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'Fired Up': Newsboys Frontman Michael Tait Reveals How a Message About Hell Led Him to Christ

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Newsboys frontman Michael Tait has spent decades in the music industry, finding success and doling out inspiration along the way.

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The singer’s most recent project, “I Believe In Christmas,” is a collection of Christmas songs aimed at encouraging the masses. He sat down with CBN Digital to discuss the project, his long music career, and how he came to faith.

Tait, 57, said he’s learned a plethora of lessons throughout the many years he’s been performing on stage and professionally creating music.

“One big thing I’ve learned [is] just to stay true to who you are when you’re doing what you do,” he said.

Watch Tait tell his story:

As far as what’s kept Tait going for so long in the music industry, he credited the “power of the Almighty God,” stating he believes his music gets stronger and more creative as he ages.

The singer also shared details about the origins of his faith journey, noting he was “late” to fully accept Christ, despite his father being a pastor.

“Dad was also a cab driver, so he … drove cabs, and they preached church on Sunday,” he said. “If you got in my dad’s cab, there was a good chance you were going to be saved in more ways than one.”

Tait said he was 17 or 18 years old when a preacher came to his school and spoke about the “subject of hell, and how real hell is, and how beautiful heaven is.”

“He preached on what preachers don’t preach about much anymore,” the singer said. “You can’t get saved on the back of your dad or your mom; it’s not osmosis. It’s a thing we have to be one-on-one with God.”

Tait continued, “I got fired up that day, man — pun intended. I got fired up, and I went … forward for prayer, and I accepted God for myself as my Savior that day in high school.”

Like any Christian, Tait said he has had his “moments” throughout his journey with Jesus, noting, “We’re sinners saved by grace.”

But he said God has been faithful to him throughout his life.

“When I’ve been grossly unfaithful … He keeps bringing me back to the cross,” he said.

Watch the full interview for more.

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Billy Hallowell writes for CBN's He has been working in journalism and media for more than a decade. His writings have appeared in CBN News, Faithwire, Deseret News, TheBlaze, Human Events, Mediaite, PureFlix, and Fox News, among other outlets. He is the author of several books, including Playing with Fire: A Modern Investigation Into Demons, Exorcism, and Ghosts Hallowell has a B.A. in journalism and broadcasting from the College of Mount Saint Vincent in Riverdale, New York and an M.S. in social research from Hunter College in Manhattan, New York.