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Petra

Petra is one of the most successful Christian rock bands ever, a veritable institution whose name (taken from the Greek word for "rock") has come to reflect not only their music, but their staying power as well, even in spite of Christian radio's reluctance to program their brand of loud, slick arena rock. Petra was formed in 1972 by guitarist Bob Hartman, who was attending the Christian Training Center in Fort Wayne, IN at the time; he recruited several fellow students -- guitarist/vocalist Greg Hough, bassist John DeGroff, and drummer Bill Glover -- to his cause, and the group began playing around the Fort Wayne area with backing from their school. Petra encountered early resistance to the very idea of Christian rock from many local churches, who held that the rock & roll sound was inherently evil; nevertheless, the group proved popular with younger Christians, and was signed to the Word Records subsidiary Myrrh in 1973. Their self-titled debut was released in 1974, and was more similar to the California country-rock of the Eagles than to the arena rock that would dominate most of their career. The follow-up, Come and Join Us, did not appear until 1977, but it featured strong contributions from lead vocalist Greg Volz, as well as a harder-rocking sound.

Petra's lineup fluctuated over the next several years; in spite of the instability, they managed to record their first breakthrough effort, Washes Whiter Than, in 1979, which featured the Christian radio hit "Why Should the Father Bother." When the dust finally settled, the group consisted of Hartman, Volz, keyboardist John Slick, bassist Mark Kelly, and drummer Louie Weaver. The albums Never Say Die (1981), More Power to Ya (1982), and Not of This World (1983) did much to popularize the group, and in 1984, they were rewarded with a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Gospel Group and two Dove Award nominations (the first of many). For 1985's Beat the System, ex-Joe English Band keyboardist John Lawry replaced Slick. In 1986, Greg Volz left Petra for a solo career, and former Head East singer John Schlitt assumed vocal duties for Back to the Street. 1987's This Means War marked a successful transition to a less polished brand of rock & roll. Subsequent efforts, like 1988's On Fire!, which debuted bassist Ronny Cates, brandished a heavier guitar onslaught in the wake of Stryper's success as a Christian metal band, although Petra never neglected their trademark lush ballads. Petra has soldiered on through the '90s and into the 2000s with few signs of slowing down. 1995 saw Lawry replaced by Jim Cooper, and the addition of guitarist David J. Lichens. Subsequent efforts include 1998's God Fixation and 2000's Double Take. ~ Steve Huey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Ultimate Collection

Disc 1

1. Walkin' In The Light

2. Backslidin' Blues

3. Why Should The Father Bother?

4. Praise Ye The Lord

5. The Coloring Song

6. For Annie

7. Judas' Kiss

8. More Power To Ya

9. Rose Colored Stained Glass Windows

10. Not Of This World

11. Grave Robber

12. Beat The System

13. It Is Finished

14. God Gave Rock And Roll To You

15. Hollow Eyes

16. Adonai

Disc 2

1. Thankful Heart

2. This Means War!

3. He Came, He Saw, He Conquered

4. All Fired Up

5. Mine Field

6. Love

7. Beyond Belief (1990)

8. Creed

9. Prayer

10. I Love The Lord

11. Dance

12. Sight Unseen

13. Jekyll & Hyde

14. Just Reach Out

15. No Doubt

16. Lord, I Lift Your Name On High

17. We Need Jesus

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Track List: Farewell

1. All About Who You Know (Live)

2. Dance

3. Amazing Grace

4. Test of Time (Live)

5. Creed (Live)

6. Right Place (Live)

7. Rock Medley: Sight Unseen / It Is Finished / Think Twice / I Am On The Rock / Midnight Oil / Mine Field / This Means War / It Is Finished (Reprise)

8. Jekyll & Hyde

9. Acoustic Set (feat. Greg X Volz): Rose Colored Stained Glass Windows / Road To Zion / More Power To Ya / Fore Annie / No Doubt / The Coloring Song / Love

10. Grave Robber

11. Keyboard Solo (feat. John Lawry)

12. Beyond Belief

13. Guitar Solo (feat. Bob Hartman)

14. He Came, He Saw, He Conquered

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Track List: Jekyll & Hyde

1. Jekyll And Hyde

2. All About Who You Know

3. Stand

4. Woulda, Shoulda, Coulda

5. Perfect World

6. Test Of Time

7. I Will Seek You

8. Life As We Know It

9. Till Everything I Do

10. Sacred Trust

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Track List: The Power Of Praise

