7 Pop Songs That Could Be Played On Christian Radio

When I was living in Senegal, Africa a teammate and I used to listen to mainstream songs and find ones that could be worship music. [Celine Dion’s CDs are a great place to start.] There were other songs that I took and would transform the lyrics a bit and make into a really funny Christian parody. I mean really, what would you do with your time during power outages and long drives across uninhabited land?

K-Love, Way-FM, J103… you’re welcome for these song suggestions. A little variety never hurt anybody. {Let’s be honest, Christian radio desperately needs variety.} So, let’s get on to the top seven pop songs that could be played on Christian Radio:

1. “Safe And Sound” by Capital Cities

And every person on www.beardedgospelmen.net said, "AMEN!"
And every person on http://www.beardedgospelmen.net said, “AMEN!”

“I could show you love;

In a tidal wave of mystery;

You’ll still be standing next to me.”

love, Jesus

2. “What About Now” by Westlife

They kind of look like the Pastors at Calvary Chapel Chattanooga. Pastor Erik did you also do a stint as a Westlifer!? (second dude from the left)
They kind of look like the Pastors at Calvary Chapel Chattanooga. Pastor Erik did you also do a stint as a Westlifer!? (second dude from the left)

I mean, let’s be honest, this sounds like the perfect altar call song. I Have Decided is out, What About Now is in! Am I right Southern Baptist preachers? WAHOO SBC!

“This broken heart can still survive 

with a touch of Your grace

Shadows fade into the light

‘I am by your side where love will find you.’”

Love, God

3. “Wake Me Up” by Avicii

This is what I imagine the services at Hillsong to be like...
This is what I imagine the services at Hillsong to be like…

I think I first heard this at Awaken Ministries, or was it at Adrenaline? Or was it at Extreme, Velocity, Ignite, the Edge, the Ramp, Fire, Courageous, Passion, Echo, Reverb, Anointed, Drive, Elevate, or Radiate??

“All this time I was finding myself, I didn’t know I was lost.”

Prodigal son…  so sweet.

4. “Don’t You Worry Child” by Swedish House Mafia

Wow! They so look like they could be the husbands to the Point of Grace girls. Match made innnn... HEAVEN! ;)
Wow! They so look like they could be the husbands to the Point of Grace girls. Match made innnn… HEAVEN! 😉

Seriously, Way-FM pick this up. “Heaven’s got a plan for you,” sounds like the first point to the KGP. Talking about a Holy Spirit rave: I’ll bring the glow sticks. No need for drugs. #moshforjesus

“There was a time

I used to look into my father’s eyes.

In a happy home

I was a king, I had a golden throne.” – Jesus talking about Heaven

“Those days are gone,

Now the memory’s on the wall.

I hear the songs

From the places where I was born.” – Jesus as an adult

“Upon a hill across a blue lake,

That’s where I had my first heartbreak.

I still remember how it all changed.”– Jesus at Calvary

5. “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri

Oh, she would so fit in at Mars Hill church. Don't you think Pastor Mark?!
Oh, she would so fit in at Mars Hill church. Don’t you think Pastor Mark?!

This is some Jesus Calling material. Sisters, you know what I’m talking about!

“I have died everyday waiting for you

Darling, don’t be afraid I have loved you

For a thousand years

I’ll love you for a thousand more

Time stands still

Beauty in all she is

I will be brave

I will not let anything take away

What’s standing in front of me.” -Jesus

6. “When I Look At You” by Miley Cyrus


…because we’ve all been there. Pit of despair, where’s my chocolate? This song really does have some great truth to it! I love it.

“When I look at You

I see forgiveness

I see the truth

You love me for who I am

Like the stars hold the moon

Right there where they belong

And I know I’m not alone”

7. “I Will Wait” by Mumford & Sons

Can you imagine worship at Awaken Church with M&S? Out of control.
Can you imagine worship at Awaken Church with M&S? Out of control.

I’m a huge M&S fan. Shamefully, my mom has seen them in concert more times than I have [she’s cooler]. But this song sounds like a psalm. Psalm 27:14 to be exact.

“So tame my flesh

And fix my eyes

A tethered mind freed from the lies

And I’ll kneel down, 

Wait for now

I’ll kneel down,

Know my ground

Raise my hands

Paint my spirit gold

And bow my head

Keep my heart slow

‘Cause I will wait, I will wait for you

So that’s my list of pop songs that could be played on Christian radio.

What are some songs that’d you would add to this list?


Audrey Assad

So, there’s this amazingly talented singer named Audrey Assad that I cannot stop listening to.  I love her voice, melodies, and organic feel. Her newest CD The House Your Building is amazing. You should check her stuff out. She’s on tour right now with Jars of Clay, Matt Maher, and Derek Webb.

I saw her on this clip of STOP THE NAKEDNESS‘s promo video and fell in love with her sound.

Enjoy this video clip of her singing live at K-LOVE (I know, I’m promoting another Christian radio station, sorry J103!).


So, the anticipation about STINT is building! I got an e-mail a few days ago to set up a phone interview. In 24 hours I will be on the phone with the lady who is reviewing my application. Be praying that goes well! 🙂 I’m so excited/nervous.

