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subtitled as "Modern Music on Cue"
Editor In ChiefChris Well
CategoriesChristian alternative music
First issueJuly/August 1995
Final issue2004
CompanyRoyal Magazine Group
Based inNashville, Tennessee[1]

7ball is a discontinued Christian music magazine, first published in 1995. They focused on rock, hip-hop, and other "alternative" forms of Christian music. The magazine was initially published by the Royal Magazine Group (a division of Thomas Nelson) alongside Release magazine and others. Its primary competition were magazines such as HM, True Tunes News, and CCM.


7ball magazine was initially ed by Chris Well, former or of the Christian rock magazine Syndicate,[1] until 1996. In 1996, the magazine was sold to VoxCorp (Nashville).[2] Well was promoted to or in chief of the entire company, overseeing 7ball, Release, and others, and former CCM assistant or Bruce A. Brown was hired as managing or of 7ball.[3] Brown ed through the end of 1997, and was eventually replaced by Cameron Strang.[4]

In early 1999 7ball gained distribution to Family Christian Stores, the largest Christian bookstore chain.[5] HM Magazine or Doug Van Pelt would later report that during its tenure 7ball cost them some of their advertising base.[6] Strang ed into 2001, then founded the Relevant Media Group, which began publishing Relevant Magazine in 2003.[7]

7ball ceased publication in 2004.[8]


  1. ^ a b John Joseph Thompson (2000). Raised by Wolves: The Story of Christian Rock & Roll. ECW Press. p. 232. ISBN 978-1-55022-421-4. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
  2. ^ Higher Ground. Billboard. 21 December 1996. p. 33. Retrieved 6 March 2016.
  3. ^ Price, Deborah Evans (21 December 1996). "Higher ground. (Dove Awards changes venue and producer)". Billboard. 108 (51): 33. ISSN 0006-2510.
  4. ^ "New at Vox". CBA Marketplace. 31 (11): 33. November 1998. ISSN 1092-7239. OCLC 36184061.
  5. ^ "Music News". CBA Marketplace. 32 (4): 68. April 1999. ISSN 1092-7239. OCLC 36184061.
  6. ^ Jonathan ("DOC") Swank (2008). "What Doug Van Pelt Says". HM Magazine. Archived from the original on 21 October 2008. Retrieved 16 November 2008.
  7. ^ Bartenhagen, Marcia (1 August 2000). "New Media Start-up Targets Progressive Culture". Christian Retailing. 46 (13): 8. ISSN 0892-0281.
  8. ^ "7ball". CMNexus. Retrieved 2023-01-13.