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Christian Music Is Now Bland

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Posted on Jul 12, 2012, 1:08:26 AM PDT
Getting back to the original posting, pretty much all the bands listed are the definition of CCM (Christian Contemporary Music), which is pretty much it's own genre in the whole of Christian music. The genre itself is made up of slower, acoustic-style worship songs, and when you come across most CCM stations, that's all you are going to hear. Therefore, the variety is limited because you aren't going to hear music across several genres, like you would hear on a secular pop station (where you'd probably hear hip-hop, dance, alternative, classic rock, etc.). Some Christian stations open themselves up to allow some slower alternative rock in (Switchfoot, Newsboys), but you aren't going to find anything more aggressive than that. The music industry (as far as the airwaves are concerned) have done Christian music a huge disservice in this way. For example, most of the music I listen to is Christian metal, yet the last time I checked (maybe 3 years ago), Sirius and XM had 0 stations for anything harder than middle of the road alternative in Christian music. 80% of the metal bands I listen to I have never heard on the radio, and the other 20% have been heard on secular radio stations.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 12, 2012, 6:59:16 AM PDT
Kevin Davis says:
Thanks Daniel, very interesting conversation and you've hit the nail on the head with why CCM radio-only songs are bland as they are generally about the same 150 Adult Contemporary songs by about the same 50 artists, almost none of whom I'd rank as my favorite musical artists who have a saving faith in Jesus Christ. Based on that definition of artists of faith making good and edifying music, my favorite artists are NEEDTOBREATHE, Jars of Clay, Downhere, House of Heroes, Sara Groves, Bebo Norman, Jessa Anderson, Christa Wells, JJ Heller and Audrey Assad. You'll barely hear any of them on Christian radio.

Posted on Jul 13, 2012, 11:24:32 AM PDT
Here is some salt for you CD put this artist on your CD plate ReBirth Of The Mind by Christian artist 2nd Timothy 3:16

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 19, 2012, 10:08:13 PM PDT
Could I suggest this brand new album produced by Pastor Clint Brown. I am a little biased because I am part of the team that made this collection. Released about a week ago called: Judah Nation. It features artist Clint Brown on several cuts and the FaithWorld Judah musicians/ singers.... Several styles on here, Start with the sample of the instrumental intro... It is not your typical milk toast accoustic strum. If you like it... try a little more. Thanks for the listen. Judah Nation

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 4, 2012, 8:09:02 PM PDT
Greg Brady says:
Actually many of the Jesus movement bands went out of their way to play places (i.e. open air free shows at a local park) where it was reasonable to suspect a significant portion of those onlooking might be non-Christians. I know Agape,Resurrection Band (later Rez) and Larry Norman all did this. Undoubtedly, there were others but those come to mind first and I would bet there are still bands that do this today.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 4, 2012, 8:13:46 PM PDT
Greg Brady says:
Er, I listen to a good deal of "secular" Top 40 radio so I just want to reality check that there really isn't a ton of "variety" there either. It's predominantly rap, hip-hop influenced R&B, or teen/tween pop with a smattering of harder rock and alternative crossover here and there. Top 40 hasn't been very wide-ranging from a genre standpoint since the early 70s.

That having been said, yes Christian AC/pop (which is probably around 80% of any Christian music formatted stations in the U.S.) could stand for more variety musically....but it's not like there's some huge sonic palette on the airwaves at the Top 40 station elsewhere on the dial either.

Posted on Aug 6, 2012, 6:11:36 AM PDT
Thank you, Greg Brady.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 14, 2012, 11:01:39 PM PDT
Barb Oree says:
i've never heard christian metal. what makes this genre christian?

Posted on Aug 14, 2012, 11:50:09 PM PDT
Barb Oree says:
a lot of recommendations are being tossed out here and a few genres. i started listening to ccm three years ago when our only "gospel" radio station changed it's format completely. there was no alternative, so i gave ccm a try and after about 3 or 4 tries i started paying attention. i heard pcd's You Are God Alone and it hit me hard. i still enjoy ccm because it changed my life. i think there's still a great purpose to this genre even though it seems to become cookie cutter music sometimes. multiple songs on an artist's album tend to sound alike. artists share song titles and similar song lyrics, sometimes within a short time span. what i do is instead of following a certain band or artist, i follow individual songs. no more (stuck on the singer). the song has to hit me hard or I'm board. thanks to youtube, i've discovered a lot of good music in other christian genres. i'll always be greatful to ccm though.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2012, 10:11:22 PM PST
God's Shift says:
What do You think of these if you think the others are bland: Take Me to the King (L.O.Y.A.L.T.Y. Plugged Remix) [feat. Tamela Mann Choir & Brother Xavier Hope] or As Long As You Love Me (feat. Justin B & Minister Stevie Tee) and last Glad You Came (feat. The Wanted)

Posted on Dec 6, 2012, 2:02:40 PM PST
David Ausman says:
I'm trying a different approach with my instrumental music. It would be terrific if some of you would try it: 'Journey to Heaven and Back" by myself, David Ausman. It's a single and I based it on the theme by the current best selling book by that doctor who was in a coma and had some pretty amazing experiences while he was technically brain dead.

Posted on Dec 15, 2012, 5:34:23 PM PST
D. Boe says:
I agree that so much of Christian music is a worse version of pop music..but try Allyson Adair's new album Lark Song. You will love it if you're looking for a quality voice and interesting music and lyrics.Lark Song

Posted on Dec 15, 2012, 5:36:26 PM PST
D. Boe says:
I agree that so much of Christian music is a worse version of pop music..but try Allyson Adair's new album Lark Song. You will love it if you're looking for a quality voice and interesting music and lyrics.Lark Song

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2013, 12:48:32 AM PST
Alan says:
Check out a song called Breathe by a new group named Seven Years...Pretty cool song. I also like the song I Will Wait on that same album. Different and unique compared to the other stuff on Christian radio but maybe not everybody's taste. Time to Change
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