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Encyclopedia > Contemporary Christian music
Christian music
Stylistic origins: A variety of genres evolving from Jesus music.
Cultural origins: 1960s United States
Typical instruments: Electric guitar, Bass guitar, Drums, Keyboard, Synthesizers
Mainstream popularity: Continuous from 1990s
Subgenres
Christian alternative rock · Christian bubblegum pop · Christian electronic music · Christian hardcore · Christian hip hop · Christian metal · Christian punk · Christian rock · Christian soft rock · Christian ska
Other topics
Christian entertainment industry · Christian girl group · Worship music

Contemporary Christian Music (or CCM; also by its religious neutral term "inspirational music") is a genre of popular music which is lyrically focused on matters concerned with the Christian faith. The term is typically used to refer to the Nashville, Tennessee-based pop, rock, and worship Christian music industry, currently represented by artists such as Amy Grant, Avalon, Chris Tomlin, Jars of Clay, Jeremy Camp, MercyMe, Michael W. Smith, Petra, Rebecca St. James, Steven Curtis Chapman, Third Day, and a host of others. The industry is represented in Billboard Magazine's "Top Christian Albums" and "Hot Christian Songs" charts,[1] as well as the iTunes Music Store's "Christian & Gospel" genre. Image File history File links Unbalanced_scales. ... Shortcut: WP:NPOVD Articles that have been linked to this page are the subject of an NPOV dispute (NPOV stands for Neutral Point Of View; see below). ... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... 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The term synthesiser is also used to mean frequency synthesiser, an electronic system found in communications. ... Christian alternative rock Christian bubblegum pop Christian hardcore Christian industrial Christian rap Christian metal Christian pop rock Christian punk Christian rock Christian soft rock Christian ska Christian worship music Cprog Categories: ... Christian alternative music is a form of alternative rock music lyrically grounded in a Christian worldview. ... Christian bubblegum pop (Christian bubblegum rock, Christian bubblegum music) is a genre of Christian popular music and Christian rock and roll. ... Christian electronic music is Christian music which employs electronic music. ... Christian hardcore is a form of hardcore and metalcore music and a subgenre of punk rock played by bands where the musicians promote Christian beliefs. ... Christian Hip Hop (originally Gospel Rap, also known as Holy Hip Hop or Christ hop) is a form of hip hop music which uses Christian themes to express the songwriters faith. ... Christian metal is a form of heavy metal music and its many subgenres with Christian lyrics and themes. ... Christian punk is a form of Christian alternative music and a subgenre of punk rock with some degree of Christian lyrical content. ... Christian rock (occasionally abbreviated CR) is a form of rock music played by bands whose members are Christian and who often focus the lyrics on matters concerned with the Christian faith. ... Christian soft rock, also referred to as Christian lite rock, Christian easy rock, and Christian mellow rock, is a style of music which uses the techniques of rock and roll to compose a softer, supposedly more ear-pleasing sound for listening, often at work. ... The Christian entertainment industry consists of a large number of sub-industries devoted to Christian entertainment. ... A Christian girl group, as the name implies, is a musical group featuring a group consisting usually of young female singers, singing mostly Christian pop and R&B songs. ... Worship music is a style of Christian music that is commonly used to denote songs that are used to worship God and set in a choral music style, usually with repeating, short, easily sung chorus parts. ... Political correctness is the alteration of language to redress real or alleged injustices and discrimination or to avoid offense. ... For the music genre, see Pop music. ... 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Amy Lee Grant (born November 25, 1960 in Augusta, Georgia) is an American singer-songwriter, best known for her Contemporary Christian Music and pop music, as well as a New York Times Bestselling author, TV personality, and occasional actress. ... Avalon is a Contemporary Christian group. ... Chris Tomlin is a Christian worship leader and songwriter from Grand Saline, Texas, United States. ... Jars of Clay is a rock band from Franklin, Tennessee. ... Jeremy Camp is a Christian vocalist and guitarist. ... Mercy Me is also the title of a song by Alkaline Trio from the album Crimson. ... // Michael Whitaker Smith (born October 7, 1957, to Paul and Barbara Smith in Kenova, West Virginia), often nicknamed Smitty, is a Christian singer, songwriter, guitarist, and keyboardist. ... Petra, which means rock, massive in Greek, is a Christian Rock band formed in the 1970s. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... 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The term "Contemporary Christian Music" originated in the late 1960s in reference to the emerging pop and rock "Jesus music", the musical outpouring of the hippie Jesus Movement of the time.[2] The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969. ... For other uses, see Pop music (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... Jesus music, also known as gospel beat music in the United Kingdom, is a style of Christian music which originated on the West Coast of the United States in the late 1960s and early 1970s as part of the Jesus movement before the Christian music industry had begun to take... Singer of a modern Hippie movement in Russia The hippie subculture was a youth movement that began in the United States during the mid-1960s and spread around the world. ... For the first century movement surrounding Jesus of Nazareth, see Early Christianity The Jesus movement was the major Christian element within the hippie counterculture, or, conversely, the major hippie element within the Christian Church. ...


