to sing lead vocals on several songs, foreshadowing the band's future.[10] The song "God Gave Rock and Roll To You" (originally written by Russ Ballard and recorded by Argent) displayed Volz's range and projection, and gave Petra their staple message of the decade.[citation needed] The album included other guest vocalists including Steve Camp and Austin Roberts, who also produced the album.[6] Stylistically, the album featured a heavier rock sound. Myrrh Records, founded in 1972 by Billy Ray Hearn as a division of Word Records, was one of the United States most successful Christian record labels. ... Word Records is a giant in Christian Music. ... Year 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the 1973 Gregorian calendar. ... Petra is the first album of the legendary Christian rock band of the same name. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... Petra is the first album of the legendary Christian rock band of the same name. ... The Allman Brothers Band is a pioneering and innovative Southern rock group from Macon, Georgia originally popular in the 1970s, described by Rolling Stones George Kimball in 1971 as the best . ... Blues is a vocal and instrumental musical form which evolved from African American spirituals, shouts, work songs and chants and has its earliest stylistic roots in West Africa. ... Come and Join Us is the second album of the legendary Christian rock band Petra. ... Greg Volz (1984) Gregory Xavier Volz (born January 12, 1950 in Peoria, Illinois) is a Christian singer. ... Argent was the name of a rock band founded in 1969 by Rod Argent after his previous band, The Zombies, broke up. ... Steve Camp (b. ...


Shortly after, Hough, DeGroff, and Glover left the band, and Hartman was left alone with Volz. A period of instability surrounded the release of the band's third album in 1979, Washes Whiter Than, where Volz shared singing responsibilities with newcomer Rob Frazier.[11] Although the album tried hard to "please" a non-condoning audience, Petra found themselves as a non-membered band lacking identity. At the behest of Star Song, their new label, they moved toward a pop-oriented sound.[6] The band was touring with new players, and Christian radio was playing their new album, but it was unavailable for sale in most areas due to record-pressing and distribution problems.[citation needed] Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... Washes Whiter Than is the third studio album of the legendary Christian rock band Petra. ... Image:Rob-frazier. ... Star Song Communications was started in 1976 by Darrell Harris. ...


1980-1985: The Greg X. Volz era

After floundering through the turn of the decade, Hartman and Volz again found themselves without a stable band, and with no sales from their records. Despite some thoughts of disbanding, they regrouped and decided to try again. They hired bass player Mark Kelly and keyboard player John Slick while giving Greg Volz full lead singing position. With this newly reformed band, they went to the studio again for a new more rock-focused album.[citation needed] They also hired Mark Hollingsworth as manager. Hollingsworth, who had experience in the general market, is closely associated with the swift success that was to come.[6] Mark Dean Kelly was a Christian bassist most remembered for being a member of legendary Christian rock band Petra during the 80s. ... John Slick profile in Petras Tenth Anniversary Songbook (1983) John Milo Slick (born September 28, 1953 in Fort Wayne, Indiana) was a Christian rock musician for the legendary Christian rock band Petra. ...


Never Say Die in 1981 started the band's rise to gospel stardom, and gave Petra the audience and radio space they needed. They toured that album as an opening act for Servant. During the tours they captured a solid fanbase that continued to grow, while starting a new era of Contemporary Christian music.[12] Sometime after the release of Never Say Die the band acquired drummer Louie Weaver, who would stay in Petra for the next 22 years.[13] Never Say Die is the fourth studio album of the legendary Christian rock band Petra. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Servant was a Christian rock group based out of the Highway Missionary Society in Grants Pass, Oregon, which eventually became The Servant Community in Cincinatti, Ohio. ... Contemporary Christian Music (or CCM; also by its religious neutral term Inspirational music) is a genre of popular music which is lyrically focused on matters concerned with the Christian faith. ... Louie Weaver (July 13, 1951, Nashville, Tennessee, USA) was the drummer for the band Petra from 1981 - 2003. ...


With the momentum gathered by that album, the band released a string of three successful albums, More Power To Ya in 1982, Not of this World in 1983 and Beat the System in 1984, and toured as often as possible. During this period, Slick departed and John Lawry joined as the new keyboardist. Being on the road for such lengthy durations began to take its toll, and in 1985, Volz decided to leave the band to spend more time with his family and pursue a solo career.[6] The band released their first of two live albums: Captured In Time and Space.[14] Volz's departure ignited a frantic search for a suitable lead singer to replace him. More Power To Ya is the fifth studio release of the legendary Christian Rock band, Petra. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... John Lawry (1990) John Lawry (born June 15, 1951 in Millington, Michigan) is a Christian musician, composer, producer, and songwriter. ... 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Captured In Time And Space is the eighth studio release of the legendary Christian Rock band, Petra. ...


