Frontline Records is home to over 100 recording artists. It became an important label in the development of the West Coast Christian alternative music scene. Their roster included what 7ball magazine would later refer to as "truly classic alternative, rap, metal, and rock" music and HM editor Doug Van Pelt would call "the lion's share" of classic hard Christian music.

 

Paul Valadez, original bassist for the band, Adam Again, passed away last Friday night.   Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Roxann as well as his family and friends. 

 If you missed this podcast last week - you can take a listen here. From the Frontline Vault, music from a new “Fall" compilation, selected by Rewind Podcasts’s host, Brian Healy (Dead Artist Syndrome).  The music on this compilation features songs that express the ups and downs of life, love and faith.  When someone leaves this world, seemingly, too early - at times like these we appreciate even more the music and legacy that lives on through their music.  Adam Again’s, You Can Fall In Love (from In A New World Of Time) is heard here along with many other amazing songs, chosen by Brian.  

The other artists featured are diverse, chart-toppers; each with a high level of critical acclaim. 

Rick Elias, Mortal, Rainy Days, Randy Rose, Altar Boys, The Straw Theory, Poor Old Lu, Lifesavers, My Little Dog China, Chaos Is The Poetry, Kevin Clay, Echoing Green, Dead Artist Syndrome


Hear Brian’s commentary on this amazing album compilation in this week’s Rewind Podcast: http://frontlinerecords.us/frontline-records-rewind-podcast-episode-26

Frontline Records has released four classics from the Vault - Michael Knott and LifeSavers!!
Have you listened to the Frontline Records REWIND Podcast, Episode 24?? 
Michael Knott!!  Up Close and Personal!!
You will want to check this out!!  Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Knott and host, Brian Healy as they banter about songs, stories behind the music and more.  This one hour show is packed with commentary, fun, and even some spontaneous guitar and mandolin strumming.  
Here’s the link to the show: http://frontlinerecords.us/

Frontline Records has released four classics from the Vault - Michael Knott and LifeSavers!!

Have you listened to the Frontline Records REWIND Podcast, Episode 24?? 

Michael Knott!!  Up Close and Personal!!

You will want to check this out!!  Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Knott and host, Brian Healy as they banter about songs, stories behind the music and more.  This one hour show is packed with commentary, fun, and even some spontaneous guitar and mandolin strumming.  

Here’s the link to the show: http://frontlinerecords.us/

Frontline Records REWIND podcast Episode 23

This week’s Rewind Podcast comes to you packed full of interviews and commentary about the songs/music from Common Bond, Crumbacher and Altar Boys.

Listen up as Kenny Riley, Dawn Wisner-Johnson, and Mike Stand share with us inside information about some of their favorite songs, personal stories and what they are up to now.

Common Bond: Matter Of Time, Heaven Is Calling, Anger Into Passion, See The World

                                                                                                        
Crumbacher: Thunder Beach, Graduating Class, Once More (For The Band)

Altar Boys: Hearts Lost In Nowhere, I’m Not Talking About Religion, You Found Me, You Found Me (Preview from Altar Billies)

 Crumbächer’s Incandescent released from Frontline Records!

Last heard on cassette in 1985.  Now freshly re-mastered, with bonus track.  


Frontline Records, a label of Meis Music Group, in collaboration with Ojo Taylor & Innocent Media, is making this Broken Records album available digitally on July 16th.   


 On this debut record, Crumbächer created the Euro-synth-pop niche in the Contemporary Christian Music industry.  CCM announced the album as revealing “a new group on par with Vector.” Stephen Crumbacher’s vocals have the bouncy style of Men Without Hats and producer Ojo Taylor’s arrangements resemble the minimalist synthesizing of The Human League. 


Stephen Crumbacher recorded his first commercial release, a solo version of It Don’t Matter, on the MRC sampler What’s Shakin’ in the summer of 1983, exactly 30 years ago.  On the heels of that success which introduced Crumbächer to CCM, Stephen was invited to record a six-song EP for Maranatha! Music’s MRC label.