1. Ancient Of Days

2. We Need Jesus

3. Salvation Belongs To Our God

4. Lord, I Lift Your Name On High

5. Jesus, Jesus, Glorious One

6. In The Likeness Of You

7. I Waited For The Lord

8. I Will Celebrate/When The Spirit Of The Lord

9. The Holiest Name

10. I Love You Lord

11. We Exalt Thee

12. I Will Sing Praise

13. We Hold Our Hearts Out To You

14. Creed

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Track List: Petra Praise 2 - We Need Jesus

1. Song Of Moses

2. Lord, I Lift Your Name On High

3. Be Of Good Cheer

4. Show Your Power

5. I Love You Lord

6. The Holiest Name

7. Let Our Voices Rise Like Incense

8. Ancient Of Days

10. Lovely Lord

11. Medley

12. We Need Jesus

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Track List: The Early Years

1. Praise Ye The Lord

2. Taste And See

3. Never Say Die

4. The Coloring Song

5. Chameleon

6. I'm Thankful

7. Why Should The Father Bother?

8. Mary's Song

9. Father Of Lights

10. Yahweh Love

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Track List: Petraphonics

1. Radio Daze

2. Why Should The Father Bother?

3. The Coloring Song

4. More Power To Ya

5. Road To Zion

6. Not Of This World

7. Grave Robber

8. Hollow Eyes

9. Thankful Heart

10. Fool's Gold

11. I Am Available

12. Don't Let Your Heart Be Hardened

13. First Love

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Track List: Wake - Up Call

1. Midnight Oil

2. Good News

3. Strong Convictions

4. He's Been In My Shoes

5. Praying Man

6. Underneath The Blood

7. Sleeping Giant

8. Believer In Deed

9. Marks Of The Cross

10. Just Reach Out

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Track List: Petra En Alabanza

1. Amo Al Se Or

2. Rey De Reyes

3. Cristo Glorioso Rey

4. La Batalla Es De Nuestro Se Or

5. Se Or Ll Vame A Tus Atrios

6. La Salvaci N Es De Nuestro Dios

7. El Rey De Gloria Entrar

8. Yo Celebrar / El Esp Ritu De Dios

9. Te Alabo

10. Tu Nombre Santo Es

11. Amigos

12. Clamar A Mi Se Or

13. Te Exaltamos

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Track List: Unseen Power

1. Destiny

2. Who's On The Lord's Side

3. Ready, Willing And Able

4. Hand On My Heart

5. I Need To Hear From You

6. Dance

7. Secret Weapon

8. Sight Unseen

9. Hey World

10. In The Likeness Of You

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Track List: The Rock Cries Out

1. I Love The Lord

2. King Of Kings

3. Jesus, Jesus, Glorious One

4. The Battle Belongs To The Lord

5. Take Me In

7. The King Of Glory Shall Come In

8. No Weapon Formed Against Us

10. I Will Sing Praise

11. Hallowed Be Thy Name

13. I Will Call Upon The Lord

14. We Exalt Thee

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Track List: On Fire!

1. All Fired Up

2. Hit You Where You Live

3. Minefield

4. First Love

5. Defector

6. Counsel Of The Holy

7. Somebody's Gonna Praise His Name

8. Open Book

9. Stand In The Gap

10. Homeless Few

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Track List: Captured In Time And Space

1. Speech

2. Beat The System

3. Speech

4. Computer Brains

5. Clean

6. Speech

7. Grave Robber

8. Speech

9. Speak To The Sky

10. Speech

11. Hollow Eyes

12. (The Rock Medley) Stand Up

13. (The Rock Medley) Not By Sight

14. (The Rock Medley) Judas' Kiss

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Track List: Not Of This World

1. Visions (Doxology)

2. Not Of This World

3. Bema Seat

4. Grave Robber

5. Blinded Eyes

6. Not By Sight

7. Lift Him Up

8. Pied Piper

9. Occupy

10. Godpleaser

11. Visions (Reprise) (Doxology)

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Track List: More Power To Ya

1. Stand Up

2. Second Wind

3. More Power To Ya

4. Judas Kiss

5. Rose Colored Stained Glass Windows

6. Run For The Prize

7. All Over Me

8. Let Everything That Hath Breath

9. Road To Zion

10. Disciple

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Track List: Never Say Die / Washes Whiter Than