1986: John Schlitt Arrives

Petra 1991- Top row: Bob Hartman, Louie Weaver; Bottom Row: Ronny Cates, John Schlitt, John Lawry.
Petra 1991- Top row: Bob Hartman, Louie Weaver; Bottom Row: Ronny Cates, John Schlitt, John Lawry.

Halfway through the 1980s, the band made two key changes that cemented their direction for the rest of the decade. Image File history File links Petra_1992-c. ... Image File history File links Petra_1992-c. ...


At the end of 1985, Hartman was looking for someone to replace Volz. He managed to coax John Schlitt—former Head East vocalist—out of a self-imposed retirement from rock music to join Petra as lead singer.[15] 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... John Schlitt John William Schlitt (born February 3, 1950 in Lincoln, Illinois) has been the lead singer of legendary Christian Rock band Petra since 1986. ... Head East Head East was a hard rock quintet from southern Illinois that released their first album, Flat as a Pancake, in 1974 on their own record label selling all 5,000 records and 500 eight-tracks produced. ...


The band also needed to replace producer Jonathan David Brown, the man who helped mould Petra's sound through the early 1980s. Petra turned to brothers John and Dino Elefante. The Elefantes would produce every subsequent Petra album but one through the end of the century.[16] Jonathan David Brown is an American record producer and audio engineer, best known for his work on albums released in the Contemporary Christian music industry. ... John Elefante (born March 18, 1958 in Levittown, New York) is a Grammy Award-winning American rock and roll vocalist, who got his start in the music business with the rock band Kansas. ...


Schlitt's voice, fuller and more raspy than Volz's delivery, necessitated changing to a more hard rock/heavy metal sound.[3] Guitars now would be central to song arrangements and keyboards would be ornamental. Back to the Street was the first album to feature Petra's new arena-rock sound.[16] This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Heavy metal (sometimes referred to simply as metal) is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


1987-1994: Petra finds success

With these key pieces in place, Petra entered the period of its peak popularity, releasing what might be considered the band's most successful albums: This Means War!, On Fire!, Petra Praise: The Rock Cries Out and Beyond Belief. This Means War! reflects radical changes in the band's lyrical themes. The album presents the band's worldview in the language of spiritual warfare. This shift toward fundamentalist Christianity lead one reviewer to summarize the album as "Faith can bulldoze anything in the way".[6] The band also began publically supporting political causes, including a Constitutional amendment to legislate school prayer.[6] Their next release, On Fire!, mostly backed off warfare themes. Petra Praise was the group's first Gold album, and it set a new standard for praise and worship music.[6] It was 1990s Beyond Belief that catapulted the band to the top of the charts of gospel music. The album also won a Grammy for Best Rock/Gospel Album. Petra partnered with Christian author and apologist Josh McDowell for several tours, helping to legitimize the band's ministry in the eyes of many Christians.[17][6] During this period, Kelly left the band and was replaced by Ronny Cates.[18] This Means War! is the tenth release of the Christian rock band, Petra. ... Petra (1988) - Cates, Schlitt, Lawry, Hartman & Weaver On Fire! is the eleventh studio release of the Christian Rock band, Petra. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Fundamentalism is a movement to maintain strict adherence to founding principles. ... Fundamentalist Christianity, or Christian fundamentalism, is a movement that arose mainly within British and American Protestantism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries by conservative evangelical Christians, who, in a reaction to modernism, actively affirmed a fundamental set of Christian beliefs: the inerrancy of the Bible, Sola Scriptura, the... A bulldozer is a powerful crawler (tractor) equipped with a blade. ... An amendment is a change to the constitution of a nation or a state. ... School prayer in its most common usage refers to state sanctioned prayer of students in schools. ... Petra (1988) - Cates, Schlitt, Lawry, Hartman & Weaver On Fire! is the eleventh studio release of the Christian Rock band, Petra. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with RIAA certification. ... Worship music is a style of Christian music that is commonly used to denote songs that are used to worship God and set in a choral music style, usually with repeating, short, easily sung chorus parts. ... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... Joslin Josh McDowell is a Christian apologist, evangelist, and writer. ... Ronny Cates in the Wake-Up Call album booklet (1993) Ronny Cates (born September 25, 1965 in Shreveport, Los Angeles) is a Christian musician, producer, and songwriter. ...


The line-up comprised of Schlitt, Hartman, Cates, Lawry and Weaver turned to be the most stable in the band's history. These five members remained together until 1994 when Lawry left.


The following albums, Unseen Power and Wake-Up Call, won the band several more awards, including two more Grammys, and several Dove Awards. Unseen Power is considered to be their most diverse and experimental album.[6] This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Dove Awards, created in 1969 by the Gospel Music Association to honor the outstanding achievements in contemporary Christian and gospel music, are held annually in Nashville, Tennessee. ...


