CCM Classic Blog

If You Are a Gary Chapman Fan, Then This Weeks Blog is Just For You; by Philip Mayabb

This week we're featuring an album that I would not have been able to play not too long ago, although I've had a copy of it for many, many years. Around 1982 or so, I purchased my first copy of this album on an 8-track tape. I loved it so much that I wore that poor tape out, and then abou  read more

The Most Prolific Writing Team in the History of Christian Music: Guess Who? By Philip Mayaab

There are many reasons why I enjoy doing Vinyl Revival for CCM Classic...I love vinyl LPs (obviously), and I enjoy presenting them to our listeners in their original audiophile glory. There's just something about listening to a classic album in the old school manner. Second, I enjoy doing   read more

This Christian Artist Started His Career With His Own Funk Band ala Sly & The Family Stone? By Philip Mayabb

When I first began listening to Contemporary Christian music in the late 70s, there were several different things I liked about the genre. I like the fact that it sounded like pop music (to this day, I STILL don't do country music), I really liked the idea of singing about other subjects than j  read more

Amy Grants "Humble Beginning to Iconic Crossover Artsit"; by Philip Mayaab

This week is a little different on Vinyl Revival, mostly because the album we're playing was not easy to find on vinyl in the United States, in fact, I had to get my vinyl copy of it from a dealer in Germany. That notwithstanding, I was thrilled as could be when the album arrived, and e  read more

Isaac Air Freight Delivers...Ask Tommy Coomes:by Philip Mayaab

Well, this week is something special on CCM Classic's Vinyl Revival - it's a week of firsts...three of them! We are featuring our first "greatest hits" type album, our first spoken word album, and our first comedy album, all in the same week. Now before you start saying things like "oh ma  read more

A Young Soprano Singer From The Gaither's Backup Group Who Stole the Show in 1981; Guess Who: by Phillip Mayaab

Those of us "older" folks who were conscious enough in the late 70s remember a time when the "live" album was one of the biggest fads in the music industry. On the mainstream side of the musical spectrum, live albums by artists like Peter Frampton and Kiss were some of the biggest selling r  read more

Who Was The Greatest Christian Rock Band of All Time? " In My Opinion".... By Philip Mayabb

Not many good things have risen from the end of something successful, usually the end of a successful entity involves bad vibes, people not getting along, etc. However, once in a while, something great will come to an end, only to have something else that is also successful to emerge from its d  read more

"The Yellow and Black Attack" Heavy Metal Enters The Christian Music Space; by Philip Mayaab

Do you remember many events from 1984? Some of us probably remember election night in November of that year, when President Reagan not only won re-election, but captured the electoral vote from 49 of the 50 United States, the lone holdout being the home of Democratic nominee Walter Mondale  read more

"There is just something Special About the Classic Hymns of The Church" and 2nd Chapter of Acts Delivers! by Philip Mayabb

There is just something special about the classic hymns of the church. Even though the majority of churches read the lyrics to their worship songs off the walls now, there once was a time when hymnals were what was used exclusively. To be honest, I miss the days when we would sing nothing but   read more

This Weeks Vinyl Revival Is a "Priority" and this Is A Play On Words! by Philip Mayaab

The year of our Lord 1985 was a great year for music, it was one of the best in the 80s. On the mainstream side, we saw the release of Whitney Houston's debut album, and Mr. Mister's "Welcome To The Real World," which in my humble opinion was one of the best rock albums of the entire decade. O  read more