1. I'm Thankful

2. Why Should The Father Bother?

3. Morning Star

4. Magic Mirror

5. Mary's Song

6. Yahweh Love

7. Taste And See

8. Deep Love

9. The Coloring Song

10. Chameleon

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Track List: 40th Anniversary (Deluxe Edition)

Disc 1

1. Why Should The Father Bother?

3. Chameleon

5. Killing My Old Man

7. The Coloring Song

9. For Annie

11. Without Him We Can Do Nothing

13. Angel Of Light

15. All Over Me

17. Road To Zion

19. Rose Colored Stained Glass Windows

21. Judas' Kiss

23. More Power To Ya

25. Stand Up

27. Bema Seat

29. Grave Robber

31. Godpleaser

33. Not By Sight

35. Beat The System

Disc 2

1. God Gave Rock And Roll To You

2. Voice In The Wind

3. Computer Brains

4. Thankful Heart

5. Fool's Gold

6. This Means War!

7. He Came, He Saw, He Conquered

8. You Are My Rock

9. All Fired Up

10. Hit You Where You Live

11. Mine Field

12. Beyond Belief

13. Creed

14. Dance

15. Sight Unseen

16. Midnight Oil

17. Enter In

18. Jekyll & Hyde

19. Holy Is Your Name

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Track List: Beyond Belief

1. Armed And Dangerous

2. I Am On The Rock

3. Creed

4. Beyond Belief

5. Love

6. Underground

7. Seen And Not Heard

8. Last Daze

9. What's In A Name

10. Prayer

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Track List: Double Take

1. Judas Kiss

2. The Coloring Song

3. Dance

4. Beyond Belief

5. The Longing

6. He Came, He Saw

7. Beat The System

8. This Means War

9. Breathe In

10. Creed

11. Praying Man

12. Just Reach Out

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Track List: God Fixation

1. If I Had To Die For Someone

2. Hello Again

3. A Matter Of Time

4. Falling Up

5. Over The Horizon

6. God Fixation

7. Set For Life

8. Magnet Of The World

9. Shadow Of A Doubt

10. St. Augustine's Pears

11. The Invitation

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Track List: No Doubt

1. Enter In

2. Think Twice

3. Heart Of A Hero

4. More Than A Thousand Words

5. No Doubt

6. Right Place

7. Two Are Better Than One

8. Sincerely Yours

9. Think On These Things

10. For All You're Worth

11. We Hold Our Hearts Out To You

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tmock98
Awesome!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Great band. One of the first bands I got into when I came to Christ. These guys made my transition from secular rock to christian rock so much easier!!!!!
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tmock98
Ahhhhhhhhhhh h Petra!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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I Remember the Late Senator Clementa Pinckney! He took me to the desk at the State House during 1993 a Session! He was one of the Head Pages back then. This was during my time as an undergraduat e student at Benedict College, A Historically Black College.
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I remember seeing PETRA at a concert in Charleston, SC. Glenn Welch was with me and Glenn Welch, my high school friend, raised his hands and gave his life to Christ! I was a volunteer counselor from Abundant Life Church 1945 Bees Ferry Road charleston, SC!!!
-John Thomas N BoykinIII
LegalShield Associate; HRMC Regional Manager; Christian Author; Inventor.
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I absolutely love this band. It combines a great message with the classic rock 80's sound. Sadly, this band is quit over looked
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This ministry in the form of a band helped me thru my time in the US Army and a broken engagement. I am forever grateful for Petra and the Lord for carrying my thru!!
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fly.home.now
Been following Petra since 1982. My favourite band. After missing out on seeing them live around 1985/86 as they canceled their concert to return to USA for a Dove award, I finally got to see them in 2014 in Toowoomba Australia.
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They rocked this song when I saw the Unseen Power concert in 1991 and been listening to them since Not of this World. I committed my life to Christ through that album. Thank you and continued success to those still proclaiming the word of the Lord through music. God bless you!
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Early pioneers that have now spanned over 5 decades. My all time favorite with maybe the exception of DC Talk
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I started listening to this awesome group of talented musicians who were anointed by the Lord; in 1981. There members might have changed, but the message was the same. Didn't compromise their content, and stayed true to the scriptures. When I listen to their earlier albums, I am brought back to the memories of that era. My our precious Lord Jesus continue using them to reach those who wouldn't enter a church, or listen to a preacher.
Thanks for decades of memory!!
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Jekyll & Hyde hits home for me, man. Good stuff, Great stuff.
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I am so grateful to the Lord Jesus for these men, especially Bob Hartman, whose lyrics remained faithful to Scripture in the same line as the great hymns of the faith. Each song was a sermon and food for the listener from Scripture. There will be much treasure in Glory for these men who built Christians in spite of the rejection of the religious authorities. Thank you Petra and thank you, Lord, for Petra.
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Been a fan for many years. Brought me back in God's grace. Even though I enjoy rock and roll, God gave us rock and roll.
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My first rock concert freshman year of high school. I have loved this band since Jr. High!
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dakofoot
Absolutely the best ever.
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Petra! Petra! Petra!
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gabergren
Petra rocks!!!!!!! ! (pun intended)
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dshanebonnel l 6
Legends. Hasn't been a band before and will not be a band after. They were not only musically deep but you knew they put their heart into spreading the good news of Jesus through their musical talents.
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thegreatdest r o y e r y 2 k
I grew up listening to Petra, and after returning to the Lord they are still my favorite Christian group. Thank the Lord they were able to show how to live a Jesus-center e d life while creating music for Him.
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Listening to Petra sing "I Need to Hear from You." Just one word from the creator of all, to little old me, is all it takes to lift us. Even if he gently tells us we were wrong! – So much better than being in the dark!
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Just discovered them at age 50, Love Them!
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brykahome
My first concert ever was Petra in St. Louis 6 flags. Awesome they are timeless
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I decorated. PETRA about 1981 and it was love at first note I'm 51 years now and my faith has been PETRIFIED for life!




