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1) Petra is a Christian Rock band formed in 1972 by Bob Hartman, Bill Glover, John DeGroff, and Greg Hough. “Petra” means “rock” in NT Greek, making the band name a triple pun. Rising from the Jesus music movement, and initially signed to Myrrh Records, they fought to gain acceptance and recognition in a church culture that at the time believed rock music to be off-limits. Over time they eventually won over most of their critics, thanks to a steady approach and some solid adult contemporary airplay hits like “The Coloring Song,” outside of their usual rock fare. By the mid-80’s, when lead singer Greg X. Volz left the band and was replaced by John Schlitt, Petra had solidified their place as the foremost Christian rock band in the industry with a string of hit albums and singles and strong touring. The release of Petra Praise: The Rock Cries Out marked a turn towards modern-sounding worship music that would soon explode into the modern worship movement.

Petra was nominated for and won numerous Grammy and Dove Awards. In 1991, after the release of their acclaimed Beyond Belief record, Petra became the first rock band ever to win for Group of the Year at the Dove Awards. They were also the first Christian rock band to be inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

For three decades Petra continued to produce albums despite changes in their line-up as well as the genre and market. On May 24th, 2005 Petra announced their retirement after 33 years of ministry.

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  • MattNortonMusic

    The new Petra song is not out of character. though the auto tune is a bit too much.This song fits right in with songs like "Love" More Power To Yea" and so on. Petra has never been much of one for power ballads (Kind of a shame). With the majority of christian radio stations being AC, in the past Petra used songs like "The Coloring Song" and "Lord I Lift Your Name On High" to help push their success in the christian market. They haven't had anything on the AC charts in a long time and they have been struggling to gain new fans and bookings in the US. Ironically when they perform this song live it is totally different from the studio recording and is a pretty heavy song. I know personally I l would love to hear some new hard rock materiel from them with the big vocals and keys. I loved seeing the Classic Petra tour. I haven't really been motivated to see the new line up lately because their set has't changed since 2010. Check out my artist profile http://www.last.fm/music/Matt+Norton

    18 Nov 2013 Reply
  • DrSlump7

    The new Petra song made me very sad. Yeah, whatever, it's a fine worship song. But it lacks the true "Petra sound". The music was poor, sounded processed, and it really depressed me at the end when they started using auto-tune... Please don't make an album with all your songs like that, PLEASE!

    7 Aug 2013 Reply
  • starbearer-

    GenericDrone... your use of the word gay is really insulting. I think you can think of something a little less high schoolish thing to say. Second... I'd hardly call Petra watered down. ESPECIALLY in the beginning when most American Churches accused Christian rock bands to be just as "Evil" as secular rock bands. Petra paved the way for the heavier rock and then metal even death metal Christian bands who would follow.

    18 Jul 2013 Reply
  • GenericDrone

    really lame music honestly, in the purpose of being christian to attract people to a genre for christians to begin with is watered down. Religion aside the riffs, the gay live parts and everything I laughed.

    15 Jul 2013 Reply
  • metal-wfc

    Auch hier: Die älteren Lieder waren die besseren.

    16 Jan 2013 Reply
  • OmasPoperze

    one of the best!

    18 Dec 2012 Reply
  • montecarlo20021

    I use to listen to all of those christian rock band like Tournquet, DeGarmo & Key, Stryper and so on and so on. I have all of Petra CD's from the 80's those was the days of rock stuff

    29 Oct 2012 Reply
  • julianadfg

    no Brasil <3

    31 Aug 2012 Reply
  • hadomaru

    Oldschool ftw.

    29 Jul 2012 Reply
  • mattimek

    + Creed +

    26 Jul 2012 Reply
  • theryanlee

    Witch Hunt!

    5 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Happy_Funeral

    Join: Satan Sucks! !!!!

    6 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Muttes

    All Fired Up!

    24 Oct 2011 Reply
  • OnlyVisitor

    Rock on brothers and sisters <><

    18 Oct 2011 Reply
  • DavidVSoho

    The best christian rock band ever!

    18 Jul 2011 Reply
  • DavidVSoho

    Adonai!!

    11 Jul 2011 Reply
  • BrunoRussoRoots

    *-*

    27 Jun 2011 Reply
  • cadaver11

    I used to listen to them when I was way young but I don't remember any of their songs by heart. That's just too bad.

    24 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Firenote

    Back To The Street ♥

    12 Jun 2011 Reply
  • anesthetize7

    Back To The Rock is awesome! I love the remakes. : )

    1 May 2011 Reply
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