7 Days Until BROKEN TEMPLES: A Kevin Max Countdown Retrospective: “Just Between You And Me”

Kevin Max’s newest project, BROKEN TEMPLES, will officially be released on March 10. I’ll be counting down the remaining days to the release of the album on this page with a post each day exploring and celebrating, in no particular order, some of his prior creative ventures.


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“Just Between You And Me” was a breakthrough, crossover hit on mainstream radio in 1996 for Kevin Max, Toby McKeehan (TobyMac), and Michael Tait (Newsboys) of dcTalk. The song played a significant role in propelling the JESUS FREAK album to double-platinum sales and legendary status within the realm of Christian music. The video for the song received major airplay on MTV and VH1 as well. The song showcases a perfect vocal blend of Max and Tait that, clearly, couldn’t help, but, to be recognized by the world at large, regardless of the Christian music classification.

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Read about what I get out of the music and poetry of Kevin Max and check out how you can get a digital download of the new project BROKEN TEMPLES (with two bonus tracks!) before the official March 10 release!

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Purchase and Download the music of Kevin Max on iTunes

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OTHER FEATURED SONGS IN THE KEVIN MAX RETROSPECTIVE:

8 Days Until BROKEN TEMPLES: “Kings & Queens”

9 Days Until BROKEN TEMPLES: “When He Returns”

10 Days Until BROKEN TEMPLES: “Day By Day”

11 Days Until BROKEN TEMPLES: “Existence”

12 Days Until BROKEN TEMPLES: “Alas My Love/The Hard Way”

8 Days Until BROKEN TEMPLES: A Kevin Max Countdown Retrospective: “Kings & Queens”

Kevin Max’s newest project, BROKEN TEMPLES, will officially be released on March 10. I’ll be counting down the remaining days to the release of the album on this page with a post each day exploring and celebrating, in no particular order, some of his prior creative ventures.


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2013 brought the announcement that Kevin Max would be teaming up with Mark Stuart and Will McGinniss to relaunch another legendary band in the history of contemporary Christian music, Audio Adrenaline, in order to build awareness and support for the band’s non-profit organization, The Hands & Feet Project. The Hands & Feet Project cares for about 100 orphaned and abandoned children at Children’s Villages in Jacmel and Grand Goave, Haiti.

The lead single and title track of the new album, “Kings & Queens,” not only made a huge impact on Christian radio (rising at #4 among Christian songs), but, it also fulfilled the band’s objective in bringing the plight of orphans and the beauty of the children of the Hands & Feet Project to the attention of the world and, in doing so, helped to propel the work of the organization forward in their mission to continue the fight against the orphan crisis in Haiti.

From the first “woa-oh” that can be heard at the beginning of the track to the final triumphant chorus, Max delivers a characteristically unique and powerful vocal to a song that will surely stand the test of time as an anthem for the Christian call to care for orphans of the world in their distress (James 1:27).

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE HANDS & FEET PROJECT HERE

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Join Kevin Max on NRT Live on release day, Tuesday, March 10 at 6PM PST/9PM EST

Read about what I get out of the music and poetry of Kevin Max and check out how you can get a digital download of the new project BROKEN TEMPLES (with two bonus tracks!) before the official March 10 release!

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Pre-order BROKEN TEMPLES

Purchase and Download the music of Kevin Max on iTunes

 Kevin Max on iTunes


OTHER FEATURED SONGS IN THE KEVIN MAX RETROSPECTIVE:

9 Days Until BROKEN TEMPLES: “When He Returns”

10 Days Until BROKEN TEMPLES: “Day By Day”

11 Days Until BROKEN TEMPLES: “Existence”

12 Days Until BROKEN TEMPLES: “Alas My Love/The Hard Way”

9 Days Until BROKEN TEMPLES: A Kevin Max Coundtown Retrospective: “When He Returns” [UPDATED w/ “Help”/”So Help Me God”]

Kevin Max’s newest project, BROKEN TEMPLES, will officially be released on March 10. I’ll be counting down the remaining days to the release of the album on this page with a post each day exploring and celebrating some of his prior creative ventures.


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[8:15PM UPDATE] In light of the announcement of Kanye West’s new album title, I present this clip of Kevin Max with dcTalk performing “Help!” and “So Help Me God” from WELCOME TO THE FREAK SHOW


THE IMPOSTER was released in 2005 and remains my favorite Kevin Max album because of the strength of the album as a whole, the lyrical theme running throughout (inspired by the concept of the imposter, as written about by Brennan Manning in ABBA’S CHILD), and the role that the album played in tuning my spiritual life in. But, the track featured for today’s countdown entry is included because it is one of Max’s most impressive vocal performances and, in my opinion, is one of the best covers ever recorded. It is Max’s take on a song from Bob Dylan’s 1979 album SLOW TRAIN COMING and I dare say that Max’s vocal, in combination with the pure and reverant piano arrangement, fleshes out the song in a manner that Dylan himself would have to be pleased with. While more characteristic Max-styled tracks like “The Imposter,” “Platform,” and “Your Beautiful Mind” stand firmly on their own merit, this cover is a performance to behold.

