New audio Interview with ‘Stryper’ frontman ‘Michael Sweet’ available


sweet_suicideOn April 8, Michael Sweet of legendary hard rockers Stryper was interviewed on the KNLW 98.9 FM radio station. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below.

Michael Sweet has released a new single,’I’m Not Your Suicide’, from his upcoming solo album of the same. Sweet has partnered up with Childhelp for the release of the track. Michael Sweet and Big3 Records are donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of “I’m Not Your Suicide” to Childhelp. The single is available via iTunes. The video for ‘I’m Not Your Suicide’ can be seen below.

Michael Sweet felt compelled to partner with ChildHelp after learning that almost half of all children who have been abused consider suicide. His intention was for the heartfelt lyrics to connect with these kids and hopefully offer some peace to those in need. Bringing added attention to the ChildHelp National Child Abuse Hotline, which offers an immediate 24/7 professional crisis counselor on call, and championing the ChildHelp Speak Up Be Safe in schools, Michael Sweet is sharing a message of crisis intervention and prevention education. ‘I’m Not Your Suicide’ is a song with a message of hope and through the partnership with ChildHelp, illustrate to children a positive alternative through the lyrics of the song.

Sweet‘s “I’m Not Your Suicide” album, and his first autobiography, “Honestly: My Life And Stryper Revealed”, will be released on May 6 via BIG3 Records.

“I’m Not Your Suicide” is available for pre-sale at Fans who pre-order the full album will be able to instantly download the song “Taking On The World Tonight” (featuring TNT singer Tony Harnell) and be registered to win a guitar used in the recording of the album.

The future remains bright for Sweet, who has endured heartbreaking tribulations throughout his life and career, including the 2009 passing of his wife of more than 22 years, Kyle. In 2010, Sweet remarried to Lisa Champagne-Sweet, a woman he describes as “a Godsend and the one who fits perfectly by my side.”

Sweet continues to record and tour with Stryper, as well as touring and recording as a solo artist, all the while making frequent trips to Nashville where he is writing with some of the biggest music writers in the business.

“After 30 years in this business, I feel honored and blessed to be able to continue doing what it is I love, making music,” said Sweet.

“I’m extremely thankful to have the greatest fans in the world.

“God has blessed me with this talent and I plan to continue on this path as long as I can draw breath.”

Sweet‘s autobiography, ”Honestly: My Life And Stryper Revealed”, chronicles an amazing 30-year career and includes endorsements from Eddie Trunk, Dave Mustaine, Larry The Cable Guy, Jeordie White and Chris Jericho. Among the topics covered are:

• How Michael Sweet formed the first Christian rock band to hit #1 on MTV, paving the way for an entire genre of music.
• First-hand stories of the Sunset Strip, with never-before-told stories that include friends and musical peers such as Poison, Motley Crue, RATT, Whitesnake, Metallica and more.

• How Jimmy Swaggart and Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker played a role in Michael’s life.
• The temptations and ultimate low-points of a notable Christian rock star.
• Never-before-revealed stories of life behind the scenes in Stryper.
• Why so many people have declared Michael Sweet a significant influence on their lives; from Larry the Cable Guy to professional wrestler Chris Jericho to Haitian musician and politician Wyclef Jean and more.
• Losing his wife to cancer and re-marrying shortly thereafter.
• An honest look at Sweet’s often tumultuous family relationships.
• The unlikely relationship between Sweet and national radio personality Don Imus.
• What led to the decline and fall of Stryper in 1992, and subsequent reunion and re-birth in 2001.

With the upcoming and long-overdue solo album, Sweet is finally delivering the project fans have been patiently waiting for. Produced by Sweet himself, ”I’m Not Your Suicide” includes special appearances by Tony Harnell [TNT], Kevin Max [DC-Talk, Audio Adrenaline] Chris Jericho [Fozzy], Doug Aldrich [Whitesnake], Electra Mustaine [daughter of Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine] and Stryper bandmates Robert Sweet and Timothy Gaines. Legendary drummer Kenny Aronoff [Chickenfoot] played on the record as well.

