About Us: Our History
Jesusfreakhideout.comô is one of the world's largest Christian music online resources. Created in August of 1996 as what originated as a small webpage titled "The Jesus Freak Hideout," the site was the flourishing creation of music fan and graphic designer John DiBiase. In August of 1998, the site blossomed into Jesusfreakhideout.com, bearing a big vision for spreading faith-based music across the globe via the web. JFH began during the infancy of music media services on the web, before it had been an acceptable source for information, and has endured well into a time when web media has become a primary source as printed media continues to fade. With over two decades on the web under its belt, JesusfreakHideout.com keeps looking to the future.
Our goals are many, as we do our best to bring the latest and greatest in Christian music to the Internet masses and beyond. We believe firmly in the positive messages that Christian music has to offer, especially with all the highly negative music that the mainstream market is always pushing to the public. In addition to the message of the music in the Christian industry, we believe in pursuing excellence artistically in the quality of the music that artists produce in the name of Jesus. We also believe very strongly in bringing the message of Christ to the world through music. We've all seen God do mighty things through it and only look forward to seeing more mighty works done. Furthermore, we hope to encourage our fellow Christians and all those who wish to visit the Hideout through prayer requests and devotionals. Finally, we feel it important to share our views on current films through our in-depth movie review section, branching out just a bit further from the music world.
Please feel free to browse Jesusfreakhideout.com and become a part of this ever-growing online community! Welcome!
JFH In The Press
August 13, 2021: Jesusfreakhideout.com Celebrates 25 Years with Music Retrospective and New 62-Song Free Sampler (Cross The Streams PR)
August 13, 2020: Jesusfreakhideout.com Celebrates 24 Years with the Release of "Songs We've Been Trying To Tell You About (And Others We Haven't), Volume Nine" (Cross The Streams PR)
August 13, 2019: Jesusfreakhideout.com Releases "Songs We've Been Trying To Tell You About (And Others We Haven't), Volume Eight" (Cross The Streams PR)
August 18, 2017: Jesusfreakhideout.com Releases "Songs We've Been Trying To Tell You About (And Others We Haven't), Volume Six" (Cross The Streams PR)
November 28, 2016: Jesusfreakhideout.com Releases 20th Anniversary Compilation, "JFH 20" (Cross The Streams PR)
August 13, 2015: Jesusfreakhideout.com Celebrates 19 Years with Release of Fifth Volume of Popular Indie Music Compilation Series (Cross The Streams PR)
June 3, 2015: A Good Story Isn't Always Backed Up By The Music: A Profile on JesusFreakHideout (The Cadence)
May 5, 2015: JesusfreakHideout Launches 11th Music Awards, The JFH Awards (Cross The Streams PR)
August 13, 2014: Jesusfreakhideout.com Releases Fourth Volume of Popular Indie Music Compilation Series (Cross The Streams PR)
August 13, 2013: Jesusfreakhideout.com Releases Third Volume of Popular Indie Music Compilation Series (Cross The Streams PR)
June 11, 2013: Jesusfreakhideout.com Releases Third Free Digital Compilation, "Rock, Paper, Scissors, METAL" (WWPT? PR)
December 19, 2012: JesusFreakHideout Releases Second Compilation Album, Songs We've Been Trying To Tell You About (And Others We Haven't), Volume Two (Merge PR)
June 4, 2012: JESUSFREAKHIDEOUT.COM RELEASES FIRST COMPILATION ALBUM (Merge PR)
September 22, 2010: Interview with Creator John DiBiase (Jay's Musik Blog)
August 17, 2010: JFH CELEBRATES 14 YEARS AS ONE OF THE CHRISTIAN INDUSTRY'S TOP MUSIC WEBSITES (Bozeman Media)
May 9, 2008: JFH ANNOUNCES THE RE-LAUNCH OF INDIE MUSIC SECTION (Bozeman Media)
February 12, 2008: JFH SELECTS THE TOP UPCOMING ALBUMS OF 2008... (Bozeman Media)
August 29, 2007: JFH Celebrates 11th Anniversary... (Bozeman Media)
Why the name "Jesus freak Hideout?"
We get this question quite often about the name "Jesus freak Hideout" (note: Hideout is one word, not "hide out"), and we would like people to understand that our name is more just a 'catchy' name than anything else. However, the "JFH" has become symbolic for being a gathering place for all who wish to come - for all the "Jesus Freaks" (or 'ardent enthusiasts' for Jesus) on the world wide web to come and not hide, but to gather, fellowship, and learn about Christ and the music which was made to glorify Him.
The origin of the name isn't too exciting. While chatting online in 1996, John, the creator of the Hideout, had gone by one of the many variations of "Jesus Freak" screen names dc Talk fans would often use at the time the album Jesus Freak was new. NetCentral.net chat rooms were then offering free private chat rooms, and although it was never used, DiBiase created his own "Jesus Freak Hideout," never having any inkling about what the name would come to symbolize or be used for in the years ahead...
Our Review & Interview Policy
The JFH Staff writers adhere to strict journalistic standards. Our editorial staff is independent of any artist/record label/management firm. All artist interviews are arranged through the artist's management/publicist/label and are recorded and transcribed for true accuracy.
For a list of Jesusfreakhideout.comô staff members, complete with profiles, please visit our staff pages.
What is with that little cartoon character? Who's "Lloyd?"
Many often wonder what the deal is with the little cartoon character that graces the top of many of the sections (and has his own called "Lloyd's Crazy Captions"). This is Lloyd, a chipmunk character DiBiase began drawing in 1994. For a little more information about Lloyd, visit his staff page.
Contacting Jesus freak Hideout
Please send all correspondence via our through our email form. We'll do our best to get back to you as soon as possible. Thank you!
"How Do I Submit A Demo For Review?"
For everything you need to know about submitting an indie release for review, please see our Indie Music Sumission process.
You Can Help JFH - Donate Today!
It costs us to keep JFH updated regularly and on the web, so if you feel like you would like to help us or give back, please feel free to donate to Jesusfreakhideout.com. You can send support directly using PayPal with our PayPal.me link!
NOTE: Due to the volume of music we receive to review, the only way we can guarantee a review for your album is to submit it through our Indie Music Sumission process. Thank you for your understanding. If you would like to correspond with us, please email us through our contact form. Also, please keep in mind we are NOT a band (and never have been). You cannot contact any band or musician through any of our addresses. Thank you!
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