New Petra Compilation July 30 - with a brand new song!

The headline says it all... 40th Anniversary by Petra will release at the end of July. It contains 26 of Petra's most-loved songs, plus a brand new track called "Holy Is Your Name". More information at this link, or order it at with this link!

(There is also a digital-only deluxe version which contains ten additional Petra favorites!)

Recent Petra news:

  Petra (with John Schlitt) touring with Asia, ELO, Genesis?
  Classic Petra live show Saturday, July 9 on TBN
  John Schlitt Crowdsources New CD
  "Back to the Rock" now available for download!
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Petra in the News:

  Food for the Hungry teams with II Guys From Petra
  John W. Schlitt: A Rock Star Redeemed
  JesusFreakHideout DVD review
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Vertical Expressions - The latest Christian Rock from Petra

Vertical Expressions

This is technically a post-Petra solo project from Bob Hartman and John Schlitt. What EVER! (It contains two bonus tracks from the Petra Farewell concert that did not make it to that CD/DVD!)…
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Unfit for Swine - by former Petra member John Schlitt

Unfit for Swine

by John Schlitt

"I'm talking to YOU!" Those are the first four words of track #2 on John Schlitt's Unfit for Swine CD, and those four words sum up the fact that John had something to say when he made this album. It's clear that he had things on his heart to share. It's also clear that he felt comfortable using an array of musical styles to communicate his message... there's alternative-rock, conventional rock, pop, ballads, and even a song that sounds distinctly country. But no matter what genre of…
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Happy 15th Anniversary, Guide to Petra!

Recent Guide to Petra news:

  Friend Connect
  II Guys - and Kansas
  Chat room fixed ad box

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 Would you believe it? Wednesday, January 29, 1997 was the day A Guide to Petra first came online! Today is our fifteenth anniversary! Who would have guessed that not only would I make a ton of great friends and learn a lot of fun stuff because of it, but I would also wind up getting to meet a bunch of people who have been in the band over the years. I also met someone who wound up being even more of a life-changer to me than Petra ever was... a few years after the site went online, through a…
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About Petra

FAREWELL Showcases Band’s Musical Prowess, Ministry, Legacy

Petra closes three decades with electrifying live DVD

Christian rock pioneer Petra brings 33 years of music and ministry to a close with Petra Farewell, the exclusive Nashville tour stop featuring over 65 minutes of live footage from this groundbreaking band. Fans from all over the world flocked to pay homage to the band and take part in the once-in-a-lifetime reunion concert, which drew the likes of Petra alumni Greg X. Volz and John Lawry to the stage.

Recorded on October 4th, 2005, Farewell features Petra classics, emerging worship favorites and behind the scenes footage from the concert. DVD bonus material includes a special fan appreciation segment with the "Petheads," an interview with Newsboys’ frontman Peter Furler, in attendance at the show, and up-close-and-personal goodbyes from the band members.

“Petra is undoubtedly the founder of Christian rock, and we felt it was important to have Greg, John and Bob perform together again on the same stage,” says Inpop Records President Dale Bray. “This DVD will be a true collector’s item for the millions of Petra fans who have been impacted by the music over the past 30 years,” he concludes.

Last August, Petra announced its decision to retire the band at the year’s end. Throughout the fall, the band toured tirelessly to thank fans around the world for three decades of love and support. The Tennessee tour stop was especially meaningful to the band, as past Petra members joined the current lineup for a night of music and memories.

PETRA, currently comprised of Schlitt, band founder/guitarist/songwriter Bob Hartman, drummer Paul Simmons and bassist Greg Bailey, has impacted generations of musicians and fans alike over the years with over seven million CDs sold, four Grammy Awards (list), 10 Dove Awards (list) and an induction into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. The band initially formed in 1972 and paved the way for the rock genre perhaps more than any other in the Christian music industry. PETRA is closing 2005 strong with over 20 albums to its credit, the latest being the 2003 Grammy-nominated Jekyll & Hyde.

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Founded in 1999 by newsboys frontman Peter Furler, artist manager Wes Campbell and Inpop President Dale Bray, Inpop Records is home to a variety of artists including Superchick, Tree63, Shane & Shane and Mat Kearney, among others. For more information, visit

From A press release a few weeks before the Petra Farewell DVD release - Inpop Records
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