Stephen and long-time friends, Dawn Wisner and Jim Wisner, gave their first performance as Crumbächer five months later on New Year’s Eve, 1983.  The full band, with the addition of Dan Hohulin on guitar, entered the studio for the first time to begin recording.   Ojo Taylor of Undercover was back at the helm producing and engineering.  Derri Daugherty of The Choir was brought in as tracking engineer and Chris Taylor mixed. Once the label heard the early results, they were so excited they requested that the band record a few additional songs for release as a full-length album.  Those additions were Jamie and Infrared X-Ray Eyes, which turned out to be the group’s biggest songs from that album.  Incandescent was released in April 1985 on Broken Records.


Incandescent was only distributed on vinyl and cassette. Bruce Neher, owner of Disc & Dat gave these tracks a tune-up for the first appearance of the record in any digital format.



Incandescent is available on iTunes, Amazon MP3 and at http://FrontlineRecords.us/ for Frontline $5.99. 

 Crumbächer’s Incandescent released from Frontline Records!

Last heard on cassette in 1985.  Now freshly re-mastered, with bonus track. 

Frontline Records, a label of Meis Music Group, in collaboration with Ojo Taylor & Innocent Media, is making this Broken Records album available digitally on July 16th.  

 On this debut record, Crumbächer created the Euro-synth-pop niche in the Contemporary Christian Music industry.  CCM announced the album as revealing “a new group on par with Vector.” Stephen Crumbacher’s vocals have the bouncy style of Men Without Hats and producer Ojo Taylor’s arrangements resemble the minimalist synthesizing of The Human League.

Stephen Crumbacher recorded his first commercial release, a solo version of It Don’t Matter, on the MRC sampler What’s Shakin’ in the summer of 1983, exactly 30 years ago.  On the heels of that success which introduced Crumbächer to CCM, Stephen was invited to record a six-song EP for Maranatha! Music’s MRC label.

Stephen and long-time friends, Dawn Wisner and Jim Wisner, gave their first performance as Crumbächer five months later on New Year’s Eve, 1983.  The full band, with the addition of Dan Hohulin on guitar, entered the studio for the first time to begin recording.   Ojo Taylor of Undercover was back at the helm producing and engineering.  Derri Daugherty of The Choir was brought in as tracking engineer and Chris Taylor mixed. Once the label heard the early results, they were so excited they requested that the band record a few additional songs for release as a full-length album.  Those additions were Jamie and Infrared X-Ray Eyes, which turned out to be the group’s biggest songs from that album.  Incandescent was released in April 1985 on Broken Records.

Incandescent was only distributed on vinyl and cassette. Bruce Neher, owner of Disc & Dat gave these tracks a tune-up for the first appearance of the record in any digital format.

Incandescent is available on iTunes, Amazon MP3 and at http://FrontlineRecords.us/ for Frontline $5.99. 

DYNAMIC TWINS Available on iTunes!!!
Hear the stories behind some of the songs from the Twins, Noel and Robbie on Frontline Record’s Rewind Podcast!! 
Listen Here and also receive a free download: https://www.facebook.com/FrntlnRcrds/app_31458236858747
Dynamic Twins are a Bronx-born Christian rap group of identical twins Noel and Robbie Arthurton.  The group’s first album Word To The Wize was released in 1991 through Broken/Brainstorm Artists International.  S.F.C.’s Chris Cooper helped with production and fellow S.F.C.er’s The Dove added scratching. 
The second album from the Twins, No Room To Breathe, garnered praise from True Tunes magazine as a “landmark in the Christian rap industry” for basing itself musically around live instruments instead of programmed samples and beats. 
The third album on B.A.I was 40 Days in the Wilderness. As with all Dynamic Twins releases, it featured many guest appearances, including Ayeesha who was introduced into the scene on this album.  Grapetree Records signed Ayeesha as their first female rapper.  
The group received 3 Dove Award nominations for their music and has appeared with many well-known Gospel artists.  In 2005, Dynamic Twins appeared on a compilation album, Holy Hip Hop: Taking the Gospel to the Streets(nominated for a Best Rock Gospel Album Grammy Award).  The twins have also produced albums, including one for the first Chinese-American bilingual rap artist, Only Won.
All are available on iTunes, Amazon MP3 and at http://FrontlineRecords.us/ for Frontline $5.99. 

