John Schlitt Wraps Busy Year of Concerts, Music and Ministry

John Schlitt

Legendary rock vocalist, Grammy and Dove Award-winning GMA Hall of Famer John Schlittis putting a bow on his busy 2017, a year that saw him performing in the far north of the contiguous United States and way down south of the border, in South America.    Schlitt joined Michael Sweet, lead singer and guitarist of legendary platinum-selling metal band Stryper, for a tour of Brazil this past summer. Then Schlitt, along with his Union of Sinners and Saints bandmate Billy Smiley, traveled to Colombia, South America, for a mission trip with Langham Ministries.   

Schlitt also relished the opportunity to collaborate with his longtime friend, John Elefante (Kansas, Mastadon), during the famed Sturgis Bike Rally, and he reconnected with mainstream band, Head East, during a festival in Kansas. Schlitt and Head East were both scheduled to perform at the event, and Schlitt took the stage to sing a few songs with his former bandmates. 

 As an elder statesman of Christian rock, Schlitt was called on to share his heart as a speaker at The Objective conference in Nashville, Tennessee.   Schlitt also wrapped production of the second season of his syndicated radio show, Live It Loud, offering his unique perspective on songs from the early days of Christian rock, along with exclusive interviews with the songwriters and performers who championed the music that changed a generation for Christ. Guests on Live It Loud have included hitmakers like Rick Cua, Phil Keaggy, Geoff Moore, John Elefante, and Stryper frontman Michael Sweet.   

Grammy and Dove Award winning recording artist John Schlitt (center) joined Grammy and Dove Award winning recording artist Bruce Carroll (left) and Grammy and Dove Award nominated recording artist Billy Smiley (right) onstage at The Objective conference in Nashville, Tennessee, in Spring 2017. Lots of talent on that stage! (Bruce Carroll photo)

"I'm thrilled that the Lord has placed so many long-standing relationships with incredibly talented, godly individuals into my life," said Schlitt as he recalled the events of 2017. "I'm even more excited to continue to spread the gospel to a new generation through the medium of rock music, because the message in these songs still has the power to change lives."  For more information about Schlitt, John Schlitt Ministries, or Live It Loud, visit johnschlittministries.orgor email questions to can sign up to air Live It Loud for free at

About John Schlitt:

For more than four decades, John Schlitt has enjoyed a stellar musical career as a solo artist, as the lead singer for Grammy 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 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 According to the website, Schlitt "remains one of the most distinctive and impactful men to ever stand behind a microphone." Schlitt was also named Male Vocalist of the Year in's 2011 Readers' Poll in a category that included Chris Tomlin, Jeremy Camp and Brandon Heath. The legendary vocalist's busy schedule has recently included appearances on The Mike Huckabee Show, TBN's Praise700 Club Interactive, and many more, as well as extensive international touring.
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