Arguably one of the industry’s greatest bands, DC TALK returns this December 26th with JESUS FREAK 10TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL EDITION (Forefront/EMICMG). In celebration of what may be the biggest project in the history of Contemporary Christian music, the 2-Disc set will include both the original Jesus Freak disc, (remastered), as well as a 14-track CD with exclusive B-sides, remixes, and rarities (tentative listing below).
“DC Talk has always been synonymous with musical innovation,” recalls former ForeFront executive and current EMI CMG Publishing President Eddie DeGarmo. “They created anthems that resonated with an entire generation who screamed every lyric at the top of their lungs. Jesus Freak was their cry.”
Garnering one of the group’s four GRAMMY® Awards, the first time a rock song won a Dove Award for “Song of the Year” (“Jesus Freak”), a total of six No. 1 singles amongst Christian CHR, AC and Rock radio formats, JESUS FREAK set many records, including entering higher on the Billboard Top 200 chart than any other Christian artist ever had (No. 16) in August 1995, selling over 97,000 units. Certified Gold within 30 days of release, the project sold over one million units before DC TALK joined forces in the general market with Virgin Records, and in its first week of release charted on Billboard’s Top 5 along with The Beatles, Garth Brooks, Bruce Springsteen and Vince Gill. Currently the project has sold more than 2 million units.
General market radio success for JESUS FREAK was also stellar, including the top 15 charting of “Just Between You and Me” at Top 40/Pop radio. The JESUS FREAK tour was also one of if not the most successful tour by a Christian artist in the mid-90s as well, with shows selling out across the U.S. including Houston, Dallas, Columbus, Minneapolis, Boston and more.
DCTALK’s members, TobyMac, Michael Tait and Kevin Max are all currently enjoying successful solo careers. TobyMac will release his third solo project with ForeFront/EMICMG in February 2007.
TRACK LISTING FOR JESUS FREAK 10TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL EDITION (subject to change):
1. So Help Me God
2. Colored People
3. Jesus Freak
4. What If I Stumble?
5. Day By Day
6. Mrs. Morgan
7. Between You and Me
8. Like It, Love It, Need It
9. Jesus Freak (reprise)
10. In the Light
11. What Have We Become?
12. Mind’s Eye
1. So Help Me God – Savage Remix- New
2. Jesus Freak – Savage Remix- New
3. What If I Stumble? – Doubledutch Remix- New
4. Between You and Me – Stevens Remix – New
5. Like It, Love It, Need It – Wyatt Remix – New
6. What Have We Become? – Wyatt Remix – New
7. Mind’s Eye – 1995 Swing and a Miss Mix (unreleased demo version)
8. Jesus Freak – 1995 Gotee Bros. Freaked Out Remix
9. Help! – Live
10. Colored People – Live
11. It’s the End of the World as We Know It – Live
12. I Wish We’d All Been Ready – Live
13. 40 – Live
14. In the Light – Instrumenta
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