DYNAMIC TWINS Available on iTunes!!!

Hear the stories behind some of the songs from the Twins, Noel and Robbie on Frontline Record’s Rewind Podcast!! 

Listen Here and also receive a free download:
 https://www.facebook.com/FrntlnRcrds/app_31458236858747


Dynamic Twins are a Bronx-born Christian rap group of identical twins Noel and Robbie Arthurton.  The group’s first album Word To The Wize was released in 1991 through Broken/Brainstorm Artists International.  S.F.C.’s Chris Cooper helped with production and fellow S.F.C.er’s The Dove added scratching. 

The second album from the Twins, No Room To Breathe, garnered praise from True Tunes magazine as a “landmark in the Christian rap industry” for basing itself musically around live instruments instead of programmed samples and beats. 

The third album on B.A.I was 40 Days in the Wilderness. As with all Dynamic Twins releases, it featured many guest appearances, including Ayeesha who was introduced into the scene on this album.  Grapetree Records signed Ayeesha as their first female rapper.  

The group received 3 Dove Award nominations for their music and has appeared with many well-known Gospel artists.  In 2005, Dynamic Twins appeared on a compilation album, Holy Hip Hop: Taking the Gospel to the Streets(nominated for a Best Rock Gospel Album Grammy Award).  The twins have also produced albums, including one for the first Chinese-American bilingual rap artist, Only Won.

All are available on iTunes, Amazon MP3 and at http://FrontlineRecords.us/ for Frontline $5.99. 

Sweet Comfort Band Releases New Record!!

Website: http://www.officialsweetcomfortband.com                                     iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-waiting-is-over/id634507534

Thoughts from Dawn Wisner-Johnson

I received a text last Monday - “I’m going to the Sweet Comfort CD Release party in Riverside on Wednesday. Are you?”

I knew Sweet Comfort was working on an album - but had no idea they were done.   My sister, Beth and I went to Kevin Thomson’s funeral in 2010 and I’ve been in contact with all of the remaining members of the band in the past few years.

A good friend, Matt Chapman, was coming in from Nashville for the CD release party and for another reunion of one of his early Christian bands, Sonrise.  Matt asked me, “You didn’t know about this? Aren’t you in the loop anymore?”

I admitted to Matt that I’m not in that “loop” that he spoke of.  I work in the music industry, but rarely on the “christian music” side anymore.  My friend, Adel, had an extra pass, so I was able to attend the Sweet Comfort CD release party as her “plus one”.  I’m sure glad I did!  

Sweet C has been an integral part of my life since the 70s.  I can honestly say that the band, along with Daniel Amos - helped shape who I was musically.  I was 16 years old when I first heard both of those bands.  My family had come home from a four year missionary stint in Malaysia and we were preparing to go to the Philippines for another appointment.  I spent my junior year in the town where I was born, Riverside, Ca. which was “home” to the  Sweet Comfort Band as well. 

When we went to the Philippines in the summer of ‘79, my brother and I had quite a few albums in hand including Chicago, Toto, Journey, Earth Wind & Fire, Commodores, Queen, Boston, Peter Frampton, James Taylor, along with Sweet Comfort’s self-titled first album and their second; Breakin’ The Ice, and Daniel Amos’ Shotgun Angel.  We lived those records!!  At that time, from what I knew, christian musicians weren’t doing records like these.  Mind you, my roots in christian music were gospel and quartet music (Andrae Crouch, and some of the early gospel quartets were some of my favorites).  

