Win 15 Free Christian CDs of Your Choice
Thu., Nov. 10. 2005 1:40pm EST
Christianity Today (a different publication than CCM) has just opened the balloting for their 2005 Reader's Choice Awards for music.
Please consider voting for ApologetiX for the album and band categories. The ballot asks 10 simple questions and takes about a minute to complete.
You could win 15 free Christian CDs of your choice -- just completing the ballot enters you in the contest. You must be at least 13 years old (by November 20) to enter. Please enter only once. The balloting ends midnight on November 20.
Just go to http://www.christianitytoday.com/music and click on the link under the headline "Win 15 Free CDs!" that says "Readers' Choice Christian Music Awards survey."
The five main questions are:
1. Christian Album of the Year (Please consider "New & Used Hits" by ApologetiX)
2. Best Christian Group or Band (Please consider ApologetiX)
3. Best Christian Female Recording Artist
4. Best Christian Male Recording Artist
5. Best New Christian Group or Artist (We're not eligible for that one :)
The other questions are just basically your age, gender, state, etc.
Christianity Today is a very influential publication, and your input is very influential with them. Case in point: in January 2005, they published a mixed review of "New & Used Hits" that questioned the value of Christian parodies. They received such a vocal response from ApologetiX fans that they followed it up with a nice feature article on us.
In case you missed the original review, the good news was that Christianity Today liked our newest stuff:
"These guys have nonetheless improved with time, evidenced by the newer songs on the first disc. Spoofs like 'The Voice of Sodom' (Don Henley), 'It's Not Eden' (Five for Fighting), and 'It's Tough' (Maroon 5) reveal wittier lyrics from J. Jackson, and his vocal impersonations are in many instances almost uncanny. Amazing that the same band and singer can accurately mimic both The B-52's and Guns 'n' Roses—and rebound from such a shaky career start."
The bad news was they HATED our older stuff, as is evidenced by the last half of the last sentence in the quote above :)
They also wondered aloud: "Essentially a cover band, you have to wonder how much interest and replay value there is here. Do most non-Christians appreciate the scriptural humor? Does the majority of Apologetix's target audience recognize the mainstream songs being covered? And even Weird Al's parodies grow tired with repeat listens. Suffice to say, you already know whether or not this is for you."
To sum things up, the publication said: "At a glance … the early material of Apologetix is pretty amateur, but the band has gotten better with their musical parodies in recent years." They gave us 2 1/2 stars out of 5.
Here's your chance to tell them what YOU thought. And maybe win 15 free Christian CDs of your choice! Thanks!