Newsboys' Phil Joel Announces Reason for Leaving Band

Published: 2007-01-24
Former Newsboys bass player Phil Joel has just shared about his recent departure from the Newsboys and what's ahead for him in a letter to fans:

"First, I wanted to let you know about some big changes in my life. As of December 31st, my 12 and-a-half year role as bass player for Newsboys has come to a close. As big of a decision as it may seem, it is very clear to Heather and I that the Lord has called us into this new season. We are very excited about the future and the things the Lord has set before us to do in 2007. We wish the guys all the best, and pray the Lord's blessing on each of them and their families. Secondly, we want to update you on what we are currently working on. This January we'll be in the studio working to finish up our deliberateKids CD. Over the past 6 years we've been very involved in the kids music ministry at our church and the Lord has put a real passion in our hearts to write new songs that teach and inspire the newest generation to know the Lord and develop a personal relationship with Him at the youngest age possible. It's shaping up to be one of the most fun and fresh projects I've ever been a part of! It's set to be released June 5th."

For more information on Phil Joel's deliberate people ministry, including the program for adults, please visit

Writer: Soul Shine Staff


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