There is also a great deal of popular music which lyrically identifies with Christianity but is not normally considered Contemporary Christian Music.[2] For example, many punk, hardcore, and holy hip-hop groups deal explicitly with issues of faith but are not a part of the Nashville industry (e.g., Seattle-based Tooth and Nail Records). Also, several mainstream music artists sometimes deal with Christian themes in their work, such as Bob Dylan, Creed, Lifehouse, The Fray, and U2, but fall outside of the CCM genre.[2] For the music genre, see Pop music. ... Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations · Other religions Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Luther Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Archbishop of Canterbury · Catholic Pope Coptic Pope · Ecumenical Patriarch Christianity Portal This box:      Christianity is... Christian punk is a form of Christian alternative music and a subgenre of punk rock with some degree of Christian lyrical content. ... Christian hardcore is a form of hardcore and metalcore music and a subgenre of punk rock played by bands where the musicians promote Christian beliefs. ... Christian hip hop (originally gospel rap, also known as holy hip hop or Christ hop) is a form of hip hop music which uses Christian themes to express the songwriters faith. ... City nickname Emerald City City bird Great Blue Heron City flower Dahlia City mottos The City of Flowers The City of Goodwill City song Seattle, the Peerless City Mayor Greg Nickels County King County Area   - Total   - Land   - Water   - % water 369. ... Tooth & Nail Records is a record label. ... This article is about the recording artist. ... This article is about the American Post-grunge band. ... Lifehouse is an alternative rock band from the United States. ... The Fray is a four-piece piano rock band from Denver, Colorado. ... This article is about the Irish rock band. ...

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Controversy

Contemporary Christian music has been a topic of controversy in various ways since its beginnings in the 1960s.[2] Some conservative Christians feel that the medium of popular music is unholy, and thus unfit for Christian participation. For example, the Christian college Bob Jones University prohibits its dormitory students from listening to CCM.[3] Other noted Christian critics of CCM include Dan Lucarini (the author of the book Why I Left the Contemporary Christian Music Movement) and Kimberly Smith (author of the books Oh Be Careful Little Ears and Let Those Who Have Ears to Hear). Also, some simply find the concept of Christian pop/rock music to be an unusual phenomenon, since rock music has historically been associated with themes such as sexual promiscuity, rebellion, drug and alcohol use, and other topics normally considered antithetical to the teachings of Christianity.[2]Perhaps the most well-known (and humorous) defense to this criticism is a quote from a 19th century Methodist minister Rowland Hill: "Why should the devil have all the good music?". Bob Jones University (BJU) is a private, Protestant Fundamentalist, liberal arts university in Greenville, South Carolina. ... “Promiscuous” redirects here. ... Look up rebellion in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For other uses, see Drug (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Rowland Hill (1744-1833), was a popular English preacher and enthusiastic evangelical. ...


