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Legendary Vocalist & Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame Member Interviewed by Show Host, Governor Mike Huckabee, During Pre-Taped Show

John Schlitt to Perform on 'Huckabee' TV Show Saturday, July 8, 2023

Multi-Grammy and Dove Award-winning recording artist and Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame member John Schlitt will perform on the popular TV show, Huckabee, on Saturday, July 8, 2023, on the TBN network. Pictured (L to R): the show's host, former Arkansas governor and popular conservative commentator Mike Huckabee, with Schlitt. (Huckabee photo)

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July 7, 2023

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 7, 2023) - Multi-Grammy and Dove Award-winning recording artist and Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame member John Schlitt will perform on the popular TV show, Huckabee, on Saturday, July 8, 2023 on the TBN network.
During the show, Schlitt will be interviewed by the host, former Arkansas governor and popular conservative commentator Mike Huckabee, about Schlitt's latest CD, GO, an album that has received rave reviews from national and international media outlets.
Schlitt will also perform several songs, including "Feel It" from GO, his latest critically acclaimed project on 4k Records, as well as "Never Been Any Reason," the rock radio classic which he recorded as lead singer of popular '70s mainstream rock band Head East.
"John Schlitt has one of the strongest and most powerful voices in the music world," says Governor Huckabee about Schlitt's appearance on the show. "He’s in the rarified air of vocalists like rock legend Paul Rogers (lead singer of 1960s and '70s hit bands Free ["All Right Now"] and Bad Company) who can push a song to its limits and beyond. And he’s just one of the nicest people ever to work with!"
The episode, which was recently pre-recorded in Nashville, will air on Saturday, July 8, 2023, at 8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT and again Sunday July 9, 2023, at 9:00 p.m. ET / 8:00 p.m. CT on TBN.
The show will also be live on Huckabee's Facebook page and Huckabee’s website ( on Saturday night.
The show's social handle for all platforms is @HuckabeeOnTBN and the Governor’s handle for all platforms is @GovMikeHuckabee. Viewers can also download the TBN app and watch live.

John Schlitt to Perform on 'Huckabee' TV Show Saturday, July 8, 2023

Multi-Grammy and Dove Award-winning recording artist and Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame member John Schlitt will perform on the popular TV show, Huckabee, on Saturday, July 8, 2023, on the TBN network. Pictured: Schlitt performs "Feel It" from his critically acclaimed project, GO on the Huckabee show. (Huckabee photo)