B-0Js7BXAAA2fnLRead a bit about what I get out of the music and poetry of Kevin Max and check out how you can get a digital download of the new project BROKEN TEMPLES (with two bonus tracks!) before the official March 10 release!

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Read the 10 Days Until BROKEN TEMPLES: A Kevin Max Countdown Retrospective: “Day By Day” Installment

Read the 11 Days Until BROKEN TEMPLES: A Kevin Max Countdown Retrospective: “Existence” Installment

Read the 12 Days Until BROKEN TEMPLES: A Kevin Max Countdown Retrospective: “Alas My Love/The Hard Way” Installment

10 Days Until BROKEN TEMPLES: A Kevin Max Coundtown Retrospective: “Day By Day”

Kevin Max’s newest project, BROKEN TEMPLES, will officially be released on March 10. I’ll be counting down the remaining days to the release of the album on this page with a post each day exploring and celebrating some of his prior creative ventures.


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There has been no lack of critical acclaim for the 1995 dcTalk album JESUS FREAK. Grammy Award winner for Best Rock Gospel Album, JESUS FREAK reached No.16 on the Billboard 200, was certified gold within 30 days of its release, and eventually went on to be certified double platinum. There are multiple worthy candidates on the album from which to select as possible favorites, but, the one I’ve chosen to feature here is carried by the strength of Max’s performance in the second verse and in the latter half of the track as the intensity of the song builds. Within the vocal chemistry of dcTalk, TobyMac and current Newsboys lead singer Michael Tait more than amply fulfilled their roles in providing the rap and soul elements, but, clearly, it was Max’s voice that allowed the music of dcTalk to sore to new heights in terms of artistry and a sound that nobody else had then or has now.

B-0Js7BXAAA2fnLRead a bit about what I get out of the music and poetry of Kevin Max and check out how you can get a digital download of the new project BROKEN TEMPLES (with two bonus tracks!) before the official March 10 release!

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Read the 11 Days Until BROKEN TEMPLES: A Kevin Max Countdown Retrospective: “Existence” Installment

Read the 12 Days Until BROKEN TEMPLES: A Kevin Max Countdown Retrospective: “Alas My Love/The Hard Way” Installment

11 Days Until BROKEN TEMPLES: A Kevin Max Coundtown Retrospective: “Existence”

Kevin Max’s newest project, BROKEN TEMPLES, will officially be released on March 10. I’ll be counting down the remaining days to the release of the album on this page with a post each day exploring and celebrating some of his prior creative ventures.


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Today we take a leap from yesterday’s FREE AT LAST-JESUS FREAK/dcTalk-era to Max’s first solo album STEREOTYPE BE. The release of the album was a bold statement as Max cut no corners and made no compromises with the product that he put out. He assembled an amazing set of players and unleashed a stylistic juggernaut that offered no apologies while blazing his own trail away from the strategic tones that he, along with TobyMac and current Newsboys frontman Michael Tait, used to achieve unprecedented success coming out of the Christian market as dcTalk. Featured here is the lead video from STEREOTYPE BE, “Existence.”

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12 Days Until BROKEN TEMPLE – A Kevin Max Retrospective: “Alas My Love/The Hard Way”

[updated news as of 2:57 PM ET] Log on to http://www.newreleasetuesday.com/videos-newmusichangout.php tonight at 9PM ET/6PM PST for an NRT LIVE/HANGOUT with Kevin Max

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Kevin Max’s newest project, BROKEN TEMPLES, will officially be released on March 10. I’ll be counting down the remaining days to the release of the album on this page with a post each day exploring and celebrating some of his prior creative ventures.

TODAY: A clip from the dcTalk era that showcases some of his early poetry in combination with what I would have to classify as one of my personal favorite dcTalk songs, “The Hard Way.” Just as this post features a hybrid of Max’s creativity as a performer and a poet, “The Hard Way” is a song that appealed to me at the time of its release specifically because of its articulate and meaningful portrayal of the dynamics of spiritual life: the grace and hope of God juxtaposed against the darkness and struggle of the world. Max’s body of work as a whole, with regard to the various vehicles he’s chosen to express himself through, but, also, in relation to the soul journey that he has continued to document honestly over the course of his career, continues to be a hybridization of pure light against the tangible backdrop of a dark world – a modern-day Caravaggio. He consistently keeps the conversation relevant for a segment of society that hears the call of the spirit, but, has been become jaded by the shortfalls of pop Christian culture. Despite the apparent odds, God can still work miracles through each of our own personal broken temples.

Read a bit about what I get out of the music and poetry of Kevin Max and check out the new project!

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