Christian / Gospel Artists & Genres
By Kim Jones, About.com Guide
- Christian Music / Gospel 101
- Christian Music Playlists
- Live Music
- Music Videos
- Adult Contemporary
- Christian Rap
- Christian Rock
- Hard Rock / Metal / Metalcore
- Music for Children and Youth
- Praise & Worship
- Urban Gospel
- Behind the Music
- Christian Record Labels
- Popular Compilations
Christian Music / Gospel 101
Before we dive into sub-genres, find out what makes Christian Music Christian.
- Christian / Gospel Music Basics
- Christian Music History
- What Makes a Song, CD or Band Christian?
- Christian Artists - A to Z
- Female Christian Singers
- Best Christian Artists and Band Apps for Smartphones
- Best Christian Music Apps for Smartphones
- Christian Artists on Twitter
- Top Christian & Gospel Ringtones
Christian Music Playlists
Themed playlists and the top songs from your favorite bands and artists.
- Christian Music Playlists
- Christian Inspirational Playlist
- New Christian Songs
- Casting Crowns Songs
- Chris Tomlin Songs
- Jeremy Camp Songs
- MercyMe Songs
- Newsboys Songs
- Russ Taff Songs
- tobyMac Songs
- Christian Songs About Life
- Christian Songs About Miracles
- Christian Songs About One God
- Christian Songs About Peace
- Christian Songs of Worship
- Songs About God
- Songs for People Who Feel Separated From God
Listening to music in the comfort of your home, car or church is great, but there isn't anything quite like the feeling you get when you listen and worship with a few hundred or even a few thousand other believers.
- Christian Concerts - Who is on Tour Now?
- Best Christian Music Festivals
- Christian Music Festivals Held in June
- Christian Music Festivals Held in July
- Christian Music Festivals Held in August
We love our Christian Music videos and TV - both online and off.
Sometimes called "Easy Listening," AC music generally appeals more to adults, ages 35 - 50.
Christian rappers aka holy hip-hoppers ... they spit out rhymes like other rappers, but their words are deeper, more profound and definitely God-inspired.
- What is Christian Rap?
- Top Christian Rappers
- Dove Awards Rap History
- 2011 Readers' Choice Gospel Rap/Hip Hop Finalists
- Top 10 Christian / Gospel Rap Albums
- Rap / Hip-Hop Albums You May Not Know, But Should Know About
- Bobby Bishop
Christian rock bands delivering modern rock, alternative rock, southern rock and pop/punk rock - these bands offer it all!
- What is Modern Christian Rock?
- Dove Awards Contemporary Rock History
- Top Christian Rock Bands
- Essential Christian Rock Albums
- Bands Like BarlowGirl
- Christian Rock Radio
- Top Christian Rock Albums - March 2011
- 2011 Readers' Choice Christian Rock Finalists
- Summer Fun - Rock Playlist
- Audio Adrenaline
- Hawk Nelson
- If You Like Hawk Nelson, Check Out These Bands
- Jeremy Camp
- Kids in the Way
- Relient K
- Sanctus Real
- Third Day
- More Christian Rock Bands
Hard Rock / Metal / Metalcore
Hard rock fans, be they Christian or not, tend to like more edge to their music.
- What is Christian Hard Rock?
- Top Christian Hard Rock Bands
- 2011 Readers' Choice Hard Rock Finalists
- Top Christian Metal Bands
- 2011 Readers' Choice Extreme Metal Finalists
- Dove Awards Rock History
- Bands Like P.O.D.
- August Burns Red
- Day of Fire
- For Today
- Jonah33 (Gone but not Forgotten)
- The Devil Wears Prada
- More Christian Hard Rock & Metal Bands
As a style, Inspirational music really isn't a defined style that stands on its own. Inspo blends pop, contemporary, AC, hymns and even praise and worship, with or without the corporate worship elements and bands from several genres have released Inspirational songs or albums.
While all of that may lead to confusion with the definition, it certainly does give fans a lot of artists to choose from.
- What is Inspirational Music?
- Inspirational Starter Songs
- Dove Awards Inspirational History
- 2011 Readers' Choice Inspirational Finalists
- Franscesca Battistelli
Music for Children and Youth
While Sunday school has a great deal to do with our little ones learning the songs, another genre within Christian music that is especially for kids helps a great deal.
- Christian Music For Children
- Kids in Christian Music
- Top 10 VeggieTales Movies
- Precious Moments - 'Loving, Caring and Sharing'
- Precious Moments - 'Precious Lullabies'
- The Praise Baby Collection
- pureNRG - 'pureNRG'
- pureNRG - 'Here We Go Again'
- Jonas Brothers - 'It's About Time'
- Youth For Christ - 'Love Comes in All Colors'
- More Christian Bands For Kids
Using secular music terms, Christian pop/contemporary could easily be described as "Top 40." Pop music meets soft rock and voila! Pop/contemporary!
- What is Christian Pop/Contemporary Music?
- Dove Awards Pop / Contemporary History
- Top Christian Pop Bands
- Top 10 Christian Pop/Contemporary Albums
- 2011 Readers' Choice Pop/Contemporary Finalists
- Bebo Norman
- Casting Crowns
- Caedmon's Call
- Jaci Velasquez
- Matthew West
- Natalie Grant
- Point of Grace
- Steven Curtis Chapman
- Mark Schultz Starter Songs (Sheet Music)
- Songs of Summer 2009 (Playlist)
- More Christian Pop Bands
Praise & Worship
Praise and Worship is music that is commonly found in contemporary churches of today. Short and easy to sing (and remember) choruses that repeat several times make the style perfect for corporate worship.
- What is Praise and Worship Music?
- Top Worship Bands
- Dove Awards Praise & Worship History
- Top Songs from Hillsong (guitar tab)
- Chris Tomlin
Much like Southern Gospel music, Urban Gospel hit the big time via quartets.
- What is Urban Gospel Music?
- Top Urban Gospel Artists
- Top Urban Gospel Albums
- Top Urban Gospel Albums - March 2011
- Dove Awards Urban History
- Dove Awards Traditional Gospel History
- Dove Awards Contemporary Gospel History
- 2011 Readers' Choice Urban Gospel Finalists
- WOW Gospel Series
- Urban Gospel Radio
- Urban Gospel Videos
- Donnie McClurkin
- Kirk Franklin
- Mary Mary
- Smokie Norful
- Yolanda Adams
- More Urban Gospel Groups
Behind the Music
Learn more about the stories behind the songs that we love.
- Casting Pearls (now called VOTA) - 'Casting Pearls'
- Chris Tomlin - 'Arriving'
- Kids in the Way - 'Apparitions of Melody'
- Ricardo - 'Power of the Cross'
- Stellar Kart - 'all gas. no brake'
- Switchfoot - 'The Beautiful Letdown'
- Todd Agnew - 'Reflection of Something'
- 'The Chronicles Of Narnia'
Christian Record Labels
What are some of the record labels that are behind the Christian music you're hearing on the radio?
- How I Released My Christian CD
- Sparrow Records (Profile)
- Sparrow Records Signature Artists
- Essential Music from Sparrow Records
- Word Records (Profile)
- Word Records Signature Artists
- Essential Music from Word Records
- More Christian / Gospel Record Labels
When you want to sample music from several artists, compilations are definitely the way to go.