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Sunday, November 8, 2015

Greg X. Volz "The First Noel"

Artist: Greg X. Volz
Song: The First Noel
CD: O' Holy Night
Genre: Christmas
Label: Independent

Greg X. Volz (the 'X' is for Xavier) is best known as the lead vocalist for the legendary rock band Petra during their golden years (1977-1986). An incredible rock singer with a 4-octave range, Greg Volz was offered the role of lead vocalist for REO Speedwagon in the 70s, but decided instead to join Petra.

He spent most of the following decade using his vocal talents to give Petra their signature, arena-rock sound, performing an average of 160 concerts per year. Petra deserves credit for demonstrating the viability of rock 'n' roll as a medium for Christian expression. They were among the first faith-based rock outfits to tour with extensive light shows and special effects.

For many years, they were Christian music's best-selling band (over 6 million units sold); they were the only Christian act invited to play at the historic Farm Aid Festival; they were the subject of multiple 'greatest hits' compilations, as well as a tribute CD that featured Petra cover tunes by modern rock acts like Jars of Clay and Sixpence None the Richer; and they were the first Christian band to be enshrined in the Hard Rock Café.

As a member of Petra, Greg X. Volz was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in the year 2000.

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