1995-2000: Decline in the 90s

As the decade reached its mid-point, several situations brought the band to what could be considered their worst period. First, guitarist and founder Hartman decided to leave the band during tours to dedicate time to his family.[19] He did remain as producer, songwriter, and studio guitarist.[6][3] John Lawry also left the band to pursue other goals. In came David Lichens (guitar) and Jim Cooper (keyboards), and the band released their next album in 1995: No Doubt.[20] David Lichens during his video So Good. David Lichens (born in Portland, Oregon) is an American guitarist, singer and songwriter. ... Jim Cooper -- keyboardist, musician, songwriter Jim Cooper (born in Princeton, Indiana) is a Christian musician, songwriter, and producer. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Although the album was a commercial success, it signaled a change in the band's music, departing from the edgy hard-rock they had played. Also, rumored situations between the new members and Schlitt prompted them to leave the band a year later.[21] During this transition period, Cates left the band and was replaced by Lonnie Chapin. They released their second praise album (Petra Praise 2: We Need Jesus) in 1997 to much critical praise and commercial success. Lonnie James Chapin (born May 7, 1970) is the bassist of Christian rock band TAIT. His younger brother, Chad, is the drummer of the band. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


With Chapin came guitarist Pete Orta and keyboardist Kevin Brandow. This line-up of young musicians combined with the experience of Schlitt and Weaver geared for the band's next album. The new members, along with Hartman, immersed themselves in the writing and composing of God Fixation which was released in 1998.[21] Pete Orta (born August 26, 1971 in Port Lavaca, Texas) is a Christian rock singer, guitarist, and songwriter. ... Kevin Brandow Kevin Brandow (born in New York) is a Christian musician and songwriter. ... Template:Infobox Album Petra Rocks! God Fixation is the eighteenth release of the Christian rock band, Petra. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ...


Despite some favorable criticism, the album didn't perform as it was expected. Additionally, changes in the rock genre veered towards an edgier sound, whereas the album focused on a more soft-rock vein.[6] The band continued to struggle, trying to gain new audiences and bring back old audiences. They re-recorded new versions of some of the band's classic songs for an album released in 2000 called Double Take.[6] The album also featured two new songs, one of which was written and sung by guitarist Orta. Rock is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars, and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles, however saxophones have been omitted from newer subgenres of rock music since the 90s. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


Although the album won the band their fourth Grammy, it was shunned by most purists as a "heresy" and an insult to the classic hits.[22] Shortly after, Chapin left the band to join Tait, and Orta went on to pursue a solo career. Brandow also left. To make matters worse, the band was dropped from their record label afterwards. Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... Look up Heresy in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Tait is a Christian rock band. ...


2001-2004: Petra in the new millennium

Petra core at 2001 (John Schlitt, Louie Weaver and Bob Hartman)
Petra core at 2001 (John Schlitt, Louie Weaver and Bob Hartman)

The band signed with Inpop Records in 2001. Inpop convinced the band to release another praise album, this time with a "modern worship" sound. Inpop brought in former Sonicflood members Jason Halbert and Dwayne Larring to produce the album, which would be titled Revival. Though it was an obvious reference to the song "Send Revival," it was also a subtle message about what Inpop hoped to do for the band.[23] Image File history File links Petra_2001_promo2. ... Inpop Records is an independent CCM record label based in Franklin, TN. It was launched in July 1999 by Australians Peter Furler, Wes Campbell and Dale Bray. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Petra (2001) - Hartman, Weaver & Schlitt Revival is the 21st studio release of the legendary Christian rock band Petra and their third praise album. ...


One step the label made toward reviving Petra's image was to focus on the "core" of the band: Schlitt, Hartman, and Weaver. They ignored the other touring members in the product packaging and marketing.


And there were new touring members. Bryce Bell (keyboards), Quinton Gibson (guitars) and Greg Bailey (bass) joined Schlitt and Weaver for the Revival tour in 2002. The tour was somewhat of a success: There were more dates, Petra made its first trip to India,[24] and Bob Hartman performed with the band for a special "Night of Joy" concert at Disney World. Image:Bryce Bell 2003. ... Quinton Gibson playing live. ... Greg Bailey (born ????) is a bassist and musician. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ...