Anyways, I’ve signed up to be an intern with this organization called Care for Aids. It’s a non-profit organization that provides spiritual, emotional, and physical care for Kenyans who have HIV/AIDS. I got an e-mail from them yesterday and have set up a phone interview with them for next week! Basically, I think I’ll be more of a campus representative for the end of the semester. I’ll be collecting textbooks from students for CFA to resell. The money that CFA gets will go to support the organization. I’m stoked. So often college students (me included) are like, “I can’t give because I don’t have any money.” This is a great opportunity to give! We all have textbooks. And UTC only buys books back for $10 anyways. So, I encourage you to think about giving your old textbooks to CFA and help Kenyans with AIDS/HIV. 😉

Anyways, that’s about it. I’m at J103 right now. I’m trying to write an Artist Spotlight article on Francesca Battistelli. I’m having writers block. I figured writing about personal things might get the juices flowing. I hope it worked!


Artist Spotlight Number 2: Josh Wilson

So, I just completed my second article for J103’s webpage. It’s about this up-and-coming singer/songwriter Josh Wilson. He’s pretty cool. He seems legit. And his music is actually something I’d listen too. So, if you don’t know who he is, you should check him out on iTunes. Above is one of his more popular songs. I hope you like it.

Here’s a link to the story I wrote if you want to check that out.

Anyways, there’s a few awesome things going on in my life. One, I was asked to be on the panel of interns in a Communications 101 class (they are discussing internships?). I’m pretty excited about that. I do enjoy my internship, and I think that the faculty can see that. So, it’s good to be acknowledged for that.

Two, EXTREME HOME MAKEOVER EDITION is coming to my town! Wahoooo! So exciting! I think this will make this town a better place. Well, anyways the reason I’m talking about it today is because J103 is doing some stuff for it. So, hopefully I’ll be able to tag along in some of that and get extra hours for my internship. Maybe I’ll get to meet Ty. Or just help paint something. That would be cool too.

Three, I have not heard from Africa yet. It has only been three weeks and three days since I’ve applied, so they still have time. But, I’m impatient. I want to know things. And I want to know them right now. Is this God’s timing? Is this even in His will for me to go? I hope that it is, and pray that it is, but you never know. He might want me in seminary, or in Nashville, or…. here. I say that like, “Anywhere but here!” But I don’t mean that. I like here; I’m just ready for there. Contentment is not my thing, obviously.

Four, our Women’s Retreat is this weekend! 🙂 I’m so excited. I wasn’t able to go last year, so I’m really excited that I get to go this year. I’m doing the music, so that’ll be interesting. I love so many worship songs that I don’t think most people will know, but I need to pick ones people are familiar with. I’ll let you know how that goes.

I have so much homework that I’m behind on. French is kicking my derrière.

I need to stop blogging right now.

Intern Mary :)

I really love the sound of that. It does have some sort of ring to it, doesn’t it? Well, I’ve started my internship at a Christian radio station called J103. My first day was on Monday. It was awesome. My first assignment was to write an article on Matthew West for the J103 website. So, I researched info about him and wrote a little ditty.

On Wednesday, I uploaded the story to the website (all by myself!) and put in a video. If you are wanting to read it, it’s found on the Artist Spotlight page. And then I revamped the J103 Top Ten List. You should check that out! The top ten songs are links to Youtube videos of that song. So, go look around the site, listen a little, and tell me what you think!

I love web stuff. I’m such a nerd. But computer programs and web development are so fun to me. Who knew I’d be a techie? Anyways, I have class in an hour and am going to meet Mrs. Kate Duggan in 25 minutes!

Enjoy the rest of your day!

ps- I can’t wait to update you on The Maze and the impact it had on our campus! Get excited!

Shining the Light Alongside of J103

Well well well! You know who you’re looking at? That’s right! The brand spankin’ new intern for J103! I had an interview on December 2nd and just got the call today that they want me to be their intern this spring semester! 🙂 I’m so blessed to be Shining the Light alongside of J103. I can’t wait to start. Yay! I’m so excited. I’ll be updating you on when I start, how it’s going, what I am doing, etc.

I need to go study for my french final now. I have a 90.25% in the class. We’ll see how long this A lasts….. probably only 17 more hours. Bummer.

That’s okay. I’m an intern!!!


Thanksgiving Break Just Broke!

Hey Hey Hey!!

Thanksgiving break has officially started for me! YAY! No more school for six whole days! Praise the Lord.

Today has been great. I finished up reading Hebrews for the first time ever. If you haven’t read it before, I encourage you to do so. It’s probably one of my favorites. I like it because the author writes how I think. He presents something and then defends it with evidence and explains it. It’s very theologically appealing. I tend to read things and think, “Where’d that come from?” Hebrews tells you where the theology comes from. It’s awesome. If you like to ask where or why questions, check out Hebrews.

Anyways, yesterday we had a Communications meeting about our internships in the Spring. I was thinking, “Where in the world am I going to intern?” And all of the sudden I thought, “J103!” So, I sent J103 an e-mail asking who would be best to get in contact with about a possible internship. I’m crossing my fingers on this one.

Thursday, my grandma and I are driving up to Cincinnati to visit my step-dad’s family for Thanksgiving. I’m dreading the seven hour drive. For those of you who don’t know, I have a slight phobia of being in a car that someone else is driving. And by slight I mean extreme. I’m not a control freak at all…

I am excited to see my sisters, mom, and nephew though!! WAHOO!!! I haven’t seen my mom since April. That’s a long time. I haven’t seen my sisters since August. That’s not such a long time, but it’s long enough to miss them. I would love to post pictures, but I don’t have a camera. So, I probably won’t have new pictures. Sorry.

I’m going to do my French homework and work on papers so I can have fun playing games with my family! I’ll write to you all soon!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Psalm 75:1 “We give thanks to you, O God; we give thanks, for your name is near. We recount your wondrous deeds.”