Whether you're an American Idol wannabe or a politician seeking the presidency, you can't escape this scriptural truth: Many are called, few are chosen. But what happens once you land among the chosen ones? The Newsboys could tell you first-hand, even as they prepare to release their new album, Restart.  
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  In fact, their live album from the 2012 God's Not Dead tour has rocketed the title track, re-entering the charts, to the #2 spot on Billboard's CCM charts. That's where "We Believe" fro their Restart album sits now.

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  After all, how many groups boast a discography with 16 albums and five gold records? And since the arrival of dc talk alum Michael Tait as lead singer, things have only gotten better: 2010’s "Born Again" spawned three No. 1 radio hits, and 2012's "God’s Not Dead" sold more than 300,000 copies.
  So yes, fans keep choosing the Newsboys—which makes Restart all the more remarkable, because it dares to put so much of that loyalty to the test.  With all the fervor of rookies seeking their first record deal, Tait and his bandmates—Jody Davis (guitars), Duncan Phillips (drums), and Jeff Frankenstein (keyboards)—combed through reams and reams of demos and song ideas. Their goal? To compile a stellar collection of tracks into an album like no other … not just in the band's history, but in Christian music history itself as well.  
  In fact, you could sum up the song selection process this way: Many tunes were called, and very few were chosen.  

  "At the start of this record two years ago, we knew we'd be taking great risks," Tait says. "But people will be excited about this album because we've pushed the music and taken it further than we've ever taken it before—we’ve gone through more songs than ever."  
  The search, in this case, boiled down to what Tait calls "world-class songs." (Remember, this comes from a guy who sang on quite a few worldwide hits in his dc talk days.)
  "If you have one or two of those, they'll be there when the Newsboys are dead and gone."  No one's tallied all the numbers just yet, but at least 50 compositions were considered for Restart, putting a team of about a dozen producers and seven mix engineers to the test. Songs were recorded, and recorded again; listening sessions at the Sparrow/Capitol CMG offices turned into regular Tuesday afternoon affairs where Tait and his teammates poured over prospective album tracks as the coffee flowed freely.