Fast forward to Wednesday, April 17, 2013; Sweet Comfort Band’s CD release party.  As we walked into the event, I heard Bryan’s distinctive voice from a few feet away.  The next few minutes were like a family or high school reunion.  People from all eras and walks of our lives from the past four decades were there.

I was surprised to see the stage and for the backyard type setting we were in, the sound system looked too good to be true - it was state of the art; I knew this was gonna be good.  Nobody had said that the band would actually be playing that night.  My eyes wandered back to the sound board and I knew there was probably a mini-reunion going on back there as well.   Sure enough, crowded around the board were a few sound engineers and road crew from the past; reminiscing about the good ‘ol days.  As I said hello and re-introduced myself to a few of them, out of the corner of my eye, I caught a glimpse of a set list.


I moved in closer so that I could read it!  Love You With My Life, Somebody Loves You, Searchin’ For Love, and a few that I didn’t recognize were listed there.  When the band began to play, it was like I was transported back 30 years.  Without missing a beat, the band commanded that stage and the musicianship was better than ever.  The new songs sounded just as good as the standards. 

Bryan Duncan’s voice floated up into the heavens as effortlessly as it always did.  Randy Thomas’ guitar riffs were equally as soothing and melodic as the lead vocal, while Rick Thomson’s steady rhythms provided a stability needed as the band took turns showcasing their years of expertise.  Keven Thomson’s sons were both onstage as well; Eli (Elijah) on bass - groovin in true Thomson style while Josh (Joshua) adding occasional ear candy with his acoustic and electric guitar talent.  What a night it was, to listen and reminisce with one of Christian music’s true pioneering bands. 

As the album title states, “The Waiting Is Over”.  Don’t miss this album.  It is truly worth the purchase price and the “wait” since the band’s last release 29 years ago!  And if Sweet Comfort Band is anywhere near your town playing a live show, do yourself a favor and make the trek to see them.

NEW MUSIC from The Vault 
Frontline Records, subsidiary of Meis Music Group, in collaboration with Ojo Taylor, are making these legacy albums available for the first time on 4/16/13

Freedom Of Soul
 Caught In A Land Of Time (1991 Brainstorm Artists, Int’l) - Guest singers Jon Gibson, Bernard Wright
The 2nd Comin’ (1994, Brainstorm Artists, Int’l) - Guest artists include T-Bone, Brainwash Projects, LPG and Sup

Peace 586 
The Risen Son (1996, Innocent Media) - Mixed and engineered by Gene Eugene

All 3 are available on iTunes and other digital stores, including http://frontlinerecords.us/ for Frontline $5.99.  
 
Hear interview with Peace 586 on Rewind Episode 16 at http://bit.ly/FrontlineRewind.
 

NEW MUSIC from The Vault

Frontline Records, subsidiary of Meis Music Group, in collaboration with Ojo Taylor, are making these legacy albums available for the first time on 4/16/13

Freedom Of Soul

Caught In A Land Of Time (1991 Brainstorm Artists, Int’l) - Guest singers Jon Gibson, Bernard Wright

The 2nd Comin’ (1994, Brainstorm Artists, Int’l) - Guest artists include
 T-Bone, Brainwash Projects, LPG and Sup

Peace 586 

The Risen Son (1996, Innocent Media) - Mixed and engineered by Gene Eugene

All 3 are available on iTunes and other digital stores, including http://frontlinerecords.us/ for Frontline $5.99

 
Hear interview with Peace 586 on Rewind Episode 16 at http://bit.ly/FrontlineRewind.

 

Thoughts From Dawn Wisner-Johnson (Crumbacher)

It’s Easter Sunday.  We are celebrating life and Jesus resurrection - yet this post will be more about death. This song, Graduating Class, penned by Stephen Crumbacher, of the band Crumbacher (which I had the privilege of being a part of from 1984 - 1989) was a tribute to his sister who passed away in the mid 1980’s due to a fight with cancer. 