But more change was afoot in 2003. Gibson left to join the band Strange Celebrity and Bell joined Rebecca St. James' tour. Hartman later came out of "touring retirement" to replace Gibson as the band's guitarist on the road. After the departure of keyboardist Bell, Hartman convinced Schlitt to not include a keyboard player for their next tour. This has been one of the few times the band didn't feature a designated keyboardist since 1981 when John Slick was hired. 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Strange Celebrity is a Christian rock band, formed in Nashville, Tennesssee, composed of four members: Luke Brown (lead vocals, guitar), Rick Wilson (drums), Quinton Gibson (guitar), and Tracy Ferrie (bass guitar), and is now defunct, as Luke Brown is pursuing a solo career. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... John Slick profile in Petras Tenth Anniversary Songbook (1983) John Milo Slick (born September 28, 1953 in Fort Wayne, Indiana) was a Christian rock musician for the legendary Christian rock band Petra. ...


The biggest bombshell came in May when Petra confirmed rumors that Weaver was no longer part of the band. A statement on Petra's website said Weaver and the band had reached "an impasse" and that they felt "this is the Lord's will for this situation."[25]


Weaver disputed the notion of an amicable split. On his website, Weaver claimed he did not leave Petra, but was fired months earlier by lead singer John Schlitt and manager Wayne Seboa. Weaver said he had been "shocked" by the move.[26] Hartman later acknowledged Weaver was fired, but said that it was Schlitt alone who made the decision after consulting with a pastor and Hartman. No reasons for the firing were given publicly by either side.[27] Weaver eventually joined the band Viktor.


In August 2003, Petra released what is considered their heaviest album to date: Jekyll & Hyde. Schlitt said the album's harder sound was a result of fans' demands for a straight-up rock album, not another praise album or acoustic retread.[28] Jekyll & Hyde was noteworthy for its lack of keyboards, which had been a staple of Petra's sound, and was well-received by critics.[29] 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jekyll & Hyde is an album by Petra, released in 2003 on Inpop Records. ...


Without keyboards, Petra became a four-member band. The band needed a drummer, so they used Justin Johnson briefly before hiring Paul Simmons as Weaver's replacement. The band played more dates in 2004 than it had in several years, hitting many U.S. festivals and traveling to Europe. The band's performances were re-energized by Hartman's return and the harder sound. Paul Simmons Paul Simmons was a drummer in the Christian rock band PETRA from 2004 until their retirement in 2005. ... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


On June 12, 2004, the band held a reunion concert in Angola, Indiana. Founder Hartman performed with original members Greg Hough and John DeGroff for the first time since the 1970s. Original drummer Bill Glover was invited but unable to attend. Sandwiched between two sets from the 2004 incarnation of the band, the original members joined Hartman and Simmons for a set of eight classic Petra songs from the 70s.[30] shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For similarly named locales, see Angola (disambiguation). ... Greg Hough (2001) Greg Hough is a Christian musician. ... John DeGroff is a Christian musician. ... Bill Glover in a recent picture. ...


2005: Petra Farewell

After much consideration and praying, Schlitt and Hartman decided to retire the band at the end of 2005.[31] A Farewell Tour was hastily booked. On October 4, 2005, Petra taped a concert performance in Franklin, Tennessee, for release on a final live CD and DVD titled Petra Farewell. Former members Greg X. Volz and John Lawry joined the current band on stage for a few songs each, including a ballad medley in which Volz and John Schlitt traded off vocals on songs from their respective eras. Volz took the stage alone for the classic "Grave Robber," and keyboard player John Lawry played his signature keyboard solo "Jesus Loves You" from the Captured in Time & Space album. The CD was released in November 2005, and the DVD was released in March 2006.[32] 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... October 4 is the 277th day of the year (278th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Franklin is a city in Williamson County, Tennessee, USA. The population was 41,842 at the 2000 census, and as of 2007, the population is at 48,593. ... Farewell is a Petra album released in 2005. ... Greg Volz (1984) Gregory Xavier Volz (born January 12, 1950 in Peoria, Illinois) is a Christian singer. ... John Lawry (1990) John Lawry (born June 15, 1951 in Millington, Michigan) is a Christian musician, composer, producer, and songwriter. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...


More reunions took place later in the "Farewell" tour. The original Petra lineup of Bob Hartman, John DeGroff, Greg Hough, and Bill Glover performed together at two shows. The sets for these shows were comprised mostly of tracks from the "Petra" and "Come and Join Us" albums, but also featured an unrecorded song written in the 1970s called "Rocking On With Jesus."


II Guys From Petra

Following Petra's retirement, Schlitt and Hartman joined forces again for a self-produced praise and worship CD entitled Vertical Expressions. The CD was released in January 2007 under the band name "II Guys From Petra" and is available exclusively through Petra's website. The idea for the album came about when Hartman was invited to lead worship for a youth retreat in Canada and asked Schlitt to join him. Worship music is a style of Christian music that is commonly used to denote songs that are used to worship God and set in a choral music style, usually with repeating, short, easily sung chorus parts. ... Vertical Expressions is the first studio release of the collaboration between Christian singer John Schlitt and guitarist Bob Hartman, also known as II Guys from Petra. ...


