Legendary Vocalist John Schlitt Featured this Week by Influential Christian Media Organizations Inspiration.org & Cornerstone TV
Photo: Grammy and Dove Award winning recording artist John Schlitt is also a member of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Schlitt is featured this week by two influential Christian media organizations, Inspiration.org and the Cornerstone Television Network. (Fred Nguyen photo)
John Schlitt on Inspiration.org & Cornerstone TV
Legendary vocalist John Schlitt (formerly of Petra) is featured this week by two highly influential Christian media organizations, Inspiration.org and the Cornerstone Television Network.
In the top spot on Inspiration.org’s home page on Tuesday, November 10, 2020, Digital Content Writer/Editor Johh Farrell interviews the Grammy Award winning Gospel Music Hall of Famer. In a feature titled “The Power of GO,” Schlitt shares his powerful personal testimony and discusses his latest CD, GO, a critically acclaimed eleven-song collection of sanctified rock ‘n’ roll.
To view the article on the website’s home page today, visit inspiration.org. To view the interview online after November 10, 2020, visit inspiration.org/christian-articles/the-power-of-go/.
|Schlitt will also be interviewed live via Skype on the Cornerstone Television Network’s informative and entertaining current cultural issues program, Hope Today, on Thursday, November 12, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. EST. The interview will be rebroadcast that same day at 1:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m. EST the following morning. Fans can also stream the interview online at those same times at ctvn.org.|
In both interviews, Schlitt talks about his remarkable career as frontman for the seminal Christian rock band, Petra, his work as a solo artist, and his most recent full-length album, GO, which released from 4k Records in Spring 2020. The project was also recently released as a Special Limited Vinyl Edition from Girder Records.
“I love working with Inspiration.org & Cornerstone TV!” says Schlitt. “It’s always a privilege to be interviewed by a professional organization. The better the interviewer, the better the interview.”
For more information about Schlitt and GO, visit johnwschlitt.com.
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|About GO:GO represents Schlitt’s first full-length solo album of original material in seven years, and the project is proving to be well worth the wait for fans of the man GospelMusicChannel.com (now uptv.com) has called “the best rock singer in Christian music history.”|
GO, which released in early 2020, was tapped in pre-release as one of the Top 10 Albums of 2019 by Classic Christian Rock Magazine, which extols the project’s sweet melodies, direct lyrics, and Schlitt’s seemingly ageless vocal prowess.
GO joins chart toppers and fan favorites on CCR’s 2019 “Best Of” list, including projects by Newsboys, Michael Sweet, David & the Giants, and Guardian’s Jamie Rowe.
|GO, the latest CD by Grammy and Dove Award winner John Schlitt—recently went vinyl in a special edition limited release from Girder Music. (Cover art, by Jonathan Leslie & Fred Nguyen, courtesy of 4K Records)|
Schlitt’s vocals have arguably never been in better form.
With production and engineering by Dan Needham, John Lawry, and Mark Lee Townsend, combined with savvy songwriting collaborations with the likes of Needham, Lawry, Townsend, Jerry McPherson, Scott Bernard, Jeff King, Scott Faircloff, Ryan Horn, and Chuck Anderson, and A-list musicianship from some of Nashville’s finest, GO is a tour de force of straight up, spiritually astute rock ‘n’ roll. It’s the kind of album that sounds great the first time through, then gets better each time you listen to it.
The title track eases you into the groove, with a deceptive acoustic guitar and bongo line that builds in intensity, with the not-so-subtle message to get up and do something. “As Christians, we have been sitting around for too long,” Schlitt declares. “We are blessed, but with blessings come responsibility. What is God calling you to do? Do it!”
If there was any question about the rock ‘n’ roll nature of the project, Schlitt answers emphatically on “Feel It,” the first single. Thundering toms, driving guitars, and Schlitt’s signature grit and gravel vocals undergird the song’s clarion call to “have a little faith.”
Schlitt struts confidently into classic arena rock territory on “Takin’ It Higher,” then pulls back on the piano-driven rock ballad, “Fighting the Fight.” “Life is a fight,” Schlitt muses. “Without Christ, you’re wasting your time. With Christ, the battle is already won. You just have to go forward and do what God’s put on your heart to do.”
Fuzzy distortion and a techno vibe enhance “Just Let Go,” a thumping, Beach Boys-esque rocker with a message of trusting God when you can’t see the next step. The tune segues effortlessly into the loopy, cautionary prog-rocker, “Time Keeps Rollin.'” Then, Schlitt proves he can groove with best of them on the Motown-inspired “Where Would I Be,” that will have you wondering if the California Raisins are singing background vocals. “‘Where Would I Be’ is just one of those songs I’ve always wanted to do,” Schlitt grins. “The music style is fun and the title says it all.”
“Find a Way,” which finds Schlitt exploring the softer side of acoustic rock ‘n’ roll, is a song that would not feel out of place on a Crosby, Stills & Nash album. Ripped-from-the-headlines lyrics, thudding drums, tasty electric guitar licks, and passionate vocals underscore the in-your-face message of “Fake News.”
If Stallone ever decides to do another Rocky movie, “Let’s Go” could easily be the theme song. “Are you fighting for truth or illusion?” Schlitt wails. “I am a fighter on my way / There is no time to hesitate. / Let’s go!”
Schlitt closes the project with a playful bonus track, “Not Dead Yet.” The singer, whose career has spanned more than half a century, proves he can not only run with the big dogs, he can still compete with the young pups in an industry that is increasingly youth-centric.
Ultimately, GO is a declaration of movement. Sometimes that movement is a forward motion, and sometimes the movement takes a momentary pause as we wait for direction. Either way, GO is not an invitation to sit in our comfort zone and do nothing.
“We’re either going forward or idling in expectation of God’s direction,” Schlitt says. “And when the time comes to go–then we GO!”
For more information about Schlitt and GO, visit johnwschlitt.com.
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