"I have always respected Governor Huckabee and what he has stood for in his life and career," says Schlitt. "I couldn't be happier to be on the show, and it's a real treat to play with his band, who are all excellent musicians."
The Huckabee appearance comes during a very busy season for Schlitt, who is the lead singer of Petra, one of the most successful Christian rock bands of all time. He is currently on the road singing lead vocals for Petra’s 50th Anniversary Tour, which has included stops across the country and across the pond where the band has played to large, enthusiastic crowds.
For more information about Schlitt and GO, visit or like on Facebook.
About John Schlitt's latest project, GO:
GO, Schlitt’s first full-length solo album of original material in seven years, has proven to be well worth the wait for fans of the man (now has called "the best rock singer in Christian music history.”
The ten-song collection of sanctified rock ‘n’ roll met with immediate critical acclaim upon its physical release on February 28, 2020, the week before the 2020 Covid 19 pandemic lockdown began in the U.S., confirming industry opinions that Schlitt’s vocals have never been in better form.
The project, which released digitally on December 23, 2019, was tapped by Classic Christian Rock Magazine (CRR) as one of the Top 10 Albums of 2019. CRR extolled the project's sweet melodies, direct lyrics, and Schlitt’s seemingly ageless vocal prowess. Schlitt joined chart-toppers and fan favorites on the CCR "Best Of" list, including projects by Newsboys, Michael Sweet, David & the Giants, and Guardian's Jamie Rowe.
Schlitt also released a special edition limited vinyl version of GO from Girder Music on August 7, 2020, under the Limited Run Vinyl series.
With production and engineering by Dan Needham, John Lawry, and Mark Lee Townsend, combined with savvy songwriting collaborations with the likes of Needham, Lawry, Townsend, Jerry McPherson, Scott Bernard, Jeff King, Scott Faircloff, Ryan Horn, and Chuck Anderson, and A-list musicianship from some of Nashville's finest, GO is a tour de force of straight-up, spiritually astute rock 'n' roll.
It's the kind of album that sounds great the first time through, then gets better each time you listen to it.
The title track eases you into the groove, with a deceptive acoustic guitar and bongo line that builds in intensity, with the not-so-subtle message to get up and do something. "As Christians, we have been sitting around for too long," Schlitt declares. "We are blessed, but with blessings come responsibility. What is God calling you to do? Do it!"
If there was any question about the rock 'n' roll nature of the project, Schlitt answers emphatically on "Feel It," the first single. Thundering toms, driving guitars, and Schlitt's signature grit and gravel vocals undergird the song's clarion call to "have a little faith."
Schlitt struts confidently into classic arena rock territory on "Takin' It Higher," then pulls back on the piano-driven rock ballad, "Fighting the Fight." "Life is a fight," Schlitt muses. "Without Christ, you're wasting your time. With Christ, the battle is already won. You just have to go forward and do what God's put on your heart to do."
Fuzzy distortion and a techno vibe enhance "Just Let Go," a thumping, Beach Boys-esque rocker with a message of trusting God when you can't see the next step. The tune segues effortlessly into the loopy, cautionary prog-rocker, "Time Keeps Rollin.'" Then, Schlitt proves he can groove with best of them on the Motown-inspired "Where Would I Be," that will have you wondering if the California Raisins are singing background vocals. "'Where Would I Be' is just one of those songs I've always wanted to do," Schlitt grins. "The music style is fun and the title says it all."
"Find a Way," which finds Schlitt exploring the softer side of acoustic rock 'n' roll, is a song that would not feel out of place on a Crosby, Stills & Nash album. Ripped-from-the-headlines lyrics, thudding drums, tasty electric guitar licks, and passionate vocals underscore the in-your-face message of "Fake News."
If Stallone ever decides to do another Rocky movie, "Let's Go" could easily be the theme song. "Are you fighting for truth or illusion?" Schlitt wails. "I am a fighter on my way / There is no time to hesitate. / Let's go!"
Schlitt closes the project with a playful bonus track, "Not Dead Yet." The singer, whose career has spanned more than half a century, proves he can not only run with the big dogs, he can still compete with the young pups in an industry that is increasingly youth-centric.
Ultimately, GO is a declaration of movement. Sometimes that movement is a forward motion, and sometimes the movement takes a momentary pause as we wait for direction. Either way, GO is not an invitation to sit in our comfort zone and do nothing.
"We're either going forward or idling in expectation of God's direction," Schlitt says. "And when the time comes to go--then we GO!"
Fans can stream the project on multiple platforms, including Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, Tidal, Amazon Music, Pandora and others.
About John Schlitt:
For more than five decades, John Schlitt has enjoyed a stellar musical career as a solo artist, as the lead singer for multi-Grammy and Dove Award-winning Christian band Petra, one of the most successful Christian rock bands of all time, and as the former lead singer for popular '70s mainstream rock band Head East.
In addition to his work as a solo artist, Schlitt is currently a member of The Union of Sinners and Saints, a band he formed with former Whiteheart band member Billy Smiley in 2016.
Schlitt also brings his lead vocalist talent to The Jay Sekulow Band, a seven-piece ensemble featuring Jay Sekulow, chief counsel for the American Center for Law & Justice and host of his own radio and TV talk shows. In addition to Schlitt, other band members include co-lead vocalist John Elefante (Kansas), John Lawry, Scott Kirkman, Marco Pangallo, Mark Lee Townsend, and Chris Cooke.
Schlitt is also currently on the road again with Petra as lead singer for the band's 50th Anniversary Tour.
Schlitt has been inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame as the lead singer of Petra during the years when the band won 10 Dove Awards and four Grammy Awards.
He was named the best rock singer in Christian music history by (now, and according to the website, Schlitt "remains one of the most distinctive and impactful men to ever stand behind a microphone."
The legendary vocalist's busy schedule in recent years has included appearances in media outlets including CCM Magazine; Cornerstone TV's flagship show, Hope Today;; 700 Club Interactive;; Faith Radio's The Meeting House, World Christian Broadcasting; Huckabee; 100 Huntley Street; Jay Sekulow Live; TBN's Music, Moments, and Memories TV program; nationally syndicated radio show Bill Martinez Live!; Jesus Freak Hideout; Jubileecast; The Bottom Line; and many more, as well as extensive international touring and media coverage.
About Huckabee:
Huckabee is America’s favorite “front porch” talk show, coming to you weekly from TBN’s famed Trinity Music City in Nashville. Hosted by former Arkansas governor and popular conservative commentator Mike Huckabee, the hour-long program is a down-home slice of wholesome Americana in all of its patriotic, God-honoring, and family-friendly glory. Each show features national and international newsmakers, iconic celebrities and music legends, and uplifting stories highlighting the goodness, faith, and down-home heroics of everyday individuals from across the nation. Along the way Governor Mike offers his legendary take on what’s happening in Washington, DC and throughout the heart and soul of America.
For more information on Huckabee, visit


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