The "Vertical Expressions" CD has a sound similar to the Petra Praise 2: We Need Jesus album and is very much in the same vein as Petra's material released from the mid '90s onwards. Also included are two bonus live tracks, "Lord I Lift Your Name On High" and "Judas Kiss" which are outtakes from the Petra Farewell concert and CD. Farewell is a Petra album released in 2005. ...


Critical Reception

When Petra started their career in 1972, their music was considered groundbreaking for the genre at that time, and was generally well-received by most people. However, when they were signed by Myrrh, their first recording efforts didn't sell as expected and they were dropped from the label. However, they continued touring until StarSong approached them and signed them for a record contract in the late 70s. The resulting album (Washes Whiter Than) garnered the band their first radio hit with "Why Should the Father Bother?". Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Washes Whiter Than is the third studio album of the legendary Christian rock band Petra. ...


For their next album, producer Jonathan David Brown was brought in. He paved the way to what would soon become the traditional Petra sound, taking them into bigger success. Their first album with Brown (Never Say Die) produced several hits like "The Coloring Song" and "For Annie". During this time, Petra had the opportunity to tour with Servant which helped them improve their craftsmanship on stage. Their next album (More Power To Ya) continued their string of hits with "More Power To Ya", "Road to Zion", and "Stand Up."[33] They immediately followed it with Not of this World which gave them their first Grammy Award nomination and sold a quarter milion units alone.[3] Its follow-up (Beat the System) also gave them a second Grammy nomination. Jonathan David Brown is an American record producer and audio engineer, best known for his work on albums released in the Contemporary Christian music industry. ... Never Say Die is the fourth studio album of the legendary Christian rock band Petra. ... Servant was a Christian rock group based out of the Highway Missionary Society in Grants Pass, Oregon, which eventually became The Servant Community in Cincinatti, Ohio. ... More Power To Ya is the fifth studio release of the legendary Christian Rock band, Petra. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


After their first live album (Captured In Time and Space), singer Greg X. Volz left the band to pursue a solo career. John Schlitt was hired shortly after. This change also brought in a change of producers, and in came John and Dino Elefante to work with the band. The Elefante Brothers continued to define the band's hard rock style and guided them into a more arena rock style and lifting the band's status to stardom. Proof of it is that all ten albums produced by them (from 1986 to 2000) at least got a Grammy nomination, winning four of them. Also, during this time, two of the band's albums were certified gold. Captured In Time And Space is the eighth studio release of the legendary Christian Rock band, Petra. ... Greg Volz (1984) Gregory Xavier Volz (born January 12, 1950 in Peoria, Illinois) is a Christian singer. ... John Schlitt John William Schlitt (born February 3, 1950 in Lincoln, Illinois) has been the lead singer of legendary Christian Rock band Petra since 1986. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Arena rock is a loosely defined style of rock music, often also called anthem rock or stadium rock, and the style of music is closely associated with corporate rock and album-oriented rock. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In the new millennium, despite slower sales than their peak years, the band continued to draw crowds not only in the United States, but around the world. After a change in record label and producer, the band continued to produce varied albums and kept on touring. During their last years of touring, the band played in South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. The band was sometimes criticized for abandoning their hard rock roots and "softening" their music. This claim was shut down by the band's final studio album, Jekyll & Hyde, which is considered by many to be their heaviest. South America South America is a continent crossed by the equator, with most of its area in the Southern Hemisphere. ... World map showing the location of Europe. ... World map showing the location of Asia. ... A world map showing the continent of Africa Africa is the worlds second-largest and second most-populous continent, after Asia. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Jekyll & Hyde is an album by Petra, released in 2003 on Inpop Records. ...


Influence

During its 33-year career, the band influenced countless artists in and out of the Christian scene. Petra was the only Christian band to play at the 1992 Farm Aid concert and the first Christian band to be included in the Hard Rock Cafe.[6] In 2000, Petra was the first Christian rock band to be inducted to the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. "The doubts about popular music mixing with Christian lyrics have mostly vanished due to their 25-year track record of proven ministry and changed lives. Petra was a true pioneer for our industry," GMA President Frank Breeden said at the time.[34] Farm Aid started as a benefit concert on September 22, 1985, in Champaign, Illinois, held to raise money for family farmers in the United States. ... Hard Rock Cafe is a chain of casual dining restaurants. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Gospel Music Hall of Fame, created in 1971 by the Gospel Music Association, is a Hall of Fame dedicated exclusively to recognizing meaningful contributions by individuals in all forms of gospel music. ...


