I find it very soothing when someone on a competition show sings a song like Amazing Grace. The secularization of music sometimes makes us forget that, by and large, many forms of music originated in church. From Christmas tunes to songs of strength (i.e., You Raise Me Up by Josh Groban), music with a spiritual twist has the power to uplift the masses.
I got curious one day and ventured into the Christian music world (thanks, iTunes), and I liked what I saw. I’d like to introduce you to a few Christian artists I’ve come to know and love, and I hope you’ll love them, too.
Jeremy Camp has a pop-rock sound and a strong, passionate voice. (And may I mention he’s kind of a looker? Can I do that?) One of my most favorite songs of his, with over 2 million hits on YouTube, is Same Power. The strength of his lyrics brings me peace, and my whole family enjoys his music. His most recent album, I Will Follow, is available on iTunes. And I must also mention that he’s currently touring with former American Idol star, Mandisa.
Sounds Most Like: Daughtry
I rarely play music on repeat, but Chris Tomlin’s At the Cross is a song I’m guilty of repeating. He has the power to subdue even the most savage beast. He’s also on tour this summer, hitting major venues like the LA Forum and Madison Square Garden. Do your soul a favor and check out his tenth album, Love Ran Red.
Sounds Most Like: The Calling
Hillsong United is a beautiful co-ed musical group born at Hillsong Church in Australia. And both the church and their band have grown their reach all over the world. Their original music is breathtaking, and they (lucky you!) are also currently on tour. Check out their most recent album, Empires, on iTunes.
Sounds Most Like: Lady Antebellum
Casting Crowns is Christian music on which my husband and I both agree. And that says a lot. Existing on a steady diet of Chevelle and Shinedown, getting him to sign onto praise and worship was a tall order. We both enjoy their strong harmonies and gritty rock style. Check out their album, Thrive, which has been in my revolving lineup since the first time I heard it.
Sounds Most Like: Nickelback
Twenty-eight year old songwriter Francesca Battistelli, is my girl-power Christian artist. She’s fresh, vivacious, and writes standout, modern, relatable lyrics. Her albums encourage faith, truth, and inner strength, and her single Free to Be Me is a wonderful gift for any young woman in your life. Check out my favorite album of hers, If We’re Honest.
Sounds Most Like: Shania Twain
Lauren Daigle’s my favorite Christian music personality. Chock-full of southern charm and a raucous sense of humor, Lauren’s music brings a smile to my face. Please don’t make me choose a favorite song of hers – I love them all! Her music gives me courage when I’m in need. Check out How Can It Be, her most recent release, but most of all, check out her Instagram, because she’s rather adorable.
Sounds Most Like: Faith Hill
For King & Country
For King & Country are crossover artists having found their way into the pop scene. Their single, Fix My Eyes, I heard once and immediately had to download. Try ‘em, if you haven’t already. I promise you’ll like ‘em.
Sounds Most Like: Imagine Dragons
I fell in love with Kari Jobe since I first heard a song of hers during a church service. Her music is not only moving, but also very beautiful. Check her out on tour or on iTunes, and my favorite from her, Revelation Song.
Sounds Most Like: Stevie Nicks
Matt Redman is a singer-songwriter from the south coast of England. And, like Chris Tomlin, I can listen to him on repeat. Catch him on tour with Chris Tomlin at Worship Night in America, all across the country this summer. I love all his music, but the song that holds the largest place in my heart is 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)
Sounds Most Like: David Cook
Nashville-based Sidewalk Prophets carefully toe the line between a pop and country sound. They’re young, hip, and relevant, and this can be heard clearly in Save My Life. Check out their new-and-improved website for summer tour dates, merchandise, and music.
Sounds Most Like: Rascall Flats
This post originally appeared at SheKnows.com.
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