Jun 292017

According to Jesusfreakhideout, Lead singer of the multi-platinum selling rock band P.O.D. Sonny Sandoval was awarded the 2017 Briner Impact Award at a ceremony at the Biola Media Conference held on the 21st Century Fox lot. The award is given annually to recognize those who have made significant contributions in the world of media. Sandoval is the second rock musician to be honored with the award which since its inception in 2001.

Sandoval joins a group of well-known past recipients including former Disney Films President Mark Zoradi, Star Wars producer Howard Kazanjian, VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer, Lou Carlozo, former Chicago Tribune Editor, X-Men producer Ralph Winter and others.

The award was created in honor of author and Emmy award winning television producer Bob Briner, best known for his book, “Roaring Lambs,” which encouraged greater participation among people of faith in the arts and media. Continue reading »

P.O.D. – “The Awakening”

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Nov 182015

podawakeningcd1P.O.D. has been around now for about 24 years. They have had some awards (American Music Awards 2003 – Favorite Contemporary Inspirational Artist (nomination), Echo Awards 2003 – International Alternative Group of the Year, San Diego Music Awards 1999 – Best Hard Rock Artist, 2000 – Best Hard Rock Artist), and have had some notable iconic guests on the albums ( Maria Brink of In This Moment and Lou Koller of Sick Of It All and Mike Muir of Suicidal Tendencies), and with that they are still a band that deserves loads of respect in the music scene.

With “The Awakening’ their latest and 9th release we see a band still growing into its boots.

Trying to keep it fresh as always this innovative hard rock band brings us an album that is more concept in nature. For me it keeps things interesting and shows a band that does not fear thinking outside of the box.

Sometimes changing up and evolving ones sound can be a tricky affair and can come up with criticism from the fans. But P.O.D. has kept their core sound or approach throughout their career within that evolution. “The Awakening” as a album keeps it fresh, continuing their stride of offering their fans something unique, yet commercially viable, but by no means dumbed down. Continue reading »

Oct 152015

Katy_Perry_POD_322Background singers don’t always stay in the back. This ended up being the case for a little-known recording artist named Katy Hudson, who had a small part singing on P.O.D.‘s 2006 hit ‘Goodbye for Now.’ That singer has since sold 11 million albums and has achieved three Guinness World Records under the name Katy Perry.

The connection between P.O.D. and Katy Perry flew under the radar despite the singer becoming a breakout superstar in 2008. More than seven years after Perry turned into a pop phenom with ‘I Kissed a Girl,’ the video of P.O.D.’s ‘Goodbye for Now’ started making the rounds on the internet this week. Perry even performed with the band on The Tonight Show.

P.O.D. frontman Sonny Sandoval spoke about working with Katy Perry in a 2012 interview with Songfacts. Continue reading »

Aug 252015

POD_2015Quality fan-filmed video footage of P.O.D.‘s entire“The Awakening” release party (Aug. 22) concert at House Of Blues in San Diego, CA. can be seen below.

P.O.D. ninth studio album “The Awakening” is released one day earlier (August 21). The concept record follows the good and bad choices of a central character, exploring the consequences of his decisions. Bassist Traa Daniels told The Pulse Of Radio that the band doesn’t want to spell out the story too much. “There is a specific storyline, but I think the whole thing is that we don’t want to kind of let that cat out of the bag,” he said. “I think that we really want people to like dig into the record and kind of figure out. I mean, I think that’s the fun part of having a conceptual record is not really giving away the whole thing, you know what I’m saying? There definitely is a character and there’s a specific storyline that, you know, was the inspiration for the songs and the writing and everything.” Continue reading »

Aug 142015

POD_2015‘This Goes Out To You’, the new video from Grammy-nominated hard rockers P.O.D., can be seen below. The track is taken from P.O.D.‘s ninth studio album, “The Awakening”, which will be released on August 21 via T-Boy/UMC. The evocative album, produced by the band’s longtime collaborator and friendHoward Benson (My Chemical Romance, Kelly Clarkson), features 10 tracks and special guests Maria Brink from In This Moment and Lou Koller from Sick Of It All.

Directed by San Diego-based filmmaker Gavin Filipiak, the video for ‘This Goes Out To You’ was shot on location and is a tribute to P.O.D.‘s hometown community and San Diego culture featuring “Cholo Goth” duo Prayers, Roller Derby darlings San Diego Derby Dolls, dancers Hob.e, Prime Tyme Ron Myles and Jason Sensation, as well as vintage cars from various local clubs organized by Tribal Streetwear. Continue reading »