Many other Christian artists have recorded tributes to Petra (see Tributes section below). Even secular artist Tim McGraw has included "More Power To Ya" in some of his concerts.[35] Tim McGraw (born Samuel Timothy Smith on May 1, 1967, in Delhi, Louisiana) is an American country music singer who has achieved many number one hits on the country singles and album charts, with total sales in excess of 25 million units. ...


The band had a daring presence during the early 80s which included wearing camouflage clothes in their presentations. This helped draw attention to the genre during times when Christian rock wasn't that well-received. Over the years, Petra refused to water down their clear Christian message like other bands have done to try to break into the mainstream market. Though Petra was opposed by Bill Gothard, Jimmy Swaggart, David Wilkerson, and other evangelists, the band is credited with opening conservative Christians to rock music as a form of ministry.[6] This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Bill Gothard in a mural image from his ministry, the Institute for Basic Life Principles. ... Jimmy Lee Swaggart (born March 15, 1935 in Ferriday, Louisiana) is a Pentecostal preacher and pioneer of televangelism who reached the height of his popularity in the 1980s. ... David Wilkerson (born May 19, 1931 in Hammond, Indiana) is an American Christian evangelist, most famous for his book The Cross and the Switchblade. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Petra's founder and lead guitarist, Bob Hartman, is respected as one of the best guitarists in the industry. Singer John Schlitt has also been acknowledged, first for his stint as the lead man in Head East, and then with Petra. Bob Hartman (1997) Robert Hartman (born December 26, 1949, in Byron, Ohio) is a Christian artist, guitarist, writer and songwriter. ... Head East Head East was a hard rock quintet from southern Illinois that released their first album, Flat as a Pancake, in 1974 on their own record label selling all 5,000 records and 500 eight-tracks produced. ...


Tributes

Cover of Petra tribute album, Never Say Dinosaur
Cover of Petra tribute album, Never Say Dinosaur

During their 33 years of tenure, several bands have made tribute to Petra. The most well-known tribute album is called Never Say Dinosaur released by Star Song Records in 1996. This tribute contained 12 revisions (or re-imaginings) of several classic Petra songs, all from their pre-Schlitt years,[6] by some well-known Christian artists like Jars of Clay, MxPx, Galactic Cowboys, and Sixpence None the Richer among others. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Never Say Dinosaur is a tribute album dedicated to legendary Christian rock band Petra. ... Never Say Dinosaur is a tribute album dedicated to legendary Christian rock band Petra. ... Star Song Communications was a record label that was started in 1976 by Darrell Harris. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Jars of Clay is a four-member rock band formed at Greenville College in Greenville, Illinois. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, the lead section of this article may need to be expanded. ... Galactic Cowboys was a heavy metal band based in Houston, Texas. ... Sixpence None the Richer was a Grammy-nominated pop/rock band with roots in New Braunfels, Texas, eventually settling in Nashville, Tennessee. ...


Star Song also released two compilation albums with Petra songs performed by a youth choir. These albums were produced by John Lee.[36][37]

  • The Petra Youth Choir Collection - 1984
  • Petra Youth Choir Collection 2 - 1987

Two similar compilations were released by Word Records using Spanish choirs. These were released in the 90s.[38][39] Year 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar). ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Word Records is a giant in Christian Music. ...

  • La Colección de Petra en Español - 1993
  • La Colección Coral de Petra en Español 2 - 1995

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Other artists have included single song covers of Petra in some of their albums. These are:

  • "Thankful Heart" by Nathan Digesare (Jubilaté!, 1989)
  • "Judas' Kiss" by One Bad Pig (Swine Flew, 1990)
  • "More Power to Ya" by The RapSures (Loud, Proud and Born Again, 1990)
  • "All Over Me" by Die Happy (Intense Records Presents Die Happy Recorded Live - Intense Live Series Vol. 4, 1993)

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Awards

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Grammy Awards

  • Best Rock/Contemporary Gospel Album – Beyond Belief (1990)
  • Best Rock/Contemporary Gospel Album – Unseen Power (1992)
  • Best Rock Gospel Album – Wake-Up Call (1994)
  • Best Rock Gospel Album – Double Take (2000)

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Dove Awards

  • Recorded Music Packaging – Petra Praise: The Rock Cries Out (1990)
  • Long Form Music Video – "Beyond Belief" (1990)
  • Group of the Year (1991)
  • Rock Album – Beyond Belief (1991)
  • Rock Recorded Song – "Beyond Belief" (1991)
  • Recorded Music Packaging – Beyond Belief (1991)
  • Rock Recorded Song – "Destiny" (1993)
  • Rock Album – Wake-Up Call (1994)
  • Rock Album – No Doubt (1996)
  • Praise and Worship Album – Petra Praise 2: We Need Jesus (1998)

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Band members

Petra's original line-up in the mid-70s: (l to r) Hartman, DeGroff, Glover & Hough.

