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Mary Nikkel: Founder and Manager
I have a deep and abiding love for writing, photography, videography, and rock and roll, all of which led to spending four years as Associate Editor for NewReleaseToday.com, the largest Christian music website online.
I’ve had the privilege of supporting thousands of releases by a diverse range of artists as well as managing some of the best review writers in Christian music. Now in addition to growing my passion project Rock On Purpose, I’m serving as a freelance writer and photographer, still passionate about music that makes us think deeper and love more.
Matt Durlin: Lead Contributor
Since starting out in the late 1990s and early 2000s as a part time Disc Jockey for multiple college radio stations, including WVMM in Grantham, PA, I have been covering Christian rock and roll as both a DJ and writer on and off. Over the years, I’ve had the privilege to interview artists like Trevor McNevan of Thousand Foot Krutch, Kevin Max of dc Talk and Mark Lee of Third Day, among others.
After covering the rock beat and doing occasional reviews for New Release Today for the last year, I’m now teaming up with a rock-focused site, rockonpurpose.live, contributing anything from news and reviews to features and sharing stories of hope.
Gina Rose Monahan: Contributing Photographer
I’ve been captivated by music since I could walk. My dad was a drummer and he shared his love of music with me at a young age. When I was in high school, I found that I could capture my love of concerts through pictures, and embarked on a journey to learn concert photography. Being in front of incredible bands, camera in hand, is one of the most amazing feelings in the world.
Breanne Ciccone: Contributing Photographer
I’ve been fascinated by photography since I was young when my dad was a photographer. As I started going to Christian concerts, I always brought a camera with me, but it wasn’t until 2013 that I got more seriously into photography. I bought my first DSLR, then in 2014 I made it onto the photography team at Creation Festival NW. Since then, I have made many great friends, both musicians and fans. My love for concert photography grows with every opportunity. I love being involved in the ministries of these bands and helping to promote them. I look forward to continuing that passion by teaming up with Rock On Purpose!