Greg X. Volz

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Greg X. Volz is listed in the credits for the following albums:

Year Artist Album Role
1977 Petra Come and Join Us Additional Vocals
1979 Petra Washes Whiter Than Vocals
1980 Phil Keaggy Ph'lip Side Songwriter, Background Vocals
1981 Petra Never Say Die Songwriter, Lead and Background Vocals
1982 Petra More Power to Ya Songwriter, Lead Vocals
1983 Petra Not of This World Rhythm Guitar, Percussion, Lead Vocals
1984 Leslie Phillips Dancing with Danger Background Vocals
1984 Petra Beat the System Lead Vocals
1985 Mylon LeFevre & Broken Heart Sheep In Wolves Clothing Background Vocals
1986 Petra Captured in Time & Space Songwriter, Lead Vocals
1986 Dion DiMucci Velvet & Steel Background Vocals
1987 Twila Paris Same Girl Background Vocals
1988 Time Producer, Vocal Arranger, Songwriter, Vocals
1988 Trace Balin Champions Background Vocals
1988 Greg X. Volz Come Out Fighting Producer, Vocal Arranger, Songwriter, Vocals
1989 Trace Balin Here and Now Background Vocals
1989 Greg X. Volz No Room in the Middle Co-Produced, Songwriter, Vocals
1989 Petra Petra Means Rock Songwriter, Lead Vocals
1989 Twila Paris It's The Thought... Background Vocals
1990 Phil Keaggy Town to Town / Ph'lip Side / Play Thru Me Songwriter, Background Vocals
1990 Petra War and Remembrance: 15 Years Of Rock Songwriter, Lead and Background Vocals
1991 Petra Petrafied: The Best of Petra Songwriter, Lead and Background Vocals
1991 Greg X. Volz Exodus Co-Producer, Songwriter, Vocals
1992 Petra Petraphonics Songwriter, Lead and Background Vocals
1993 Petra The Power of Praise Songwriter, Lead Vocals
1995 Petra Rock Block Lead Vocals
1996 Petra The Early Years Songwriter, Lead and Background Vocals
2001 Greg X. Volz The Next Sphere Producer, Engineer, Arranger, Songwriter, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
2003 Phil Keaggy History Makers Background Vocals
2005 Petra Farewell Songwriter, Vocals
2006 Greg X. Volz No Greater Love Performer

Greg X. Volz

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Jan 12, 1950

Gregory Xavier Volz is a Christian singer. He is most noted for being the former lead singer of Christian rock band Petra from 1979 to 1985 and is currently the lead vocalist of the reunited lineup.

Volz showed great skills in singing from a very early age. Being a self-taught musician, when he was 13 years old, he started his own band called The Wombats. As he grew up, he went on to share the stage with the likes of Janis Joplin, Chicago and others. He formed a band called Gideon's Bible in Indianapolis. In 1970 he became a born-again Christian. Gideon's Bible name was changed to e Band, which was a part of the Jesus Movement. e's only studio recordings can be found on the rock musical 2LP-album Because I Am released in 1973. Volz married Becky Britton on December 2, 1973, but ended up divorcing in the late 1990s. After e broke up in 1975 Volz moved to Springfield, Missouri, where he worked with legendary guitarist Phil Keaggy. He also performed the lead role in a rock stage musical called Ezekiel.

In 1976, Volz received two of the most important calls of his life. First, he was offered the lead singer position of REO Speedwagon. Due to his Christian faith, Volz declined. Six weeks later, he got the call to participate in Petra's second album, Come and Join Us. Although at that time he participated as a guest singer in just three songs, founder/guitarist Bob Hartman (who, at that time, was sharing the lead-singing duties with co-founder/guitarist Greg Hough) offered Volz the full-time position.

His first full-time album with the band, Washes Whiter Than, came in 1979 and therein came one of the most prolific periods of the legendary band. Never Say Die (1981), More Power To Ya (1982), and Not Of This World (1983) showed Petra perfecting a tight rocking, R&B sound with well-written lyrics containing a Christian theme (courtesy of Bob Hartman). In many ways, Petra sounded like Journey with Gregg Rolie on keyboards (John Slick played a similar role with Petra). Just like Journey achieved incredible success with a new keyboard player (Jonathan Cain) and a new album and sound (Escape), Petra would achieve the same with new keyboard player (John Lawry) and a new album and sound (Beat The System). It was with Beat The System, that Petra reached a zenith. The subsequent tour was one of their most successful. They played 285 dates to 500,000 people overall.

At the Beginning of 1985, Volz was beginning to feel the strain of performing 250-285 dates a year for four consecutive years from 1981-1984. As a result, his family life was suffering and Volz gave a 9 month notice to his band mates that he would be leaving the band at the conclusion of the tour. Volz took a year off to regroup, spend time with his family and write the material that would surface on his very first solo album that would be released towards the end of 1986. Volz released that effort, titled The River is Rising in 1986 under Myrrh Records. He followed it with three other moderately successful albums. During this time, he also toured with Joe English in a band called Pieces of Eight. Volz' tours drew in the 1,000 to 1,500 range during this time - a very respectable number for a Contemporary Christian artist, but nowhere near the level he experienced at the end of his tenure with Petra. In 1995, Volz wrote music for and was featured in the Warren Chaney docudrama, America: A Call to Greatness.

In the mid-90's, Volz decided to retire for some time. Apparently, during this time he was dealing with the divorce from his long-time wife, Becky. He resurfaced in 1998 with a string of new albums released from that year on.

On October 4, 2005 he re-joined Petra for the live recording of their last DVD, Petra Farewell. He joined the stage with current singer John Schlitt for a medley of ballads, and he followed it with a solo rendition of "Grave Robber", which was one of his hits with the band.

Greg has currently been spending time in Nashville with fellow former Petra keyboardist John Lawry in preparation for a brand new rock release scheduled for February 2009, featuring some of Nashville's finest studio musicians as well as former members of SonicFlood.

In early February 2009, Greg released his brand new studio release God Only Knows and established a page on Facebook, a social online community. Later that summer, Greg had a new wife (Pam) and was performing at various functions, including GMA showcases at which he was photographed backstage with his former Petra bandmates Louie Weaver and John Lawry.

In May 2010, Petra's reunited with 1984-85 lineup — guitarist Bob Hartman, vocalist Greg X. Volz, bassist Mark Kelly, keyboardist John Lawry and drummer Louie Weaver. Their newest release Back to the Rock features new material and re-recordings of hits from that era, with a tour in support of the album.

Greg X. Volz. (2011, October 29). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 12:28, November 2, 2011, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Greg_X._Volz&oldid=458000753

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