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Just found my new favorite Christian song
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Cool group my brother turned me on to them early 80's
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larkinfelts
Its like the eagles or Boston, or someone like that, BUT CHRISTIAN
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I like it!!!
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Great Christian rock. I love Petra.
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lulubell_72_ 2 0 0 0
My first live concert was petra and 4him at kings island! In 1993 when beyond belief was popular!!
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Petra is my favorite Christian Rock group and always will be.
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my fav christian band
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I love this rock group! They put me on to Christian Rock/ Contemp music.
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claudiashepa r d
One of my first Christian rock bands and will always hold a special place in m heart.
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houstonkd73
Just recently found out about Petra from my Pastor. They are AWESOME and I for one would LOVE to hear more.
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Still love Petra after all these years.
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In the early 80's as a teenager I loved hard rock but had no outlet and worse I was being taught rock was only evil. I heard Petra and was steadied in Christ during some very tough years. When I hear their songs today they bring tears as I am reminded of how God used them to speak love and encouragemen t into my life. To this day they are still one of my favorites.
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I'm encouraged and blest by Petra .
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יאהאה. Old favorite
Hallowed eyes. באךאשצ
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First Contemporary Christian Band I listened too in 1982 and haven't stopped! Awesome just Awesome! Thanks!
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one of my all time favorites from the 70's when i first came across contemporary christian. the coloring song and praise ye the Lord still get me going!!!
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christopher. s t m a r i e
For me the song that epitomizes my Christian walk and the song that brought to me the brutal realization of the suffering Christ endured for me a sinner is It Is Finished. The center piece of Christian Faith. Our battle with sin ended when Christ died for us. When I truly believed in this truth and turned to Him and His ressurection power my life truly became transformed. Thank you Petra.
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First concert i was allowed to go too. Randy Stonehill opened for them. There is no other band that can compare with Petra. Faithful to the word of God. Faithful to giving God the praise. The favor of God was with them. Thank you Yahweh for the great music.
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On fire!!!! Awesome rock band.
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I remember when they came to Aurora University (then Aurora College) and played in the gym.
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Hi
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Great song there I have cd
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This band is probably one of the best in Christian music period. Excellent ministry. When fishing you use bait that attracts. Good bait to fish for men.
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Ages ago (1986,) I wandered into a Fred Meyer's in Newport, Oregon and started browsing through cassettes. Located at the very, very bottom of one set of shelves in the darkest corner of the music department, I pulled out a clear plastic box that was covered in the dust of what must have been twelve years. I cleaned it off and gazed upon the cover art, the letters P E T R A as if carved into the stone face of a cliff. I made the decision to buy that tape, and the rest, as they say, is history...
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Was never a big Petra fan , but this song really made an impact in my life , I really have a heart for the homeless , the hungry and the destitute, God bless you Petra
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