PHOTOS: Stryper Going Strong on 2019 History Tour

Photos by: Ralph Fitzgerald/Screaming Art ©2019

Rocking for Jesus since 1984, the timeless Christian cross-over heavy metal band, Stryper, stopped at Phase 2 in Lynchburg, Virginia June 14th on their 2019 History Tour: Greatest Hits and Covers That Influenced Our Generation. Veteran music photographer, Ralph Fitzgerald of Screaming Art, was there to capture the action.

Still dominating the Christian hard rock/heavy metal scene, this Dove Award-winning and GRAMMY-nominated powerhouse has sold over 10 million records worldwide. Stryper is the first band with two songs in MTV’s Top 10 simultaneously with their hits “Free” and “Honestly.”

The band consists of original members Michael Sweet (vocals and guitar), Robert Sweet (drums), Oz Fox (guitar), and bassist Perry Richardson (formerly of the multi-platinum band Firehouse). “In the past 34 years, we’ve evolved into what we are now,” says Michael Sweet. “This is what we always really wanted to be. I love the progression. The story of Stryper is that of an underdog. We seem to go against the grain with everything we do, and our fans tend to be the same. They’re good hardworking people who believe in love, respect, and not conforming to the ways of the world.”

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About The Author

Annette Holloway
Staff Photographer

Annette Holloway is a music, portrait, sports and event photographer who has been contributing to CCM Magazine since 2016. Live concert photography and band/artist photoshoots occupy much of her time.  Her work has been published on numerous media outlets including Getty Images, Loudwire, Fox News, Rapzilla, Jam the Hype, ICON Sportswire,, Heaven’s Metal Magazine, and many more. She has also photographed the GMA Dove Awards and numerous concerts and festivals. Before diving into photography full time, she was a webmaster, church youth leader, robotics mentor, and NASA software engineer.  For more information about her photography, visit

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