For three years running the top three Australian earners in the entertainment industry were Mel Gibson, John Laws and the Newsboys. While most Aussies would know who Mel Gibson and John Laws are, it’s a little harder to find Australians who know the Newsboys.
This rock band who began their life in Queensland many years ago have sold millions of albums, been nominated for Grammies and played to sell out arena shows of up to 200 000 people in the U.S. and Europe. Think of Australia’s well known top selling musicians and you can almost guarantee that the Newsboys have outsold them by a significant amount.
Last week I had former lead singer and co-founder of the Newsboys, John James, in the studio with me. John has an amazing story to tell of their meteoric rise to fame and the toll it took on his life and his marriage. He left the band after becoming addicted to cocaine and battling depression and alcohol abuse.
Today he is a changed man. His relationship with his wife and children is restored and he spends his days telling young people about the turn around in his life.
If you want to hear our chat just click the play button on the audio player at the bottom of this post.
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