In contrast, some writers from the Reformed Presbyterian tradition, such as Brian Schwertley, assert that CCM violates the second commandment and the Regulative Principle of Worship because it adds man-made inventions, lyrics and instrumental music to the biblically appointed way of worshipping God.[4] An example of exclusive psalmody is the Church of Scotland from the Reformation until the twentieth century, in which there was only the a capella singing of the psalms. The regulative principle of worship is a Christian theological doctrine teaching that the public worship of God should include those and only those elements that are instituted, commanded, or appointed by command or example in the Bible; that God institutes in Scripture everything he requires for worship in the Church... Exclusive psalmody is the particular worship practice of some churches in using the Book of Psalms from the Bible as the only manual of songs that may be sung in their services. ...

See also: Social effects of rock and roll

The massive popularity and worldwide scope of rock and roll resulted in an unprecedented level of social impact. ...

Further reading

  • Alfonso, Barry. The Billboard Guide to Contemporary Christian Music. Billboard Books, 2002.
  • Beaujon, Andrew (2006). Body Piercing Saved My Life: Inside the Phenomenon of Christian Rock. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Da Capo Press. ISBN 0-306-81457-9. 
  • Di Sabatino, David. The Jesus People Movement: An Annotated Bibliography and General Resource. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood, 1999.
  • Du Noyer, Paul (2003). "Contemporary Christian Music", The Billboard Illustrated Encyclopedia of Music. New York City: Billboard Books, 422-423. ISBN 0-8230-7869-8. 
  • Flux, Chris. Music Evangelism: Spreading the Gospel through Music. Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse, 2006. http://www.musicevangelism.com
  • Granger, Thom. CCM Presents: The 100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music. Nashville: CCM Books, 2001.
  • Hendershot, Heather (2004). "Why Should the Devil Have all the Good Music? Christian Music and the Secular Marketplace", Shaking the World for Jesus: Media and Conservative Evangelical Culture. Chicago, Illinois: University of Chicago Press. ISBN 0-226-32679-9. 
  • Howard, Jay R; Streck, John M. (1999). Apostles of Rock: The Splintered World of Contemporary Christian Music. Lexington, Kentucky: The University of Kentucky Press. ISBN 081319086X. 
  • Joseph, Mark. The Rock and Roll Rebellion: Why People of Faith Abandoned Rock Music-- And Why They're Coming Back. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 1999.
  • Kyle, Richard (2006). "If You Can't Beat 'em Join 'em", Evangelicalism : an Americanized Christianity. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Transaction Publishers, 281-286. ISBN 0-7658-0324-0. 
  • Mount, Daniel J. (2005). A City on a Hilltop? The History of Contemporary Christian Music. Retrieved on 2007-02-12. 
  • Powell, Mark Allan (2002). Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music. Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson Publishers. ISBN 1-56563-679-1. 
  • Pruitt, Jim (2003). Contemporary Christian Musician's Survival Manual. Lulu. ISBN 1-4116-0117-3. 
  • Romanowski, William D. Eyes Wide Open: Looking for God in Popular Culture. Brazos Press, 2001.
  • Young, Shawn David, M.A., Hippies, Jesus Freaks, and Music (Ann Arbor: Xanedu/Copley Original Works, 2005. ISBN 1-59399-201-7.

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Notes

  1. ^ Best Selling Christian Singles and Albums. Billboard Magazine. Retrieved on 2007-02-28.
  2. ^ a b c d e Powell, Mark Allan (2002). Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music, First printing, Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson Publishers, 10-13. ISBN 1-56563-679-1. 
  3. ^ BJU ~ Residence Hall Life. Bob Jones University. Retrieved on 2007-02-28.
  4. ^ Schwertley, Brian "Musical Instruments in the Public Worship of God"

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See also

Christian music Portal

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External links

  • Christian Music Central: Christian Music Videos
  • Christian30 Countdown Countdown of the hottest Christian pop music for young folk with a "bubblegum pop" MTV-like style.
  • The CCM Patrol - reviews and analysis of Christian music.
  • [1] Most Requested - the ultimate music video show for Christians
  • Christian Music Today
  • Christian Music Monthly
  • Christian Music Central
  • Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) Magazine
  • Idol Chatter: A blog on Christian music and religion in pop culture
  • Experience The Diversity
  • Jesus Freak Hideout
  • Christian Music Review - Reviews of contemporary Christian albums, artists discographies, biographical information, music videos and etc.

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