As a music company, we put a lot of emphasis on Christian radio airplay. We feel like it’s still the best way to give our artist a platform to reach the masses. That being said, there’s a whole other side to Christian music than what’s popular in the church or on your local Christian radio station.
I wanted to share with you some songs that I’ve run across in the last few months. These are just some tunes written by, or for believers, and that might not fall into the typical Christian music listener demographic.
I met Jason at a GMA event last Summer. His first full-lenth just released in March. This whole record is very progressive in it’s worship styles, but has been a staple for me in quiet times. It’s both epic and delicate in melody and lyric. For fans of Gungor and Jesus Culture.
For anyone who is, has been, or is thinking about getting married, this song is a must have. Yeah, Yeah, I know what you’re thinking. Shameless Centricity plug. AP’s new record drops 7.27.10 by the way. This song has really helped me put my new marriage in perspective though. Plus, the song has a timeless feel reminiscent of Phil Collins.
Been following this young band for about a year now. Everytime they release a new song (which they post free downloads on their website) they continue to get better. This song has a unique blend of rap/pop/electronica and lyrically has some really great metaphors for the youth culture. For fans of Muse and Passion Pit.
This song was made popular by Kim Walker and more recently David Crowder. There is something to be said about songs being done by the original songwriter/artist in the way it was originally intended. Extremely powerful song that is starting to make its way into the church. JMM’s solo record takes a hard left turn from the mainstream and displays some very unique songs such as “Skeleton Bones” which has a Ryan Adams & The Cardinals feel.
A recent trend in our Christian music culture has been bands that are not labeled as Christian bands, but we claim them in our industry because they may have Christian themes or content. Bands like The Fray, U2 and Coldplay. This 30 Seconds To Mars record is full of questions and observations about Faith. Musically its anthemic and inspiring. I would love to know your thoughts on the lyric, and if it’s something we as a Christian culture should be claiming or embracing?
More tunes to come soon…