The band's original lineup consisted of: Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ...

The band's parting lineup (2005) consisted of: Greg Hough (2001) Greg Hough is a Christian musician. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... Bob Hartman (1997) Robert Hartman (born December 26, 1949, in Byron, Ohio) is a Christian artist, guitarist, writer and songwriter. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... John DeGroff is a Christian musician. ... The electric bass guitar (or electric bass) is an electrically-amplified string instrument played with the fingers by plucking, slapping, or using a pick. ... Bill Glover in a recent picture. ... For other kinds of drums, see drum (disambiguation). ...

John Schlitt John William Schlitt (born February 3, 1950 in Lincoln, Illinois) has been the lead singer of legendary Christian Rock band Petra since 1986. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... Bob Hartman (1997) Robert Hartman (born December 26, 1949, in Byron, Ohio) is a Christian artist, guitarist, writer and songwriter. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Greg Bailey (born ????) is a bassist and musician. ... The electric bass guitar (or electric bass) is an electrically-amplified string instrument played with the fingers by plucking, slapping, or using a pick. ... Paul Simmons Paul Simmons was a drummer in the Christian rock band PETRA from 2004 until their retirement in 2005. ... For other kinds of drums, see drum (disambiguation). ...

Former Members

(This is a partial list. It does not include all of the members that have toured with the band, especially during the late 70's.)


Lead Vocals

Bob Hartman (1997) Robert Hartman (born December 26, 1949, in Byron, Ohio) is a Christian artist, guitarist, writer and songwriter. ... Greg Hough (2001) Greg Hough is a Christian musician. ... Image:Rob-frazier. ... Greg Volz (1984) Gregory Xavier Volz (born January 12, 1950 in Peoria, Illinois) is a Christian singer. ... John Schlitt John William Schlitt (born February 3, 1950 in Lincoln, Illinois) has been the lead singer of legendary Christian Rock band Petra since 1986. ...

Drums

Bill Glover in a recent picture. ... Greg Volz (1984) Gregory Xavier Volz (born January 12, 1950 in Peoria, Illinois) is a Christian singer. ... Louie Weaver (July 13, 1951, Nashville, Tennessee, USA) was the drummer for the band Petra from 1981 - 2003. ... Paul Simmons Paul Simmons was a drummer in the Christian rock band PETRA from 2004 until their retirement in 2005. ...

Guitars

Bob Hartman (1997) Robert Hartman (born December 26, 1949, in Byron, Ohio) is a Christian artist, guitarist, writer and songwriter. ... Greg Hough (2001) Greg Hough is a Christian musician. ... Image:Rob-frazier. ... David Lichens during his video So Good. David Lichens (born in Portland, Oregon) is an American guitarist, singer and songwriter. ... Pete Orta (born August 26, 1971 in Port Lavaca, Texas) is a Christian rock singer, guitarist, and songwriter. ... Kevin Brandow Kevin Brandow (born in New York) is a Christian musician and songwriter. ...

Bass

John DeGroff is a Christian musician. ... Mark Dean Kelly was a Christian bassist most remembered for being a member of legendary Christian rock band Petra during the 80s. ... Ronny Cates in the Wake-Up Call album booklet (1993) Ronny Cates (born September 25, 1965 in Shreveport, Los Angeles) is a Christian musician, producer, and songwriter. ... Lonnie James Chapin (born May 7, 1970) is the bassist of Christian rock band TAIT. His younger brother, Chad, is the drummer of the band. ... Greg Bailey (born ????) is a bassist and musician. ...

Keyboards

Note: After founder Bob Hartman, the band members with the longest tenures were drummer Louie Weaver (22 years), followed by singer John Schlitt (19 years). Image:Rob-frazier. ... John Slick profile in Petras Tenth Anniversary Songbook (1983) John Milo Slick (born September 28, 1953 in Fort Wayne, Indiana) was a Christian rock musician for the legendary Christian rock band Petra. ... John Lawry (1990) John Lawry (born June 15, 1951 in Millington, Michigan) is a Christian musician, composer, producer, and songwriter. ... Jim Cooper -- keyboardist, musician, songwriter Jim Cooper (born in Princeton, Indiana) is a Christian musician, songwriter, and producer. ... Kevin Brandow Kevin Brandow (born in New York) is a Christian musician and songwriter. ... Trent Thomason promotional picture for TEN (2004) Trent Thomason (born in February 4, 1972 in Inglewood, California) is a Christian artist and songwriter. ... Image:Bryce Bell 2003. ... Louie Weaver (July 13, 1951, Nashville, Tennessee, USA) was the drummer for the band Petra from 1981 - 2003. ... John Schlitt John William Schlitt (born February 3, 1950 in Lincoln, Illinois) has been the lead singer of legendary Christian Rock band Petra since 1986. ...


