The Newsboys may have formed almost three decades ago, but the Christian pop rock band is enjoying the fruits of their labor like never before with their first platinum record.
The group, consisting of Duncan Phillips, Jody Davis, Jeff Frankenstein and Michael Tait have officially received a platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America for their song "God's Not Dead (Like A Lion)." The song, released on the independent contemporary Christian music record label Inpop Records, is one of the first platinum certifications in Christian music this year, which means it has sold at least 1 million units.
Mark Lusk, president of Inpop Records, spoke about the importance of the Daniel Bashta written record "God's Not Dead," which was released in 2011.
"'God's Not Dead' is among Christian music's most significant songs of the decade," Lusk said in a statement shared with The Christian Post. "Newsboys' impassioned performance of Daniel's powerfully-penned statement of truth is not only a defining song in Inpop's history, but it continues to encourage people around the world to stand for Christ."
Although Newsboys have sold over 8 million units, garnered eight gold certifications with 33 No. 1 radio hits with numerous Dove awards and Grammy nominations, the group's first platinum track is a milestone in their career.
In an interview with CP earlier this year, the group's drummer Duncan Phillips spoke about how meaningful each accomplishment is for the band.
"To be in it as long as we have and to kind of be riding the success level that we are, I don't take it for granted. We're all stoking so hard saying I can't believe it," he told CP. "People still want to come see us play. I'm the most excited about this band than I've ever been in my life."