CCM Classic Blog

Dallas Holm Praise Live Rewind; by Philip Mayaab

We're bringing a very special album to you this week. Recorded and released in 1977 "Dallas Holm & Praise Live" is a landmark LP. This is one a very small handful of albums that I consider a "must have" for any classic CCM fan. Over 500,000 copies of this album have sold making it an  read more

"Make Me Ready"....For What?...For Farrell & Farrell Rewind! By Phillip Mayabb

In 1981, the Contemporary Christian music industry was growing by leaps and bounds. Over the previous 5 or so years, it had seen steady growth in album and ticket sales, and the industry itself was starting to emerge as a real musical entity. Younger fans (myself included) were getting into th  read more

Sherman Andrus and Terry Blackwood; Two Different Worlds; by Philip Mayaab

When it comes to musical upbringing, Sherman Andrus and Terry Blackwood could not have came from much different worlds. Terry came from one of the most iconic Southern Gospel families ever, being the son of Doyle Blackwood, who was a founding member of the legendary Blackwood Brothers Q  read more

Greg X Volz; The Power Singer Rewind; Read All About It! By Philip Mayabb

Change can be a curious thing sometimes, especially in the music business. It can be especially difficult for a band, but most notably when it involves a lead vocalist. When the fans are used to hearing a particular voice singing the songs that they know and love, it can b  read more

Vocal Harmonies That Will Make You Pay Attention;"First Call's Undivided Rewind" by Philip Mayaab

Throughout the history of Contemporary Christian music, there have been numerous vocal groups who have taken the art tight harmony to another level. When you hear them sing, you instantly recognize the work that they have put in to perfecting their vocal "blend", and if you're like me, the  read more

So Many Memories Rewind; by Philip Mayabb

This week on Vinyl Revival, we're something a little bit different, and for multiple reasons. Like most music fans, I am mostly positive when it comes to the subject of "greatest hits" albums, and we play a lot of them on CCM Classic. When I was a kid however, my mom and dad were not f  read more

In Memory of Gary McSpadden; by Philip Mayabb

As Christians, we often wonder why bad things happen to good people...why it is that men and women who have served God for so many years suddenly find themselves in peril. The answer is simple, as Romans 2:11 explains, "for there is no respect of persons with God." Sad as it may seem,   read more

The Inside Scoop On "More Power To Ya" Rewind; by Philip Mayabb

What's in a name? Webster's Dictionary defines the word Classic as "serving as a standard of excellence". It might seem that I throw that word around a lot in my blogs, but think about it this way...our very name (CCM Classic) would indicate that we strive to play vintage Contempora  read more

What's All The Fuss About Medals? Rewind by Philip Mayaab

What can we say about Russ Taff's iconic 1985 LP Medals that hasn't been said already? It is probably the most memorable of his solo recordings, and still sounds mighty good today, 33 years after its initial release. Medals was awarded the 1986 Dove Award for Pop/Contempor  read more

Big Hair, Big Personalities, Big Ambitions...The 80s by Philip Mayabb Rewind

Ah yes, the eighties...everything was BIG! Big hair, big personalities, big ambitions, etc. The eighties were big, and contemporary Christian music made its biggest strides during the decade. Artists began selling more albums and concert tickets, mainstream record label sought out  read more