Discography

Main article: Petra Discography

See the main article for detailed information on all of Petra's albums and videos, including compilation albums. Also a list of Petra songs available on other artists albums. Petra released 24 albums (including two live album, and two Spanish albums) during their 33 years of career starting with their first release in 1974 and finishing with their last album in 2005. ... A compilation album is an album (music or spoken-word) featuring tracks from one or multiple recording artists, often culled from a variety of sources (such as studio albums, live albums, singles, demos and outtakes. ...


Notes

  1. ^ Steve Huey. Petra Biography.
  2. ^ Louie Bourland (October 12, 2003). Petra first album Review.
  3. ^ a b c d e Larkin, Colin, ed. [1992, 1995] (1998). "Petra", The Encyclopedia of Popular Music, Third edition, New York City: Muze, 4213. ISBN 0-333-74134-X. 
  4. ^ Petrarocksmyworld.com (September 1998). Bob Hartman Interview.
  5. ^ "Petra: The History", ECHOES magazine, Word, Inc., p. 5. Retrieved on 2006-09-27. (in English) 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r Powell, Mark Allan (2002). "Petra", Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music, First printing, Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson Publishers, 692-699. ISBN 1-56563-679-1. 
  7. ^ CCM staff. "The Pursuit of the Dream: A Look at the History of", CCM Magazine, p. 3. Retrieved on 2006-09-27. (in English) 
  8. ^ Chris Bruno. A Little History.... Retrieved on 2006-09-27.
  9. ^ EMI Christian Music Group. EMI Christian Music Group History. Retrieved on 2006-09-27.
  10. ^ Gregxvolz.com. Greg X. Volz bio.
  11. ^ Petraspective.com. Washes Whiter Than Review.
  12. ^ Paul Baker. Petra.
  13. ^ Petraspective.com. Never Say Die Review.
  14. ^ Devlin Donaldson (August 1996). Greg X. Volz.
  15. ^ Munson, Bryan. "Alive and Kicking", Contemporary Christian Magazine, May 1986, pp. 6,9. Retrieved on 2006-09-28. (in English) 
  16. ^ a b Newcomb, Bryan. "Back to the Rock", Contemporary Christian Magazine, October 1986, pp. 17-19,37. Retrieved on 2006-09-28. (in English) 
  17. ^ Anderson, Warren. "Beyond Rock", Contemporary Christian Magazine, June 1990, pp. 34-36. Retrieved on 2006-09-28. (in English) 
  18. ^ Steve Huey. Petra Biography.
  19. ^ Greg Webb (May 13, 2005). Petra to officially retire as a band.
  20. ^ Petrafied. No Doubt Review.
  21. ^ a b David Muttillo (2003). The Truth About Petra. HM Magazine.
  22. ^ Guide to Petra. List of fans that have Double Take on their "dislike" list.
  23. ^ Mike Rimmer (November 13, 2001). Revival Review.
  24. ^ Guide to Petra (January 5, 2005). Petra Plays Australia.
  25. ^ Michael Jones (2003-05-01). Guide To Petra News. Retrieved on 2006-09-23.
  26. ^ Weaver, Louie (May 2003). Statement (English) (HTML). Archived from the original on 2003-06-13. Retrieved on 2006-09-23.
  27. ^ [Renaud] (2003-08-02). Bob Hartman interview (English) (HTML). Retrieved on 2006-09-23.
  28. ^ [Renaud] (2003-09-11). John Schlitt interview (English) (HTML). Retrieved on 2006-09-23.
  29. ^ Kevin (September 27, 2003). Jekyll & Hyde Review.
  30. ^ [Renaud] (2004-08-04). Concert review June 12, 2004: At Oakhill Family Campground in Angola, IN (English) (HTML). Retrieved on 2006-09-23.
  31. ^ CMSpin (May 20, 2005). It's Official Petra retires.
  32. ^ Josh Renaud. Petra Farewell Album Review.
  33. ^ Echoes (1985). Petra: The History.
  34. ^ beliefnet.com (2000). Petra's Fame Is Set In Stone.
  35. ^ RWRW.com (September 6, 2005). Stick to the Music, Kanye West.
  36. ^ Petraspective.com. The Petra Youth Choir Collection.
  37. ^ Petraspective.com. The Petra Youth Choir Collection 2.
  38. ^ Petraspective.com. La Colección de Petra Coral.
  39. ^ Petraspective.com. La Colección de Petra Coral 2.

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External links

  • Official site
  • Fan message board
  • Petra Means Rock
  • Petra Rocks My World
  • Guide to Petra
  • Petraspective
  • Petra Praise
  • Australian Petra site
  • Petra at Firestream.net
  • Too Many Petra Photos

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