The union of sinners and saints
Petra and White Heart. Two of the most well-known Christian bands from the 80's and 90's, and arguably the most popular Christian arena rock bands of all time. Neither band makes music anymore, but the former members of both (or, at least, several of the dozens) have been active throughout the years. But last year former Petra lead singer John Schlitt and former White Heart guitarist Billy Smiley started writing songs together, and that collaboration grew into a partnership and then into a full band. They recruited two other former White Heart members, drummer Jon Knox and bassist Anthony Sallee, and then filled out the rest of the lineup with Jonathan Crone and Jason Fowler, and called themselves The Union of Sinners and Saints. The band's self-titled debut album mixes a little old with a lot of new, and breathes new life into the classic arena-rock sound both bands were so well-known for.