When Michael Tait left behind his university studies and a dream of pursuing politics to join a rock band, he couldn’t have imagined what the future held.
Now, nearly three decades deep into his music career and the frontman for the award-winning Christian rock band Newsboys, Tait said singing about his faith has always been a part of him.
“The Bible says in Mathew 28 to go out to all the world and preach the gospel,” he said. “For some people, it’s being a lover, it’s being a great mom and nurturer to your kids. For me, it’s music.
“It’s just a part of who I am. It’s always been there. When I became a singer, I like to sing, what am I going to sing about? The joy in my life because of God. The salvation in my heart came from God.”
Tait is now taking that message on tour as Newsboys headlines Big Church Night Out, a night of worship music and ministry. The 43-show nationwide tour began Sept. 21 and includes a stop in Amarillo at 7 p.m. Friday at the Amarillo Civic Center Complex Cal Farley Coliseum before its final stop in December.
The Newsboys, including Tait’s bandmates — guitarist Jody Davis, keyboardist Jeff Frankenstein and drummer Duncan Phillips — will perform hits like “We Believe,” “He Reigns,” “Miracles” and “Born Again,” and their hit “God’s Not Dead” that inspired the 2014 film of the same name.
Tait said he didn’t set out intending to join a Christian band or be a Christian artist, but because his beliefs are at his core, it’s just how his creativity is manifest. He hopes all audiences, not just Christians, can relate to his work.
“I want them to be inspired, encouraged, enlightened, be energized, challenged,” he said. “I want them to find hope, peace, and rest, and ultimately, I want them to find salvation through my music.
“My music celebrates the life and the salvation of the Creator. And when I’m on the stage, I’m not trying to proselytize and preach to people. I’m just trying to share with them what’s worked in my life.”
The approach seems to have worked for the band that has sold more than 8 million units and had 33 No. 1 radio hits, and has earned four Grammy nominations, two American Music Award nominations and multiple Dove Awards.
The group recently finished a 45-city tour. Now that he’s on the road again, Tait jokingly called the band “warriors” for always being on the go. Though it can be exhausting, Tait said he is careful to practice balancing self-care with his career because he wants to show his fans love through his work.
“I have a pastor’s heart for people,” he said. “If I was a heathen, I would still love people because it’s in my blood. It just so happens that the bible says they will know you’re a Christian by your love. It speaks louder than words and tags and titles.”
As for Big Church Night Out, Tait said he hopes it’s a chance for believers to come together and feel spiritually rejuvenated by the evening of music by Newsboys, Sidewalk Prophets, 7eventh Time Down, Derek Minor, Blanca, Adam Agee from Audio Adrenaline. The concert will also feature performances by illusionist Brock Gill with worship led by Jamison Strain and hosting by Jeremy Willet.
“This is for the believers to come out, be inspired, get fueled up, go out and let it out,” Tait said. “And on your way there, pick up a few friends who need some love and encouragement.”
How to go:
How to go
What: Big Church Night Out Tour featuring the Newsboys
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Where: Amarillo Civic Center Cal Farley Coliseum, 401 S. Buchanan St.
How much: $25 to $100