I always loved this song.  The emotion in it was real and near to me.  I watched as Stephen’s family fought the fight with their beloved one.  I saw the hurt, pain, and tears.  The emotion surrounding that time was deep for everyone.  Stephen Crumbacher; being the lyrical muse that he was, let his emotions flow out in the band’s second album, Escape From The Fallen Planet.  It was a gift to all of us. 

In our carnal minds, death is a final, sometimes terrible thing.  For those of us left behind, it can be so devastating.  This past month has been a month of death for several around us.  In our circle of friends and family, we have had 7 people pass on.  For my sister, Beth and her boys, they also lost two family pets.  There has been lots of heartache and sadness. 

Yet, as I think about death on this Easter, I am reminded of Jesus conquering death.  Those who have left us have gone on to something amazing and better than we can imagine.  Some may not believe there is an afterlife, and that’s ok.  For me - I feel in my spirit that my loved ones have “graduated” and are somewhere fully alive and at peace. 

Oprah’s OWN channel aired a show today called, “Wisdom From The Dying”.  Those who have traveled on to the next chapter of life, leave us with wisdom and thoughts, if we will only listen and learn.  Some of those have returned from “near death” and they explain feelings of peace, comfort, calmness, light and relief like they have never known. 

If they do return to live life here on earth, they say that their priorities are turned upside down.  Life suddenly seems different after such an experience.  The importance of trivial things and garnering treasures here on earth fade away.  They speak of focusing on every moment, loving those around us and realizing that every day is a gift.  They also speak of a new understanding of what we have to look forward to when we “graduate” from this life. &nbsp>;p>

Today we honor those in our circle who have left us recently:

Curtis (Butch) Armstrong (Chris Duke’s brother) - February 25, 2013

Mark Smothers (Cat Siobhan’s beloved father) - March 1, 2013

Wendell Leyerly (Friend & “father”, uncle to many) - March 7, 2013

Orville Barrett (Family, Uncle) - March 12, 2013

Ethan Foster (Beloved Son, Sabro/Marquita Foster) - March 18, 2013

Mr. Brooks (Friend, Neighbor) - March 20, 2013

Karen Joy Jackson (Missionary to Africa)- March 22, 2013

"Chadwick" and "Friday" - Hamster and Rabbit, Jahnsen Family

"The honor students leave us all too soon" - Stephen Crumbacher

GRADUATING CLASS

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Crumbacher

Another class has had their time to live and learn

Still on graduation days we cry

Past the pomp and circumstancial point of no return

And now they have to give their wings a try

But it’s always hard to say, “Goodbye”

I’m really gonna miss the graduating class

Their school days all went so fast

I long for where they’ve gone

With memories to fall back on

They’re moving on to bigger and better things by far

I’m so proud of where they are

To walk these halls the last

And make the graduating class

Such mixed emotions when the final day arrives

The honor students leave us all too soon

The Alma Mater will stay written on their lives

While some of us have yet to learn the tune

It’s a melancholy afternoon

Get the Remastered Physical CD Here at Frontline Records Store:

http://www.frontlinerecords.us/store

PAST/PRESENT Photo Flashback

Terry Scott Taylor

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Keep up with news on Daniel Amos!!

They have been in the studio recording a new album!

http://www.danielamos.com/

FRONTLINE RECORDS REWIND PODCAST

IF YOU MISSED THESE EPISODES - CHECK IT OUT!!

Episodes 9 & 10 - Artist Countdown with Brian Q Newcomb

Brian Quincy Newcomb, founder of Harvest Rock Syndicate, reveals his Top 11 Frontline Artist picks. 

Join your host, Brian Healy with discussion and commentary from Brian Q.  Featured artists include: Swirling Eddies, Michael Knott, Rick Elias, Lost Dogs, Adam Again, Daniel Amos.

HEAR IT HERE: http://frontlinerecords.us/