HONESTLY_COVERI'am Not Your Suicide

01. Taking On The World Tonight [featuring Tony Harnell]
02. All That’s Left [For Me To Prove]
03. The Cause
04. This Time [featuring Kevin Max]
05. I’m Not Your Suicide [co-written with Blair Daly]
06. Coming Home
07. Miles Away
08. Strong
09. How To Live [featuring Robert Sweet and Timothy Gaines of Stryper]
10. Heart Of Gold
11. Anybody Else [featuring Chris Jericho and Doug Aldrich]
12. Unsuspecting
13. Heart Of Gold [featuring Electra Mustaine] (bonus Track)

Upcoming “Stryper” U.S. Shows:

04/11/14 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Casino FREE SHOW!
04/12/14 New York City, NY Stage 48**
04/26/14 Columbia, MD M3 Festival**
05/02/14 Milan, Italy Frontiers Rock Festival**
06/03/14 Ottawa, ON Obsession Live Lounge**
06/05/14 Etobicoke, ON The Rockpile West**
06/06/14 Toronto, ON The Rockpile East**
06/07/14 Akron, NY Brauns Concert Cove** 06/09/14 Richmond, IN The Firehouse
Acoustic Show [Full Band]
06/12/14 Pittsburgh, PA Altar Bar**
06/13/14 Bolingbrook, IL Tailgaters**
06/14/14 Chesterfield, MI Diesel Concert Lounge**
8/01/14 Denver, CO Casselman’s NEW
08/02/14 Sheridan, WY Trails End Concert Park w/ Vixen

** On Sale Now!


07/10/14 Masters Of Rock Festival, Vizovice, Czech Republic
07/11/14 Bang Your Head Festival, Balingen, Germany
** On Sale Now!

Lyric video ‘The Cause’

Video below ‘I’m Not Your Suicide’

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Stryper – Second Coming [Album review]
‘Michael Sweet’ Comments On ‘Kanye West’s’ ‘I Am A God’ [June 2013]
‘Stryper’ Covering Another ‘Van Halen’ Song, Video Available [July 2013]
‘Stryper’ ‘No More Hell To Pay’ Cover Art Revealed, Release Date Nov. 5th [Aug. 2013]
‘Stryper’ Audio Samples Of Three ‘No More Hell To Pay’ Songs Available For Streaming [Aug. 2013]
New Audio Interview With ‘Stryper’s’ Mainman ‘Michael Sweet’ [Sept. 2013]
‘Michael Sweet’ Interviewed By His Mother [Video] [Sept. 2013]
Stryper – “No More Hell to Pay” [Album Review]
‘Stryper’ Drummer ‘Robert Sweet’ Announce Plans To Work With ‘Confirmed’ [Oct. 2013]
New Audio Interview With ‘Stryper’ Mainman ‘Michael Sweet’ [Oct. 2013]
‘Stryper’ Music Video Released For ‘Sympathy’ [Nov. 2013]
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‘Stryper’s’ “No More Hell To Pay” Cracks U.S. Top 40 [Nov. 2013]
‘Michael Sweet’ Says ‘We’re A Rock Band That’s Comprised Of Christians’, First European Tour Dates For 2014 Announced [Nov. 2013]
‘Stryper’s’ ‘Michael Sweet’ Solo Album Title, Release Date Revealed, First European ‘Stryper’ Tour Dates For 2014 Announced [Jan. 2014]
‘Stryper’s’ ‘Michael Sweet’ Shares His Thoughts On The New Solo Album, “I’m Not Your Suicide” [Jan. 2014]
‘Stryper’ Frontman ‘Michael Sweet’ “I’m Not Your Suicide” Solo Album Details Revealed, Lyric Video Released For ‘The Cause’ [Jan. 2014]
‘Stryper’ Frontman ‘Michael Sweet’ Explains The Meaning Of “I’m Not Your Suicide” [Jan. 2014]
‘Michael Sweet’ ‘I’m Not Your Suicide’ Single Released, Album Available For Pre-Order [March 2014]
‘Michael Sweet’ says “if you’re gonna put a Christian tag on us, you should have to put a Satan tag on a bunch of other bands” [March 2014]
‘Michael Sweet’ says ‘My solo projects are an extension of my creativity and an opportunity to share some new music that might not be appropriate for a Stryper album’ [April 2014]


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