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Six “Christian Artists” You Need To Know

Decypher Down-I got to do photography and co-interview them for my internship at a Christian Radio Station
Decypher Down-I got to do photography and co-interview them for my internship at a Christian Radio Station

You’re probably thinking, “Why did you put Christian Artist in quotations?” I just think it’s weird to be categorized as a Christian artist. It almost makes it sound as if you aren’t Christian enough [that’s no such thing!] if you’re not marketing directly toward the Contemporary Christian Music realm. In my little ole’ opinion, there are so many unique “Christian artists” that don’t get airtime on Christian radio for either marketing purposes or radios don’t pick them up. I have a lot of theories for why they don’t get picked up, but I’ll just share my favorite theory.

One: most Christian radio stations are listener supported. What does that mean? That means that listeners fund the station. No support, no station. So, who is their target audience? People who like music yes, but mainly the target audience is moms. Moms want their kids to listen to music that’s wholesome and Christ-centered (amen!). And moms generally have a little extra income to support something that impacts their family directly. And that’s great! I’m thankful for you moms!

Now, before people say, “Mary, why are you hatin’ on these moms?” I most certainly am not blaming moms for the lack of diversity on CCM stations. I’m blaming the Contemporary Christian Music industry. Y’all give these moms some street cred, bruh. They ride deep. I promise if you play something other than the same G, C, D, E/F# chord progression they’ll love it. For instance, it took forever, but finally fresh artists like Rend Collective Experiment, Audrey Assad, and All Sons & Daughters are getting some airtime. And trust me on this one, if mom’s can handle RCE’s Flogging Molly stick? Jumping Jacks? Jingling Johnny, they can handle these next six artists.

Here’s a list of artists that even though they aren’t getting played on the radio, you need to check them out. Why? Because missing out on musicians like Lecrae because the owner of a station doesn’t know who he is is just plain wrong [TRUE STORY]. It’s straight up gospel of Jesus Christ doe….

  • {ONE} 1-1-6 Clique: There are some stations that will play Lecrae, but overall the only hip-hip heard on Christian Radio is Toby Mac. I’m not hating. I’m juuuuust sayiinnnn. Check out Lecrae, Tedashi, and Trip Lee for sure. **Click on their names to open up a YouTube video of my favorites from each person.
  • {TWO} Page CXVI: If you grew up singing hymns, you’ll love this band. Actually, I didn’t grow up listening to hymns, and I love the way this band has revamped old hymns. So good. I have almost every one of their CDs. Hymns are some of my favorite, most doctrinally sound worship music to listen to. It’s a different feel than most modern worship songs that tend to focus on self, or emotions, and not on exalting Christ. So, check these people out!
  • {THREE} Brooks Ritter: His voice though… It has such a deep, rich texture to it. I love his EP with Sojourn called The War. It was not a miss at all. His rendition of Rock of Ages is one of my favorites. I also really like “Good Day”, if you have any Memphis Blues in your soul you’ll appreciate this one.
  • {FOUR} Soul Survivor: Okay, so this isn’t really a band. It’s a funny story how I stumbled across this ministry! Simon, a friend from Senegal, lives in the UK. He went to an event put on by SS where Rend Collective led worship. It popped up in my newsfeed, and since I’m RCE’s BIGGEST FAN, I researched what SS was. While researching I stumbled upon their music. One of the worship leaders, Beth Croft, is amazing. And one of my new favorite songs is performed by a guy named Sam Bailey. The song is “One Touch.” [sidenote: when he says “Hi, my name is Sam,” I always want to follow it with “Samwise Gamgee.” #LOTRNERDAMIRITE]
  • {FIVE} Josh Garrels: Okay, this is one of those “Christian Artist” things. Christian undertones, but not labeled as a Christian artist. [Which I think is fine. Plenty of other bands do this like Needtobreathe, Switchfoot, and Gungor]. But really, check this guy out because he’s awesome! Unique lyrics, yet surprisingly so hopeful!
  • {SIX} Shelly Moore: Y’all. Refreshment to my soul. I cannot tell you how much I love her Unraveling cd. It’s the best $10 I’ve ever spent. She’s a singer-songwriter based out of Raleigh. I first heard about her through my friend Michelle Wijaya and then my friend LB! You will not regret buying any of her music.

Anyways, I hope this was interesting and helpful! I love new music and discovering new artists. Comment below with some artists that you love that aren’t getting enough radio time. Maybe we can change that!

Like always, thanks for reading. Thanks for sharing.

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

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…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?

Sleeping At Last

Here’s a quick post about one of my favorite bands, Sleeping At Last. I stumbled upon them a little over a year ago through a hang out session with my bff Jessica. At first I was like, eh. They’re okay. And then I got their CD Storyboards. And I cannot STOP listening to it. And I really like their merch too, like this awesome shirt.

Awesome Sleeping At Last Shirt
I want this.

So, enjoy this song. YouTube other Sleeping At Last songs, if you wanna get a better feel for their stuff. They won’t disappoint.

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.”

Sunday :)

I’m pretty sure today is my first Sunday on this blog! Happy Sunday everyone! Today was a pretty good day. I went to church at Bethel Brentwood (which is always amazing). I really like that church because I feel like it really has a healthy balance of what the body of Christ looks like. It has old people, young, black, white, Asian, etc. I really, really love that about Bethel. It’s so great!

I got to eat lunch with Jess and her friend Rebekah at McAlister’s. Normally, I’m not too fond of McAlister’s but today it was so darn tasty! This could be due to the fact that I hadn’t eaten since 6:00 p.m. the day before, but instead we’ll give McAlister’s some credit 🙂

After church and lunch, I had to head back towards my side of the state. I enjoy car rides in the late summer/early fall. Today’s car ride was an adventure. It ended up taking me an extra hour to get home due to traffic. It didn’t help that I’m directionally challenged, and I “enjoy” finding new and creative ways to get lost. However, during that extra hour I did get a chance to listen to a new CD I bought last week.

Here’s a picture from my drive. Tenn. is one of the prettiest states. I promise! (Sorry the quality of the photo stinks. I was using my phone!)

Now, I’m back home. 🙂 I’m about to go to sleep in my new room. It feels weird that this is going to be my home for the next 9 months (possibly more). Before I lived here, I was kind of bouncing around couches until I could move back to this side of the state. And before project, I was bouncing around couches until I left for my trip. To be in one spot for several months feels weird to me! “Is this real life?”-little kid who had teeth pulled.

Well, tomorrow I start my first day of my 2nd to last semester of college. I’m excited for tomorrow and I’m excited to first start my day off with God, and then to spend it in prayer with Aimee. We’re going to be praying hardcore tomorrow. I know both of our hearts are in weird places when it comes to school. It’ll be nice to have a friend who understands that!

Anywho, Wish me luck! Pray that I actually get up on time and make it there! 🙂