|Genres:||Christian & Gospel Pop / Rock|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
One of the first US Christian hard rock bands, Petra are an excellent musical unit who have never been swayed by passing trends and have adhered resolutely to their own ideals and beliefs. Petra specialize in a varied musical approach, with their stadium rock sound incorporating elements of the Eagles, Joe Walsh, Kansas and Deep Purple. They have released well over a dozen high-quality albums to date, with their popularity having gradually waned from its peak in 1984.
The band was formed in 1972 by Bob Hartman (26 December 1949, Byron, Ohio, USA; guitar), Greg Hough (guitar/vocals), John DeGroff (bass), and Bill Glover (drums, releasing their self-titled debut album in 1974. Greg X. Volz (b. 12 January 1950, Peoria, Illinois, USA; vocals) was added to the line-up on 1977s Come And Join Us. Mark Kelly (b. 28 June 1956, Enid, Oklahoma, USA; bass), John Slick (b. 28 September 1953, Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA; keyboards) and Louie Weaver (b....