Cross Rhythms (magazine)

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Cross Rhythms
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Cover of the final issue of Cross Rhythms, published in summer 2005
Editor Tony Cummings
PhotographerIan Homer
Categories Contemporary Christian music
Circulation 15,000
PublisherCornerstone House
FounderTony Cummings
First issueMay 1990 (1990-05)
Final issue
9 August 2005 (2005-08-09)
Company Cross Rhythms
CountryUnited Kingdom
Based in Stoke-on-Trent
Language English
ISSN 0967-540X
OCLC 500051110

Cross Rhythms was the eponymously titled music magazine produced by the Christian media organisation of the same name. It was founded under the name Cross Rhythms Magazine by editor Tony Cummings and printer Mark Golding in April 1989, with the first issue being made available in May 1990. [1] Two years later, publication of the magazine was taken over by Cornerstone House, a publishing company owned by Chris Cole. [2] After partnering with Christian radio station United Christian Broadcasters (UCB) in 1995, the magazine was given more financial stability. Around this time, Cross Rhythms had a circulation of approximately 15,000. [3] Around 2000 Cross Rhythms's official website was launched, which continued online after the paper magazine ceased publication in the summer of 2005 with its 85th issue. As of August 2009, the website is the sixth most viewed Christian website in the UK. [4]

Cross Rhythms centred almost exclusively on contemporary Christian music, with only the occasional review of more mainstream music. Each issue included interviews with musicians and bands, reviews of various albums and compilations, and features on music festivals or productions. Each issue also included a CD, narrated by Mike Rimmer, containing a selection of the songs featured in the magazine. Later issues featured Edges, a series of commentaries on major issues by communicator Mal Fletcher, and That Mysterious Cross, a series on the Christian cross by Chip Kendall of thebandwithnoname.

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